Saturday, December 3, 2016

Inspired by Silke Ledlow & Christmas

Hello and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!

Lesley here!
This week I have invited the talented Silke Ledlow! Silke is one of my most favourite designers. I have had a crafty crush on her for such a long time! I love the way she creates such clean, crisp and elegant designs. Welcome, Silke!


Silke Ledlow

I asked Silke to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it? 
Hi everyone! My blog name is “My Life”….. A little over 10 years ago when my three girls were little, I needed to escape the everyday craziness for a few hours and decided to give      scrap-booking a try. I quickly realized, that I had tooooo many pictures and not enough time. Shortly after my scrap-booking failure I was introduced to stamping and immediately enjoyed crafting cards….the rest is history. Along with card making I discovered the “Splitcoaststamper” world. I also followed the trend of creating my own blog to feature my creations.  My first post was actually on 9/16/2007.

2.  What is your style of card making? 
To be honest it depends on my mood…I have been a roller coaster over the years, but I think I would categorize myself between “Clean and Simple”and “Classy and Elegant”.


3. Who inspires you as a designer? 
Amy Sheffer, Laurie Schmidlin, Laurie Willison, Sheri Gilson, Tracey McNeely, 
Gina K., Melanie Muenchinger, and the list could go on and on!

  
4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers? I’m a big fan of color and sketch challenges…plus any kind of inspiration challenges like “Inspired by All the Little Things”. I’m also very lucky to be part of some design teams, so my inspiration is coming from everywhere!  


5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
I’m big into College Football. My favorite team is the University of Alabama..…ROLL TIDE!!!  I also enjoy watching my girls play school and club volleyball. We recently moved back to the great State of Texas and I’m loving it!!! 

Here is Silke's card using this week's inspiration!




The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! These ladies just inspire me SO much!!! I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!


Kimberly Lackenbach-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/



Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  








We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday,December 9th at 11:55am. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!

Inspiring Stand Outs for Challenge #34

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #34.  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects. These are the submissions that have earned a special Inspiring Stand Out this week. Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog.


These are the submissions that have earned a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week. Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!


Joyce's Choice...


3. Cat Craig 


I loved the simplicity of Cat Luvs Paper's card.  She incorporated so many wonderful elements of the inspiration photo--the chalkboard, Christmas theme, and the red and green into her card, and yet her card was not busy at all.  This card would also be perfect for mailing.
 

Tracey's Choice



18. Michele Ferguson





Everything about Michele's card seemed inspired by the photo to me, from the beautiful scripted chalkboard behind the lovely window frame and wreath with the delicate pops of red.



 Congratulations ladies and make sure you grab your badge.

Thank you so much Joyce for joining me as my guest this challenge. Join us again in the new year when Inspired By All the Little Things is back to bring you more challenges for 2017!

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Inspired By All the Little Things featuring Joyce Mehrberg

Hello Tracey here and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!

This week I have invited Joyce Mehrberg to be my guest. Joyce has been my blogging friend for 5 years now, we both started blogging in the same year! Over time we have become good friends online and off and if all the stars are aligned just right we will be meeting for real in 2018! Joyce is a challenge junkie, she participates in so many and one of my favourite features she does is a big post on Sundays showcasing what she has been up to in her studio! If you haven't already you will love stopping by at her blog but grab a big cuppa first you'll be there a while!
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I asked Joyce to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?

 I live in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, and so I named my blog Cards-by-the-Sea, clever, right?  I started by blog back in 2011 as a way to enter challenges and connect with other paper crafters.  I had just organized a mini group of 4 paper crafters called 'Four of a Kind' and we all needed blogs so we could show our creations on the same day.  That group expanded and morphed into a larger group that I am still a part of called The 12 Kits of Occasions.

2. What is your style of card making?

My style is Clean and Simple most of the time.  I love die cuts and background stamping, so my cards will occasionally stray a bit from a pure CAS style.  I really like just about all flower stamps, and also cannot resist stamps of houses, buildings and city scapes.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

I am a true PTI addict, and find so much inspiration in their designers, especially Nicole Heady, Maile Belles, and Laurie Willison.
4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

I enjoy getting inspiration from card challenges.  My favorite challenges are sketch challenges, with color challenges a close second.
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

If you have met me within the last couple of years, you will be surprised to know that I never used to like animals.  My daughters begged me for a dog for years and years before I finally caved 3 years ago.  My dog, Sherlock, is now my constant companion, and I am completely devoted to him.  If you have known me forever, you would be surprised and amazed to see how much I love my dog, and how that love has grown into a love for all other dogs.

Here is Joyce's card using this week's inspiration!



The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! These ladies just inspire me SO much!!! I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!


Kimberly Lackenbach-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/




Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  






...and one created by me.

tracey_IB#34

We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, December 2nd at 12:00 pm. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!

Inspiring Stand Outs for Challenge #33

Thank you all for playing along with our pretty bottle-brush trees this week!  The creations were just lovely.  A big thank-you to Myra Webb for being our wonderful Guest Designer!  Myra & I have each chosen our Inspiring Stand Outs for Challenge #33.


Myra's choice is #4 Smilynsteph!

"It just catches my eye with the beautiful sky. I also noted how the bottom of some trees have been tinted which adds to the overall effect."


Karen's choice is #16 Sherrie M.!

"I really love that Sherrie took the inspiration photo and made a birthday card!  I think she captured the essence of the photo perfectly."

Congratulations to both of our Stand-outs!  Ladies you can grab the badge and display it on your blog:


We hope to see you back with us again soon - another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge will be starting in an hour!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things #33 with Myra Webb

Hello and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!


It's Karen here with you this week, and I have invited Myra Webb as my guest for Week #33!  Myra is a new creative friend of mine, we met this fall when we were both teaching side by side at a trade show.  She had made the most gorgeous sample projects, and I just knew that I wanted to invite her to join us here on the Inspired By blog.




I asked Myra to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?
www.craftingplayground.com  I felt that this name would allow me to post various crafting projects. So far I have only included cards and jewelry projects.

2. What is your style of card making?
very tough question to answer. My style adapts to the card genre that I am working on. For example, I am not particularly a flowery girl but when I am working with Heartfelt or Magnolia stamp you are sure to see them there! Call me a chameleon.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
All the wonderful card makers out there! They are my teachers. It's amazing what you can learn flipping through Pinterest or Splitcoast! I do love Virginia Nebel's work, although her focus is scrapbooking. What I love is her layering and how she uses the product. Totally adaptable on a smaller scale. I also like Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and the way they use stamp on their cards. I love Susanne Dean and Melanie Holtz for their coloring skills with COPIC and other media.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
Strangely- conversation! I'm talking with someone  and all of a sudden I get a vision. This is where the problem is - is honing in the idea to a point where the outcome is acceptable. Don't you ever get a vision and on paper you go "oh, that's not what I wanted!" Then I have to pause, work it, and sometimes do it again. But this helps my creativity! And patience.
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
I collect shot glasses! And the number is growing! I currently have 5 display cases and I will be looking for more. This is a great was to remember the places I've been and gifts from the family and friends from places where they have been. And heck, one day I hope to raise each glass in a toast!

Myra created two cards using this week's inspiration!


Now take a peek at what the design team has created to share with us - I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/




Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  






And a little something from me:


We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Thursday, Nov. 24th at 11:55pm. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!


Inspiring Stand Outs for Challenge #32

Weekly Stand Outs

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #32.  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects. These are the submissions that have earned a special Inspiring Stand Out this week. Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog.


A special thank you to Rosemary for being our Creative Guest this week! 



Both Rosemary and I have chosen our stand outs!

These are the submissions that have earned a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week. Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!

Rosemary's Choice:




"I'm a sucker for a clean and simple design and Jen's card caught my eye immediately.  I love how she was able to combine all the elements yet keep everything very clean and simple."


Karren's Choice:



"Bobby's card is so beautifully rustic, yet still has a clean look.  That wreath stamp is so gorgeous and her layout is fabulous."

Congratulations ladies and thank you to everyone who played along with us this week! We will be back in one hour with a brand new challenge!  

The next challenge goes live at 5:00 am PST.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things Featuring Rosemary Dennis

Hello and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!



This week I have invited Rosemary Dennis.  Rosemary is well-known in the blogosphere.  She is very generous with her commenting on other people's work and creates the most beautiful cards herself.




I asked Rosemary to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?

The name of my blog is Hey There... rosigrl!  I started it in May of 2010.  Prior to that I had started a Flickr photostream and a gallery on Splitcoaststampers and was happy with that. As I got more interested in paper crafting and thought about maybe trying out for design teams I realized that having a blog would be more of an asset then just my photostream and gallery.  It was a bit scary starting the blog and it took me forever to do my first few posts, but now I can't imagine paper crafting without my blog!

2. What is your style of card making?
My style of card making tends toward clean and simple.  Even when I do lots of layering I still like things to be clean looking.  

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
I really admire Debby Hughes. She has a beautiful clean style, but she always has unexpected elements in her design that take them to the next level. I also really admire my in real life friend, Lisa Lara.  Lisa has mad coloring skills and her CAS designs are always super clever and creative!

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
I'm often inspired by my stamp, dies and other supplies like patterned paper, but I do love a good color or sketch challenge.  I don't have a Pinterest board or anything like that so if I find myself lacking for inspiration I just check out a challenge or two to see what the design team and participants have created. 
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

One thing most people don't know about me (probably even my good friends!) is that I am totally hooked on shows like Ancient Aliens and Finding Bigfoot!  Anytime a show like that is on I just have to watch!!  I find the theories put forth in both shows really interesting although not always believable!! 

Here is Rosemary's gorgeous card using this week's inspiration!




The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! These ladies just inspire me SO much!!! I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/






Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  






And a card from me




We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Thursday, 17 November at 11:55pm. (PST)

Some simple rules to keep things organized and enjoyable:
  • Please use the graphic for your post and link back to this post.
  • Any posts that are offensive will be removed.
  • Please comment on the submissions of others...we all love the support!
  • Yes you can combine with other challenges but NOT other inspiration challenges please.
  • Have fun and challenge yourself!