Saturday, April 22, 2017

Inspried By All the Little Things #53 featuring Maria Peters

Hello Tracey here today 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...




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

 Hello everyone, my name is Maria. I’m 48 years old, based in Hamburg, Germany where I live with my husband and my 12-years-old son. I have a stressful, full time job and cardmaking is my personal art therapy. I love this awesome hobby. I’m so thrilled to be a guest at inspiredbyallthelittletings.blogspot.com today. Thank you so much for the invitation, Tracey!

ETA: I have been a huge fan of Maria since she started her Instagram account, her talents in colouring and building scenes are simply amazing. I am so thrilled that she is my guest this week!

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

Unfortunately I haven’t a blog, but I share my cards on Instagram since December 2015 
 https://www.instagram.com/a_country_home/

2. What is your style of card making?

I love to create scenes and normally I preferred colorful cards. And I love to work with watercolors, they are my favorite medium.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

A good source for inspiration is Pinterest. And some of my favorite Cardmakers inspired me.  But the best ideas I have always when I’m in the garden.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

I think, I was inspired by many things. My home, the nature, other Cardmakers, Photos, Books and so on. Inspiration is everywhere.

5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I’m rather a shy person especially when I meet new people. And my English is very improvable… 😊

Wish you all a great day!



Here are a couple shots of Maria`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
Kim's Cards & Crafts

sitting out this challenge

LauraJane 

Leigh Penner 


Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs


Sheri Gilson


Silke Ledlow


Wanda Cullen


...and of course one more card from me!




We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, April 28th 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 #52

Well, a big thank you to all of you who played along with our rainy New York photo this week!  Even though the stripes were a big theme (how could they not be?!), the ways you were inspired were so varied - the umbrella, the boots, the taxi, the rose hue from the street lights, the skyline... it made for a wonderful week of visiting your blogs and reading your thoughts.


Renee and I have chosen our Inspiring Stand Outs for this week - winners please feel free to grab our badge and post it on your blogs.
 For her Stand-Out, Renee has chosen:

"Michele picked up on the stripes in such a cute way, and totally captured the "chic" factor of the photo!"


For her Stand-Out, Karen has chosen:
"Such a unique card, perfectly capturing the stripes, the black of the umbrella, and the pink splatters remind me of rain!  Great card, Cornelia!"

Congratulations ladies!  Thank you for playing!  And a big thank you to Renee Matarese for being my wonderful Guest Designer this week.  A new challenge will be up on the blog in an hour - we hope you'll join us!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #52 featuring Renee Matarese

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 with you today, and this week I have invited a long-time design teammate of mine who has a real flair for doing unique cards:
I asked Renee 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 Renlymat’s World.  The name is a melding of my full name...Renee Lyn Matarese.  I started my blog originally just for me.My first post went live 2-11-08 so I just celebrated my 9 yr. anniversary! I had a hard time parting with my cards at first.  They were such a labor of love. 
I started my blog so that I could always remember each card that I made.  From there I started entering challenges and sharing my cards online elsewhere which led to me joining several design teams over the last 10 yrs.

2. What is your style of card making?
I don’t know that I really have a specific style.  My favorites types of cards to make are masculine, funny and shabby chic cards!

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
I don’t think there’s really one particular designer I follow.  I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest.  When I need some coloring inspiration I always look to Sandy Allnock.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
I’m definitely inspired by sketches.  Coming up with new layouts is a weakness of mine.  I can find inspiration anywhere...I may be at Target and see a cool color combo or pattern on a throw pillow.  I may drive by an old barn and love the shabby look of it.  You just never know!
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
One thing most people don’t know is that I’m an accomplished self taught cook.  Neither my grandmother nor my mother cooked.  I ate a lot of frozen Salisbury Steak and boxed Hamburger Helper as a kid, lol!  As an adult it became an interest of mine.  For as long as I can remember I’ve watched cooking shows and read articles religiously trying to learn and become a better cook.  My kids want me to go on Chopped and are always asking me...”Do you think you could Beat Bobby Flay?”  The answer to both of those is a big fat NO!

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


The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! Be sure to visit their blogs for all the details! I hope you will play along with us this week, we would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 

Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Wanda Cullen

And one from me - Karen Day

We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, April 21st 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 Challenge #51

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #51.  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects. 

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


Both Lisa 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!

Lisa's Choice

Mojo491wm
"I chose this adorable card by Stephanie Severin because I was just smitten with Stephanie's punch art chicks in the die cut nest"

Karren's Choice



"I was so impressed with how Sandy took the inspiration photo and made it work with her supplies.  Not having any chicks to put on her cupcake, she used 3 yellow flowers instead."

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, April 8, 2017

Inspired by all the Little Things #51 featuring Lisa Lara

Hello, it's Karren here.  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...

Lisa Lara from Lisa's Life Lines



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

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

My blog's name is Lisa's Life Lines.   Building friendships and enjoying card making are my life lines that help me deal with my chronic illnesses.  I started it back in 2009 at the encouragement of my sweet friend Dawn Burnworth.  I was starting to apply for Design Teams and wanted to have a blog.  

2. What is your style of card making?
My style of cardmaking has evolved to what it is today and that is CAS aka Clean And Simple.  I have a phobia to many layers and complex sketches. LOL

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
I am inspired by all my blogger, facebook and Splitcoaststampers friends.  However there is one, my friend Therese Calvird that inspires me again and again. 

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
First, I stare at the products I wish to use and inspiration usually comes.  Also when I am blog hopping I am always inspired by other designers and the ideas get stashed away in my memory to be retrieved later when I am creating. 
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
I met my husband when I was living in Maryland and worked as a receptionist for a Congressman in the Nation's Capitol.  I so enjoyed living there for a time with all the history, monuments and museums.  

Here is Lisa'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

LauraJane 


Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs



Sheri Gilson


Silke Ledlow



Wanda Cullen



And a card by Karren



We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, 14 April 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!

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Inspiring Stand Outs - 50th Challenge Celebration

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for our 50th Challenge.  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects. This week we have collectively chosen an Inspiring Stand Out and two honourable mentions.   Our Inspiring Stand Out is invited to join us as a guest designer for our May challenges.


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



And now for our Inspiring Stand Out for Challenge #50


Congratulations, Laurel, please go ahead and display the inspiring Stand Out badge on your blog.  Please also email Karren at karrenj.nz at gmail dot com and we'll send you the challenge details for May.

It was a close battle for our two honourable mentions - such a gorgeous gallery all round.  But the two that were chosen are:

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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, April 1, 2017

50th Challenge Celebration

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!

We are so excited to welcome you to our 50th Challenge Celebration! We cannot believe we have already hit this Milestone and we hope you will help us to celebrate!

To help us celebrate, we have each invited a special guest to join us this week! Hooray! And we also have this week's special Creative Guest invited by Leigh Penner...



Hi there, Leigh here.
This week I invited someone I admire greatly to be featured here at IBATLT.
She is a lovely person and an extremely talented stamper!
I adore her style (I seriously don't think she's ever made a card that I haven't loved!)
and was thrilled when she accepted my invitation
to join us for our 50th Challenge Celebration:



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

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

My blog’s name is Overnight Waffles, simply because all the good names were already taken. Seriously. I got a bit desperate and came up with the name thinking that for sure it would be an available one. It was. :) I started it in February 2013 as a way to participate in challenges. 

2. What is your style of card making?

Definitely CAS and feminine.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

So very many different people! There are so many amazing paper crafters out there. 
I’m inspired by both people who have a similar style to mine and those who craft completely different from me.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? 
Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

Challenges that feature a photo or sketch and are very open ended, 
leaving lots of room to move around in.

  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?


While paper crafting is my favourite hobby, my most favourite thing to do is travel. 
If I could, I would be travelling non-stop. Except then I would miss my grandsons 
(and the rest of my friends and family) too much. Hmmm. Dilemma.

Here is Diana's beautiful 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!

And please be sure to visit our special guests!!! We have each invited someone to join us this week who inspires us as card makers!

Karen Day

Karen's Guest - Sharon Caudle, Gramma's House of Cards

Karren Johnson

Karren's Guest - TaeEun, Rainbow in November

Kimberly Lackenbach
Kim's Cards & Crafts

Kimberly's Guest-Tracy McDonald, Iwannabuildamemory

LauraJane 

Laura Janes's Guest-  Ksenija Rizova, Sweet Kobylkin

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs


Marcie's Guest- Veronica Zalis, So Many Stamps So Little Time

Sheri Gilson

Sheri's Guest - Amy Tsuruta, Tsuruta Designs

Silke Ledlow

Silke's Guest - Laurie Schmidlin 

Tracey McNeely
tracey_IB#50

Tracey's Guest - Kay Miller, My Joyful Moments

Wanda Cullen

Wanda's Guest- Teresa Kline, Paperie Blooms

And lastly, here is my card:


We hope you will play along with us!

We will each be choosing an Inspiring Standout 

Runner Up this week...then, as a team, we will choose

 ONE MAIN WINNER and that person will join our team

 for May as a Guest Designer for each May challenge!


The linky will close on Friday, April 7th 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!