Saturday, September 10, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things Featuring Karen Davis

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!

Hi, my name is Karren Johnson and I am thrilled to join the Inspired By team as a Challenge Creator.  I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and have been stamping for many, many years.  My style has evolved over those years and I am now predominantly a CAS stamper.  I like clean lines and white space and very rarely use patterned paper.  When looking at all the fabulous cards on the many blogs I follow, I'm firstly drawn to the way color is used, then to the layout and images.  Now onto the challenge:

This week I have invited Karen Davis to be my guest.  I first "met" Karen when we were both on the Merry Monday Design Team.  Karen then took a break from blogging and has just recently rejoined the card-making blog world and I'm so delighted to see her gorgeous work again.

I asked Karen 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 Karen Creates Cards. I started the blog in 2013 because I wanted to join the wonderful card making community :-)  I recently had a long break from card making and have come back to find an explosion of gorgeousness!

2. What is your style of card making?

My style of card making is anything with layers, nearly always with flowers and leaves, using quite big, bold pieces. 

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

I would find it impossible to choose one, there is so much talent out there. I am very inspired by card makers who have a distinctive, original style.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
I most love working from a great 'Still-life' inspiration image, especially one that includes flowers and/or cupcakes :)
I am also inspired by other card makers, usually particular elements rather than the whole card.

At the moment I am looking at creatively coloured and laid out sentiments. I mostly do black and white but would like to be more adventurous.
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I live in the city of Auckland which is in the North Island of New Zealand. To give you an idea of the size of NZ, it is 990 miles long and 280 miles at its widest point. Population is about 4.5 million. 

Here is Karen'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-

Leigh Penner -  

and a card from me

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Thursday, 15 September 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!


  1. awesome inspiration photo and samples...b&w stripes must be one of my favorite things of all time...teehehe.

    sparkle & shine, kindness

  2. The in-linkz is not working! I'm not ready for it yet, but thought I would let you know!

  3. Great inspirations this week Ladies!!!

    I don't know if I am allowed to submit two cards...
    But if it is not so, please be free to delete #5.
    Thank you very much ;-)

  4. Wonderful inspiration photo and all of the DT samples are just beautiful!

  5. Amazing inspiration and great to find out about Keren x

  6. Hi! I can't seem to get this linky to work for me. I am not smart enough obviously! This is my card: in case you can get it to work. Thanks!