Saturday, November 25, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #74 Featuring Maria Fischer

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 my friend, the very talented Maria Fischer to be my guest!

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

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

My blog is named rieslingmama in a nod to the winemaking area I live in - Rheinhessen, Germany. "Riesling" is king on our Rhine River Valley slopes. And I was fully in "mama" mode back in 2012 when I started my blog, driving my kids here and there, but I didn't think "rieslingtaxi" sounded good.

I had been making cards for a bit before then, but I was so inspired by a challenge over at Moxie Fab that I felt the need to tell the story of my card. So I started blogging.

2. What is your style of card making?

I think I tend to be all over the place with my style, but I love CAS best of all. I'm a very practical person so it's usually about keeping the weight down on my cards so they're easy to mail! But techniques make me happy so I like to throw artsy fartsy into the mix too. And "quirky" (as a nicer form of "weird") probably suits me too. 

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

Great question. Well, anytime I see that Aga (Just made from Paper) or Julie E (Papert Trufflez) posted something I get really excited ;) I love Hannelie's (Desert Diva) CAS style and Silke B's (Silly's Paper Design) elegant CAS style. And Kate's (Pinned & Penned) layered goodness. I think I watch Yana S, Loll T and Kristina W's videos most cuz I love me a good technique. And I like Laura B's videos for a good dose of humor. Speaking of which, you all visit Darnell's blog regularly I hope?!? 

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

Ha. What doesn't inspire me? IRL... magazines, catalogs, art on doctor's office walls, fabric patterns, trees, skies, shop windows, pretty much anything. Just ask my family ;) Online... inspiration photos most likely get me to create a card. I am often inspired by cards I see from other designers and certain aspects of them make their way onto my cards. Lately I've been challenging myself to actually create using images I've pinned!

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

When I was young I wanted to be a cruise director when I grew up. Like Julie on The Love Boat!

Here is 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


Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp

Sheri Gilson

Wanda Cullen

...and one from me.

Tracey McNeely

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, Decembe 1 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!


  1. Yay for Maria! Loved reading more about her and her project = perfect.
    Great inspiration from the DT!

  2. Thanks for inviting me to play with you this week, ladies!

  3. gorgeous photo and DT cards...thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Even risking plagiarism... yay for Maria :)! One of the most versatile paper crafters that I know and appreciate. Maria and DT, your projects are beautiful and inspiring!