Saturday, September 16, 2017

Inspired by All The Little Things #64 featuring Shannon Jaramillo

Hello and welcome to Inspired By All The Little Things! Nance here, with big thanks to everyone who played along with our first challenge after the summer break.  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...

Shannon Jaramillo


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

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

My blog name is Shannon Kay Paperie. A little over 5 years ago my upline encouraged me to start blogging as a way to share my card making passion. I have so blessed to meet so many wonderful people who share this crazy fun hobby! I originally started out as EZ Peasy Cards but as time went on my cards weren't really easy peasy anymore (!) so I started to work on a new name and was encouraged to use my name for my blog. Well, Jaramillo isn't an easy name for people to remember so I decided to go with my first name and middle initial "K" and just changed it to Kay because it was prettier. And Paperie, well, that's just a fancy word for paper :)

2. What is your style of card making?

I feel that my style can vary widely, depending on my mood. I can be clean and simple, clean and layered, but then sometimes I throw six different patterns of paper at one card and wonder who took over my body...lol...but I think the one constant is CLEAN.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

Hmmm, I had to ponder this one. I contemplated whose card designs always make me sigh in admiration for their ability to use different techniques and products while keeping it clean and maintaining the ever important white space. For me those people would be Mary Fish, Hannalie Bester, and Kim Singdahlsen. They inspire me every day.

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

Sketches are a favorite source of inspiration. When I find myself stuck creatively, I go to my secret inspiration Pinterest board and scroll through the thousands of cards, mostly clean and simple, that I have saved there. I don't tend to come out of it with a particular card design in mind, I just feel that I have filled up the creativity jar and I just need to tilt it over and see what spills out :)
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

My secret delight is bubble gum ice cream. I know, right?!? But I LOVE it...and I EAT THE BUBBLE GUM BALLS!! Shameful I know. I only indulge once in a blue moon, but sometimes it's nice to take of your adult hat and be free; for a few moments I'm seven again with sticky hands, a blue tongue, ice cream all over my face (metaphorically of course) and totally there in that moment, just me and my ice cream cone. Maybe that's why I like to play with paper and glue so much :)

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



The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration! 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


We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, September 22nd 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 Standouts for Challenge #63

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge #63!  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects!

I would like to thank Bev Kastman Buenker for being our Creative Guest this week! 

Bev and I have chosen the submissions we feel have earned 
a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week!

Bev's choice as Inspiring Standout is #4 - Susie Moore
Susie's card used the peach and mint colors wonderfully! 
I love her choices of paper, the scalloped edge die for her focal panel, 
and the lovely sentiment and floral sprays. 
Her card really captured the essence of the inspiration photo!

***

My choice as Inspiring Standout is #5 - Marcia Hill


Marcia brought the boutonniere flowers back to life with her 
free-standing fresh flowers in the same colors as the inspiration photo!
Her border text cleverly brought in that element of the photo 
and she tied the whole design together 
with a sweet twine bow on her popped up greeting!

Congratulations, Susie and Marcia! 
Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!
Thank you again to everyone who played along with us this week! All the entries were lovely!

We will be back in one hour with a brand new challenge at 5:00 am PST.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #63 Featuring Bev Kastman Buenker

Hello! Darnell here to welcome you back to Inspired By All The Little Things after a lovely summer break! First of all, I would like to thank Lesley for this wonderful opportunity to fill in for her so she can enjoy more time with her sweet new baby daughter, Maeley! This is a weekly inspiration challenge blog and each week we feature a wonderful designer who inspires us as an artist!


This week the guest I have invited is ...

I asked Bev 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 Happy Dance. I guess it's a reflection of my outlook on life. I love the feeling that happiness brings to me and, in turn, to those around me. Making cards does, indeed, make me happy, very happy! In addition to the stamps, inks, papers, and all the other goodies involved with card making, I was delighted to find this incredible community of crafters! My blog made its debut in May of 2012, and I've enjoyed the friends I've made, and the ability to share my creativity with others.

2. What is your style of card making?

My most favorite style of card making would be Clean and Simple (CAS). I love the pop of a color, or an image against all that lovely white space. However, I tailor all my cards to the people I send them to, or if layers are calling my name, I just go with it. If I had to label my style, I guess it would be electic.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

I'm continually awed by so many card makers. I can't name them all, but a few would be: Anita, Amy, Bobby, Darnell, Hannelie, Jen M., Jen W., Kim S., Leigh, Lynn, Maria, Marybeth, Michele, Natty, Terese, Tracey ... well, you get the idea. It's such a wonderful community, that I often pop over to a gallery, see a card by a card maker whom I haven't 'met' before, and I am inspired all over again!

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

I once saw a graphic in an aquamarine blue and black in a television commercial. The crisp lines and lovely color combination really caught my eye and the next day I made a card with those colors. Inspiration can be found anywhere you look! I do love the sketch challenges, as well as the color and photo challenges. And all those designers out there ... if we stop to think about it, we're beautifully surrounded by crafters who are an inspiration to us with each project they post.

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

One thing you may not know about me ... This question stumped me, but here's something you may not already know - I make killer pies! All kinds of pies: fruit pies, cream pies, chiffon pies, and ice cream pies. Any kind of pie you can think of in all the world, I can probably make it. In fact, next month, I've got four grandchildren coming over to learn how to make pies with me! Maybe we should start with my yummy chicken pot pie! 
Dinner and dessert all in pie crusts!
[Darnell: And now you know another reason why I love Bev!]

Here is Bev'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!

Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 

Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Wanda Cullen

and one from me ...

Darnell Knauss
We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, September 15, 2017, 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!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome to a new Term at Inspired By All the Little Things!

Hello crafty friends! 

The Inspired by All the Little Things Challenge starts again on September 9th!

Lesley here and I am delighted to welcome some new team members to Inspired by! This is a fun challenge where 4 team administrators choose one challenge per week and invite a guest of their choice to inspire you! We have three new administrators joining our team this year!! Let me introduce Darnell Knauss, Nance Leedy and Veronica Zalis!

Darnell Knauss
http://www.djkardkreations.com/

Darnell is joining us this year as she takes over my spot on the team. I have been so busy with baby that I cannot manage my teams like I used to do! Darnell and I have been bloggy pals for many years now and I adore her blog! She is a talented writer and crafter and I know you will love her to pieces! Thank you, Darnell for taking over for me! I am so excited to see who you invite to inspire us each month!



Nance Leedy
http://nanceleedy.blogspot.ca/

Nance is taking one of the admin roles here at Inspired By! Nance and I met online many years ago when I started The Paper Players. She deftly took over running that challenge for me, and I am so thankful! Nance is a talented designer and dear friend! You will love her lovely card making abilities and positive energy! Welcome, Nance!



Veronica Zalis
http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.ca/

Veronica is taking one of the admin roles here at Inspired By! Veronica and I met online, through our blogs and many challenges! We have become fast friends as we both have baby girls! Her's is older than mine and I am quickly catching up! Veronica is a talented designer who has been designing for big companies like MFT Stamps! You will love her clean and vibrant designs! Welcome, Veronica!


I'm happy to report that the main design team have all decided to stay on with us and that our other two administrators, Tracey McNeely and myself are also staying on! Darnell has a wonderful inspiration and Guest all ready for September 9th! We hope you will join us!

We return on Saturday, September 9th! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Smiles,
Lesley

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Inspiring Stand Outs #62

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #62.  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 Amy Kolling for being our Creative Guest this week! 


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!



Amy's choice as Inspiring Stand Out is #14 - Michele Ferguson



I fell in love with her design especially using a kite image and the tails!  Love how it emulates the inspiration photo but different!





Tracey choice is #15 - Donna Mikasa



Donna's take on the inspiration was so literal and yet so absolutely perfect. I love the way she sponged her umbrellas and then fittingly splattered them with water. Clean, simple and wow!!

Congratulations ladies and make sure you grab your badge.


Thank you so much Amy for joining me as my guest this challenge. 

Wishing you all wonderful summers and we will see you once again for new challenges in September!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #62 with Amy Kolling

Hello Tracey here this week and welcome back 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 the guest I have invited is...



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

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

My blog is Stamp-n-Paradise.  Truthfully, I named it right before I went on a vacation and have never changed it.  It's something that I have been thinking about a lot lately because my blog needs updated so badly!  Changing your blog name is HUGE......and coming up with a new name that fits me and my style has been very hard!  So stay tuned!

2. What is your style of card making?

My style differs depending on mood, stamps I am working with, etc. but for the most part I am a Clean and Simple with some layers kind of designer.  I enjoy card challenges and they influence my style too!


3. Who inspires you as a designer?

I'm not sure any one person or persons inspire me but I like Laura Bassen for her colorful, blended cards (and her fun videos) and Yana Smakula for her gorgeous style.

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

I find inspiration everywhere but I love browsing the gift bags at Target for patterns and colors.  Usually they are trendy and full of color!  CAS sketches also are inspiring especially if I am a bit stuck on how to get my idea started.  

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

I recently started drinking coffee.  Before the holiday, my daughter kept asking for Starbucks so I gave in.  I really liked it and now am hooked since we got a Keurig!  My favorite, Peppermint Mocha by Gevalia, is unfortunately seasonal but I've found a few new ones to tide me over till the holidays this year!

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



The challenge designers have also created a card for this week's inspiration!


Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 


Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs


Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow


Wanda Cullen


...and one from me

Tracey McNeely


 We are going to be taking a break for the summer, so this is the last challenge until September. We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, June 30 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 #61

Oh, my!  Talk about a week of stunning entries!  Those blues get me every time... especially when there's a little hint of pink in there as well.  Such a pleasure to visit all of your blogs and see how each of you interpreted the inspiration photo.
Winners, please feel free to grab our badge and post it on your blogs!
A big thank you to Sue Berkley for being our wonderful guest designer this week!  Sue and I have made our selections, and as her stand-out, Sue has chosen:

"The different shades and tones of blue work very well with the design."

Karen has chosen #3 Joanne James!
"Joanne really picked the perfect stamp for our challenge!  I just adore her pretty watercoloured scene."
Congratulations, ladies!  Well deserved!
We'll be back in an hour with another Inspired By All The Little Things challenge - hope you can join us.