Saturday, November 4, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge #71 Featuring Colleen Foelker

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

Here is this week's photo inspiration for you!
So many ways you can be inspired by this amazing photograph!!
This week I have invited my talented friend Colleen Foelker
of One Smile Lifts A Spirit to be our featured designer.
I asked Colleen 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 One Smile Lifts A Spirit. I started it in 2011 and when I was thinking of a name for my blog, I was thinking about the reasons we buy cards and send them to people. I think most of us do that to reconnect with someone, to spread a little sunshine, a smile, and maybe even to lift their spirits! AHA, that's it! A card can bring a smile to someone's face and that in itself can lift their spirits!

2. What is your style of card making?

I really like the clean and simple style with lots of white space. I do admire those that can layer and use patterned paper and believe me, I have a LOT of patterned paper!  
I love it and have to buy it, but then I can't use it!

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

I love Kay Miller's work (My Joyful Moments) and when I sit down to make a card, I think to myself, "What would Kay do with this?" But there are others who I aspire to be like: Stephanie (Clearly Besotted), Marybeth (Marybeth's Time for Paper), and Loll (Stamping With Loll), just to name a few. There are many other designers out there that I wish I could grow up to be like! 😉

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

I think all of the above inspire me. Sometimes it is a photo and I am off and running. Other times when I am stumped and want something different, I will look for a sketch and that can get me going in a new direction. And, yes, designers can inspire me to think outside the box ... I will have an AHA moment thanks to them!
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I had to ask my husband for help with this question and he said, "I bet most people don't know that you spend over 600 hours a year in the gym watching volleyball!" Well, yes, that is so true! We have been known to fly to Oklahoma (twice!), Colorado, California, Utah, and Washington! I guess you could say we are passionate about it and LOVE watching our granddaughters play ball! I also have an up-and-coming motocross star! He is only eight years old, but he is already being sponsored and given bikes to ride! I think I will have years ahead being involved with watching grandchildren do sporting activities!

Here is Colleen's beautiful card using this week's inspiration!
The challenge designers have also created cards 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
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Wanda Cullen

And one from me!

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 11:55 a.m. (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. I haven't been able to play along with the challenge for a few weeks but I am so excited to play in this one!!!

  2. I hope I have the time to play along bc this looks so fun!

  3. The link to the last animal print and bling card isn't working. Thanks for the inspirational photo.

    1. Thank you for letting us know! It's fixed now.