Saturday, July 2, 2016

Inspiring Stand Outs Challenge #21

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #17.  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 Lisa Elton 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!


 Ardyth's Choice:



I love the way Elizabeth focused on one of the pillows on the bench as her inspiration, creating a totally unexpected, masculine card!



Tracey's Choice:



I love how Estelle was inspired by the theme of the inspiration photo and used the colours to create her pretty by the sea inspired card. The background she created work perfectly with the boardwalk patterned paper.

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Congratulations ladies and thank you to everyone who played along with us this week!

We are taking a break for the summer months of July and August!
Have a wonderful summer! 

We will see you again in September!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things featuring Ardyth Percy-Robb

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!


This week I invited the very talented Ardyth Percy-Robb to be my guest. Ardyth and I have been friends even since the beginning of CASology where we are both designers. From there we found out that we lived within a half hour of one another and the rest is history. Ardyth has a distictive clean and simple style and her designs in my opinion are flawless. I was thrilled when she said she would join us this week.




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

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

My blog is called MASKerade. MASK are the first initials (in age order) of my family members. I'm the vowel - the glue that holds it all together! I started cardmaking at a Stampin' Up! party in 2006 and posted on Splitcoaststampers until I started MASKerade in January 2012 (go take a look at my early gallery if you need a smile!).

2. What is your style of card making?

My main style of card making is Clean and Simple. Or Clean and Graphic. But really, I make whatever I feel like at the time! Lately I've been making some not-so-CAS cards with watercoloured images and backgrounds. It's so much fun to try something new, but I can't imagine that I'll ever completely give up white space!

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

Of course I watch all the videos by the 'big names' but I'm also inspired when I notice little details in just about every card I see and think 'hey, I need to try that!'.
4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?

I get inspiration from so many places. Many of the challenges I own and/or play in are inspiration challenges - either a photo or a card - and I think those are my favourites. I love to look at each element of the inspiration piece, mix them all up and make it my own! 
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

Today is my son's birthday. He's 17 and just got his driver's license. He'll be spending the summer getting his pilot's license. He fills me with pride. And a little bit of fear! Parenting is definitely not for the faint of heart, is it?

Here is Ardyth'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!

















...and one more card from me!




We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Thursday, June 30 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!

Inspiring Stand Outs for Challenge #20

Well, a big thank you to all who played along with this week's challenge!  I loved your interpretations of the photo - many had a camera, most used the colours, quite a few used some kind of glimmer to represent the flash - and all the results were wonderful.

Also, a huge thanks to Melinda Everitt for taking time in her busy schedule to be our Guest Designer this week.  Melinda has chosen her Inspiring Stand Out:
Melinda chose #2 by Wendie at Monkey loves Oliver - "The random stamping and all of the colors really make such a striking card!"


And I'm choosing #9 Estelle at Scrap of Me - She was inspired by several different aspects of the photo, and cleverly created a card that while nothing like the photo - it beautifully captures the colour, the glimmer, the shape of the flash and the white background - gorgeous!!
Ladies - please go ahead and grab our badge to proudly display on your blog!
Congrats to the winners, and another thanks to all who played along this week!  We will be back in an hour with a brand new challenge!  Challenge #21 goes live at 5am Pacific.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things - featuring Melinda Everitt

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!  I am an amateur camera buff, and fell in love with this vintage turquoise camera that is this week's image:



It's Karen here with you this week - and I've invited the wonderfully talented Melinda Everitt (from If You Bling It They Will Come) to be my Guest Designer this week; we met as teammates on my very first design team, and she has such wonderful artistic talent:

I asked Melinda 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 www.ifyoublingit.blogspot.com.  I started my blog on April 14, 2010.  I am an Independent Close to My Heart Consultant and wanted to get my name and artwork out to more people.

2. What is your style of card making?  My style, huh?  My daughter says that she can always pick my cards out when she sees them on Pinterest.  I like layers, glitz, and lots of bling.  I like striking colors and absolutely love trying new techniques.  I have learned  from a son and granddaughter that creating art is supposed to be fun and you need to play.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?  Lisa Stenz.  Karen Pedersen. Vicki Wizniuk.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?  I love sketches.  It is great to have a starting point.  I rarely copy other designers, but I do look at a ton of artwork from many blogs so I am sure they inspire my artwork.  Sometimes I see a tutorial I want to try like the card I made for this challenge.  It came from a Starburst Tutorial on splitcoast stampers that was featured this week.  It was perfect for what I wanted to make.

5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?  I love my family and my business and am glad that I get to play when I work.  I can bring my business with me wherever I go.  I love making special cards and artwork for my loved ones and the ones I make for them are my best work!

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

The challenge designers have created amazing projects for this week's inspiration!  Some of us went with the camera, some just the colours, some added a little bling... I hope you will play along with us this week! We would love to have you join us!

Kimberly Lackenbach-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/






Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  




And a little something from me (http://kdaycreations.blogspot.ca):

We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Thursday, June 23rd 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!

Inspiring Stand Outs

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #19. 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.


Huge thanks to Jill Foster for being out guest this week!

Both Jill and I have selected our favorite stand outs!

Jill's Choice: Susie Moore

 I just love this clean, simple, and playful interpretation of the inspiration.  Such a happy card!

Jeanne Jachna
Jeanne's Choice:  Invisible Pink Cards


The clean stamped images and spray of watercolor are beautiful contrast and make this so stunning! 

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!

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, June 11, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things Featuring Jill Foster

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!


This week I have invited Jill Foster to be our guest!  Jill has been on my radar FOREVER!  She's a risk taker - always trying new techniques.  Never afraid to add swoosh of gesso or a splash of ink!  You can watch her create  on YouTube for Penny Black - always amazing!  Warning:  This may be addictive and you just might loose several hours from your day  without even realizing it!
 





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

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?
My blog is called Studio Sessions and I started it with my amazingly talented friend, Elizabeth Allan, back in February 2014. I had been blogging on my own for several years, but Studio Sessions allowed me to create long-distance, with a fellow artistic friend, in a shared virtual studio. From planning the posts to waiting to see what each person has created using the same/similar inspiration and supplies, this has exponentially increased my enjoyment of blogging and creating just for fun!

2. What is your style of card making?
This is a tough question as I think my style can be fairly eclectic, but the one factor that typically appears on my cards is lots of color. Color makes me happy!

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

There are so many people who inspire me as a designer I can't even begin to name names, from cardmakers to artists in other "genres," I love looking at art and being wow'ed. Anyone who is brave enough to share their work with the world inspires me as there is something unique about what each person brings to their creative endeavors. I love that.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
As a designer for Penny Black, I find most of my inspiration from their awesome line of stamps and dies. I'm also a Pinterest junkie and find gobs of inspiration there, too.


 Jill Foster

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 of course I want to play along too!



We hope you will play along with us!
The linky will close on Thursday, June 16 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!


Inspiring Stand Outs

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #18.  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 Kristie Goulet for being our Creative Guest this week! 


Both Kristie and I have chosen our stand outs!

Kristie's Choice: Ardyth



I absolutely love Ardyth's take on the Inspiration photo. Her water colored blooms are so stunning.




Lesley's Choice: Juhi

You are fabulous shaker card with blue bold striped background. #honeybeestamps #wplu9

I loved the mix of the bold stripes and the delicate blooms on Juhi's card

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!

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.