Saturday, May 20, 2017

Inspired By #57 with Shari MacLaughlin

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!



For my Guest Designer this week, I have invited...
Shari MacLaughlin!  A former teammate of mine, a gifted crafter, who can colour like nobody's business!  We also share a love of my home town :o)

I asked Shari 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 Pickled Memories - when I started scrapbooking I was looking for a name that represented preserving memories, and pickling seemed to be a perfect match, so when it came time to start my blog, it was easy to just keep using the name.  I started my blog back in 2010 as a way to learn more about using computers and as a means of therapy during a difficult divorce.  Little did I know that my little self taught computer lessons would lead to me being on several design teams, and let me share my love of card making.

2. What is your style of card making?
I don't really have a style, as I can do simple one layer cards to the more layered look.  I always choose my paper first and then color my image with matching colors.  Coloring is usually fast and easy, but then the hard part starts - the actual design of the card.  I can spend hours just getting the perfect look!!

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
 Wow, that's a tough question as I don't really follow any one designer.  Everyone is so unique and choosing just one would be difficult.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
I love searching pinterest, and I also follow several different stamp companies and facebook groups on line.  So many people design differently, so I guess I take inspiration from them all and then create what I love!!
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
I studied photography at the Alberta College of Art after high school, and my love of colors have inspired me throughout my life.  I love painting murals in rooms, staging homes, and people tell me that I have a natural ability to make a home seem just right.  I think this love of design has helped me in my card and scrapbooking layouts.  When reading or watching tv I notice the little details that most people would not even see, and then translate that into my own designs.  I also adore working with children, which is why I am now loving the two newest additions to my life - my grandsons Eli and Reuben!!

Here is Shari'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 

Laurel Seabrook (Guest Designer)

Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Wanda Cullen

And one from me - Karen Day

We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, May 26th 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 #56

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #56.  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 Michele Henderson for being our Creative Guest this week! 




Both Michele and I have chosen our stand outs!

Michele's Choice:



All of the cards this week are so colorful and cheerful! It was hard to pick a favorite, but I went with #6, by Cindy Major. I loved how sweet the little French boy on the bicycle looked, and it captured the feeling of traveling to someplace wonderful and seeing something delightful, like the inspiration photo. Beautiful look, Cindy!

Karren's Choice:


Amy's crisp and clean card really stood out to me.  The colors are bright and cheerful and the basket of flowers are a fabulous touch.  

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, May 13, 2017

Inspired By #56 featuring Michele Henderson

Hello, it's Karren here! 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...

Michele Henderson of Crimson Owl Creations


I asked Michele 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 Crimson Owl Creations, after the colors of my alma mater, the University of Alabama, and my love for owls, long before they were so trendy. I started it in February 2012 after receiving the good news that I had been accepted to my very first design team! The very next day I said, “Okay, let’s figure out how to make a blog.” It’s been an amazing journey of discovery in every way!

2. What is your style of card making?
I love to say that I am a paper artist, because I love creating with paper, and I love everything about it. I try to create cards that feature a lot of color and dimension. I love clean, layered looks, even in complicated scenes and multiple layers of die cuts. I will often use a number of dies to create dimensional flowers, trees, birds, and so on, then place them in really crisp, clean backgrounds to show off the detail and make the image pop. I also like watercolor and copic cards too, and have recently been adding beautiful floral stamps to my collection.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
There are so many amazing designers that I absolutely love for different reasons: watercolor, copic work, mixed media, and all my friends from design teams who work with the same items that I do. I am most inspired by the designers who influence my work, who make me want to pick up the same tools they’re using and try that technique, and that changes all the time. Right now, designers like Michele Ferguson, Jeanne Jachna, and Susan Liles, who all create beautiful cards with die cuts are influential to me. Designer Tae Eun Yoo’s beautiful watercolor cards are inspiring me to add watercolor in a new way. Of course, the biggest artistic influence in my work has always been American artist Charley Harper.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
As a card maker, I am most inspired by nature; it’s all around me. I also get great inspiration from photos with strong, colorful focal points, like a bicycle with a basket of flowers, or a jar of colored pencils or something. I am least inspired by photos of living rooms and bedrooms. 
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
I don't think people know how much I have traveled in my lifetime. I now live just outside Tuscaloosa, AL, out in horse ranch country, so a lot of people think I’m one of those home loving country gals. They are always surprised to find out I have lived in places like Shanghai, China, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, where I worked organizing people around environmental issues and campaigns my entire life. My hubby and I are also child free, so now we both travel the world together as a couple, with our own definition of family.



Here is Michele'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

LauraJane 


Laurel Seabrook (Guest Designer)


Leigh Penner 


Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs


Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Taking a Break

Wanda Cullen



And a card from me, Karren Johnson


We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, 19 May 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 #55

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #55!  
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 badge this week. 
Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!


A special thank you to Heidi Shafer for being our Creative Guest this week!


Heidi selected this card as her favourite this week...

  


Heidi loved Susie's card with the pretty florals!  
They pop against the white and the die-cut polka dots are really fun.


And I chose:

#18 Ashwini


Ashwini's "messy" watercoloring is just so beautiful and fun!

Congratulations ladies and make sure you grab your badge.

Thank you so much Heidi for joining me as my guest this challenge. 
Join us again in about five minutes for challenge #56!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Inspired By #55 with Heidi Shafer

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 my friend


I met Heidi online through the Papertrey Ink forum and challenges. 
Then last year, we started doing a challenge together that encouraged us
to use our stamps that we'd purchased but hadn't inked up yet.
I asked Heidi to share a bit about herself...

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

Mapleberry Musings is the name of my blog.  I began on Jan 1, 2011 although I had it for two years before I made my first post.  Thankfully, I finally pushed through the fear and paralyzing perfectionism to just start!  Our previous home had three huge maple trees and we grew blackberries and strawberries out front.  We called it Mapleberry so I wanted to use that in my blog name.  I liked how the word "musings" implied thoughts, contemplation, or reflection.  It worked perfectly for leaving the possibilities open of what I could share.  Plus, the muses in classical mythology are goddesses of the arts!  I started my blog to share my creations with like-minded souls, keep a record with photos and details, and participate in challenges and blog hops.

2. What is your style of card making?

Clean lines, simple layering, and color probably defines my style best.  I love a bit of sparkle too!  I enjoy cute and elegant images alike.  I often use embossing folders and dies on my cards, but I'll break out the scissors for fussy cutting anytime.  It's very therapeutic.  

3. Who inspires you as a designer?


Tough question.  I follow over a thousand stamping blogs in Feedly, because I love to see what other people make, so it's hard to narrow that down.  Jennifer McGuire is always an inspiration because of her techniques, tutorials, and simple designs.  You can see a card I made that was directly inspired by her.  I adore the creations of Betsy Veldman and would own all of her stamp set designs if I could.  I love her vintage vibe!  I also admire the shabby romantic style of Melissa Phillips and grungy/mixed-media style of Julee Tilman.

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


Sketches usually.  Sometimes it's a photo or the creation of another stamper.  Often I just pull out things I want to use and start playing.  My design process is slow, so I'm glad I have a studio where I can leave works in progress on my desk.  When I get stuck, I go do something else for a while.  Then I come back, work on it, get stuck, leave again, return and tweak it some more...whatever it takes.  I love to listen to music when I create.  It always flows easier when I do!
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I love to perform in musical theatre whenever it fits into my family's schedule.  There's nothing else quite like being on stage.  I performed professionally in an Andrews Sisters tribute group for three years (2010-2013).  It was a lot of fun!  I also sing in my city's Symphony Chorale doing classical works.  Music is in my blood and I can't imagine a world without singing! 

Here is Heidi'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

LauraJane 


Laurel Seabrook (Guest Designer)

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs


Sheri Gilson

Silke Ledlow

Wanda Cullen

And, here is my card:

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, May 12th 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 #54

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #54!  
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 badge this week. 
Please go ahead and display the badge on your blog!


A special thank you to Jennifer Kinney for being our Creative Guest this week!



Jennifer selected this card as her favourite this week...


  
Jennifer loved Susie's card with the bold yellow and white stripes!


And I chose:

#14. I Card Everyone



I just love how Michele was inspired to create this fabulous scene on her card!

Congratulations ladies and make sure you grab your badge.

Thank you so much Jennifer for joining me as my guest this challenge. 
Join us again in one hour for challenge #55!