Saturday, January 21, 2017

Inspired By All The Little Things #40 featuring Donna Rudy

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!


It's Karen here with you this week, and I have invited...
Donna Rudy from Krash Scrapper!  


I can honestly say that Donna is the most innovative card maker that I know!  Unique details and brilliant designs are her trademark (you know when you say to yourself "I wish I'd thought of that"...).  She's a great lady to hang out and craft with, too!
I asked Donna 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: kardsbykrashscrapper.blogspot.ca . Very early in my card making days I realized I needed to have a blog to not only showcase my projects (my first cards left a lot to be desired) but also to participate in challenges. To be honest, it is kind of fun to go back and look at my first cards... although honestly I would like to redo them all! <smile>  The blog itself is named after my horse. I had to say good bye to him about 3 1/2 years ago but he taught me so many life lessons and inspired me in so many ways I wanted to find a way to honour him. 

2. What is your style of card making?
I am not sure what I would call my card making style. I like to create scenes but I have also recently been pushing myself to work with more layers of patterned paper. I also like to throw a CAS card in there once and awhile just for fun. With each card I do I really try to keep the focus on the stamp I am using and try to use embellishments that highlight it. 

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
I am quite new in the card making world and still getting my feet wet but one of the first people to inspire me is a very talented stamp artist and card designer - Crissy Armstrong. I not only love her stamps but I also love her card style. I am also inspired by Karen Dedman at Your Next Stamp. My first challenge card ever was a card I created using a stamp she named after my horse. The rest is history as they say. I am also inspired by my horse and all the things he taught me and the day to day antics of my dog

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
I am inspired by alot of things! It can be everything from a piece of patterned paper, to a stamp, to a card layout by another talented card maker - there really is no easy answer to this question <smile> The list goes on but I often find myself looking at a beautiful sunset/sunrise/storm clouds etc and trying to figure out what alcohol markers I would use to recreate the colours I am seeing.......I know - weird right?!? 

5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
When I was 12 years old I got thrown from a horse and fractured my skull. I spent two weeks in a coma and a year not being able to do anything physical......no horseback riding, no soccer and no beating up my brothers - all things I enjoyed very much! I love cheesecake - if it's on the menu I'm having some! much to my hubby's dismay the night he proposed to me <chuckle>. I also have a huge weakness <wink> for Reese's Peanut Butter cups....especially when they are in a DQ Blizzard.

Here is Donna's card using this week's inspiration!
The challenge designers & I have also created a card for this week's inspiration!  We would love to have you join us!

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




Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  







  Silke Ledlow http://silkeledlow.blogspot.com/ 



We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Thursday, January 26th 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 #39

Weekly Stand Outs

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #39.  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 Hannelie for being our Creative Guest this week! 




Both Hannelie and I have chosen our stand outs!

Hannelie's Choice:

Inspired by all the Little Things #39

ElizStewart
Elizabeth's card is a beautiful reflection of the inspiration photo. The black card base shows off the silver sentiment and die cut heart in a dramatic way!
Great job!

Karren's Choice:


The richness of Cathy's colored and embossed panel really caught my eye and the beautiful silver scripty sentiment was a perfect match!

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, January 14, 2017

Inspired by all the Little Things featuring Hannelie Bester & welcome to new Design Team Member, Silke Ledlow

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...

Hannelie Bester of Desert Diva


Hannelie has a very distinctive and stunning graphic card-making style and I wish we lived closer so I could take some Silhouette lessons off her 😃  I asked Hannelie to share a bit about herself...

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?
Desert Diva ... a creative journey.

I started blogging in March 2011.


I've been making cards for years before, and was introduced to the world of card making blogs by my sister in law. I was so intrigued by the idea of using a challenge as design  inspiration, that I started my own blog in order to take part in challenges, and now , after almost 6 years of blogging, I still find it a wonderful creative outlet.

2. What is your style of card making?
Clean and simple - graphic.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

Not one specific person ... inspiration is everywhere!

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

Photos, sketches, colors, fashion, window displays. I am always alert and on the look out for inspiration.
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I don't play board games 😀

Here is Hannelie'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!

We are delighted to welcome a new member to our Design Team! We are thrilled to have Silke Ledlow join us!



Silke Ledlow - http://silkeledlow.blogspot.com

Howdy friends! I'm married to the best husband ever and we have three beautiful girls together.  We also have a boxer pup named Luke. We currently live in the State of Texas. My crafting time is definitely an escape from my busy life with the girls. I started stamping a little over 10 years ago. If you like, you can check out my ideas on my blog,  “My Life”. When I’m not crafting, I like to hang out at the pool, grill, bake and travel around the country. I’m super excited to be part of this awesome team and I’m looking forward to sharing my creations with you!


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



Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  










and a card from me




We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Thursday, 19 January 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 #38

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired by Challenge #38.  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 Broni for being our Creative Guest this week! 


Both Broni and I have chosen our stand outs!

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!

Broni's Choice

I loved Colleen Begley's card (#5).



What a beautifully colored floral bouquet, and all the touches of gold related it perfectly with the inspiration photo.


Lesley's Choice

I chose Vicki Finger's card (#2).



I couldn't help but choose Vicki's stunning card! Love the clean lines and the pretty way she used the colours!!

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, January 7, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #38 {Creative Guest-Broni Holcombe}

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!

Lesley here!  We are back after a lovely Christmas break with our families! We hope you enjoyed your holidays too! Happy New Year!




This week I have invited...Broni Holcombe to be our Creative Guest!! 

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

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

You can find me at Splashes of Watercolor.  I started blogging in late 2007 when I was on the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen design team.


2. What is your style of card making?
I have evolved over the years and find that I prefer a clean and simple style, mostly using watercolors and/or Copic markers.


3. Who inspires you as a designer?

There are so many talented designers out there now and I find inspiration everywhere.  Some of my favorites are Kay Miller for her watercoloring and clean designs, Debbie Olsen for her Copic marker artistry, and Maile Belles for her simple and unique design technique.

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

I love finding inspiration on Pinterest from other card makers and also from the many wonderful challenge blogs out there in blog land.  I'm especially partial to sketches.


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

That's a tough one.  How about the fact that I once hula-hooped for 2.5 hours straight!  (It was in a contest.  Many years ago.  Yes, I won!)

Here is Broni'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-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/




Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  









We hope you will play along with us!


The linky will close on Friday, January 13 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!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Inspiring Stand Outs for Challenge #37

Thank you to everyone who participated in our final challenge of 2016!
Natalie & I have chosen our stand outs - winners, please feel free to grab our badge below to display on your blog.
We loved seeing your wintery/snowy/gingerbready/red&krafty creations this week - the way people used the inspiration photo was wonderful!  A huge thank you to Natalie Murdock for being our guest designer this week,  Natalie has chose her Inspiring Stand Out: #7 Maria!
"Such a beautifully created card, totally inspired by the Gingerbread photo.  The texture on Maria's design was a perfect touch."

Karen has chosen: #6 Colleen!
"I just adore Colleen's Gingerbread village - and all the subtle patterns on the papers.  Such a fabulous card!"

On behalf of the entire team here at Inspired By All The Little Things, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays, and thank you for supporting our challenge blog.  We will be back on January 7th with a brand new challenge - see you then!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things with Natalie Murdock!

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!

It's Karen with you today, and this week I have invited...
 Natalie Murdock from simplysweetstamping.blogspot.ca !!  I met Natalie on the One Crazy Stamper Design Team, and we've since done several tradeshow demo days together, and had a few good crafting sessions with our teammates.  She has the most amazing, artsy design style, and makes the cutest 3D projects you've ever seen (you're going to want to check out her blog!)


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

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?
You can find me over at Simplysweetstamping.blogspot.com I started up my blog back 2010 when I first started creating cards

2. What is your style of card making?
My card making style has changed throughout the years. I love vintage but currently I create more whimsical creations.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?
 I really like Heidi Swapp,love her ideas and creativity.   I'm also inspired by a local gal, Lorrie Everett . I've  learned  a lot from her style, she's a super talented lady.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
  I'm inspired by the different seasons, photos and other talented cardmakers around the world.


5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
Something you may not know about me ....hmmmm.... well, I'm currently learning how to speak French and hope to be fluent one day.

Here is Natalie'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-http://kimcreate.blogspot.ca/


Leigh Penner - www.leighpenner.blogspot.com  




and here is a little something from me - http://kdaycreations.blogspot.ca
  
We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Thursday, December 22nd 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!