Saturday, January 20, 2018

Inspired By All the Little Things #78 Featuring Linda Snodgrass

Hello, Darnell here to welcome you to Inspired By All The Little Things
second challenge of January 2018!

In case you missed the announcement in the last challenge, 
we've made a few changes for the new year!

Please note that we will now be a two-week challenge!

We hope that will allow more of you to be inspired!

We would also love to read in your post what "little thing"
inspired you in the photo inspiration!

The challenge and winners posts will publish 
on the first and third Saturdays of every month.
(There will be no challenge if there is a fifth Saturday in a month.)

Here is the photo inspiration for this challenge!
So many ways you can be inspired by this amazing photograph!!
What "little thing" inspires you?
***
I have invited my talented friend Linda Snodgrass
of Lin's Craft Corner to be our featured designer for the month of January!
You can read Lin's interview in our last challenge here.

For this photo inspiration, Lin shared that the "little thing" that
inspired her was the soft pink cookie heart with the flowers.
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Here is Linda's adorable 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!!! 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Kim's Cards & Crafts
Kim was inspired by the hearts and quatrefoil pattern on the cookies.

LauraJane 
LauraJane was inspired by the white-on-white texture and delicate flowers.

Leigh Penner 

Leigh was inspired by the colours, the quatrefoil patterns on the background
of two cookies and by the sweet little birds.

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs
Marcie was inspired by the colours, particularly the little pops of dark pink
and the lacy look of the quatrefoil cookies. 

Silke Ledlow

Silke was inspired by the colors, the flowers and the bird image.

Sheri Gilson
Sheri was inspired by the hearts and lattice detail in the frosting.

Wanda Cullen
Wanda was inspired by the heart shapes and the raised background pattern.

and one from me:
Darnell Knauss
I was inspired by the white textured cookies 
with the sweet bird and the mint and pink colors.

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We hope you will play along with us for this challenge!

The linky will close on Friday, February 2, 2018, 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!!

Inspiring Standouts Challenge #77

Thank you all so much for joining us the last two weeks for 
Inspired By All the Little Things challenge #77!  
We love seeing how much you are enjoying the new two-week format 
and how you were inspired in all of your creative projects!

I would like to thank Linda Snodgrass for being our Creative Guest!

Lin and I have chosen the submissions we feel have earned
a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week!
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Lin's choice:
Inspired By All the Little Things #77 Featuring Linda Snodgrass
I love all the sweet little critters that are colored so beautifully 
and her sponged background is awesome.
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My choice: 
 
Kelly's card warmed my heart with the spirit of friendship. I love how all the
critters are looking squarely at you, just like in the inspiration photo. 
Even the fox (who at first glance looks like he is looking at the reindeer) 
is smiling straight at you! I love the sentiment and background, too!

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Kelly!

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, January 6, 2018

Inspired By All the Little Things #77 Featuring Linda Snodgrass

Hello, Darnell here to welcome you to Inspired By All The Little Things!

We've made a few changes for the new year!


Please note that we will now be a two-week challenge!


We hope that will allow more of you to be inspired!

We would also love to read in your post what "little thing"
inspired you in the photo inspiration!

The challenge and winners posts will publish 

on the first and third Saturdays of every month.
(There will be no challenge if there is a fifth Saturday in a month.)

Here is the photo inspiration for this challenge!

So many ways you can be inspired by this amazing photograph!!
What "little thing" inspires you?
***
For this challenge, I have invited my talented friend Linda Snodgrass
of Lin's Craft Corner to be our featured designer for the month of January!
I asked Lin to share the following:

1. What is the name of your blog? When and why did you start it?
The name of my blog is Lin's Craft Corner
I started it in 2011 after my BFF, Colleen of One Smile Lifts A Spirit 
started her blog. I decided I needed a blog, too, and Colleen helped 
me set it up so I could start entering my cards in challenges.

2. What is your style of card making?
I consider myself a CAS (clean and simple) type of cardmaker using 
bold, bright colors, but I also enjoy the next level with some layers. 

3. What "little thing" inspired you about the photo inspiration?
  When I saw this photo inspiration, I thought, "Oh, no, I don't have any critter 
stamp sets and I don't usually create with them!" But then the foxes 
caught my eye and I remembered this Kay Miller set with a fox.

4. Tell us something about yourself that we may not know?
One thing people may not know about me is that I belong to Beta Sigma Phi,
which is a Women's International Group. We call it our Sorority group,
but it has nothing to do with college sororities. It is a social group, but we also
perform service projects to help others. I have been in the group for 17 years
and have formed many lasting relationships!
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Here is Linda's adorable 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!!! 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Kim's Cards & Crafts
Kim was inspired by all the critters!

LauraJane 
LauraJane was inspired by the critters and the sweet florals.

Leigh Penner 
Leigh was inspired by the sweet critters and the colours.

Marcie Sharp

 Sharp Designs
Marcie was inspired by the little floral elements in the photo.

Sheri Gilson
Sheri was inspired by the little Owl in the inspiration photo.

Silke Ledlow
Silke was inspired by the sweet foxes in the photo. 

Wanda Cullen
Wanda was inspired by the sweet bear.

and one from me
djkardkreations.com
I was inspired by the sweet little bear!
***

We hope you will play along with us for this challenge!

The linky will close on Friday, January 19, 2018, 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!!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Inspiring Standouts Challenge #76

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired By All the Little Things 
challenge #76!  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects!

I would like to thank Joanne James for being our Creative Guest this week!

Joanne and I have chosen the submissions we feel have earned
a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week!
Joanne's choice:

#2 Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth's sparkly shoes make me want to put on my party dress and go out and start celebrating! They balance the falling confetti perfectly and that fabulous die cut unifies the elements and sums up the inspiration photo for me. I love it!


My choice: 

#4 Vicki Finger
Vicki's bold graphic card matched the inspiration photo perfectly.  The little pops of gold add to the elegance of the design and perfectly embody the spirit of "Happy New Year"!

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Vicki!

Please grab our badge to display on your blog!
Thank you again to everyone who played along with us this week! 
All the entries were lovely!
We will take a short break to enjoy the holidays with family and friends and will return  with a brand new challenge at 5:00 AM PST on January 6, 2018.
Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season from all of us at Inspired By...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #76 featuring Joanne James

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 and very talented designer, 
Joanne James of The Crafty Owl!


I asked Joanne 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 ‘The Crafty Owl’ and I started it at the start of January 2013, a few months after I took up papercrafting. I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I wanted to be able to share my creations and connect with other people who shared my new-found passion. I chose the name because the first papercrafting tool I ever bought was an owl punch and I loved it!

2. What is your style of card making?
My style tends to be clean and layered and I love to use diecuts in interesting ways. I also love to colour, especially with markers. I am definitely not a messy crafter though and tend to avoid mixed media, although I do love to have a go at a good collage card every now and then.


3. Who inspires you as a designer?
I am an avid blog reader and am inspired by lots of the designers that I follow. Some of my favourites include Jennifer McGuire, Brian King and Hannelie Bester, all of whom have similar styles to mine but I also Birgit’s fabulous watercolours too.

4. What sort of things inspire you as a card maker? Photos? Sketches? Other designers?
I love a good sketch and will often use one as a starting point for a card. I take inspiration from anywhere and everywhere – magazines, nature and of course Pinterest!
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?
I am a keen stamp collector, having inherited a collection that includes every first day issue of British stamps that has been produced during the reign of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.  I also have four chickens, whose daily supply of eggs feeds another of my passions: baking!
  
Here is Joanne's festive card using this week's photo 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
 off this week

Wanda Cullen

We hope you will play along with us!

The linky will close on Friday, December 15th 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 Challenge #75

Thank you all so much for joining us this week for the Inspired By All the Little Things 
challenge #75!  We loved seeing how you were inspired in all of your creative projects!

I would like to thank Bobby Hagen for being our Creative Guest this week!
Bobby and I have chosen the submissions we feel have earned
a special Inspiring Stand Out badge this week!
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Bobby's choice:
The wonderful die cut skate with the blue glitter blade, the soft blue inking on the wood background, and stars all stole my heart.  All the elements of the photo were incorporated into Marcia's lovely clean and simple card. 

***
My choice: 
Cat's card is winter bliss with the beautiful white skates against that robin's egg blue! I especially liked how Cat brought out the paneled background of the inspiration photo!

Congratulations, Marcia and Cat!

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, December 2, 2017

Inspired By All the Little Things #75 Featuring Bobby Hagen

Hello, Darnell here to welcome you 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 Bobby Hagen
of Bits & Pieces to be our featured designer.
I asked Bobby 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 Bits & PiecesBits & Pieces Design Studio was the name I had been using when I was making mosaics, quilts and cards, all of which are made up of bits and pieces of china, fabric, and paper respectively.  I just carried it over to my blog that I started in 2011 for probably the same reason everyone else did - to share my cards and enter challenges.

2. What is your style of card making?

That's a good question.  My style has changed dramatically in the last 6 1/2 years from many layers and distressing to almost too clean and simple sometimes.  I'm still evolving but I do find that I love to watercolor and try new techniques.

3. Who inspires you as a designer?

Oh my.  If I named names, I'd be afraid I'd leave someone out.  Let's just say I'm inspired by those who do beautiful watercoloring, those who can make wonderful cards with mainly die cuts, those who do gorgeous background techniques, and those who can handle any medium (pencils, Zigs, watercolors, Copics).  
If you see yourself in this group, you've inspired me.

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

See question number 3. 😊 What other designers have done can be a big influence on what I make, but I'm also inspired by nature, art, and textiles.  I usually get too literal with photo challenges, but I'm trying to break that habit.
  
5. Share something about yourself that we may not know?

I play the hammered dulcimer.  Not well, mind you, especially since I put it up for two years and now I'm having to learn the music all over again.  I'm trying to set aside time each day for practice but something else keeps getting in the way.  
Could it be card making? 

Here is Bobby'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!!! 

Kimberly Lackenbach

LauraJane 

Leigh Penner 

Marcie Sharp
 Sharp Designs

Sheri Gilson

Wanda Cullen

and one from me:
We hope you will play along with us this week!

The linky will close on Friday, December 8, 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!