Saturday, December 9, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #76

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

Isn't that festive? Looks like the aftermath of a super fun party at my house! The dramatic black backdrop with touches of silver and gold, glitter/sparkle, and pale pink all caught my eye. 

My card today could definitely be for a birthday, or another milestone celebration of some sort. What about to give the host or hostess at your New Year's Eve party? Add a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider as a gift... and perfect!

To create my card today, I die cut circles from vellum and pale pink cardstock and adhered them right to the card base. I added some die cut stars cut from gold glitter paper. I flicked on some white shimmer watercolor paint here and there. The 'Cheers' from My Favorite Things was die cut and stacked four times for dimension. That tiny sentiment strip is from Simple Sentiments by CZ Designs at Simon Says Stamp

To see who the guest designer is this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #75

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!


What an icy and yet cozy inspiration photo! I love the soft colours and the winter feel in general. You can almost feel the chill in the air looking at those skates! I used pastels and a giant snowflake (rather than the star in the photo) for my card today. 

This card was simple to put together. Colourful strips of cardstock in pastel shades as well as some glitter and mirrored silver paper were adhered diagonally across the card front. The snowflake (retired My Favorite Things) and 'merry' were die cut and the little 'Christmas' was stamped and trimmed. Easy peasy and fun to try in other combinations too! 

To see the guest designer this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #74

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!


Rustic wood, metallic accents, an evergreen bough, and a basic layout was my inspiration this week for the Christmas card I put together. 


If you're like me, you have TONS of old patterned paper in your stash from years gone by. For awhile I hoarded woodgrain paper, and dug into that for today's creation. My bright red sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp and will be perfect to give to the children's French teacher this year. That silver star from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is my favourite star die cut ever. The boughs and star are from Concord & 9th and have gotten quite a workout on my Christmas cards this year! 

To see the guest designer this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas tags

My friend Tracey McNeely organizes a fabulous event every year called 25 Days of Christmas Tags. She works so hard at this, and this year is even doing it with an injury! Tracey is amazing. 

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I have been following along each day in awe of all the fabulous inspiration and had the chance to play along. Day 4 featured Reverse Confetti and I loved the sweet tag that Audrey Tokach created. The pastels, all the layers, and of course the fabulous Reverse Confetti product are what inspired me.

Here are five tags I made based on her tag: 


I heat embossed the Diagonal Stripe background using clear embossing powder on tags I die cut using a scalloped circle. I stamped and die cut the moose from Merry Christmoose and watercoloured it using Zig markers. The sentiment was stamped in a crisp black ink and added as a cardstock strip across the bottom of the tag. A silver snowflake and coordinating sequin top it off. I went back later (after the photo, oops!) and added some silver thread to them to attach to the gifts. 

Thanks for stopping in today! I hope you'll play along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags too. There's so much inspiration there, and it's the season for giving! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #73

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

I went ultra clean and simple for my card this week. Almost the total opposite of the busy and beautiful inspiration photo, but sometimes it's nice to see all kinds of intrepretations, right? :) 

I started with a white card base and stamped my design right on it. The pretty string of lights come from a retired Papertrey Ink set. The bulbs were inked with Hero Arts inks. My favourite sentiment set of the season was used for the "deck the halls." You can't see it in the photo, but I flicked some shimmer spray over the entire card. 

To see the guest designer this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #72

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!


I admit I was stumped this week by the inspiration photo. The white on white look is what I was stuck on and couldn't figure out how to make it work. My end result veered off my original idea by a bit, but I still like it.


A vellum stitched border, some sparkly silver trees (from a retired Simon Says Stamp die), and a sentiment from my favourite Christmas stamp set this season put this together quickly.

To see the guest designer this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #71


Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!



I LOVE that zebra print chair!! 


This year when making holiday cards I've decided that if I'm going to make one card, I might as well make two, or three, or four...so for this week's challenge I made four! They are all similar using the same stamped Hero Arts image (retired) that has been heat embossed, and the same patterned paper from My Favorite Things. The card shown on the top of the stack is heat embossed in white, with some silver thread and a silver sequin to finish it off.

To see the guest designer this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their personal blogs:

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #70

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

Those cozy colours and fall leaves caught my eye. I'd love to have that scarf wrapped around me as I sipped that cup of coffee. :) 

I did some creative masking with the Neat & Tangled Maple Leaves Journaling Card stamp set and stamped it so only the leaves were showing without the open space for the sentiment. Distress Markers were used for watercolouring it all in. The sentiment was heat embossed with white and adhered using foam tape. It's all backed on some white woodgrain paper and a kraft card base. 

To see the guest designer this week, and our host's creation, check out the main Inspired By blog. You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Crazy 4 Challenges- Inspire

It's my final week as guest designer for Crazy 4 Challenges and I'd like to thank them for having me design alongside them this month! This week for C4C409 our theme is in honour of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. Create a card that is inspirational/encourages and uses pink somewhere on your design. 

For the florals I used Bohemian Garden from Ellen Hutson. After masking and stamping the flowers and leaves, I coloured them in using Zig markers. The sentiment is from Mirror, Mirror. Some patterned paper and matte black sequins with a drop of Stickles in the center finish it off. 

I hope you will play along this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #69

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

This week our inspiration is all about the autumn season. Cozy quilts, rustic wood, fall wreaths and rich shades of orange, gold and brown! There were so many elements in the photo above and I tried to incorporate all of them in to my card. 


I inked up the lovely wreath from Wheat Wreath by CAS-ual Fridays using Distress inks. That wreath is probably my favourite autumn element from any stamp set. Over top is stamped a sympathy sentiment from Winnie & Walter. There are so many words in this big set that creating your own personalized sentiment is easy. A few ink splatters, some woodgrain paper and twine, and a few enamel dots all add to the panel which is adhered to a dark brown card base. 

You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations on their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Crazy 4 Challenges- Sketch

It is my third week as the guest stamper for Crazy 4 Challenges and we have a fun sketch for you to follow this week! Let the sketch inspire you and link up at the main site. 



As you can see, I switched out the oval in the sketch for a fun butterfly! I inked up the largest butterfly from Butterfly Dreams by Reverse Confetti and die cut it. It is adhered with foam tape over top of four open rectangles in pretty pastel colours. 
The entire panel is backed on a light grey card base with Diamond Stickles glitter all around the edges. Fun fact- I love butterflies and have two butterfly tattoos! 

Thanks for stopping in today and have a GREAT day! 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #68

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

I love the rich colours of the photo and the floral bouquet, and drew my inspiration from that. 

I stamped the floral spray from Kind Soul by WPlus9 along the length of my watercolour cardstock and coloured it in using Zig watercolour markers. On a strip of black cardstock I heat embossed the sentiment from Fresh Cut Wreaths in white. The panel was trimmed down and matted with a strip of gold sparkle cardstock along the top and bottom. It's all adhered to a Blueberry Sky card base. 

You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations are their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Crazy 4 Challenges- Desserts!

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we are celebrating National Dessert Day! Go on and get creative making a card with any sort of yummy dessert on it. Cake, candy, pie, milkshakes...whatever your version of dessert is. :) 

I am not a big dessert fan. Being a Type 1 diabetic I *can* eat any sort of sweet treat with the help of my trusty insulin pump, but I prefer not to. A good ol' piece of candy or two (like the gumballs above) are my go-to dessert. Something small but tasty!
For the main image I used Lawn Fawn's Sweet Smiles stamped in Versafine Black Onyx and watercoloured with Distress Markers. The stitched border around the main panel comes from Avery Elle and a few sequins finish it off. 

Head on over to Crazy 4 Challenges and see what the other design team members have come up with. Play along with us! I can't wait to see what you come up with. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #67

Happy World Cardmaking Day and welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

Aren't those colours rich and elegant? I was inspired by all the colours and stamped my creation with shades a little more saturated than the inspiration photo. 

I used the Concord & 9th Flower Turnabout stamp set for my background. Using the MISTI it is quite easy to get an A2 card panel full of beautiful flower in a few easy steps. The sentiment is from Best Hugs by Simon Says Stamp


You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations are their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Crazy 4 Challenges- World Cardmaking Day!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! I am excited to be guest designing with Crazy 4 Challenges today and this entire month. The theme for this week is ANYTHING GOES. Since it's a special day out here in the cardmaking world, make any sort of card your heart desires.. :) 

I created a pastel rainbow out of cardstock strips, trimmed it down, and adhered it using foam tape to the card base. The sentiment is from Amazing Messages by Simon Says Stamp. I coloured it in with Copic markers and added a few sequins. 

Today is such a fun day for us cardmakers! I hope you all have a great day. You can link up your creation at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #66

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!
That beautiful burst of pink was my inspiration this week.  I used the Sunshine Turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th to get the look I was aiming for. 

After stamping the turnabout stamp four times with various shades of pink ink, I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a pink card base. The flower and sentiment are all from the same stamp set. What you can't see in the photo is that I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter marker to colour in all the white areas of the panel. There is some serious SHINE to this card. On the right side of my blog you'll find a link to my Instagram account where you can see a little video that shows the shimmer and shine a little clearer. 

You can check out how the rest of the fabulous design team was inspired on their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 
We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #65

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration from the Inspired by All the Little Things team!

I'd say that fabulous inspiration photo is perfect for fall, but here in Southwestern Ontario we are still experiencing some serious summer weather! I will soak up the sun as long as I can, but at the same time am looking forward to crisp autumn days. 

My card today uses stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. The squirrels from Harvest Buddies were stamped, die cut, and then coloured with Copic markers. The sentiment is from that set as well, and had some Daffodil ink sponged around the edges. All the elements were adhered to the Stitched Mini Rectangle die, and that was adhered using foam adhesive to the patterned paper. A kraft card base instead of my usual white keeps it rustic looking. 

You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations are their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Inspired by All the Little Things #64

Welcome to another week of fabulous inspiration brought to you by the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. 


I love the gorgeous transition of copper to teal on those jars. Just stunning! Although I didn't have any copper embossing powder on hand, I did have rose gold which gave me the look I was going for. 

On a white cardstock stitched panel I swiped a bright blue ink across the paper, leaving it streaky and not fully saturated in some parts. Once it was dry I swiped Versamark ink down the panel, sprinkled on the rose gold embossing powder, and heat set. I repeated this a few times to get the look I wanted. My sentiment and focal point is a gorgeous die cut from Pinkfresh Studio called Bright Side of Life. The entire panel is adhered to a white card base.   

You can check out the rest of the fabulous design team's creations are their blogs: 

Kimberly Lackenbach
Leigh Penner 
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Wanda Cullen
LauraJane 

We would love it if you played along with us this week. I can't wait to see what you create! Link up your creation at the main Inspired By blog.