I Love You!

Hey, guess what... I'm guest designing with the team at Just Us Girls! Yep, I get to design along with those talented ladies for the entire month of August! Lets get this ball rolling shall we. First up is word week and this is where it took me.

I remembered I had this little suitcase and sentiment left over from a long ago 12 Kits of Occasions kit. When I was digging around for some patterned paper with the right shade of green, I came across this cute scrap. I'm thinking it's Cosmo Cricket? The piece was just big enough to use my Spellbinders postage die and I cut the sentiment with a PPP tag die. Those little tickets along the bottom are Jenni Bowlin, remember her cute doodads! 

Okay, get your thinking caps on and 'travel' along with us this week!


Hello Gorgeous!

Pucker up buttercup, we're celebrating lemons at Inspired By

When I was a teenager, I was head majorette in a baton and drum corp. Many of the parades we marched in were part of a festival. One of my favorite treats was the fresh squeezed lemonade. Have you ever had it from one of those festival stands? They add the lemons, sugar and water to a big cup with lots of ice, top it with another cup and shake it up! It was always the perfect mix of lemon and sweetness. That's what inspired my lemon filled shaker card! All of my dies and shaker fillings are from Pretty Pink Posh, the sentiment too.

Okay, now it's your turn. Will you be inspired by our inspiration photo, the sketch... maybe both?

Edit: I had no way to contact Erika concerning her question about the lemons I used. The lemons and gingham are patterned paper. American crafts... I think!


A Little Note

Hey there! Popping in tonight with a card for The Paper Players challenge.

I love the way this turned out! The bird is a stamp I bought on Etsy. I know chickadees don't have a golden yellow tummy, but it looked pretty with the aqua and light gray! The blooms I added are Wplus9 and the sentiment by Endless Creations.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Enjoy the Journey!

Surf's up! Not here in Ohio, on the Inspired By blog!

I have to admit I was a bit stumped at first. I had nothing in my collection of stamps or paper that seemed to work. So I adapted and overcame drawing inspiration from both the photo and sketch!

I used some die cut magic to turn an older Spellbinders square postage die into a rectangle. Then I zoned in on the ombre pinks and pretty sunset from our photo. Masking and ink blending gave me the stripes and circle. I heat embossed brush strokes (PRS: New Day) then added specks (PRS: Fall Colors) as a nod to the birds. I free-handed the palm tree and cut it from black cardstock. Last, but not least, my sentiment (PRS: Journey).

I hope I've inspired you to join us this week!



Hooray, The Paper Players are celebrating 500 challenges! 
They're looking for clean and simple celebration cards.

This cute elephant from WPlus9 will be floating his way into their gallery!

 Congratulations to everyone at The Paper Players on this incredible milestone!