Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunday Card Sketch and Monday Layout Sketch Reveals

Hello everyone!  With all the Hurricane Irma commotion and my husband and I trying to finish building our home I totally spaced posting the card sketch yesterday!  OOPS!  Sorry!

So here's Bev's amazing sketch for Sunday, September 10 -
 And here's Danielle's fun version of Bev's sketch -
Next up is Bev's sketch for Monday, September 11 -
And since I'm late in posting I thought I'd change things up a bit.  Guest Design Team Member Deb Pulford shared this version...
And forum member Mary Lou was quick on this sketch and already posted her version!  So I thought it would inspire you as well!
I hope you've enjoyed these sketches and examples!  What will you create using them as inspiration?  Show us your work in the Creative Inspiration Forum!  Happy Scrapping and Card Making!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wednesday September 6 Stash Challenge

This week's featured challenge is Swarna's Stash Challenge.  Here's what she posted in the Creative Inspirations Forum -
For Wednesday Stash .. i have used Handmade Flower from my stash which i had learned to make few months back.
The stamped images, sentiments , pattern paper everything from the stash which i have for long. 😊
 Hope you liked my card.
Excited to see your works using Handmade Flowers.

So what techniques do you use to make flowers?  We hope you'll come join us and show us your beautiful flower creations!  Here's the link to the forum - Creative Inspirations Forum

Don't forget there's still a TINY bit of time to complete the Birthday Bash challenges!!!  Happy Scrapping!!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monday 9/4 Layout Sketch Design Team Reveal

Hope everyone in the US enjoyed their Labor Day weekend! 

Today we're sharing the Monday Layout Sketch and revealing the Design Team's versions...

Here's Bev's wonderful sketch -

And here are the reveals from the Design Team:
First up is Annie
 And Phillis
What will YOU create by the inspiration of these talented ladies???  Show us yours in the Creative Inspiration Forum!!!  Happy Scrapping!!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Celebration Continues!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  And for those from the US, Happy Labor Day! 

We are in the midst of our Birthday Celebration with challenges, bingo game, Steal the Rak and of course all our daily challenges as well!  Be sure to come join us for more fun and games in the forum at Creative Inspiration Forum.

Today I'm sharing the Sunday 9/3 Card Sketch.  Bev really does amazing sketches!  And of course this one's no different...

Design Team Member Candy Cheleppy took this card sketch to a whole new level!  In Australia, Sunday September 3rd was Father's Day and she decided to challenge herself to take this beautiful sketch and make it into a masculine card.
I'd say she did an amazing job!!!  Wouldn't you?! 

So what will YOU do with Bev's sketch and Candy's example?  Show us your version in the forum!

Happy Cardmaking!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Celebrate With Us!!!

We are celebrating 1 year of Creative Inspirations with a Birthday Bash . Hope you'll play along... 10 days of challenges, game and prizes..

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!  We hope you'll join us!  If you're not already a member, sign up now so you can get approved before the festivities start!  Tell them you came via the blog and they'll know you're not a robot or spammer. 

Happy Scrapping!!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

It's Time for the August Mini Crop!!!

I'm a couple of days late posting this so I apologize, but you still have plenty of time to play!  This month's themes are FAMILY, HOLIDAYS, VACATIONS, CELEBRATIONS, WATER THEMED, STICKERS, STITCHING.

And here is this month's challenge list:
1. Tracy - Vacations
2. Joan - vacation and stitching
3. Louise - Include a Birthday Cake photo
4. Danielle - stickers
5. Candy - water themed
6. Ginni - Water themed
7. Swarna - stickers
8. Bev - water themed + use some chipboard on project
9. Toni Archer - outdoor fun

The mini crop projects are due August 27th at 11:59 Eastern time.  Here's a link to the forum so you can play along! Creative Inspiration Forum.  If you're not yet a member, sign up and leave a note that you came via the blog and you'll get registered and approved right away!  Happy Scrapping!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday Technique Challenge August 15

So far this week my FAVORITE challenge has been Julie's Tuesday Technique challenge!  I can't WAIT to try it!!!  Here's her challenge:

To day I want to share one of my favourite techniques. A wet medium i.e. Glimmer Mist and Glad wrap i.e. plastic wrap, cling wrap.  Simply apply a liberal amount of your medium so it is very wet then place a layer of glad wrap over the top ensuring you have lots of wrinkles
 Leave it until it is completely dry. I generally leave mine overnight. Then peel the glad wrap off
The wrinkles in the glad wrap leave beautiful patterns on your paper.  I have also done the same thing with Ranger Inks, which did not work as well
Color Crush Powders. Again not the best result
And Acrylic Paints. This one worked very well and I will definitely do this again
Here is a layout I created using this technique for the background
Hope you have time to give this a try. It is quick and easy to do. The only bug bear if you are like me is waiting for it to dry

And a side note from DT Member Colleen who tried the technique...  Piece of advice don't use press and seal wrap, it tears the paper when you take it off.  Thanks for letting us know Colleen!

So...  what do YOU think of this technique?  I personally can't WAIT to try it!  Show us your creation using this technique in the forum at August 15 TTT Challenge
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday 8-14-17 Layout Sketch

Hi there!  Today's layout sketch by Bev is so pretty I just want to print it out and put pictures on it! 

However, after seeing what Design Team Member Lisa Moen did with this sketch, I have a million other ideas for it!

 So what about you?  Show us what YOU would do with this sketch in the forum.  Here's the link - Monday 8-14-17 Layout Sketch Forum Link
Happy Scrapping! 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday Card Sketch - August 13, 2017

Hello and Happy Cardmaking!  Today we're sharing the newest card sketch.
And this is what Design Team Member Brenda Caldow did with the sketch.
So what will YOU do with this fabulous card sketch and example???  Show us in the forum at Sunday 8-13 Card Sketch!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Layout Sketch

Today's layout sketch by Bev was a LOT of fun to play with!
Here's what Design Team members Louise and Toni chose to do with this fabulous sketch...

Louise used a LOT of different elements on her Good Morning page...

And Toni did a gorgous page about her granddaughter.

Here's the link to the forum so you can see what Bev, Joan, Tracy, Danielle, Swarna, Ginni  and Candy did with this sketch!  Monday LO Sketch 8/7.  Click on the link if you'd like to play along to!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday Card Sketch

Today's card sketch by Bev is really pretty with a big doily, butterflies and lots of details.

And here is Lisa Moen's beautiful wedding card version of Bev's sketch...

If you'd like to play along with us, here's the link to the forum topic for this sketch.  Sunday 8/6 Card Sketch

We'd LOVE to see what you create with this sketch!  Happy Card Making!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue # 18 August 2017

Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue #18 August 2017 is live for your viewing.
Please open to full screen for the best viewing of the amazing stunning and talented projects from people around the world.
We would love to see you comment so we know you have taken the time to visit with us. Thanks

Friday, July 28, 2017

The July Mini Crop is In Full Swing!

Have you ever joined us for one of our monthly mini crops?  They're so much FUN!  Each month has a theme and half of the Design Team plus the Guest Design Team Member share challenges with examples!  You have until Midnight Eastern Time on July 30th to complete this month's challenges...  Here's the link to the topic in the forum - July Mini Crop

Annie has a Fun and Bright challenge. Hello Crafty Friends! It's summertime!! Everything is more colorful this time of year. All the flowers and tree are in bloom and everyone is dress is light, bright clothing. When I think of summer I think of Fun and Bright colors - like blues, reds, yellows, greens, and orange. Hey not only are those from in the rainbow but they are the colors of the year. For this Challenge I would love for you to create a project using the Fun and Bright colors of the year. You can use them all of just a few colors. Now, the twist - include a summer image on your project.
Here are the other challenges for the mini crop...
Linda challenges us to use doilies on our projects.
Colleen wants to see some sparkle!
Lisa wants to see some vacation layouts - use one pic or a lot of pics!
Guest Designer Stacey wants you to make a fun summer project
Julie wants a family layout.
Brenda wants us to use flowers!
And Phillis wants a patriotic project. 

Don't forget you have until the last day of the month to complete the other monthly challenges as well!

And keep an eye out for the August issue of the Creative Inspirations Magazine!  Every issue is a LOT better than the last one!!! 

Remember, there's a LOT of fun on the forum and the ladies are supportive and encouraging!  Unless otherwise stated you can make any kind of project for each challenge!  We love to see cards, layouts, altered items, tags, ATCs, whatever you wish to make!!!  We're quite the family and ALWAYS welcome new members!  So if you're looking for an online home, I can HIGHLY recommend it!  Come and join us! 

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Friday July 14 Inspiration Challenge

Namaste from India..
This is my first post as a DT in Creative Inspiration .
I am very much excited to share my work for today with you all .
As this is my first post, I thought of starting with creating something related to my Country , India which is rich in Traditions, Culture and lots of Colour. :)
So, I took inspiration from Pinterest and here it is
I have created a Layout based on the Inspiration using the colour theme. Also, have included pea**** and feathers because it is the National Bird of India.  
I hope you all liked my work and very much eager to see all your beautiful creations.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July's In Full Swing!

The new Design Team has settled in and the month of July is in full swing!  Where has this year gone?! We have lots of new challenges that are still active but here are this week's sketch challenges.

The Sunday Card Sketch is by Bev Code...
And here is Design Team Member Danielle's version of the sketch...
Next up is another sketch by Bev Code.  This is the Monday Layout Sketch.
And here is Louise's version of that sketch...
Remember, you have until 11:59 PM Eastern time to complete the challenges for the month!  So be sure to check them out!  You can find all of them at the Creative Inspiration Forum.

Happy Scrapping! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Meet the New Design Team - Terry Robson and Tracy Feely

Today we share about the last two members of the Design Team.  
First is Terry Robson.

I have been doing these crazy obsession they call scrapbooking my whole life. I made my first scrapbook when I was seven. My mother and I took a trip to New York City. I saved every piece of memorabilia from that trip from subway tokens to the wrapper from the gum they gave me on the airplane. I bought a scrapbook and taped everything I collected on the pages. Even at that age, I journal every adventure we had. Journalism is really important to me. I started “creatively” scrapbooking in 1996. I walked into a craft store in Juneau, AK and noticed the fun papers and stickers they were selling. With a bag of papers, stickers, glue stick and a basic scrapbooking magazine, I sat in a hotel room and made my first page. I have been hooked ever since. After over 20 years, I still love scrapbooking and the creative release it provides. Recently we migrated from Alaska to Florida.  Yes I extreme to another.  I am loving being warm and being close to the ocean, palm trees, and my beloved pink birds.  I'm married to the sweetest and "best-est" husband ever for over 30+ years.  My priority is doing two page layouts of our many adventures while traveling.

You can find more of Terry's work in her gallery at -

And last but not least is Tracy Feely.  

My name is Tracy and I live in Central Florida with my husband Gerry. I have 3 stepchildren and 3 grandchildren which you'll see in most of my layouts. I'm retired now so I have plenty of time to scrap, which I've been doing for abut 10 years now. I also enjoy card making and altering things occasionally .  I'm excited to be here in our new home and looking forward to working with everyone.  

You can find more of Tracy's work on her blog at
Don't forget to leave some love for Terry and Tracy in the comments below!  And be sure to check out our challenges at the Creative Inspirations Forum!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Phillis Walrath and Swarna Krafter

First up today is Phillis Walrath.
Hi, I am Phillis.  I am an elementary librarian in a rural school.  I began scrapbooking at least 12 years ago so I could document my own children.  These children are now 17 and 19.  I am glad to be part of this DT.

You can find more of Phillis's work on her blog at

Next up today is Swarna Krafter
Hi .. I am Swarna Krafter from Bangalore, India. SAHM with two girls,age 8 and 3. Crafting being my passion since my childhood,started as a hobby and now doing as a business in name KraftyWaves.  Started in 2012, deals with Paper quilled products in jewels, home decor, etc. And presently into personalised gifts like mini albums, scrapbooks,decoupaged gifts and so on. I always love to learn new craft works which give me an opportunity to learn something creative and keep me rejuvenated. 

Be sure to leave some love for Phillis and Swarna in the comments below!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Linda Harvey, Lisa Moen and Louise Turner

Today we meet Linda Harvey, Lisa Moen and Louise Turner.

First up is Linda Harvey.
My name is Linda Harvey. I live in beautiful northeast Alabama--nestled in the mountains on the Tennessee River. My husband is a pastor and I am very active in church ministry. We have four children and fifteen grandchildren (that means lots of pictures to scrap). I have been scrapping for eighteen years...I enjoy it as a creative outlet and a way to preserve history for my family.

Next is Lisa Moen.
Hi! I am excited to be back here at Creative Inspirations!  My name is Lisa. My husband Greg and I live in central Wisconsin along with our 2 children. Sierra just finished her freshman year of college and Austin, just finished his junior year of high school. These 3 are the subjects of most of my layouts.  I work as the Food Service Director at the middle/high school. I enjoy having most of my summer off, or at least I hope so, since this is a new position for me that started in October. Besides scrapping, I enjoy camping, gardening and reading.

You can see more of Lisa's work on her blog at

And next is Louise Turner

Hi. My online scrapbook name is Louise Turner and I'm an avid Scrapbooker and papercrafter! I'm married to a wonderful hubby with twin boys andwork full time in allied health care.I describe my scrapbooking style as eclectic.My layouts range from simple paper and layering to detailed mixed media. My preferred style I like to call PPM = Paper + Medium.I love paper collections followed by art mediums and embellishments, like wood veneer, flair buttons and thickers.My favourite thing to do is to share process videos as I have picked up so many techniquesfrom watching other's videos, I hope you can pick up something from mine.

You can see more of Louise's work and find links to her videos on her blog at

Please be sure to leave Linda, Lisa and Louise some love in the comments below!  And be sure to join us at the forum for daily challenges at the Creative Inspirations Forum.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Julie Kairl and Karen Zabuska

First up today is Julie Kairl.

I have been paper crafting for the last 15 years, starting when my daughter asked me to attend a card making class with her.  Card making became my hobby for a couple of years and then I went to a scrapbooking class. Now I spend way more time scrapbooking than card-making. I am retired and spend most of my time involved in my paper crafting hobby one way or the other.  I teach 2 classes a week in my home town of Adelaide in South Australia and love it.  I don’t think I have a particular style but I do love to try different things and any new techniques or products I happen across, that take my fancy, will generally find their way into one of my projects.  I have one daughter and one grand-daughter who find themselves on 90% of my layouts. My husband is camera shy so it is very rare that I can get a photo of him to scrap.  I am very excited to be joining the Design Team here at Creative Inspirations and getting to know everyone here  Cheers, Julie.  You can find more of Julie's work on her blog  here.

And next up today is Karen Zabuska,

Hi everyone, I live in Southern California with my 2 adopted Beagles, Shabby & Jaimieson.  I have 2 grown sons who I refer as to "The Men". Both of them in the last 7 months have made me a Grandmother.  Gavin is 8 month & Atlas is 1 week old. I am a retired High School teacher after 32 years of teaching.  I have been retired 4 years now.  I am a single Mom who raised my "Men" by myself.  I enjoy scrapping, making cards, some altered Art & have gotten into Quilting.  You can find more of Karen's creations on her blog at

Please be sure to welcome Julie and Karen by leaving them some love in the comments below!