June 23, 2008

Inspire Me!

Hey everyone! Whew, the AC guy has been here for 2 hours working on the air conditioning unit. We have a ground source heat pump which is nice because we have NO propane to mess with.....but it takes a little maintenance every year. So I cleaned house while the guy worked and then we talked softball. He's the coach of team we just played. I hope he doesn't bill me for chit chat and iced tea!!

So now I have to get ready for more softball games tonight. Let's hope we don't get rained out for a FOURTH time!!

I do have a little bit of time to post some cards that I made some time ago. I used up some of the last snippets of my homemade patterned paper which I loved SO MUCH! I have to make some more! Lately, I've been collecting magazine pages, catalog pages, paint chips, etc......it's amazing what a little inspiration will do! So I sat down and make some inspirational cards that I can send out to friends when they feel the *mo jo* is gone.

For this first card, I used a portion of Karen Lockhart's pencil jar to create an inchie. It's layered onto Spellbinder's cut squares and then layered onto my card. Image colored with Copic markers. And here's a card that was just total FUN to create. I love the giant polka dots and stripes that I used for my homemade patterned paper so I thought it would be fun to recreate those patterns on Karen Lockhart's Warm Socks. Aren't they just crazy? I would definitely be inspired if I work socks like that! I used the brush tip of my Copic Sketch markers to create the tiny dots and stripes on the socks. What a fun image to color!
The sentiment I used for both cards reads *inspire creativity* and it's one that I just love from Papertrey Ink. It's from the Just Hatched stamp set. So what has inspired you lately? I would love to hear where you get your inspiration from. My most recent inspiration came from a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I also just received an order from Two Peas which has lots of the new October Afternoon patterned paper. I can't wait to use that too!! Have a COOOOOL evening everyone.......I'm gonna get it SO cold in this house that we'll all have icicles hanging from our noses! Oh, the ice maker quit for a couple days too! Imagine that....no AC and no ice cubes. Not good! But it's all better now so I'm a happy camper!

33 comments:

Marci said...

What has inspired me lately...YOU! I turn to your blog everyday for my daily dose of inspiration. Your talent amazes me! I love your attention to the little details that sets your work apart from everyone elses! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiring me everytime I read your blog! Keep up the great work!

Julia said...

Ditto the comment in front of me! I just found you and I have no idea how I did since I've been blog surfing, but yours is in my favs and I check it every day now! And then I found Papertrey and Ellens from you and they've been getting some serious loving from me. And then there's the Bella's! Don't get me started. I can't wait until everything arrives and I can get started! Although I think I need to re-order from Papertrey Ink and get some ribbon and Paper. My husband is asking, "Will the madness never end?!" (Nope, it's only just begun!) Thanks for being an inspiration to me and you'll be hearing more from me soon!! Julia

loves2stamp said...

Your work is definitely inspiration...esp when you post you card sketches! I have a hard time starting from a blank slate so my inspiration comes from cards sketches or designer paper. Thanks for sharing your work...I alway ook forwar to what you have to share! You rock!!!!

happiness blooms said...

aaaaaaaaack! Mishie, you knock my socks off every time with your creations!

Dottie K. said...

Wow these are just gorgeous. I love your handmade paper. I love those socks - I just bought that stamp and can't wait to have fun with it. You always give me inpirations - thanks so much! Have fun at the game and stay cool! :)

Heather said...

Love the cards!!! So so cute! Beautiful, soft colors!!! I am also glad you got some AC!!! Now you can use the ice from your noses to chill your drinks! ;) No, really ... It would be so so bad for that to happen. Glad you are comfy in a cool home again:)

susantodd said...

OMG - every time I log onto your blog you amaze me!!! I SOOOOOO want to be you! you have such creativity and i can't stand it :)
I would appreciate it if you could email me back separately as to which type of "cutter" you use with your nesties. thanks!
susantodd@optonline.net

Carolyn said...

I'm new to card making, and have no creativity at all. You are my inspiration. I love your style, and I can't wait to see your new creations. It's like opening up a present. Your colors, your explanations on how what you use, size of the cards is truly the best. Absolutely amazing.

Raquites said...

Mish-those are adorable. SO sweet of you. Your friends are going to have thier socks knocked off when they receive these. the cards alone are sure to return the mojo!
stay cool!

Sue said...

That pencil inchie card is amazing!

Gail S. said...

Once again...you have out done yourself! Since it is summer time, my kids and I fight for the computer in the evening and when I get to your blog, I am just awed by all the wonderful things you come up with. Thank you for sharing!

Becky P. said...

I just have to say, you inspire me. I found your blog a couple of months ago, and I check it everyday. I love your work, and your passion for your craft. Thanks for keeping my mojo running.

Karen said...

Of course, you inspire me. I love reading your blog. I also get inspired by patterned paper. I frequently design cards around the paper I want to use. Thanks for sharing.

Mauna said...

I agree with everyone else..your blog inspries me. I tagged you from my blog. You are one I visit daily. Thanks

michelle in mi said...

Just delightful- every day I visit your blog and find the most inspiring and creative ideas! I love the colors on the sock card - how about a tutorial on tying that perfect bow?Please!!Thanks for all you share to make everyone's day brighter!

Sherrie said...

I have to agree with everyone else who said that you inspire them...I love your blog and all your creations!! Your blog is such a happy place to come to...all your creations just make me smile! Thanks for sharing your talent!!

Charmingdesigns said...

LOVE those polka dots!!! The top card is wonderful!! Laurie

LeAnne said...

Oh, I just got this little pencil stamp and love what you did with it!
I get my inspiration from you, and many other stampers whose blogs are in my favorites! I eagerly await that early morning "ding" on my computer that lets me know your post is there!
I get inspiration also from fabric, catalogs, people's clothing, and magazine ads!
LeAnne

Char said...

Oh, just ditto me with everyone else....YOU are a wonderful inspiration! Wish I had an ounce of your creativity. In a mojo slump here so trying to get "inspired". 98% humidity and 90+ heat combined with tropical storms does that, I think! :-)

MichelleY said...

WOWZERS! I LOVE your hand made background paper with the inchies. I also LOVE how you mounted the inchies on the larger squares. I never figured out how to make a small image a focal point until now. You are truly BRILLIANT, my friend!

Holly said...

Wonderful cards. I love the part of the pencils in a jar you chose to cut out for an inchie! Great color combos on both!

Holly
hogwildaboutstamping.blogspot.com

Mel said...

Mishie, you are a never-ending source of inspiration! I want to meet you sooo bad just to get some of your mojo to rub off onto me! LOL!! You are one talented lady!

Anonymous said...

Well, obviously you are a major inspiration! Everytime I come here, I'm torn between running to my craft room and getting inky or staying here to drool over your wonderful creations! But since you asked what else inspires us, I'd have to say the Sherwin-Williams commercials. A recent one shows a series of flourishes in greens, blues, wine reds--odd sounding combos, but wonderful together. Even the florishes themselves have given me ideas.

Bella Rose Creations said...

The Nashville Wraps Catalog inspires me! I love all that trendy wrapping paper and those packaging ideas are the absolute best!

Amanda McIlhatton said...

Michelle - I must have visited your blog a thousand times and I just wanted to comment and say how much I admire your designs! I've just got those Lockhart socks so thanks for some inspiration. I live in N.Ireland and my nephew has just recently gone to Kansas to join a 2000 mile harvest ( 2000 I think??) ending in Canada in about 8 months time. He is having a fantastic time!

chelle said...

let's see...where do i get inspiration from...ummm...YOU!!!! :) lots and lots comes from you and other bloggers...SCS is another huge one, along with magazines...and, catalogs...i heart pottery barn too!! i also get inspiration from really crazy places...like someone's purse or shirt that happens to walk into work...
thanks for your part in feeding my creativity, mish!!
chelle

mochamama said...

I get inspired everytime I visit your blog!!!! (Which is daily!) I have started making my own paper, cause you do. I make more than one of the same card now,cause you do. AND, I am going to go yardsaling this weekend for the first time in forever, cause you do! hehehe Just remember, imitation is the highest form of flattery!
I just love the colors in these two cards!

Michelle said...

I too am inspired by you. There are so many blogs out here in blog world that this is where I get most of my inspiration. I no longer have to wait for a new stamp magazine to be published. I get new sketches, color groups, and challenges daily! What more could I ask for? Except maybe every new stamp set that comes out auto shipped to my house!

Sunshine said...

Wow, love the colours on these cards! Thanks for sharing! Ps, I have tagged you on my blog! www.ihearttostamp.blogspot.com
I have been checking yopur blog since a frined in LA directed me to it, she checks it too! Very inspiring & love the colours!!
TFS
Sunshine NZ

Anonymous said...

I get my inspiration from you Mish! Your cards, recipe cards, and everything you come up with and share are just so wonderful! Your blog always brightens my day. :) I also just got a Crate & Barrel catalog containing beautiful sheet sets that I will use for inspiration for background papers (hmmm...where'd I get the idea to make my own background papers.....). Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Martin

Carol Weimer said...

I just love stopping by your blog for inspiration! I enjoy seeing what you're creating and I always walk away with ideas to develop on my own. Just took my first soldering class and can't wait to get as skilled as you are at it. Thanks so much for all that you share with us.

DeeDee said...

Hi Mish! I LOVE these cards and your homemade papers are the BEST!! The one with the socks....too cute!!! I am inspired by blogs like yours, magazines and nature mostly....and sometimes, ideas just pop into my head out of the clear blue!!! I feel your pain with no A/C and ice maker....we were 4 days without internet *gasp* Can you imagine....LOL!!!

StamperSharon said...

Wonderful cards, Mish -- especially like what you did with the pencil stamp!

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