I talk ALOT about INSPIRATION here on my blog. I constantly say get inspired by life and the things around you. Alot of you email and ask “Where do I begin to do that?” So I hope this post gives you the INSPIRATION (wink) to get INSPIRED!

I have made cards based from colors and patterns seen my daughters dress to  her undies! It really is everywhere! You just have to think how you can transform your source of inspiration into a CARD!  Heck I even got inspired by a Tissue box a while back!

Anyone remember THESE CARDS?

leftover tissue   tissue box

Click the link below-scroll to the very bottom on left, you will see the box I used to inspire my cards!


Pretty cool huh? (stamp set was Looks Like Spring and Take Three by SU!) I used the versamark resist technique, on glossy white paper to recreate the box pattern to make my own patterned paper! Card on the left is simple, the one on the right is a stepped up version.

So to show you what I mean, again, I am taking a simpler way out by showing you this card.


I was totally inspired by my paper. The paper is gorgeous enough to stand on its own. In real life it sparkles like crazy! The Jolies Fleurs was perfect for this recreation because many of the stamps are similar to this paper (by K & Co.) I didnt over embellish and add all sorts of ribbon cause the glitter on the paper is enough. This card took less than 15 minutes. Cutting being the time consuming part. Again clean simple yet interesting.

Now for another bit of inspiration from my paper!

dragonfly wishes I LOVED this paper by K & co.

So I used it as the focus of my design. Its a flat postcard style. The flap where the dragonfly is, opens to reveal your message. This set is Au Naturale. I stamped the dragon fly wings on another layer of vellum to make it 3D and shimmery! A lightly stamped flower image is behind the sentiment.

Now time for my card that was inspired by the card above.

I also want to show you its all about the photo! I am showing you the SAME card photographed twice-

Once in Natural Light

natural fall notes

Here in a professional Photo Box set-up

fall notes

close up leaf detail

leaf detail

What a difference a photo makes eh? I think I like the natural one best maybe cause its a nature themed card! LOL!

Now while its not exactly like the above patterned paper it was INSPIRED by it. So its all about inspiration-not always exact duplication.

I stamped the leaves from Au Naturale on glossy white cardstock in versmark ink, then sponged river rock, soft sky, and a shimmery light beige. I then stamped the leaf in beige brilliance ink.

I love the soft vellum overlay with the cutout on this. I colored this with my brilliance inks and my Fantastix brushes <—–click for tutorial. I love using that technique.

So that is the bottom line-get inspired by anything you like. It could be a commercial, laundry detergent-whatever. Be open to ideas from all over. Inspiration doesnt JUST have to come from a stamping magazine or another card someone else did-although that is perfectly fine too.

I guess I just want you to look around you, and learn how to incorporate your daily life into your crafting.

Sketch your ideas or colors of inspiration the moment you get a chance. I find this particularly helpful if Im in a stamping rut!

And that about does it for my “inspirational” post.

Tomorrow Ill share some School Themed cards that Im sending off with my kids the first day of school. Super cute, and super fast!!!

See you then 😀