what {inspires} you

by Tina on May 18, 2009

in Stamping


What inspires you to create?  Do you spend days dreaming of colors or perhaps you thumb through design magazines hoping that something will make you lean back and say “ahh, yes!”  I have found myself recently going to new places for inspiration.  I particularly love art and design blogs because they seem to have endless inspiration, not only in colors but in lines and balance.


I find myself gravitating towards crisp white, clean lines, and simplicity that makes my heart pitter patter.  Looking around my house I see these same principles and if I’m perfectly honest, I find it in my wardrobe as well.  Could it be that I am not only finding my personal style, but also a way of life?  I have been known to say, “Keep it simple, Keep it clean, Keep it real.”  So I ask again, What inspires you to create?

First Card details: SU! Cameo Coral & Chocolate Chip, Copic Ciao Cool Shadow, PTI sentiment, personal sketch for Raspberry Suite Color Challenge

Second card details: Garden Thumb by PTI, Ribbon, paper, & ink by SU!, button misc for KW Color Challenge

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Papou May 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

I like clean lines and simplicity too! It’s restful.


Lora May 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I stumbled upon your website off the Kwerner Color Challenge. I have to say that YOU inspire me. Thank you for publicly sharing your adventures & creations. I look forward to everything you post.

In addition, I usually find my best inspiration from whatever happens to be going on in my everyday life at the moment. My son finds an attachment to elephants, I make a card with an elephant. My brother announces a new baby, I make a baby calender. Etc. etc. For me, there is no shortage of inspiration, only time…

I’m with you, simplicity is divine.


kelleyn May 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Unfortunately, food inspires me. There is nothing better than the joy that comes from a meal well prepared and the satifaction of those who eat it. I think though I need some other inspiration to save my waist line.


Lora May 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Btw, do you mind if I use your shoe card as inspiration for my Nephew’s birth announcement? The layout is perfect for what I had in mind.


Kelley Eubanks May 18, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Lovely cards! I still think about the card you made that made the top 10 with the birds. Love that card!


Jessica Rosario May 19, 2009 at 12:08 am

Lovely and unique!!


Terri E. May 19, 2009 at 2:19 am

Love the simplicity of your cards! Way to rock the color combo.

It’s a good life!
Terri E.


Adriel May 19, 2009 at 5:44 am

Thank you for your comment! =) Your cards are cute… I love the rainboot one, especially the sentiment! Too cute! =)


Jo May 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

Love it!


Paula Pascual May 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm

These are gorgeous. Love them (as always).


Courtney May 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Great cards. And I’m with you on the clean lines. I feel like it certainly influences my clothes and decorating style, but when it comes to my cards my style seems to vary by my mood. It’s strange. Thanks for all of the inspiration girl.


Amy, Ottawa, Canada May 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I love the white crisp look too. Makes me wanna tidy up in my house, but I’m sure that’ll pass LOL.
Lately for inspiration, we’ve had the Tulip Festival here in Ottawa & it is gorgeous, the whole Nation’s Capital is covered with Flowers. That’s my inspiration this week.


Savitri May 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Both are gorgeous!!!! I love the crispness!! I love design/interior design blogs too. They’re soooo fun to look at. I actually only subscribe to a few card/scrapbook blogs — ppl that I got to know through blogesphere. The rest are photography/design/tut blogs.


Donna May 19, 2009 at 5:20 pm

hey Tina!!! How are things with you? I love yoru card, the simple modern graphic of it is wonderful! So pretty. Have a great day Hugs~Donna


Winter May 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Both are so cute! Love the simplicity of the first one and love the water boot on the other! 🙂


Ange Kelly May 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Wow! How gorgeous are both these cards! I love the clean and simple style!


Deb Rymer May 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I SO love your grad card. Your personal sketch is so cool, fun and graphic. FABULOUS job!


BethieJ May 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm

What CUTE cards!!!


Amy May 21, 2009 at 2:55 am

Love your hand-drawn images on the first card — so modern! I marvel at how much inspiration there can be in the world if we just slow down enough to notice it and enjoy it.


Ashley Giffen May 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

Love, love, love! That sentiment is so cute…and so true! Thanks for sharing.


Deanna May 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Love these cards!


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