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!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Ginni Gass and Joan Borgelt

Hi! My name is Ginni Gass. I’m an addicted scrapbooker and proud to admit it! I’ve been scrapping for almost 16 years now and have been on several design teams, published in a few magazines and participate in several forums/blogs/Facebook groups. I’ve been married to my husband Steve for over 26 years and between us we have a daughter, 3 sons, 1 granddaughter and 4 grandsons. Plus a dog and a cat (both male), so there’s a LOT of masculinity in my life! My husband and I retired in the summer of 2016 and returned to Southeast Alaska where we are currently building a small homestead in a semi-remote location on Prince of Wales Island. The only things in our little town are a ferry terminal (only goes to Ketchikan and back), a library, a one room school for all 12 grades and a boat dock! The population is only 156 people! The closest store is 25 miles away over a mountain pass and several rivers and creeks. There’s not even a traffic light on our island! It’s been quite an experience but one we both really love! We’ve spent most of the last year building the little cabin we currently call home and developing our property. Winters are usually relatively mild compared to what you’d picture in Alaska because we’re in the Southeast and in a rain forest. Summers are short and BUSY! Lots of fishing and hunting to do and then the food needs to be smoked and/or canned or frozen. Having grown up and living in suburbia all my life I’m learning a LOT! Sometimes life is difficult because we’re not finished building and I’m still learning, but it’s worth every second and I wouldn’t have it any other way! That means my scrappy style will be changing because I’ll be doing more scenic and outdoorsy pictures. Speaking of style, I’m up for just about anything. I love sketches (especially Bev’s) and I love challenges! My style is whatever works with the photos/project I’m working on. I have also done a LOT of heritage photos since my maternal grandfather was a photographer in WWI and WWII so maybe it’s in the blood. I look forward to sharing my work with you and to seeing your interpretations of my challenges!  

You can find more of Ginni's creations on her blog at  

My name is Joan Borgelt aka The Gov. I was a Licensing Manager by day and a passionate scrapbooker by night and retired last December.   I am a wife to Randy (37 years), mother to 3 grown children and a grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  My love for nostalgia, vintage finds and patterned paper (I’m an official paper hoarder) have kept me artistically intrigued. I have a variety of styles and skills and will try any technique at least once.  

You can find more of Joan’s work on her blog at 

Be sure to leave these ladies some love in the comments below!  And come join us in the forum at Creative Inspiration

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Colleen Lovette and Danielle Dums

Colleen and Danielle are returning for another term on the Creative Inspirations Design Team.  

Meet Colleen... 
Hi, Colleen from the beautiful state of Michigan. I am a mother, wife and grandmother to 5 very active kids. I have been scrapping for about 15 years but seriously scrapping for about 6 years. My style is eclectic and evolving. I love to make cards, scrapbook layouts, altered projects, as well as love making flowers and create most of the flowers on my projects. I use my Sizzix, other dies, Silhouette Cameo, punches and stamps to create the shapes and go from there.  You can see more of Colleen's creations on her blog at

And meet Danielle...
 Hi! I’m Danielle Dums.  I’ve been scrapping for I think 10 years (wish I could remember….) and have been loving it more and more. I’ve realized while I like making layouts for myself, I like making them more for other people. And I love making cards. I’m the oldest of four kids. I was born with a birth defect, so I rely on a wheelchair to get me around and have limited use of my hands and legs. I am a big reader, and also like to knit using a knitting loom. I also love watching sports, listening to music (especially country), and hanging out with my family and friends. I also keep busy as a member of ACAP (Adaptive Community Approach Program) and volunteering.

Be sure to leave Colleen and Danielle some love below!  And check out the challenges on the Creative Inspirations Forum!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Brenda Caldow and Candy Cheleppy

Meet Brenda Caldow!
I'm a married mum with two lovely boys who manage to keep my life very busy and happy. We live in country Victoria, Australia. I drive buses but mainly now just for our local primary school. Scrapping, card making, Beyond The Page and Mixed Media are my passion and my boys, mum, family and friends are my inspiration. You can find more of Brenda's work on her blog at

And introducing Candy Cheleppy
I am married to Laurie and have two lovely grown up children Tracy and Michael and daughter-in-law Phebe, And just have a beautiful gorgeous grand daughter Zarna Rose . I live in a little town called Emu Park in Central Queensland Australia. I have been scrapbooking, card making and Off the page projects for over 17 years now and also mixed media and I still don't get enough time to do all I need to do.  You can find more of Candy's work on her blog at

Be sure to leave some love below for these beautiful ladies! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Meet the Design Team - Annie Collins and Bev Code

For the next few days we'll be introducing our new Design Team Members two at a time.  Please be sure to leave them some love below!
First up is Annie Collins.

I am a wife and mother of three, two girls and one boy ranging in age from 7 thru 19. I was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. I have been living in Florida for 24years now. I enjoy participating in my children’s school activities and have been a teacher’s assistant for many of those years.

I started scrapbooking ten years ago with Creative Memories. I have since changed styles and added to my skills. I love scrapbooking because it lets me combine my passion for photography, art, and family memories.

I am a Fiskars Certified Demonstrator (Fiskateer Crafting Ambassador #1326). I teach people all about Fiskars tools and products. I teach scrapbooking, card making, mini album, and altered items classes. I was teaching classes for Fiskars at AC Moore in Orlando, FL until they closed. I have been published on the Fiskateer site as part of the 3 Fiskateers Team and co-hosted an online crop. I am also part of the Fiskateers CIA team; I have completed the “Boo” mission and will continue to work on other missions as assigned.

I have taught classes at scrapbooking retreats for not only the retreat/store owner, but also for myself as an independent scrapbook consultant. I owned my company as a Top Line Creations Independent Consultant, which allowed me the opportunity to work in the Creating Keepsakes Convention in the Top Line Creations Booth. Although, I do not sell Top Line Creation products any longer I still have a passion for scrapbooking and product promotion. I also design and sell my own line of scrap wear T-shirts.

I have been a teacher’s assistant for various well known scrapbookers in the industry at a Creating Keepsake University.

I am currently not on any design teams. I had to take a short break from scrapbooking and card making to help my ailing Mother-in-law (whom has passed) and my daughter (who is now doing better). I have used this opportunity to continue learning about different techniques, ideas, styles, and how to think out of the box.

I would love to be a part of your design team. I feel I would be an asset to your team because I love sharing, teaching, inspiring others, and promoting scrapbooking. As for my style I would say I am ... the best words that come to mind are eclectic, forward moving, and trendy.
Next up is our fearless leader Bev Code!  We couldn't do all this without her!!! 
Hi my name is Bev Code (admin here and personally posting as beecee)
I started the previous forum Turtle Soup back in May June 2013 and the first design team was up and running for July 2013.
This has been home for myself and all the members that follow us. We create and share together along with supporting each other in everyday life. This is what makes it home.
Thanks to all that join us.. any questions there usually is someone around to help you out.
Welcome to our new home Creative Inspiration.
on a personal note:
I was new to online scrapping since Apr 2009. There were so many amazing sites that were my learning curve to this amazing world of scrapbooking. I am a wife, mother and gramma that loves being retired and now have time to scrap to my heart's content. I love scrapbooking along with fun things it entails with online friends, forums and FB. The learning process has been interesting and creative also. Other crafts I love also are needlepoint, sewing, knitting, crochet and taking lots of photos. Family and friends are the subjects of my scrapping along with nature, ancestry and vacation sites. My DH and I live  in Kitchener, Ontario in a brand new home we had built.We spend some time in Florida where I take my scrapping with me for the extended time.
You can find more of Bev's amazing work at 

We hope you've enjoyed reading these bios of our DT members!  We will introduce two more every day and then we'll start sharing some daily challenges and our monthly mini crops.  Happy Scrapping and please come join us at the forum at the Creative Inspiration Forum!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Congrats to all on our New DT for July - Dec term.... way to go

Thanks to all the DT leaving for all your inspiration and friendship. You will be missed.
Welcome to the returning DT ...we always love viewing your work.
AND now ..... congrats to all the NEW DT that are just joining us for the 1st time. We can hardly wait to see what you have to share and inspire us with.

We look forward to an amazing July - Dec term and hope all our members will enjoy their time with us. To all the new people that haven't joined us.. please take the time .. we'd love to see what you create every day all month long.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue #17 June 2017 ...... is live for your viewing

HI. Today the Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue #17 June 2017 is now live for your viewing.

What a talented bunch of people ...... who submitted to sharing their projects with you. Take your time viewing.... PLEASE OPEN TO FULL SCREEN FOR VIEWING to enjoy the full experience.
We would appreciate comments so we know you took the time to visit us. THANKS

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, May 8 Sketch

Monday morning and there was a new sketch to play with over at CI forum.  You are going to want to use this wonderful sketch by Bev Code.

This is DT Danielle's take on the sketch, isn't it cute?

Monday, May 8, 2017

National Scrapbook Day over at the Forum

Ladies, we have lots of new challenges for NSD over at Creative Inspiration Forum and you are going to want to jump right in and play along.

Here is a beautiful page by Linda but you are going to have to come over to the forum to see what her challenge is.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 3 Challenge

Bev has the May 3 challenge and you are going to want to check out the forum to see how she created this card and I know you are going to want to take the challenge.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The wonderful month of May which means new daily challenges

Since we have started a brand new month over at Creative Inspiration it also means there are daily new challenges.  Please come on over and join us, there is never a lack of inspiration on this forum.

This is the challenge for May 2, so please jump on over to see what you have to do to complete to challenge.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue #16 April 2017

HI. Today the Creative Inspiration Magazine Issue #16 April 2017 is now live for your viewing.

What a talented bunch of people ...... who submitted to sharing their projects with you. Take your time viewing.... PLEASE OPEN TO FULL SCREEN FOR VIEWING to enjoy the full experience.
We would appreciate comments so we know you took the time to visit us. THANKS

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16 Sketchathon

Hope everyone's enjoying our March Sketchathon. We've had some fabulous sketches to work with and we have another great card sketch for you today.

Here's my take on the sketch

So, give it a shot! We'd love to see your take on today's sketch!

Create using it and share in the Inlinks section below before the end of the month please.
Also if you'd like extra ballots to win be sure to share your projects in the Creative Inspiration forum too. LINK:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15 Sketchathon

Here's the sketch for today. You can create a layout, card or any type of papercrafting project.

And here is Louise's take on it. This is just such a fun layout. I love those bold black and white stripes and the pops of red. 

Create using it and share in the Inlinks section below before the end of the month please.
Also if you'd like extra ballots to win be sure to share your projects in the Creative Inspiration forum too. LINK: