Thursday, April 15, 2010

An inspired card and a treat for you!

The days are flying by!  We had some weird flu/cold go through our house this past week.  It was a mixture of symptoms and as such I couldn't even begin to classify it but ALL the adults in the household including my mum who came for a visit got it.  Fortunately we are on the mend.

I recently created an "inspired by" card from the front cover of the March/April issue of Paper Crafts Magazine (the button trees).  Debbie Olson is one of my stamping heroes.  She is such a sweetheart too.  We enjoyed some good talks back at winter CHA in 2009 and it was really neat to hear her take about card design.  I love how she has the ability to masterfully craft cards that are both simple or detailed.  I have learned a lot from her over the years (especially about Copics!) and am sure will be inspired by more years to come.  Thank you Debbie for all your contributions to the paper crafting world and your inspiration!!

Stamp Set(s) sentiment from Teacher's Apple by PTI, image from Beyond Basic borders by PTI
Cardstock: Vintage Cream by PTI
Patterned Paper: Little Miss Muffet "Delight" Purple Plumes Paper from Quite Contrary collection by MME, Mary Mary Happy Birthday Grown Up Paper from Quite Contrary by MME, Graph paper by Scenic Route
Ink: True Black by PTI
Accent: Buttons by PTI
Tools: Crop-a-dile corner rounder, sewing machine

1. Create card base.
2. Cut strips.
3. Sew Strips to card.
4. Stamp image and sentiment.
5. Adhere buttons.

As a special treat, I'd like to offer you a chance to win my Take Three: Spring stamp set in exchange to hear from you.  Which paper crafter inspires you?  and why? Make sure to include a link to their blog/work.  I'll leave this post open for the next 5 days.  I'll draw a name using random generator and announce a winner on April 21st so be sure to check back!

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I look forward to hearing from you.



Amy said...

oh my--I want this card Alli!!!! It's adorable, adorable, adorable!! I wish I had the stamps to recreate it, but alas, I will just have to gaze at this one forever since I don't have them! Sorry to hear about your illness again...are you sure it's not something in the house that might be making you all so sick? You've all been sick soooo much, I worry about that for you. Take care!!

KimB said...

HI Ali,

which papercrafter do i admire - in all honesty more than I can count. But I'll pick one in the US, Nichole Heady - she's innovative, and has such a clean, fresh and fun style. I will also pick one Aussie, Teneale Williams - her work is absolutely beautfully made. But I could name so many more!including you :). I love to see what all the PTI designer come up with. Here are the links
Hope your feeling better and thanks for the chance to win your take Three set.


Natalie Winterstein said...

I really love Melissa Phillips -
Her designs are so beautiful and her posts are inspiring! :)

Love your card Alli!

Laura said...

I love the clean/simple style that Kristina Werner and Maile Belles (ooo, I just thought of Jess Witty too...) have. They make cards with just the right embellishments/touches, without going over the top. I also like how their layouts are so easy to adapt for other stamps/images.

Jennifer Carter said...

I LOVE this card so much! It is so pretty!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, love this card!

I always love Nichole Heady's clean and simple creations and for a shabby-chic/vintage look, Melissa Phillips. One of my favorite designers is Tosh Leyendekker ... who isn't as well-known as some of the others mentioned but every bit as talented.

Melissa's blog:

Nichole's blog:

Tosh's blog:

Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

MicheyMoo said...

What a cute button tree Alli. And I love the hills of coloured DP - they're fantastic.

I have two chickadees who's blogs I am constantly peeking at.....Dawn McVey ( -love her clean and simple style, so wish I could master this technique - you seem to be able to do it quite well too) :)
and Amy Young ( who is on the Club Anya DT and also the designer behind Sweet November Stamps. They are both inspiring and amazing and I've learnt so much just from watching their blogs.

StampinCathy said...

Your card is just adorable and just love all the details, colors, buttons and the stitching on this card. Thanks for this inspiring MOJO! There are so many crafters that inspires me with their creative MOJO, but one that really amazes me is Michelle Zindorf:
She is amazing with a brayer. She takes paper, ink, and stamps and brings them to life.
Thanks for a chance at this sweet stamp set. Also I hope you start feeling better.

Mary (Happy Now) said...

Sorry to hear you have been sick! We had the stomach flu/cold run through our house last month -- everyone got sick (which is unusual) AND everyone who came in contact with us got sick too! And a combination of symptoms affected us as well -- the worst being the stomach flu... I can relate! It took us more than a week to bounce back -- sending you good thoughts!

I would LOVE to win your set!! There are several crafters I admire, but Kim Hughes and Nichole Heady are tops on the list... You already have them linked, I am sure, so I am not alone... :)


Keva said...

If I'm going to pick just one, it would have to be Julie Lacey. Her cards are so simple and clean, and yet so beautiful. It's never an issue of adding so much stuff to the card that it gets overloaded. They're always beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Here is a link to her blog:

katrynka said...

I agree with everyone else, it is so hard to choose just one person.
I am Derby is one I love:

Another is Geny Cassaday:

thanks for the chance to win.

hooliegirl said...

This might sound cheezy but I have always adored your work, Alli! Your website was one of the first sites I came across (about a year and a half ago) and I have been hooked ever since!

I love the simplicity and bright colours that you use in your designs!

Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Glenda said...

Absolutely fantastic! Love the bright colours and the stitching.

I'm inspired by you :). Also Julie Ebersole inspires me with her unique style and innovation:

Beate Johns is also uber-talented:

Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration!

Dana said...

Your card is so fun Alli! The polka dotted hills make me happy.

I already own Take Three: Spring (and love it BTW), so don't include me in the draw, but I wanted to say that Julie Campbell inspires me to no end! Always out-of-the box creative things I never would have thought of. She's amazing.

I'm aslo inspired by Alicia Paulsen

And because yours was one of the first 5 blogs I'd ever visited and I even participated in your "name my blog contest" (3 years ago now!) I have to say that you, Alli inspire me in many ways. Not just the creative ones either.

Anthonette said...

Hi Alli,
There are so many paper crafters that I love (Nichole Heady, Julie Ebersole, Jennifer McGuire, Julia Stainton, and you, of course).

I love clean and simple designs. I would have to say Kristina Werner was the first to inspire me, because she is the reason I started my blog. Her Make a Card Monday videos and her color inspiration challenges introduced me to this whole big world of paper crafters online. I'm forever thankful for that!

Sara Mac said...

What an adorable card Alli! The pp you chose is wonderful.

I'm inspired by so many paper crafters. I love the styles of stampers like Nichole Heady, Dawn McVey and Maile Belles. I also am wowed by the creations of



Heather P.

Basement Stamper said...

of course you are inspiring but if I had to pick someone else that inspires me, I would have to pick Michelle Wooderson. I love her style!

Dawn said...

Lovely card! I always feel inspired like you did with that card when I see Dawn McVey's work. I stalk her blog and just adore her whole attitude. I won't bother to link her, because I know you already have her in your Daily Dose. :)

Cindy Holshouser said...

In addition to many others, I look at all the Papertrey designers' blogs with each and every post. But my all-time favorite is Melissa Phillips. I love how she makes everything look so soft and pretty. And I love how she writes. It is a treat just to look at her creations.

IamDerby said...

Your card is beautiful, I may have to CASE it. I am really inspired by Claire Brennen, of waltzingmouse stamps. Her work is simple exquisite. And to top it all off she is a wonderfully kind and sweet person.

Eisbärin said...

I normally don't leave comments as I never have much time. But can't resist the chance to win one of your gorgeous sets! I very much admire all the PTI girls, and of course Nichole Heady, but you are one of my go-to girls as well. Not trying to flatter you, it's just the truth.
Have a fun weekend, love

paperscissors said...

pick one designer? that's a tough one so many inspire me but today i have to pick one... dawn mcvey at

i love her creations for many of the same reasons i love yours clean need for heavy embellishments to detract from the beauty!

mickymunchkin's corner said...

hi there,
good question! I really like dawn's works, I find her quite versatile and as I've not been stamping that long yet her videos help me a lot.
here's the link:

greetings from germany!

Lindsay said...

Great card Alli! It is really hard to narrow down who inspires me. There are so mnay very talented papercrafters out there, but Nichole Heady is at the top! She does some pretty great cards!

Belinda said...

Love the clean and simple style of Jessica Witty. :)

Your "inspired by" card is lovely! :) Especially with the slightly bending tree. :) Your stitching is just perfect too! :)

Lynne Phelps said...

I have hundreds of papercraft blogs in my Google Reader, but the Papertrey folder is always my first stop. The whole design team is so inspiring!

Another blog I love in a similar style is "Witty Title Here" - don't you love the humor in that?

I also love collage and metal work, so in a completely different style of papercrafting I love Hels Sheridan's blog, "Ink on my Fingers"

One more favorite is "Pickled Paper Designs:

Lynne Phelps said...

Another one you might like:
"I am the Sporadic Stamper"

Sara said...

You insprie me I have had your blog on my feedblitz account for a long time. Your stamp sets that you have designed and your creations are so wonderful I love to CASE them and use your designed stamps sets.

I am also so very inspired my Mish

And my friend Chris


colleen said... is one of my first stops when I blog surf. (blurf?) I enjoy Susan's witty take on life as well as her cas style.
Sorry I can't figure out how to create a link for you . . . one of the limits when commenting from my phone.

Christina said...

Oh my, it's hard to narrow it down to just one or two crafters who inspire me. I was following the entire team at PTI long before I started my own blog! But I'd have to say two of my favorite inspirations are Nicole Heady and Maile Belles. Nicole always has such creative new ideas that make me say "wow", and Maile has such a simple, beautiful style that reminds me that often less IS more.

Travel & Living said...

I dun have a favourite one because I am inspire by everyone. Everyone can create beautiful things and everyone can have their own style of prettiness! Thanks for sharing your blog. You have inspire me to create too :)

Diane Jaquay said...

This card is just a DELIGHT Alli! To answer your question, I find inspiration from almost every blog I visit (and there are A LOT!), but if I have to pick one it would be Dawn McVey I love her use of bright colors, and her simple, BOLD designs! Don't know why I'm so drawn to that, but I am ;)

craftymom205 said...

I am inspired by Michelle Zindorf Her work is amazing.

Marge said...

What a sweet card -- so fresh/fun! I'd have to say Nichole Heady, though I do find inspiration every day on so many blogs. I'm always amazed at how these gifted ladies' minds work! So much talent!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh what an awesome very cute! There are so many paper crafters that inspire me......too many to mention. :0)

Cindy C.

Deborah said...

Oh my! I love your sets and your cards! I check out your blog every day. I have so many crafters that I admire. I read and read and then put it all together and voila! a card or two just happens from all of the paper crafters' goodness! Thank you for your inspirations!

Jessica said...

I don't think I could name all the crafters that inspire me. My blog reading list is really long! Lately I've been loving Nichole Heady's style. Oh, and Dawn McVey is amazing - and she makes it seem so easy!