Happy Friday! We are so glad you stopped by today, it's Pinspiration Friday! Every day, we scour the Internet for inspiring MME projects. We find your work on your blogs, through our FB page,and in online galleries. We pin the ones that inspire us most!
Then once a month we challenge our designers to use one of your creations as inspiration for a layout or card.
This month Tina and Danni are joining us. Here's what they came up with. Enjoy and have a lovely, creative weekend!
Inspiration Piece: Anabelle O'Malley
Supplies: All is Bright:Christmas Tag patterned paper, Joy patterned paper,Happy Day patterned paper,twine,layered stickers,decorative buttons,chipboard elements;Six by Six Two:A Mother's Love paper pad;Misc:Pink Paislee wood alphabet,adhesive,sewing machine and thread,ink,K&Co stamp
Tina says:For my Pinspiration lift this month, I am lifting the AMAZING and SUPER TALENTED Anabelle O'Malley, and this incredible layout, found on MME's Inspiring Pages and Cards.
I love the linear (across the page) design of this layout, and how she used circles to create little areas of color and visual POP.
I wanted to use the same linear design, but 'change it up a bit', SO, I swapped circles for squares. I stitched the squares down, layering several patterned papers within each other.
I also expanded the washi tape area on the bottom of Anabelle's layout, adding several chipboard elements and punched medallion shapes.
So I would like to see how observant y'all are. Can you pick out the new Christmas collection 'All Is Bright' in my layout? By hiding any Christmas/Holiday reference and by mixing it with the Six by Six paper, it blends perfectly and you can really stretch your Holiday paper collection into non-Holiday projects.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!
Inspiration Piece: Jeni Allen
Danni's take:Every month, I sign up for these fun posts because I get to scroll through the newest "pins" on our MME Inspiring Cards and Pages page and I always leave incredibly inspired to create! This month, there were amazing layouts and cards and it was once again, so, so hard to choose. I could've closed my eyes and pointed to a "pin" and created several cards inspired by so many of the elements in the pages or cards, maybe next month, I'll give that a try....wink.
Today, I selected this amazing card from Jeni Allen. Jeni's blog My Stampin' Spot is always filled with all kinds of inspiration and fun, new ideas for stamping and designing gorgeous cards. In full disclosure, I am on the CupCards to Go design team with Jeni, but that is NOT why I chose her card. I fell in love with this card when we worked with the CupCards to Go August kit and then I saw Stephanie, too, had "pinned" it on the MME boards, so I thought it an ideal time to share why this card inspires me so. Every time I see this card I fall in love all over again. I love the circle elements, all the patterns in the card, the "white" bouncing the patterns, the "little" details, it's just incredible and I think it will definitely inspire you too.
I decided to create three cards this month because I had so many ideas with this design and wanted to play with a more literal sketch idea and a "details" inspired idea. For my first two cards, I stayed pretty true to the sketch and literal interpretation. I chose to use my MME Six by Six 2 "Gnome Sweet Gnome" paper pad and die-cut embellies to create my cards today.
The first card I created was inspired by the beautiful patterns on white in Jeni's card.
As you can see, you don't have to use the patterned papers for the circles, you can use white circles and dry emboss them for added detail. I also cut the die-cuts from the
6 x 6 Gnome Sweet Gnome pad to add additional details to my card and sentiments.
On my next card, I chose to add lots of fun patterned papers, including a patterned paper circle spray, because there are so many fun patterns in the Gnome Sweet Gnome 6 x 6 pad. I really love the variety of patterned papers and while I only used one pattern on my circles, I used several different patterns on my card in general.
I stamped the sentiment right onto the bracket die-cut that comes in the pad and added lots of fun details using the various die-cuts. I love the green gingham patterned paper so much for this particular design because bouncing little die-cut elements off of the background paper was so much fun. Isn't the "little bird" just the cutest in the die-cut sheet? Love, love him! I added stamped sentiments on these cards, everything else comes from the Gnome Sweet Gnome 6 x 6 pad.
On the last card, I really wanted a more relaxed interpretation, one I could use for cards with a slightly larger focal embellishment and yet still have the circles and fun design as Jeni's gorgeous card. On this card, I really wanted to play with the sweet Gnome (who just makes me so darn happy) so I decided to make him a "circle focal" along with lots of other of the fun die-cuts from the pad.
As you can see, the Gnome and tree trunk were my focal die-cuts but there were lots of other "circle elements" (flowers, circles and butterfly) found in the pad to incorporate into this very fun design of Jeni's gorgeous card. This was a more liberal approach to the overall design, but still being inspired by the design, made this card not only relatively quick to create, it could be duplicated relatively easily for cards with larger embellishment focals and not uniform circle embellishments.
I hope I have given you some ideas and maybe tricks too, to create more cards out of one inspiration piece and yet have a variety of different-looking cards when you are finished.