Inspirational Sources + prize winners

Its very rare that I make a card that is inspired by just me, myself and I. I think the only cards I make where I’m not (consciously) influenced by others are my shadow box cards. The other day, a friend asked me to make a card for his father’s 75th and when he told me his father was an avid hiker, the image of the card came straight to my mind and even the text to put on it. I was very impressed with myself that day! Lol! Here is the card made with my own cut files in Silhouette Studio and coloured with Brushos. The text reads “Still a long way to go”


Other than that, I am greatly influenced by everything around me…and am constantly taking pictures of someone’s dress, a backdrop on tv (the series “Jane the Virgin” has great decor!)  and of course the talented crafters out in Blogland.

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This card above was inspired by the paper cutting technique of Notan. Notan means light-dark harmony and you can see a video of it here (the music is very soothing in the video…) It was sent to me by a good friend who writes a blog on crafting called “My Piece of Craft”and is always on the look out for new & interesting trends. Even though paper crafts is not what she writes about, she is always sending me links to things that might interest me. This video inspired me a lot and I finished this card an hour after I saw the video!


It also inspired me to make 2 completely different cards using the same set of stamps. I just received these Winnie & Walter Stamps called Eva’s favourite Flowers from W&W’s new collection. I didn’t buy the die cuts as my craft budget was already blown to bits with all the new releases…so I was so surprised and thrilled to find out that I got the free coordinating cut files as a release promo they were doing!


So I just arranged the cut files the way I wanted it, in the Silhouette Studio software and cut it with my Silhouette portrait plotter on black card stock. The word “Mum” comes from another cut file called “Leave it to mom”. (I love how they provide the UK and US spelling!)  I used a rectangle die from Spellbinders and cut a panel around the word MuM. I adhered this panel on the white card stock with Uhu glue stick and then stamped the centres of the flowers with Versafine ink, before adding the other halves of the cut flowers.


I love this easy method with max impact and I think I will be making many of these in the future! Thanks Dalit!

I entered this card in:

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

CASology – Crunch. Cause my mum has always been there for me when things got bad.

The next card uses the same stamp set but in a completely different way! I was inspired by Natasha’s card which she sent me as part of a prize and which I keep up on my inspiration board. I also had W&W’s bright colours challenge with Lydia and Off the Page challenge with Keren in my mind when I made this card…and as you can see I went a little crazy with those themes!

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I love how there are so many different little elements to decorate the flowers in this stamp set and I tried to use all of them…but didn’t quite succeed! I started out by stamping the middle of the flowers with Versamark and heat embossing it with Wow’s embossing powder. I then coloured the larger stamps with my Tombow markers, squirted water over the stamp, before stamping over the embossed images. The top 4 flowers were done the same way before I fussy cut them and adhered them a little off the page to create a larger bouquet, as the mason jar from My Favourite Things took a lot of space! I made a shaker element in the jar and added sequins I receive as a gift each time I ordered from W&W!


This card is going to a friend who has to stay in the hospital for a few week so I felt this sentiment from JustRite was more suitable than “Hope you feel better”…I hope this card will cheer her up and that she doesn’t think its just a kids messy colouring!! Lol!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Which card do you prefer? I am a CAS person at heart but the second has a joyful messiness thats so nice for Spring too!

Oh before I go, I just want to announce the winners of 2 giveaways! Thank you to all who participated!

The first is to celebrate my first year of card making and blogging about it.

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Everything in the picture goes to…Nathalie! She is a newbie crafter and I hope this set will help her become as addicted as I am! Congrats Nathalie! Let me know which friend you tagged on Instagram you would like the other present to go to.

The 2nd giveaway is to celebrate the birth of my new shadow box card designs

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And it goes to Vinita Jain

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Congratulations Vinita! Send me your postal address at so I can send you one shadow box card!

Thanks for stopping by!


I’m also playing along with:

Sequin challenge with Kate & Mood Board challenge with Heather– W&W 3rd Birthday

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Wow Embossing Powder – Spring

The Card Concept – I went with a freestyle collage card

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11 thoughts on “Inspirational Sources + prize winners

  1. What a fabulous graphic card Gwendolyn – I always think that black and white is so elegant and striking, and your card is awesome!

    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

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  2. Wow, thank you!! I never win anything usually – super excited about this 😀 Oh, and your hiking card is really beautiful – makes me think of the Santiagi de Compostello (or however you spell it!)

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  3. Wow! Thank you so much Gwendolyn, for choosing me, would love to see this beauty in real! Congrats to Nathalie!
    Love your Shaker jar with full of blooms and the Notan technique is new to me!
    Off to mail you.

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