Clean and Modern Country for Inspired by All the Little Things

I am thrilled to share some news with you that I’ve been keeping under my hat for a few weeks now. Nance Lempinen-Leedy, design team member for the challenge blog “Inspired by All the Little Things has invited me to be a guest designer for this week’s challenge!! I am SO honored and tickled to be considered and couldn’t say “yes” fast enough!

Doesn’t the name itself “Inspired by All the Little Things” just contour up lots of pleasant images in your head? It sure does for me and when I saw the inspiration photo, I just had to sigh in delight…

Isn’t the inspiration photo wonderful?? I focused first on the Mason jars, then the colors, then the flowers, and then finally saw the wood texture in the background. I took the photo quite literally at first but as I pondered it, my inspiration shifted from what I actually saw to the overall feeling the photo gave me, which was a fresh clean take on country. And not your grandma’s country either but rather, Joanna Gaines’ kinda country!! And this is where that inspiration led me…



  • I picked up the wood texture with my background paper from the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I layered it on the card and also covered my envelope flap in it. It looks a lot darker in the photo than it is in real life.
  • I carried with the flowers theme with a tripled layered daisy using the new Daisy Punch. It’s very easy to create – just punch three daisies and adhere them together with glue dots! The large daisy was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for added depth.


  • I loved the vivid blue in the inspiration photo so I chose Pacific Point as my blue. It’s a very vivid hue of blue so I used it sparingly – stamping splatters on the background using the Timeless Textures stamp set and one single retired Pacific Point button as my “wow” factor.
  • Gold on my cards can be tough for me so I again kept it simple with looped Gold Metallic Thread wrapped behind the daisy and a prettily embossed sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. And just the tiniest bit of shine from the gold metallic thread wrapped through the button hole!


And there you have it, my clean and modern take on a country inspiration. I can see this as the foundation for my dream kitchen…lots of light, bright white cabinets with the wood floors, a big white country table set for breakfast with a big white milk pitcher filled with white daisies…yes, all that from a card, lol.

And I can’t wait to see how the inspiration photo inspires you!!

I hope you are inspired to check out this amazing challenge blog “Inspired by All the Little Things” and visit each of the very talented designers and then I hope to see you in the gallery as well! There is also a short bio on me if you care to take a peek!




  1. Nance Lempinen-Leedy says:

    I am thrilled that you could guest with us this week, Shannon! I enjoyed reading the process of your inspiration and how each aspect of the photo inspired you. Your modern take on country is fresh and beautiful–a perfect example of how to make something someone else has chosen your own! Thank you for joining us this week!

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