Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Fare Well

After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.
This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!
 IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 
That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!

I was sad when I read that Inspiration Elevator would be no more after the February challenge. I have been with Ann and Christa for the entire ride up the Inspiration Elevator!  Sure there were challenges I thought, "What in the heck am I going to do for this one?" but always after thinking about it, I came up with a plan and loved my layouts! IE has pushed out of my box. I have tried new techniques and love them. The messier they are, the more I love them, LOL! and I have Ann, Christa and all the girls here at IE to thank for that. This is an awesome group of talented ladies and I have learned so much from each and every one of you! Thank you for letting me a part of this talented group!

For my layout, like Ann said, I scrapped for me. I received a Cameo for Christmas and really haven't had a chance to play with it too much. So I took Friday morning and did just that. I used a cut file from Laura Whitaker and a few from the Silhouette store and came up with this:

Here are some close ups:

We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

Happy hopping!


  1. Looks awesome glad you got to play with your Silhouette - you did a great job!

  2. love the cuttings. What a striking layout.
    Love the orange!

  3. Fabulous page, love what your did with the cut file, and the layering of embellishments is wonderful!

  4. super cool sports page and totally love the misting and colors here!!! yay for using your cameo!!!

  5. I love how you used the Cameo cuts here!! It's been a great ride on IE with you!!

  6. Great layout! Sad to see the Inspiration Elevator go!! BL

  7. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely stunning! I just love the combination of die-cuts and misting and stitching! I have enjoyed being on the team with you :)
    Joanne xo

  8. How fun that you got some time to create with your new toy! Your grid perfect picks up on the fencing behind the batter, and it's a lively sports page. Love how you framed the focal photo to bring the eye in. Lisa, it's been an honour to have you on our team for the entire duration of IE. You have always been talented but your body of work has grown so much over the 3 years and it's fun to see how your talent just continues to grow! Thank you for all you have brought to our team - it's been a pleasure and honour to have you with us!


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