Inspire Me Monday – Week 24

Inspire Me Monday

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday
A place to share your creative inspirations
Sharpen your creative vision and
Showcase your creative talents!
I invite you to inspire others and
Nurture your creative spirit by
Joining our Creative Blog Hop!

To participate, simply join my creative community and
Follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

What’s Inspiring You This Week?
Here’s What’s Inspiring Me…

The Biannual Blogathon Bash
June 22-25, 2012

Biannual Blogathon Bash - June 2012

This week I am gearing up for the
Biannual Blogathon Bash
Where I’ll be working behind-the-scenes
To make Create With Joy an even
Better place to visit!

One of the things I’m working on
Is becoming a more organized blogger
So I wanted to share this fabulous tip from

Denise Mulligan of Harvest Moon

Denise Mulligan - Harvest Moon

Denise is a Crafter, Oil Painter, and Mixed Media Artist
Who recently joined the Inspire Me Monday community!

To capture all of the wonderful ideas that inspire her
During her Blog Brainstorming sessions

Blogging Notebook by Denise Mulligan of Harvest Moon

She created a beautiful, colorful notebook
Filled with her handwritten notes and art!
Who says that organization has to be bland and boring?


I’d also like to share that
A very exciting milestone occurred
This week at Create With Joy.

Over 100 awesome creations were shared at
Inspire Me Monday!

Thanks to all of you who take the time to
Share your creative gifts each week.
You are a blessing to this entire community!

Highlights From Week 23

William – Lazy Cat Cards
William’s Been Creating

William at Lazy Cat Cards

We have a NEW ARTIST in our midst!
HE is only 9 years old!
Look at how focused he is as he creates.
Could this be the next Tim Holtz?

I am so excited to introduce you
William of Lazy Cat Cards!

Handmade Fathers Day Card by William at Lazy Cats Cards

William was inspired to create this delightful
Father’s Day Card for his dad Simon!
I know he’ll be proud!

For more beautiful cards –
And to meet the Lazy Cats –
Visit Mom Penni at Lazy Cat Cards!

Kelly – Indiana Inker
Shopping Bag Card

Shopping Bag Card - Kelly The Indiana Inker

Another card that caught my eye was this
Adorable card by our dear friend Kelly!

Yes, I love the colors!
Yes, the cute shopping bags caught my eyes!
But I also loved the great design –
See how easily the elements could be swapped out
And how fast a similar card could be created?

Great job Kelly –
Thanks for all of your wonderful shares!

Shari – Blessdom
Daja Ablama – Syrian Chicken Stew

Syrian Chicken Stew - Shari at Blessdom

I don’t know how it happens.
Each week, I scour the Inspire Me Monday boards
Looking for great new healthy recipes to try.

I am SO happy when I find
Delicious looking recipes like this.
Even if they have funny names I can’t pronounce.

Bless you!

Evelyn – My Turn
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Evelyn - My Turn - Chicken Cordon Bleu

I’m also delighted when I find old favorites to revisit
Like Evelyn’s Chicken Cordon Bleu!
It’s been forever since I’ve made this.
I even have the Panko Crumbs in my cupboard!

Toqua’s Crafts
Birthday Cake

Toquas Crafts - Birthday Cake

But then – my eye starts to wander.
To the cakes.
And the cookies.
And to every other sweet delight you’ve posted!

Create With Joy
Pinterest – Food That’s Crafty Board

Food That's Crafty - Create With Joy On Pinterest

I tell myself it’s all about the art.
I tell myself I’m doing research.
Wouldn’t this look lovely on my
Food That’s Crafty Pinterest Board?

The Red Head Riter
Recipe: Moist Red Pear Upside Down Banana Cake

Moist Red Pear Upside Down Banana Cake - The Red Head Riter

But then –
I come across recipes like the one that
The Red Head Temptress – er, Riter – shared
And I know I’ve lost the battle!

She does the most decadent things
With pears and bananas on her blog.
But boy, fruit never looked so good!

Donna – HoliMess
Grace For The Good Girl

Grace For The Good Girl

Summer time is reading time!
Kick off your shoes and get cozy with a great book!

Author Emily P. Freeman is hosting a
Free Summer Book Club
To discuss her book
Grace For The Good Girl.

This sounds like such a great book!
Visit Donna’s blog for more details!

Donna Shultz – Tuesday’s With Jesus
Writer’s Block Jumble

Tuesdays With Jesus

Have you ever experienced writer’s block?
If so, how did you move past it?
In this inspiring post, Donna shares how
She and a 14-year old girl inspired one another
To move past their writer’s block blues.

Nine year old artists…
Fourteen year old writers…
I invite you to inspire us with more examples
Of creative and passionate youth!

Talent is timeless.
For more fabulous features,
Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 23!

Inspire Me Monday #24 – Week Of June 18, 2012

Inspire Me Monday

I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer

Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in Inspire Me Monday in the following ways:

1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post! You can include any creative challenges you’ve discovered – any books or quotes you love – any bloggers who have inspired you – anything that has inspired you and will inspire us too!

2) Share your creative projects with us! You’re welcome to link up your Arts & Crafts projects – your Recipes – your DIY, Home Décor and Organizational Ideas – your original Writing, Music & Photography – you get the idea!

3) Visit the participants – share some comment love – let them know what’s inspired you!

When you link up, be sure to include the Inspire Me Monday button and a link back to this post on all of your entries so that your readers can join the fun! The blog code is on the side bar if you need it!

Be sure to link directly to your Inspire Me Monday Posts and Creations using the permalink to the individual posts – not your blog’s home page URL – so that participants can easily find and comment on your creations!

The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing – inspire me with your comments – and please, use the social media buttons below the post to spread the word!


50 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 24”

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  1. Raquel
    Twitter: Organizedisland

    Thank you for hosting the Inspire Me Monday project! I am looking forward to checking out the other links!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks for joining us this week Raquel – the party is open all week so be sure to stop by frequently for inspiration throughout the week! 🙂

  2. Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for featuring one of my cards! I really appreciate it! I really enjoy blog hops and finding so many great ideas.

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you so much for the honor. I really appreciate it. Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman is a fabulous book that speaks to my heart. The book club is a warm and accepting place to discuss it.
    Thank you again for featuring my post. I’m looking forward to seeing the posts this week.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You’re so welcome Donna – this sounds like a fabulous book! The video you shared was awesome.

      Nina over at Mama’s Little Treasures recently wrote a fabulous post about being a “good girl” that you might enjoy. Her post was on my mind as I read about your book. I am definitely going to have to add this to my TBR list (once I get through the current stack I’m working through!)

  4. Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters
    Twitter: RaisingSkaters

    I love reading about your inspiration for the week … awesome 9-year-old artist! 🙂

  5. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in your life! Thanks for hosting the linkup, and God bless,

  6. Toqua's Crafts says:

    Thank you so much for featuring the Birthday Cake!
    It is so exciting!

    God Bless and have a wonderful week!

  7. Dawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    Wow, you just blow me away! That little boy is having a great time creating! Sweet. ANd I am heading over to check out Denise and all of what that is …looks journalish- so I am there. Gosh I have to think about this Blog Bash thing …it has been so busy, but I will consider it more thoroughly…and I need to scold you- it’s late and now after looking at all those yummy foods shared I am HUNGRY. Gotta check the fridge! Sweet Dreams!

  8. Evelyn says:

    Thank you for hosting an amazing party:) (Wow! over 100, fantastic!) Thank you for featuring my Chicken Cordon Bleu, you have started my week off as good as it finished last week. I always enjoy all of your inspirational and informative posts:) I also appreciate your continued friendship and support:) Have just the best week ever!

  9. Winnie says:

    Thanks for hosting another party!

  10. Tulip says:

    I love love William’s card! Thanks for hosting. See you at True Aim.

  11. Jill says:

    Thanks for hosting this fun link up!

  12. Hi Joy, I love the featured items this week! I’m sharing my Shrimp Cake Bites and a yummy Crunchy Munchy Veggie Salad. Thanks for hosting!

  13. Kristina says:

    Memories are inspiring me! I haven’t been linking up because I’ve had some trouble with inlinkz in the past and I’m wary of using it now. I still check out your page though!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Kristina

      Sorry you have had problems in the past with Inlinkz! I just left a comment on your blog about it. I hope you will try. No one has reported any problems here as of yet (there are a few blogs I have had problems linking to also, but I believe it has to do with the code they are using – there are several versions available) – in any event, if you do try and have a problem, just drop me a line with your link and I will be happy to help you out! 🙂

  14. Debra says:

    Ramona, you are always, always full of surprises!
    Can hardly wait to check out all the goodies you’re offered at the party – what treats!!!
    How can a party be any better than this?
    Have a blessed week dear friend.

  15. Meredith says:

    The purse birthday card is awesome!

  16. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    Thanks for all of the tasty temptations to bake and also for the link to Denise Mulligan’s blog! Looks like some quality reading for later :).

  17. Marcie says:

    Look forward to the inspire me Mondays! Please use my second link to find me the first one was an error.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks for joining us this week Marcie! 🙂 You should be able to delete your first link from the list – check for a little red “x”! 🙂

      • Marcie says:

        Joy my first link doesn’t have a red x to delete.

      • Create With Joy
        Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

        Hi Marcie,

        If the linky doesn’t show the red X don’t worry about it… the next time I’m on Inlinkz I’ll try to delete it for you. Did you get my email? I sent you one a few days ago in response to your last comment! 🙂

  18. TurboRunner says:

    I love the birthday cakes!!

    Found you via Tough Cookie Mommy’s Monday Mingle.
    I’m at

  19. William says:

    Thank you so much for choosing me as one of your highlights from Inspire Me Monday Week 23.

    I love making cards with my Mummy, colouring the images is my favourite part.


    PS – I love the pictures of your cats!!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      William, it was MY PLEASURE to feature your wonderful art this week! I hope you will continue to create cards and share them with us at Inspire Me Monday! I’m glad you love my cats – I love yours too! 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!

  20. Penni says:

    Hi Ramona

    Thanks so much for featuring William – I loves creating cards with me and always works so hard. He was really pleased to see himself on your blog – it made his day.


    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      It was my pleasure to encourage and feature your talented son! I look forward to seeing more of his art – and yours – at Inspire Me Monday! 🙂

  21. Michelle says:

    Thanks for hosting! Have a great week.

  22. Kelly says:

    Everyone is so creative! Thanks for hosting this and for sharing with us at NOBH.


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