Finding Inspiration

Hello stampers! I’m curious. Where do you find your inspiration? Today I’m talking about finding inspiration, mainly for card making but perhaps on a grander, deeper scale as well. A very simple way for finding inspiration for your card making if you want to create your own design without copying someone else’s work is a card sketch.


A Card Sketch


What is a card sketch? It is simply a line drawing of a layout for a card, a guideline of what shapes to use and how to place them. I find it rewarding to participate in a sketch challenge so that I can see how other people have created their cards. The reality is that I don’t participate in these nearly enough , but I am working on making this a regular habit. This week I participated in the Splitcoaststampers weekly sketch challenge:  SC777


Sketch Challenge Inspiration


My Card


Here is the card that I made using this sketch. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew that I wanted to use the Snowman Season bundle. I love snowmen and it was time to use some of the snowman found on the coordinating paper as well as the cute embellishment kit. What do you think?


Finding Inspiration with a sketch challenge


I cut apart the sentiment to create three mini banners to comply with the sketch challenge. Doesn’t this card just make you smile? All the snowmen come from the paper that coordinates with this suite, the bottom snowman is punched out and adorned with the embellishment kit felt pieces. The top snowman has a carrot nose from the embellishment kit.


Deeper Inspiration


I find my greatest inspiration in nature. God’s creation speaks to me deeply and inspires worship and gratitude. As a Christian I know I should be spending more time in the Word, but to be truthful, this waxes and wanes. For months I read my Bible faithfully and then I go through a drought. This makes me so thankful for Sunday worship which grounds me and feeds my faith.

Other people also inspire me through their words, their actions and their creativity. I am so thankful for everyone in my life. We do not walk through this life alone and it is truly incredible how small actions, words and deeds and touch us deeply and can really change our lives.

Take some time to get outside, breathe deeply and think about everything that you are grateful for. I am always amazed at how much better I feel when I do this. Small things, small things. Have a wonderful day and know that you are loved. Thanks for dropping by.


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Inspired by a Sketch

Hello stampers! I have learned from some very savvy demonstrators that using a sketch challenge can really spark your creativity. So that is exactly what I turned to today when I realized that I had committed to participating in a Canadian Greek Cruise trip achievers swap. The cards have to be in Winnipeg by Friday and I hadn’t even started. What did I do? I headed straight to Freshly Made Sketches and their sketch challenge closes at 3pm EST so I am down to the wire!


Freshly Made Sketches challenge


I think I will publish this post with my sketch challenge contribution and then edit it later so that I will make the deadline. For the swap I am required to use products that we received as pillow gifts on the cruise as well as other new products from the Holiday catalog. Of course I want my card to be beautiful but I also don’t want to waste precious limited resources on a possible dud! My solution? Make a trial card using retired paper just so I get a good idea of whether this sketch will work for me. Here is the card I came up with. I used the new set called Christmas Gleaming as well as the old retired set from saleabration called Painted Seasons. I am really happy with how it turned out and I look forward to hearing what you think about it.


Freshly Made Sketches challenge


Thanks so much for joining me today. My thumb is still killing me, so this is going to be a short post. Tomorrow I will share the swap card that I am making using this sketch. Don’t forget about the amazing deal on the starter kit!! Click here to get $205 worth of your choice of Stampin’Up! products including products from the new catalog. This will only cost you $135 with no shipping or tax!



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