Two posts in one day! You'll not believe me now that I'm really suffering from lack of inspiration. What do you do when the creativity is just not flowing for you? I was thinking about this earlier, and some of the things I do are:
organize my craft/work space - sometimes you'll find scraps of paper in a striking color combination, just lying there, waiting to be combined
- participate in a challenge - this takes a lot of the guesswork right of the creative process & gives you a jumpstart
- make something simple: you'll get the sense of having made something, and taken a 'baby'step' to start your creativity flowing again
- browse through online galleries or blogs (hope you find lots here to inspire you!)
I thought a challenge might give me the kick start I needed, and realized that there was an Etsy Challenge that I hadn't participated in yet (EIC52). Usually, an Etsy shop is selected, you browse through the online shop of handmade goods, select something that inspires you and create away. In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Etsy Inspired Challenge, it was a little more open-ended, and we could select any inspiration piece from any Etsy store. Lack of browsing time kept me from participating before now. Still, I just went to Etsy and found something right on their main page, where they show a variety of wares from various shops. Something jumped right out & grabbed me because it was simple!
Here's my inspiration piece, which is an embroidered brooch from Sea Pinks' shop. Simple and in keeping with the season!
And here's the card that it inspired:
I searched in vain for an acorn stamp and settled for a leaf image from Autumn Days. Used a circle for the stamped image in keeping with the round brooch. Jazzed it up with Soft Suede In Color Polka Dot ribbon, and a crimped bottom edge - a fun trick I picked up from a card sent to me by my fellow SU demonstrator Debbie.
After I selected this piece and created my card, I further explored Sea Pinks' store, which has similar brooches and pincushions (ironic, since the first time I participated in the Etsy-inspired challenge, I chose a pincushion as my inspiration for a card which you can see here. Look what else Sea Pinks has in her store - if I had Stampin' Up!'s Trendy Trees stamp set, I'd have been all over these! Now I'm trying to think who'd like these as a gift, as I'd buy the stamp set just to make coordinating cards or gift tags!
Here's the Trendy Trees set - see what I mean?
Recipe: (all supplies Stampin' Up!; images copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2009):
Paper: Kraft, Soft Suede, Mellow Moss, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Soft Suede
Stamps: Autumn Days, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: crimper, Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon, dimensionals, circle punches, Scalloped Circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label Punch