Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Feeling Inspired

It's hard to believe that we are already over halfway through January! This time of year I tend to feel so inspired. Perhaps it's the weather that makes me feel cozy and creative. Or maybe it's the aftermath of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) trade show. Quite possibly this year it's my new affiliation with My Favorite Things!

I had the chance to get creative this past weekend, and I wanted to share where I find my inspiration.

Of course there is the Wednesday Sketch Challenge! I thought I'd tackle Sketch 211 like many of you have. I don't have every single die ever made, but that didn't stop me. I took a look at the dies that I do have, and decided that I would need to get inventive.

The closest I could come to the oval shape was the Die-namics Mason Jar Mug. And since it isn't huge, I opted to make a smaller card (it's 3 1/2" by 4") so that it wouldn't look odd swimming in the middle of an A2 sized card. The handle on the mug was throwing off the symmetry of the sketch, so I simply snipped it off. The knot in my ribbon serves as the heart in the sketch. Can I say that I am SO in love with that little citrus die?

Another thing I find inspiring is new (to me) product and the time of year. With Valentine's Day approaching quickly, I wanted to make a card appropriate for the season, and I also wanted to bust out the Proof Positive Cover-up Die-namics. This one is an inlaid die cutter's dream - TOTALLY flat, which will be perfect for mailing.

Stamp sets inspire me, too! I've had the Laina Lamb Designs Document It - Rock On stamp set for some time. As a former lead singer for a band, lover of music, and wanna be rock star, I knew I wanted to ink up this set. And seriously. Rock horns? Too cool not to use. \m/ \m/ This one was made with my brother in mind who is the bassist for a popular band in Central New York State. I know he'll appreciate the sentiment and even the little bit of sparkle.

I hope you are feeling inspired, too, because that's what this blog is all about!

A few reminders:
  • The deadline for adding your link for the Sketch 211 challenge is today at noon EST. Hurry!
  • The deadline for adding your link to the MFT Color Challenge #13 is tomorrow at noon EST.
  • We'll have two new challenges this week - Sketch 212 and Color Challenge #14!
A fun little note - all this week on the My Favorite Things blog, we are hosting a blog series about craft area organization and storage. There are PRIZES and so many great tips. Be sure to check it out.

Wishing you an inspired kind of day!

Susan R. Opel
Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things

Sending a Squeeze Card

 XOXO Card

You Rock Card


  1. SRO-my crafty little brain is so delighted at your inlaid card!! Holy macaroni that is awesome! :) ...annnnd now I want that die! You're trouble! :) and I love it! :)

  2. Gotta love the mason jar card! They are all bright and beautiful though. Thank you for sharing your creations!! Crafty Hugs, Tracie

  3. I have a friend that is always sending me a "squeeze", lol! Fabulous cards!

  4. These are super cute and love them all...so creative and such fun designs!

  5. Omgoodness I just love all the deliscious colours,what a wonderful set of cards.

  6. Terrific cards! Love the "lime" card. Great bkgrd and I like that neat slice of lime. The proof-positive inlaid cuts card is cool. The "rock" card for your bro is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  7. OMG! These cards are amazing! Thank you for such happiness!
    Suchi xx