Saturday, July 6, 2013

FMS93 & A Personal Challenge

So, it's been kind of difficult getting the creative juices flowing here lately.  I decided to try a couple of new approaches to see if that gets me back in the swing of things. 

First, I'm putting together a binder of the stamp images that I own.  Our Stampin' Up! clear mount cases are the perfect size to place two side-by-side on a small copier and copy the images.  I'll place the copies in a binder (need to find one to use) and have it on hand to flip through when I want to make a card.  I tend to forget what I have and this will make it easier to make sure I'm not neglecting any sets.  It's already working because I decided to use Betsy's Blossoms for this card, and I haven't touched it in months!

Right now the pages are in "somewhat" alphabetical order.  I think I'm going to make an extra copy of any set that has words in it and then cut the words out and put them in categories (with the name of the stamp set beside the phrase image).  That way, when I'm looking for say a "thank you" to use on a card, they'll all be in one spot. 

Secondly, I've given myself a personal challenge to participate in 4 straight sketch challenges beginning today.  So, for the next 4 weeks, I'm going to submit a card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenges since they're one of my favorite sketch sites.  Even if I don't feel comfortable with the sketch, I WILL participate.  I read somewhere recently that sometimes you need to "practice" being creative.  This should help in that area.

That brings us to today's card.  It's my take on the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #93.  Be sure to hop on over to their website and join me in my 4-week challenge!  I'm going to post my measurements each week, so feel free to use them.  They post a new sketch each Wednesday.  Here's this week's sketch:

Here's everything I used:

Betsy's Blossoms
Petite Pairs

White Card Stock (Gina K. Designs)
     5-1/2x8-1/5 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     2-3/4x2-3/4 Main Image
     Scraps for Bird and Branch Images
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     3x3 Layer Behind Main Image
Daffodil Delight Card Stock
     5-1/2x1-3/8 Layer Behind DSP
Mosaic Madness DSP
     5-1/2x1-1/4 Strip

Strawberry Slush Stamp Pad
Pear Pizzazz Stamp Pad
Daffodil Delight Stamp Pad
Basic Gray Stamp Pad

Whisper White Baker's Twine

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  1. This is such a beautiful card, Beth! I love your color choices. You've done an awesome job with this sketch! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Love the bright colors! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. Impeccable. Pristine. Pretty. I love this Beth! Congratulations on the FMS shoutout!!