My Tips for Creative Block and GDP Sketch Challenge

There's a great Sketch Challenge over at the Global Design Project this week and it was a popular one for all the Design Team too.
I seem to have lost my mojo at the moment and every time I attempt to step out of my comfort zone and be a little more adventurous nothing seems to come together quite how I like it. I just can't seem to resist the colour combination of Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo....and I'm also a sucker for Linen Thread!! I did however follow the sketch and put the base layer on a tilt and for that I am quite proud of myself! 

I used the flower from the Lots of Happy Card Kit and one of my favourite sentiments 'friend to friend' from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set. The finished card size is 10x10cm. 

My Tips for Creative Block:
Firstly, it happens, the pain is real. If it hasn't happened to you yet, it will and if you say that you have never lost your mojo, you're simply lying! 
  1. You don't need to reinvent the wheel - sometimes simple is best.

  2. Stay true to yourself. I like using pinks and so I do. If you like earthy tones, bright projects or even if you like using loads of embellishments - then use them!  

  3. CASE - Copy And Selectively Edit or Copy And Share Everything - either way you like to say it, CASE AWAY my lovely people! Go to Pinterest, Instrgram, Facebook or Split Coast Stampers and use an idea from someone else and make it your own. However, if you do plllleeasse make sure you give credit where credit is due and share the person who inspired you - it's the nice thing to do.

  4. CASE yo'self! (lol) For today's project I was inspired by two cards I had already made. Refer to #1 - there's no need to reinvent the wheel, so I didn't!

  5. Play along to challenges like our Global Design Project. The Design Team share the most stunning projects and there's always something to give you direction like a sketch or colour combination or theme. Some other great challenge blogs include Just Add Ink, Mojo Monday, Fab Friday and CAS(E) this Sketch - just to name a few. 

  6. Like Dory from Nemo - just keep swimming. Do NOT stop creating. This is the worse thing you can do. Even if you simply colour like you did when you were a kid, it will be better than stopping. I promise if you keep creating your mojo will return, giving you peace and the world will continue to spin again! 
Hopefully next week I will be feeling more inspired to step out of my comfort zone - actually who knows if that will ever happen! I do however promise to take my own advice and will keep creating. To give you even more inspiration head over to the Global Design Project and see what the amazing Design Team have in store for you this week.

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Global Design Project - Colour Challenge

Happy Monday - this means there's another Global Design Project challenge is underway and we have a colour challenge this week - it's a pretty one too! Still feeling inspired by Steffi's sketch challenge from last week I decided to go with another elongated landscape card.

I was doing a clean up of my craftroom last week and did a stamp stock-take of which stamp sets were current and which ones had retired. In doing so I have remembered all the gorgeous current stamp sets I have and yet haven't given them much love - one of them being this one called Hello Friend from page 17 of the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. It coordinates with the Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit, however you can also purchase the stamp set on its own. 

My Soft Suede ink pad is due for re-inking, however I'm still yet to do it because I like the rustic look it gives when I stamp it. If you are looking to get this desired effect I suggest stamping off some of the ink before stamping on your project. 

Now head over to the Global Design Project and see what the amazing Design Team have in store for you this week.

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Global Design Project - CASEing Steffi Helmschrott

This week at the Global Design Project we are getting our inspiration from one of our talented Design Team Members, Steffi Helmschrott from Germany. I love Steffi's clean, elegant style and her watercoloring always blows my mind! 

The definition of CASE: Copy And Share Everything or as the GDP call it Copy and Selectively Edit!  Put simply, we get our inspiration from a particular project or creation. For this challenge we can use ANY element. You might be inspired by the colours, the stamp set or the card layout.

I used the stamp set from the Lots of Happy Card Kit on page 15 of the Occasions Catalogue 2018. The card kit is so pretty and comes with everything you need including the stamp set, ink spot, colouring pencils, clear block and everything to make 20 cards....great to take away for a stamp weekend! It would have to be one of my all time favourite card kits - thinking I should order myself another one....which is a fabulous idea because Stampin' Up! provide a Refill Kit....they're so clever!

Now head over to the Global Design Project and see what the amazing Design Team have in store for you this week.

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Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from the amazingly Jenny Hall talented from the US. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'Be Inspired by Texture'.

I'll be honest, I didn't know where to start with this theme! I played with the new embossing paste and it didn't seem to work well with my project, even though I love the paste, I turned to my embossing folders (which have been collecting dust lately) and I'm much happier with the result and with the white embossed cake and sentiment I am hoping I have added enough texture to my project to be deemed 'texture' worthy to your liking! lol 
I used the new stamp set Cake Soiree from the Occasions Catalogue and watercoloured it using Watercolor pencils and an Aqau Painter. The 'amazing' sentiment was created using the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies and coordinating Amazing You stamp set which are both part of the Sale-a-Bration 2018 promotion. 

I made this card for our darling daughter, Emily, who is celebrating her 15th birthday today. It's hard to believe that 15 years have passed since bringing this amazing human into the world and yet other days it feels like she has always been a part of me, as though life didn't really exist until she was born - (I think you would have to be a Mum to understand or make sense of that). I feel incredibly blessed and grateful everyday that I get to be a Mum to such a caring, kind and loving soul. 

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my talented and fabulous friend Brian King from the US and his card is brilliant - of course!


Louise Sharp
Brian King
Janneke de Jong
Tanja Kolar
Monica Gale
Cathy Caines
Carolynn Sander
Maike Beimler
Jenny Hall


I am also adding this card to this weeks Global Design Project #127 challenge using Sale-a-Bration products. I suggest going and seeing all the brilliant creations of the Design Team this week - only after hopping around the Be Inspired Team of course! 

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Global Design Project - CASEing Louise Sharp!

Edited: You may have realised that my blog posts have not been sending. This was due to a glitch with my Blogger platform - hopefully this has been resolved. If you have any problems with the links, searching other posts or viewing pictures can you please let me know, thanks :) 

Yes, that's right - I am CASEing myself this week for the Global Design Project challenge this week! I will admit that it's a bit exciting to be a CASE Designer on the GDP - to think that everyone playing is being inspired by you is really fun! 

The definition of CASE: Copy And Share Everything or as the GDP call it Copy And Selectively Edit! Put simply, we get our inspiration from a particular project or creation. For this challenge we can use ANY element. You might be inspired by the colours, the stamp set or the card layout.

I do love my wreath cards. Wreaths are great anytime of year and that also goes for wreath cards in my humble opinion! I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies to create the swirly wreath and the flowers from the new Perennial Birthday stamp set to create a square note card. The sentiment is from another new stamp set called Picture Perfect Birthday

The inspiration for my card also came from the Stampin' Up! 30th Year Anniversary marketing. This year, in October 2018 the company turns 30 and I feel so blessed to be part of this incredibly generous and loving company. I made this card for an employee of the company (it should come of no surprise that I'm running a little late as their birthday was last month!) and I'm hoping to make more like it to send to people this year who have inspired, supported and helped on my crafting journey. 

Now head over the Global Design Project and see all the amazing projects for this weeks challenge and I would also love you to play along. 

Added in the edit: I feel I need to clear my name regarding Brian King's blog post about me this week and thinking Patsy Cline is a famous Australian. Well, when I was a young child the only famous singers I really knew were Patsy Cline, John Denver, Peter Allen and Olivia Newton-John... ppppllllleasssse tell me I wasn't the only one?!!! And as a child I always thought they were all Australians. Turns out the only fair-dinkum ones were Peter Allen and Olivia Newton-John! And now Brian will never let me live it down...amongst a few other things - lucky I know he loves me!! 

I am also adding last weeks cards for the Global Design Project here due to my Blogger issues this past week. Last week the theme was 'New Beginnings' and I made a card for James who was starting High, I am still not over it yet and yes, I cried! After making one for James I decided that Emily also needed one - being that we are the house of 'Sharps' and the new stamp set Truly Tailored was obviously made with us in mind!! LOL 

Emily and James heading to High School together for the first time:

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