Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

Oh my, it's been MONTHS since I've stamped *gasp*! First of all, this effort is for my friend Selene, because recently I thought I was done with stamping, and after seeing her blog & facebook posts over the weekend, I gave it a second thought 🙂 Last year was a very rough year for our family, and it's been very difficult getting back my desire to stamp. I find myself wanting to be with my husband & boys at all times, and even though I've loved stamping for many years, I found myself avoiding the alone time that comes with creating in my stamp room. Anyway, enough of that, I gave it a shot and came up with something.

To be honest with you, I was almost stumped as to where to begin…you know my favorite place for inspiration is Stamping 411, so I started with a sketch. Once I picked my stamp set, I have to admit I actually had to dig out my catalog & make sure it was still current! I bought this set (Snow Much Fun) because I loved it so much, and never used it…I'm sure none of you ever buy stamps then don't use them right?!?!

So I loosely followed the sketch, and here's what I came up with:


Keep in mind, my camera is on the fritz, so I took this picture with my phone. It is kinda cute in person 🙂

Thanks for stopping by…hopefully it won't be another month or two before you hear from me!!


15 thoughts on “Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

  1. I’m happy to see your card, it is very cute! I love what you did with the torn edges.
    I’ve had the same issues with creating the last few months. I’ve actually set up a card table in the living room and have been working there to be closer to my husband. I do need to get back to that room sometime though, there’s so much to be played with in it.
    I hope you start creating more often too!

  2. I’m definitely hoping it won’t be another month or two because you are such a source of inspiration!! We are definitely needed by our “boys” but it is very nice to get a little ink and glitter on us!

  3. It’s so good to see you back Karen. We miss you!!!
    You may have been stumped but you sure pulled this off. It’s adorable as is everything you do.
    Thanks for sharing with us. Hope to see you back soon.

  4. I love the card, it’s adorable! It made me smile to see something from you again, I hope you will be better again soon and we will see more of your work again!

  5. Welcome back! I’ve been a “stalker” of your blog for a while…hope you continue to stamp and create. I love your work.

  6. I could just cry! What a wonderful surprise to see you stamping! 😀 You are so talented… look at this! Your water coloring is phenomenal. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.. We love you! Just look at all these comments!

  7. Kerin, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that you stamped something – and an adorable something at that!
    Gf, I know just how you feel. When Dad died in April (actually, when he was diagnosed at the end of March started it) I lost all desire to stamp. Nothing creative was on my mind and I loathed the thought of going in my studio. It just made me sad. But everything made me sad.
    Because this is my day job, I had no choice but to get back to work – but it was painful, no lie. My heart just wasn’t in stamping right then. Plus all the stuff with Advisory that was still going on – it was just too much.
    It took a few months of forced stamping (work) for me to realize that my Dad would have been so upset with me that I’d allowed his death to take the joy out of what I loved so dearly. He loved that I was creative and he kept every card I ever made him. I have no doubt that your Mom felt the same way – it’s the parent in us that takes joy in what makes our kids happy and fulfilled.
    I too feel the need to be around Mark and Emma, but they both have told me that I’m a happier person on the days that I’ve been able to play in the studio. And that in turn, makes them happy.
    You are so special Kerin and I’m blessed to call you friend. I’m praying for you and for all of us who hopefully will have the privilege of enjoying your artwork for a long time to come.

  8. Kerin — what a wonderful surprise to find your card in this week’s entries. I can’t tell you how much we’ve missed you — as a colleague and as a friend! It’s so good to see that you are stamping again! It’s baby steps, I know and I’ve been there too. But with each project and each hour spent in creative time, gradually the joy comes back and you realize what it was you loved about stamping that brought you to it in the first place! I hope you’ll give yourself the chance to do more! Remember, you are loved and cherished! Blessings, Gretchen

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