I can relate all too well to this scenario (except for the kids part), but when this happens, I turn to my Stampin' Up! catalogs, whether it is the current Spring/Summer Collection 2008 or an older catalog. I thumb through the pages until I find something that catches my eye and then I can get started. Yesterday, I was getting ready to do a swap for a meeting last night and decided to turn to the Spring/Summer Collection 2008 for inspiration. I saw this picture on the page that features the Baroque Motifs stamp set. I really liked the element on this card so I decided this was my inspiration. It just so happens that I do have this stamp set, so it did make it a bit easier!
Now, I didn't exactly have everything and time was an issue, so here is the card I created! Notice how I used the same element in this card. All I did was change the colors a bit and my card was done! By comparing the two, you can see they are two totally different cards, but yet, I started with the inspiration card from the Spring/Summer Collection 2008. What are some other things you can use to get inspired? Magazines are full of layouts and color combinations. I have an Kleenex box on my dresser and I love the design on it. Everyday I dry my hair I look at it and think it would make a gorgeous background. That could be the reason why I just can't get my hair to look right -- I'm not paying attention to the task at hand!!!
So, the next time you have a stamping slump, look around you. Inspiration is all over the place! The easiest place to start is a Stampin' Up! catalog.
*And, an update on the stamps! I told them last night after creating this card that I was going to feature the Baroque Motifs stamp set and they were happy! The stamp sets must have had a meeting yesterday while I was working, because the Embrace Life stamp set was on the floor when I got home! *wink wink*