I'm feeling challenged

But not in a bad way. :)

I've got two fun cards to share today that were inspired by challenges. The first one is a card that is up at Sketch Support today. This month we are being sponsored by the lovely Simple Stories and the Creative Team got to play. I have to admit. I wasn't too sure if I was going to enjoy the papers because upon seeing them at CHA it all looked the same. I haven't really been into the "tea stain" type paper. Perhaps I was also a little overwhelmed by the time we got to their booth and nothing was really making me go WOW.

Let me tell you though - when I got the collection in the mail I fell in love. The colors, patterns, cute fonts and images are so FUN! It was absolutely easy to use and the mojo just flowed.  I am a big Simple Stories fan, that is for sure!

Supplies: Paper, Die Cut, Stickers: Simple Stories, Cardstock: Core'dinations, Other: Button, jute, toothpicks

I grabbed some toothpicks and folded the banner stickers over so I could have some fun dimension. Have no idea how it will fit in an envelope but I've been known to shove quite a bit in before. Ha!

I've also got a card to share that was on the Create blog yesterday. We were challenged last week to make Halloween Invitations. Now, I'm not actually having a party but if I was, this is what I would send.

Supplies: Paper, Journal Spot and Monster cut-outs: Jillibean Soup, Cardstock: The Paper Company, Alphabet Stickers: Sassafras Lass, Ribbon: Michaels, Stamp Ink: Versafine, Stamps: Inkadinkado

Thank goodness for all these challenges to keep me motivated and creating for fun! I've needed it lately as I struggle to maintain a good level of inspiration. I feel so crummy when I lack any type of desire to create too.

What keeps you motivated?

- Melissa