Raining Inspiration

This morning the loud crack and roar as thunder and lightning dueled in the black sky was my wake-up call…literally. What followed was a very rare downpour to clear the dust away for the morning’s arrival.

I’ve been told I’m strange. (Whoa, big surprise there!?) I’m one of the (apparently) few people that is inspired by dark and gloomy weather. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of a desert. So, dark and gloomy are rare visitors. I’ve always wondered if I shouldn’t be living in Seattle, but I digress. Something about dark, overcast days really gets my creative juices flowing. It inspires me to write–and craft.

Here are a few of the cards I made in a thunderstorm of inspiration:

(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Azalea; mat cardstock: Core’dinations in Love Potion; Cuttlebug folder: Floral Fantasy; ribbon: American Crafts; sentiment: Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages; ink: Tsukineko Staz-On Jet Black; accent: Sakura Glaze Pen in Black, Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Siren; distressed with Basic Grey file set)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Kunzite; mat cardstock: Die Cuts With A View La Creme; stamps: Papertrey Ink Floral Frenzy set; accent: Sakura Glaze Pen in Black; punches: corner rounders; EK Success & Stampin’Up!)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis; mat cardstock: Core’dinations in Love Potion; Cuttlebug folder: D’vine Swirls; stamps: Stampin’ Up! Crazy For Cupcakes (#111618); inks: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Markers (#105541), Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks in Azure, Gold Lamé, Green Apple, Silver Fox, and Siren; distressed with Basic Grey file set)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Fairway; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Gold, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi-Step Lilies; inks: Tsukineko Memento Ink in Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black, and Potter’s Clay)


(base cardstock: Die Cuts With A View Tahiti Beach; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Basic Grey Ambrosia Halvah set; inks: Tsukineko Memento in Danube Blue and Bahama Blue, Palette Ink in New Canvas; punches: Stampin’ Up! Corner Rounder (#109047) and Tag Corner (#107215))


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Aquamarine; mat cardstocks: Papertrey Ink Hodge Podge Collection, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Clearsnap Rollograph Wheel Chinese Noodles; inks: Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue Stampin’ Around Cartridge (#100871), embellishment: K & Co Layered Accent from Wild Raspberry Collection; accent: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Marker in Night Of Navy (#100069))

I had a few more, but I think you get the idea! 🙂 I love these bursts of creativity and inspiration! The problem is sustaining them. So, no matter what weather you awake to…Keep Creating & Crafting!

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