Monday, September 03, 2012

KickStart Online Card Class GIVEAWAY!!!

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a creative slump? Never fear! Break down the mental blocks that keep you from creating! In Kick Start, Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire and a team of all-star artists give you a front row seat to their creative process and explore ways to get back your creative mojo!
Kick Start's 20+ videos will cover many topics including organizing inspiration, making the most of card making sketches, getting more from your supplies, smart shopping and much, much more. Take a peek into the creative minds of  Tim HoltzShari CarrollKelly PurkeyJulie EbersoleLisa SpanglerDawn McVeyKelly RasmussenKathy Racoosin, Amber Daigre and Maile Belles. Many cards will be shared along the way, too!
This two-week interactive class includes free downloads, prizes, galleries, a Q&A forum and lifetime access! Class runs September 17 - 29, but content will be available for a lifetime!


I'm doing a giveaway!!!  WOOT WOOT!!!

Just leave a comment on this post (by 11:59pm Sept 6th) regarding your experience with any creative blocks.
I'll pick a lucky random winner and will make an announcement on Friday, Sept 7th.
Good luck!!!

 This contest is now closed.  Thanks for your comments!!!

126 comments :

Lin said...

I always have a problem getting started again after being away from cardmaking during a vacation or long weekend......

Those topics sound great, and the line-up of talent is amazing! I'd love a chance to take this class, thanks, Shari!

cassie said...

I've loved all the Online Card Classes I've taken - they're so inspiring!
thanks for a chance to win a spot in this one. I sometimes hit creative blocks and end up sitting at my craft table just staring at my supplies, which isn't that bad I guess because I love my supplies, LOL.

Jeanette M. said...

Sounds like a great class. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in it, Shari!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I love Online Card classes...and I sure would love to win a spot in this one. Thanks, Shari!

Judy Tuck said...

I don't know if I would call it a creative block but I actually stepped back from cardmaking for about a year or so. Switched into jewelry making which at the time I thought would be so much fun. I soon decided that my true passion was in the cardmaking. Still do dabble in the jewelry a bit though. I would love the chance to win a spot in the on-line classes.

Linda said...

This looks like a great class! Thanks for the chance.

Tracy said...

This sounds like an awesome class! There have been times when I haven't created for a few weeks because I had a creative block.

DoodleSuze said...

My Mojo often goes awol so this is perfect for me!
Many thanks for the opportunity.

mKim said...

I get creative block, or should I call it creative overload,when I have too many projects that I want to do. I get overwhelmed and just can't seem to make up my mind on where to start. By taking a class it focuses me and I can concentrate on what's at hand. I've already signed up for "Kick Start" and can't wait for it to start!

diana said...

I like to use Pinterest to get over a creative block. I follow a lot of blogs and I like pin card ideas for inspiaration. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class. ;-)

Tracy said...

This looks like another great class. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cathy said...

Thanks for the chance, Shari! This sounds like a great class.

Scrapthat said...

MISSING.... MOJO!
LAST SEEN...SOMETIME LAST MONTH.
IF YOU HAVE SEEN OR KNOW HOW TO FIND SAID MOJO PLEASE CONTACT
DOLLY.
LOL thanks for a shot at winning Shari...I think I made my point that I could REALLY use this class LOL

Irene said...

Can't wait for this class to get started...I am in definite need of a jump start of inspiration!

maria mcclure said...

This is sure to be a fantastic class! Sometimes I go to Pinterest for a kick start, sometimes I clean my craft space and then I usually come across the wonderful canvas we made last year in the Inspiration Showcase class. How I'd love a chance to win a class from these amazing instructors!

Milla said...

Oh, creative blocks - hate them! I usually just try to wait it out and maybe do some blog hopping while 'blocked'. I've found that if I try to force it I just end up with cards I seriously hate...
Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class, Shari! :)

RedGem said...

I love sketches because they give me a start, as placement is always a big issue for me. As for colors I rely again on blogs that have a color combination for the week. These two areas really inspire me! Tks for a chance to win a spot in this class.

Kristen said...

This class looks so interesting to me, I'm for sure signing up but my wallet would love for me to win ;-)

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

I always find myself in a rut after I make a single card! Yea, that's me! I feel like I don't have enough inspiration and I'm a big procrastinator too. Another factor is after I have a break such as vacation or the kids are sick, then I'm stuck again! I would love to have something to motivate me so that inspiration and creativity flows. Thanks!

Sherry Eckblad said...

It takes me forever to figure out a layout for my card. Once that is done the fun part starts which is picking out papers and an image to use. Would love to learn a way to kick start it all.

Sue McRae said...

I go through creative blocks when nothing seems to inspire me so I just ride it out either by not doing anything or by playing with inks and paints (no stamps) and making backgrounds on watercolour paper. Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this class!

Froggietalks said...

I find myself looking at sketches or colour combinations when I'm stuck. One of them usually gets me to thinking about what stamps to use, then I make the card. May hate it, but at least it gets the creative juices flowing again.

Laura S. said...

This class looks so fun! I would love to enter! :) I had creative blocks a couple of times. I usually have on for like 3 days or so and then my minds is full of ideas again! :)

Sue L said...

Oh, I would love to win a spot in the class! My creative blocks seem to be when I have an idea but I just can't seem to make it work on paper. Sometimes when I set the project aside and come back to it a few days or a week later, it will "work" then.

Dana D. said...

This class looks terrific. Thanks for the giveaway Shari. I get creative blocks all the time so this class is just right for me. Thanks to all the creative blogs out there I can just spend time looking at them all and then I get inspired.

Redanne said...

Oh dear, I get creative block most days! I love to craft and have what I think are brilliant ideas but when it comes to putting them into practice - they are zapped away from my memory.......so I look around blogs for inspiration. I took one of Jennifer's earlier classes and it was wonderful, thank you for chance to win this one! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Carla said...

Creative Blocks-- how well I know these! I tend to go in cycles of being really creative and then not so much.... Luckily I have some go-to challenges and sites to get me moving! Thanks for the chance to win!

Saskia said...

It's always difficult to get the creative juices flowing again when you've just finished a ton of christmas cards! January's usually anything but creative for me.

Lori Barnett said...

This sounds like a class that many of us need...BAD! LOL! Thanks for the chance to win!

Miriam Prantner said...

I am often overwhelmed when a box of awesome product that I have been waiting and waiting for arrives. Suddenly it's here and it's like I have writer's blogk. This class sounds wonderful. Thanks for teh chance to win!

Jackie said...

I have had a creative block for quite some time and I am beginning to think I just have too much stuff, it's overwhelming. I do plan to downsize soon and I hope that will help. I think this class would be a great help, too!

Wendy G. said...

I get new ideas from my select group of Twitter followers. I can always find some totally cool project that will get me back into my craft room to try a new technique.

Tricia said...

This looks like a great class to help get the creative juices flowing when they're all dried up! Thanks for the chance!

Carol said...

Have signed up for every OCC and sure this won't be any less terrific than the rest. When my mojo hits a brick wall, I usually go to YouTube and watch a few videos or techniques. I am such a visual learner too. This really helps me think of ways to do it another way etc. Thanks for the chance.

Michele said...

I'm new to card making and being creative so sometimes when I want to make a card for a birthday or such, I get either overwhelmed or can't think of anything to do! This class will be great for me! :)

pcm said...

I get stuck a LOT! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this class!

Cindy Stewart said...

There is nothing worse than hitting the proverbial brick wall when it comes to creativity and I am sure this class will be a great help!

RED said...

I can always use inspiration to boost the creativity gene! Thanks for the possibility of a free class.

Teresa W. said...

This sounds like a great class design for me especially. I often find myself in a slump for making cards. Thanks for the chance to win a spot.

Barbara said...

I guess we all have those periods when our creative brain shuts down. I find that if I just jump in with both feet first and start trying to create something, I usually get going. However, I love all the inspiration I get from all the great people you've mentioned and think this sounds like a fabulous class! Thanks for the chance to win!

Diane Swanson said...

Either I check some blogs, or magazines, or just find a stamp in my stash that inspires me and just stamp it and start playing with no end result in mind. Thanks for the give away!

Diane Swanson said...

Either I check some blogs, or magazines, or just find a stamp in my stash that inspires me and just stamp it and start playing with no end result in mind. Thanks for the give away!

Diane Swanson said...

Either I check some blogs, or magazines, or just find a stamp in my stash that inspires me and just stamp it and start playing with no end result in mind. Thanks for the give away!

Diane Swanson said...

Either I check some blogs, or magazines, or just find a stamp in my stash that inspires me and just stamp it and start playing with no end result in mind. Thanks for the give away!

Linda said...

A new post on a blog often gets me going to create a project--thanks for the chance to win in the contest!

Pat Chadwick said...

WALK AWAY FROM THE DESK..... LOL
I find that if I just go and do something different, it helps with the creative block!! This class would be an awesome one to take. I loved all of the online classes I have taken. Thanks for the chance of winning a spot in this one!!!

Colourful Hands said...

Hey! i often sit and google different projects and then i end up making something like that...though never had online classes but i would love to win this and ty one, im sure ill learn alot and get lots of inspirations fo my new pojects.

shirley-bee said...

I've never done an online class before but this sounds like an excellent one to try!

Dorothy said...

I'm in the midst of a huge block right now! I've been away from crafting pretty much since the arrival of my first grandchildren ... both girls, arriving in March and September. I do need to get working on some ATCs and have hit a wall. I enjoy your blog - and others - and hope to find something to kickstart this process!

Andrene said...

My creative block is from having too many stamp, papers, embellishments, etc to choose from. I get brain overload from choosing what to use where and for what project. Cant wait for this class to begin - they are always so much fun!!

Tracey said...

I often get in a slump....and visiting Pinterest really helps :) Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this awesome class!

Ginny said...

i LOVE the online card classes. Thanks for the chance to win!

Pam said...

Creative block? Oh yeah! Need some more inspiration, and this class sounds wonderful. Can't miss with all that talent!

annemarks said...

Classes sound great and it will be interesting to see the tutors processes. When i feel stuck i usually just play with some stamps without any particular direction and ideas flow from there.

Sonia Y said...

I get overwhelmed by the stuff I have in my craft room! I feel like the inspiration comes when I cannot scrap ( work gets in the way) and when I have some time to play.....where's the inspiration gone?? ... So I end up not doing so much : ( I hope this class will come to rescue me!!

Tamara K. said...

I have so much trouble with creative blocks that I wouldn't think of missing an on-line card class by you fabulous ladies. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Okay, I figured out how to leave this comment after all. I have never had an online class. I need something to help me get off the dime in designing cards, the first steps thing. I just know you and the others are geniuses at this stuff. I need this!!

Kathy (krolski) said...

I seem to be inspired when I'm stuck at my desk at work. Then I get home in the evenings and the craft mojo is gone. :(

jacquib07 said...

sometimes I just have to think about the person I am making a card for and try to incorporate some of their personality into it. other times I just get a stamp and then build around it but other times more often than not i sit at my craft desk and end up just sorting things out or rearranging and do nothing at all. my main problem is looking at everyone else's creativity instead of working on my own. I think I need to take that class whether I win or not!!!!!

lostinpaper said...

If I get 'stuck' I tend to go back to my CAS 'go to' style and stop trying to make things too fancy. Usually I just pick one of my fave challenges and the inspiration starts from there!
Thanks so much for the chance to win, this class looks awesome!

Dixie Cochran said...

Woohoo!! A new class to get me out of a slump! Thank you for a chance to win!

Marie said...

Yaaaay a new class...can't wait. Love to win a spot. Thanks :)

Trexxann said...

I find I umm and ahh over every placement and spend far too much time on putting a card together! Hopefully this class will help me overcome this frustration. Thanks for the giveaway Shari! :)

Beastybunny said...

Sounds like a fabulous class! Thanks for the chance of winning a seat.

lulu_ma said...

sometimes i sit there, wanting to do a card, but after going through my supplies, nothing comes up. am keeping my fingers crossed!

Sarah J. Moerman said...

Sounds like a fabulous class! I find that usually stepping away for a bit of a creative break or doing the opposite and finding an inspiring challenge usually do the trick for getting my mojo back. Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

Kimberly Rendino said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I just find a challenge to get my mojo flowing when I need a kickstart!

Tam said...

U know I would love to win a spot. But I am so blessed to be finding so many talented designers on the blogs and you tube. You all are awesome. My biggest challenge I have is with color. I am always uncertain and I usually throw everything out b/c to me it looks to childish or just plain ugly. Help. Thanks for the chance to win. Can't wait.

Stephanie @ A StephMade Life said...

I'd love to take this class! I seem to get creative blocks a lot lately. I find I get them the most when I actually have time to create! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

gRiSeL™ said...

Thanks for chance to win a spot in this class... Definitely sounds interesting and like it'll be of great help, since we all experience creative block. Sometimes I get stuck when I want to use all the cute supplies I have, but can't choose which to leave out and which to include. Then it overwhelms me when I have to think about the pattern paper or ribbon that will go with that embellishment and other details. Can get frustrating. Listening to good music, selecting specific things to use and putting everything else away so that I challenge myself to use what I put out many times does help.

Trina said...

That happens to me all the time lately. I get my supplies out and just stare at them for awhile before giving up and doing something else. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kazumi Edwards said...

Another Awesome class with a great line up of talented people. Thank you for a chance to win!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

I think I often let pressures of everyday life make me feel like I shouldn't be crafting. Got to find a balance I guess.

Vicki Dutcher said...

I do think it is just awesome when you all "share" these classes ;) - I am very interested in this class - good luck to me ~

Jillisgram said...

Sounds like a great class with some very artistic teachers. I would love a chance to win! Val from IL.

LorraineM said...

More often than nought as soon as I go to my craft desk I have a creative block. It is not a lack of inspiration it is putting into practice.

Barb said...

I've been in a creative slump this summer. I purchased a few things but just haven't done anything with them. I can use some inspiration to get back on track. Thanks for the opportunity.

SuZeQ said...

Creative blocks do happen, unfortunately. When they hit are typically when I have an order for somebody that is uber picky and demanding with lots of "must have ..." and most of the time these are out of my comfort zone. These are the times I just stand there and stare at my supplies. Eventually though - I do get over it!
kosec@sbcglobal.net

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Shari ~ Thank you so much for a chance to win a spot in this class! I find that when I experience a creative block, I step way out of my comfort zone and create a card I wouldn't usually design (I go to sketches), and it gives my mind a rest. Works like a charm :-)
Fingers crossed here for spot in this class...thanks again!

Kristi said...

What an awesome way to earn a spot in class! Well I usually look at something for inspiration when I get a block, I did this just yesterday, it worked and my card turned out terrific!!

Barb said...

I seem to hit a creative slump more and more lately, so perfect timing for this class! I usually stamp an image and color to get my juices flowing again. Sure would be fun to see these talented artists during their creative process - brilliant idea for a class! Thanks for the chance, Shari! :)

Julie Hollinger said...

I usually get caught in a 'slump' whenever my art room is too messy to start something new... my table is piled with supplies from the previous projects, the floor has paper and embellishments spread out so i could see what my options were as i was working along... i'm a have-to-see-it-to-use-it king of person.So it's not so much that i don't have ideas, it's that i keep stalling because i have to attack the room first!

Maureen Chandler said...

When I hit a creative block, I need to clean up my craft room - put everything away and start with a clean workspace. That usually helps. Then I take out a few stamps or designer papers or both and get creating! Thanks so much for a chance to win - love these on-line classes!!

Doris said...

When I need a starting point for a card, I usually go to Splitcoast Stampers or some of my favorite blogs (Kristina Werner, for instance) to get ideas. Sometimes, it a color combo, or a sketch, or a new technique. When all else fails, I pick a stamp from my stash and "go with the flow."

Linda Smith said...

When I hit a creative block, I go through my paper stash for inspiration. Sometimes I close my eyes and pick a few stamp sets at random and focus on using just those sets. I have definitely gotten creative with this! Can't wait to see the ideas in the class.

Sally said...

I usually need go no further than your website to get the inspiration I need. I was not blessed with much originality so I need artists like yourself. Thanks for that and a chance to win!

Anonymous said...

aloha Shari
to help my creative block(head!), I look for and stash a collection of photos that I have taken of pretty colors, patterns, designs, etc.
now with cameras in phones it's so easy to take a snap of something that catches my eye....it may even be an article of clothing being worn on a complete stranger standing in front of me in the check-out line in the grocery store!!
thank you for this opportunity!!
stephV

SueZee Alg said...

All the online classes have been great and definitely worth every penny of the cost. I get my inspiration from blogs. They help kick start my creative juices. Sometime, it is funny how I think I'll probably just copy what I've seen, but I then go off in another direction completely and make it my own.

Cindy C. said...

Oh do I get stuck!!! When I do I on-line, check the flickr group, the Hero Arts web site, the blogs I followed and then I get too many ideas and don't know where to begin! LOL So I love to win a spot in the class, thanks for the chance Shari!

Sue D said...

When I am stuck for ideas I either pull out a sketch and hop to some blogs or galleries for inspiration. Just playing with supplies helps to kickstart too.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Isha said...

I get stuck so many times and then just sit and color a few images, go thru some blogs and start creating again with a lot of hesitation. I would love to win this class. Thanks for a chance to win.

stamping.hippo said...

I got my creative block after my mother died last year. Than we moved house and since then all my stash "sleeps" (is packed) in cartons. This class would help me to get my mojo back! Thanks for the chance to win a place!
Hanni H.

coolnana72 said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win a spont in this class. I have no problem with Christmas cards (there are always beautiful images to work with), but my problem is making other cards (picking colors, paper, and just general design). What gets me jump started with these cards is to go to my favorite blogs and get some ideas then take off from there.

Linda R. said...

Whenever I have a creative block i go surfing. I look at my favorite blogs and pictures I've saved for inspiration. If that doesn't work, I grab some favorite paper and just start!

paulettespretties said...

I've been crafting for many years, then stamp collecting, then die collecting. I think for me, I'm really good at collecting and organizing and I must be very creative because I love to craft and diy, reuse, remake things. But I think having a ton of product is overwhelming. I've reached a state of getting it faster than I can use it, so it gets stored in a very organized system and I forget that I have it, until I'm digging for something in peticular and I go, oh yeah I forgot about this die or this stamp, or this paper. And sometimes I'm just stuck inside my own box. I got a new die the other day and it didn't do what I wanted it to do and I simply altered it, so I could use it the way I wanted to. LOL

Lisa said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I find that when I have a creative block, it's best for me to do something totally different for a bit, and then the creativity flows again!

Helene said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, thanks for the chance to win

Emily said...

Looks like an awesome class! Thanks for the chance to win!

Cheri Reed said...

Signed up already, but winning a spot would allow me to buy more stuff! Thanks for the chance to win. Looking forward to another awesome online card class.

paulettespretties said...

Hi Shari, sometimes I thing having access to so many products causes some missing mojo. I find as I accumulate more stamps and dies, I have to be very organized. This also means keeping my work area clean, so as soon as I label things, they go into their proper category and I forget about them, unless I bought them for an immediate need or project. Or unless I come across them again while looking for something else. LOL Thanks for a chance to win a spot in this great class. Have a Great Crafty Day! =D

Monique said...

I'm currently experiencing a creative block regarding digital scrapbooking! I used to create pages all the time, being part of 6 creative teams! Right now, I'm only part of one CT. But, the good thing is, I've been creating lots of cards! So I guess it's not so much a creative block, just a shift! Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

Marie / Legojenta said...

I haven't had a creative block lately, but I have had much less time to do crafting. I still browse the crafting community online to keep updated and see fun and fabulous new creations =) Thanks for joining our YCU challenge!

Anette said...

I am right in the middle of one, so this sounds perfect! Off to sign up - thanks for a chance to win a spot!

Vicki Bray said...

Oh yes! I have just started to realize I think my creative block comes from being unorganized! I find if I clean up, put things in place and step away for a bit either a few hours maybe a day. I can come back ready to be creative again.. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jess said...

Ooohhh thank you for having the give away. I always look forward to these classes... i am excited for it. start

Morgan said...

I would love to win this class Im always on a creative block!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Would so like to do this course! I get creative block by having too much mess, too many options or looking at too many blogs!

Ash Kay said...

I really need a kick start, I think I only have three pre-made cards left yet my creative juices seem to have gone on vacation! Thanks for the chance to win a spot :)

Kathy Mc said...

Sometimes I think reading blogs and looking at Pinterest are more detrimental to my creativity as I get overwhelmed and have difficulty focusing on my immediate needs. Would love to win a spot in this class, Shari, and congrats on being a guest designer again! Thanks.

Denacline88 said...

I think we can all use a good kick start in card making. I would love to win a spot that would be awesome.

Tanya said...

Sounds like a fun class, I struggle with my creativity all the time. Thanks for a chance to win!

Angie said...

Love the idea of this class! I go through phases where I just can't seem to get started with the actual creating. I just spend hours and hours looking at other peoples stuff on the net. Then I find that once I get going, I sure wish I didn't have all these other responsibilities to interrupt me, because I could create 24/7!

CaliCrafts said...

Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed by everything. I just sit at my desk and can't decide where I start. So I'll take just a couple supplies and work in a different part of the house with different music and sometimes a sketch or layout to scraplift

Rania K said...

I would love to win!!! Cardmaking for me...seems so dificult...after my divorce...i need some inspiration..

Small T said...

If I'm having a creative block, I like to focus on a certain person and make a card for that person. That seems to help me get creative again. Thank you so much for the chance! :-) xx

Emilia said...

I need some inspiration, I'd love to win a spot!

Robin said...

When I am feeling blocked I love to cruise blogs to get inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win!

Pat j said...

Great idea for a class. Seems like so often all of us hit that wall and stare at the blank white paper with o idea what to do next!

jd said...

I would love to win a place in your class. I could use a jump start on my lagging creativity.

Tania said...

Had more than my share of "creative blocks"... I sit down at my desk to make something - anything - but there is just nothing going on. I try looking through my sketches, old magazines, scrapbook albums, on-line galleries... sometimes something kicks in... other times I'm not so lucky! I'd love to win a spot in this class! Learning how to overcome these blocks would be FANTASTIC! Thanks for the opportunity!

Agata said...

MY "block" concerns mostly the page design, where to place elements. Sometimes a layout or card can take days to be made... Thanks for a chance to win a spot! :)

Carmen said...

thanks so much for the opportunity to win a spot. I follow several blogs and whenever, I sit down to create a card, I cannot seem to be able to put it together, It always seems so easy whenever you are looking at the blog, but trying it yourself it a totally different story ;-0

Robyn said...

Your online class cards are always so inspiring! Can't wait to see what you have for us!

Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen said...

I rarely feel a block when scrapbooking, but I have no confidence when it comes to cardmaking or 3D items. Hopefully, this class will be the kick start I need!

Diana said...

Sometimes I get in a funk of sorts...when the mojo just isn't there. Then I look for inspiration by going through my stashes of stuff and it starts to come again...Then there are moments when the mojo goes into overdrive and the ideas just swirl. Thanks for the chance to win!

Connie said...

I get so much inspiration and learn so many new skill from you. thanks for the chance to win.