First, let's get today's card up because I'm sick and feeling oddly chatty, so this post gets really long and most of you will not want to read my cold-medicine-induced ramblings.
It may be hard to tell, but I stamped the starburst flower (Hero Arts) in two shades of Memento pink. If you click on the picture, you should see a larger version of it! I just twisted the image slightly so the two colors don't overlap perfectly. That way, the flower has a bit of dimension to it.
Looking at the photo, I now wish I'd put black thread or even thin black-and-white gingham ribbon on the button. It would have more punch that way. Oh well. Next time.
stamps: Hero Arts
paper: PTI white
accessories: button, DMC floss, corner chomper
And now for the random stuff and things.
1. Did you know that this month marks the fifth anniversary of Papertrey Ink? This company completely changed my thinking about clear stamps. Until I bought Beautiful Blooms, I thought all clear stamps were garbage. Now, I know better. Papertrey taught me the difference between silicone stamps (garbage) and photopolymer (fabulous). This opened up glorious worlds of stamping options for me!
The style at Papertrey in the early years was simple, simple, simple. I wanted to be PTI co-founder Nichole Heady when I grew up. In the past few years, the PTI style has gradually increased in complexity, along with the product line, which now includes custom dies, card stock, inks, and all sorts of embellishments. Nevertheless, it's a rare PTI release that doesn't leave me wanting to buy some stamps. I'm very excited to check out the sneak peeks as they lead up to the reveal on the 15th!
2. Papercraft Inspirations contacted me a few days ago to ask for permission to publish one of my cards in its March issue (April issue for Americans). How completely cool is that?!?! Tickled pink doesn't even come close to describing how I feel right now!!!!
3. I have A Muse's new catalog in my hot little hands thanks to Lianna Vigil. So much gorgeous eye candy!
4. Inventory Update: I've started work on my stamp inventory, which seems fairly necessary for tracking what I've used for my Use-All-My-Image-Stamps Resolution. I also really miss having an inventory just for inspiration. It's so much easier to flip through a binder of stamped images than to flip through jewel cases or rummage through drawers. Here's what I'm doing.
a. Two separate inventories, both based on where I store my stamps. One inventory is just for Papertrey Ink stamps, which are stored in CD holders. The other is for my drawers of stamps (including clear, cling, and wood-mounted stamps). The drawers are organized by theme. There will be no cross-referencing. This strategy minimizes the amount of time and stamping for the inventory. I want to keep it simple. Of course.
b. Spreading out the stamping. I am only stamping one drawer's contents every two or three days. This should keep me from re-injuring my elbow. I have stamped out three drawers already. Obviously this will take a while.
c. Not stamping some stuff. I'm NOT planning to include loose sentiments or sets that are all sentiments in my drawer inventory. As nice as it would be to have a sentiment index (all thank you stamps on one page, all happy birthday stamps on one page, etc.), that's a Herculean task given the sheer quantity of sentiments I own. Makes my elbow hurt just to think about it.
d. Keeping track. As I use an image stamp, I'll put a tick mark by it on the inventory in pencil. If I decide after using a particular stamp that I don't want to keep that stamp, I'll put an X on the image and put the stamp in a box in the closet. When the box is full, I'll sell it as a grab bag.
5. Pictures of my craft space are not forgotten. I'm just not there yet. I want to completely refurnish my craft room but cannot afford to. George and I have been working single-handedly to revitalize the economy. We've purchased a new house and are doing our darnedest to furnish it and decorate it to our satisfaction. We are incredibly blessed to be able to do this. But there isn't a spare $1,000 or so in the budget to redo my perfectly adequate craft space. I have, therefore, been thinking, processing, brainstorming, and contemplating how to work with what I have to make my space as fabulous as I can. I'm slow but steady, and you'll see pictures as soon as I can decide some stuff.
6. Memento's New Colors. About dang time. Tsukineko announced 12 new colors of Memento Ink! I'm still disappointed that there's not a nice aqua or gold, but the new colors fill a need in the line, which until March, contains only 24 colors. I will, of course, be buying them all in the dew drop size as soon as they are available. I have issues that frankly don't need any help.
Wow, if you made it with me this far, thank you ever so much. You are a saint. Now, I'm off to take a nap. Or maybe cough up a lung. Not sure. Have a wonderful Superbowl Sunday.