Two years ago, I resolved to use every image stamp I own. Note the specification of image stamp. I have a bazillion sentiment stamps that came in sets, and many of these sentiments serve no earthly purpose whatsoever. ("Enjoy the happy moments in life." Really?)
So I've been quietly chugging away at using all my images on cards, and while I'm not quite finished, I'm almost there. It's been very enlightening. I learned that some stamps are easier for me to use than others either because they fit my style or a particular size or I simply like them better. This knowledge has changed the way I buy new stamps. I'm pickier and don't just buy stuff because "oh, I don't have anything like that!"
When Hero Arts' new catalog came out, I experienced the usual joy, joy, joy at seeing new stuff. I also realized that I needed to be very careful not to add new stamps to my collection just because they were different. I now ask, "Will this stamp or set fit my style, be easy to work with, give me not just more options but more options that make me happy?"
The following set seemed to meet all my requirements.
And, oh happy day! It did.
This little set of cards also demonstrates a new addendum to the old resolution. I now have to use each image in a set BEFORE I can store that set with the rest of my stamps. I have a little bin to keep new arrivals in until they earn a right to sit with the more experienced stamps. I'm happy to say that this set made the grade and has happily joined the rest of my Hero clear sets. It's making friends and looking forward to years of use.
stamps: Hero Arts, AMuse ovals
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: post-it notes for masks