Comments on my last post are brilliant. If you haven't read them, I'll wait while you do.
Are you back? Good.
First of all, let me say thank you for reassuring me I'm not alone in my "over-stimulation" (Mynn's phrase). Also, yes, I "can change the rule" (senga44's words), and I should have at least temporarily suspended it for this particular buying binge. But the rule has served my purposes very well for a long time.
It's just the, ahem, abundance of my recent ordering that it became a problem.
Angie brought up a good point. Some rules do box us in and stifle creativity. BUT I would argue that other rules really do help us out by encouraging creativity. Under my ordinary buying patterns, my rule about not putting sets away until I use them is a very good rule. Knowing I'm going to have to use a set immediately means I buy stuff that I want to use immediately. Generally, this is exciting and makes me overflow with creative ideas. Placing so many orders in such a small span of time, however, changed the situation...but I didn't let the rule change, too. My bad.
Missoula Gal Pals wrote this wise comment:
"I too make 'rules' to craft by and sometimes it helps me focus in on all the fun
and sometimes it feels too confining. Since the 1st of the year I've been trying
eliminate the 'should's' and 'have to's' in the crafting part of my life and
gently telling myself over and over - 'this is about having fun and expanding my
In other words, rules can enhance our creativity and energy, and we need to pay attention to the ones that don't and change them. Princess Judy Palmer says the same thing: "This year I've decided any 'rule' or 'obligation' that stifles my creativity or
stresses me out over what is to be a fun hobby is to be ditched immediately."
Y'all have no idea how comforting your comments have been!
And now for a card that duplicates the layout of THIS CARD, but looks significantly different because of colors and stamps. I just love how the same basic idea could be tweaked to result in so different a card.
The border was made using the row of dots from Hero Arts Borders and Arrows set. I alternated shades of red ink (Hero Arts) to add interest and used two shades of red bling (although the dark red looks blackish in the photo...in real life, it's dark red!). The sentiment is stamped in Hero Arts' dark gray ink.
The first version of the card is light, bright, airy. This one is grounded, colorful, strong. I like them both. How about you?
stamps: Hero Arts Borders and Arrows, Papertrey Signature Greeting
ink: Hero Arts
accessories: rhinestones, dimensionals