Happy Today! It's Friday, and that means it's time for another Viva la Verve! twisted sketch courtesy of Amber. Be sure to check out the sketch and the challenge details for your chance to win some Verve goodies.
The other day I was bopping around the Internet on a break from hours and hours of mind-numbing QuickBooks data entry and I decided to treat myself to a few little things. Now, around the beginning of January I made this solemn vow with myself not to buy any more designer paper for a while. I have enough to last a lifetime. SERIOUSLY! It's an addiction. Some days I think I might be a stamper just so I have a reason to collect things! There's nothing as satisfying to me as looking at rows and rows of my Copic markers and determining which colors I get to buy next. I don't know what I'll do when I finally complete the collection. Will I ever use all 322 markers? Probably not, but the point is not in the practicality, it's in the fact that it makes me happy.
The problem comes when the collecting no longer makes me happy. As in... my designer paper stash. Having a few options is stimulating - having 50,000 options is overwhelming! That's exactly how I feel about my stash. I actually end up avoiding it more often than not because I can't make a decision which pattern to use. And then there's the guilt I feel for having all this paper stashed away when there are so many crafters out there who would LOVE to have even a tenth of it at their disposal. Isn't that silly? Thousands of little pieces of paper sitting in my studio making me feel GUILTY every time I enter the room. That's nuts! LOL So, I made this pact with myself... no more designer paper unless the design REALLY inspires me and I know I'll use it right away. And then I saw it... seducing me from across the computer screen, just glowing in ethereal beauty, calling my name...
The Prudence Collection by Crate Paper
Aquas and browns and linens, oh my! I was hooked, and even though I did NOT need another pack of papers, I CRAVED this one! So, to justify my purchase and quiet those 50,000 screaming guilt monsters, I opened the package, cut up this beautiful paper and used it on today's card. See, if you hang in there long enough, I'll eventually segue us back to today's card!
So here's what's in it...
Stamps: Beautiful You (flower), Fluttering By (sentiment) - Verve Stamps
Paper: Baja Breeze (SU!), Prudence Collection (Crate Paper)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Close to Cocoa Reinker (SU!), Walnut Stain and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Cutting Tools: Classic & Scallop Rectangles (Nestabilities), Oval punches (SU!), Round-it-all
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Primas, Pixie Dust Shimmerz, D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, Clear Embossing Powder
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
This blog is for personal inspiration only and all projects are my original designs unless otherwise stated. I own Verve Stamps and have received products and materials to work with from several generous companies over the years. While I have received free products from these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.