Happy Memorial Day to all my US friends. If you haven't heard yet, there's a little Memorial Day Sale going on at Verve that ends tomorrow night. All stamps and dies are on sale, so it's a great time to stock up! I hope everyone had a splendid weekend. I was laid up with back pain, but I got right on things this morning and now have a Mojo Monday card using Anniversary Birds and a sentiment from Wordy Birds to share. It's round or square week and I think this sketch is a new personal favorite of mine. It looks intricate but is really quite easy.
This little birdie from Anniversary Birds always makes me giggle a bit. This set is one of Verve's all-time highest selling sets, but if it hadn't been for Mark, might never have seen stamp form. As I've mentioned in posts before, I'm a bit of a perfectionist and also a very harsh critic of myself. While I thought the birds were kind of cute, I also thought they were kind of homely and was afraid to put them out there and have people laugh at my poor drawing abilities. But Mark pretty much MADE me release them and I'm so glad I did. Every time I see one of these birds on a card it makes me smile.
It's a lesson I needed to learn. A lesson to not censor yourself or your art. If you have a trusted friend and you ask their opinion.. take it. Sometimes they can see the potential in you that your light-blocking, perfectionism eyewear just can't see. The definition of art is simply arranging items in a way that affects the senses, emotions or intellect. So no matter what you make, if you put your heart into it, it's art. And that's something to be proud of. Something that makes the world a better, prettier place. So create something that makes you smile today - then share it with the world. It's bound to produce even more smiles!
Stamps: Anniversary Birds, Wordy Birds (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lime Twist Life of the Party (My Mind's Eye), Poppy Parade, Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink: Poppy Parade, Basic Gray (SU!), Broken China (Ranger)
Accessories: classic and grand circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), divine twine, black taffeta (SU!), liquid pearls, stickles (Ranger), polka dots EF (Cuttlebug), flower, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch (SU!)
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.