Welcome to a brand new week! Monday brings us a new Mojo Monday sketch, and this week's sketch was designed by the sweet and talented Debbie Carriere. Hop on over to the Mojo blog to check it out and take a peek at the design team's fab samples. My sample for today uses flowers from Hope Blooms and the To Risk plain jane of this beautiful Anais Nin quote, "And the day came when the risk it took to stay tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Risk is one of those double edged swords. It's scary and terrifying, but also necessary for growth. As an artist I feel like I risk a little bit of my soul each time I blog. Even after all these years of stamping, showing my art never gets any easier. Though I try to remind myself that it's MY art and not important what others think of it, I regularly find I'm measuring my self-worth in comments, comparing myself to others and feeling desperately inadequate. And that's certainly not the way I want to live my life. I blog because I'm passionate about what I do and I want to inspire others to follow their own creative dreams. But I also want to soar freely and achieve my own dreams ... and I can't do that if I'm always focused on what the other chicks are thinking about my little wings.
So starting today, along with a new look for my blog, there's a fresh new tone, too. One that's going to address the things on my heart and not worry so much what I think everyone wants to read or see. Just like the quote on this card, it's becoming painful to stay curled up inside the tiny little shell of self-doubt I've confined myself to. It's time to do some blossoming. I think we could all go for a little blossoming, don't you think?
Stamps: To Risk, Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Ladies & Gents (Webster's Pages), Early Espresso (SU!), Cream
Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey (Ranger Distress), Coffee Archival (Ranger)
Accessories: Deckled Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), wide ribbon (SU!), buttons (American Crafts), Scrapper's Floss (Karen Foster), Metallic Dream String and chocolate pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), harlequin stencil (Crafter's Workshop)
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.