Loving the stamping

I am thoroughly enjoying my time spent stamping. Although I admit my downtime is extremely limited right now it actually makes me more focused when I do sit down to create something for those special people in my life.

My brother and sister-in-law will be celebrating their 16 th wedding anniversary next week. Frankly, I have had it with our mutual habit of texting Happy Birthday or Congratulations or Happy Birthday. I am a stamper for goodness sake and it doesn’t get anymore impersonal than a texted message to say Happy Anniversary. In this day and age, 16 years of wedded bliss is an accomplishment to be acknowledged with a beautiful card. Here it is. imageimage

As as well, a dear friend and co- worker won a dental speaking competition this weekend and I couldn’t be happier or prouder for her. I gave her this card this morning when she returned to work. Don’t you just love those adorable “Cheerful Critters”?

That’s all for now. I made my kids something so stinking cute that I can’t wait to show you but I don’t want to spoil their surprise. So next post I will let you see those.

If you need a new Stampin’ Up catalog, the new one was just released last week. Give me a shout out and I will see you get one toot suite

Bye for now❤️

Why I Stamp

It’s Sunday. With my present work schedule it is my only day off this weekend. Not really a weekend to speak of. One day to get everything done. The yard work. The laundry. Change the sheets. Vacuum. Clean. Etc. etc. etc. it can be exhausting and more than a little overwhelming. It can be so difficult to find the time to do anything relaxing or enjoyable let alone creative. But it is so necessary to my mental well-being.

A few minutes spent in my craft room makes all the difference. I made a birthday tag today to adorn a plain burlap bag I purchased in Michaels. The bag is plastic lined and reusable so it made perfect sense to spend the $3 on this rather then a paper gift bag to present my friend’s gift.

A few minutes spent with color and texture in the form of ink and paper were very therapeutic. I liked the first one so much I made two more. I worried I was spending too much  time crafting. Old habits die hard. So I actually timed myself with my phone’s stopwatch. A mind trick I oftenimage image play on myself when I am procrastinating about some chore I don’t want to do to. It reinforces the fact that I often spend more time putting off a chore than the actual chore would take. This time it helped me see that an additional two tags only took me 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes well spent. Here’s the pics. Hope you like.

Hello World

Hello world. Welcome to my new blog- she stamps again. Feels like she is born again. I have spent too much of the last couple years ignoring my creative self. And this is really a shame because iit is such a big part of who I am. Of who I have always been. Even as a little girl. My first memories of creating things involved a potholder loom. I loves making things for other people. I made pot holders for everyone. My mom, my grandmothers , all my aunts. I was so proud. And I still love to make things for other people. But lately my life has just felt like I have been in survival mode.

Just get to work. Do what needs to be done. Come home to am empty house most of the year. Collapse in front of the TV more like a zombie than a person. Go to bed…Get to work.…Come home.

You get the picture. Well no more. I have started stamping again. And it awoke something inside of me. In a way not even the beading I have done in the last few years had been able to do.

So I have signed up with Stampin Up again. And I am beginning to feel like my old self. I am famous for letting go of the stuff that makes me happy when things get rough. I pare life down to the basics and go into survival mode. And every once in a while I am lucky enough to have that spark re-ignited within me. This time it was due to a simple act. A handmade card arrived in the mail from a friend, and now she is my Stampin Up Upline. imageimage

It is all new. New catalog coming out in three weeks! The ink pads are new! There are new stamp sets and techniques! New papers! New colors! New friends to be made!

But I am more than ready. Because In discovering the new I am rediscovering the old me. And it feels good to feel alive again.

I leave you with a picture of something I made as a thank you for a friend who takes care of my cats from time to time. It’s a set of Thank You cards for her to use when she needs to thank someone too. It felt apropos.

Thanks for visiting my new blog. See you back here real soon.