Hey everyone. I haven't been posting much. Mostly because my stamping mojo just curled up and died. I couldn't get any kind of mojo flowing except for knitting. Which has been gone for YEARS. Not since 2009 have I really knit very much. I have two nieces, though, that have had or are about to have babies, so I thought why not knit a sweater for both of them? And I was off. Suddenly, knitting was all I could think about. I started that sweater, and I started another pair of socks, and then I finished a pair of socks that I had started in 2003. Think about that. Would you finish a stamping project that old? No, you would not. That project would have been filed in the circular file a long time ago. But knitters are tenacious people.
In addition, I recently decided to sell some of my hoarded spinning and weaving magazines. I can hear you, "Magazines? Who buys old magazines?" Well, no one is really that interested in old stamping magazines or scrapbooking magazines. Those I learned you might as well give away or take to your local school that has a bin for recycling them. But spinning, weaving, and knitting magazines all have patterns. And if the yarn is no longer available (like a stamp might be) then there is always another yarn you can substitute.
In addition, people who work with fiber have that Complete Collection Syndrome (we have it too...for ink colors or ribbon, etc). If they have been collecting a magazine, they like to fill in the gaps. So even though my husband told me long ago that I should throw those magazines away, I kept them. I knew that even if I never wanted to open them again, I could sell them. And that's just what I did. I sold ALL the spinning and weaving magazines (over 200) within a week of listing them on Ravelry. So I had some money in my Paypal account again!
I'm happy to say I did not buy a bunch of yarn. I did buy ONE skein of yarn and a few patterns. After all, I still have ALL the yarn I bought in the height of my most-fruitful knitting years, from 1992 through 2005 or so.This is (cough) a LOT of yarn. My husband wants me to get rid of that too. But when the zombie apocalypse comes, I will be ALL SET.
However, despite the lack of stamping mojo, last night I had what can only be described as a stamp shopping jag. And it wasn't through Stampin' Up! It was through (GASP!) other companies!
You see, I decided after I signed up for a bunch of knitting groups on Facebook that since knitters like to buy lots of things that are knitting related, I should make some cards for my Etsy shop for them. This would require knitting-related stamps and dies and embossing folders. These are not easy to find, BTW. SU! has nothing knitting related right now. I know. I have bought every knitting-related set that they have put out since becoming a demonstrator (all of two sets). I have a few knitting stamps from other companies,but I decided I needed MORE knitting stamps.
Thus, the big knitting stamp web hop began. I searched through all kinds of stamp company sites and managed to find a way of spending about $100 of my magazine money. I have one company I can't complete my purchase through because they don't seem to remember me, my password doesn't work, and the feature used to reset it doesn't work. So I'm patiently waiting for them to get back to me. Because I need those things in my shopping cart, darn it!
Yes, I'm diseased. I have the "I want it now!" disease, or what I like to call Veruca Salt disease, "Dont' care how, I WANT IT NOW!" Remember when we used to order things by filling out a form, enclosing a check, sending it off in the mail, then patiently waiting for it to come, sometimes more than a month later? Ha! We couldn't do that now without having a stroke. I know I couldn't, anyway. The first time I shopped online I remember quite clearly. It was 1999, I had just had a baby, and Emily's 2nd birthday was coming up in days. I had no energy, no desire to go to the mall and find things, and so I went on EToys.com (long defunct) and bought all of her birthday presents. It was so darned easy. And I've never looked back.
So now that I've spent some of my magazine money, I guess now I should really start stamping things. The funny thing is that it seemed to make me feel more stampy, more crafty, knowing that new goodies are coming my way. I just have to place another order through Stampin' Up! to get some of the new stamps in the catalog that I passed up the last time to get the new accessories, right?
In the meantime, I do have a card I made before the mojo went. Yes, it's another card with You've Got This, but I think you'll like it. Lookie:
GOJUS!!! (YILM!) I wanted to play with masking and sponging and creating a sponged background so I masked off a square on Whisper White.
I kept adding color until I got a gradient I liked. I then spritzed water on top and also used the speckle stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to add some speckles, stamping off the ink first so it wouldn't be hella dark. After it all dried, I stamped the flower and greeting, then added the white highlights to the stamens of the flower with the white gel pen.
The dotted lace trim is the perfect accent. If you are having trouble getting your cut ends to look nice, use a pair of pinking shears. It makes for the perfect trim.
You can buy anything I used to make this card by clicking on any of the photos below:
Or you can buy this card on Etsy!