Yep ... I'm in full Christmas mode this week. I love the 3 month run-up TO Christmas as much (maybe even more) than Christmas itself!! I've really been enjoying my crafting this week - it's been much more relaxed than usual. I'm crafting because I WANT to and because I have the time ... not because I have a class or project deadline. It is sooooo much easier to get those creative juices flowing when you don't have time pressure! Lately I'm trying to make a concerted effort to USE the sets and supplies I BUY (novel concept, isn't it?!) Whenever a new catalogue or mini catalogue comes into effect I get a HUGE box of new supplies landing on my doorstep. I then either FORGET what I have or get into a time crunch and don't spend 10 minutes figuring out how to use the product or what to create with it. Soooo - I've been digging out new and old stamp sets and making myself play with them (sounds rough, doesn't it?!)
Here is a case in point. In the upcoming Holiday Mini (effective September 1st) there is a new punch available - the "Stocking Builder Punch". I debated weather or not to get this punch right away as I don't like "fiddly" things and this punch definately qualified as "fiddly". I wasn't sure I would use it. I also eyed up a new stamp set that coordinated with the punch (MAN "they" know how to get me to part with my money over at S.U.!) The "Stitched Stockings" set was too cute to pass up ... I decided if I had to have one I'd have to have both and if nothing else the Girls would have fun with the punch. With my new determination to USE what I buy I sat and played with both items. Yes, it was a little fiddly but it was FUN! Here is the first one:
Well ... I was on a roll so I played with just the punch ... it was definately more fiddly ... and I had lots of littly scraps of paper everywhere but it was fun coming up with different color combinations (and of course I also had to make a few little stockings for the girls' stuffies!) Here it is:
Well .. that's it for today .. BUT I DO have 2 other cards to show off ... you'll just have to keep coming back ;)
Have a fun day!