Hellooooooooooooooooo! I'm back! Yes, all the Christmas cards are officially in the mail so I get to "play" again! I have already spent half an hour rummaging through my box of BRAND NEW STAMPIN' UP! TOYS that came days ago. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! So many new things, so little time!!!!!!! Hee hee - I get myself into a stamping frenzy when I get lots of new stuff at once! I am suddenly stricken with MAJOR attention deficit problems .. I start making a card with stamp set #1 but then I spot stamp set #2 ... #1 is quickly pushed aside as I frantically reach for new paper and embellishments - as I reach for something else I spot yet another new item ... and on it goes. half an hour later I wonder why I can no longer find the top of my desk and have completely lost the plot on what I started to do in the first place! It's going to be a fun few weeks as I try to focus and actually complete a project *lol*
Now ... I tore myself away from my new toys to post a project ... but where do I start??!! I have so many to share! ... and of course, those who follow me regularly know I ramble on for 3 pages before I GET to the project ... and then the project itself usually has a 3 page story behind it. So ... maybe you better grab the beverage of choice, get comfortable and then proceed ... we may be here a while *lol*
RIght. (here comes the start of the story behind the card(s)) As we all know I struggle with cards that are "clean and simple". So imagine my delight when I attended our Stamping Christmas Party and we made this lovely, clean and simple little Christmas card:
www.stampinfun.ca) managed to put together a card that I could easily copy and mass produce to send to my 70+ customers this year. So quick and easy! She used a 1 1/2" strip of Very Vanilla - ran it through the Snowburst Embossing Folder - stamped the Easy Events Christmas image in black Staz-on ink, colored it with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive markers, added some pearls and Wa-low (Voila to adults ... Wa-low to my 6 year old!) Quick and easy. So I head down to my craft room the next day all ready to ctrack off 70 of these bad boys. Hmmm ... I think I would prefer it in Whisper White to the Very Vanilla. Ok - still quick and simple - just a color change. Well .. I just don't feel right sending out a card designed by someone ELSE to all my customers - it has to be a Tamara original. No big deal - we'll just change the stamped image. Well ... of course no other images were as simple ... or the right size ... or the right font. Hmmm - ok, we'll try using Merry Winter and a different sentiment - ya - one from Four the Holidays. How about this:
Right - so - now I'm back to the drwing board. Quick, simple, mass producable ... is producable a word? Hmm - gotta look into that later ... ok - so - here was another card I fell in love with - it was from Dawn Olchefske (www.dostamping.typepad.com)
Right - so that's the story of my quick and simple card. Now .. I couldn't POSSIBLY send that card to my club girls could I? Well NO, Tamara - you couldn't do that! Every year you make and extra SPECIAL card for your "girls" ... (now if you are one of my club girls and you got the above card please don't be offended ... I simply thought that the above card suited your personal stamping style more than the following one ... and let's face it ... in the end I think the "quick and simple" card took more time and effort thatn the "over-the-top" card!)
So ... remember this birthday card I made for my friend a few weeks ago?
So - as I said before, and as I'm sure you can now appreciate ... It's hard being me. So hard, in fact, that I have now exhausted myself just telling you all about it so I'm off to bed.
I have more projects ... so keep comin' back for a look! (Just remember to do it when you have an hour to read my ramblings *lol*). Yes, I'm quirky and I know it ....
Have a fun weekend :)