Welcome to Stamps, Paper, Scissors

Welcome to Stamps, Paper, Scissors

It’s not enough for me to have a blog for my knitting pursuits, I
decided. I have to have one for my other obsessions, scrapping and
stamping.

People like me, who like to write, but don’t have a
novel in the works, are now blessed with blogs: a public way to air all
the dirty linen or share what it is that makes us tick. Well, this is
what makes me tick. I hope you enjoy it!

To get the boring
biographical stuff out of the way first, let me tell you I’ve been
doing paper arts almost all my life. I started out by painting on it,
then I fiddled with sculpting things out of it, now I stamp on it and
make scrapbook pages. I like paper. I also like color, which is my main
inspiration and leads me into other avenues like cross-stitch,
knitting, weaving, spinning, and quilting too, though I don’t do much
of that. I’ve always made things and I’ve always sold what I’ve made
one way or another, starting with my pathetic yarn daisy hair ties and
Indian bead weavings in junior high. My first sale was to someone from
our local university who came to view the art made by children in our
local elementary school. I had sculpted a hobo, his dog and his cat out
of clay. She bought the cat from me for $2, something I was incredibly
amazed by and I guess what set this whole train into gear.

I’ve
been stamping since 1996 and scrapbooking since 1998. I joined Stampin’
Up! as a demonstrator in 2003 and I’ve had a ton of fun doing it.

Now onto todays topic: swapitis.

Swapitis
is what happens when you make a beautiful card to swap with other
people. It’s a lot of fun to make that first card, the problem comes
when you have to do more than one. I’m sorry. I get bored…I only like
to make a card once, and then I’m done. But for swaps you have to make
many of one card, so it’s a push for me to get them all done.

You
swap with other stampers (or demonstrators if you are one) to get a
variety of samples or cards. The group I swap with regularly is called
Controlfreaks Swappers, mostly because we are all incredibly anal about
detail. And there are a bunch of us. For the swap I’ve been working on,
we are making samples from Stampin’ Up!’s 2006 Holiday Mini so we can
have a nice variety for our customers.


This is my swap for the Holiday Mini. I used Holiday Trim and I really
like the results. To get yellow candle flames, I stamped the candle
complete with the flame with Whisper White craft ink, then colored on
top of the flame with a Yoyo Yellow marker. Nice trick, eh? The halos
around each flame was done with a sponge dauber. It’s one of the cards
that turned out almost exactly like I envisioned it (a rare occurence!)

But
it took me a lot of effort to finish these swaps; 29 of them. I always
make a sample first, then cut all the cardstock and plan the different
steps so I can make them assembly-line fashion. So I started out by
tearing the edge off 29 strips of designer paper that’s on the left
side of the card, then sponging the torn edge of all 29 strips, etc.
etc.

When I’m doing multiples of cards, I have to give myself
little treats to get through them. Because after I’ve done 3 pieces of
the same step, I start feeling desperate to leave, do ANYTHING but
finish these things. I listen to Garrison Keillor do Prairie Home
Companion monologues to take my mind of the horrible boredom of doing
the same thing over and over.

And I’ll say to myself, "Just do
10, then you can get up and get a Diet Coke" or "Get through this step
and then you can go read your email." Sometimes I get encouraged by how
quickly I got those 10 done and I’ll do more. But sometimes nothing
works and I run away from the swap and only finish because the deadline
for mailing is upon me.

With this swap, I got stuck at the
ribbon part. I got three of the cards completely done and simply could
not stand it. I ran away to read a mystery novel and try to ignore the
fact that I needed to get those swaps out of the way. I went back down
and did two more and gave up again.

Finally last night they were
done. They are labeled on the back with the recipe, packed up and ready
to mail out. Phew! And I can rest until the next swap, which is much
smaller; the swap my upline has every month at her meeting. Only 11
cards necessary for that one!

Here are the other samples I’ve
done with the Holiday Mini sets I preordered…now I have that swap out
of the way, I hope to make some more!

I’ve also been working on cards using the set Stampin’ Up! has to benefit the American Heart Assocation, A Light Heart:



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