Papertrey Ink Presents: Stamp-A-Faire 2012

The amazing gals over at Papertrey Ink worked their collective tails off this month to create an all-emcompassing “stamp camp” for their customers. It made the “all-encompassing” benchmark because it was executed entirely online. People got together in their own locales, of course, but everyone participated collaboratively via the wonderful convenience of the internet. Bless Bob Taylor and his revolutionary-inducing lightbulb moment. Now if only someone can devise a way for me to sleep normally without having to miss the opening ceremonies because West Cost time (hello, moon) doesn’t confer well with East Coast time. They may not even be on speaking terms anymore…

Yes, my long-winded explanation has a point. I’m glad you asked. The point is that although I missed the first few technique challenges due to unconsciousness, I was able to catch myself up – more or less – and get some cards done to submit. I have until Monday, you know. Noon by East Cost standards, which translates to 9 here. Nichole was gracious enough to allow for the incongruence of timezones.

But the beginning challenge – the “make and take” – was due by Saturday night, which I inconveniently missed. Whoops. But fear not, fellow readers (do I even have any of you yet??), showcasing my creative whimseys is what this blog is all about! Now put your right foot in and let’s hokey pokey!

The card Nichole created utilized single layer stamping, but that morning I was the unfortunate victim of a Stamper’s Slip (I dropped my inked stamp). Thankfully, I’m not currently hormonal and I was able to keep my wrathful fury on a very jerky leash, so instead of raining my image with tears or shredding it into tiny pieces, my caffeine-alert mind came up with a solution. Die cut and re-stamp a new image of the flower that my **** inked leaf stamp landed on and pop it up to overlay onto that little mishap. And since I was adding some dimension with the popped flower, I opted to add some pearls for a slightly more romantic look. It all worked out in the end, which is what I love best. 🙂

Signature Splatter

Quotes Engravers MTSUPPLIES:
Stamps: Happy Hydrangeas (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Linen Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Jet Black (Staz On)
Dies: Happy Hydrangeas (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Faux Pearls (Recollections)

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Hello, Nice to Meet 'cha.

I’m one of those people. Yep – you guessed it – those people. I have a master’s degree in the fine art of procrastination. I have interest; really I do. It just seems all my lofty dreams and wayward aspirations are always thwarted by my utter lack of motivation. I blame my willpower. It abandoned me for greener pastures some time ago. Just packed up an oversized suitcase and took off. Really, the suitcase should have tipped me off. I mean, aside from my mother, who packs up all their belongings for a short trip? Not me.

Anyway, I digress. Procrastination. Right. Supposedly, it took 7 days and 7 nights to create our wondrous planet (this, of course, depends greatly upon who you ask). Well, on the historic day of February 11, 2012, it took me 7 hours to create my very first blog (did I mention I get distracted easily?). Of course, it’s now taken me 5 months to write my first post. That’s 162 days. (I counted). And according to my trusty calculator, that’s 3,888 hours or 233,280 minutes. Wow, what the heck did I do with it all?? Ok, yes, over half of it was spent sleeping, but come on. That’s still a tiny sliver of my life right there that I could have been blogging about. haha. Just kidding. Am I digressing again? (er, Yes, I am). Back to the task at hand. My departure time may have been 5 long months ago, but I have finally arrived at my destination: this blog. Hopefully, after all this, you’re still reading and I haven’t lost you at a layover somewhere.

I fully intend for this lovely blog to be an all-encompassing retreat into the vast and enchanting realm of papercrafting. Specifically, the charming kingdom of card-making. It’s one of my hobbies. I love making and giving cards to the people I care about. It just seems so much more personal to me than spending 3 hours in the store rummaging through all the card pockets looking for just that right-phrased something for the occasion. You know the one; that elusive perfect card. I can never find it. My mom’s got the talent there. It must have skipped a generation. So my kids will have it too…damn them.

When it comes to card-making, I’m a big fan of Papertrey Ink and Stampin’ Up and the vast majority of my artistic creations stem from something I have of theirs. Of course, being a compulsive shopper (I blame Willpower for that one too), I have many (many) other craft supplies from other companies, but Papertrey Ink and Stampin’ Up remain – by far – my favorites.

Hopefully, if luck is on my side since Willpower isn’t, my layovers will be less frequent now that my terminal is officially up and running. I’ll try to head off any pit-stops when I can. I spend enough time at Procrastination Station.

Till next time. 🙂