Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bliss: Instant and Long Term

    Instant gratification--we demand it in almost every aspect of our lives. Have you ever told a microwave oven to hurry up? Our culture is (contrary to expectations in the past) time crunched. We expect to accomplish more in less time, so we have more time to accomplish more...and on and on. Sometimes instant is grinding. But sometimes, instant gratification can be blissful. Ink, paper, stamp, a little color, and a happy little boom occurs. Making a card or paper gift for a dear friend in 15 minutes flips a lot of happy switches for me. Putting arty love to work and sharing it is a good thing.
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   A quick, small project is satisfying in many ways. If you work with just the materials at hand, it can be a do-it-and-done task, with less time to worry, fewer decisions to make, and opportunities for ingenuity. It is still personal and customized with an emotional investment, but less of a time investment.

     This Perfect Peacock (the stamp name, not my creation!) is great for a quick card. Colored with Blendabilities on Shimmery White cardstock, it is fast and ooh la la!

     On the other hand, a long-term craft project is a different experience than one that is accomplished in one sitting.

Planning a project and executing it in stages is gratifying on many levels. You can maximize the potential and utility of your tools and expand your creativity in new directions. You can get a little dose of bliss at each stage. Working on a bigger scale, your project can take on a deeper meaning and give you a more profound, longer-lasting sense of accomplishment. A long-term project can give you time acquire tools (some that might not be invented yet) or learn a technique that can add a depth and richness to the whole experience. And (speaks the English major and homeschool teacher) you can really develop your theme over time.

This printer's tray has been in progress for a year. The layout is on paper, but each box is completed when the muse tells me everything has come together. The theme:  In the beginning was the Word. I did say I am word-obsessed, didn't I?

     So, how about you? Are you quick to finish one project so you can move on to the next? Do you like projects that have to "cook" a while? What's your style?

     Thanks for reading! Reading your comments makes me blissful, too, so don't be shy!

                                                        Stamp your Bliss!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Little Gratitude

     A little gratitude -- ok, a lot of gratitude is due to my dear family and friends.  I am truly blessed with some of the best stamping buddies imaginable.  They encourage me, listen patiently to my manic inky thoughts, and whole-heartedly share their love of stamping with me. My darling family is always cheering me on when I stamp (it does keep me out of their hair). So now, I want to cheer for my friends and family, and say "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

     One of the best things about stamping greeting cards is the capability to personalize every card. This thank you card reflects my love of hot air balloons (I was into Steampunk before it had a name) and my tendency to explore the possibilities of all my stamping tools. This card was created using Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio.  It originally looked like this:

A little digital magic, because I have to add a personal twist, and we have the Balloon Glow version above.

     Now you may ask, where is the rubber stamp if this is a digital creation? In my hand, making me brave enough to tackle the digital media.  

     Thanks to my friends for helping me be a happy stamper.

     Are you, Dear Reader, a happy stamper? I'd like to get to know you, so chime right in!

     Stamp Your Bliss

Welcome to My Happy Stamping Corner

     I have been a rubber stamping fanatic for over 14 years.  The previous, sad, artless part of my life was spent longing for an artistic outlet; but every attempt I made at art left me convinced that I was meant to admire art, not generate it.

     Then one lovely day, through a serendipitous circumstance, a Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog fell into my hands, and I fell in love. At first it was the instant gratification of rubber stamping that caught me -- gorgeous images + ink + paper and done! -- and then it was the realization that I would fearlessly try any media, any art tool, as long as I had a stamp nearby -- and then the art happened! Fearless, I tell you, feels really good.

     I spent several years as a Stampin' Up demonstrator, spreading the joy of stamping wherever I could. After a sabbatical to tend to the uninky part of life, I have recently returned to demonstrating. It is my hope that I can help others unlock and enjoy their own art.

   I hope you will

    Stamp Your Bliss