Don’t fall out of your chairs now, but I created a project for Tuesday’s Take 3! Of all the many, many inspiration challenges I have hosted over the years, due to time constraints, I have never created a project for a single one of them.
Not one single one.
As you can imagine, I’ve been whirling and swirling around in the world now that you all know that I’m designing stamps and dies for Technique Tuesday, and well, I’ve gotta say, the whole experience has left me rather inspired.
As in, rather inspired in a lot of different ways. For one thing, it is a very surreal experience to not just hold the stamps and dies that came from something you drew and see them in their timeless packaging, but it is equally surreal to create something with them yourself. (Gah!)
And then when you see what other people have created with them, it gets really good-weird on a whole other level. Like this card by Teri Anderson. And this one by Daniela Dobson. Trust me when I say there was a serious gasp the moment I saw them. You know, I’m scrolling down my Instagram feed and bam! There’s a card made from stamps I drew! And it’s gorgeous! Hence the gasp.
But you’ve gotta know. I’ve been nervous about this whole stamp designing thing. I mean, I just barely started creating paper cuts and all of a sudden people I really respect and admire–*cough* Bev Grey and *cough* Teri Anderson–are using words like “art” when they talk about my humble drawings. Art? Am I an artist? This musician turned teacher turned editor turned blogger turned mindfulness-seeking meditator turned paper cutting dabbler is now being called “artist”?
Hmm. I’m super uncomfortable with that whole moniker. Mostly because I have so much to learn. And partly because I don’t have the slightest clue what I am doing. You should see me fumbling around in the various programs I’ve had to learn to make this fly. Talk about a steep learning curve! But I learn something new each time I attempt a new drawing, and honestly, now that the secret and therefore the stamps and dies are out, I’m sleeping a whole lot better–and I’m wanting to create more than ever before.
Which brings me to my next confession. When I started this blog just six weeks ago, I thought I wanted to do some of the same things that I did when I was writing the Moxie Fab World. I thought I wanted to provide beautiful photos with a snappy quip on a daily basis (Your Daily Hip & Hooray) and I thought I wanted to offer a bunch of awesome DIYs for Saturday Crafternoon. But what I quickly found out as I tried to establish a work flow is that though finding images for features like that is something I love to do, it takes a lot of time, when really all I want to be doing is creating (whether that’s drawing or paper cutting or crocheting or cross-stitching or card making) and writing meaningful blog posts that get us all thinking and talking about topics that make a difference in our lives.
That’s not to say that I won’t incorporate that kind of material at all–but I’m not sure I’ll be keeping up with it on the regular basis I thought I would.
So last week, instead of spending a lot of time searching out the images I would have offered for the above mentioned features, I worked up a new paper cut that I’m super excited about (will share that when I can), and I made a few cards with my new products, including this one:
And so, the feel of things around here may shift a little, but my main goal is still to inspire you as often as I can. And hopefully I’ve done just that with this little card I created for #tuesdaystake3. All I used was the Chain of Flowers and Garden Flowers dies from my new collection from Technique Tuesday. I was inspired by the color palette and the pattern created in the inspiration image, and I had more fun than I can say when I put the whole thing together.
Do you have some time to be creative between now and next Monday? If so, I hope you’ll join us for #tuesdaystake3. There are no limits to these challenges, which is exactly why they are so much darn fun! Click HERE for all the details you’ll need to join us!
Hope to see you there!