Anyone who knows me has probably figured out I am not patient. I don’t like to wait. I blame my brother. (Hey, why not, right??) Mike was born 14 months before me, and being so close in age, we were almost like twins, so I had to keep up with him. Everything he did, I wanted to do, too. When he began piano lessons, I wanted to learn. I took his books and taught myself until my parents and cousin/”best piano teacher ever” decided I wasn’t too young for lessons after all. When he climbed to the top of the apple tree in our front yard, I climbed…well, not to the top. But higher. And then he had to “talk me down,” because going up was fine, but coming back down was terrifying. When Mike went to Kindergarten, I wanted to go too, but Pre-k wasn’t heard of back then. Even Kindergarten was optional. I missed Mike terribly, even though I had a year-old little brother to “help” take care of. So Mom taught me letters and numbers at home until Mike dropped out of Kindergarten and I had my playmate back. I think it may have been her way of keeping me busy so I wouldn’t “help” so much.
I don’t try to keep up with Mike any more. He’s way too far ahead of me, I think, for me to catch. But I’m still not patient. I watch the microwave, somehow imagining that’s going to make the seconds tick faster. I practice breathing exercises to stay calm and peaceful when I’m waiting in the express lane at the grocery store – usually behind someone with 100 items and 4 badly behaved children and one who is actually behaving but is the one getting fussed at for some reason. (Don’t get me started on bad parenting!!!) So stamping is great for me, because you just can’t rush the process. You can speed it up a bit (use a heat tool to dry a project, stamp a large sheet of card stock to cut up for multiple projects later, that kind of thing) – but you can’t rush through creating.
After I finished the background for this card, I realized the sentiment was perfect. Because it did take a lot of patience, and I think it was worth it.
Stamp sets: Nature’s Pace, Language of Friendship, Delicate Doilies, Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake classic; Versamark; Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, card stock; Other: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, rectangle clearlit, vintage trinkets, antique brads, Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, clear embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, stampin’ dimensionals, sponge wedge, brayer
I love these colors! They remind me of a gorgeous beach with clear, blue water. Stampin’ Up!® just announced the 2013 incentive trip – and it’s to Fiji! – so I’m thinking warm, South Pacific islands. I’m getting ready to check what I need to earn the trip, then divide it up into 11 months.
Ok – back from my daydreams…Nature’s Pace is a great stamp set. It has lots of elements, including the music score. And Language of Friendship is a new set that coordinates with the bird builder punch and Boho Blossoms punch. There’s even a stamp with little feet for the bird! Here’s how I created the card.
First, I stamped the little thistley flower image in versamark and clear embossed it, because I wanted it to stand out a bit. Then I stamped the crumb cake doilies and flowers and embossed them. I don’t have Crumb Cake craft ink, so I inked the stamps in versamark, then in Crumb Cake, then stamped and embossed. There’s enough versamark under the classic ink to hold onto the embossing powder. You can also stamp first in classic, then use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp over the original in Versamark.
Finally, I stamped the Soft Suede and Basic Black images. They were dark enough that I didn’t emboss them. I added Tempting Turquoise classic with a brayer, then sponged the edges with Island Indigo. I think it’s very peaceful, and when I’m tempted to be overwhelmed, or rush through something, I can look at this card and think about retiring in Fiji.
Tomorrow, I’ll have my latest “Rachel challenge” for you to look at. It’s so much fun having her here; she always gives me great ideas. I know the whole point is for her to recuperate and get stronger, but I’m sure going to miss her when she has to go back home.
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