Desperate times do call for desperate measures. I bought the Stampin’ Up! Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit months ago. I started putting it together in September, I think – but it may have been August. I was at a craft day hosted by Sandy, one of my downline, and I think I was also babysitting my Amelia. In the three or four hours that I was there, I made one each of five tags. This kit makes 30 tags (three each of 10 designs). Wooohooo – only 25 to go.
I took them home and made one or two more, then put the box of tags on the sofa in my craft room. Ashlynn, our cat, loves Stampin’ Up! boxes – especially if they have something in them. And this kit has bells!…and sequins and other shiny things. I’ve mentioned before that Ashlynn is very fond of shiny things, so I decided to put the box on top of the extra fridge (also in my stamp room). And I promptly forgot all about the tags.
Mike bought a treadmill and a bowflex for our mountain house, so we planned to head down the valley today to set them up. I like to take something to stamp when we go to the mountains, and I decided the tags would be perfect. We were only staying overnight, so they’d be a quick project to work on. I grabbed the box, and checked the instructions for “additional products” that I’d need to take. Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set – check. Mint Macaron, Garden Green, and Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pads – check. Fast Fuse – check. Crystal Effects – check. Stampin’ Dimensionals – check. 2-Way Glue Pen – check. I added a SNAIL refill (but I forgot to take SNAIL) and some Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Mist, and a Stampin’ Scrub. I also grabbed Saturday’s newspaper, because I knew it would have fat sales flyers that I could use for padding to stamp on. (Have you figured out what I didn’t pack?)
I got to the house, unpacked food and fed the crazy cat, and then sat down to stamp. I was determined to finish the tags tonight. I pulled everything out, picked a stamp to use, and…no block. Ugh. I’ve used clear mount and photopolymer stamps before. I know you need blocks, but in my packing frenzy, I totally forgot. And this isn’t the first time. I forgot to pack them for a workshop once – and that was very embarrassing! Fortunately, some of my stampers that day had blocks in their bags, and my mom had a fat plexiglass ruler that worked great for larger stamps. (I’m going to stick a block in my purse so I’ll always have one.) Now, of course, I have a whole extra set at the office to keep that from happening again. But tonight – I had nothing. My mom’s favorite saying (and I think it’s original) is, “Don’t panic, just improvise.” She’s a master at this. Cooking dinner and don’t have three of the five ingredients? Don’t panic – improvise. Taking a pie to a presentation in front of 300 women and something falls on top of it and messes up the crust? Don’t panic – improvise. Cover the smooshed top with cream cheese icing and it’s now “Fancy French Apple Pie with Cream Cheese Icing” instead of ordinary “apple pie.” (This actually happened. I love my mother. She’s so amazing, and if I’m 1/4 of the woman she is when I’m her age, I’ll be happy!)
I tried several substitutes – a stamp pad, a tile coaster, the lid from the little container I had put the bells in to keep them safe from the cat – but nothing worked. The beauty of photopolymer stamps is you can see through them, and you really need to see where you’re stamping on most of the tags, so you have to have a clear “block.” After my third stamping fiasco, I started searching the cabinets, and I found this.
It looks like an ordinary Pyrex measuring cup, right? No – it’s an emergency stamp block.
Would I recommend this over our lovely blocks? Absolutely not. But in a pinch, it was an acceptable substitute. Best of all, I finished the tags, and I’m ready to offer a last-minute tag class. I finished the last 25 tags in less than an hour – even with the Pyrex emergency stamping block. And the tags are so cute! I didn’t change anything or try to be original. The way I see it is the reason for the project kits is so you don’t have to think when your life is crazy and your mojo is at an all time low. Just go with the instructions and you have gorgeous projects in minutes. And it’s stress-free, which is good, because during the holidays, the last thing you need is more stress.
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