Hi Everyone. Happy Monday.
I had some fun this weekend playing around with my Stamp of Approval set. I really did push myself out of my comfort zone buying this set of stamps, but am so glad that I did. I also forced myself to use colors that I don't often lean towards - like neon lemon :-)
A few months ago, I really found that I was in a rut stamping wise and that I was surrounded by stamps that I had collected over the last few years based on my need to keep up my SU minimums. I ended up with stamps that I bought "because" rather than stamps that I really wanted. I felt guilty that there was so many fabulous stamps - but they just didn't suit my style right now. When I went into my craft room I was just uninspired because the stamps weren't what I wanted to play with. It took a couple of weeks to think about it, but decided that I was going to do a purge of all stamps that didn't inspire me at this stage in my life. They were fabulous stamps from SU, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp and other suppliers - and I know that someone will have picked them up at the charity shop and will give them the love they deserve.
However, such a massive purge meant that I was a little bereft of stamps! So, this Stamp of Approval kit was the thing that I needed to force me to use something different and challenging. I really needed to do that.
I know that there are people who signed up for my blog because of the use of SU stamps and that they have decided to unsubscribe because I no longer use SU as much. If this had been my business and they had been buying from me it would have been a problem. But, as neither of these things are true - I hope that - even though I am not using stamps you have - you can be inspired by the color combos, layouts, etc. I know that Colleen told me that she often gets inspired by the colors in my nature photos for her cards. That makes me smile.
So... that was a long intro to my card :-)
Here's the sketch from Case This Sketch: