I've learned through trial and error that even when I go away for a few days, I cannot NOT bring my stamping and art "toys"! I first pack my children's things - all of their very favorite bits and bobbles and then all of our important things - dog toys, camera, music, etc and then last but not least I pack my stuff! I've tried to leave it behind in the past but I simply cannot handle the withdrawels and end up shopping at wherever I can find art supplies so I can create anywhere I am!
The dilemma you ask? It has always been what to pack!? Because I want to bring all of my stuff with me...and well if you've seen my stash/studio you know that it's SIMPLY not possible. I'd need another vehicle! So, I tried to do some advance planning. There are some things that I really would like to bring but it borders on the ridiculous, my Big Shot? my sewing machine?! We might need an intervention if I start schlepping those with me...hmmmmmmm?! ;) So I did my best to do a bit of planning before we left. I did a bit of cutting shapes with my nesties and cutting basic color cardstock pieces with my favorite MFT Die-namics - label and bracket dies, fancy flourish, as well as my Tim Holtz rosette die. I did these only in white, cream, kraft and light blue cardstock. I allowed myself a large Rubbermaid tote - and that's it. Whatever I could fit in there could come with - everything else had to stay. So I had a 12x12 box of DP - lots of scraps - basic color cardstock, my Copics and Prisma markers, a few basic punches, a zip top bag of ribbons, and then my art caddy filled with the basics. The basics being snips and large scissors, adhesive, Glossy Accents (a MUST!), my Exacto knife, self-adhesive rhinestones and pearls, a couple of acrylic blocks, baby wipes and a couple of stamp sets. My creative efforts were dedicated to my new Some Odd Girl Acrylic stamps! I've been collecting Some Odd Girl digis for a while now but have recently purchased some of Kristy's acrylic stamps and I have to tell you they are FABULOUS!! Super reasonably priced and they stamp beautifully!! I recently purchased Grow and HollyDay Gwen. The images are perfect size for coloring and paper piecing and they come with the cutest sentiments and accents! I have a few creations to share with you but today I've used HollyDay Gwen.
My card base is SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock. I've layered it with light blue DP followed by the chocolate, red and blue striped DP from a DCWV holiday matte stack - 'Tis The Season. I used the larger of the two holly berry stamps that come with the set to accent my rosette flower. I used a bit of twine behind the holly berried to pull the embellishment together. I used one of my pre-cut brackets along with a Martha Stewart loopy scallop punch to complete the grouping on the left side of my card. Lastly, I added my sentiment "Holly Jolly" as a finishing touch.
here! Fingers and toes crossed! I LOVE Kristy's designs as well as the unbelievably amazing Design Team that she has!
I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired!! Be back with another creation soon!!