Cheerfulness Breaks In
First, I have to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart who donated to the tip jar on this site…and also for the many of you who have posted such kind and encouraging words in the comments section. It certainly makes me feel so….so…validated and LOVED! And you know I love that! The stamping community is a wonderful entity…I just want to give out hugs and chocolate to everyone!!!
But since I can’t do that, I will have to do the next best thing…I am going to show off! And blather…definitely blather. After all, what would this blog be without blather?
I thought a few days ago it might take a while to regain my sense of humor and maybe nobody would care to read this blog if I stayed in the same frame of mind. But I can’t help it…I *am* an optimist, after all. I will keep you all updated with the job situation, which stands pretty much where it did all week. We’re still waiting to see what happens over the weekend, as the Michigan legislature scrambles to figure out how to appease the governor and raise taxes. I’m a conservative, so I hate to see taxes go up and I’m furious with the governor for holding our children’s futures hostage so that she can get her own way. But, unfortunately, the stupidity of tying the education budget to the sales tax has more than been proved at this point and something has to be done to shore up the budget…hopefully they’ll get it right.
Well, I said I’d be cheerful, and dang it! I am going to be. So enough talk about taxes and let’s move on to some shameless self-promotion!
I received a shipment of some Inky Antics stamps I ordered before the boom fell…I felt kind of guilty playing with new rubber, but reminded myself that I *had* ordered them a few weeks ago, so it’s not like I spent money I shouldn’t have. So I decided that THE RULE was in effect and I must simply use them as soon as possible. So I started stamping again yesterday as a means of therapy, yeah, that’s right, it’s THERAPY. Therapy that helps relieve my feelings of impending doom and the over-riding fear that we will end up living in a van down by the river!
So with massive effort, I have managed to use all but one of the stamps and that one is waiting for tomorrow. So here goes:
When in distress, I turn to chocolate…if I have an appetite, that is. It took a while for my appetite to return after Tuesday, but chocolate’s call could not be denied! Why not celebrate it with this cute saying: A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand? And what better stamp to use with it than this Limited Edition Rubber Stamp Co. cookie stamp from 2002? That’s about when I bought it too…with the idea of making a montage called "I am what I eat" composed of images of Diet Coke cans, chocolate bars and, of course, chocolate chip cookies. What can I say…I’m sweet. (yes, I love myself!)
Ingredients: Stamps: greeting – Inky Antics, cookie – Limited Edition Rubber Stamp Co., speckle – Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Stampin’ Up!; ink: Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown; Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Loves Me Designer Paper, Other: Ribbon – Sassy & Sweet ribbon, Michael’s, Flirty Ribbon – Stampin’ Up!, Gamsol, Prismacolor Pencils. dimensionals
On to the next one:
THis one was fun to do, using the Cuttlebug and coloring the image with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Isn’t it just STINKIN’ CUTE? (yes, I love myself!) I love the color combo, which I just sort of threw together based on the colors I’d selected for coloring in the image.
Ingredients: Stamps: Kitty Cube – Inky Antics, Amazing to Zany & Everyday Flexible Phrases – Stampin’ Up!; Ink: Basic Black, Brights & Subtles Colorbox Chalk Petal Points (retired from SU!), Whisper White; Cardstock: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise; Other: Green Galore brads, Cuttle Bug Friend embossing folder, ticket corner punch, ribbon – Dots & Checks, Michael’s, dimensionals, gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.
And finally, a very appropriate stamp for me at the moment…sometimes you hear God talking to you through the strangest mediums…this time, it’s a rubber stamp:
Ingredients: Stamps: Forget Troubles Kitty – Inky Antics, Small Script (retired) – Stampin’ Up!; Ink: Basic Black; Cardstock: Green Galore, Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Dots & Dashes designer paper; Other: Dots & Checks ribbon – Michaels, small oval punch, dimensionals, gamsol, Prismacolor Pencils, white gel pen, Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.
If you can’t read the words on the image, they say: Remember the day’s blessings, forget the day’s troubles. Good advice for anybody, but particularly for me. And I have a lot of blessings to remember, not the least of which are good stamping friends like all of you…sniff…I’m getting maudlin again…better watch that!