Have you ever bought a stamp or product that was so attractive in the store that you couldn't live without it? When you got home - did you find it nearly impossible to wrap your brain around making it work on a real project? Did it stay in the back of your stash as just a pretty piece of decoration rather than a functioning part of your creative life?
This happens to me more than I'd like to admit. I'd like to share a few items that keep me stumped. First up - Memory Box's stamp, Batik Birds.
I loved this stamp from the moment I saw it. I was entranced by the sample card from the manufacturer. I bought it in February and it has never been used on a card. I saw something recently on a blog and realized I needed to rethink this image. Julia Stainton from The Classroom has given two great examples for this stamp here and here. I also found three great ideas on the Memory Box site here, here, and here. Can you keep a secret? I'm not overly thrilled with some of the examples. Which leads me to believe, this stamp might not work for me. However - I will keep plugging away. I sincerely hope it will not be part of my upcoming purge.
On to the next example - another Memory Box lovely.
I love this image to itty bitty pieces. I was once again floored by the sample card. I've had a couple months and have never used it. It's so lovely - and I just can't use it. So I went on another hunt and found a really great card on a blog called Monkey Business. Totally seems doable - I might take a crack at it this afternoon (this lovely made the trip). I also found another amazing card here. Don't ask me how to create that brayered effect. I'm a total virgin when it comes to that effect - and like some virgins - I'm terrified to give it a try. Last but not least - I found a cool sample on the Memory Box site. I'm starting to feel good about this image - which is a great thing.
That's it for now. Today: I have big plans to craft. Did I tell you that I finally made a card using this stamp set? It's another example of a rarely used set - but I just love it. I think I had a breakthrough of sorts with this set last night.
I was really inspired by this card from a previous Etsy Inspired Challenge. I also was ready to color on kraft paper. I have seen a lot of cards lately that use kraft as a background for the stamped image and I think it's beautiful. I decided to give it a try. Love it so much. BTW: I probably won't be able to post the card until my current adventure is over. I brought my camera but not the cord. I know - don't get me started. So that's it for now. I have some other stamps to talk about - but I'll save that for later. I hope this Thursday finds you well. Trying not to think about the expiration date on my adventure. Wish me luck! Until then...