A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of some blog candy on Carolyn's blog, from Inka Stamps - a beautiful poinsettia image and a set of verses. The stamps arrived on Wednesday of this week, and I've finally had a little free time (in between the laundry and getting the holiday lights set up) to play. I've been fighting a bad winter cold all week, so it took awhile for my creative mojo to resurface. The first card I made is based on the one that Carolyn posted on her blog (forgive the poor scan - my scanner does not do metallic stuff very well): I managed a second card before my first load of laundry was done. Let me tell you, the gold cording on this one was a bugger! I've had that cording for some time, and now I remember why I don't use it very often - it's very tempermental (which, added to my being irritable from the cold, makes for a bad combination). But I persevered, and this card is the result (photographed because my scanner absolutely refuses to do beads): Many thanks to Carolyn and Inka Stamps for their generosity. I'm hoping to have more time to play this afternoon.
Chrysti is doing the 29 days of giving, and I love the whole idea! I know how much a simple gift can matter: case in point, the wonderful blog candy that I won on Seth's blog back in September, that arrived shortly after Hurricane Ike did so much damage here. It was the only thing that came in the mail that day (we were lucky to even get any mail), the mailman brought it to the house instead of leaving it in the box (they were only delivering packages), and I spent a good hour sitting at the kitchen table going through everything piece by piece, relishing the time spent away from yard cleanup and worrying about the roof damage.
So who knows, maybe I'll get my butt in gear over the holidays and follow Chrysti's lead. . .
New books: for my birthday today, my folks got me Altered Paper Jewelry by Jenn Mason. Wonderful book, lots of clever ideas. For my birthday, I picked up Making Connections by Susan Lenart Kazmer. I've taken a class with her - she's a wonderful artist, fabulous teacher, and her book is fabulous.
A book I'm anxiously waiting on - Exhibition 36: Mixed Media Demonstrations + Explorations (on Amazon here). It looks fabulous, and the author Susan Tuttle is having a wonderful giveaway on her blog.
On order - a whole stack of Japanese lovelies from Kinokuniya in Seattle, due to arrive the day after tomorrow. I know what I'll be doing Thursday evening!