Wednesday, May 1, 2013

STARS on 45

I have to say something and I will only say this once. Take note and say what you will, but I'm a person who believes that when I'm wrong, I'm wrong. I can own up to it.

Besides, considering the credit card charges I've incurred, over stamp related products the last month or so, it may be in my best interest to apologize, grovel and spend some time trying to reinstitute weekly conjugal visits with my husband.

Last week, my husband lugged in yet another box of stamp products. "Can you at least explain why you have 17 different kinds of black ink?" he said, exasperated.

"Well, I use Memento and SU! for regular stamping, then Staz-On for coloring with my Copics..." I began.

"Those Copics are the markers that cost 10 bucks a piece, right? How many..."

"No," I quickly interrupted, "They're only 6 bucks. I use my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby. When you stop in every day, you can really build a collection!" I laughed, weakly.

He gritted his teeth. "Whatever. The point is that I think you have too much stuff. Look...there's a box from two days ago. You haven't even opened it! How about making a pledge to not order until you use everything you have at least once?"

"I can't!" I wailed. "It's stuff for projects I'm getting ready to start! I needed the free shipping or extra stuff so I went ahead and ordered! I'm getting ready to use it in a couple of days! It's just that I started online card classes and there's a lot of stuff I feel I need to become really good at this!"

"And THEN will this turn into a money, forget that...will this turn into something that can support itself at least halfway?"

"This isn't for money, it's for my spirit,!" I sobbed.

He shook his head and walked out, knocking over a Copic marker stand for the markers I planned to get in a week...or month...or sometime in the very near future.

But that's in the past, right? So, in the spirit of starting anew (and praying my SU! order is somehow delayed...for a year, or so) I want to be the bigger person.

Which brings me to this place and this moment in time, in which I say "Honey, you were right."

I'd planned to go on a card making spree that night but, as you can imagine, right after our 'talk', I went the longest I've ever gone without making a card. Work, kids, fatigue, etc. compromised my creativity and energy. Or, as I prefer to think of it; Karma.

With this, I apologize and promise to (try to) put a moratorium on my spending and try (really hard) to USE everything I have to date. With this (sort of) pledge, I give you the final Verve sketch challenge card of April. This sketch was hard but the look was worth it, I think. You be the judge.

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Stampland Longfellow sentiment
Paper: Designer sheen and glitter
Ink: Versa Mark and Snow opaque embossing powder
Accessories: Verve Surely Goodness flower die, Verve banner set die, metal adhesive stars, crystal star clusters and Moon from Jo-lee's.

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