Monday, January 16, 2012

I Have a Dream! and some inspiration...

Dr. King had a dream and he did pretty good seeing it come to life.  Y'all better hope my dreams don't come true because I have some of weirdest, messed up dreams you can imagine.  Although some of them aren't too bad, like dreaming about DeNami stamps (see my January 7th post) but in last night's dream there were tons of people waiting in lines to get into the school for testing (see, just reading that made you anxious).

This week's Penny Black Challenge is anything goes as long as it has a Penny Black product on it.   That is pretty wide open so I decided on this cute little guy who looks like he is about to have sweet dreams.

And for Inspire Me Monday I'm still just puttering along using card kits these days, as part of the Use It Up campaign.  I am finding they are good to break out with when I'm not really sure what I want to work on.  This morning I opened up an the Club Scrap stamp kit from October, cut up the unmounted stamps, painted the back of them with Mount It glue (tacks over and over), and pawed through the kit.  Since it is fall colors I won't play with it right now because I'm not in the mood for fall colors.  I think one thing about the UIU campaign is that it is okay to switch direction.

Say your UIU goal is to use up your ribbon.  You don't have to put ribbon on every card and project that you make from here on out.  For one thing, not every project or card lends itself to ribbon.  For another, you'll drive yourself batty trying to plan ribbon into everything.  You'll probably feel resentful that you have to use ribbon on everything.  You'll be sad that you limited yourself.  You'll find yourself eyeballing ribbon sales because "I use ribbon on everything now" and you might even run out and buy just the exact ribbon you need for a project because you lost sight of the goal to Use It Up.  So switch it up!  Keep your ribbon on your radar so you can use it when your project would benefit from ribbon, but don't be afraid to use up your paper scraps, your brads, your eyelets, your stickers, your whatever too.  I think you'll be happier.  I know I was relieved when I told myself that October's kit could go back on the shelf until another time.  And now I'll be able to break it out and play with it straight away since the stamps are already cut and sticky.  That said, my pondering what to write for insiration inspried this last card.  Plenty of ribbon in this house...!

The Fine Print: Penny Black "Nap Time" stamp, background paper by unknown, Navy ribbon by Offray, colored in Copics.  Cloud paper, kite and greeing by A Muse Studio "Vintage A Muse," card base by Bazzill, scrap ribbon and Marvy punches.


Juls~ said...

Oh what a cute little Possum! Visiting from the Blog Hop!

Karen said...

Gorgeous cards although I do especially love the Penny Black stamp as he looks so cute :)

Whimcees said...


Very cute card! I never remember to use my ribbon - I need to put it out where I can see it I guess! Wishing you a happy day today!


Barbara Diane

Abi said...

Popped over form Fran's blog, lovin' your UIU advice, so sensible & obvious but so overlooked!

Gorgeous cards xx

Di said...

Hi Judy - almost crying with laughter here over your cat licking the skillet clean then hubby thanking you for cleaning it :)) Sooooo funny!

Why don't you join in the snippets challenge on my blog - each Sunday it begins (no prizes, just the fun) - you'll find a few folk will hop over to say hi and they're a really lovely bunch! Di xx

Create With Joy said...

Great tip, Judy, on using up those old card kits - I have a few lying around myself that I should eye for the UIU challenge! And ribbon - well, we won't even go there - you don't even want to know how much ribbon is lurking in my scraproom right now!

Have a fabulous week and thanks for sharing - look forward to seeing you next Inspire Me Monday! :-)


kath said...

super cute card judy...thanks for joining in the fun this week at Penny Black Saturday...hugs kath xxx

MaggieC said...

I quite agree about not getting fixated on one area of your stash. My first starting point is my scraps box into which I throw any card or paper that has been cut. The I have a couple of kits that I am fed up of seeing around. I do have a lot of stash to UIU. I am off to have another look. xx Maggie