Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Switching Gears

Hey bloggers! Trying to keep my blog alive..thought I'd better get another post in this month.

I've been in a craft funk for the past several weeks. And...I'm seriously thinking of changing things up a bit lot by changing craft medium. Seriously.

Not sure what happened, but I think I've been bitten by the card-making bug. Several years ago I attended a Stampin' Up! event and had a great time. I bought several stamp sets, ink pads, fancy scissors, glue dots..the whole nine yards. Making cards became an obsession. My SU! demonstrator was just getting started and as she was doing her demo, I kept thinking to myself (shamefully?), "Hmmm, I could do this with so much more enthusiasm than she has...it would be really fun to teach people how to make things." Then I snapped back to reality and glued my orange strip of cardstock on the front of the Halloween card and moved along with the group.

Some of you know that I am somewhat ADD when it comes to crafting. My wife calls it the 'flavor-of-the-month' syndrome. And she's right...I am a lot like that. I've got so many craft supplies, our basement looks like a craft store warehouse. Oh well. I have fun and I think that's what counts. Crafting is sort of like therapy for me (although a trip to the psychiatrist might be cheaper than buying all this craft stuff!).

Anyhow...fast-forward a bit. My oldest son is a freshman in high school this year and my wife is (smart lady) starting to pull photos together so she can make a scrapbook of his school years so she'll have a wonderful memory book for his senior year and graduation. She's been talking about it and worrying about it for a long time and she's recently decided to really get moving. She bought some scrapbook albums, a bunch of 12 x 12 paper, several packs of stickers, etc., etc. So...now she's getting ready to find a semi-permanent place to put her stuff so she can get started.

LIGHT BULB COMES ON! So...the ADD Crafty Dad decides that (ahem) maybe it's time to put all that fabric-related stuff in storage (or give some to Goodwill, or sell some on eBay, or SOMETHING). That would give my wife some dedicated craft space for her project(s). Cool. And...since she's going to be playing with paper and scissors, perhaps this would be a good time for me to dust off my card-making supplies and play along with her. Besides, we really need some 'together time' and this might be just the ticket.

Okay, so sorry for the ranty, long post, but I wanted to get you updated on what's happening. I've also met some wonderful Stampin' Up! people on the internet. They are some of the most creative people I've seen when it comes to card-making. And they have big hearts and have been super helpful in answering all my questions about the possibility of me joining the SU! family. Don't tell my wife yet, but I am thinking about becoming a SU! demonstrator. [You knew that was coming, didn't you? -- LOL!] But...if I'm going to dive into this new craft realm, I really need to make room for my new adventure. We'll see how it goes.

Any of you folks into card making? Any SU! people out there? I'd love to hear from you.

Stay in touch...I'll try my best to keep my blog fresh with new posts so you know what I've decided.

Take care,

4 comments:

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I don't make too many cards but I love the art of it. I also love stamping but I just can't make myself do it. I tend to get inspired when I look at magazines like Papercraft but seem to lack the drive when I am home with everything in front of me. And yet, I'd love to make my own Christmas cards this year. I do think it's always fun to switch gears with crafts.

craft chica said...

I am right there with you on being the Baskin Robins of crafting. One week it is quilting, the next it is paper, the next it is knitting, the next it is dressmaking the next it is crochet, the next it is clay. It is maddening sometimes because I am also guilty of ***gasp*** not finishing projects, so they lay around and around and around. I am glad that you are trying to keep the blog alive, I do enjoy it very much. So merci beaucoup! Good luck with your card making.

Kelly said...

I'm a current Stampin Up! Demo and love making cards. I'm not a patient person, so being able to sit down and put together a project start to finish in just a few minutes is amazing. I will warn you though, Stamping takes up just as much room as any other craft. I had to kick my son out of his bedroom so I had more space for my toys. Also, if you want to meet a great group of SU! loving people there is an amazing yahoo group called Stampinuplnstampers. There are about 1000 of us, and we love to answer questions and share ideas. Check us out. Also, if you have any questions you can email me directly at kisskel2 at gmail dot com, or visit my blog weekendstamper.blogspot.com. Welcome to the wonderful world of SU! and paper crafting!!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Please let me know when you decide to list anything on Ebay as you know it's one of my favorite places. :) Good luck with the SU. I'm sure you'll be great at it and keep us updated on how it goes. xxoo