Crafting Thoughts

Beautiful Moments

This stamp set speaks to me. The style is similar to the Beautiful You stamp set I use often. However there is also a New Zealand connection

In my usual style, I am jumping in without any planning. Its a case of doing something while it’s in front of me. So here is my first post on my blog.

When a Stampin Up demonstrator reaches total sales of 1 million, they get to be part of designing a stamp set. It usually reflects something that is important to them.

This stamp set was designed by Jacqui Williams – NZ’s first demonstrator to reach this milestone. At our demonstrator gathering in November, Jacqui introduced us to the stamp and explained her motivation for the design. It so fits her and New Zealand. Notice the squizzle that looks like a mountain? It represents Rangiatoto Island. Jacqui is from Auckland!

So I had to try using the stamp almost as soon as I got it. Here are the cards I made using the mini catalogue (which was released in January) as inspiration

Colouring Experimenting – I am not a confident colour-er. So sometimes I try out different tools and methods of colouring. Partly as practice. And partly to help me see the approach that is likely to work best of me with a particular stamp set.

Beautiful Moments colouring sample

Here are my Beautiful Moments experiments

At the launch of mini catalogue earlier this month, one of the guests choose Beautiful Moments for the any stamp set challenge. Here is her card –

Annie’s Double fold card using Beautiful Moments

Launching with my Why?

I have three reasons for this blog – to share what I love doing – creating cards and gifts with beautiful Stampin Up products is the top one. I also want to support the small business I am working up the courage to seriously start. The third reason is I am keen to share the paper crafting I get so much from doing with others who maybe facing their own struggles. More on that in later blogs.

One of the positive aspects of my crafting progress is how it has helped me to accept myself. I am aware my creativity is limited, and my ability to make beautiful cards is limited. I am challenged by colour – what goes with what, and is this the same colour as that. I can not do straight. The harder I try to get layers and images even and straight, the worse things usually look. However, I have come to love my work and be proud of the results. What I used to see as my faults are now part if my style. Accepting and loving myself is an amazing place to arrive -and to work at staying! I am very grateful to the contribution my crafting makes to this.

So that’s enough background for my first post. The “what” of my blog will be next time. In the meantime, here is a card I made recently

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Till next time, Kath – your Organic Crafter