Hi there everyone! Hope you had a terrific week – this week was just a bit tough over here. My poochy princess, Pupusa, is in the midst of healing after major surgery on her leg, and I’ve got to keep my eyes on her at all times. She despises that plastic collar the vet gave us to prevent her from licking the wound. So I try to limit its use to evenings while I’m sleeping and can’t keep an eye on her. Even then, she sometimes has a doggie equivalent to a human hissy-fit. I feel guilty writing this, but it’s kind of funny when that happens. My man has been sick for several days, as well. So life hasn’t been what it usually is. But there were also some fantastic aspects to this past week for which I am profoundly grateful.
In my last post, I mentioned my upcoming video, “Gratitude Friday Cardmaking Tutorial: Packing Your Punch with Some Punch,” which posts today. Boy – this one was tricky. I was thinking about it all week! This tool I so dearly love got quite a workout, – you should have seen it! I was manipulating that punch every which way, staring at it for hours, punching everything in sight… I exaggerate, not really haha!
In the end, I came up with a few really fun ideas that I hope you’ll check out over on the tube. But for the most part, I think what I’d really like for you to get out of this video and the last one, “One Stamp, Three Ways,” is a practical attitude with which you can approach the crafty goodies you have, one which has really exercised my mind and one which I’ve found to be deeply satisfying. It’s helping me to get the most use out of what I’ve got and also to be very discerning about what I choose to add to my stash. There are those goodies that have one specific use, that speak exactly to who you are and excite you beyond belief. And of course you must have those items.
But if you’re on a budget like I am, I think it’s also useful to consider the creative potential hidden in what you have and what you may be about to acquire. VERSATILITY was the word for me this week. There are some punches that can be ever so versatile. And then there are those, like that elephant punch I purchased early on in my crafting journey, which is sitting in a box above the cabinet and which I have no plans to use.
But I’m definitely meditating on my classically shaped punches with fresh eyes – circles, squares, etc. A little aside, can someone please tell me why I can’t find a hexagon punch anywhere? If they are so hot, why aren’t there any hexagon punches to be found?! Me want! Many uses! Me need!
In this video, we’re going to look with fresh eyes at the new Fiskars /Jenni Bowlin banner punch, Martha Stewart’s leaf punch, an EK Success Circle Punch, and a Fiskars Heart Punch. Teaser shots below!
Can you guess what these detail shots depict?
Preparing the soil in my patch this week, I was able to appreciate the beauty in what most would consider mundane – worms wriggling in the soil, ladybugs hidden in the grass, butterflies, moths, bees and hummingbirds pollinating all the blooms in my spring garden. What a blessing to have eyes that see! It makes sense then, that the cards this week feature these little beauties. Hope you’ll come watch!
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