Today isn't an 'official' TCP Tuesday, with a papercrafting challenge issued by The Cat's Pajamas. Rather, it's my own, personal TCP Tuesday, as I say farewell to my longest-running design team gig as a member of The Cat Pack. I was debating whether I should just quietly let the fact that I'm leaving the Pack go by without announcement or fuss, but then I reconsidered. After all, I've been a member of the Cat Pack (off-and-on, but mostly on) for the past five years, and my love for Alma de la Rosa (TCP's owner/illustrator) and her artistic genius remains undiminished. She is one of the most talented, gracious, and kind people in the industry, and my admiration for Alma is as great as her generosity; in other words, it's boundless.
As we creative types know, restlessness and the desire for new challenges are curses of our temperament. You'd think the Universe might cut us some slack and give us more than 24 hours in a day, but alas, it doesn't. So choices have to be made, and time must be marshalled. I can't pick up and move to another part of the country, or gather the courage to dye my hair a different color, thus I have to find different ways to change my personal scenery. One of my mottos has long been "Bloom where you're planted," but even plants need to be re-potted every so often to prevent root rot, you know?
Therefore, in order to take advantage of some creative opportunities that have come my way, I've been forced to do some hard thinkin' about what I can realistically do with the few hours a week I can commit to this hobby/obsession. Additionally, I figure it's probably good for the rest of the stamping world to see what a fresh pair of eyes and hands can do with Alma's awesome images. Even though I may no longer be on the design team, I will ALWAYS be a huge fan and loyal customer of The Cat's Pajamas.
Before I exit the alley for good, here's a little retrospective of some of my favorite TCP designs over the years: