Boy, I'm just all about airing my personal transgressions these days, aren't I?! Heaven knows there's plenty of blog fodder to be found there... But before I get too navel-gazey (<-- that's a technical term), I'll have you know that today's mea culpa actually does pertain to stamping.
A few months ago I was contacted by a very nice lady and stamp company owner named MaryAnn. She wondered if I might be willing to create a few card samples for her using her delightful images. Of course, I was flattered, accepted, and selected some images to play with. You saw a bunch of samples I made with her Hula Bunnies in, oh, when was that? Yeah. DECEMBER.
I received a gentle reminder email from MaryAnn over the weekend that made me want to crawl under my desk and assume the fetal position to escape the tornado of self-loathing that was surely going to tear through my craft room. It's MARCH, for heaven's sake!!!
I tried to examine the reasons why I put this particular assignment off so badly. Of the six images I signed up to work with, I still had two that had yet to see ink. Was it this one? Was this the reason I was avoiding making good on my end of the bargain?
Of course not. I can do a surfing cartoon bunny wearing a grass skirt and sunglasses in my sleep! You know that! (By the way, this awesome layout was created by my friend Kristen Dubosque and can be found on her blog here.) No, no, it wasn't the surfing bunny.
I assume you all know that I have a teeny-tiny little complex about my ability to stamp floral images. I think it has something to do with the fact that I am a serial plant killer in real life. Anyway, when I selected the images I wanted to work with from Stamp LaJolla, I chose a stargazer lily because those are my all-time favorite flowers. They were the main flowers in my bridal bouquet, and both times I was in the hospital having my boys, I received beautiful stargazer lily arrangements; I now associate their scent with my two greatest blessings. Ordering that stamp seemed like a good idea at the time...
I had painted myself into a corner. Should I send MaryAnn back the stamp with the cowardly admission that I just couldn't do it? Or, should I download a little Rocky theme music, pull myself together, and face my floral fears?
Here's my Apollo Creed, inked up for your viewing pleasure:
Yeah. As my Project Runway BFF Christian would say, "It's pretty fierce." Go ahead. Click on it to see it really big. You know you want to...
Allow me a moment to gloat. Now remind me I should have done this three months ago and to get my butt to the post office PRONTO!
Surfer Celebration -- Stamps: Hula Bunny Ridin' the Waves, Celebrate by Stamp LaJolla; Paper: Ballet Blue and Wild Wasabi by SU!, dotted patterned paper by Doodlebug Designs, speckled patterned paper by Creative Memories, waves patterned paper by Flair; Ink: Brilliance Archival Graphite Black, Brilliant Blue by SU!; Accessories: Copic Sketch and Spica markers, Liquid Applique, oversized brads, Creative Memories wavy cutter, foam mounting tape.
Apollo Creed's Lily -- Stamps: Stargazer (large) and Happiness Comes Through Doors by Stamp LaJolla; Paper: Purely Pomegranate by SU!, Georgia Pacific White, patterned paper by Making Memories; Ink: Brilliance Archival Graphite Black, Purely Pomegranate by SU!; Accessories: Copic Sketch and Spica markers, white pen, Making Memories Ribbon slot tool, SU! ribbon, Dimensionals.