I have to be honest and say I have several friends who are really not happy with their lives. I don’t know if it’s the times we live in, the fact that we’re dealing with issues of getting older, or what it is. And I’m not talking about clinical depression. I mean they’re restless or dissatisfied or lonely. Unhappy.
And I’m not about to prescribe a cure, except to say that when I am out of sorts and crabby — too much desk work, not enough fun and fresh air, no talking with friends — one place I look for a solution is in my studio.
I’m thankful for creativity.
Like many of my stamping buddies, I never would have described myself as creative before I started learning how to stamp. Even that phrase seems odd — how much could there be to learn? Well, I say to the skeptics, come and see!
And so, over the years I’ve developed skills that let me sit at my work table and play and experiment and refine and start over. And I’m still learning. Sometimes I toss the results into the recycle bin; sometimes I put them in the UnFinished Objects basket.
Studies have shown that doing something creative with your hands improves your mental and emotional health. So that’s what I did the other evening, when the month-end tasks were starting to feel a little oppressive, and made this card to practice my Stampin’ Blends techniques.
That sentiment is something I try to practice.
- I outlined most of the stamped image with the Light Crumb Cake marker. It’s magic!
- To define the oval a bit, I held it perpendicularly and tapped it lightly into the Smoky Slate ink pad. I don’t think you could get a thinner edge on this!
- In real life, you’ll want to put the cap on that craft blade in the pot … there’s an accident just waiting to happen!
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