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The Show Goes On

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I recently went through some of my stamps and decided to sell a few sets that I didn’t use much anymore. My collection of stamps includes about 100 sets which is not a huge number in the stamping world but, I like to keep my possessions to a minimum. And don’t like the idea of things just “hanging around” if I don’t plan to use them in the near future. So I sifted through my collection and sold off 8 or 9 sets and I have another half dozen or so that didn’t sell, so I will use them as gifts for my crafty friends.

One of the sets I sold is from Stampin Up and it’s called Under the Big Top. It is now available as a digital stamp set, so I decided to let the rubber set go in exchange for the digital set. This way I don’t have to store the set in my craft room and the digital version can be easily sized up or down depending on my project. And my sister was happy to add a new set to her stash at a bargain price.

Here are two older cards that I had made with this set but never showcased on the blog.

Circus card

 

This bear could have just been a ballerina but, by adding the balls she became a juggling ballerina. Very talented, bear!

Under the Big Top Stampin Up

 

I love this Strong Man character but, he is so darn tiny. So I look forward to using the digital version which I can print out much larger than the 1″ 1/2 that he stands at now. It will be a lot easier to color him at a larger size too! I am fighting off the need for reading glasses now that I am over 40 and bigger stamps mean I can put off the “Granny Glasses” ¬†for a little longer. ūüėČ

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

Life is a Circus

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Circus Card

Life has been kind of like a 3 ring circus around here lately. I have three major events happening over the next few months. We are moving our store location which involves an entire renovation of the new building we purchased, as well as the colossal move of our 3500 sqft showroom. Our son James is graduating high school and ¬† I am throwing him a big bash for his graduation/US Army enlistment party. And then my “little boy” will leave for Basic Training one week before his 18th birthday. (sniff, sniff)

So playing around with some cute and whimsical images really helps me to tune out the¬†persistent voice in my head that keeps saying “Aaaaah, I’ve got so much to plan and not enough time to do it in!” Because the reality is that I am a planner. I love to plan, write and complete lists and I usually get what I need to get done in plenty of time because, I am a good planner. But I am also a worrier (so many of us are) and it’s the worrier who won’t shut up, so I shut her up by distracting her with crafting. LOL

I bought another TPC Studio stamp set at Tuesday Morning last week. This set was only $1.99! After I masked and stamped the scene I cut the image into 5 panels. Each panel was then mounted onto white cardstock with just a small space between each one and¬†then I clipped the ¬†corners with a 1/2″ circle punch. Somehow the paneled effect gave the whole card a more vintage look, which I really like. As a final touch I added glossy accents to the ball and the stands.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and also into A Blog Named Hero Free Style #22 challenge.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

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