Choosing stamps

Betsy's Blooms spotlightI’m trying to be deliberate in my choice of new stamps.  Every time Stampin’ Up! releases a new catalog I have the overwhelming urge to press the “I WANT IT ALL” button on the demonstrator website.  (OK, full disclosure:  there is no such button.  However, demonstrators have been lobbying for this button for years.)

I know that there are people – Stampin’ Up! customers as well as demonstrators – who not only want it all, but buy it all.  Perhaps some of them have a large enough business or crafting environment to actually need it all.  In all honesty, I have to acknowledge that I neither have time nor space to have it all.  That brings me back to the dilemma of making choices.

It’s easy to choose the things that I love.  It’s tricky to be sure I have a well-rounded selection.  It’s even harder still to choose things that will appeal to a broad cross-section of crafters.  Over the years, I’ve gotten better at that last set of choices, but it takes careful evaluation.  And just like each of you, I will make a decision and then see something that another stamper has done with a set that I had dismissed as absolutely un-workable and all of my “careful evaluation” goes out the window.  Ah well, there’s room for an impulse buy or two in my budget!

Happily, this card was made with a stamp set that was a gift to me from Stampin’ Up!:

  • Betsy’s Blooms and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets
  • Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede card stock
  • Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
  • Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pads
  • Summer Starfruit Firm Foam Ink Pads (FFIP)
  • Big Shot and Herringbone Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • 3 and 3 1/2 inch circle Originals Dies
  • Bitty Banners Framelits
  • 1/2 inch Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots ribbon
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Jewels Rhinestones

I can’t wait to get the rest of my FFIP!!  They’re arriving slowly but surely and my, oh, my are they fabulous!  Betsy’s little bird will surely SING when she gets inked up with FFIP in Cherry Cobbler.

I have to let you in on a little secret.  This is one of those things I wouldn’t have noticed, but I think it’s pretty interesting.  I looked at that Comfort Cafe DSP and my mind said “Cherry Cobbler” – and that’s what I pulled out to use.  However, yesterday afternoon I was dreaming through the Annual Catalog and I came across the color palette for Comfort Cafe:  Cajun Craze!!!  Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference until I put the papers together.  I’ll have to make this card again and make that adjustment.  I’m waiting for that Cajun FFIP though…


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