Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Birthday Cards

 Hi Friends!  Blogging has become a really foreign thing for me.   Funny how that is considering I've blogged for close to 5 years n the not so distant past.  I remember blogging on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day.  I recall going to bed thinking of the new projects I was going to create the next morning, the tutorials that I could share, and blog them all.  It was a ritual for me for the past 5 years.  I really did enjoy it.

But. . .I've developed new routines, new habits and honestly, blogging and even crafting have become secondary to other things in my life.  Now, I do it when I'm in the mood and when I have the time.  To some degree, it's actually a good thing.  I've become interested in other things in life and I feel my life is much more balanced.  I'm no longer a slave to my craft and to my blog.

 Anyway.  . .I did work on a few cards the past few days.  Actually, I created quite a bunch but I'll post the others on another day.  My goal right now is to work on holiday cards as well as celebratory cards.  I had the tendency in the past to randomly create cards and many times, they were primarily "all occasion" type of cards. . .more like note cards or "just because" cards.  

 I'm also on a buying freeze and I will only use my old rubber stamps.  No more buying new rubber stamps.  I have too many that have gone unused and I feel I frivolously wasted money because I wanted to keep up with the trend. . .buying and buying and buying things for no reason than just to collect them.  Ugggh!

This Santa image is by Stampin Up and I've had the stamp set for years, and I mean YEARS!  But if I didn't tell you, you would have never known and you would probably think it was a new stamp by Stampin Up.  LOL!

 I also have a ton of "sentiment" rubber stamps that I rarely used in the past because they were too large.  I primarily used "image" type of rubber stamps and smaller sentiment stamps but large sentiment stamps can really make quite a statement when it's embellished with pretty flowers and dew drops.


 Anyway, I'll end it here.  Thank you for stopping by my blog!!


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6 comments:

Riet said...

What a gorgeous cards.

Hugs Riet.xx

Shoregirl said...

Maria, I'm with you all the way! Been there done that -- and have had to get my priorities back in order from time to time. I do not want to be a slave to my blog or crafts, nor do I wish to waste my money simply 'keeping up with the Jones.'
BTW - your cards are gorgeous as always -- love the fall one with it's bright oranges, the winter ones sparkle, and the way you made the sentiment your "main feature" on the birthday one! All are so very beautiful!

Ida said...

Maria these cards are fabulous. I love seeing your work. Am so happy you are back stamping and doing it for fun and when you feel like it. That's what I've decided to do myself lately.
So happy to hear too that life is starting to fall back into place for you. Pop by sometime. God Bless

Linda Peterson said...

You still have the knack! Your cards are beautiful!

BJ Searcy said...

Your cards are beautiful, I especially like the Thanksgiving card, so many people are making Halloween cards, but my favorite is a Thanksgiving card. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love your cards!!!! The Thanksgiving card is my favorite.
Thank you for sharing!
linda

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