2015 STAMPING YEAR IN REVIEW
2015 was awesome for stampers, except for when it was not.
The Good Stuff
First, the positives (for all my glass-is-almost-always-full, (I hate all of you) friends. Susan, I'm talking about you...)
- This was the year when peace broke out -- the wood v. photopolymer v. cling war finally ended. No one won -- we all just got tired of it. That's a shame because I would have loved to have seen a huge bonfire of wood and cling stamps burning on you tube. Awesome for calming us down when we lose one of our photopolymer ones. What? You say that photopolymer stamps stain? Are we really going there again? Listen, staining means love. It means that the stamps didn't just sit there, ok? And photopolymer stamps do not melt. They don't explode. They don't get hard. They stamp just fine. FINE!! Um, truce?
- MISTI -- this clever tool made it possible to keep those 347 inks we all bought despite sucky coverage. Plus we can stamp on bumpy watercolor paper. Just keep closing the cover of the MISTI over and over. The damage to your shoulder is covered by insurance, and your copay is more than paid for by all the card stock you saved by using the MISTI. Just buy it already. Unless you use wood stamps! Sorrynotsorry.
- Cute little animals doing human things. Cats, foxes, dogs, dinos. They are everywhere. They bake, hold balloons, fish, stamp, clean house, stand on top of each other and are well, so darn cute. I'm not good at figuring out what to do with cute little animals but maybe "cute little animals" will be my one little word for 2016.
- Speaking of "my one little word," don't tell anyone, but it is possible this is over. 2015 pretty much put the end to self improvement. I mean, why bother? Fist pump!!
- Shaker cards. Love love love them. Take those sequins and beads and shake and bake that card or tag. Use the Fuse (mine is still in the package) to make a shaker window blind. The possibilities are endless!
- Videos!! Everyone who is anyone is making videos. Some are long, and involve someone opening boxes and squealing. Some are really, really long and may, or may not, end in a card. I never quite finish watching them, so I can't be sure. But so many are crisp, fun, and full of terrific techniques, and they are free! I love them, despite the fact that they trick me into believing that I can make stuff that looks as nice as the stuff made in the videos. Gee, those folks are talented.
- Foiling! So many ways to add foil to your projects without spending a fortune. Just buy a laminator and then when you aren't happy with that, buy a Minc, then a mini Minc, a laser printer, a toner pen, foil, transfer sheets, an extra room to store all this stuff, etc. and foil away.
- Organization!! 2015 is the year we all got organized, right? Our stamps are in plastic folders, labeled and stored, and cross referenced by weight, height, depth, and year of birth. (Well, unless you have wood stamps, in which case, you are looking at
- New companies!! There are too many to mention, but I will mention one anyway. That cute little Right at Home is calling my name. More on that in 2016.... Speaking of 2016,
- Politics!! The good news that I can pack up all my stamping supplies and move out of the country if necessary.
- Bulleted lists and Novels. The best blogs had them in 2015, n'est pas?
See, wasn't 2015 fantastic for stamping? Except for....
The Bad Stuff
- Made you look! Nothing bad happens in stampville!!
Thank you for sharing 2015 with me. I'll be back in 2016 with more stamping and, hopefully, some fun.
To those of you who celebrate Christmas, hope yours is Merry. Our lives are not perfect, but I hope you can carve out 24 hours of peace in your life with those you love. Hug that hope close.
And for all, my very best wishes for a terrific 2016. I hope it is full of peace, safety, good health, laughter, and the perfect ink. And, if you love them, as I do, many beautifully etched wood stamps.