Jan 7, 2022

Stencils: Cheap and Easy!!


Made this with a popsicle stencil! 

Love how relatively inexpensive stencils are. They are versatile and easy to store. Now that I'm stamping in a corner of my living room, space is a huge consideration. 

BTW: If you want to make a geometric style card, I strongly recommend using grid paper. That way you can count the squares and move the stencil the exact distance repeatedly. Kind of like using a MISTI to stamp. 

Stencil is Anything's Popsicle by Taylored Expressions

Sentiment is from Rainbow of Happiness by The Stamp Market.

MOOD WHEN DONE: delighted by your comments on my earlier post. Who knows, maybe I will blog regularly again. I've missed you! 

Jan 5, 2022

Hello 2022!

It's already a crazy year and we are on day 5. Yikes. 

In any event, I hope 2022 treats you well. 

Life Update! 

Moved Again

It's been a little more than 3 years since we moved to Dallas. This summer, after we woke up from what I call our covid stupor (sitting in the house for over a year), we looked around and decided it was time for a change. So we sold our house. It was a blur of cleaning, packing, etc. -- 6 days from selecting a realtor to a contract!

In October we moved into an apartment about 20 miles north of Dallas in Plano. It's starting to feel right. I never have a good answer when folks ask why we moved. I think we were restless and wanted a smaller place, at least for now. 

It's a 2 bedroom apartment up on the 13th floor. I craft in a small section of our living area. It is surrounded by tall windows and bathed in light. It's a lot different from what I'm used to, but I think it is going to work. If nothing else, I'm forced to put everything away every day. 


I started an online graduate public health program in August - it's 5 courses. I wanted to get my masters degree in public health, but the cost - $75K - put an end to that plan. I've taken the first 2 courses and so far it's interesting, but I have to admit that I hate assignments. I guess I'm not cut out for higher education anymore.  


I got an email asking me if I planned on finishing Stamping Destroyed My Life. Right now, the answer is no. I tried updating it a few months ago, but the passion was gone. It was work instead of fun, so for now it is a masterpiece unfinished (HA).

And here are a few cards.

If you want to see more of my cardmaking, please check out my Instagram account. Thanks!

MOOD WHEN DONE: Good! I hope to blog again soon. 

Feb 15, 2021

Stamping Destroyed My Life: I Had A Goal

Stamping Destroyed My Life starts here. Follow the links and read along!  
9 Months Later

To: M and Beth
From: Andrew Farther, Esq.
Re: Agreement Between Beautiful Stamps and Brave Arts
Attached is the draft contract between Beautiful Stamps (BS) and Brave Arts (BA). The following summarizes the key provisions. If you are going to sign, which I strongly recommend, I most strongly recommend signing immediately, given the patent pending situation. As always, happy to discuss.
1. BS sells all equipment, including The Stamp Maker and supplies, inventory of stamps, and mailing list, including emails, to BA for $150,000, payable immediately. BA will arrange at its expense for the packing and transport of all products.
2. BS sells "patent pending" and an option to BA to acquire its patent to design and manufacturer "clear stamps" for $25,000, payable immediately. If the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) approves BS's application for a patent, BA agrees to buy the patent for $200,000. If the PTO denies the patent, no further payments will be made.
3. BA agrees to employee Beth to design stamps and other products -- terms included in a separate contract between Beth and BA. 
FYI - Worked with accountant. After paying all debts, including M's personal debt towards the cost of the Stamp Maker, and all associated legal and accounting fees, Beth's after contract payout (if patent approved): $150K. M's after contract payout (if patent approved): $130K. If patent denied, Beth to get $25K and job; M to get $15K.
Text from ME to Andrew:
No deal. Must discuss. Call me.
We discussed.
All this mumbo jumbo, but the bottom line is that if the patent was approved, I'd walk away with $130K. If it wasn't approved, I'd get $15K. Crazy. I wasn't selling out for that. John thought I was nuts. Andy thought I was nuts. Even Beth thought I was nuts, but I had a goal and I knew that even $130K wasn't enough to make me happy. I'd been a demo, and a good one. I'd owned a stamp company, and we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, but I hadn't achieved my real goal:
Brave Arts refused to put me on its design team because "you have no record of actually making any cards." Crazy!! After lots of back and forth, they finally agreed to give me all of their products -- every single product sold by the company -- for free for 2 years! That was worth WAY more than $130K. And I figured once I started Design Team Member work, I'd write it all off our taxes. 
We signed. Beth and I and the husbands went out to dinner and celebrated. It was great not to have anymore deadlines -- owning a company with a monthly release was crazy hard. What we we thinking?? 
And then we learned that the patent was denied. 

Apparently, other businesses had been making photopolymer stamps for non crafty reasons so our "patent pending" went to "patent denied." It was open season and dozens of companies began producing clear stamps. It's a good thing we sold when we did!
When it was all over, we had no debt, Beth had some cash and a career with Brave Arts designing stamps. I had no debt and a guarantee of free product for 2 whole years. 
I couldn't believe how lucky I was. I couldn't wait to start making cards and getting on Design Teams. I knew getting on a Design Team would be hard, but I had NO idea what I was about to get into...........


Jan 29, 2021

Simple Blossoms


Using Pinkfresh Studio's Simple Blossoms set and Pinkfresh inks (love them - great colors).  Sentiment is one of the Sentiment Strips designed by CZDesign and available only at Simon Says Stamp. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Hanging in there! Hope you have a good weekend.

Jan 26, 2021

Sweet Hearts

Inspired by an older card made by Design with Heart Studio. I wanted to stamp a cone and hearts but didn't have the right stamps, so I die cut the hearts using Hero Arts Nesting Hearts Infinity dies. Hand trimmed the "cone," using a stencil and white gel pen to add some details.

The sentiment is from Concord & 9th's Blossoms and Buds. Lots of foam tape!

Entering this in the Stay Crafty with Hero Challenge

Posting a smaller version of the picture for the challenge.  Sorry about that!


MOOD WHEN DONE: Great! Not a lot of anything going on here. There's something wrong with my shoulder, and that prevents me from doing a lot of stamping (or house cleaning!). Doc advises waiting until I get the vaccine before figuring out what is wrong. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be getting worse, so I'm babying it. 

What's going on with you? Hoping you are still crafting and staying well.