Can anyone relate?
Somehow, in my 10+ years as a Stampin' UP! demonstrator, I have managed to accumulate more than I (ahem) "need". When I first started stamping, I didn't have a huge stash; when I went to a craft store (my absolute fav was a scrapbook store on Cape Cod, Colorful Creations, which, sadly, is no longer there) I couldn't help myself when I saw a cute stamp or some fabulous paper. I would take classes and buy whatever materials we were using.
But since I was also trying to start my business, I wasn't able to use these things because I couldn't sell them...and I needed to make lots of samples so I only used my Stampin' UP! goodies.
Over the years, these "contraband" stamps and accessories started to get pushed further and further back in my drawers. And took up valuable space for my Stampin' UP! stuff!
Enough! I've decided to start pulling out all my stash and either use it or get rid of it (is that a New Year's Resolution?). I started the other night with one shelf. And what did I find? Some wonderful Stampin' UP! card bases that were part of a Sale-a-Bration offering two years ago. So I decided to use it:
Do you recognize that dotted background? I don't even remember the name of the item, but I really liked those card bases. There are gold dots along with the colored ones.
And I need a "golden birthday" card for my niece, who is turning 23 on January 23rd. So how perfect is this?
Ok, more confessions...the Spellbinder labels are NOT Stampin' UP! dies. I had purchased those long ago, before we even had a Big Shot to sell, and they've been languishing ever since--but they were perfect for THIS card! And, oh yeah, one more thing...those gold beads? Yeah, not SU either; but if I had a gold sharpie, I could have done the same with our Pearls Basic Jewels! There--that makes me feel a little less guilty!
Anyway, back to the card:
The motto of this very long story? USE YOUR STUFF! You bought it because you loved it--so use it! And go create something pretty! Then tell me what you did; can't wait to hear!
Happy New Year! May you all have a 2016 of JOY, HEALTH, HAPPINESS and SUCCESS! And thanks for stopping by today!
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