Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We Interrupt This Broadcast...

To bring you some squealing!

I didn't finish work today until 9. Normally, that would just be a long day. But today, it was more excruciating than normal because I knew as soon as I was done, I could bust into the box containing my Occasions Mini pre-order that was torturing me with its silent presence while I slaved away!

GAH it was nearly unbearable.

But as I finally sliced the tape on the box and lovingly beheld the beautiful Pool Party twine, the cherry scented embossing powder, the Framelits, and OMG the stamps, I forgot my long day.

Actually I forgot everything else in the world. Most notably laundry and dusting. Actually, I hadn't been thinking about those at all, so that's kind of a gimme. Anyhoo...

Isn't it fun after all these years to still have a box of new stampy goodness turn you into a squealy five year old on Christmas morning?

I love that.

Of course, the next thing that sets in is the paralysis of "where do I start?" "What do I play with first?"

Under normal circumstances, I respond to this paralysis by seeing something shiny and wandering off to Pinterest or Twitter and not stamping anything at all.

But today, I had a mission. This week's Color Throwdown.

Now tell me that when you look at these colors, that you can refrain from thinking about a gnome. And if you do tell me that, I will totally call you liar. Because you're thinking about a gnome.
Well darn it - so am I! And I happen to HAVE a gnome in my big box of stampy goodness. Actually several, ridiculously adorable gnomes and some hilarious sayings. Like "You light up my lawn."

Stamps: Gnome Sweet Gnome (Upcoming Occasions Mini) Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Soft Suede, Creamy Caramel, Daffodil Delight, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Going Grey
Accessories: Perfect Pennants Die, Circle Die, 2.5" Circle Punch, Blender Pen, White Gel Pen, Dazzling Details

That cracks me up!

This set is called Gnome Sweet Gnome, and also has a girl gnome, a baby gnome - yes, a baby gnome - and 9 other adorable stamps. (Available January 4)

I hand fringed the grass with my rubber scissors. The ticket with this is to put the highest row on first - believe me, I've done it wrong and it's embarassing.

A person doesn't need to be humiliated by an improperly terraced card. Save yourselves. My pain is your gain.

In case YOU have a new box of stamps you want to play with, come play in the Virtual Stamp Night challenges this weekend on Splitcoast! I'm hostessing one with a very "me" theme and I'd love to chat it up with you in the forum so come on over.

Also, be sure and check out this month's Creative Crew gallery (you have to be logged in to Splitcoast to see the gallery) - it's AMAZING.

Oh lookie - we're halfway to Friday. :)



  1. As one who is frequently distracted by shiny objects and Pinterest, I am very impressed by your focus to your new stamps. They must be awesome! Love your card... And thanks for the introduction to fringe scissors -- I sent an email to Santa (aka dh) with a link .. do you like them?

  2. I can always count on you to give me a chuckle--if not a full-blown bwahahahaha! Love your gnome--just love it!

  3. I TOTALLY understand the squealy 5 yr old thing!! ME TOO!!
    Love your gnome card - aren't they precious??

  4. literally made me laugh out loud when I read this sentiment! Your fringed detail is such a wow factor and your coloring is gnomendous! (that's a cousin to tremendous)

  5. shshsss you are making me giggle!! I am pretending to be interested at work, not looking at your blog!! Great gnome. and you are right,those colors are very gnomish. :)


  6. Nothing like new toys and the smell of ink to wake a person from the stupor of a long day's work. It's so nice to come home to happy mail.
    Love your little gnome. He is so cute! I just watched Gnomeo and Juliette the other night. Adorable movie!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Lydia - love the gnome card - so stinkin' CUTE! I like your BLUE blog too, very unique! Thanks for stopping by! :)



  8. OMGosh, I freakin' love this little guy and that great sentiment! This is uber-cute Lydia!

  9. Ye gads! That is just too darn cute!!

  10. Love to read your blog. Don't have one of my own so I send info you post to friends and family. The one about healthy cat food was great. Also loved the one about Christian Bros. Auto. I sent them a card to thank them for being the kind of small business we all appreciate. even though I live a thousand miles away and will never be a customer. Especially enjoyed the Ode to the Pen. Just love writing with a fountain pen! Keep doing what you do.

  11. I love your blog. you make me smile!

  12. OMG!!! I sooo need that adorable little lawn is sooo dark....LOL!!!!! You crack me up, gf...thanks for the giggle!! This is such an adorable it, Lydia!!!

  13. LOL! Too cute! and Funny! Thanks Lydia!

  14. You are a fun read! LOL...

    I LOVE THE FRINGED grass...mostly because I HAD to have MS fringed scissors and look for every opp. to use it! Thanks for the inspiration and cute card. ;)

  15. N(O)-M-G! He is the cutest.... Lookin' forward to getting that new catalog from my demo... Bet it's fun! *smile*

  16. You crack me up! I love getting my boxes full of stuff too! You describe it so well!! This card is wonderful...[isn't scrapcollector funny, too with her gnome joke!!]


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