Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hello there

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday to you!
My name is Tanya and I have a confession to make.....
I am a stamp hoarder!

The amount of stamps I have stashed away can no longer be considered borderline hoarding - it has become full-on, without a doubt, big time hoarding!  The major problem I see with this is that I'm not really using the stamps, just falling in love with the sweet little images, purchasing them, and adding them to my collection. I am so intimidated by many of these stamps because they look so fabulous when colored up by the designers who create them. I pull them out, look at them and think - no way can I make that look as cute as so and so did on their blog.  So.... there they sit with those oh-so-sweet faces and cute sentiments just waiting to be inked up only to get passed by as I work with something I'm more comfortable and familiar with.

So...I'm thinking that it's time to move out of my comfort zone and get inky with some of these poor, neglected stamps!  I think I'm going to give it a try with a few challenges here and there to get me motivated and give me a push in the right direction.  Today, I worked on a stamp by "The Greeting Farm".  I have so many of these little cuties in my collection and have actually colored up a couple of them.  I've never really been happy with a completed project, but I'm going to keep trying!
This week there is a color challenge going on at the Greeting Farm Blog so I thought I would just jump right in, choose one of my many stamps, get inky and play along.....
I'm still not thrilled with my results, but at least I gave it a try.
The art of coloring realistic hair still eludes me, but I intend to master it one fine day!  I also find it hard to color an image using only the colors for the challenge.

* The Greeting Farm - "Garden Anya"
* Papers - Fancy Pants - "Park Bench"
* Felt flower - Fancy Pants
*Sentiment - My Creative Time - "Teeny Tiny Greetings"
* Martha Stewart Punch
* Spellbinders Oval Die

Okay, so there you go - one card from my "non-comfort" zone!
It really wasn't as painful as I thought it would be and it feels good to work with a stamp that has been sitting in a drawer collecting dust for so long.  I think I'll go have another look into that drawer and find something else to work with.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It's nice to have other crafters to "confess" to!  Now, you fess up....what do you hoard in your crafting supplies?  Leave your confession in your comment, I know I can't be the only hoarder around here and I'm curious to see what you have stashed away!

Okay, I'm off to get really brave and link my card up over at The Greeting Farm Blog.  I'll be talking with you soon....

Until next time,


  1. Hi, I'm Lisa and I'm a Spellbinders hoarder...and a stamp hoarder...and a paper hoarder, too!! Ugh, the clutter in my craft room :O

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Tanya!! Stamping should totally be in your comfort zone because you rock at it!! The image is adorable and I love the papers you used!! I can't wait to see more of your stamping!! Happy Saturday my friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. The image is just DARLING!! Absolutely Beautiful!

  3. Giggle, giggle, I'm still smiling! Hubby walked into my craft area, shook his head, and said he didn't even want to know what was in all the containers, drawers, etc. He's right!!!! I think we could all land a spot on Hoarders. Well, you've done a great job with that precious stamp. Join us in the coloring world - you rocked it. Adorable card, Tanya, and wonderful story.

  4. Well, for out of you comfort zone, this is fabulous! I love the cute image and your colouring is beautiful! TFS

  5. I think you did an amazing job !! It looks lovely !!


  6. I think she turned out very cute, Tanya. Love the papers, too. I hoard lots of craft stuff, especially "tools." I LOVE special tools

  7. Girl you are to hard on yourself, I seriously think you did an awesome job with coloring the little TGF Image. The stitching is perfect too. Hoard I don't know I do have tons of TGF Images and a lot of digis.

    Hope you have a great day.

  8. This is beautiful Tanya! LOVE the adorable image and your coloring is awesome!! What a GREAT color combo! Totally LOVE your card!!!

  9. This is DARLING!!! You used the perfect papers, and I love that flower! Great layout too! Thanks for joining the TGF challenge!

  10. Tanya,
    We are own worst critics!! I think you did a fabulous job and I love the combination of colors and papers you used.

  11. You did an amazing job on this girl:) You coloring and stamping is awesome! I need to take the bull by the horns and jump out of mu comfort zone at times as well. Kudos to you for doing that!!!!
    I would have to say I hoard papers and chip board...
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  12. Seriously???? You don't like this Tanya???? REALLY?? I TOTALLY LOVE it! You are amazing with stamps and coloring! You are wwaaayyyy to hard on yourself.... now me on the other hand can't color worth crap! But then again I don't own any copic markers either! LOL Your card is beautiful as always my dear friend.... And my Hoarding use to be Paper, stamps... Now it's Digital Paper, Digital Stamps, Digital Die Cuts.... See the patterning I got going on.... At least with it being Digital the hubby can't see it! Hahahahaha

  13. I think you did a fabulous job Tanya!!! I love your coloring! I'm very seldom happy with my coloring, but I keep plugging on. One of these days I just may say, 'Aha!! Now I've got it!!!!' :)

  14. It's fabulous Tanya! Your coloring is awesome and not to mention these colors - beautiful!

    Okay do here's my story.... When 6x6 paper pads came out I thought what's the point of this tiny little pad, well that thought lasted a hot minute. They are my to die for, must buy 3 (not 1) of every kind I can get my hands on. I confess I walked into my room to find my little boy stacking them on top of each other to the point i actually stopped him. Because I was..... Ashamed:( 80% of them are still sealed. Help me Tanya!
    I love paper and that's just my 6x6 paper pads:)


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