I think I've figured out part of my problem: I stamp in spurts. Well, Day Job aside, and given that I do have more time and energy on the weekends to play in The Captain's Quarters than I do during the week, I still stamp in spurts. I get so many ideas, sometimes I just crank out the cards, then sometimes I go for days -- DAYS -- and stamp nothing.
It's during these times of nothingness that I collect ideas. I still read blogs (I think I'm up to 300 blogs in my Google Reader, and the unread posts often approach the dreaded 1000+ number, where Reader stops counting), so the ideas flow, they just don't get all the way to paper.
Then this happens:
So yeah, all that bottled up goodness comes flowing out and I end up with too much stuff on one card, but I find myself unable to stop the madness.
Now to the "explaining" part of the show. First, I was enabled to place an order with Paper Smooches that included this stinkin' cute eagle. He needed to come live with me. Then I have this card bookmarked to CASE the idea of the two-colored dots.Then the red part looked boring, so I made my own dry embossing with some SU stars punched with the small star punch ala the technique I used on this card. Then I felt I needed to use as many stamps from the Paper Smooches set as possible, so the star and banner legs made an appearance.
FYI: The SU small star punch fits perfectly in the Paper Smooches outline star stamp. The set comes with a solid star, but I proved incapable of stamping it cleanly, so I gave up.
Finally, I added a ribbon to cut all the dots, and some gold glitter pen to bling-up the star a little. Then I declared it done.
So I think my solution is to stamp more often, kindof like a pressure release valve. It could work. Maybe. We'll see.
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Stamps: Paper Smooches Circle of Honor, PTI Polka Dots Basics
Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red and Midnight Muse
Ink: Real Red, Midnight Muse
Other: SU small star punch, SU Navy grosgrain ribbon, gold glitter pen