Happy Stamping!

I wanted to pop in today to share a couple things with you. It’s been a… week. Some parts were really good but others were really bad.

Personally

The bad news is that I’ve had two migraines in the last 5 days. The good news is that I have doctors’ excuses for all of the class I missed and was able to do a little organizing in little bits and pieces over the week. As long as I don’t have to use my brain or be around sounds or bright light, I can be a little functional when I have a migraine. I’m learning.

Tomorrow I’m going to get a massage to relieve some of the tension in my back and shoulders, and I’m going to make an appointment with an Opthalmologist, a headache doctor, so they can study my brain and figure out what the heck is wrong with me. I’ve mentioned it several times before and like to make it open and known that I suffer from anxiety and depression, and these definitely are a factor in these migraines. My medicines seem to have all of my other symptoms well controlled, but the body still needs a way to relieve pressure, and my body chooses migraines for that “relief.”

To tell you the truth, I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick of going to the doctor. I’m sick of getting my blood pressure taken every time I go in when it’s always perfect. I’m frustrated that I’ve already missed half of my class sessions so far this semester. I’m frustrated that it’s this exact problem that has followed me for the last two semesters of college and that my issues this semester could result in me not graduating on time.

This is real and this is me right now. I’m mostly happy but have about 15% of me that’s taken over with migraines and the worries that come along with them. I have an amazing boyfriend, supportive and loving friends and family, a great team of doctors and professors that want to see me succeed.

I’m a very lucky girl with just a couple more things to tackle.

A Card

Anyways, I wanted to share some things with you. My creativity is back with a vengance. I even got my desk fully set up and shared the process with my twitter followers on Monday. (I’ve been posting a lot of photos on my feed lately and will be posting many more in the upcoming weeks. I really like how they tell a story. Watch out for me when I get my iPhone 5 tomorrow… I’m going to be instagraming up a storm – username: waterfilterlove!)

Here’s the card I want to share with you today:

I was so inspired to use this fabulous Square Pattern Background stamp from Hero Arts that I just had to make a card. I stamped the stamp in Memento Elderberry Ink on kraft cardstock (to soften the harsh lines of contrast in the pattern) and paired the pattern with the Check This Out stamp set from Lawn Fawn. How perfect is that?! It’s the perfect library-themed card without being overly theme-y. I also used an awesome MossyMade button, a wood veneer heart from Studio Calico and a little bit of glossy accents and Star Dust Stickles for that extra kick.


School Supply Love

I’ve always had a thing for office supplies (I think a lot of crafters share this affinity with me!), and I love testing out new pens. These two were ones I picked up recently, and I haven’t been able to put them down. The Pilot VBall RT Fine is a great black pen that works smoothly no matter how fast you write. I love that! The Pentel OH! Gel Pen needs a bit of a slower touch but has really dark black ink that I love. I just thought I would share in case you’re a PenHead too. :)

Oh, and that journal there is a Whitelines A4 Journal. They’re my favorite for taking notes, doing sketches and making to-do lists. I also really like this notebook without the spirals on the side. I think I would love the hardcover version even more! The great thing about these notebooks is that the grid doesn’t interfere with your drawing or writing. In fact, when you scan or copy this paper, the grid completely disappears! Perfect straight lines every time. I love that.

Creative Therapy

This week, part of my relaxation therapy has been diving in to the Online Card Classes Kick Start class. It’s amazing. I can’t even believe all of the work and love they put into it. I’m so inspired! This idea was one presented in the class to help organize our supplies. It’s a great idea, so I definitely didn’t mind jumping on the bandwagon when everyone started making swatches of their ink pads. Eek! The organization this gives me makes me happy.

I used this tag die from Tim Holtz + Neenah Solar White Cardstock and die cut through six layers of cardstock at a time, and I had a ton of tags in no time! Just cut the paper roughly down to size first (I cut 3.5″ by 8.5″ pieces from each sheet of paper and then cut those into 2″ by 3.5″ pieces to die cut from – this produces 12 tags from each sheet of paper.) Then I pulled out this background stamp – the perfect ink to paper ratio – and got to stamping with all my inks. I labeled the back of each tag with the ink type, color name and manufacturer just to make everything easy. I just love how this turned out!

Seriously, it may seem like a big project, but it’s really easy to do if you do it in steps. All in all, I have about 100 ink colors. Hey, that’s not that bad for how long I’ve been crafting and stamping (11 years)! That said, I’m excited to buy more Hero Arts colors in my next Simon Says order, because those stamp like an absolute dream. ;)

I couldn’t stop there, though. Chari made a “Washi Swatchy,” and I had to join her.

I did mine using thick vellum die cut with the same Tim Holtz die. Then I ran a piece of washi along the side of each tag and printed out little labels using my computer to label the tapes. Finally, I can remember who makes these washi tapes when I’m writing a blog post! Happy, happy, happy.

Tip for making these swatch rings – a great place to pick up binder rings in small quantity is at your local Jo-Anns or Michael’s. They’re sold as a way to organize DMC embroidery floss cards and they come in several sizes. They’re probably exactly what you need for this project, and you can use a coupon on them and get them for about a dollar!

All in All

I’m lucky, I’m grateful and I feel loved. Thank you for everything and all the words of encouragement and love. Thank you for reading my blog. I love you. I never want to be complain-y or a pity case, but I like to be honest with you. I hope you see that! If anything, I ask that you send thoughts and prayers my way (if you are so inclined) that I can come to a resolution with my health that will allow me to live a less stressful life, whatever that may be.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go freak out a little more about how my iPhone is coming tomorrow. Yeah, I do believe my transformation as an Apple minion is almost complete. ;) Eek!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Be back on Saturday with a special Stamptember™ (hint, hint) post!

Love,
Britta

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6 Responses to Happy Stamping!

  1. So sorry to hear about your two migraines this week. I used to suffer from migraines until I cut caffeine (coffee, caffeinated pop, chocolate) and wine from my diet. Now I VERY rarely have them (it’s been at least a couple years since my last one). People freak when they hear I can’t have caffeine, but it’s no big deal anymore because it’s better than the alternative – PAIN. (I do eat chocolate every once in awhile and it doesn’t seem to bother me in small doses.) Just a thought for you. Hope you feel better and I love your site. Thank you!

  2. Hi friend!! Sorry to hear of the migraine struggles. Anxiety+depression are the pits and with horrible headaches on top of it all, I think you deserve to complain a little!! Don’t forget I’m always hear if you need to whine! lol :-) As long as I can complain to you about how tiiiiiired I am!!

  3. Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi sweetie,
    I feel so badly that you have been tortured by all of this…anxiety, depression, migraines…no fun, AT ALL!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers…thankfully you have so much support all around you. If possible, try not to sweat the small stuff…you are deserving of ALL good things in life, and that includes finishing school on time. BIG (((HUGS))) from me…hang in there, and remember it will all be over soon, and you will be on to the next phase in your life :-)

  4. Britta – I hope that you feel better soon and find the relief from all these migraines! You’re a super talented sweet girl ( that I like to meet one day) and I enjoy all your posts, videos, tips and tricks! I will be praying for you!

  5. You’ll be in my prayers, for relief from these migraines Britta. I completely understand dealing with depression. Fortunately, my Dr found a low dose anti-depressant that works well for me.
    You are soooo talented and intelligent. I love reading all of your blog posts! I’m praying that your doctors will get this figured out soon so that you can resume all of the things you enjoy…including school!

  6. Oh boy, I’ve only had 2 migraines in my life and it was debilitating.. Wish you all the best with the new doctor!! These swatches are adorable! Really like the washi one – I always forget who the manufacturer is too. Anyways, hugs to you, glad to see you back to blogging for a bit!

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