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'Bellies . . .

Link: Scrapbooking.

In the paper crafting world, evidently, ‘bellies = embellishments. Took me a while to figure this out, but I guess as an avid stamper, as opposed to scrapper, that’s to be expected? chuckle!

At any rate, I placed an order for some ‘bellies at Oriental Trading and a few miscellaneous other items, such as those top-opening lunch boxes everybody’s all agog over.

I will be using some of these in my design work this week, and as I use them I will annotate my views on them. Some of these designs will be intended for publication or for the Dirty Dozen, so I won’t be able to post the finished projects here, however, I do intend to upload some “visuals” of some sort, as I know it is far more fun to SEE what one is reading about . . . heh, heh, heh! ;^)

Some older designs

These were done some time ago, and I’m now in the clear to upload, so I will share them here today.




Well, life sure gets busy . . .

And, I have been in a design *frenzy* of late, with deadlines all around me. After workin’ like a dog all week, I’m dyin’ to upload what I’ve been up to, with regards to my independent design work, but have not received the green light just yet . . .

Meantime, I finished a few designs for the DD’s coming March Gallery, and have decided that the one I was hemming and hawin’ about–the one that was rather “not me”, will indeed be reserved for that gallery because . . .

#1. I head to the State Tournament in Yakima today and will not be able to do much original design work while there.

#2. In light of #1, I have to keep whatever I have gotten done, in reserve for that gallery, in case I fall even further behind schedule, what with being out of my studio for the bulk of this week.

Sidebar–this is one of those dilemas every designer faces, and probably quite frequently:

Which designs to share publicly, which to reserve for submission (in the hopes it is accepted by a paying publication), which to reserve for DD gallery, etc. Unfortunately, I find myself stuck between this hard place and a rock on many occasions, because ultimately, one piece of artwork usually cannot be leveraged all 3 ways–or even 2 of those ways!– and a choice must be made by the designer about which way to go.

Quite a dilema, once you analyze it from all the angles . . .

But, I digress.

Yakima. What to pack that I can actually use while there in the hotel? I’ve determined the following:

Simply Said–I just love it and haven’t had a lot of time to play with it.
Best Blossoms–I know; it will retire and never be available again, but I really REALLY like it, and *need* to make something pretty with it. It has sat here in a virgin state . . . just waiting for ink. It must be stamped!!! chuckle!

I guess I’ll take some a pack of pre-cut cards and envies, and some shimmery white card stock, Dazzling Diamond Glitter, Classic and Craft Spots a Two Way Glue Pen, Aqua Painters, and my watercolor crayons . . . But, criminitly, I need to select a color scheme and not pack *all 48*. Hmmmmmm. Celery is always one good stand-by . . . chuckle!

I need to stamp some designs to thank the DD; I’m so far behind on that I can see my butt up ahead!!! No lie!!!! I think I will also assemble some little goody package of sorts, to send each of them, with some stampin’ trinkets tucked inside. They work so hard every month.

Time to get packin’!

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