I think I'm experiencing card-maker's block. For some time now, I've felt as though every card I make has required terrific effort for not much result, and that the time each card takes is well, ridiculous. Yesterday, I had announced a set-aside. As near a whole day at my desk as possible - to finish a handful of cards for the Card Marathon event, to make a fourth card sample for this week's workshop and to get back to my Christmas present crafting. Miss Dunnit was away at the nerdy Anime convention and Mr Dunnit had a new toy to install at his workshop. Fait accompli, mes amis, non? Big fat NON.
It took me all morning to wrench out one finished, half decent card; the waste in cut up paper and discarded everything was frightening. So, learning from my own experience, I changed tack and did something else. Stayed creative - made up a loaf of bread to prove and asked Mr Dunnit to come home and distract me. OOOH! We watched some of the Grand Prix. I know distraction when I need it. Poor Mark...if it was up to me, you'd be first. Always. I got the germ of an idea, so went back to my desk. Cranked out one more card all afternoon. I love rubber stamps and I love playing with the papers. There's no part of any of it that I don't like. Perhaps I need to stop doing all of this 'for' something - a workshop, an event, a challenge...and just do it to please myself now and then. I thought it was the same thing, but perhaps it isn't. That's a scary revelation, believe me.
So into distraction mode I get as the evening darkens and Strictly Come Dancing shows up on the TV again. Then I hit on an idea and have to do it. I can't decide between Gold or Diamond Glamour dust, so I do one card with each product. Relatively satisfied, I leave the cards strewn with glitter whilst the glue dries. And later, after Miss Dunnit has returned and my nest is full and the clock tells me to go to bed...I knock the excess glitter off the first card and into the tidy try for funnelling back into the appropriate jar. It's a thing I've done a million times. Which probably explains why I then did exactly the same with the second card. And now I have diamond Glamour Dust and gold Glamour dust in a mixed heap. Not whole bottles of it, which I guess is some consolation. I think it's time for a rest. Familiarity breeds contempt, blah blah blah; and I'm scared that if it goes on like this, I won't want to make cards any more. And then what? I'd probably have to tidy up in here and get a real job.
Told you it was a scary story.