Before I share with you details about today’s card, I wanted to give you all a big HUG and thank you for the love you guys have been pouring out in response to my question in my last post. It really does mean a lot to me.
It’s hard to say it out loud, but for as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with feelings of insecurity and not being “good enough”. I don’t want to be one of those people that blames it on my parents because I have (and had – as my mother passed away 13 years ago) amazing parents. At the same time though, they had huge expectations for me. Both my parents were high achievers and always expected the same out of me. They always pushed and pushed me to do my best and questioned anything less than top marks. When I did get top marks it was no big deal because it was expected. Praise was pretty rare – but when I got it, it really made me feel good. That’s kinda followed me my whole adult life – I care WAY too much about what people think of me. I try to make everyone happy…not bad traits in moderation, but not good when it affects your perception of yourself. I’m working on changing, but it’s not easy. So thank you, and please have patience with me when I’m “comment-needy” – LOL.
Okay, I’m climbing off the “couch” now….
All of your comments made me think about things that I’m going to try to work on for my blog. The first being posting consistency – it’s much easier to plan a visit here when you know when new stuff is being posted. So, my goal for now is going to be to post consistently two days a week – Tuesdays and Fridays. The second “aha” moment I had in reading your comments, is that not everyone celebrates the same holidays around the world, and not everyone is even in the same season around the world. So, I’m going to try and more variety into my project themes. So not focusing ONLY on Halloween, or ONLY on fall, or ONLY on Christmas for a length of time. Which brings me to todays card.
In thinking about what to make today – several thoughts crossed my mind. The first was about the projects I post, I realized that I very rarely post masculine-themed cards. Probably because I find them pretty challenging. Second, I’ve been fixated lately on white cards – either on a white card base or a lot of white space. So today I decided to create my card on Crumb Cake CS (i.e. Kraft CS). The theme of today’s birthday card is a masculine birthday. The sentiment on the outside is meant to be an encouragement, and the actual happy birthday would be stamped on the inside. I stamped the footprints walking towards the greeting to symbolize the fact that living a life of adventure is something we have to choose and act on (hence the footprints walking towards the greeting). The stamp set I used is Stampin’ Up!’s Daring Adventure stamp set. I stamped the background text in Crumb Cake Classic ink, the sentiment in Early Espresso Classic ink and the footprints in Soft Suede Classic ink. The twine is Early Espresso Baker’s Twine. The card base is Early Espresso CS.
Now I’d like your opinion to help me plan what types of non-seasonal cards to make – is there a particular type of card you struggle with that you’d like me to tackle? Is there a particular theme you’d like to see? Is there a particular stamp set you’d like to see me use (if I own it I will)? Leave your feedback in the comments section of this post, by clicking on the word “comments” just under the title of the blog post, and then scrolling down to the bottom of the page that opens.