Humour me for a little here, OK?
Wind the clock back a few weeks, to when I entered the first relaunched Basic Grey Challenge. Imagine a girl suddenly finding the goldmine of 100 blog sites filled with the prettiest, cutest, most beguiling stamped coloured images on the most gorgeous cards. Imagine someone addicted to colour and creating new things, but with no stamps, and no colours. Yup, I ordered myself some unmounted stamps from Whiff of Joy at a very reasonable price. Now for the colouring.
I admired, I trawled YouTube and gave myself a headache watching all those tutorials. I researched and nearly fainted at the prices. I dithered, I argued with myself. I decided not to. Too expensive - ridiculous. Did some more video-watching and arguing. Had another look at the two beautiful, charming cards that Georgina sent me. Sighed. I poured out my arguments to my long-suffering DH, and he said "do it". I said ???????? He said "you'll use them, get them." I argued some more, with him this time. Then I went out to Art Friend to see them and their price tag in the flesh.
They sat there, those boxes of 36 markers in their locked cabinet (told you they were valuable) and I swear I heard 36 little voices reminding me about my 10%-off member's card in my purse. I stopped dithering and promised them that they would be the last spending I did for a while. I carried them reverently home.
Then I spent a day being a child again with felt-tip pens and white card. Hehee I DID enjoy myself! When DH got home I couldn't wait to show him. He's such a patient guy - he showed more than enough interest and enthusiasm to satisfy my childish need for admiration. I had to drag myself reluctantly back into adulthood again to cook the tea.
But I think I brought part of my child's heart back with me. Every time I look at these cards, I grin spontaneously with pleasure. I'm SO GLAD I spent that money, and SO grateful to DH that he didn't begrudge it at all. I'm a very lucky person.
You're going to want to see what all that build-up was about now, aren't you? Oh...... OK then. If you really want to...
"Recipe": Whiff of Joy stamps: Lizzie from the Winter '08 collection and Willow with Flowers from the Spring '09 collection, Copic Ciao markers (swoon), scraps including SEI Moravia, DCWV and Basic Grey, dollar store ribbon, Prima flowers, gems, brads, ink and an unknown gift stamp from my stash and Stickles to add the essential girlie sparkle finish.