What do you get when you combine a black 7-Gypsies printer's tray and all kinds of Tim Holtz Halloween goodies? Two full days of creative fun for me and a Sunday afternoon workshop for twelve friends.
I pulled out every Halloween Alterations die I owned (plus a few from my pal Patty - thank you) then grabbed a pack of the new Idea-ology Halloween Adornments, the new Halloween Muse Tokens, some new Halloween Kraft Resist paper, some Seasonal Paper and a some Texture Fades, and some Kraft Core Resist cardstock and got rolling. Oh, and let's not forget a few Stamper's Anonymous Halloween stamp sets. (no wonder my credit card bill was outrageous last month.)
Here's a quick close-up of each of the six displays in the tray.
(Love these new Idea-ology Halloween Adornments!)
By the way, my 13-year-old thinks this isn't my best work and it looks childish.
It's amazing how her opinion affects me.
I got over it (not as quickly as I would have liked) but it got me thinking. As creatives, we truly expose ourselves when sharing our art. Unless of course we never show it to anyone. (That's just a shame.) But we've got to remember WHY we do what we do. Why we create the things we do and how it makes us feel.
Recently Linda Ledbetter at StudioL3 wrote quite an eloquent thank-you letter to Tim Holtz on her blog following the crafting cruise. I was so touched by her words and her feelings about being rejected by her art teacher as a young girl and after giving up out of embarrassment how she discovered a few years later that her artistic dream was not lost, only dormant. It was then she wandered into a craft store and discovered the magic of Tim Holtz.
Well, I can't even begin to express it like she can, so I encourage you to go to her blog at this link and read her letter. I don't want to re-post it here and take away from the honor she deserves. Just trust me when I say that it speaks volumes and will touch each and every one of you, no matter on what artistic level you believe you are. And you'll be glad you read it. I know I was.
Thank you Linda.