However, it is the Craftophrenia that allows me to use up (and buy up) a lot of the sometimes neglected supplies in my studio. For the last few weeks, my scrapbook supplies have remained untouched, only to be replaced in my heart by my mixed media goodies. This area of crafting is somewhat dangerous because a lot of the supplies are pricier than your average scrapbook papers. There are just so many different areas of mixed media to explore and if you suffer from Craftophrenia, that's a dangerous thing.
I recently visited my local scrapook store, Betty's Creative Studio, and bought the mermaid stamp from Prima. I love mermaids. I mean seriously love mermaids. If I ever got another tattoo, I think I would want it to be a mermaid. I love mermaids so much that I think I used to be one (or at least I thought that when I was a kid...because no way would I ever still really believe that I might have once been a mermaid). WOW, see how easily I get off track?? Ugggg, anyways, I wanted to do something different with this mermaid stamp. Almost all Prima doll stamps are paper pieced and I wanted to veer away from that for my beautiful mermaid. Since my Crafting ADD had already kicked in and I was steering away from paper anyways, it immediately struck me that I should use my Pans! Awwww Pan Pastels are one of the priciest but most prized crafty possessions. I have taken only 2 online classes from Donna Downey herself and don't exactly consider myself an expert. However, I do have enough knowledge to play with them with some success. They are freaking amazing and in some Wayne's World "I'm not worthy" way, I am always blown away with the results I get working with them. Once I have a general idea, my ball generally starts rolling....until it doesn't and then is so stuck I have to walk away for a day or two while it plagues me until I get unstuck again.
So here is where my ball began so to speak: