Basic Grey paper is a great example. Don't get me wrong - I do love Basic Grey. But there was a time when I knew about and looked forward to each new release. I could name all of the paper collections. I could picture the patterns in each release. I always got the small pad and a good supply of the 12x12 patterns that I loved. Now it seems like every time I turn around there is a new collection or multiple collections. They come and go so fast - I can't keep track. Of course, all of this could be impending old age as there is an unmentionable birthday in my future!!
Lately, I have been feeling that same way about embossing folders - and I LOVE embossing folders. When Cuttlebug introduced them, each new release was a time of celebration for me - I'd order them all and use them all right away. Now that we have Cuttlebug - including all their multi-packs and other permutations such as European Exclusives - and Sizzix, Quickutz, Crafts Etc., Darice and a whole bunch of European imports - they are all starting to look the same to me!!
Having said, a great way for me to get excited again is to visit Sue Nelson's Heart Prints Gallery. That woman does amazing things with embossing folders. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend that you visit. I particularly love her all-white cards using multiple folders. Even in my overwhelmed state, just this morning I found folders I absolutely HAD to have and they are already on their way to me!!
Last week, I got an order that included this darling Sizzix stockings folder. It's perfect for Stampin' Up's Stitched Stockings!
Embossing folders are always a perfect special touch for Clean and Simple challenges such as this one by The Paper Players:
Obviously....my overwhelmed state hasn't slowed me down much - I am still adding embossing folders to my stash! But perhaps I have become slightly more...selective!
- Stamps: Stampin' Up Stitched Stockings
- Paper: Stampin' Up Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Silver
- Ink: Stampin' Up Garden Green, Poppy Parade
- Accessories: Stampin' Up Stocking Punch and Scalloped Border punch, Stampin' Up Dots Embossing, Sizzix Stockings Embossing Folder, misc ribbon, Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval