I was so lucky, and for a long time I didn't even realize it. Until I started participating in the online papercrafting community, I didn't realize that so many people have no local store at which to shop for supplies.
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See the store in this photo? Until this year, we had half a dozen or so Archivers stores in the Twin Cities area. No matter which part of the metro area--north, south, east, or west--I happened to be visiting, there was always an Archivers nearby. But this week Archivers closed all its brick and mortar stores nationwide. I am kind of in mourning. I know that you guys, as papercrafters yourselves, will understand what I mean by that. Shopping options still exist (big box stores, online stores, and the Twin Cities' one remaining independent LSS), but I'll miss the convenience of Archivers, not to mention its pleasant atmosphere, unparalleled selection of products, and friendly community. An important part of my life has just changed in a big way.
But life goes on. When I'm feeling sad, making something from paper always makes me feel better. Does it work that way for you, too? Anyway, when I started feeling sad this week, I found inspiration in this week's image at Cupcake Inspirations.
|Supplies: paper from Crate; die cuts from October Afternoon; stamps from Lawn Fawn; stamping ink from Hero Arts; edging ink from Tsukineko; paint from Ranger; Candi dots from Craftwork; twine from Canvas Corp; corner punch from Creative Memories; pins from We Call Her Happydaks etsy; pink cardstock & elastic cord upcycled from a clothing tag.|
Though the Cupcake Inspirations color scheme would be perfect for a Valentine card, I needed an Easter card, so that's what I made. I think it turned out fresh and perky. And creating it certainly helped cheer me up.
In this detail shot you see how I used a couple of straight pins that I won in a RAK. Normally I avoid using straight pins in my projects, for fear that they will poke someone's fingers. But the tips of these two pins are safely embedded in a foam adhesive square, which is hidden behind the bunny die cut. So I finally got to use these cute pins.
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I think I'll still be in mourning for Archivers for a long, long time. But writing about it helped get the sadness off my chest a little bit. And making something fun also helped cheer me up. Hope that you will have a cheerful day! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
ETA: My card made "Sweet Six" [top six] at Cupcake Inspirations. Hooray!