New stamp companies and designs are everywhere, and they are more fun, more clever, more everything, than 10 years ago. And stampers are using these new designs in amazing, fun, beautiful ways.
And dies!! If I got every die I want my craft room would look like this:
No sooner does one amazing thing hit the street that the next amazing thing comes along. It's not a once a year catalogue, or even a once a month release anymore. Every day, every single day, there's something fabulous.
And the something fabulous becomes a line of something fabulous. Love Ranger Distress inks? I do. But now there's Distress paints, stains, reinkers, crackle paint, stickles, watercolor paper, card stock, and markers. And mini distress inks. And a blender. And a mini blender. And a tin to hold the mini inks.
It's just a question of time before Tim Holtz markets Distress Tears. Color away your sadness....
(photo from Deviant Art by Count-L)
And, despite being committed to spending small and spending smart, sometimes I make choices I regret.
The fact is that, deep down, no matter the downsizing, there are moments when I sort of still want it all. So, to avoid this:
I play a little mind game. It goes something like this.
If there were 3 new stamp sets a year, and I could only have 2 I'd feel deprived, like I was missing out. But there are 30,000 and I like at least half of them. Since even I don't want 15,000 new stamp sets, I concede that I must do without a lot of stuff I love. If I can do without that cute new Mama Elephant set today, I can do without it tomorrow.
Most of the time.