I was thinking back (I like ThinkBack better than Throwback Thursday, just sayin') about when I first started blogging. I had been posting Jingle Belles challenge cards on Flickr and I wanted to play along at the new Less is More challenge. They didn’t have a Flickr option, so I decided to be brave (it will be an adventure, I told myself) and start a blog. For many months I followed several other bloggers but only those two challenges, and I played along most weeks. I learned so much! Of course, being new, I had a lot to learn, but there’s always a lot to learn. One of the things I learned was that I’m not particularly good at Clean and Simple. I was feeling a bit discouraged about my submissions at Less is More, so I checked out some other challenges, and joined in, and learned a lot more!
Fast forward to now – if you peeked at my feed reader you’d see 66 card-making bloggers and 98 challenge sites. Well, no wonder I don’t play along more regularly at any one site – whew! But what I was thinking about all this was, if I only play along with challenges that “inspire” me, am I learning as much as if I play along with possibly less “inspiring”, probably more “challenging” prompts? So, maybe I’ll try playing along more often at a limited number of challenges (I won’t say every week, because I have this “day job” thing, and grandchildren, and kite festivals, and <bleh> housekeeping), and at other challenges just when I can fit them in. For now, I’ve decided on Jingle Belles and the Watercooler, because I have sentimental ties to both. Wouldn’t you know, after all that thinking (and remember, it included thinking that I’m not particularly good at Clean and Simple), the challenge for Watercooler Wednesday is Clean and Simple to celebrate spring!
I needed some colors - Color Throwdown has a bright spring selection - and a sketch that will work for CAS, like Amy's at Freshly Made Sketches:
stamp set - Kinda Eclectic; ink - Tangelo Twist; Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder; card stock - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Tangelo Twist; punch - Bitty Butterfly
OK, maybe I'm challenge-addicted - this "fits in" at Stampin' Royalty, and The Paper Players, too (except they only allow entries linked to 4 challenges or fewer). My name is Kathe...