1: illegal or prohibited traffic in goods : smuggling
2: goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden; also : smuggled goods
3: a slave who during the American Civil War escaped to or was brought within the Union lines
— contraband adjective
For almost 10 years I have used nothing except Stampin' Up! everything. But about 6 months ago I bought a couple Hanna Stamps . They sat in a box in my cupboard cause I did not want to use them, cause people would know what I had done. Then one day I innocently made a comment about Molly Stamps and before you knew it I was on their design team. I got to looking at other stamps a little more, and realized that there are some cute stamps at other places, so I have dabbled or would that be ordered, here and there from other companies. Even though I love being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and will always be one, I am also just me, and I must admit I have been having a blast stamping for my blog, which really means I am stamping for me. No matter what I use, and since this is MY blog its ok for me to use other things, and the more I tell myself this, the more I will believe it.
So back to the blog title, my Stampin' Up! friends, we always tease each other about "contraband" so I looked it up to get it's real definition and boy it sounds really bad, so we may want to come up with another name.
One of the new stamps I received recently was this one from Stampotique Originals - now the first time I seen these little "gems" was over at Vicki's Blog and they reminded me of Edward Scissorhands meets that Tim Burton Nightmare Before Christmas movie. When I saw the sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today, I thought cool, I am using it.
Stamp: Moth Fab – I had it wrong before – sorry -thanks Denise for catching that
Ink: JetblackStazon, Blush Blossom, So Saffron, Going Gray, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Watercolor Paper, the background paper is a pack I bought at Joanne's
Misc: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, white gel pen
So I did get a pack of background papers from Joannes, just so I have some non- Stampin' Up! paper for when I do Design Team stuff. In fact I saw one of my customers in there, and I kinda ducked and hid, now how bad is that? I did not want her to see I had "contraband" in my cart.
So hopefully now, you will all understand how come you see stuff on here that is not all Stampin' Up!
Have a Super Trouper Thursday (yeah what soundtrack am I still listening too?) and thanks for stopping in!