Success comes with persistence and modification. 

Last week we had an extra day off in Percival, Iowa. I took a stab at making a card using my Lacy Scallop punch from Stampin’ Up!  The old black one before they started selling the sleek gray one. 

I also tried using some die cuts I purchased from Hobby Lobby a few months ago. 

That was an utter fail. I think mostly because my heart wasn’t really into the whole card making experience. 

Yesterday, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I gave it another shot this time I used some borders from K&Company to take the place of the punched borders I had been trying to use. 

From a failure…..

I was able to create two cards. A Thank You and a Mother’s Day card in Baton Rouge. 

Don’t let the turkeys get you down. If you have an idea, stick with it until you figure it out. Modify your supplies if necessary. Just don’t allow that fickle Mojo to run off on you LOL


Sometimes you have to prime the pump. 

Many of you don’t have a clue what this phrase means. You have to be older than 50 to get the reference. 

Long ago there used to be water wells with a pump handle above ground. To get water out of the spigot the handle had to be pumped up and down. A person had to do a lot of pumping to fill a bucket. 

If continuous pumping had no effect, generally, there was a bucket with a tin cup near the water station. A small fluted piece near the top of the pump had an opening that went down to the stopper. The application of water down the flute, with the aid of the metal cup, would loosen the diaphragm which would allow for water flow up the pump. This was known as “Priming” the pump. 

Whatever is going on in your life that keeps you from your craft space and your creativity sometimes makes it difficult to express your self artistically. 

I’ve had quite a long dry spell recently. No time to switch gears in my mind to let the creative process work on my parched soul. A little poetic license there. Not seeking sympathy. 

I had an opportunity to dive into my craft stash at a hotel in Percival, Iowa. Which is just a couple miles from Nebraska off Interstate 29. 

My intent was to make a card featuring several scrap papers having been punched with a decorative border punch. 

My idea was to have the lacy border accent a decorative sentiment tag. 

Nothing worked right. In frustration I gave up and put my stuff away. Feeling a bit of performance anxiety, and a whole lot of negative self talk, I had to walk away from it. 

My results are less than stellar but I think I have “Primed” the pump and hopefully in the next few days I will have a solution to my problem. 

Sometimes you have to have a bad day of creativity to enjoy the good days when your Mojo is back and the pump is fully working. Filling your soul with the life giving “water” of sharing your talent. 

Don’t beat yourself up over the failures. Rejoice in the act of creativity….even if it comes to nothing. Tomorrow will be better.