Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: How Easily Is Our Attention Diverted?I remember that as a child I had the ability to sit and play or read for hours. I remember coloring those geometric patterns in my Altair Design coloring books for long periods at a time (did you color in those coloring books?). Today, the ability to approach things with that type of focus is what I crave. It seems that the slightest thought or distraction can totally set me off in a new direction - I might be reading and then I see a reference to another book or author and I am immediately up and out of my chair, headed for the computer, to go and look up the reference. Or I will start to tell a story to a friend as we walk toward the park and their attention will be grabbed by a person up the street and we will never come back to my story. So I'm sensing I'm not the only one suffering from this condition - I won't call it attention deficit disorder - although the name seems to fit. Where has our ability to provide our undivided attention to our tasks or to others gone? I miss it. I feel more scattered these days - like I am a bouncing ball who never comes to a state of rest. I appreciate the craft room as one of those places where, if I am protective and vigilant, I can allow myself to remain in a state of focused attention. (It's so funny - as I was typing my last sentence, my attention was just taken away by the finish of Stage 2 of the US Pro Cycling Challenge on tv and Willow meowing at the top of her lungs :) A reminder that I still have some work to do on focusing my attention :)
Today's card began with a Melon Mambo card base that I ran through the Big Shot with the Tulip Frame embossing folder. I then stamped the floral image from Tiny Tags at half strength using Chocolate Chip ink. I then took a piece of Confetti card stock and scored it in half and then 3/4" from one end. I tore the end of the scored 3/4" piece and used a piece of twine to hold this little "pocket" together. I stamped the pocket with the floral image from Tiny Tags using River Rock ink and then stamped the other decorative image using Melon Mambo. An adhesive pearl adds a bit of elegance. Finally, I created a small River Rock insert for the "pocket" and stamped the top with a greeting from Short & Sweet with Chocolate Chip ink. The pocket was then adhered to the front of the card using dimensionals. I hope you like it!