Friday, August 15, 2014

You say I'm a geek like it's a bad thing!

Hello! If you've read any of my posts, you'll know that I am loving the new Calling All Heroes photopolymer stamp set. Well, one of the stamps really caught my attention - the cute nerd glasses. I love my nerd glasses, and have many, many pairs as I often forget where I put them! I'll be the first to admit that I can be a bit of a geek at times. When I was growing up, nerdiness/geekiness was frowned upon - not sure why? But I'm glad that perception has changed - when you think about the word or term 'geek', most people think about the nerdy kids from the movies or TV shows like Screech from Saved by the Bell.. if you grew up in the 90's you'll know what I mean by that reference! I don't think that is the definition today - it's about being unique and different (well, that's how I view it), and that is definitely not a bad thing!
I looked it up in Wikipedia, and here is the definition: the word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast or a person obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit. Its meaning has evolved to connote "someone who is interested in a subject (usually intellectual or complex) for its own sake".
The parts that jumped out at me were of course enthusiast or person obsessed with a hobby (i.e. stamping) and someone who is interested in a subject (again i.e. stamping)..... so it's not a bad thing! No matter what you enjoy doing, as long as you're happy doing it - keep doing it! Get your 'geek' on!!
Geekiness: It's a fun thing! It's a great thing! So I started searching Pinterest for some fun quotes about geeks, and nerds. So today, I have a fun card - well, I'm actually going to use it for something else later but for now... it is a card! I have a bigger project in mind for these fun quotes, which I'll share another time. Check out today's project ...............
I used the new 'Blockhead Alphabet' Photopolymer set from Stampin' Up! - this is one from the Annual catalogue. It was one set that I really wanted, since I just love the font. I stamped with Black StazOn ink - some of the letters didn't stamp perfectly, I was going to re-stamp - but then thought it suited the look I was going for so I didn't change a thing! Sometimes the imperfections are perfections in disguise!
I stamped the quote "you say I'm a geek like it's a bad thing?!", onto Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out the words into rectangles and matted them onto Basic Black cardstock. I took a piece of designer series paper from the Moonlight stack, I chose the Hello Honey paper with the grid lines since it looks like graph paper, and punched a strip of Basic Black with the Spiral Border punch. I randomly added my words, overlapping, angled, it didn't really matter so much as I wanted it to look a bit messy - I added some vellum triangles over the letter "A's" and a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to each one, no particular reason.. I just wanted some sparkle! I added a few pairs of thick rimmed glasses (like the one's I wear!) from the Calling All Heroes stamp set, another Photopolymer set but one available online. I just love that set - so versatile!!!!! To finish I added some drops of Silver Metallic Encore Refill ... I think it looks like drops of solder you would use in shop class with metals - I was going with the whole school feel for this project - I'm happy with it. And I'm proud to be a GEEK!
Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blockhead Alphabet, Calling All Heroes
Papers: Moonlight DSPS, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black cardstock
Inks: Black StazOn, Silver Metallic Encore Refill
Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer, Dimensionals, Triangle Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Spiral Border Punch
Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

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