CCC # 7: Counting Sheep

Hi, friends. Thanks for stopping by for the 7th edition of CAROLE’S CREATIVE COMMOTION! (Forgive me – I like seeing my name in all caps. Even if I’m the one doing the typing.) Last month, I shared with you that there are certain images I prefer to avoid, most notably: elephants. I thought I’d balance the scale this month and tell you about a certain species of image that I LOVE and scoop up whenever I can: SHEEP.

Yep, I’ve got a thing for those fluffy little flockers. And, just as I can pinpoint the source of my distaste for the elephant, I know where my love of sheep images originated. Take a look…

Aaah… Princess Diana in her sheep sweater! Princess Diana first wore this sweater to a Polo Match in 1983, when I was 12 years old, and from that moment on, I have been positively smitten. Of course, this is back in the day when there weren’t a million celebrities, and you couldn’t Google their name if you wanted to see a photo of them or know what they were up to. You were at the mercy of the magazines, and in Diana’s case, photo books. One day, my mom brought me home a book called “Princess Diana, Lady of Fashion.”
(See? I can even Google an image of the cover of that book!) I swear, I thumbed through that book thousands of times. Believe it or not, I still have it somewhere around here. Guess what my favorite picture in the book was? You got it: Diana in that red wool sweater, woven with dozens of white lambs, and one black sheep.

Several years ago, I found a tiny sheep stamp and created an homage to Diana for an ATC swap I was in. I’ve recreated that sweater in paper and ink at least 10 times since then. And here’s my latest version, using YNS’s Cute Sheep stamp:
Diana would be 50 years old had she not been killed in that fatal car accident in Paris, in 1997. I can still remember exactly where I was (in my bedroom, in the house we lived in before our current home) and what I was doing (rocking Truman, then 11 months old, and trying to get him to fall asleep) when Sean came in the room and told me that Princess Diana had died. Now, I’m six years older than Diana ever got be. My son, Truman is now 15 – the same age Prince William was when his mother died.

In my own small way, I honor the memory of the Princess, who captured world’s imagination with her style and beauty, every time I make one of my sheep cards. As I do so, for a few minutes, I turn back into that ‘tween-aged girl, laying on my twin-sized bed with the rainbow sheets, leafing through that book, and imagining Diana had a life as perfect as it looked in the pictures.

So, tell me: what images do you collect? Are there any themes you’re drawn to, again and again? Tell me about them, and on Saturday, February 25th, Karen will randomly select one lucky commenter to win Cute Sheep.

See you next month, on the 18th.

xo – Carole

PS – I used the February Sketch For You To Try as the blueprint for my card. YNS is sponsoring the SFYTT this month, and Karen is generously giving the following discount to everyone who participates.



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    Makalah says:

    Love the layout of that card! Very striking!

    I haven’t gotten to a point in my stamps that I collect any particular image, but I do seem to have a thing for paper with butterflies on it. And quite a few penguin stamps, but not enough to call it a “collection” just yet. 😛

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    JLJ Designs says:

    Beautiful card! I love the black, white and red.

    For me stamps of little girls who look like they’re thinking of mischief are ones that I snap up on the spot. Inspired by my daughter.

    Also, I love travel themed stamps. I love to travel and somehow making project with a travel theme seem like I’m getting one step closer to a next trip.


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    Chocscrap says:

    Lovely card with sentimental meaning to “ewe” and Princess Diana admirers everywhere.

    I collect stamps that have anything to do with chocolate since in my world, chocolate is the sixth food group and part of my daily food intake!!

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    Sue D says:

    Very cute card and I like the color combo.
    I tend to collect images of roosters and chickens and also bees and hives since we raise both.
    We have talked about raising sheep–love the expression on the cute sheep.

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    Margo says:

    I am drawn to images pertaining to coffee or cocktails !!!

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    FrancineB says:

    For me it’s horses. As a little girl, I even knew the bone and muscle structure or the animal. I still ask Santa for a horse for Christmas because you just never know. lol I simmply love looking at them and petting them. I’ve ridden only a couple of times, but that was an experience in heaven for me.

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    JMCPhillips says:

    I love that card! The contrast of the whimsical sheep and the more “serious” houndstooth is great!
    I am a HOARDER (yes, I said it!!! LOL!!!) of butterfly stamps!! I am not exactly sure where my fascination with butterflies began, but I think it has to do with watching Monarch butterflies in our meadow as a child. Oh, for the simpler days of youth!!!

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    Lisa T says:

    Love your card! What cute little sheep. I recognized the SFYTT sketch right away. 🙂 I loved Princess Di, too. Her life was too short and too much of it sad.
    I’m guilty of collecting many kinds of images (snowmen, little girls, animals) but my #1 weakness is dog stamps. I’m a sucker for a cute puppy face, especially one that reminds me of my yellow Lab, Dixie.

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    Kelli Jo says:

    I just adore these little snippets of CAROLE…. see I will make you grin with all caps…;) I have got to tell you, Princess Diana is my ALL TIME FAVORITE person… EVER… she just had that “oomph” to the world… soft, serene, CARING, and I truly believe had brass hm hmm’s! !!!! Tough gal and stolen from the world too soon, her kids are making her smile I’m sure, that Harry… hahahah lil red head, he’s a wild thang! LOL I LOVE your card, and plaid like you used in the black… although I’m sure it’s called something besides plaid… is GORGEOUS!!! Me, I am drawn to coffee and alcohol drinks stamps… Have TONS!

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    I was on my couch recovering from surgery when I heard the news. I cried and cried and stayed up all night watching the reports. She touched so many lives…
    I collect dog stamps. Any and all. Personally, I have an affection for schnauzers, 3 of them live in my house – all rescues. But I have lots of stamps that are dog related…just can’t get enough!

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    Elise says:

    Butterflies. And sheep. And birds.

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    Ha – what images am I NOT drawn to? LOL! I do have quite a collection of cute owls, snowmen, coffee stamps and PB hedgehog stamps…I can’t seem to stop buying them!

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    TikiBwana says:

    Love that card!! We were traveling and had stopped for the night in Arizona when we heard the news about Diana… so tragic.

    I collect Texas stamps, flamingos, butterflies, and dragonflies….

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    Oma says:

    I had just moved into this house when I heard the news of Diana. So sad and so tragic.

    I love, love, love butterflies and have quite the collection of stamps as well as 2 butterfly punches. I’m not sure why I love them but maybe it’s because of the saying “If there were no butterflies, there would be no change.” At my age it’s sometimes hard to accept change but then I think of the butterfly and I embrace the change.

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    tonya says:

    Love the cute little sheep! I am drawn to flowers. My daughter is 5 and I call her my little flower so I cant even tell you how many flower items I have in my scrap mess. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    images of butterflies! I love them lots of colors to use to color them or paper piece. I have to say to myself I will not buy anymore butterflies. I do love these sheep maybe I will start collecting them next. I so need to move on from butterflies I still end up with a new one everytime I shop. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your sheep!

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    patty says:

    my favorite stamps are cats, little animals. tigers, elephants, flowers, scenes, funny oldies, maritimes, swirls, backgrounds, sentiments(but in german)and vintage-stamps

    haugs, patty

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    I have a thing for clouds, pigs, tigers, ans elephants.

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    Trisha says:

    This is just a great card. Love the black, white and red and the sheep are just too cute.

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    Linda Spence says:

    This card is very striking, it catches your eye and pulls you in…and I love the ewe in YOU! so cute!

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    Carmen L. says:

    Love the colors on your card! I was house sitting when Princess Diana died. Guess we will all remember that fateful day!

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    Julie E says:

    What a cute card “ewe” made ;>)
    Personally, I have a thing for owls, but don’t have a collection just yet – I am working on it!!!

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    Jessica says:

    Happy to place an order today. Money has been so tight, but I have been wanting to get some more YNS goodies (to go along with my Boris from Russia). I think my BFF’s mom will simply adore the Anika stamp since she is from Holland. Thanks for such awesome deals!

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    Janet Zeppa says:

    I love all stamps!! I don’t collect anything in particular. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

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    Keri Postma says:

    I love to collect owl stamps! But I am branching out (no pun intended) to other stamps!

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    Puppies, can’t seem to get enough of them. I also really like elephants, snowmen, gingerbread men, pumpkins and lately bunnies, squirrels and foxes as well! Thanks for the chance to win this cute sheep image!

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    jen del muro says:

    CAROLE (<—note the caps), I love it!! You and your love for that sweater keep me giggling!

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    Carole, love the sheep and your love of the sweater just made me smile.

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