I'm sure I'm not the only one who has done this. Tell me I'm not! But first, let me 'splain, Lucy!
Okay, so I'm in the FedEx/Kinko's near me a few weeks back photocopying the church bulletin, just like every Saturday. And, like every Saturday, I have to get a receipt. Since this is one of the "mini" Kinko's, they don't have a kiosk so that I can get my receipt myself, allowing myself to stay buried in my little 21st century cocoon, cut off from real human contact and only communicating with people online, but instead I actually have to ask a real human for the receipt. By the cash register is a card display and one catches my eye. It's a Mother's Day card and it is just PERFECT for my mother! It only costs a couple of bucks. But I just. can't. bring. myself. to. buy. it! I can MAKE a card like that, but BETTER! Yes, I can! I am STAMPER hear me ROAR!!!!
You can see where this is going can't you?
So I am mulling this card over in my mind, wondering if I have the stamps to make it. Of course I don't! Let me introduce you to rule number 1 of Jan Tink's Law of Trying to CASE Commercial Cards:
Rule #1: You will never have the kind of stamps you need to duplicate a commercial card.
Which means, of course, that you must buy them. And I knew just where to buy them. I had been eying them for some time, wanting to purchase them badly, but putting them off buying them because I didn't really NEED them, but now, of course, I did.
The sad thing was, of course, that I could not satisfy my design needs with just one set. I needed two different ones. You can see where this is going, can't you? So yes, after trying to find these things locally and from some of my favorite web-stores, I finally had to spring for them directly from the company. And bless them, they shipped them very fast and I got them in plenty of time. Of course, each set cost $25.95. So let me introduce you to the second rule of the Law of Trying to CASE Commercial Cards:
Rule #2: It will always, always cost you much, much more to make a CASE of a commercial card than it would cost you just to BUY the card when you see it.
This is a rule that new stampers learn very quickly. I started out stamping so that I could save money on Christmas cards. Yeah, you can stop laughing now. I have heard this sad tale from more than one stamper, always followed by a manic laugh and a rolling of the eyes. WE know, don't we? We know how quickly this becomes an OBSESSIONI!
Anyway, because I only really liked the card for it's cute sentiments/sayings and the rest of it was just sadly plain if not a bit ugly, I had to resort to rule number three:
Rule #3: You dang well better make your CASE so much much cuter/more beautiful/more clever than the commercial one. Or you will feel guilty. Very guilty.
I think I've managed it:
Ingredients: Stamps - Crafty Secrets Coffee & Tea, Kitchen Classics; Paper - SU! Real Red, Basic Black, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic DP, PapertreyInk Stamper's Select White; Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, SU! Bashful Blue; Other - Fiskars Mini Scallop scissors, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Red dotted ribbon (American Crafts), Sakura Stardust Glitter pen; Font - fontdiner.com Loungy
Isn't this STINKIN' CUTE?!?!? In case you're having a hard time reading that, it says, "A smart mother knows her way around the kitchen". I printed it off on my printer using a cool FREE retro font from fontdiner.com.
Here's the inside:
I hasten to add that my mom is a great cook. I've learned a lot just tasting her food. The kitchen was too small for me to help much when I was growing up (at least that's what I always used to say.) But these days, it's just much easier for her if she and Dad go out to eat. So that's what they do. Often. So you can see why this is just PERFECT for her...she'll get a big kick out of it!
In the meantime, I can enjoy my Crafty Secrets stamps...only, when I went to look at the website just now so I could see what the names of the sets are that I used because I was too lazy to go downstairs and look, I saw yet another set I must have...that Little Chef set must be mine! Mine!
So there you have it...my sad little tale of my lack of control when it comes to stamping...I'd try to grow up, but I'm having too much fun. See ya!