Why, there is more than ONE, but let's start with the WSOR...WROS...dang fingers, the WROSSSSS
WHy can't I type today?
the WORST one. There.
It's Stampin' Up!™, that's who!!! (among others, but more of that later.)
Why are they trying to kill me?
Well, you remember the GAG rule that so many swap hostesses have instituted to prevent us from showing pictures of our lovely creations before everyone gets their swaps?
Well, SU! is now requiring us not to show samples of upcoming promotions before they are available to the public. Which means that I have samples of some new goodies that I got last week and I'm going to be making more samples with new goodies I got this week and I. Can't. Show. Them. To. You. Yet.
For a person whose main food (besides chocolate and diet coke and the odd hunk of beef here and there) is external validation, this is like STARVATION!!!!
So, I am dying here, DYING to show you this uber-coolio stuff and I can't. And since I am a rule follower, I will do as they ask, but it is KILLING ME. There.
But I have something that saves me from death. It's the knowledge that I have a really cute guy around to cheer me up! Lookie:
Isn't he too cool? This is William, dressed in Polish national costume for his school's mass last week. We are not Polish, but William was one of the boys in his class chosen to wear one of these costumes and I think he just looks so...so...HANDSOME and TALL. When did he get this tall? Who could ever believe that he used to fit in the crook of my arm and that I used to call him "the Squatter"(based on occupancy of premises after the lease of the same had expired)? Isn't this just enough to drive the blues away? I think so!
Now for the other person who wants to kill me, I am just going to point you here. This card, by Amy Sheffer, aka PickleTree on SCS, inspired the heck out of me. I printed out the picture of it, determined to make one like it.
This weekend after I had made my swaps for the Controlfreaks (promotion name witheld per Stampin' Up!™ regulation) Swap, I had some time to kill, so I started reorganizing all the sketches, color challenges and project instructions that I have printed off and piled up in big honkin' piles, meaning to get to them, one day. And I came across that picture of that card and thought, why not do this? I had a few squares of Holiday Treasures DSP left from doing that folding banner and I could make one of these folded triangle medallions pretty quick and do this card.
Well, due to the fact that I am on a non-SU! stamp diet (trying to save money, what with the debt we want to pay off etc.) and that I've been trying to stick to all SU! materials when doing SU! cards, I further challenged myself to make this without any contraband. And I made it (mostly!)
But what almost killed me is the level of detail in this card. This card, I kid you not, took me FOUR DAYS to complete. FOUR DAYS! That's four days I won't have available to make other cards! Four days, depriving myself of your comments for other creations because I was so busy trying to CASE Amy's card...I think it's a plot!!!
Amy...you know your guilt. I forgive you, though. It's not easy to be us, is it? Making absolutely GOJUS (YILM!) creations, inspiring those around us to do likewise. Existing on chocolate, spending late nights getting paper cuts, tripping over all the stuff we knock on the floor in our creative frenzy. Burning our children's dinners, neglecting our families and for what? FOR WHAT?!?!? A few comments?!?!? What the heck is WRONG WITH US?!?!?
Forgot you guys were listening! Really! I love comments! Just a few or lots and lots! Keep 'em coming! I'm just going to go look at that picture of William again and get myself back together. And after a while, I'll be good and go make a card that I *can* show you (plus some I can't!) and then everything will be okay. It will. Really.
What? OH...you want to see my CASE of Amy's card! You know...I almost forgot!
Ingredients: (all SU! well..pretty much!) stamps - Many Merry Messages; Paper - Holiday Treasures DSP, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive; Ink - Riding Hood Red, Old Olive; Other - Coluzzle, small & large oval punches, scallop edge punch, star brads, Felt Flurries, paper piercing tool, Bigz Top Note Die, light pink gingham ribbon, silver eyelets, silver brads, Nestabilities Scallop Circle die
GOJUS!!!! (YILM! and YILAT! (Yes, I love AMY too!)) The only thing not strictly SU! is the scallop circle die I used, but because I am trying to stick to SU!, I used the 3 1/2" diameter die, which is the same size as one of the Sissix Bigz scallop circle dies we now carry, but I don't own...yet.
Why did it take me FOUR DAYS? Well, I got the medallion made, no problem. But I fussed and fussed and fussed and fussed trying to figure out what I was doing with the circles under the medallion and how I was going to do the greeting, since I don't have that label die that Amy used. The work I do for you!!! But, there, I know you all appreciate it. So I will keep doing it, suffering for my art and all of you. Because I'm nice like dat. Ta!