Putting tribute at my feet!
My friends are crazy, aren't they?
But...even though we all know how wonderful and talented I really am, (YILM!) we all start from somewhere. Even ME. I didn't stamp all that well when I was just a wee demonstrator fresh out of the egg. I, too, made cards I would rather forget. And in fact, did forget all about this one, until I was clearing some boxes of old cardfronts out of my storage area:
Ingredients - Who he heck remembers because I made this card 6 years ago!!! Well, actually, it has all the info on the back, because I put a label on it! Stamps - All Year Cheer II, Perfect Party, Itty Bitty Backgrounds; Paper - Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow, Glossy White; Ink - Spectrum Parfait, Yoyo Yellow, Night of Navy, Versamark; Other - there is no other because I had NOTHING.
Can you believe this came from the QUEEN?!?!? I do, only because I remember making it. And it has my name on the back, kind of a dead giveaway.
I made it for my very first swap with my upline's group. I had to borrow the birthday stamp because I didn't have that set, I only had what came in the kit. This swap was probably from May 2003.
It's not that this card is all that bad. But there are none of the hallmarks that mark a JanTink creation these days, are there? THERE IS NO SPONGING!!! OMGosh, how can I do without sponging?
Er...well, actually, sometimes I do do (hee heee...DOODOO) without sponging, but not very often!
And there are no brads! None! Or ribbon! I have a hard time making a card now without those two very essential embellishments.
And look at the fiendishly wide reveal on the matte!!! When I can't stand anything over 1/8" now!
It is heartlessly plain and way too symmetrical for my taste these days. But even back then, I can remember thinking I wasn't all that happy with it.
It always makes me a bit sad, to say the least, when someone sees my latest creations and they say, "oh, I could NEVER stamp as well as that!" Well, lookie here, I didn't used to stamp like that either! It took YEARS of practice, total dedication to neglecting the housework, forgoing new clothing for myself so that I could buy more stamps, and taking the risk of alienating my husband by spending hours in the basement stamping rather than watching FASCINATING sports on television with him. Telling my children that Mommy can't play 'cause she has to stamp instead, probably setting them up for all kinds of problems in the future, where they will sob broken-heartedly to their therapist, "All I wanted was for her to play Candyland with me one more time! But all she thought about was RUBBER!!!!" It's that kind of dedication and commitment (or the need thereof) that makes a so-so stamper into a STAMPIN' QUEEN!!!!
You, too, can have what I have! Just be willing to overlook the dust on the mini blinds, turn a blind eye to the ooginess lurking in the refridgerator, proudly wear those 5 for $10 t-shirts from Michael's, resist pleas to play Snakes 'n' Ladders or watch curling on television and You Too Can Be Queen!
So, now that I have gotten THAT out of the way, let's look at a much better card, shall we?
Ingredients: stamps - Flight of the Butterfly; Paper - Vellum cardstock, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White; Ink - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Crushed Curry marker; Other - Filigree brad, Crushed Curry dotted grosgrain, 3/16" corner rounding punch, Butterfly punch, SU! Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Yes, it's STINKIN' GOJUS!!! (coudn't make my mind up between STINKIN' CUTE and GOJUS! SO I combined the two! Oh, and YILM!) It was inspired by a swap I got at convention by Kris Sanders. I added the colored centers, substituted vellum for the wings, rounded the corners added the brad, changed the colors...in short, did everything we stampers do to make a design into something of our own.
And you missed it. Yes, this is the card that was the make and take at my open house on the 16th. Do you wish now that you had come so you could have made it too? Do ya? Do ya?
I'm sorry, I've upset you haven't I? Well, there is one way to make sure it never happens again and that next time you get an invite from me for an open house, you clear your calendar, tell your relatives that you can't make the baby shower, tell your boss that you can't work that day, tell your children that you will have to miss their recital/ball game/wedding, tell your husband that you can go out for your anniversary some other time, tell your doctor that you need to reschedule your surgery, and plan on coming to my open house and then SHOW UP!
Now, somebody did ask what was on my t-shirts at convention, yet more of my favorite 5 for $10 t-shirts from Michael's. Here's what was on them:
And lastly, Saturday's shirt:
Just more of my warped sense of humor. I seriously confused one lady on Wednesday, who looked at my shirt and said, "You're not? (jantink)" I said, "Er...yeah, I am...it's a bit of a joke, ya know!"
Okay, must dash, enjoy the rest of your day and remember to keep your pants dry and your ink pads wet! Ta!