My mission: to make Paula happy

My mission: to make Paula happy

I went to my friend Mary’s house yesterday for a little get together she was having for scrapbooking. I didn’t take anything to do, just sat and visited and shopped in one of those other company’s catalogs. I have a class tonight (though if nobody signs up for it, as it looks like will happen, I will have to save all this stuff for the next class) so I had to come back here and do 3 more projects. Usually, my class is the last Monday, but Memorial Day is falling on that  day, so I’m totally messed up by that.

While there my friend Paula said, "When are you going to post to your blog again! You haven’t posted in THREE DAYS!!!" Wow…now there is someone with a serious addiction problem. Unfortunately, I have no advice on how to cure this and frankly, no wish to see Paula cured. I’m evil…I want as many as possible hooked on my blog! I’m spreading the cult and hooking more people on the crack of stamping and scrapbooking! Bwahahahahah!!!!

Okay, got that out of my system. It could be the persistent headache I’ve had for a few days due to my neck, which my chiropractor seems not to have gotten quite back in alignment as I hoped today. Could be that nobody is signing up for tonight’s class. It could be a lot of things. But I’m a big girl, I’ll get over it…I’m just CRANKY, okay?

When I got up this morning and saw no replies to my email class invitation, I thought, "Maybe I should just not bother to make the other two cards I needed for tonight." But hope springs eternal in the human breast and if I didn’t make two more cards I’d have to clean and who wants to do THAT?!?!?

Especially when stamps and inks are calling me very loudly…mops and buckets have very soft voices, have you ever noticed? What, you haven’t? Oh, *I* see, you haven’t noticed that mops and buckets talk at all…well, that’s because their voices are so soft, see…got nothing to do with the idea that only CRAZY people hear things talking to them.

ANYWAY…I imagine you’d like to see just what it was that all these people who aren’t coming were supposed to make tonight, wouldn’t you?

I aim to please! This class is called "Fancy Folds", which is a theme I’ve done before, so I had to search for some totally new folds for this class. I kind of stretched the envelope with the first one, which is not strictly a "fancy fold" card. But first, I must warn you…SERIOUS STINKIN’ CUTENESS FOLLOWS! If you have health problems that a racing heart might exacerbate, take a pill FIRST, then look, ‘kay?

First, the front of the card…doens’t look all that wonderful does it?


I mean it’s cute and all, but to really "get" this card, you have to open it up:


This is a cylinder card, which I learned about on the Stamp Oh! Mania site a long time ago. I’d printed off the instructions and threw it in my idea file and decided it was finally time to use it.

It was not easy to make…in fact, I messed up about 5 different versions of this until I got it just the way I wanted it. I will make a template and post it, because the directions on the Stamp Oh! Mania site are kind of general. That will make you very happy, because I’ve already done all the horrible hair-tearing work, but then, I’m SO nice! But it will take a while. Be patient!

Ingredients: Stamps: Pretty Princess, Print Pattern, Dry Brush Jumbo Wheel (grass), Speckle Jumbo Wheel, Sweet Shapes (castle texture); Ink: Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Going Gray, Brocade Blue, Green Galore; Cardstock: Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yellow, Bashful Blue; Other: Periwinkle Organdy ribbon, ticket corner punch, 1/4" square punch, Cloud template (SU! retired), foam brayer, sponge wedge, Stampin’ Write Markers: Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Brocade Blue, Green Galore, Gable Green, More Mustard, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black.

Now isn’t this just PURE STAMPIN’ GENIUS?!?!?! Do you love me now? I sure do!

Now, for the rest…they are still stinkin’ cute…just not approaching the PURE STAMPIN’ GENIUS of the Pretty Princess cylinder card. That will stand alone in the anals of BRILLIANT STAMPIN’ GENIUS. (yes, I love myself!)

First a trifold triangle card, which are the rage since Beate John’s excellent tutorial appeared on SCS:


And this is it open:


Ingredients: Stamps: Office Accoutrements, Just So Sayings; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip; Cardstock: Au Chocolat Designer paper, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip; Other: Spring Bouquet Punch, Round Tab Punch, chocolate grosgrain, gold brad.

I think I’m kind of stuck on this color combination for Mr. Crabby. Probably because I sent the first two cards out that I made with this set, both with a variation of this color combination:


This was inspired by another card I received in the last ControlFreaks swap from Wendy Weixler…here it is open:


Ingredients: Stamps: Crab & Company, Sandy Shells wheel; Ink: Basic Black, Cool Caribbean; Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Cool Caribbean, Ruby Red, Whisper White; Other: black gingham, watercolor pencils, blender pens.

And the last card:


This is a fold and tuck card; 1 inch of the right side of the card front is folded back, a circle is centered over the fold and is punched out. Then you hold the card closed by placing a punched circle on a dimensional inside the card and tucking the punched circle underneath.

The color combination was inspired by some paper I saw in the catalog I was looking at on Sunday. Technique is marker over gel.

Ingredients: Stamps: Doodle This, Circle of Friendship, Canvas; Ink: Basic Black, Brocade Blue; Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Other: Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Markers, 1 1/8" (EK Success), 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1/2" circle punches, dimensionals, moss grosgrain, notch corner punch, small corner rounder, white gel pen.

And now, dear readers, I’m hoping that your love for me is overflowing, that I’ve made Paula happy, and that now I can go take a nap, since obviously the emptiness of my email in-box and the lack of eager students calling me up to ask if they can please, please take my class means that, at least, I don’t have to clean up my stamp room.  There’s a silver lining to every cloud.

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17 thoughts on “My mission: to make Paula happy”

  • Oh Jan, I’d give ANYTHING to be able to go to one of your classes – even if it was just you & me! Hmmm…that’s even better because I’d have your undivided attention then & learn so much more haha. These cards are great!!! I’m especially excited by the cylinder card (If one can be excited by the thought of a card!) Thanks for the promise to do the template. These cards are the type of thing I love to do – new folds. I’ve done several triangle tri-folds. They’re so much fun & easy too. I’m always looking for something new. Thanks for the inspiration! {{Hugs}}

  • Dear Jan,
    I was just clued into your site today and am so excited I was! You are now in my favorites for sure and I just wanted to say, I’ll come over for your folding class! PLEASSSSSEE!! Or, you can come to North Dakota yourself to give me a class. ๐Ÿ™‚ I *can’t* wait for your cylinder card tutorial, that card is too darn cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I would have signed up for your class if I had enough notice! So, do you have anything on your calendar for late June 2009? Would the class fee cover my room and board while I’m there?

  • I’m with everyone else. I would absolutely love it if you lived near Savannah, GA and could teach me. I would be at every single one of your classes. I also wanted to say how happy I was to see a new episode of “The Tearing Edge”. I tried to post a reply there but it wouldn’t go through. I have been checking it every few weeks so I didn’t see it until last week. When I saw it I yelled for my 13 year old and told her there was a new episode. It took her about 5 seconds to get to my craft room. When we got through reading it she said, “Where’s the rest?” Unless you want me to have to listen to a whiny teenager ask every few days when a new episode is going to be posted, please, please, please try to write another episode in between stamping, teaching classes, cleaning, taking care of your family, etc……

  • How’s the weather with you? How would you feel about a small Floridian vacation? Then I could attend your class (which you would be giving in my stamp room) and we would both be happy! Seriously, no takers for the genius of Jan Tink? The genius that is Jan Tink and that wonderful Princess card? (my niece turns 5 in December, do you think I will master the card by then?)
    And BTW, I am totally with Paula, whoever she may be, 3 days without an update is 3 days too long ๐Ÿ™‚

  • wow, I would surely sign up for your class, but I am in Southern Maryland, so not too close. sigh.. Are these people CRAZY that they don’t want to come to a Jan Tink class?? OH MY!

  • That princess card is way too cool!! The outside is so darn pretty with the bright colours, who would expect an even bigger surprise in there. Lovely job, as usual!!!!!

  • I think we are all addicted to this blog. I love your sense of humor, and of course, your cards are genious! Wish You lived in Rhode Island! I would so love to attend your classes. Thanks for the inspiration, looking forward to your tutorial!

  • Love your card Jan! I’m glad you have people nearby that can nag you as it makes all of us blog fans out here in cyberspace HAPPY! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so incredibly talented! I can’t wait to see what you do with some of the new SJ catty sets. Hopefully I’ll pre-order some of the same things as you (so I won’t be kicking myself later).

  • OMG! That princess card is AMAZING! I’m with Kay…you need a FL vacation! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to have a teacher as inspiring as you! Thanks for sharing!
    BTW, you and your husband are in my prayers! Everything will work out in the end!

  • I would have come to your class, but now i am a couple of years too late…. i guess I could time travel! I love the folds!

  • Heck Jan, after you’re done in North Dakota, you want to come up to WA state and do the class? I know tons of stamps that would love your classes.
    I’ve always loved your blog cuz ya make laugh and your cards are soooo creative… I will be looking forward to the template for the castle card too…..
    Please keep them come coming

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