Hello, hello! How are my friendlies today? Are you happy it's Friday? Do you have big plans for Superbowl weekend? Me? No. I could not care less which team wins the Superbowl. Maybe I need to make a bet on it with someone, just to make it a little more interesting? If I were to do so, which team should I root for? On the one hand, I could root for Seattle because I love that city, and because my wonderful stamping-and-real-life-friend Karolyn Loncon is a Seahawks fan. On the other hand, I could root for the Patriots because I'll be spending a lot of time in Boston over the next few years1 and Tom Brady is very cute. Decisions, decisions!
Enough football talk. Let's get back to today: Friday! Or, as those of us on the Your Next Stamp design team call it, "FUN FRIDAY!"2 Every other Friday, half of the design team plays in the current YNS Sketch and Color Challenge. Here's the sketch and/or color challenge:
Here's a closeup of the cute little panda:
In keeping with the color challenge, he's colored in with dark gray Copic markers (from the cool gray family).
Pandas are some of my favorite stamp images, as Truman, my 18 year old, has loved pandas ever since he was a little, little boy. In fact, one of the first cards I ever made for Truman was a Valentine that featured pandas, using a trio of panda stamps I purchased on eBay3. Here's the card I made for him, almost 8 years ago to the day4:
I think that's a pretty awesome card, especially when you consider that I really only began stamping three or four months before making that. It kind of depresses me, in a way. I prefer to look back at my old stuff and think "Whew! That's terrible! I've come a long way, baby!" and then light up a Virginia Slims (even though I don't smoke).
This card makes me think, "Huh. That's pretty good. I don't think I've improved that much in eight years..."
Anyway, all this talk about pandas and Truman -- let me get to the point I wanted to make before I went off on various tangents: I was messaging on Facebook with a stamping/blogging friend5 of mine, Joan B. When her son was a freshman in college, she embarked on what she called a "100 Card Challenge" to make and send 100 cards to her son before he graduated. Thinking about Truman going away for college, I told her I was considering embarking on her challenge and asked whether it was sustainable. She recommended I get started now and build up a stash for him. Her son loved getting the cards, but getting to 100 is harder than it sounds, especially with a full-time job, etc.
Fortunately, I have a TON of cards just sitting there, collecting dust. (Why, I don't know. I have no excuse!) But most of them, I doubt Truman would really like. Too frou-frou or girly or cutesy. Today's card, though, I know he would appreciate. And now I'm going to consciously start making cards with him in mind. I always find that if I make cards with someone in mind, I end up liking them better than if I just make them for the sake of making them. So, in advance, consider this 1/100. Thanks for the inspiration and great advice, Joan!
With this challenge in mind, I made my card (almost) as flat as can be, for mailing purposes: One other card note: I used the current Sweet Sunday Sketch, #253.
Alright, alright! This is by far the longest post I've written in a while. I'll let you go! Don't forget to visit the YNS Blog and see what fun creations my fellow YNS designers have created with YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #6. Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope your team wins on Sunday!
1. Um, is this a convenient time for me to mention the fact that Truman will be attending HARVARD?! Is that obnoxious of me? I swear, I very rarely drop that factoid except for here on the blog-io. After all, I live on a college campus, and it seems inappropriate to talk about a different college under such circumstances. But still. I'm proud of him and excited -- you'll indulge me every once in a while, won't you?
2. You can call today "Fun Friday," too, if you want. YNS doesn't have a copyright on that term.
4. I know this fun fact because I had to look it up in my Splitcoaststampers gallery. I made it several months before this blog came into existence. It was waaay back in the day when you could upload a card to the SCS gallery and get lots & lots of views (1,322!) and lots & lots of comments (28!). Makes me feel like breaking into the theme from "All in the Family." Those were the daaaaaays!
4. I've actually met Joan in real life, but it was so briefly (at a CHA several years ago; I believe I was helping out with a Make-N-Take at the Splitcoast booth, and she waved hello), that I can't really say she's an IRL friend. But she's one of those cyber/crafty friends that I KNOW I would love to hang out with in real life as we seem to have so much in common. We're both lawyers & stampers (a weirdo combination if there ever was one) and the mother of son(s), we've had complicated relationships with mothers who were "characters," etc. If you don't yet read Joan's blog, I highly recommend you start. She's a really good stamper, and an even better writer. She's wise and witty and just a cool chick. ("Cool chick" is about the highest praise I have for someone.)