I started stamping way back in 1997 when I attended my very first workshop. I was hooked within the very first 5 minutes of the workshop. Did you know Stampin' Up! started back in 1988? This is the Stampin' Up! catalog that I would have received at this workshop in 1997:
My kids were still little at the time and I fell in love with the concept of stamping. Boy did I get addicted! I no longer have the very first stamp set and wished I would have kept it now. This is what the stamp set looked like that many years ago. I borrowed this photo that I found while searching for the set Krayola Kids:
And this is the page in the catalog with this same stamp set:
I was into scrapbooking at the time and thought this made a great stamp set to use with my kids photo's. I remember sitting down to stamp and of course didn't have many products to play with. I wanted more! I needed more! I also remember losing sleep over this hobby of ours because I wanted to get into it so badly. I still have all of my catalogs since 1997 and it's fun to see how Stampin' Up! has evolved over the years. They sold other companies stamps for a few years and then started manufacturing their own a few years later.
So here's a card I made today trying to depict what I would have created all of those years ago without all of the tools we have today and with only a few supplies at hand. We didn't have a lot of money with my kids being so little so I remember purchasing the stamp set and maybe an ink pad and I used papers from my scrapbooking stash.
For today's card I chose a lined image stamp set called Love Sparkles that is current to try to show you what I would have come up with using limited supplies and maybe I would have purchased black ink to start off?
This is a plain Jane. No embossing, no die-cuts and simple layers. I did use a Stampin' Write Marker to add highlights because Stampin' Up! did have markers way back then. I did notice that there were no Stampin' Dimensionals at the time........I could NOT live without our dimensionals!
I hope you enjoyed my post for April Fool's Day and going down memory lane with me today! I thought I would just have some fun today. Enjoy your day and be careful of the pranks that may be coming your way tomorrow!