Many blogs I visit have Flashback Friday which features an early creation by the blogger. It is amazing to see how techniques, eye to details, colour choices, etc. have changed from those early days to current. Being no different than many other cardmakers, I have some doozies from when I first began. I have always believed myself to be not very artistic and let me tell you, my first creations prove that to be true. However, I now believe that creativity can be learned, to a degree. While I'll never be an Asela Hopkins, a Nichole Heady, or an Amy Rysavy, I've come a long way baby! Here (on the right) is one of the first cards EVER and I remember being so proud of it. What I don't recall is if it was for a swap over at PCMB. If it was, all I can say is, ladies, I'm truly sorry! It WAS for a swap, a Technique swap, OMG!
I redid the card (on the left) today using the same stamps (can't believe I still have them) and this is the result. I didn't use the little tulip stamp as it just didn't fit. It didn't fit the first time, but apparently I didn't recognize it then! The main image is the same and even embossed again, but this time in Egyptian Gold, not silver. I believe my design skills have improved and this, ladies, can happen to you beginner stampers, too. My new found knowledge has come from studying the works of those artists I admire, devoting hours to magazines, participating in message boards such as The Stamp Shack where ideas are exchanged freely and praise and support abound! So, really, I need to say thank you to everyone who has ever inspired me along this journey. And, baby, it's not over yet!