“Jan Tink” Inspires Again


Last night it was chilly (ok, I was chilly) and rainy so I decided today would be a good stew day.  I headed to the store for supplies, and, happy day!! – they had the packaged stew stuff again.  In the package is a turnip, parsnip, carrot, leek, some parsley and fennel, and it's just enough for stew.  I don't use turnips, parsnips or leeks that much, so it's nice not to have to buy a whole bunch for one pot of stew.  Anyway…I added some potatoes and onions, then picked up a few other things we needed and headed to the check-out line.

This is a huge, busy grocery store and there were 3 lanes open.  I was very tempted to do a self scan, becuase it's quicker, but I had a lot and the "voice" gets testy when you have to move bags around to make room.  So I went to what I thought was the quickest line. 

The lady in front of me had two items, the lady in front of her had about as many as I did, and the guy in front of her had two items.  It looked like the lady in the front of the line was finishing up.  Not so much.  It was a good 5 minutes (seriously….I know I tend to exaggerate, but not this time!) before she finally had all her groceries scanned and packed.  Then it took another several minutes to pay.  What in the world was she doing up there?  I kept smiling and thought of my happy place.

Finally it's my turn.  I've been standing in this stupid line for at least 10 minutes or more, I'm wanting to go home, start the stew and stamp and it's getting harder to smile, but I did.  The lady was very friendly, so I put on my "nice face."

And then it started…"Oh, I'll bet that's good.  This is nice.  Tofurkey?" (that last was said with a weird face.  I didn't feel like it was really her business that I have a vegetarian at home, so I just smiled and nodded.)  "Oh, isn't this pretty?"  She holds up my stew veggies for everyone to admire.  "Isn't that pretty?  Don't you think this is pretty?  Ed, isn't this pretty?  If I were a painter, I'd paint this and hang it in my kitchen.  Isn't it pretty?  I think it's pretty."  (I'm not joking….she really went on and on about this.)  I just wanted to scream, "It's not art; it's my dinner!!!!  Scan and bag, scan and bag!  On second thought…just scan.  I'll bag!"  Actually Ed was bagging, and doing a pretty good job.  He didn't understand why I wanted heavy bags doubled, though.  (Because they fall apart in the parking lot, Ed!)

My grace was stretched really thin, but I still smiled, and even thanked her.  But as soon as I hit the car, I cracked open that Starbucks Frappucino, let me tell you.  Nothing like caffeine to calm the nerves.  And a Hershey's chocolate bar with almonds.  (Hey – protein and calcium.  It was a high energy afternoon snack that doubled as lunch.)

I finally got to stamp, so I'm happy now!  Janine Tinklenberg had a gorgeous card on her blog the other day, and I had to copy it.  I changed a few things – the card base, the ribbon and the ink – but the basic design and layout – hers.  What can I say?  Even as stressed as she is right now, she still has the stamping mojo going.

This was a quick and easy one.  I inked the mistletoe stamp in Platinum shimmer paint, then stamped on Deck the Halls designer paper.  The greeting is also platinum on Always Artichoke.  A few punches and … done!  Quicker than going to the grocery store, let me tell ya.

Here's the complete list of supplies:
Stamp set:  Bells & Boughs
Ink:  Platinum shimmer paint
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake card stock; Deck the Halls designer series paper
Other:  Decorative label punch, ticket corner punch, sponge dauber, vanilla satin ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

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Have a great day!


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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3 Responses to “Jan Tink” Inspires Again

  1. Sandy says:

    Oh man, Buffy, I can just hear you and see you — too funny a sight (not funny your experience). I’ll bet it was the same lady I had a couple weeks ago. I still go cross eyed every time I think about it! Love your card, and I really like the way you did the ribbon, so nice and EASY for this fumble fingered gal — ha!


  2. Buffy Cooper says:

    It’s actually very funny to think about now. But I kept thinking, “I can add this on my fingers quicker than this!!!” Thought about you when I did the ribbon – no tying, no thread, no brads….


  3. Mom says:

    I love the story, Buffy! It is so……..YOU!!! Keep making your customers laugh…..we’ll live longer since laughter is the best medicine……a merry heart………and all that!!!


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