Well HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and Happy Tuesday!!!!
Wow. It feels like MONTHS since I've posted! I have made SOOOO many projects over the last 2 weeks I don't know what I have and what I haven't posted any more. I also feel really out-of-touch with you all since I really HAVEN'T posted in about 2 weeks. Although I had projects every day last week I had actually pre-posted them and scheduled them to appear each day. While I liked the idea in theory (it meant I didn't have to stress about carving out an hour each day to post) I didn't like it in practice. You know me ... I like to ramble ... and my daily posts were short, sweet and to the point. Not my style. I actually watched a webinar the other day on Blogging ... and the number 1 tip they gave was to "be yourself". Well - short and sweet is ANYTHING but me ... and let's face it ... only a few of you really pop in to see my projects, right? The rest of you check in to read my all about my craziness, don't you??!! I figure reading my blog is kind of like a reality show. You tune in for one of the two same reasons you watch reality shows a) to confirm that there are other people out there who have a life as crazy as yours or b) to validate that you are normal compared to the likes of me :)
So no more pre-posting for me. This is my therapy ... and I blog for that reason and to share my passion with others. I HOPE to post at least once a week (which I think Tuesday will be my designated "must post" day rather than Mondays) and anything over and above that is a bonus. My life will calm in down in 2 days so I should have LOTS of time for blogging in the coming weeks (ya ... right ... like "lots of time" ever happens!)
So - speaking of being busy ... any guesses WHY I have been so busy for the last 2 weeks? Hmmm ... anyone?? Well ... some of you already know but for the rest of you ... here's the scoop! About 3 weeks back Stampin' Up! contacted me and asked me if I would like to be their Featured Guest Artist for our (now) bi-monthly stampin magazine "Stampin' Success"! After about 30 minutes of re-reading the e-mail, squealing like a new born piglet and jumping up and down in the kitchen (as my dog and cat watched from the livingroom in what appeared to be horror!) I replied with an emphatic YES!!! So ... in a nutshell, they sent me a brand new stamp set from the upcoming mini catalogue and I have to submit (4) projects to them using it. My deadline to get it in the mail is Friday. Yes ... as I expected ... I have had about 4 night where I wake up at 3:00 am trying to design projects. I have been SO sleep deprived I really don't know how I've been functioning. Well ... I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have completed 2 projects, the 3rd one is 90% done and the fourth one is alive and well in my brain ... I just have to get it on paper *lol*. So that's why I have been so busy lately ... designing those projects on TOP of my regular clubs, classes, parties, Stamp-a-Stacks, gift making and now the FABULOUS On-Line promotion (not to mention those stinkin' ADORABLE embossing machines!!!) It's been a crazy 2 weeks for sure.
Soooooooooo! I think it's about time I shared a few projects with you!! This first one is the one I promised to post on Saturday ... but didn't. Sorry about that .. Saturday I was quickly approaching melt down / burn out and it just didn't happen. This was my favorite card for our class last week:
Now. Last Friday was not a good day. As discussed I was extremely sleep deprived and was losing the will to live, let alone to design yet another card (I figured I've designed about 25 cards in the last 3 weeks!) My creative juices had left the building ... but I still needed to create two new Christmas cards for my Christmas Stamp-a-stack that was on Sunday. Yes, I HAD created Christmas cards that would "do" ... but I wasn't in LOVE with them any more ... that and one customer was coming who had been to my last SAS so I wanted to give her a FEW new cards (yes, sometimes I'm my own worst enemy!). I think I crafted about 7 hours on Friday. By 9:00 pm I was just a waste of make-up. I had no clear judgement left in me ... I couldn't decide what looked good and what didn't ... so naturally I enlisted the help of my husband. I had stamped the very simple "Merry and Type" ornament image on my paper along with a sentiment ... but it was missing something. Craig said it needed some tree branches. Here is what I (or "we") came up with:
So I think that's enough rambling for today. Phew. Thanks! I needed that! I have 6 or 7 more projects to share in the coming days / weeks ... it's just a matter of finding the time to post them ... and the rest of this week I HAVE to get those magazine projects in the mail (no ... I can't share those with you until March!).
Thanks for faithfully checking in on my and my crazy - have a stampy day :)