Sunday, September 27, 2009

Falling Snow Winter Card...and some venting :)

I really like how this card turned out. It is a case of this card that I found on SCS. I love how versatile the Seasons of Friendship stamp set is! This will probably be the last Christmasy card you see from me for a while, though. I was planning on doing a craft fair (as you may know) in November, so that's why I had jump started on all of these Christmas projects; however, due to time and money constraints I am deciding against two other downline members are still going to participate, so I will post pictures of their booth. I am bummed to not be participating, but I was really stressing about it and was beginning to care less about stamping anymore. It went from something I couldn't wait to do, to something that I never wanted to see again. So I apologize if my posts start to spread out, but I really just want to take some time away (I have a few orders that I will post once they are complete as well as some Halloween ideas that I want to do for staff at work) and not focus so much on stamping. I've noticed my creativity lacking recently and I feel it's because of all the pressure I was putting on myself (along with everything else I have going on at home and at my "real" job). I'm also not sure if I will be holding anymore classes as I've been really disappointed in the attendance. As you other demos know, a lot of time and effort goes into planning and preparing a class and to only have a few people show up isn't worth it...what's worse, is I always have someone cancel the day of, which is also frustrating.

Now that I have that out of the are the details about the card :)

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Paper: Kraft, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Riding Hood Red Ribbon (retired), Heat Gun

1. Score 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Kraft at 5 1/2 and fold on score line.
2. Stamp snowflake from Season of Friendship all over using Whisper White ink. Heat set.
3. Cut Whisper White to 4 1/4 x 2 and 4 1/4 x 3. Cut hills along the long side of each piece. Sponge with Bashful Blue ink.
4. Stamp tree from Season of Friendship with Chocolate Chip onto scrap piece of Whisper White and cut out. Stamp bird using Real Red and cut out.
5. Adhere snow hills, tree, and bird to card base.
6. Cut 4 1/4 x 1 of Bashful Blue and 4 1/4 x 3/4 Chocolate Chip. Adhere together. Tie ribbon around strip. Use White gel pen to create "stitch marks" along Bashful Blue.
7. Adhere strip to card base.


  1. I love your work and visit your site on a regular basis. I am also a demonstrator in Colorado. I have cased your designs, and really love your layouts and color combinations. Try not to get frustrated, talk with your up-line maybe she will have some ideas to help you through this frustrating time. Cost can seem overwhelming especially when you have to spend money up front. Continue stamping for the love of stamping. Sorry for posting anonymous as I haven't figured it out yet.

  2. Hi, Renae--

    I was first introduced to your blog by a friend and have enjoyed stopping by to visit from time to time. I think we've all been where you are at one point or another in our demo career and my best advice is to do what seems best for you. I have had the low attendance/cancel at the last minute thing happen, too. I have just slacked off from holding classes and my attendance has picked back up. I think our customer get burn out sometimes, too and just need a break. Try doing something every other month, maybe and see what happens. Hang in there!

  3. Hang in there!!! I love your blog (and am casing one of your projects for my halloween class).

    Don't give up, and keep your chin up! Your mojo will come back! :)

  4. Hey, You have rec'd dome great feedback from other fellow demos. I have had only one workshop...I have been a demo since March!
    Hang in there. You have the talent...If, you remember I am the stalker of your blog!!!LOL
    I case alot of your work for my own personal use...Don't give up!!!Pam