People have asked me, "Michelle, why do you work so hard? You work full time and you've made Stampin' Up! your business as well? Why do you do it?" The answer is simple. I love what I do.
I've always been crafty. From counted cross stitch to quilting to paper crafting, I have to do something with my hands and occupy my mind. I'm not content to simply sit. I don't like gardening; I'm allergic to grass and I don't like to get dirty. But I love making something beautiful. Like most crafters, I rarely keep anything I make. Being able to give it away and share it with others is truly a gift, for both the recipient and the giver.
As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I often encounter women who are quick to tell me, "Oh, I'm not artistic!" Neither am I! I'm not an artist; I practice my craft [almost] daily to improve my skills. I am passionate about my craft and I love to share it with others. I know that I've done my job well, when someone puts ink to paper for the first time and exclaims, "I did that!" The pride in their very first card erases all self-doubt, and I often get texts and emails a few hours after they go home telling me, "Michelle, my husband couldn't believe I made those cards myself! He didn't know I could do that. He put them up on the mantle for everyone to see."
In today's "gotta have it all/gotta do it all" world, women (and men) have given up that creative side in order to pursue jobs, take care of families, keep house. To hear someone say, "I don't have time for that", breaks my heart. When we don't take time for ourselves, everyone - and everything - around us suffers. And paper crafting doesn't have to take a lot of time. Today's card, for example, took me all of about 10 minutes. There's a card in the new Delightfully Detailed Memories and More card pack (available June 2) that says, "Put down your phone." While rather tongue-in-cheek, it is amazing how much more we can accomplish if we just unplug for 30 minutes a day.
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness. -Gilda Radner
When people come craft with me, I recognize how important their time is. I realize what they've given up to take 2 hours out of their lives to come, breathe, relax, and be creative. I do all the hard work ahead of time for them - cutting paper, die cutting, tying bows - and nurture their spirit by providing a safe space, with snacks to nourish our bodies, friends to nourish our spirits, and crafts to nourish our souls. What is made at my studio is made with love, from the heart. And then, for the cost of a postage stamp, it is shared with others who I will in all likelihood never meet.
I don't just teach crafts and I don't just sell paper...I make a difference in the lives of others. Won't you come join me? My list of May and June classes can be found below. Or arrange for your own private card class; I'm happy to come to you. Email me today to set a date! (Qualified June hostesses will receive a Free ink pad and coordinating pack of cardstock!).
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Grapefruit Grove, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Grapefruit Grove Scalloped Layering Oval (You can cut it from Layer 1; no one will know!)
Layer 4: So Saffron Scalloped Layering Oval
Layer 5: Whisper White Stitched Shape Oval
May 2018 - Do you need a new catalog? Contact me to get yours in May!
June 2018 - Get ready for annual product shares!!
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