I really want to like this card. I really do. I stripped it down to the 2nd layer last night and remade it. So, why did I post it?
The answer can be found in another question, "Why do I do Stampin' Up? " Why don't I just craft by myself? I tell my friends and family that being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is more than just paper, ink and stamps. It's much bigger than making cards or scrapbook pages, though that is certainly a big part of it. The truth of the matter is, I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator because I enjoy helping women (and men) discover their long-dormant creativity.
When we're children, we're free to create. In fact, we're constantly encouraged to be creative. Little kids has paper, crayons, scissors, playdough, paint, chalk, and anything else they need to express themselves. But we think we have to stop being creative when we grow up. Elementary children are told to stop doodling or drawing pictures, and told to "pay attention". High school notebook checks deduct points for non-academic work on notes. Adults feel their too busy to be creative when there are jobs and families to attend to.
But you know what? That creative side of us is still there. It's just sleeping, waiting for the day we rediscover it. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than when a woman tells me, "I can't do that; I'm not creative", and then she stamps her first card. She doesn't even have to put it together. She just needs to put ink to paper. All of a sudden, the "I can'ts" become the "I can's". "Look what I did! I did it all by myself!" Then, the next time she comes to class, she often says that her husband loved it and displayed it on the mantle, or took it to work to show everyone.
That feeling of watching someone else experience joy through their creativity is why I'm a demonstrator. And that's what I encourage with my Stamping Bee Team, too. I love to help women who tell me, "I could never be a demonstrator", realize their own potential and self-worth by hosting their first class. All of a sudden, those "I can'ts" become, "I can do this! I can help others be creative." Often, my demonstrators worry about coming up with designs for a class. So I provide them for them at team meetings and quarterly-16 card events. They don't have to use my designs, but they are certainly welcome to. They walk away with everything they need to be successful, and I'm there to help them all along the way.
Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? I'd love to help you. Learn more about my Stamping Bee team and join an fun and dynamic team of hobbyists and demonstrators who support and encourage each other to grow, learn, and be creative. Email me to learn more, or join today. I can't wait to have you join the Stampin' Bee Hive! Come give us a try this Sunday at our Stamping Bee Team Meeting from 5 pm - 7 pm. We'll stamp 4-cards, and have a little pizza afterwards. First time guest are FREE. Email me for details.
But...let's go back to my card for a minute. Why would I post a card I don't like. This weekend at my Super Saturday event, I heard someone say, "I can't be as creative as Michelle. She has a new design every day and they always look so nice." Here's my secret: you never see the cards that are my "oops" or the one's that just go straight in the trash. I only show you the good ones! So...this card I spent two nights on. In theory, I like the design a lot. But I just can't make it work. I stripped it down to the 2nd layer and added THREE more layers of circles behind the sentiment. It's better, but not great. But you know what, The person who receives it will think it's the best gift. It doesn't have to be perfect; it just needs to come from the heart.
And that is what Stampin' Up! is all about. Love it; Live it; Share it...and Make a Difference.
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Tranquil Tide, 5 1/4" x 4, embossed with the Layer Leaves Embossing folder
Layer 2: Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, cut in half on the long diagonal
Scallop Circles in Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Starburst Punch in Tranquil Tide
Whisper White Circle 1 3/4"
July 2018 - Get Ready for BINGO!!!
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