Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Super Happy Day

Hi to all.  I cannot believe it is the last week of September.  I guess I better get busy on the Halloween costumes.

Today I have a super simple card using three different ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

First I die cut my butterfly, then I added two strips of micro gingham plaid.  It comes in several different colors and can be found at the RRR site.

Next I added a double bow made with Shimmer Satin in Aqua and red Bakers Twine.  I tied a bow with the bakers twine first then without taking it off the Bow It All 2.0, I tied a single loop bow with the shimmer satin. I brought the center all the way around the center of the bakers twine.  This secured the two together.  

The final touch to this card was adding back the butterfly on top of the patterned paper backing.  I popped out the wings to give a 3D effect.  

Thanks for stopping in!  Hope you have a great week.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tricks For Faux Washi

Hello Jax Bean Stalks friends and followers!  It is hop time again with Really Reasonable Ribbon!  So excited to showcase beautiful September's Ribbon Club!!!
If you are hopping with us today, you should have arrived from Theresa's Blog.

Check out the September's Ribbon Club ribbons.  Love the festive feel of the September Ribbon Club Ribbons.

These fun ribbons were perfect to make a faux washi tape card.  I added adhesive strips to the backs of each ribbon and stuck them to my card.  They achieve the same fun look washi tape does.  You can find all these fun ribbons in the September Ribbon Club or separately at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

The splatters were achieved by taking an alcohol marker and whipping it forward towards my card.  A lot of times when you markers are full, the ink will come out easily.

Thank so much for stopping in today.  Enjoy the rest of the hop!  You are now off to your next stop, 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Don't Be A Push-Off! Let Your Voice Be Heard

I look back on the last 5+ years I have been in the blogging/crafting world and I can say “when I first started out, I did indeed sell my soul for product to whatever crafting company would have me.”  I worked my fingers to the bone on projects that I didn't particularly like with products that were not at all my style.  As I continued on, I was picked up by crafting companies that I really enjoyed working with and I did “like” their products, but I was slaving away to keep up the schedule they demanded.  

A little over a year and a half ago I was picked up by the "ultimate crafting company" (in my eyes).  I was excited and thrilled they wanted me.  I couldn’t believe I was good enough for them.  But there was something off.  It took me a year to see they really didn't have any care for me what so ever.  In fact, they were willing to use the DT as a push off for themselves and would literally "harass" us into advertising for them.  At points we were verbally assaulted by their “so called” social media person for not sharing their sale or featured items immediately.  It was truly sad.  My heart hurt and there was definitely a voice deep inside that told me to quit but I didn’t listen.  I liked their products so much and honestly I think the owner was probably a nice person but (I am hopeful) totally clueless to how we were all being treated.  My final straw was when we were told the owner wanted to gain a celebrity status among the crafting community.  This was presented to the DT in a “we (you) need to give her more exposure on your blogs and social media sites”.   I stepped back and took a look at their company blog, and realized that they were not even sharing our projects that were demanded to be turned in "on time". They were not using our names in Facebook post that included our projects, that's right the proper credit was not even being afforded to us.  It was selective, so some DT members would have the honor of having their name next to their projects, others were not. And they wanted us to share more??  We were working like dogs to meet deadlines and for nothing...product???  I mean how much of one company’s products can you have? And to be treated like a grunt laborer??  

So you ask, “Why did you stay?”  Well, for one, the DT coordinator was extremely nice.  I would even go as far as calling her a friend.  Two, I wanted to stay for the commitment I agreed upon. Three (and the most important), I thought I would be "nothing" without having a design team.  I thought my followers would leave me and I would not be able to have my creative voice heard.  My heart truly hurt from the inner struggle and I was having trouble deciding on the one thing I didn’t know would be the best I could do for myself and my blog… being free of commitment!
So, after a year and a half, I had ENOUGH!  I QUIT!  I AM FINISHED!  And I DON'T CARE!  Oh WOW, that was the greatest feeling to not be a part of a team, not have an obligation.  Now, this didn't mean I quit them all.  I stayed part of one team because the owner is involved, kind, understanding and BEYON GENEROUS!  She doesn't expect that we stop our personal lives to be part of her company and I can truly say that her team is like a little family.  She has shared feeling about the crafting industry and is TRULY my friend regardless if I am on her team or not. 

Believe this, I have not had any contact from the other team.  So I can say that all of my speculation were proven correct.  They were in it for themselves.  They were selling their souls to be bigger and better, but at what cost?  It will catch up to them.  You eventually miss your footing and fall.  Karma is always there waiting. 

My beginning has just started.  I am free from underneath the thumb of the crafting industry.  I am joining an elite group of others that have figured out that being a part of any company that doesn’t allow you to have a voice is not what craft blogging is about.  This subject can expand into other industries I am sure, but I personally only have the experience of being in this industry and I want my voice heard.   I want to be able to go on summer vacation without having to work night and day to make up 20 plus projects that are due during the time I am gone (and to have them never be seen by the public eye).  I want to be able to take 2 months off from blogging without feeling guilty and worrying that I am going to lose followers.  In fact since I quit the “unnamed” designed team, I have gained over 300 followers between all my crafty social media sites.  I think I will be fine….don’t you? 

I have to say a HUGE Thank you to Sally from sallylynnmacdonald.com/.  Her recent article Titled: “Selling Your Soul for Things” was the trigger to me wanting to have my story heard.  Please take a moment and stop by her amazing blog and read her article.  If you are in the crafting industry, it might open your eyes. 

Thanks for reading.   
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Gouling Good Time

Hello!  I just love this time of year, don't you??  Especially since Halloween in just around the corner.  You know that 2 months is going to FLY by!!!

Today I have made a card to get you into the spirit of Fall and Halloween.  I pulled out Deloris (my Silhouette).  I cut out two circles and attached them together with foam tape.  I used a Sharpie and outlined the large circle and added legs.  Super easy little spider.  His "web" is Bakers Twine in Halloween.  

I made the fun bow on the front of the card using 3 different Really Reasonable Ribbons and black lace.  The base of my bow is Plaid Ribbon in Orange with Black Stitching.   Then I added Sheer Ribbon with 4 Thin Satin Stripes in Black.  Finally the last part of my bow is a tripple loop of 3/8" Gingham Orange.  Once I tied my bow I added it on top of Glady's Black Crochet Lace.  All of these fun ribbons are found at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

This is not the last of these fun little spiders.  I plan on doing a few more layouts before Halloween.  Maybe even a quick tutorial!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Hump Day!  Enjoy the rest of your week.

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