On the whole, I feel I have a strong handle on the card makers whose blogs are leading the way in this industry. I love the influence these blogs have on the direction this craft takes. I have watched as companies like Stampin' up and Close to my heart were the leaders in the stamp set production realm. for a long time other small companies simply could not compete with these stamp producers. I was wrapped up in these larger companies too. I so looked forward to their catalogs and placing a huge one time order for the sets I wanted.
Oh so slowly, I have watched these key card makers push side their once go-to stampin' up inks in their creations, and begin to introduce other smaller brands on their cards. In addition these women began to sell off their bulky wooden Stampin' up sets, and moved toward the slim, easy to store, clear stamps sets. As an avid video watcher, I, too, began turning my attention away from paper catalogs, and began placing online orders for the newest polymer clear stamp sets. My trips to Joann's decreased, and my shopping carts online began to fill up. I have purchased digital stamps in addition to my orders to growing online warehouses.
This week I signed up for the newest Holiday Card Class offered by Online Card Classes. I was not surprised that the handful of blogs I have been following for the last 6-8 months are the same women who are the teachers for this class. They are incredibly talented and versatile in their ability to create stunning artwork with any stamp sets put before them. (a skill I have not acquired...yet)
Anyway, I really enjoyed the first lesson, and I got enough time to create and post my sample:
I love my teaching. I cannot imagine doing anything else for a living. But with that said, I am very jealous of women who have the ability to stay home to raise their children, and can function on one income. Even with two incomes, the sheer expense of my paper crafting obsession is difficult to swallow when we are pulled in so many directions (medical, living, vacation, and high auto expenses just to name a few) As much as I want to keep up with all these students, I simply cannot. Coming home at 5:00pm, making dinner, eating, cleaning, watching the videos eats up my entire evening. I need to make lunch for the next day and go to bed at a reasonable hour to function. I am slowly falling behind. Good thing I am able to take several days for each lesson. (I guess the majority of the pressure is self-imposed) Maybe the lessons should be every OTHER day, make it a 10 day class, rather than 5. (just thinking aloud).
I showed this to my husband and his first words were "plain and boring". He didn't understand that the lesson was about "easy to duplicate" cards. So yes, it is plain, but it is easy to make many! I will improve some as the week goes on. Wish me luck!