I really really LOVE my job!
Do you want to know why?
What’s not to love? Apart from being creative every day and doing something I love?
There’s some thing even more special than that…Can you guess what it is?
No, it’s not getting exclusive sneak peaks of Stampin’ Up! products or attending great events – they’re just added bonuses.
I really LOVE my job because…
it provides an an opportunity to meet fantastic people.
Today Steve and I are enroute to Orlando, Florida for the Stampin’ Up! Onstage celebration later this week. I cant’ wait to meet up with demonstrators from all over the globe. There are thousands of demonstrators attending and it will be their biggest event in 30 years! As you can imagine, I’m super excited!
One of the things that I’m most looking forward to is seeing my Stampin’ Up! friends, Megan and Vicki. Without Stampin’ Up!, I would never have met Megan nor Vicki. If I hadn’t met them my life would be a little less bright!
Let me tell you a story… you know I love a good story
Early last year, I made the decision to concentrate on my Stampin’ Up! business and I “met” Megan (Meg) when she was allocated as my business coach. We just clicked. As time has passed, Meg has become so much more than a coach. She has become a friend. In some of my darkest moments over the past 18 months, Meg has not only coached me with my business but provided support me and helped me strategize things that are not business related at all. Her friendship has been invaluable!
Oh, did I mention that Megan is in Texas (USA)? So for us to regularly talk via Skype, it takes some careful planning to accommodate distance, different time zones and our busy lives. But even with the obstacles, we manage to stay connected and build our friendship via technology.
But all that changed… (In a good way!)
On our first day in the USA last month, I got to meet Megan in person. (Happy dance)
Let me tell you that was so awesome!!! From the first second it was was just right…We were welcomed with open arms! There was none of this formal shaking hands stuff. She enveloped me in a lovely big hug and set the tone for the whole day! It was such a fun day!
Megan and her husband rearranged their busy lives to spend the whole Thursday showing Steve and I around their city. Here’s a snap of us sightseeing…
They opened their home to us, took us to lunch, shopping and dinner. Dinner at the Gas Station was fun… not at all what you think! True Texas BBQ! The automatic hand washing machine was hilarious… wish I’d taken a video! (It was dinner and a show ??? )
Best of all, Megan opened her craft room to me and we created a card together. I am so honored… I believe that Meg doesn’t share her craft space with just anyone!
Now it’s important to remember that we have completely different crafting styles Megan’s cards have clean lines and are quick and efficient where as I take a little more time and favor shabby chic, grunge and steampunk styles… we both love strong vibrant colours, ribbon, layers and textures. Neither of us are fans of fussy cutting! Surprisingly, there was was no ribbon on our card. (I’m still in shock too!) (You can check out Megan’s creations at www.ITeachStamping.com)
Do you want to see what me made together?
Of course you do! Here take a look.
How pretty is that? (Meg has pretty hands too ? )
The creative process…
Out of Megan’s wonderful collection of stamps, I picked the Bouquet Blooms. I chose this set for three reasons:
- It seemed like a happy flowery sort of day.
- I don’t have it at home and
- Megan hadn’t used the dies yet.
We both chose a couple of colours and ended up with a striking color combination of:
- Night of Navy
- Melon Mambo
- Daffodil Delight
- Lemon Lime Twist and
- Granny Apple Green.
The flowers and leaves on the top are coloured with the Stampin’ Markers (Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Lemon Lime Twist.)
As well as using the Big Shot, I fussy cut some two sprigs of leaves. Do you recall I mentioned how much I dislike fussy cutting earlier? The pain was worth it !
But wait there’s more…
The inside is decorated too. Take a look
What a perfect sentiment for a perfect day! I love the raised die cut flowers too!
To use the thinlits to make a gate fold, your card base needs to be 9″x5″ or 23cm x12.2cm. This will create a card that is smaller than standard but you can use your envelope punch board to create the perfect sized custom envelope.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to make this beautiful card on your own. To order any of these items, simply click a picture below:
Let’s take one last look at this project
In just a few days Megan and I will get to spend some more creative time together. I can’t wait!
I really do love my job and the opportunities it provides! If you would like the opportunity to meet creative people from all over the world and run your own creative business, contact me to find out more about the new Ready Steady Starter Kit (Only available in the South Pacific until 31st December) or read my post about becoming a demonstrator here