Monday, September 19, 2011

Did You Know/hear....

....the conversations that went on in my household in the last few days?
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Virginia: I didn't accomplish anything today.... (I was thinking about card-making/creativity wise, of course)
David (my 17-year old): Isn't it pretty much like this every day (he is talking about his dinner plan)??
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Paper Crafts Mar/Apr. 2012 submission: 1355 in total
475 for Spectrum of Color
301 for Sketches
246 for ABC/123
228 for Cameos & Silhouettes
105 for Masking

As I recite these astounding statistics to Dr. John, I told him my chance of getting an acceptance e-mail is VERY VERY slim....Dr. John: " Wow, it's even harder than getting into Med school"!! ( SO true)! I hope my cards are "smart enough"(LOL)!

Well...it turned out none of my cards are smart enough. NONE (zero, 0, zilch, .....) got picked...I hate to tell you how many I submitted this time. My world seemed to collapse on me (yup, it felt that way...at the time!) when I didn't get the happy e-mail last Thursday. That very day EVERY one in my family told me that I was super sensitive, touchy....and critical. THIS has to change!
 
And ....does Dr. John have any advice on my submissions?
1. Use the latest and best stamps and supplies. ( This is kind of true. None of my submissions have the latest stamps. I know PC wants the latest and it really helps to boost your chance of getting accepted! )
2. Quality over Quantity. (point taken!!). I think I was on a mission and made so many....and perhaps overlook at some aspect of designs.
He doesn't stamp or make cards, but he thinks that he knows a thing or two.

Lastly, I really just NEED to make cards that makes ME happy. PERIOD.  And at the end of the day, this is what matters most---a hug and a smile.

 Thanks for allowing me to share . Lastly here is one of the too many rejects...
I can see why it (for masking category) was not accepted. The obvious flaw is that the bikes are not in a perfect straight line. Well, that's perfectly fine in MY world. I am linking this card to Amber's reject blog hop.  Our handmade cards all need some LOVE every now and then (accepted or not).

45 comments:

Karen B. said...

Chin up Virginia, I come here for inspiration and to see your work. I love your stories and your pictures. You are a rock star in my book.

Dawn said...

Dr John is so correct... you have to make cards that you like~ regardless of whether they get accepted for publication as long as you enjoyed the process that's the main thing... and do share with us as WE think they are awesome!!!!!!!!!!! This one is lovely.

Karen from MI said...

Awwwwwww, Virginia.....your post really gave me some "happy chillies"! :) I LOVE the photos of you and John. How PRECIOUS (as is the dialog at the Lu household, too). Darling card, Virginia! I just LOVE those photos, though!! :) Love, Karen xo

Barb said...

Those photos of you and your hubby are wonderful! You look fabulous in red, by the way! Love this fun post and I'm sorry none of your cards were accepted. Keep trying because I (and everyone who knows you) love your cards! This bike one is adorable for an anniversary! Big hug to you!

sheila said...

Oh Virginia....your cards are wonderful and always brighten my day. I think that sometimes we get away from the "joy" of card making when it comes to card challenges and submissions....I'm sorry that none of your cards got picked but think that you, as a cardmaker, ROCK!!! ;-D

onecraftymama said...

It's hard not to become discouraged sometimes, but so long as it's not permanent a little wallow is allowed now & then! Of course it's still disappointing, and you can't help that. For what it's worth, I think this card is adorable :) I love the different colours of the bikes, and the idea of using bikes for an anniversary card? Awesome & unique, just like you :)

Lynn said...

Virginia, just know you're not alone...I was with you on Thursday. I have to remind myself on those days that I craft for relaxation! Keep on keeping on Virginia...you are so talented and it will happen again soon!

Karen said...

I just don't have the time to make cards for submissions although I have sent a few but not near as many as you....you are on a mission....don't give up. Your cards are so wonderful and creative. I am with you....I make cards that make me happy. I can't do a production/creative line..lol
I just know you will be published.

joy said...

Virginia, your cards always make me smile and I love to come visit your blog to see what clever thing you have come up with again. Your talent is amazing.

There is way too much emphasis on "the newest" for submissions and challenges. Not all of us are independently wealthy. Just when I finally get a few of the latest stamps to play with; a new release comes out. And, some of those latest that I purchased are actually discontinued!! Now, they are still perfectly good stamps and ones that I loved enough to buy. But, not good enough to submit??? It's one big game, isn't it?

Anyhoo - thanks for letting me vent and keep entertaining us with your sweet family conversations and photos.

xxx

BabyBokChoy said...

I must disagree with Dr. John on point #2. Quantity is a must because quality is in the eyes of the beholder. :)

Annette said...

Well i have to say i was feeling the same. I submitted many many cards and nothing... Rejection is not fun...but my husband told me who cares just do what you love.. So i am doing what i love... Well not right now...i am on a mini vaca... Thanks for sharing your card it is so AWESOME..

Kathy (krolski) said...

Such a bummer, but you know that I think you rock! no matter if your cards get published or not. Your cards are always such an inspiration to all of us. Love your bike card and the photos of you and Dr. John are great! You look awesome!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Virginia your cards are fabulous. Keep doing what you do because I love your style!

Cheryl Nelson said...

Chin up girl...your work is FABULOUS! I would buy a magazine if your cards were the only one in it...you never cease to inspire! LOVE the card showcased here...it looks PERFECT to me. Sounds like Dr. John has some solid advice, but I especially like the thought to just create to make YOURSELF HAPPY!
BIG HUGS!

MommaSue said...

Dr. John gave some great advice. And you're right...at the end of the day, make the projects that make YOU happy. I know I love everything I've seen you post.

MarcyK924 said...

WOW V, you must have been at my house this past weekend, cause we had the same conversation! You are blessed with WAY more talent than most people and you have the support of a wonderful family. Don't ever take that for granted. Your mojo just took a little vacation and will be back in no time. In the meantime, your FANS adore your work and you make US happy! You inspire US!! And God bless Dr. John - he is wise beyond his years. I LOVE how he understands women!!! HUGS!!!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Virginia--you are sooooo silly! This is a great card! I LOVE the two bikes and the simplicity! I love that your husband gave you some good advice--but never stop submitting! I didn't get picked up either. I didn't really try this time....I just wasn't ready for the call. So next time, I might take a deep breath and reread Dr. John's advice;)

And don't be upset--you have some amazing creations out there! You will be picked up again--and again--and again!!!

I love your families convos this past week--don't worry about David's comment! Trav says that to me ALLLLL the time:) LOL! But it's true for me...I know you cook!

Lindsay said...

Totally loved this post Virginia, it made my day! Your husband just makes it even funnier. You are one amazing papercrafter and I always walk away from your blog inspired. Like with this card! Super fun! The colors make me smile and I love the LO.

Christina said...

I am always thoroughly amazed and inspired by my visits here, so I'm sorry to hear that this time you won't be sharing any of your cards in the pages of PC. But I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on the process, and I love your cute little bicycle card!

Rachel W K said...

So sorry your gorgeous cards did not get into any submissions this time around. That is quite a lot of entries, I had no idea so many got entered each month! I still think everything you make is beautiful, so just tell PC to stick it up...

Thank you for all the birthday wishes :) I'll be flying home to sunny and hot arizona tomorrow to see some family! Don't forgot that you are so freakin talented!!!!!!


-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Agata said...

Your cards are gorgeous! We all wonder how do you find inspiration for creating so many BEAUTIFUL cards!!! And I can give you another advice: PC calls are not the ultimate ones that decide if your work has any value or not. I know the feeling when your projects are rejected, especially if you've got something accepted the previous time. Please, don't give up (and I know you won't!!!) Isn't it you who won the Moxie Fab World challenge? ;) Probably this won't give you any comfort but none of my projects got accepted either. And in my heart of hearts I know they're not bad... There will be another call, there always is... Hugs to you for another great card! Love those bicycles, I haven't even tackled this technique!

Anne said...

Oh Virginia your post made me smile and a bit sad too as I know we all feel let down when one of our projects doesn't get picked. Heck....I have never had anything get picked over at Hero Arts but I just keep on trying. We all know you do FABULOUS cards and inspire us on a regular basis.....you are a winner in my book any day! :)

Laura B. said...

WOW!! I really love your card!!!

Tania A said...

You and your husband are such an adorable couple! You are very lucky to have such a supportive husband. I ask Mr Tania for craft critique too, and he does give some very good pointers. I am only beginning to realise how hard it is being rejected for publication and design teams, and I am sensitive too. But I still have some other tabs open with publication and design team calls! ;)

You are so very talented, keep sending them in!

Lin said...

Virginia, I'm in your company, too - I submitted 12 cards and nothing was chosen either........I think Dr. John gave us good advice.....I'm in your boat, too, with not too much that is "new". I guess we both just have to keep trying.....and develop a thick skin!
We just arrived in the Grand Tetons from Rocky Mountain National Park - GORGEOUS! Sending hugs!

alexandra s.m. said...

Hang in there Virginia!
I love your cards! They brighten my evenings/nights (since, like you, I'm a bit of a night owl ;-)

Love Love the pictures of the two of you!
You look so happy and make such a perfect couple!!

hugs~

Lindsey said...

Gee, that Dr. John IS pretty smart! :P But you're smart too, to recognize that creating what makes you happy is the important thing. And that blue bike? I think he's just happy to be so close to his red bike girl! :) Perfect card, in my book. But then, I didn't go to med school... :D

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I agree with Karen, you're a rock star and don't forget it.

Debbie Carriere said...

Virginia, all your cards are fantastic and so well designed (published or not). I have only submitted once and all rejected. I haven't gotten up the desire to do it again! This is a wonderful card - love the two little hearts! And your photos are awesome - people and cards :). Have a great day!

cheiron said...

Virginia, I just love your cards, especially the one here. You never know what a magazine is looking for, but I am glad to see the cards on your blog each day! I love these pictures of you too, you look very happy!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Aww, Virginia! I'm sorry you did not get even one acceptance from PC. How many did you submit? I read that there were a LOT of submissions, in the thousands. I know what you mean about not having/using stamps etc that are the latest, as PC likes it. Some of my best stamps are older ones! I guess I'll have to pitch those to other mags who aren't as stringent.
Anyway...I hope you are feeling better by today. Know that we, your blogging friends, think you rock!

Jo said...

Holy crap, that's a lot of cards. I didn't even notice that the bikes weren't lined up. Sometimes I think those card magazine people need to get over themselves. But I guess it's hard, when thousands of submissions come in, to choose a few dozen.

Jaclyn Miller said...

I think your work is amazing no matter what! Another tip is to look for categories that people might not be excited about submitting to and maybe making something other than a card, like a tag or bag. Keep on keepin' on!

Alice Wertz said...

you are not along here, V. none of my many cards was picked up, too. i did have fun making them, so i didn't feel too bad. too bad that they didn't like it. LOL! =) i was pretty low on Thursday, but just have to think that well.... i didn't have that good of a chance to begin with giving the number of submissions. there is always next one or another magazine, so keep trying my friend. you are a ROCK STAR! =) love love that Dr. John gives you advises on card making and you guys just look so cute together. MUST MEET YOU SOME DAY!! =) your card is very cute and delightful and so YOU! i just love it! =)

Kathy said...

what an adorable post missy!! if you do as i do you won't have the bad feelings...don't enter them...lol
I personally LOVe this card. and your heart is much bigger. hugs,Kathy

Trinh said...

Hang in there, Virginia! It took me about 9 months of submitting to get that first happy email. And I don't get one each time i submit but I would be more upset if I didn't try. Your cards bring joy to all of us and I love how you share yourself in your posts. You are inspiring!

Alberta said...

Great story! Love the advice. Your card is a hit in my book. Keep up the good work.

Simone said...

You are so not alone Virginia! Dont let it get to you but your cards are always gorgeous and that's what counts! I love your photos too - so fun and cute!! :)

Michelle said...

Thanks, Virginia, for this story! :-) Your card is so cute. All of your cards are beautiful. I love coming to visit you here. :-)

Tiffany said...

Beautiful card with the bicycles, Virginia and don't you worry, I know you will get pub'd many, many more times! Have you considered other magazines/books/submissions? Putting your cards out there to different venues will increase your chances as well, best of luck to you! And I love your photos to match the card you made!

paperella said...

Virginia, Dr. John sure knows what he's saying! I'm sure you'll soon get published again (as long as you're not busy winning each and every challenge from the web! ;)
I'm sure all your submitted cards were amazing, just as the one you're showing here. Want to know something? I got one card picked... I had submitted 30. Yes, 30!!! AAAnd, remember there are calls yet to come again for issues like Stamp It, A Card a Day, Card Creations... and you can submit them again! I know I'll be doing so.
Love, love your work my friend, and I'm sure we'll be seing it in print much more times.
You're an amazing stamper but what's more important, you're an amazing person with a golden heart. Big hugs!

Emily Leiphart said...

Aw, not to worry, Virginia! You've been accepted before and it's good to get rejected once in a while. It happens to everyone and makes us better. ;) I love your sweet photos of you and your husband. Happy Anniversary!!! Love is what life is really all about. :)

Rae said...

I really like your card Virginia. And I see a lot of other ladies did too! It is sweet! And you are blessed to have the wonderful advice of Dr. John, as well as his hugs. Enjoy it all while you keep crafting all those wonderful cards.

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

No happy mail stinks! But you are such an amazing talent!!! Dr. John is wise in many ways. With his words and with his love for you! You will get picked up again. I have no doubt about that.

Mel G said...

Aww... you and your hubby are too cute!! All the best for next time Virginia :)