Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Did You Know....

......that I was involved in the Hero Arts 2012 Stamps promotion in stores all over the world? Last night I saw a photo of a stamp store in Singapore and it has THIS very card on the store board!
 My family called it the Hero Arts Secret Mission! Check this  Hero Arts Video and stop the video at 0:43 and you'll see a romance card...cards that I made-all 170 of them! I could have made 200 (which is the ideal target), but the layering paper supplies ran out! It's a huge task that I will always remember and proud to be part of! This stamp called Friend-You're the Best
is  the stamp that I worked with.
The design came from the uber talented Jennifer McGuire herself. It was a LOT of work to make the EXACT copy! It is very ornate and detailed. It's amazing that these stamped images can give you the instant print--so perfect and lasting!

Now you may ask...how did I get involved in all this? Well, it all started with a private invite e-mail from the one and only Jennifer McGuire! It was a bit of a shock, to say the least. Jennifer asked me along with some amazing and talented card-makers to make store board cards from the Hero Arts 2012 stamps. Now......can you say "no"? NOOOO, right? The thing is...you have to make lots and lots of them (target number-150 minimum). So that is the challenge. However, I persevered.
 I made them in front of the TV for some part of them. The distressing part was somewhat fun. But the bows...oh. the bows! They were most pain in the painstaking! And then, there are a few rejects...the images were not stamped perfectly (oops!!)!
 I adore this card's design, but it does require a lot cutting and layering. After seeing me feeling a little flustered and worried about the deadline, Dr. John quipped: "Would you consider outsourcing from China?" (grrrr...)
I worked in various stages....just chomping all the corners took me 3 hours! Good thing Sunday's evening shows were on, so it's not too bad at all :)
Now you know Glossy Accent works wonder as adhesive. But can you hold 5 of the bows down to dry in one sitting? No!! I pulled out my handy dandy wooden cloth pins! That was my brilliant ah-ha moment :) Finally it was coming along...
 There were a few small glitches and hiccups...such as the time when I found out the Grenadine layering paper were missing from the supplies (Hero Arts sent them to me in 2 days!!).
 .....the bows in lightest shade were a few short. So I improvised and made a few from the darker shade (see below)
 Finally after less than a week (from receiving the supplies to sending them off ), the mission is complete!
I like to thank my family for eating the same bland food and being super understanding during that week. I pretty much wore my PJ 24/7 and kept up with the sweat shop worker's appearance. They know that I was on an important mission!
Would I do it all over again? Absolutely! Just don't ask my family :)

52 comments:

Barb said...

I am so glad you took photos along the way, V! How fun to see what you went through to create all these beautiful cards! Love that funny comment from Dr. John - ha! :)

I know how you feel about Hero Arts, so this was a neat way for you to give back to such a wonderful company!

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas, my friend! Hugs too!

Annette said...

I can see why they asked you...you did an AMAZING job...they look fabulous...thanks for sharing..

pcm said...

awesome! go you!

Kathy (krolski) said...

I love this post, Virginia!! And I love Dr. John's comment. lol! :) Your cards turned out beautiful even if you had to wear PJs 24/7. haha! Merry Christmas to you and your fun family!

sheila said...

This was great to see the photos of the how to process! That is what I love about you Virginia.....no matter how much you are doing and how busy you are you are NEVER to busy to SHARE! I love the card and am seeing that image in am entirely different way.....aren't you the trooper to make sooooo many!

Dotty Jo said...

Amazing work Virginia - you are a star! Jo x

Lynn said...

I did not know! And...I'm jumping up and down for you! What a ton of work, but at the same time such an honor to be choosen to do this! You go Virginia! So fun that you shared the process with us too!

Tenia Nelson said...

Congrats dearie......so well deserved!!!!! I am sooooo proud of you!!!!!!!!!

Dwita said...

Fabulous, Virginia!! The story behind the making is amazing. I feel that I was there while you were making those cards. Congrats to be part of the party all over the world..

BabyBokChoy said...

Congrats on a mission impossible well accomplished!!

MarcyK924 said...

Oh Virginia, you (and Dr. John!) always make me smile! What a fun post! I LOVE that card and my heart went all aflutter when I saw it! Congrats for a job well done, my friend!

Rachel W K said...

that is so amazing, V! congrats on such a big honor to be invited, AND actually getting them finished... in one week! I don't believe it. Those bows would have sent me to a loony hospital. you rock!!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Chunyuan said...

wow, that's alot cards to make. BUt it is an honor being asked. Hooray for you.

Tifany said...

How fun...and so exciting!
Thanks for sharing!

AnitaRex said...

OH WOW VIRGINIA! I love that you took photos along the way, and shared a honest recollection! What an undertaking! Next time you have to get your family in on it! My hubby would have done the chomping (your son could have!) And I would call my friends over to help, too bad I don't live closer! Great job Virginia I can't believe you did that in a week! WOW! BTW You really should be getting something in the mail soon from me! :>

Lin said...

You documented this so well, V! And I love the results...this stamp is tops on my wishlist! Well done, little sis!

Jocelyn said...

Oh my goodness! 170 of the same card. That is amazing! Well done!

Virginia L. said...

LOVE reading everyone's comments! Anita: I don't trust my family to help out with chomping the corners and let alone other finer stuff....(LOL)! You see, they have to be PERFECT!
And yes Lin, I am glad that I took so many photos because we just do not make 170 cards of the same kind in one week very often!

kath said...

you did a fabulous job...you should be very proud of yourself...hugs kath xxx

judkajudi said...

What an awesome undertaking, Virginia! I loved seeing the process documented in photos. How fun it must be to know your cards are on display all over the world!! Merry Christmas!

Karen from MI said...

YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME, VIRGINIA!!! I LOVE seeing the, "behind the scenes" photos and hearing all of the "secret details"!! Who would have guessed all of this HARD and LABOR intensive work was going on while you STILL were able to blog, email AND create OTHER BEAUTIFUL CARDS!! WOW!! AMAZING, that's what you are!! Loved your clothes pin idea, too. GREAT CARD!! Love, Karen xo

CinnamonSally said...

Amazing Virginia, so much work and you did a fantastic job well done!

cheiron said...

Wow Virginia...you are a wonder woman! I don't know how you do it! What a wonderful thing to be invited to do, and a hard secret to keep! Congrats.

Angie Blom said...

Oh this is one amazing card Virginia, wow you were a busy bee.. I would have stayed in my PJ's too.. I am sure these will be so appreciated. You did an amazing job and your card looks beautiful in the video.. way to go!! Merry Christmas! Angie xx

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a neat story and a big honor for you, Virginia! And I cracked up at the 'bland food' part. ;)
Merry Christmas!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, what a fun and fabulous trip through your secret mission! I'm so glad you shared this fun time with all of us, Virginia!!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

What a huge task! But, you did wonderful. Thanks for sharing the story & the process. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

diana said...

Amazing work! What a fun secret mission. ;-)

~jan said...

What a fabulous endeavor to be a part of! Congrats, Virginia!

Angi said...

Wow you were a card making machine. They are gorgeous. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! What fun, Virginia!! I love that you were part of a secret mission!!! CONGRATS:)

Cristina said...

WOW. So amazing. I love the breakdown of how you did it all, too. Merry Christmas, Virginia!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

What a big job with all those layers and corner punching. Amazing job! Now you can give your hands a break.

Isha said...

Wow Wow Wow!!!! Love those cards, the process, the comments by Dr. John. You are amazing Virginia and no wonder HA ashed you to do this Awesome job. Wish I was there to see one of these in real:)

Tammy said...

So exciting Virginia to be personally invited to do this--speaks volumes of your talent!! Very impressed that you did this all in a week!!

Agata said...

Congrats Virginia! Those cards are most amazing!!! Can you feel your hands after chomping corners for 3 hours? :)

Romaine said...

Wow! Loved seeing all the steps. And to think that if I do 10 or so..... ;0/. Nice to know that even a pro like you can have a crooked stamp or 2! :0) these are darling!

Cindy C. said...

Wow the cards are beautiful, thanks for sharing the process! You did a fabulous job Virginia!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow!!! This is soooo very exciting!!! I am so excited just to say i know one of people who made a card hanging up in those windows all over the world!!! hehehe! What a wonderful job, and I can not believe that did all of that in less than a week! Once again you amaze me! So very happy for you!
Lisa

Simone said...

Wow!! That is sooo awesome and you did an amazing job Virginia!!! Thank you so much for sharing the process with us! Congrats on being apart of the secret mission! You have amazing talent so its easy to see why you were chosen!

Trinh said...

You are a card-making machine, Virginia! So glad you took photos to share the process with us. How awesome to know your cards are in stores all over the world! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh my gosh!!! How AWESOME!!!!!!!! Love this post and your share today about your ever so cool secret assignment!

Dawn said...

stunning Virginia. You must have worked like a Trojan to get this one... I am suitably impressed.

Tejal said...

I would have just died just to see those many supplies with...let alone parting with them!! but you make it look so easy!! I'm sure it wasn't..and I'm so glad you shared it with us...
Dr. John is so funny!!!

Cathy A said...

Fabulous work Virginia, love your peg idea too!

May I also wish you, Dr J, Stephanie and David a Happy Christmas.
Hugs Cathy x

Karen said...

Boy Virginia, you really worked hard and did a great job.
I have kept meaning to come over here and wish you a very happy (belated) birthday. Hope it was a great one. I was also so thrilled to see your card in the Paper Crafts mag. It made me feel so proud to have a fellow 'Waterloo' stamper featured...you did a great job.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Karen

cnelson said...

WOW!!!! SOOOOOO AMAZING!! I'm in AWE!!!!

alexandra s.m. said...

I'm also amazed!
Thank you so much for sharing this incredible experience with us!

xox

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great post, Virginia! It was such fun to see all the steps of the card you made, plus I got to see the real thing at the release parties. Woo Hoo! You are so good to do this - that's a lot of work in one week!! Well done!!!

Kathy Martin said...

Looks like a fun project! Good on you! Happy Holidays V! :)

Alice Wertz said...

wow! that's amazing. so much work went into it. so very proud of you, V!!! thanks for sharing the process with us. you ROCK, girl!

Tomo H. said...

OH! Virginia, all is amazing!-the cards and the report!! Awesome job!