Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Facing Rejection

One of the challenges when you enter the card-making challenges and pub submission call is facing rejection. Yes,...you know what I am talking about! I must say that I am dealing with it better as I go along. As the time goes by, my skin has grown thicker and thicker...and thicker.

  I don't jump up easily on the chance to apply to some design teams. However, just not too long ago, I did apply to The Twinery DT and I was not picked. ( I guess I suck at using the twines from The Twinery?) And guess what? My latest selected Stamp It card that was picked has ---lo and behold---TWINES (a few of my published cards have THE twines...come to think of it)! Surprisingly, I didn't feel too bad about not getting picked for the Twinery DT. Guess I didn't want it as badly as I thought....or perhaps the sheer rejection was just part of the whole deal. Yup, I am still here--blogging away about it. It's kind of liberating actually to be able to share my thoughts with you.

Still, it is not all that easy to see your card that you created from the heart not getting picked or noticed. Instead of feeling sad and sorry, I am sharing a card today that is one of the many rejects from my card submissions (using paint). The stamps are from Hero Arts Farmer's Market. The sentiment is from SRM Stickers. As you may know now, they are my go-to supplies. 
it's the little things that count
I honestly believe as long as you are passionate about what you do, it really doesn't matter what the outcome is ( yes, it stings a little...but do tell yourself that EVERY time you get a rejection, OK?). Just ask Jeremy Lin. Yup, I have gone Lin-sane on this kid who conquers the barriers of the stereotype of NBA basketball players. He is truly an underdog and I simply love the energy that Lin brings into the NBA. Hey, if you can get a 50-year old Asian lady super excited about watching basketball game, your. job. is. done! It's the little things that count. Thanks for visiting me here! 

42 comments:

Suzanne C said...

Adorable! Rejection is a fact of life. It is how you handle it! :)

Rochelle said...

I got rejected from the Twinery call too! LOL! Honestly, I knew it was a long shot but hey...you're very talented and I KNOW you'll continue to be successful!

Annette said...

This card is fabulous...Rejection is all about how you take it...Just think of it as a growing tool. That is what I do. I usually do not take rejection well but I feel that sometimes better things come along if you have a positive attitude.

CinnamonSally said...

Love this card Virginia, and I am surprised it was rejected, we have to just keep trying!

Jeanne said...

Well said...

DoodleSuze said...

They say Beauty is in the eye of the beholder .... and this is still beautiful!

Hugs
Suze x

Jeanne said...

PS: I am loving all your stuff. You don't have to be chosen by all to be followed. (haha) I'm going to follow you!

Megan Aaron said...

oh I SO know what you mean. and getting something picked up for publication that was rejected by a team, is like saying 'HA!'
I was rejected from Imaginisce and had almost every item that I submitted with my application to them, picked up for publication. so, yeah, their loss.
Same with you!

Clare said...

Virginia, thanks SO much for sharing this!! I've felt the same way before, but just have a hard time putting my feelings in to words, as you've done so well here. :) I try hard now to remember that, even if I didn't get a card picked up or make a DT, God has already blessed me SO much, so who am I to complain?
Love your card - don't recognize that HA stamp set, so I will definitely have to check that out. ;)
And your comment about a 50-year-old Asian lady and basketball totally made me laugh! I never watch basketball, but hearing you mention Lin, I'm definitely going to check it out. :)

Karen said...

I love your work but I know exactly what you are talking about. I get discouraged from lack of time though. I would love to be able to do all the submitting you do but just don't have the extra time. I just keep plugging away though, creating and crafting when I can, loving what I do. Guess that is the key to it all. Heck, I never!! and I mean never, thought I would ever have a blog....didn't have a clue what to do or how to do it...not into computers at all. I wanted to do it for myself and I was able to pull it off...shocked myself actually. A few people asked me if I did it because of my new DT..nope, cause they didn't care but I like to challenge myself so went ahead with it.
hugs,
K

Barb said...

this card is so sweet! rejection is part of what our hobby holds. you put your heart into a design, you put it out there, and sadly not everyone will like it. but a lot of people will! they may not have the prize we were gunning for, but i'll take kind words and encouragement from anyone willing to generously offer it up. you've been THAT person for me on many occasions :) thank you

Leni said...

We saw Jeremy Lin last weekend on television : Amazing!
Love your card! No need to feel rejected....we love your friendship AND your cards! Thanks for your "lesson".

joy said...

When God closes a door, he opens a window! Your cards always make me happy. Keep on submitting; you have amazing talent, Virginia.

Nancy said...

Great post, V! I love that you shared from your heart, it's nice to have the affirmation that we all share the same feelings about rejection no matter how many successes we may have had previously. You've put it all in perfect perspective; and I'm very impressed that you watch basketball.
Great job with this card, using paint is brilliant for those stamps. It's charming and a keeper in my book.
hugs!

Tiffany said...

Beautiful use of the paint! I need to try that sometime, I rarely use paint at all..lol! Love the HA stamp set!

adele holcomb said...

Adorable card! Love the popped up fruit and veggie.

Lisa said...

Well, I really like your "reject" Virginia! Too bad for them is what I say :) I've never submitted, but am sure that if I did, or when I do, I'll be in for a heap of rejection myself- ha! Love the way you look at things - you just made me smile today :)

Barb said...

I love this post, V! I happen to think your card is adorable, and as long as you like it, and it brings joy to whoever receives it, that's all that counts!

I am so glad you're liking basketball - it has always been my favorite sport - (me and hubby both)It's a wonderful game! We actually LOVE the college hoops even more because those kids play with such heart! Can't wait until next month with "March Madness!" Hugs! :)

Michelle Lupton said...

Thank you for this post - I am relatively new to submitting things for publications (and have yet to muster up the nerve to appky for a DT position), and it is very easy to get miserable when I get rejected - but you're completely correct- as long as I enjoy the cardmaking, it shouldn't matter! And there are PLENTY of us out here in blogland who LOVE your cards!

AnitaRex said...

Hi Virginia! Love this card, it's so clever! Love the side sentiment! :> Rejection is one of the hardest parts of life. I find it hard to have a great day in my life and than face rejection craftywise, it's like what am I really feeling bad about when I have it so good? I applied for the Twinery too, I have been featured on there blog a lot when they show from there flickr and still I didn't get in! Oh well whatever I still love there product and have been published with it! :>

sheila said...

I love this card....but, yes rejection is so hard. At least you hang in there Virginia and keep trying! And in the meantime....your work is always so beautiful!

BabyBokChoy said...

I would like to see a different word used other than rejection, maybe unchosen? :)

Linda said...

Virginia, that card is ADORABLE!!

I agree, rejection is hard, but I'm diong my best to remember its not personal. Its not rejection as such, its just not being chosen. The difference helps sometimes.

I really love this card==especially the little notches on the sides of the card for the ribbon

xxx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Here's what I have on my frig - "Experience is what we get when we don't get what we wanted". It has helped me through many rejections over the years. Anyway, Virginia, love your card even if it was rejected - boo, hoo!

Julie Hoffman said...

I ALWAYS Love your cards Virginia! This one is super cute! Love the little notches you put in for the twine! The last part of your post about the basketball player cracked me up! You have a great outlook. We all face rejection but you can't win if you don't play :)

Lynn said...

I feel like I am reading my own thoughts when I read this post. I have to give myself reminders about submitting for the right reasons! thank you for sharing your heart with us as well as your gorgeous creations. I really, really appreciate it!

Tenia Nelson said...

I am soooo lovin this card dearie!!! I am on the Lin train too.....that kid is soooooo awesome!!! Just because you get rejected does not mean you don't rock...ummm because you do rock sista!!! Yea for Miss Virginia!!! Yahoo!!!

Trinh said...

Well put, Virginia! Rejection is never easy but those successes wouldn't be so sweet if we had not experienced the rejection in the first place. You're always a winner in my book!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

I love this, Virginia!! Super fun and cute!! I also love your attitude about this game we play every day because we love it so. Papercrafting that is . . . I'm sorry you didn't make The Twinery team. But at least you tried, which is more than I can say for myself. And I have a little "inside" secret for you. Even though your receipt Stamp It! card has twine on it, we were told by the PC editors at CHA - NO MORE TWINE!! They're over the twine!! LOL So, just so you know . . . they must have REALLY loved your card with twine!! Right?! You're a rockstar in my book, girlie - you don't to be on any twine DT's to be amazing in my eyes. Hugs!!

Emily Leiphart said...

LOL, I'm reading Karolyn's comment about the twine and laughing! You are winning challenges left and right and no one can win them all. If we did, then we'd have nothing left to conquer, right? If you are getting picked up for publications, then you're recognized for the shining star that you are. You rock, Virginia, so never doubt it!

papertrails leaver said...

Oh bless you! What a great post for me to read after the day I had. Not to hijack your post, but a card I made strickly for a card design team several months back rejected it/me. Then it gets picked up in the new CARDS which tells me someone liked it. I think your twine card is super cute and like that you used paint or the stamps. A fun card! May our skin never grow too thin and our minds never stop creating what we love! Thank you for sharing!

Linda R said...

I always take rejections as there is a something better around the corner.
I think your card is lovely. And I LOVE your Blog!

Hugs, Linda

Cathy Fongjoyo said...

Rejection is not easy, but it actually gives you more strength to try more thennn.... get another achievement!! yay! congrats on ur card picked for publishing~! i always love ur card and all the ideas behind them :) including this fresh new card.

cnelson said...

Amen. Know that your work will never be rejected by your many fans here in blogland who ADORE your work. I am so happy to be one of them.

cheiron said...

Love your post Virginia. You can only get rejected if you try, and some people never do that! I love this card (and all your cards). I try to remember why I got into cardmaking-to have something fun to do after a long day at work to unwind! Keep doing what you do, it's fabulous!

donna mikasa said...

Rejection is part of life, and helps you grow as a person and a cardmaker, too! Love the twine--keep those cards coming! You are always an inspiration to me and your followers! With that being said, I LOVE those veggies! Have a wonderful weekend, V! Hugs!!

MarcyK924 said...

V, you are such an inspiration at every step! I didn't think you would ever have to face rejection in this wonderful passion of ours, but if you can handle it, then this is a lesson for all of us. And I happen to LOVE your twiney creations, like THIS card! It's so stinkin' cute! Hugs, Marcy

Romaine said...

Virginia, I thank-you for sharing how it feels to face those "rejected" projects- and you who is so talented and a well-known card-making entity! ( I feel certain that something is amiss in that sentence, but am afraid to see what it is!)
I see all the stunning work out there and cannot help but feel that I cannot "measure up". However, you can't score if you don't play, as I read here as well! (okay, I only brave playing very rarely!) ;0) maybe I will get a little braver yet!

Karen from MI said...

ADORABLE card, Virginia! What a GREAT design and your color combination is just PERFECT for the subject matter...........SO PRECIOUS!!! Love, Karen xo

Lisa Arana said...

Just because it wasn't picked, doesn't mean your card isn't fabulous. I just tell myself, they wanted purple and I used green. :) This is fabulous. You are so talented, if you didn't get a sting now and then, the acceptance wouldn't mean as much. Hugs.

Alice Wertz said...

super cute! love how you popped those images up. love the fun design, too. super card as always. ahhh.... i have like TONS of rejected cards that have yet to be posted. LOL! don't know when (of ever) i'll post them. love seeing yours! =)

Lisa Petrella said...

Keep your chin up, Virginia!!! You are definitely not alone!!! Your work is AMAZING and you are incredibly talented!!!! This card is super duper cute!!! I LOVE how you popped up the carrot and strawberry and angled them a bit for even more dimension!!! AWESOME!