Caution--a long post!First I am sharing a card that I made with alcohol ink. I sort of broke the rule and used the inks on regular card stock (instead of Glossy paper). The blotchy/spotty green and yellow you see in the background was the result. The flowers were from the inked alcohol background on Glossy paper, so the images are much sharper. I embossed the diecut in white and also used the die cut for the background (thus you see a hint of brown under the flowers).
I do like to keep my blog a happy and fun place to visit. But...today is the day that I feel gloomy and a bit sad. The following are my latest thoughts:
One of the privileges of being in the stamping blog-sphere is that I get to know a lot of like-minded stamping friends like you in the last 3 years. And with blogging and card-making, we LOVE to enter CHALLENGES! I , for one, am very very addicted to enter challenges. And when there are challenges, there is competition. So it came to my attention, some newer (even for experienced) blogging friends find the competition tough to get any "recognition". I, myself, have failed in making it to the Top 20 for Gallery Idol (for the 2nd time) and many many other challenges in the last 3 years. I don't have pearls of wisdom, but I know that there is always someone better/more talented than me (in stamping, card-making) and that I can admire and learn from. For that, I feel so honored and humbled when someone finds my work worth looking at and even inspiring!
This timely e-mail came this Friday morning from Keren B.in UK. It was a sad day for me on Friday since it's been exactly two years since my father passed away ( how I miss him!). This was also the morning that I found out that I didn't make it to the Gallery Idol Top 20....
Hey! You don't know me but you left a couple of lovely comments on some of my cards in the Gallery Idol group. I was so surprised to see you hadn't been placed in the top 20- I was sure you'd be there...... Just wanted to encourage you that you're cards were simply amazing and keep on being inspiring!
This sweet e-mail lifted my spirit! Keren also started a Flickr Group called Play Along with Gallery Idols. There will be no prizes, just fun and inspiration. The Gallery Idol's theme going on now is "rainbow" (you can link up to my challenge here in my blog as well) !
So...what do I do at a time like this?
~pick myself up (allowing myself to be a little miserable), eat some treats ( snacked on BBQ chips)
~talk to my family (who always think my success/failure in the stamping world as a hit/miss thing) as they never think I should take it too seriously. And that is a good thing that someone else has a different perspective
~will keep going and create when I feel like to..."because I can't beat the best, but I can be the best that I can be".
~will take a long blog/stamping break this August. I am going on a BIG BIG trip. Locations are all over Europe. I am super excited!
A good attitude will go a long way! And ....when you are having fun, you might just make something that makes you proud and happy!? This card says just that to me! This "pep talk" is part of my self-help therapy :)
Lastly, thank you for reading this long post. Your ongoing support/encouragement mean so much to me. Please don't forget the little challenge in my blog! Each one of these entries has blown me away. I really can't pick a favorite as I may resort to a random selection. So please.....Just go with it and create.14 AWESOME entries so far (YAY)!
Check them out at the side bar!