Thursday, November 29, 2012

Turning the Negative into Positive!

The other day Dr. John peeked at my blog and noticed something.... 

Dr. John: "Hey, you've lost a follower!!"
V: "Yeah, I noticed that...thanks for reminding me! So....what do you think is the problem?" 
( grrrrr....I knew he has no answers, but I just had to see what he has to say and often times, he cracks me up)
Dr. John: "Grammar!" 
V: "WHAT!?  Why yes, you are absolutely right! After all, English is my 2nd language!"

 I love Dr. John's answer....it's not my poor card designs that turn people off after all... I am trying hard to convince myself.  Just a few days ago, I was commenting to a blog friend about her losing a follower. I wrote this:

From Virginia L.: " I don't take Donald Trumps' advice often...but this I like It's nothing personal...it's just business!. Well, we all had people un-following our blogs from time to time. It may sting a bit, but perhaps this person just has too much on her/his plate and they may be personal reasons...(remember, it's nothing personal!). I don't dwell on the reasons, as long as I am happy with my blog and people are loving to visit, that's all matters!"


With this, I like to turn negative into positive...And thank your for reading this (if you are still here and remain to be my followers)!

With my card today, I think it shows you how wonderful it is to save the negative diecut and use it in the most positive way. This card was a reject not picked for publication, but look! I can share it right here with you :)  Double YAY!
Merry Christmas
Card stock: Bazzill Basics, Earth Layering Paper (Hero Arts)
Stamps: Happy Holidays by Hero Arts, Ornate Ornament by Lawn Fawn, Ticket Frame (Hero Arts –Sizzix Die Cut)
Inks: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Embossing Powder: Stampendous (white, detail), Martha Stewart (red)
Accents: Perfect Pearl Dimensional Glue (white and blue), Stickles (Rangers), 3D Pop Dots (EK Success)


 
That's it for today. I am so addicted to blogging/card-making and I promise you a blog break from me in the coming month. Thanks for sticking around. 

43 comments:

Melinda Abrahamson said...

I'm still following and your grammar is completely acceptable.

I appreciate all the inspiration you post. Your cards are terrific.

Keep doing what you are doing and I'll be here, even if just to keep up on what Dr. John is thinking.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

You make me laugh.

Annette said...

seems like we all have lost a follower lately.. Maybe it was the same person.. You are so right I 100% agree with you..

BTW..you and your husband are just too cute..
Your card is absolutely gorgeous..

alexandra s.m. said...

Your card is beautiful and thanks for the giggle.
It has happened to the best of us ;-S, the art is indeed to turn a negative into a positive!
Thanks for the reminder as well!

Donna Nuce said...

I can't understand why your beautiful cards are not picked for publication! I am still a follower and love your blog.

Barb said...

Love when you share what Dr. John has to say! He is so funny! I think your "grammar" is adorable and makes you even more endearing! :)

Love the way the negative die-cut space acts as a beautiful frame for your pretty trees! :)

yyam said...

I think you write way better than some people whose first language is English...lol.

Love how you took a negative and turned it into a positive. :)

Dawn said...

I LOVE following you Virginia. I'm not the greatest speller or grammerist... ( actually don't think that's a real word.. but I'm sure you know what I mean) so it doesn't bother me. Your card today is awesome,. can't understand why it wasn't picked up. You just keep on being you, having fun and I'll keep following and visiting. Hugs Dawnxxx

aaga said...

If Dr John's right then I shouldn't have any followers. And won't have any more than 8. Ever. :D English is my 2nd language too (3rd in fact), and I don't even live in an English-speaking country.

The other thing: I managed to delete myself from a group by accident the other day. So don't take it personally, hehe! You'll never know what the real reason is. I'm sure I'll be always here because you always crack me up and you're also one of my favourite card-makers. ;-)

Donna Bowman said...

Very cute! Love how you used the die to make a frame around the trees!!

Elizabeth Allan said...

It's all positive here, even when you use negative die cuts!!!

Lynn said...

Virginia, you make me smile. Love your conversations with Dr. John. Love the gorgeous embossing on your card!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love your card! You make my day!

~amy~ said...

The "What is Dr. John thinking.." features crack me up. Grammar...oh my goodness...don't show Dr. John my blog!

Love your card...I always love the use of the negatives:) Awesome colors!

paula said...

Hi Virginia, I'm with everyone else don't let Dr John near my blog - my grammar is terrible & if it wasn't for spell check I don't think I'd have any followers. Most of my followers don't even comment so I don't think they are visiting. Your reject card is fantastic. I'm glad you decided to share it with us. It's so pretty & a great source of inspiration

Brenda said...

Fabulous post. I just have one question...what is grammar? Seriously, thanks for the laughs, Virginia and for sharing all the amazing cards you create. I love this one! The framed trees are gorgeous, especially those pearls.

Maureen Morton said...

You BOTH crack a big smile on my mug, Virginia! And seriously, I am so blessed to be inspired by your beautiful blog and work! You are so generous in so many ways. Love this post and this brilliant card. Hugs always!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

You and Dr. John are too cute! I LOVE coming to your blog, Virginia! No need to worry...I think your fan club will never stop growing, even if you lose a follower along the way!
Hugs! :)

Sheila H said...

I love getting to overhear conversations between you and Dr. John :) I wouldn't give a second thought to losing a follower. It is what it is, whatever that is! Your card is a winner in my eyes.

Melissa Shea said...

Your hubs cracks me up! The 2 of you have a fun relationship :)

Gorgeous card, that negative of the die really sets the scene for the card! Lovely :)

BabyBokChoy said...

Awesome card! It's not a competition, tell that to Dr. John :)

Miriam Prantner said...

Dr. John, Dr. John, Dr. John....hope he's getting you something really good for Christmas. ha ha. All I can say is I wouldn't miss a post from you...there is ALWAYS something good going on here!

mudmaven said...

I'm not a "follower" but I do have you (and will keep you) in my blog reader as an RSS feed. Tracking "followers" is not necessarily a good measure of how many folks you actually reach with your blog. I read your posts religiously (and approve of your grammar 100%)!
~chris

sandie said...

I admire your positivity and creativity!

Wida said...

Dear Virginia: <3

Sharla said...

I love your card, the positive and the negative!! ;) I'm still stopping by even though I might not comment everytime, I enjoy your blog and creations, and everytime I hear the Piano Guys, I think of my online friend in Canada!! :D

Gerry said...

She must just have too many blog/emails she's signed up for. How can anyone want to unsubscribe to you with your talent, humor, kindness and interesting posts. I would not want to miss even one.

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a darling card! 'Tis a shame it wasn't picked up for the mag. But, I'm glad you were able to share it here with us.

Also love your spin on the 'un-Following' issue. Just had someone drop off, and I wondered about that, but then got 4 new followers the very next day! You just never know. ;)

stamplover2011 said...

Oh Virginia, I just love reading your blog when I have time. You are such an inspiration to me. I haven't had time to make cards in some time but do love reading your blog. Hugs!!

Ruby Craft said...

OK! OK! I admit it I did stop following some blogs a few weeks ago, but yours is not one of them. I don't care about grammar (although I have not noticed anything wrong with yours). Your cards are always beautiful and your post are always entertaining. (What is Dr. John thinking is very entertaining). The reason I stopped following the ones I did was nothing personal, I just had so many blogs I was following (many picked up through blog hops) I was not able to read the ones I enjoyed most (like yours). I'm positive I enjoy following your blog.

joy said...

Love this post, Virginia! And, I agree with all the other comments - your blog is one of the most fun ones around! And, your grammar is just fine as far as I'm concerned.

Love the negative frame around those adorable trees - what a great card! Can't believe it wasn't picked up for publication.

Kathy (krolski) said...

LOL! Love your conversations with Dr. John. I'll be your follower for life, my friend. :)
Your card is wonderful - love the negative die cut with the cute trees.

Michelle said...

:-) Grammar! Love that answer! I wonder if we all lost the same follower? It seems to be going around. Gorgeous card, Virginia! It always surprises me to see the "not selected" cards. I think if they chose all of the superb cards that are submitted for publication, the magazine would be an encyclopedia!

Kelly Griglione said...

That grammar will get you every time, Virginia! Too bad that person missed this great card ... so love that it's on a gray background, and your touches of blue. The ticket die makes a darn good frame!

Anita Rex said...

Hi Virginia! I have actually lost 3 followers in the last weekish! Boo! What's up with that? So I understand your frustration and feelings! Love your pretty card today!

Jennifer said...

Very pretty card! Love those trees.

Great way to think about followers. I un-followed a few recently (not you of course) because it just became too much and I wasn't able to catch up on the blogs that I really wanted to read!

Cindy C. said...

Beautiful card Virginia! Love what you did with the negative space. Your possitive outlook is what makes it fun to read your blog, but I must admit I don't have time to read it everyday, but when I do your post always bring me a smile!! Hugs!

pamela said...

Heheeh, your rejects are always so pretty :D

Alice Wertz said...

you are such a positive person and love it when you share your conversation with Dr. John! i agree that as long as you are happy with what you do, it really doesn't matter that much if others don't like it. it's your blog after all and well, you can't please all of them all the time! =) i happen to love what you do and LOVE your pretty window card. fab use of the negative of the die cut!

Rose said...

LOL Dr J is too funny!!!! English is my only language but don't let him read my blog!! yikes ;)

personally i don't keep track of how many followers or comments i have. like i tell my hubby........ it is all about the FUN for me :)

LOVE this card :)

Rachel W K said...

you will never, ever, ever.... lose me as a follower (singing in taylor swift voice)
and i love your negative/positive card!

Jocelyn said...

Dr John is so cute! LOL

Besthobbyeva said...

That Dr. John is too funny!! I LOVE this card. I can't imagine why it wasn't picked. I love the trees!!!

Laurie

ps. I don't care about grammar either!!! I am so glad I found your blog!!