The title of this post is 2016 in review but it should really be 2016, where did it go? Right? It flew by! It was a great year for Stampability and me. I am a happy girl. I learned and accomplished a lot in 2016. In 2017, I look forward to implementing what I learned, to grow the company. A lot of exciting things are planned for this year. Stick around the blog and Instagram for announcements!
Christmas cards orders, no season is longer in the custom greeting card business than, Christmas cards order fulfillment. I begin receiving Christmas card orders in July. My goal is to finish all the orders by Thanksgiving. Then inevitably, I am scrambling to finish my own, personal cards in the first week of December, ugh! Don't get me wrong, I love the season; and the orders help sustain my business but it ends up generating A LOT of Christmas cards. I appreciate so much all of the people that order from me and make a contribution to the longevity of Stampability. I am truly blessed.
I am really fortunate to be part of a close knit group of crafty friends. Over the years we've found several cabins in North Georgia that cater to craft weekend retreats. We've had some wonderful times of crafting and fellowship. It just happened that we had a retreat confirmed for early October and my move date to IL came to be a couple days later. Is there a better way to have a final send off? Our girls crafty getaway was wonderful, as always. I will miss these ladies so much and can't wait until I can visit them for another crafty weekend!
So...we are moving! My amazing husband has a wonderful opportunity ahead of him. It is taking us to Illinois (from Georgia). Coincidentally, this is where I moved from years ago and where my parents still live. My parents are so excited and I am excited to get my mom/craft assistant back into Stampability! Ha!
Stampability's operations will slow down a bit while the studio gets moved and set up but I will have a bigger space! While I loved having a studio on our houseboat - it was small. I will miss my view and the studio my husband built.
Mostly I will miss my beautifully, creative and crafty friends that have loved and supported me, while I launched and built Stampability and through personal ups and downs. I'm glad I have unlimited voice and texts to keep in touch with these lovely ladies...
Last month, Sandy Allnock came to our local craft store to teach classes. It was an awesome opportunity! My mom was already flying in for a craft retreat weekend so we were both able to take advantage of Sandy's expertise. I took Color Burst classes and my mom took a Bible Journaling class. We were both so impressed and we learned so much! Previously I only used my Color Burst to make backgrounds in my art journal. In Sandy's classes I learned how to make shapes - especially flowers - so amazing. I couldn't believe I made flowers with Color Burst. The tip in controlling the powder is quantity. You only need a very small amount, a pinch. If you've thought about dabbling with watercolor powder and haven't yet...definitely give it a try!
In July, I went to Scrapbook Expo in GA. I took a watercolor class and we used Gansai Tambi watercolors! I have owned a set of these watercolors for quite some time but I've been afraid to break into them because they look so beautiful. As soon as I started practicing with the paints on the class provided butterflies, I chastised myself for not using them sooner! They are lovely to work with. They paint on easily, the metallics are shiny and they are vibrant. You get so much bang for your buck with these paints. Watercolor is fun! No matter what paint you have, don't make my mistake, break them open and get painting!
Some of my favorite cards to make are baby cards. So much happiness and excitement surrounds welcoming a new baby and I love feeling those emotions when putting together these cards. I try to capture some of the sweetness of new babies too. Whether baby girl or baby boy - making cards to congratulate parents for a new baby is a great time.
Stampability was on display at its first event last weekend! It took a lot of preparation but was well worth it. The event was "Nautical Networking" at the marina where our houseboat(also our home and the Stampability office) is located ;). There were a lot of people, a band,good food and terrificweather. Can't complain about that first outing. It also a good learning experience for future events too. I had a lot of helpsetting up and throughout the eventas myhusband and dear friend were there to supportme. I know in the future I'll have to put on my big girl pants and do it on my own!The best part of all was meeting Stampability customers face-to-face. It was awesome to talk with them and find out why they like the greeting cards and what they'd like to see from Stampability in the future...
I am back! Thank you for your patience during my blog absence. I did a major overhaul of my stamp set organization system and it took longer than I expected! Isn't that always the way? Why doesn't anything ever take less time than expected? More on the reorganization in another post. Anyhow, the studio is back up and running and I am making cards like a bandit! I'm working hard to have a big greeting card refresh in the store sometime in early June. If you'd like to be notified when that happens, please sign up for my newsletter (sign up is located in the column on the right of the screen on the home page).
This week however, I'm taking a little break for some education. Today, I'm heading out to Inspired Retreat. I can.not.wait for this event. It brings together an intimate group of creat...
Today I am again featured as November's guest designer on the Sparkle and Shine Challenge blog. You can check it out and see the inspiration photo at sparkleandshinechallenge.blogspot.com. I had a lot of fun making this shaker card! The inspiration photo was so full of texture and dimension - it shouted Autumn. I knew right away that I wanted those characteristics reflected in the card I would create. I built a shaker box and added a wreath with falling leaves. I shredded some burlap to make my version of corn stalks (from the inspiration photo). Lastly, I added a little bit of gold because, well, because everything needs a little bit of gold these days!
I had such a blast as the guest designer this month and I am very grateful for the invitation to do so. I hope you'll continue to fo...