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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hoot Hoot! Another Retro Owl

Coffee of the Day - Irish Cream

Good morning! Hope that you are waking up to a beautiful day! It's overcast and cool here, but beautiful nonetheless! It's all in the 'tude dude!!! :)

Another one of those lonnnnng cards today - 3 3/4" x 9" to fit in a legal envie. I am using the Inkadinkado owl again as I had mentioned in a previous post, but stamped the little fella in Timber Brown Stazon to get a better image. Papers are Basic Grey and the fun trim is from Webster's Pages. The felt is from Maya Road. Buttons are a combo of vintage and some others I had just hangin' out at the homestead. The stitching is faux 'cause I can't sew worth beans!

One of my dear bloggin' buddies had a post on her blog that brought up a point I wanted to address today. She had applied for a Design Team, but didn't get accepted. She wanted some advice on how to get accepted. Well, since I haven't been on one in several years, I don't think I'm a good one to be offering up any wisdom, but it really did make me think. I have been sending in submissions to magazines in the past few months as well as applying for DT's as you all know, and not getting in positive response either. It can sure be tough on a gal's ego! But God keeps reminding me - why am I stamping? why am I creating? Is it for someone else's pleasure or His? Is it the act of creating or just the recognition I'm after? I mean, gosh, I really do want people to like what I make, I would be lying to myself if I said otherwise. But I got into stamping in the first place because I love to stamp. Now I am all for improving myself and trying to get better at what I do - that is not what I am talking about. But If my blog went away, if the magazines went away, if the Design Teams went away, I would still stamp because it brings me joy. And in a small way I think it brings other people joy when they get one of my cards or creations. and then that is what brings God pleasure.

So if you stamp, keep stamping! If you knit, keep at it! If you wash windows, then do it to your heart's content! (and then come do mine!!)

okay, off the soapbox. have a great day!
Jennifer

9 comments:

Dru said...

love both your cards from yesterday and today - so happy to have you back - your blogging is certainly entertaining and inspirational. Take Care

Carmen said...

Jennifer when you find the window washer send em over to me please? LOL I get great joy from my creations and reading your post I might have to share why I create in my next post...can't tell you now...but you'll see. Your post so reminded me of why I do what I do. And most definitly how much God is mainstay in my life.

specialcraftmom4 said...

I really like this size card! I love the card itself too (:

Jackie (Sweetest Girls) said...

Your post is soooo true...thank you for saying that. Love your owl card...very, very cute!

Gina said...

Love the owl and your paper choices are great. I like what you said in your post, very nice,

Sara said...

Your card is darling, love that owl

Diane said...

Jennifer, I'm so grateful that you visited Women to Women: Sharing Jesus and decided to follow our blog! Welcome! We look forward to your contributions as you comment and exalt God's Word and Christ with us.

I would like to invite you to help us spread the word by putting our badge on your blog. What a thrill to draw others there to lift the name of Jesus high.

I'm so glad I could follow your trail here. You have wonderful creations. I'm inspired by your artwork. I love all the layering you do. I never feel like I can do that very well, but I always admire that art form when I see it. Yours are especially lovely. I'll be back.

Thanks again, and blessings on your day! Diane

Paula said...

Jennifer, all I have to say is "AMEN SISTAH!" You are sooooo right. Stay on the soap box it is an inspiring post. BTW cute card too!

Grace said...

Jennifer.... thanks for this wonderful post! I just found your blog and I love what you said about why you do what you do! On my blog in the about me section I said... I love card making because it's others centered, not me centered. I love that I can love doing something and love that it can bring joy to others. And with blogging, etc. it's also a great way to share the joy of Christ with others! Great long card and great thoughts! Thank you for sharing!