Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Discovering Myself

I had a great time making this card for the Our Daily Bread Challenge.
I have none of their stamps or dies yet, but I am hoping to get my hands on some.
The challenge was simple: make a holiday card, any holiday.

This card is already sold although I never made cards with the intention of selling them before. However since being pregnant I have set out to use as much as possible of my stash. I will not be able to work in a studio outside the house after the baby is born, at least for a while, and I can't keep all that stuff in our small apartment.

So I decided to try making and selling my cards and stuff online. The success I had was unexpected as everyone complained about bad sales.

It made me wonder: "what's my secret?" and while I was playing around with Christmas papers and embellishments this weekend I realized it was going with my own style that made the difference. I have so much inspiration around yet I am not able to CASE my own cards (and believe me, I tried). Sometimes I spend more than a day working on a desin. I see some combination I like but I often can't find that finishing touch I need, so I let it sit on my table for days, sometimes abandon it, sometimes make a totally different thing than first intended. Anyway, I HAVE TO like the final result.

I am so happy that through card making I can learn more about myself, about what I like, what I don't like and I love how going with the things that make me feel good my life has improved tremendously. In the past years I have learned to let myself go, to stop doing things that would please others and do more to please myself. I have learned to smile more, to believe more, to live a better life.


Alina said...

Foarte foarte draguta felicitarea! Imi place foarte mult! Cum merge cu sarcina? Sper ca totul e bine!

Tatanky said...

Beautiful post Meda. You're so right. You have a very special and elegant style. This is another great example of a beautiful card.

SOS said...

Hi Meda! Congratulations for the baby. This card is beautiful! and Tatanky has reason... you have own style

Court said...

I love the project and love all the sentiments around it. I totally agree with you that you have to like it yourself and only be worried about whether or not you like it - not someone else. This is something that I am recently discovering and I think I am getting better for it. :)

I measured the word height first because I wanted to get it as large as possible so it would cut cleanly. Otherwise, I would agree with you about measuring the felt first. The "brown sugar" one was the tallest words on the shortest glass, so I was trying to compensate for that and not make that look too obvious. Glad you like it though! I can't wait to add snowflakes for Christmas and switch things out a bit. :)

Meda said...

Thank you for the lovely comments ladies, I appreciate every one of them and I love seeing some of you come back more than once.
I hope everything is well with you, Tatanky, I thought of you every time I heard about hurricanes in Mexico this summer and autumn.

sassyb07 said...

wow Meda, your card is lovely. Congratulations on starting to sell your cards too, how great is that, LOL
I have an attitude blog award for you so come take a peek!
hugs, Valerie

Rosemary said...

Your card is beautiful, which is no surprise!!...Meda, thank you so much for visiting Betty's blog. It means so much to see old friends visiting her new Betty Bee's Buzz blog.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is beautiful Meda!! Love the distressing, papers, and the embossing with the snoflake. Thanks for joining ODBD Shining the light challenge this week.

cdeasey said...

I love your card! My very good friend is from Romania. I was going to try to write something to you in Romanian, but I can't spell it. I am learning to speak a little bit, though.
God Bless you and your baby to be!

Chrissy D said...

PRETTY! Thank you for joining us in the ODBD Shining Light Challenge! We hope you will join us again this week!

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