I met the wonderful and talented Stacey Schafer
online through a mutual design team, then I got on board early when she brought the curtain back up on the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge
. You should have heard the dire warnings I got from my children when I got a chance to meet Stacey in person - "She might be an online predator...even though she makes cards, she might be a creative
predator!" Stacey has visited Colorado and we did a short vacation together to Chicago. In Chicago, she remembered my birthday and brought a fun package of new products. She's sweet like that!
Guess what? It's Stacey's birthday today!
I've been struggling with a card all week. I'm embarrassed to tell you how much time I spent making a card for her. Our cardmaking styles are very different and I had in my head that I would lean toward her style on the card that I was making. After hours of layering papers and die cuts, and trying to stamp images on patterned paper (which she does with amazing results), I had something that I thought was OK. But I took a close look at it and realized that after I had ripped things up numerous times, it wasn't fit for close inspection even if it survived mailing (the sequins were already dripping out of the shaker!). So, I decided that she didn't need another card in her style, because she already has cards in her style!! I started another card focused on my style, but hours later, it looked a lot like the first card with a little more white space. Argh!! (I do so much better at making general cards!) Finally, I ripped the floral "bouquet" off the first card and my final card came together in about 10 minutes...and I'm happy with it! (I hope you are too, Stacey, but I didn't finish it until yesterday so you get to see a photo of it before it arrives in your mailbox.)
Throughout the whole process, what stayed important to me was using products that she had introduced to me. She has served on numerous design teams and many of them are for companies that I already use and love. But two that she single-handedly got me excited about are Reverse Confetti and Pretty Pink Posh. The stamps, flower dies, and tag dies are from Reverse Confetti. The sprinkle of sparkly sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh (I had started with a shaker card to better show off Pretty Pink Posh, but I've already bored you with the story of how that didn't work!)
Happy birthday Stacey!! I agree with you that we need to get a Vegas trip on our schedule - I need a break after making your birthday card!
- Stamps: Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Posies, Beautiful Banners (sentiment)
- Paper: Stampin' Up River Rock, MFT Berrylicious, MME Nob Hill 6x6 dsp
- Ink: Stampin' Up River Rock, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Soft Suede, MFT Berrylicious, SSS Sunshine
- Accessories: Reverse Confetti Petals 'n Posies Confetti Cuts and Tag Me Confetti Cuts, Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm metallic gold sequins, Hemptique 10-lb brown twine, Lil' Inkers Stitched Squares