Friday, January 27, 2012

A step toward my resolution…

At the beginning of the year I decided I wanted to work on my art. I love making cards and different papercrafts but I would love to become more confident with my work. This is a difficult thing as I spent a lot of my time entering challenge after challenge with not much success. There are so many talented crafters out there, so the competition is steep. I would love one day to be on a design team and recognized in publications for my work. It becomes discouraging week after week come up empty on these challenges and for me has really thrown my creative side off.  For those who enter and say they don’t care about winning, I find that hard to believe. If that were the case then why would you bother entering? Do you buy a lottery ticket because you felt like throwing a dollar away? No, even though you know the chances are slim, you wanted to win. Beyond winning, it’s so wonderful to be recognized for your work, and I want to get there!

I found a wonderful online class opportunity by Joanne Sharpe here and decided this would be fun! I love her style and am looking forward to learning some new techniques. I have always disliked my handwriting, and am hoping this changes how I look at it.  Can’t wait to start and post my progress here!

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Card uses all Hero art stamps, colored with copics, distressed edges.

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend, Pixie is better, slept all night last night! Can’t wait to start seeing all the peeks of the new products at CHA! So far I am very excited about the Ranger distressed markers, I can’t wait to have these! I love the distress inks and these will open up some much possibility! Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Hi Tanya, First of all , your card is just lovely! The color of the flower against the background is gorgeous. Secondly, I understand what you're saying about contests and challenges. It can be so discouraging when one isn't recognized for their creations that they have worked so hard on! I certainly have felt that way myself at times. I found that when I went back to just creating what I wanted when I wanted to was really when I felt crafting was most rewarding. I found that challenges got to the point where it felt like homework rather than "fun time" and so I stepped back from entering contests that "told" me what to do. And I have enjoyed crafting much more. In fact, I am just starting to consider dong some challenges from time to time now after many months of not doing them. Then lastly, many challenges are picked my random integer....perhaps enter those as they give everyone entering the exact same chance to win. Good luck and your cards are lovely!

  2. Gorgeous! Love the vibrant and very bold reds, so yummy! Go for it! Go for the publications! I would love to see your work in print! You are indeed talented!

  3. Love your card, it is beautiful!I am going to check out that online class. Oh and I love the fact that Ranger has developed distress markers, cannot wait to get my hands on some. Glad Lainey is feeling better, her book got here :)

  4. Tanya, I think your card is lovely as well. Just wanted to add my 2 cents to the discussion about entering challenges. I will admit that I first started entering because I wanted to win, but now I think of it as a little challenge to myself, and a way of going outside my comfort zone. Each card you make, whether it wins or not, is a notch in your experience belt, and though it may not seem so, you are growing with each challenge. I'd also like to encourage you to enter some cards for they say, "you can't win if you don't try".