Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My secret.....REVEALED!!!

I may not be Oprah, but still...I had a secret. And I told you I had a secret. And I told you that I would tell you all what it was, when I could. I kept you in suspense. On purpose! Maybe I am Oprah after all, lol!!! And no...I don't have a long lost half-sister. That I know of anyway......

No, my secret is.......

Well, let me go back a bit...*giggle*

Over a month ago, I was skimming through my Blogger dashboard, to see what was happening in the ole blogosphere. Have you ever clicked on a blog you currently follow, which leads you to another blog, then another blog, etc, etc, etc and you wind up someplace totally new to you and yet totally fabulous?? That was what happened to me on that fateful day. I was somewhere brand new to me and utterly fabulous.

It was actually two blogs - one a stamping challenge blog and one a store. Now you guys know how much I love a good stamping challenge!!! But for these challenges you had to use their images to compete. Digital images to be more specific. I had heard of "digis" before and know stampers who use them all the time, but for me they were a totally alien concept. How do you buy them? How do you use them? What do you do with something you can't see/touch/feel??? It all sounded too complicated and stressful to me and I just thought - forget it - I'll stick with my 'rubbah'. And that would have probably been the end of it....except.....

Except that they were currently taking applications to become a Design Team member. Not a one time deal, or a guest for the month, but a full-on MEMBER OF THE TEAM!!! And that my friends is a very big deal! OK, well it's a big deal for me, lol! So I thought.....do I like the images they sell? Yes. Do I think my style of card making would be a good fit with them? Yes. Would I feel comfortable being in part a representative for this company? Yes. Am I going to let the intimidation of trying something totally new to me stop me from trying? NO!! *gulp*

So I emailed my application - it almost felt like a resume, lol! - and linked up the blog post I had actually done that morning before Blogger surfing. It was the blog post where I put up my favorite cards I had made for 2010. (Coincidence? I don't think so!) And then I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Did I ever mention that I hate waiting? For anything? Ever???

But I waited until Sunday, when I got the email letting me know I had been chosen and was I still interested?! Heck to the yeah, baby!!! Woooo Hoooo!! But I had to keep it a secret until it was publicly announced, which it was last night and you can see it over HERE.

I'm so official, I have my own badge!!!

Over the next week or so, they will be posting everyone's pictures, bios and introductory cards. As a DT Member, I get four free images of my choosing every month to use on inspirational projects for the The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog. I also get a very generous discount on anything else I'd like to purchase at their store site, The Stamping Boutique.

Here is my intro card, using one of their AMAZING images:
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I could not get a decent picture of this card without using the flash, but it lightened it up so much that you can't really see the 'mottling' I did for the water part. It turned out so cool, if I do say so myself, lol!!! These images are just a blast to color and gives me another excuse reason for using my Copic markers!

And guess what? Using 'digis' is EASY!! As in really, really, super-di-duper easy! And they're sooooo much cheaper than rubber stamps! AND you don't have to wait!!! Instant gratification on my stamping addiction obsession passion!!!! Plus unlike regular stamps, you can make them any size you'd like, turn them, flip them - whatever you can dream up!! So yeah, it didn't take me very long to totally fall in love with them and I've already used my member discount, lol! LOVE IT!!

So if you're a stamper, you should hurry on over and check out the store!! At least pick one image you really love (if you can narrow it down to one that is!), and play with it. You'll be hooked!

Now that I'm all official, I will be posting a weekly card or project using these images for The Stamping Boutique's challenge blog. I hope this gives you crafty girls some fun ideas, and perhaps creates some new crafty girls??? Hmmmm????

So that's my secret! And personally, I think it's better than Oprah's! Just sayin.

29 comments:

slommler said...

Woohoo!! That is fabulous!! Congrats!!
And your stamp is wonderful. How cool is this?
You will be a great addition to their team for sure!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Rita said...

Congrats to you! Have fun! I think you are a good fit, they'll love your cards, and you will amass quite a collection of new toys to play with for years--hehe! ;)

Cassie said...

Well, congratulations, Jeannie! It's no surprise, because you are uber talented :D

just call me jo said...

Quite an accomplishment. Good for you. You will be a great addition to their team. Stamp on!

Regina said...

Ohhh Jeannie..that is wonderful, awesome, fantastic and outstanding news. Congrats girl!!! You will be a huge assest to the team...your cards are amazing. I LOVE this one but then ya know I love mermaids..hehe!!
Congrats again and I'm very excited to see just what the future of "DIGI" has to offer through your eyes and creativity.

Hugs,
Regi

Deanna said...

This is such a perfect fit for you. Congratulations! I'll be looking forward to seeing all of your new creations. Your entry card is a GREAT start!

Christina said...

Congrats so glad you made it! See can always say I knew you when? Love the card. Very colorful and serene.

Jeannie from PolkaCabana.wordpress.com said...

Yes congrats to you. I just got a spot on a team that uses REAL stamps! So many of us on the team are sayin "YAY, REAL STAMPS" We have all been working with DIGI's too long:) But they are fun, addicting and much more cost effective, right?

Kristina P. said...

This is great, Jeannie! You are perfect for them.

LindyLouMac said...

Congratulations Jeannie, what awesome news I think you will love this!

Heatherlyn said...

That is really cool! Congratulations! What a neat, fun opportunity! You are very talented!

April said...

Oh, Oprah has NOTHING on you, girl! So very HAPPY for you!!! Let those creative juices flow!

Amy said...

Everything happens of a reason! It had to be fate!

I'm so happy for you, congrats!! You really deserve it :)

Debgem said...

Many congratulations on your Design Team position - and I love the mermaid in the card!!

Thanks for your comments on my blog - I followed the new nesties on the Spellbinders blog - can't wait to get some of them :)) And once again - thanks for becoming a follower of mine - much appreciated.

AK Stamper said...

Wahoooooooo CONGRATS Jeanie!!

Cute cute card!!

Shell~Alaska♥

Janiece said...

YEA!!!
Congratulations!!!
I have never been a stamper, but I think I might like this...

Mary said...

YAY YOU! It would've been so hard for me to have kept that secret! Congratulations!

Ann Schach said...

Congrats! This is fabulous news! I can't wait to see what you create!

Mimi said...

How fun & exciting! You are gonna rock for them!

I can't wait to see where this takes you!

xoxo

Lynn said...

YAYYYY!! Im so happy for you and I cant wait to see the post that they do about you on their site I will definitely be checking back there for sure, you totally deserve it!!

Sylvia said...

Congratulations, Jeannie! It looks like you have found a good place to be in Jeannie's world. So happy for you! Your first card is wonderful and the image reminds me of you, a free and happy spirit. Good luck with this new venture into the world of DT's!

Grand Pooba said...

Congrats big sis!!! That is awesome! I'm not surprised they chose you! I'm so excited to see the stuff you come up with!

Wanda Cullen said...

Way to go, Jeannie! Doing the happy dance for you! I'm still learning to use digis...need to figure out a better way to 'store' them on my MAC. They're scattered among tons of other downloads, so I often forget what I've got. :-(

Nikki Bond said...

Wow girl! That is super exciting news! Congratulations!!!!! You deserve it! {SMILES}

AliceKay said...

Congratulations, Jeannie. I think you'll have fun while doing a great job on the design team. Your intro card is beautiful. I love anything that has to do with the ocean. :)

Vickie said...

I am soooo happy for you girl!! Congrats! {{Hugs}}

That card is so beautiful!

Miranda said...

hi Jeanne this is a very very lovely card, the colours are great

hugs
Miranda

Heide said...

Way to Go Jeannie!
Go things come to those that wait! LOL! Digi's are the easiest thing in the world. I too am fairly new to them and I think they are great. Congrats again, I am so looking forward to working with you.
Hugs, Heide

Faye said...

Jeannie, I am so proud of you. Congratulations! I know you are perfect for that design team. This mermaid card is so awesome! I love it.

I sure hope that you are feeling so much better from the stuffy/runny nose crud. (That's a lot of kleenex in one day.)