Sunday, June 16, 2013

A New Page

Over the last couple of weeks I joined a Rubber Stamp Design Team.  The Name of the Company is Marks Finest Papers and Stamps, a Heinrich Company. Here is a link to the store in case you haven't heard of them: http://www.marksfinestpapers.com/servlet/StoreFront  .  I am on two of there design teams, one for teaching and one for challenges they are here: http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/ .  I have found the company staff to be very nice and very helpful, a couple of phone calls, a bunch of emails, yahoo groups and I'm up and running.  My official start date is 7/1 but since Marks so graciously sent me stacks of stamp sets I a decide to get going right away.  Good thing too, ever start something and think you know exactly what you are doing only to discover you really don't have a clue??  I'm waving here as I type because that was me!!  I think I have it under control now, my problem was not realizing the communication I was getting was for all 7 design teams, I didn't realize I just needed to pay attention to the teams I am on.  On Tuesday I was thinking, What did I get my self into! Like I said, I've got it straightened out in my mind how things work and now that I am done with the organization work of the web stuff I am very happy to be MAKING the samples!  There were a few computer things I had to learn quickly, but before I could do that I had to learn that I didn't  know these things and I needed to! That will make sense to some people reading this, if you don't understand what I'm saying you are probably under 40 and don't even know what DOS is. Anyway, the work of the Design team is to basically make samples that show off the beauty of the stamps.  Sounds simple and it is, unless you have to make a stunning sample with images that you wouldn't normally pick out.  This then becomes the real challenge for the designer.  This would be true for any designer, there will always be images that aren't in you normal margin of appeal.  I am not a "cute" stamper, while I like other peoples cute cards, it is just nothing I gravitate towards.  So when I make cute cards for Mark's, this will be a challenge for me, and I am happy about that because I don't want to get stale and totally predictable! 
 
 

Marks also has a great educational system, Speedy TV, Weekly challenges and tutorials.  Offering a real opportunity for paper artists to grow.  That is one of the reason's I joined, card making and it's out reach has been a huge blessing in my life and I am eager to pass what I know on in a positive and thrifty way!
 
Here is my first Card for Marks, it is for today's Birthday Challenge  you can go here to check out more entries: http://mfpspeedytv.ning.com/page/fostv-challenge.

Enter the challenge yourself and you may win a free stamp set!!
 
 
 
I used the pussy willow set to make the chickadee and Asian delights for the cherry blossom, the sentiment is on Daffodil greeting set.
 
I hope you all had a great weekend and this week brings good things!
Ginny M

4 comments:

  1. Ginny - great intro card and great paragraph explaining how you felt - been there! There really isn't any pressure to make master pieces - those joining need to know we have challenges too! Enjoy your new chapter. Janine

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  2. wow Ginny what a fab card... well done love that stamp set too.. tried to have look at the tv site link you gave me, but when went to sign in Kaspersky Internet security blocked it as Phishing scam - it might have gone through the wrong way... love Shaz in oz.x

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  3. What a great combination of those sets! It's a lovely card. Most of my design work has been a challenge for me, a good thing though. I believe I have grown! Welcome to the team!

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  4. Congrats on the new DT! Your card is fabulous- you will be such a fab addition to their team! I look forward to seeing what you create with the images : ) I love playing in the challenges at MFP : )

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