Friday, June 1, 2012

BE Your Best!

 Caution--a long post!
First I am sharing a card that I made with alcohol ink. I sort of broke the rule and used the inks on regular card stock (instead of Glossy paper). The blotchy/spotty green and yellow you see in the background was the result. The flowers were from the inked alcohol background on Glossy paper, so the images are much sharper. I embossed the diecut in white and also used the die cut for the background (thus you see a hint of brown under the flowers).  
just saying hello
 I do like to keep my blog a happy and fun place to visit. But...today is the day that I feel gloomy and a bit sad. The following are my latest thoughts:

One of the privileges of being in the stamping blog-sphere is that I get to know a lot of like-minded stamping friends like you in the last 3 years. And with blogging and card-making, we LOVE to enter CHALLENGES! I , for one, am very very addicted to enter challenges. And when there are challenges, there is competition. So it came to my attention, some newer (even for experienced) blogging friends find the competition tough to get any "recognition".  I, myself, have failed in making it to the Top 20 for Gallery Idol (for the 2nd time) and many many other challenges in the last 3 years. I don't have pearls of wisdom, but I know that there is always someone better/more talented than me (in stamping, card-making) and that I can admire and learn from. For that, I feel so honored and humbled when someone finds my work worth looking at and even inspiring! 

This timely e-mail came this Friday morning from Keren B.in UK. It was a sad day for me on Friday since it's been exactly two years since my father passed away ( how I miss him!).  This was also the morning that I found out that I didn't make it to the Gallery Idol Top 20....

  Hey! You don't know me but you left a couple of lovely comments on some of my cards in the Gallery Idol group. I was so surprised to see you hadn't been placed in the top 20- I was sure you'd be there...... Just wanted to encourage you that you're cards were simply amazing and keep on being inspiring!

This sweet e-mail lifted my spirit! Keren also started a Flickr Group called Play Along with Gallery Idols. There will be no prizes, just fun and inspiration. The Gallery Idol's theme going on now is "rainbow" (you can link up to my challenge here in my blog as well) !

  So...what do I do at a time like this? 
~pick myself up (allowing myself to be a little miserable), eat some treats ( snacked on BBQ chips)
~talk to my family (who always think my success/failure in the stamping world as a hit/miss thing) as they never think I should take it too seriously. And that is a good thing that someone else has a different perspective
~will keep going and create when I feel like to..."because I can't beat the best, but I can be the best that I can be". 
~will take a long blog/stamping break this August. I am going on a BIG BIG trip. Locations are all over Europe. I am super excited!

A good attitude will go a long way! And ....when you are having fun, you might just make something that makes you proud and happy!? This card says just that to me! This "pep talk" is part of my self-help therapy :)

 Lastly, thank you for reading this long post. Your ongoing support/encouragement mean so much to me. Please don't forget the little challenge in my blog! Each one of these entries has blown me away. I really can't pick a favorite as I may resort to a random selection. So please.....Just go with it and create.14 AWESOME entries so far (YAY)!
Check them out at the side bar!

61 comments:

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Hi, Virginia! Please do not be discouraged. You are such a talented, fun, inspiring woman who I have come to admire. I was obsessed with being published about a year ago, but with it came great pressure. I had to stop and rethink why I do what I do. It was becoming more like work and not a fun hobby so I stopped! Now, I submit, but only if I feel like it.
I hope you have a marvelous time in Europe. I can not wait to see your awesome photos. I think I need to head North someday to stamp with you and get some photography lessons!

Hugs to you, and know that you are FABULOUS!!!!

Laura B. said...

I am so jealous of your big trip all over Europe! You will have so much fun! I saw some glossy paper the other day and thought of you:) I am bound and determined to try this gorgeous technique out! I'm so glad that you are able to give yourself a good "pep talk"! I enjoyed reading it!! Take care, sweet friend:)

Karen B. said...

In my opinion, failure is a harsh word. You are never a failure in my book, but an inspiration, and I thank YOU for coming into my life through blog land and for the guidance you give.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

You are very talented and inspire a lot of people. Keep it up! Take care.

Sheila H said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Virginia. I visit your blog quite often although I seldom comment. I am in total awe of your work, and have been shy when it comes to "speaking to you.". But I bit the bullet, so to speak, and entered your challenge. When I read your comment on my blog, I, a total blog newbie, felt so honored. It's amazing and comforting to me to read about your feeling down sometimes. By that I mean that if it happens to an extremely gifted artist like you, I shouldn't expect that I would never feel the same way. I hope you have a great vacation, although I will miss your blogging. Again, thanks for sharing your projects and your thoughts.

Nancy said...

Isn't it lovely how encouragement always comes from the most unexpected places? Keren's email came at just the right time and that's no coincidence, my friend. Your cards are always creative and always have your perfectly unique design style. I can always pick your cards out of a line-up! Your card today is a triumph...and who says there's rules for using alcohol inks. I'm loving the mottled look on the cs. Have a lovely weekend sweet Virginia!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

You should totally think of yourself as a winner, look at all these cool people you've connected with from blogging?? You wouldn't have us in your life if you didn't put yourself out there.

Suzanne said...

Virginia, you are so talented and such a sweet person and I hate to see you down on yourself. I too was sad that you didn't make it though! Your eye for color and the techniques that you use so masterfully are your signature and I love that about you. I was too chicken to enter...you are an inspiration and I hope you just keep doing what you're doing because it brings so many of us so much joy. {{hugs!!}}

Karen from MI said...

What a GREAT blog post, Virginia! I was touched to tears by what the gal from UK wrote to you!! Wasn't she SWEET?!! We all need to take time to think about others.....she really cared! :) Keep crafting and blogging....what would all of your followers do if you suddenly, QUIT???? Your work is so INSPIRING! Love, Karen

Tina said...

I was expecting you among finalist, too. For me you are, since you are such a huge source of inspiration and this is a finalist quality!

Chunyuan said...

I am agree with Karen. You are never a failure. I really enjoy your inspirational and fun posts.

Kara Lynne said...

Virginia, your post sure speaks to me as I'm sure it does to so many others. I'm loving the community and the inspiration, especially by people like you. One night, I stayed up almost the whole night making a Wizard of Oz themed card because I was so inspired by your poppy picture for Virginia's View on LPC. I was thrilled when you personally wrote such complimentary words on my post, it meant the world to me! Well, that's just an example of your inspiration. I'm learning that I don't need to win challenges (that card didn't get recognized) to be pleased knowing I did my best and I'm growing. You have so much to do with that, and I thank you. Have a WONDERFUL time in Europe, you will be extremely missed!

Lalo said...

Lovely post today Virginia! I have to admit that I felt a little let down this morning also ... okay a lot let down :( Some challenges you know it's just not going to happen for you but when you give your all, try your best, and hope for something big like this it really makes you gloomy when it doesn't work out.
I am glad I have my blog friends too because my friends and family don't craft and just wouldn't understand.
You ARE a big source of awesomness and inspiration to the us crafters and bloggers ... And "Yes, Virginia ... Your awesome"!
PS. Sounds like a great trip and tell that Dr. John to brighten up your day :)

shirley-bee said...

Virginia, I'm new to blogland but it was blogs like yours that inspired me to join this worldwide online community and start my own blog. I must admit that I was the teeniest bit miffed when my creative masterpieces weren't recognised, but I've quickly come to the conclusion that just being part of this community and having all of these creative opportunities far outweighs what just a handful of people (whose taste may not match my own) think of my cards.

I visit your blog not to see what accolades you've won, but to see what you have created and how it can inspire me, and I'm sure it's the same for many other bloggers.

Blogland is a fantastic medium for sharing and inspiring - just think back to how it was in Life Before Blogs! Inspiration was limited to the few magazines published in our own country. Now we can inspire and be inspired by anyone in the world at any time.

All I can say is "Keep on blogging".

Enjoy Europe and come back fired up with creativity.

kerenbaker said...

Hi! Love this card; keep breaking the rules! It's always hard when challenges don't quite work out. I'm trying to learn to say 'I got something creatively out of creating this card. If someone else likes it, that's definitely a bonus.' So many people obviously appreciate your talent- take heart from that!
Enjoy your trip- sounds amazing. Are you coming to the UK ?!

joy said...

Hi, Virginia! You are the last person to be beating yourself up!! Your cards are so quirky, fun, clever and inspiring to all of us here in blogland. And, you are so sweet to leave comments of encouragement, too. Challenges are good exercises in learning and stretching ourselves and if you win, it's a temporary "high". Then it's on to the next one. And, there is no end. So, putting it all into a perspective, we should just continue doing what we love to do and that is stamping. The "highs" are just bonuses along the way.

Oh, my, I didn't mean to be so verbose!!! Have a WONDERFUL trip to Europe. Sounds absolutele divine!

Jackie Rockwell said...

Virginia I was very touched by how you shared you're feelings in this post. Be assured that I am always inspired by you're creations! I LOVE your experimental and always interesting approach to card making. I was surprised to not see your name listed in the top 20. I'm sure you will have a fantastic vacation and come back refreshed and full of creative Mojo! :)

Angi said...

You are my Gallery Idol Virginia! I loooove your work & you inspire me with your creativity. You have also introduced me to fab products and techniques. You are making a big impact in the crafting world. Hold your head up girl! We love ya! Sending loads of hugs your way! :)

Lin said...

So true, V! While we may be disappointed most times, there are also those times when we get recognized, too, and those times are all the more special because of the other times......

Fun card today, thanks for sharing it with us!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Hello sweet Virginia,
I love seeing your posts! This one is no exception- being real and sharing your heart.
I am looking at all your awards over there on the right side of your blog. Guest Designer spots, moxie fab goodness, designer for several respected companies, published accolades, and the coveted HA Apron.
No slouching here!
Hang in there darling. Hugs to you. Wish I could say more.

Trinh said...

I have had times where I felt the same as you, Virginia. Thanks for voicing them as I am too much of a chicken to do so. Your cards are always creative and inspiring and I know you will receive many more accolades in the future. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! First of all, I only first read about the "Gallery Idol" yesterday. Never heard of it. And the two spots I saw it didn't link to it, so I need to Google and see what that even is, but it sounds like something to aspire to. I hear you. I've only had a blog for six months and am thoroughly addicted to entering challenges. It's BEYOND exciting to win, but I mostly do it because I love how it makes my mind hum and I have to THINK about what stamps I have and what colors and what design, etc., in addition to CASEing a card that I love. Like yours! So please don't be discouraged. There are at least 523 people who LOVE you (I don't even have a hundred yet, so that seems pretty awesome to me!) and many more, I'm sure, because lots of people don't "follow," they just look and enjoy. I'm off for the weekend, but will be back to check out your blog challenge - can't wait! Thank you for being an inspiration to me!

cnelson said...

BIG HUGS!!! I hope you know that EVERY time I come here I am completely INSPIRED!! Your cards and your stamp work never cease to AMAZE! I absolutely ADORE this card! That flower ROCKS! *and so do YOU!

Kathie said...

After reading today's post I just had to make a comment. I've been following you by email for some time now and look forward each day to seeing what you have to share. You are such an inspiratio to me with your sense of humor, your beautiful work, and your openness. I admire your courage in submitting your work and rejoice for you when you are recognized for the talent and skill that you demonstrate in all of your projects. Hey, for what it's worth, you're my "gallery idol."

Daša said...

Hey Virginia! I read your post and I can say that I understand you! I check your posts and cards every time and I have to say that I just LOVE almost all of your cards...and you also sometimes inspire me. I think that in art there are not "the best" and "the worst" ...there are not "beautiful" and "ugly"...because it is ART! We all have different taste and it is normal that you can't pleased everyone. It's like that with me..sometimes..I'm so proud of my card and I say..can't wait I'll post it and see what others will say..and I'm waiting..and waiting and there's no response...:)) sometimes it's reverse story :) ha ha :) so don't worry I think that many of us really love your cards! ooh and enjoy in Europe :)

MommaSue said...

Win, place or show, your cards are always amazing! AND, I like the "splotchy" parts of this card...kind of pops the flower out just a bit more. Can't wait to see your next creation.

Suzanne C said...

Love the Virginia pep talks! They apply to all of us. My favorite thing you said was "I can be the best I can be!" So true! Beautiful card! Your vacation sounds fantastic and the best part is we all are going to go along after you get back and share your pictures. :)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

First of all - I really like the effect that the alcohol inks had on the non-glossy paper!! It's so fun and muted. I don't have any alcohol inks, but this has tempted me to add some to my collection!

Second of all, I'm so sorry that you had a bad day yesterday. I, too, was surprised to not see your name and face on that list of Top 20 Gallery Idol contestants. You do try so hard, and that's one of the things that I admire most about you. No matter what the outcome, you pick yourself up and push forward. You are extremely talented, Virginia Liu - and don't you ever forget it!! You're my Gallery Idol - does that count?!! Sending you virtual hugs in the hopes that they make you feel a little bit better. In the meantime, you have an amazing trip to Europe to look forward to - I'm so jealous!! Hoping that the rest of your weekend is fabulous! XOXO

donna mikasa said...

I wish the judges could feel the love that you have for cardmaking and it's too bad they can't judge you by the traffic on your blog! You'd be hands down #1! I thoroughly enjoy my visits to your blog and the inspiration you give and receive always amazes me! Win or lose, YOU are my Idol! Enjoy your vacation, sweet friend! Can't wait to see your photos and hear all about it! Hugs!

Anita Rex said...

Hi Virginia! This post you really poured your heart out. And I send you a hug. When I feel down when something doesn't go my way I like to cheer myself up with what success I have had so far. I think you are a Paper Crafting Idol for sure and I admire you and cherish your friendship. All these comments from amazing talented people all say the same thing, you rock my friend!

Kathy Martin said...

Hi Virginia! Wish I could give you a hug! Don't give up submitting your work because you are amazing! Truly! I've seen you grow so much in these last couple years. Just keep your chin up and don't ever give up. And it's perfectly normal and acceptable to feel let down. I'll give myself a day or two to pout! ;) I get turned down CONSTANTLY! I've been submitting multiple projects to CARDS the past few months without a bite! I've been turned down for a number of design team positions. The most recent were for Simple Stories and The Twinery. There's just a lot of competition....so many of us want these spots and there's so many incredibly talented people out there. The main thing we all need to remember is why we're doing all this in the first place, because we love paper crafting. I know you know all this, it's just good to hear someone say it when you are feeling let down.

By the way, love your card and that you 'broke the rules.' How would we ever stumble on a new technique if we didn't try new things! :)

Rachel W K said...

Lovely lovely card, V. I adore the brown pop in the background of those flowers. Your cards are ALWAYS stunning and you have skyrocketed in crafty blog fame so I think a lot of other people share my opinion of how awesome you are :)

-Rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Melissa Shea said...

Hi Virginia! I'm sorry you were feeling down :( I admire your work and like Nancy said, can always pick your cards out of the group! I remember when you first commented on one of my cards, I about died. I mean, you're like a superstar and you continued to support me. I so appreciated the time you took, as I see your sweet comments all over the blogsphere! I like your self pep-talk! I have to do that to myself sometimes (after I let myself be grumpy, but just for a bit!). The challenge your hosting looks fun, I'm going to try and enter :) Thanks for you :)

Linda R said...

Well I happen to think you are one talented lady. I LOVE popping in here to see what you create. I am so glad you are not going to let them get you down my friend.. One of my favorite quotes are "DON'T LET ANYONE EVER DULL YOU SPARKLE". And I just love you sparkle my friend..

Hugs~

Barb said...

First of all, my dear friend, I am so sorry I missed this post yesterday! It's rare when I don't stop by, and wouldn't ya know, it was on a day you needed some encouragement. Well, I can see by all these wonderful comments, that you already have lots of encouragement, but I wish to add a bit more.

You definitely have the right attitude about making cards. It has to be done for the fun of it, because if it's only done to win contests, then the sheer joy of making a card becomes stressful and not fun anymore. All the cards you entered for Gallery Idol were fabulous, V! It just so happens, they were looking for something different this year.

I love coming to your blog, not only to see your beautiful work, but to see YOU! You shine each time you write a post and I would REALLY miss it if I couldn't visit!

I really enjoyed our long talk today too - hope you are feeling better by now! Sending lots of love and hugs! :)

Michelle Lupton said...

Hi, Virginia - thank you for this post - I have a similar story of being discouraged by various things - having cards rejected from magazines, or being so pleased with a card, but nobody else seems to think it's any good - but then, just this week, I had a comment left on a card of mine on Flickr, telling me that my card was "delightful" - and that comment was left by you! So thank you for your encouragement, and please keep on doing what you do - I love visiting your blog for some inspiration - and a bit of a chuckle at Dr John ;)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

It's been a while since I could either post on my own blog or visit others. So just stopping in to say you are an amazing talent, my friend, Idol or not! Thinking of you as you remember your dear father and wishing you comfort from sweet memories.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I have to say I was surpirsed when I didn't see you on the top 20, because you would def. be on my top 20! I look up to you and your work so much! You were one of the first card designers that I really started following seriously and that I have learned so much from! Not only that but you always make time for me, and I can not believe it! There are so many others that I look up to as far as their crafting work goes, but I never seem to get any personal response and it always makes me feel below them... you have never made me feel like that in fact you have always made me feel like an equal even though I can only aspire to your creative ability! So keep your head up, because there are so many of us out there that you truly affect in many ways that you may never realize!
Hugs,
Lisa

Cindy C. said...

Hi Virgina, hugs and hugs! Just want to let you know that I enjoy your cards, and appreciate even more your support and inspiration. There's many many challenges out there and one couldn't win them all. So just try again! :)

Lisa Arana said...

oh sweet Virginia. I'm so glad you shared this post and quite eloquently I might add. I finally cracked to the rejection pressure myself. My first time really. I'm usually just fine and dandy about it, but my bucket finally overflowed. I like you know there are many talented crafters out there to aspire to and learn from. We all have our moments of doubt, but I'm glad to hear your rebound process is similar to mine. I'm inspired by and learn from you CONSTANTLY. You are a rockstar! Hugs.

Vic Lau said...

Sorry I missed the post yesterday. I think your cards are amazing, fun, and inspiring. Ever since I've found your blog, I've been a regular visitor. Your cards and posts bring a smile to me every time. Besides, you don't have to be in the top 20, you're already the top in your beautiful family's hearts :)

Keep on creating and inspiring your amazing work. I'll miss the posts when you're on vacation in August.

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Virginia, I know how you feel, I have experienced a lot of disappointment since I started entering challenges. I have also been continually disappointed when I submit cards to magazines and sometimes feel like giving up but I love my hobby and find it a great stress relief. I am sure you will feel differently after your amazing holiday Have fun!!!

Wida said...

There will always be challenges and awards to win, but your impact on people and in their hearts is priceless. So many of us long for approval and recognition and when you comment on my cards noticing the little things about it that I as the maker hope people will see, it makes me happy. You are a fantastic card maker and you make me feel like a superstar when you cheer me on and give me pep talks when I am down. You mean so much to me V! A challenge win brings joy to the self, but you bring joy to many. A much bigger prize I think.

Jocelyn said...

I think you rock. I love your cards, your style, your blog and seeing pics of you and your family. Don't give up on your goals because I am sure you will achieve them.

BabyBokChoy said...

I think you know that you do amazing work and are well respected in the community for your beautiful contributions and positive and friendly spirit.

Jen W. said...

I too get extremely disappointed when I don't win challenges. I let myself sulk a little and then I force myself to switch my mindset to, "how can I do better next time?". I also have to remember to make what I like and not think so much about what will win. I like that you stay true to your own style and are always diving in and trying something new. That makes you a winner in my book!

Lindsey said...

It's easy to start taking the whole competition thing too seriously, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts. (Also, I don't believe you should think that the top 20 are necessarily "better/more talented" -- eye of the beholder and all that. We all have favourites of the ones that were chosen, and probably a couple where we think, "really?")
I love today's card! And that's not breaking the rules, that's just being creative! I quite like the muted look on the regular cardstock. The embossed blooms really pop.

Emily Leiphart said...

You are a winner in my eyes, Virginia! I appreciate your honesty and I, too, expected to see you in the Top 20. I try not to put too much hope into these big contests but it is still disappointing not to be there. There are times when I seriously doubt myself, too, but that doesn't mean we aren't winners. You inspire me and you always will! :)

Barb King said...

I enjoy your style, Virginia, and love to look at your new creations on your blog. I just started blogging in Jan., and have been entering challenges, but no luck yet. You have a wonderful following and a kind heart, keep up the inspiration, we all appreciate you!

Susan F. said...

Virginia, your work is very inspirational to me and many others. You create such beautiful cards with many types of materials. Reading your blog and seeing your work tells me that you are a sweet-hearted artist. We are all blessed to have you share your talent with us.

Annette said...

Virginia you are amazing and I must share...you know when Cath has the Moxie Fabbers...I always dream that I will be there one day and you know the question they ask who inspires you...well you are in my top three list.

When I first started blogging your blog was one of the ones that I discovered and I have been so inspired by you. Keep your head up...even though we do not make those list that we want to make...please remember all the people that you are inspiring...You can put me on that list...

Dawn said...

I've been away Virginia... and only got to read this tonight. I wholeheartedly agree with Karen's comments. You ARE so inspiring to me and others....I too, felt a bit disappointed I DIDN'T make the Top 20... but I'll keep on trying. One day maybe, I'll be good enough. But mostly I create to make me feel good! So keep on keeping on. Hugs Dawn

Maureen Morton said...

I just returned home for a short trip to read your blog. Oh, my......what a mind-bender. You are so great, so talented and so very loving with all you share. I wish that you didn't care so much about the challenges, but I understand that you do. It is all about growing and showing ourselves what we can do - not winning, but playing the game. You are such a super-star......seriously! Thanks for all you do for so many of us and don't beat yourself up. We love ya!

Nona said...

Oh Virginia, I sincerely appreciate how raw and honest your thoughts are. I am too wary for my own good, so I am seriously touched by your words. You are truly a talented and inspiring artist. And not only that, you are such a kind-hearted person. And that is not always easy to find. I have come to admire you for your unique and inspiring work as well as who YOU are. I am immensely grateful to have "met" you through this craft industry. To me, you will always be a winner. And by the number of comments, you have undoubtedly made an impact on so many of us. See how awesome you are, Ms. Thang! :) Please take care and I hope you have a blast on your trip. Much hugs!

Bethany said...

Your cards are so wonderful Virginia! You really shouldn't take the challenges too seriously. Awhile back I was so addicted to trying to get published, win a challenge, etc. that I was overboard. And I was pretty upset if I didn't get published or win a challenge. I ended up slowing down more, not being so concentrated on winning or getting published, but more on making cards to sell (I have some cards on consignment at a florist, and I also sell them at craft shows) so I can have a business. I still enter challenges and submit to try and get published, but I am not so focused on winning or getting published now. If I don't...oh well, I love the card I made anyway! (gorgeous card BTW! I love the flowers) Have a nice day :)

chrystinanoel.com said...

Hi Virginia,
What a day - so much going on at the same time, so many emotions. I hope that you found the support you needed with the family. I just wanted to tell you that my eyes lit up when I saw the card from you at my place, and then I opened it and it was even BETTER than expected. It pretty much made my day. I'm featuring you in a post tomorrow... you and your lovely butterfly card, and Dr. John even makes an appearance.

Also - I'm excited for you about your blogging break. I understand how much time and energy this takes, and I'm excited for you to break away for a bit and focus on reality and family and friends :)

xo

Jocelyn Olson said...

Hugs, Virginia! I really appreciate your honesty. I've always been so inspired by your work and have always looked up to you! I know it's disappointing, but I hope you'll keep entering. You're so talented!

Aileen said...

Hi Virginia, saw this post and wanted to share that I always find your work awesome! I too just try to improve for my own benefit but would love to create cards like yours!

Hope you have a fab time when you visit Europe. Is Scotland on the agenda? x

Alice Wertz said...

you are definitely one of the best card makers in my book ( and in many many's books for sure) and hey, there is always the next challenge, right? my thought on not making the GI is that well, there are just sooooo many amazing card makers out there and i am happy that they were picked. this way i can learn from them when they roll out their cards for this year's challenges. and maybe (just maybe) i'll have a shot for next years contest? =) really no need to be sad about it, my friend. as long as you are happy doing what you do, it is the best thing and you are doing such an awesome job inspiring us already! i am sure you will be in next time and i'll cheer you on! =) i am late reading this post, but i happened to be sad thinking about my dad yesterday, too. sending you big hugs, my friend.

i have never used glossy paper with alcohol ink before!! i just used regular cardstock with them and there is no alcohol ink police out there. =) rules are meant to be broken, so run wild with your alcohol inks, VIrginia!! =) love love your beautiful card!

Debstamps said...

Hey Virginia! You're going to be amazed at what I am about to write...I have been relaxing and catching up on my blog reader today after the flurry of graduations/birthdays in the past month. I was just reading this post, and gasped out loud as I read about your father. My dad died the same day. He's interred in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery...an Army man on Navy Drive right across from the Washington Monument. He would have liked that! Funny how we meet and are inspired by so many in our stamping community! [I joined the Idol group too--don't know if I'll be able to play too much, but I'd like to train for next year!]

Cathy A said...

So glad you didn't follow the rules for alcohol ink on this card, it looks stunning, I think your words on never giving up are great too, I always feel inadequate against others and still have yet to get recognised in some challenges I enter regularly, but I like you just keep trying! Such wise words!