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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fun & Happy News!!!

Any of you who read my blog regularly know how much I LOVE Melanie Muenchinger's stamps. She is a wonderful artist and illustrator!! It has been the hardest thing I've had to do in quite some time... but about two weeks ago Melanie wrote me and asked if she could send me her new "Sporty Accessories" stamp set and if I would be her Guest Designer for the next month... and, of course, I couldn't let anyone know until Gina K's Release Party! My first thought was "Ha! ME?? a Guest Designer??? No way!!!" After about 30 minutes of sitting at my desk holding my hand over my mouth I finally shouted..."YESSSS!!!!!" (Fortunately I was alone at work... LOL) I am so honored to be working with Melanie to show you what I come up with using her set. She is always so supportive and encouraging. I MUST tell you how I "met" Melanie... as it were... online. I surfed over to Splitcoast Stampers for one reason or another... and was looking through a link and Melanie's avatar caught my eye. Well... her avatar happened to be a picture of her... smiling... with red lipstick on. You ever see someone and just think... "WOW, what an awesome smile?" Well...that's what happened. I had come to the conclusion one day last summer while on small 3-4 day trips with my kids (dad couldn't go as he had started a new job and didn't have vacation time yet), that when I saw someone I felt deserved a compliment I was going to give it to them. So... I did. I sent Melanie a small private message stating I had seen her leave a comment on a link and couldn't help but notice she had a beautiful smile! Now don't get me wrong... it felt kinda weird doing it since I didn't know her at all!! But... when she replied back with a sweet thank you... I knew I had done the right thing. THEN.... I decided to look through her Gallery!! Ooooops... NOW what have I gotten myself into??? LOL Honestly... Melanie truly inspired me to make my cards better than I ever could have thought they might be. I followed her blog and I can't tell you how much inspiration she has given me. I've even actually drawn a few things in myself on my cards and eeeeek where did THAT come from??? I'm NOT an artist by any means, but Melanie can make you use what you have and try things you thought you'd never imagine yourself trying. I hope I can live up to her keen eye and I do her stamps justice. But mostly, I am HONORED she gave ME a chance. Thanks Melanie!!! Signature

7 comments:

Theresa said...

Tina, I am so thrilled for you! Congrats!!!

Jennie said...

Tina...I am so excited for you! It is no wonder you were asked, your creations are AMAZING! Looking forward to seeing what you create and being inspired! :o)

Betty Benton said...

Melanie knows "good" when she sees it, Tina! And you are good! I've enjoyed all of your creations at StampTV and always read your blog -- looking forward to seeing you at Melanie's blog too!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Melanie is not only a truly sweet person, but a wonderful designer and papercrafter as well. I loved your tribute to her!

catdidit said...

I so know what you mean Tina, You have said it so well about Mel! She truly is a big inspiration in my world too! I am determined to meet her IRL yet! I probably be so tongue tied wont be able to speak, lol!

I have no doubt that you will so rock this guest designer spot for Mel and all of us! Can't wait to see what you create with it!

Anonymous said...

Again, congratulations! This is sooooo cool since I "know you" too! Now, are you ready to teach me all these great things you have learned from Melanie et al? I can't wait to see what all you come up with! At least we are close in proximity. Have fun creating for us!

Chris R. from Iowa

Sharri Seffens said...

Woo Hoo Tina!!! Congratulations! Melanie has a good eye for talent! I can not wait to see what you have to show us this month with her new set!!

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