04 March 2016

All Projects Have Been Parked

Do people read blogs anymore?  I don't think so.  However, I have too many things to share that just don't fit on Instagram.

I've finally figured out what to do with my double life...you know, the one where I make cards for eWillow.com and stampingwithcharlene.com where I sell stuff and teach people how to make cards...and for whatever reason, those two worlds cannot collide.  Who made up all these invisible rules???  They drive me nuts!!!  I make cards and stuff.  What is the big deal????  Well, if eWillow.com is the place for people to go to buy cards, why would I want to tell them how to make them?  If I want to teach people how to make cards and sell the card-making supplies, why would I want them to see that they can buy cards that are already made?  Huh?

Just visit my parking lot at Sussex Circle Paperworks.  My worlds collide there.  And I don't care.

09 February 2016

Someone please tell me what to do

Peeps!  Please tell me what to do.  I am in such a conundrum.  I am wearing too many hats.  Problem is, though, I like all of them.

I make greeting cards.
I teach people how to make greeting cards.
I make DIY things.

Never shall the three things meet.  That is where the problem lies.

My eWillow.com business and my Stampin' Up! business are completely separate.  It's against the Stampin' Up! rules for me to promote eWillow.com on my Stampin' Up! blog, and it is "bad for my branding" to promote my Stampin' Up! business on my eWillow.com site.  So what's a girl to do? 

Personal blogging has become extinct unless you want to sell out your family in exchange for free stuff.  No thanks.  I'm thinking I might just keep the two businesses separate and dump everything onto Sussex Circle Paperworks...eWillow.com projects, Stampin' Up! projects, and DIY projects.  Thoughts?

16 November 2015

Howdy, Friends!

If you have a pulse, you know that blogging has been phased out and replaced with Instagram.  I've been busy over there documenting the things in our lives that I think are kind of fun and important.  My IG account is private, so I'll let you in on a few things that have been keeping me busy.

1)  Check out my new Stamping with Charlene site.  This is the place where I document all things Stampin' Up!, like new projects, products, classes, special promotions, and stuff like that.  The reason for this new site was because I decided to enter to be a part of Stampin' Up!'s 2016 Artisan Design Team.  I wasn't selected, but let me just say that I really am a winner.  Why?  Because I decided to use WordPress as the platform for that site and as a result, I feel like I earned an honorary doctorate degree in WordPress.  I created the site entirely on my own and I learned a TON of stuff in the process.

2)  As a result of creating the new Stamping with Charlene site, I decided to do a complete overhaul of eWillow.com Greeting Cards.  A couple of years ago, eWillow.com transformed from an open marketplace where greeting card designers could sell their creations into a site where I solely design the products and offer greeting cards on a subscription-box basis.  I loved the fact that with WordPress I could have 100% control of the content without having to totally depend on a tech person.  I started this project in July, and in the next couple of weeks the new site will go live.  Even though I still need to turn to my tech guy for tweaks, I am much calmer knowing that I can pretty much manage the site on my own if I need to.  (I like being self-reliant.)  My tech guy is FABULOUS, so if you are in need of someone to help you, shoot me an email and I will give you his contact info.

3)  Take a look at Cosmetics for a Cause.  About a month ago, we were blessed with over $1M in products from e.l.f. Cosmetics.  Since Erica is away at school, I have embraced the chance to make sure that each piece of makeup goes to a woman in need.  Thanks to the teens in our neighborhood and some other great friends, we have been able to accomplish this goal. 

4)  I still sub every now and then because I just can't seem to give up my Plan B.  Sometimes I wonder if Plan A would be even more successful if I let go of Plan B.  I don't know.  What do you think?  Do you have a Plan B?  Help!

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05 February 2015

Want to Learn How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards?

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make your own greeting cards, now is the time!  Read more about our February Stamp Camp HERE and register to attend this fun event!  You will have the best time ever!!


28 January 2015

Best Product EVER for a No-Chip Manicure, Hands-Down

You guys, I HATE getting manicures.  Don't get me wrong.  I love a crisp and clean fingernail as much as the next gal.  However, what I don't love is the time it takes for the upkeep.  I just have too many other things to do than to sit in a nail salon and have someone poke and prod and massage my digits.  I can do it myself from the comfort of my living room couch on a Saturday night while watching A Few Good Men for the millionth time, thank you very much. 

I also don't like paying for something that doesn't last.  Because of the work I do, I use my fingertips a lot.  I am constantly repositioning pieces of cardstock and peeling sticky stuff off the backs of embellishments. I also get sticky stuff directly on my fingernails and when I peel it off, the nail polish peels off right along, too. 

I have to handle tiny objects like miniature pearls and rhinestones.  Acrylics don't work for me; I have tried them and their rigidness makes it impossible for me to pick up little pieces of paper.  They aren't an option.  As a result,  I have come to accept the fact that chipped nail polish is just one of the inevitable inherent dangers in the life of a paper crafter.  Until now. 

Friends, meet Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials

I had been toying with the idea of trying a gel manicure, but my dread of the upkeep was preventing me from doing it.  I had seen different do-it-yourself gel products but those things are always all-show and no-go.  In other words, they are usually a rip-off.  I decided to give Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials  a try, and I will NEVER look back.  This stuff really works.  I tried it two weeks ago for the first time and my polish never chipped.  I thought it must have just been a random fluke, but no.  I gave myself a manicure on Saturday night.  I have been making cards non-stop since then.  It is now Wednesday night, AND NO CHIPS.  NO FLUKE.  THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS.

This is how I use it:

1) one coat of Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials
2) three coats of essie Nail Color, Pinks, Mademoiselle (or any color, but I like to keep it pale)
3) one more coat of Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials
4) finish it all up with one coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat, 0.5 Ounce (a.k.a. "shellac"  I love this stuff!!)

That's it!  You can purchase all of it from Amazon.com for the price of one manicure.  Think of all time and money you will save.  You can paint you nails from the comfort of your couch, you don't have to spend time at the nail salon, and if it does chip, you have the stuff at home to fix it yourself.

Just click on the images below to purchase all three products from Amazon.com.  C'mon.  Treat yo'self!!!

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