Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Yes, I can

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This is a Stampin' Up! card I created today for a Chat & Challenge on SUDSOL.
The initials stand for Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing Online.

Stamp Set:      Sassy Salutations
Inks:               Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Paper:             Floral District
Card Stock:     Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessorries:   Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Flourish Frames from the Holiday Mini,                                          
                        1/8" mini brads,
Tools:              Stripes Embossing Folder, Brayer, Decorative Label Punch, Big Shot

Technique:      Using the brayer ink one inside piece of the stripes embossing folder.  Place the  
                          Whisper White card stock inside and run through the Big Shot being careful not
                           to let the paper shift.

You might be wondering what a Chat and Challenge is.  A Chat & Challenge is a fun time to stamp and/or chat with my  fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators in an online chat room setting.    A sketch or layout idea is provided, and sometimes an inspiration. (Though sometime the inspiration IS the sketch!) 

A few months back the SUDSOL site was looking for volunteers to host a Chat & Challenge.
I have participated in many online chat rooms and I thought, "Sure, I can do that."
The next thing I know I get emailed a 3 page "to do" list and I realize I have just jumped in the deep end.  I basically know how to turn my computer on, read emails, play games and search the internet.  I am also really good at yelling for my boys or Irv to help me.  
Now I didn't want to tell them that I signed up to be the hostess in a computer chat room for fear of being laughed at and being teased relentlessly.  
So I disregarded the instruction manual that might as well be in another language and 
decided to wing it.  
I knew I had to create a sketch and a card.  I drew a sketch using a program on my computer and created a card.  That was easy!  Now I just needed to wait for the time to host.  The time came and I couldn't figure out how to get the picture of the sketch up and the photo of the card into the chat.  I couldn't even figure out how to get the photo screen and the chat room screen to be side by side so I could see both.  I knew there was a way to do this but it wasn't working.  I actually didn't even know if I was in the right chat room.  Did I need to put hostess beside my name and if so then how do I do that.  I'm panicking and yelling at my boys for help and of course it's the first they have heard of it so they are calmly saying, "What are you trying to do".  I can't be calm.  The chat is on and I don't know how to host, how to upload the pictures and explain to J.J., David and Irv what I'm trying to do so they can help.  In the end no one showed up for my first hosting.  At least I don't think they did.  
I am hosting once a month so I had a whole month to prepare for the next one.  Where does a month go anyway?  I'm not proud to say that it snuck up on me and I had still not learned
how to do this.  I still did the sketch and made a card.  That is the easy part.  The rest of the
scenerio from the first time replayed itself.  At this point I am mad at myself for volunteering but I am not going to give up.  I know I can do this.
This time I create my sketch using a different program and think that I have it mastered. 
I have since participated in a few more chats as a guest and I think I have learned a lot from the hostesses.  I'm confident I can do this.  
However, I can't get people to attend.  I still can't get my picture to shrink small enough to post and I basically sit for an hour by myself being very stressed.  

So this time I resolved to read the 3 page manual and try to understand it.  
Step 1:  Draw my sketch
               I drew my sketch and then took a photo of it and uploaded it to my computer.
               This is my sketch for today.
It's a little blurry but I think it will do.
Step 2:  Create a card
               The card I created is at the top of this blog.  
Step 3    Send out reminder emails that the Chat & Challenge is tonight.
Step 4    Begin chat

My chat tonight started off a little rough as I still couldn't get my photo to shrink.
Apparently looking in the photo manual like I kept doing is not the right way.  Irv quickly came to my rescue and just googled how to shrink photo on iPhoto and within seconds he had the answer.  So with a slow start but I was now off to the races.  
3 ladies joined me.  Christine from New Zealand, Cindy from Alabama and Margie from Waterdown.  We had such a great chat and Cindy made a card while we chatted and completed it and uploaded it.  
Card by Cindy from Alabama
As soon as our chat was done Margie set to work and made this beautiful card.
                                                             Card by Margaret Stares
  Margie  Embossed "Merry Christmas" by first stamping in versamark and then in cherry cobbler ink and then she embossed with irridesent ice embossing powder.  I love how she used the brads and the tulle ribbon.

Everyone can participate and make cards from the sketch.  I love the inspiration that I get from everyone's creations.  

I'm so glad that I volunteered and I'm so glad I didn't give up.  I wanted to many times but now I know
exactly how to host a Chat & Challenge and I look forward to next month now.  

1 comment:

    Good for you Denise!
    I can completely relate to those technical victories!! LOL!!
    I LOVE your sketch and I think I may try to sneak some playtime in for myself to play along!
    The cards the ladies made are AWESOME!!!
    Well done!!