The first one is 'Morning Soft'. I used the sketch from this week's Paper Craft Planet Sketch Challenge. The image is water colored with SU! Markers. If I had to do this card over again, I would choose a softer blue. This was my very first time coloring this image, so I was just experimenting. I was trying to capture the bright, vivid blue of Morning Glories in real life, but mine ended up too dark, no matter how many times I tried to lighten it. The papers are all SU! Designer Papers, and those are adhesive crystals down the sides of the card. I also put Stickles in the flower centers.
My second card was made for this week's Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The colors are Whisper White, Ruby Red, and Baja Breeze. The stamp set is 'A Little Birdie Told Me'. The Designer Paper is Magnolia and the image was colored with Prismacolored Pencils and Gamosol.
The last card was made for this week's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The cute boat image is from 'Boatloads of Love'. The sentiment is computer generated and says 'To wish you a Happy Birthday' inside the card. The card stock colors are White, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Only Orange, and Brilliant Blue. I used the Cuttlebug 'Divine Swirls' Embossing Folder on the Bashful Blue Card Stock. The image was colored with Copic Markers.
Hey guess what? I was called in to work yesterday! So now I got a whopping 16.5 hours this week! Then I found out they actually tried to call me yesterday but my phone line was busy. I have a teenage son and dial-up Internet. I was so bummed to hear I could have worked yesterday too and missed the opportunity. So I gave them my cell phone number, and hopefully I won't miss another work opportunity. Next week I'm only scheduled for 4 hours....so I'm really hoping to be called in! We had a HUGE sale this week, so business has been good, but we were extremely understaffed so we also had a lot of unhappy customers, and, unfortunately, I ended up with ANOTHER upset phone customer. I had long lines of people IN THE STORE waiting to be helped, and she demanded that I look for a specific type of ribbon RIGHT NOW. Well, we have an entire aisle of ribbon, and it would take me at least 15 minutes to find the type of ribbon she wanted based only on a verbal description, so I kindly explained the situation with her and asked if I could take her name and number and call her back when it was less busy and I actually found the ribbon. She angrily refused that option, so I asked her if I could put her on hold, and I told the manager the situation over the head set, but by the time a manager picked up the phone, she had already hung up. So, I'm sure, I'll probably get another 'complaint' against me, but I don't know what else I could have done. In both situations I did alert the manager that I had a 'difficult customer' on the phone and asked for their help, but I'm worried I'll start looking bad pretty soon, and that's frustrating because there is nothing else I really could have done given the situations. I'm starting to be afraid to answer the phone now! LOL! For a minimum wage job, there is certainly a lot of stress and anxiety. I had one guest in the store yesterday who was an acquaintance and knew my education and background, and she was so surprised to see me working there and asked 'why?'. She said in her opinion, low-paying jobs are often more stressful, and if I could get paid more substitute teaching I should do that instead. I tried to explain that I took the job because I thought it would be fun and didn't expect it to be so much stress, and, in all honesty, I do LOVE my job. I love the products we sell, the people I work with, and helping customers if I know how to help them....the stress comes when I don't know the answer and customers get angry with me. We sell every type of craft item in the store there is, and customers expect you to know everything about EVERY craft, and they don't realize that you may not be able to knit, but you can sew dresses or do other crafty things. The store is filled with Crafty Talented Employees, but not one single employee is all-knowing in every craft. Every employee has their own specialty, whether its quilting, knitting, beading, etc. Well, enough venting for one day. Today I'm home, and back to work again tomorrow. Hopefully all the customers will be happy and cheerful. Have a good day! Amy