Friday, July 31, 2009

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!

Papertrey Ink came out with a fabulous new stamp set called 'Buttons and Bits' that I absolutely LOVE! It is designed so that you place a button where the main part of the image would normally be. I don't know what it is about buttons, but I have always loved them and have been drawn to them. Long before I became a paper crafter, I collected buttons and would put them in old canning jars for a decoration. Now of course, I put them on my cards and scrap book pages. So I am just WILD about this new set!

My first card was made for several of the Dirty Girl Challenges on Splitcoaststampers (SCS). I first used a sketch by Rainy, then I used a image of fruit to meet TruCarMa's Challenge 'Good Enough to Eat', I embossed the white panel with the Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' Embossing Folder for DeborahLynneS Challenge 'Taken with Texture', and I used a retired Stampin Up! Background Stamp 'Plaid', to make my own designer paper for gbedwright 'DP by Me' challenge. The sentiment for this card is computer generated, but the set does come with a lot of fun and creative sentiments of its own.

This card I made just for fun. The designer paper is all DCWV, I stamped the sentiment right on the designer paper on the bottom of the card. I colored the background a little with chalk.
I had the most stressful day at work yesterday and I am really looking forward to having a relaxing day off today before I go back to work tomorrow. We were just extremely understaffed as always (only 3 employees for the entire store on a busy Thursday afternoon) and it seemed every customer had a problem, issue or complaint. And I had so many customers that needed extra help, but I had to just tell them that there was no one available to help them at the moment and I felt terrible. I really wish the company would get their act together and give us more hours so that there are more employees on the floor. I think our store is developing a reputation for bad customer service, and I feel terrible about it, but there's only so much I can do. I can't be in two places at once, and ONE employee can't handle 10 customers at one time. It was so frustrating. Thanks for letting me vent, again! Have a good day! Amy


  1. These are so fun! The red and white looks so fresh and pretty and the flower one is darling!

  2. Amy these are wonderful. I just LOVE this PTI set...and I haven't purchased it but your adorable creations are making me want it more!! I love your layout on both and with the white its really makes the images pop.Beautiful cards!

  3. Very stylish work i love it

  4. Wow Amy!! These are gorgeous!! I just absolutely love your colors and designs with the gorgeous dp and your magnificent job on those images. I probably should not have stopped here today because now I want these sets. Beautiful work!!

  5. Adorable creations Amy!!! What awesome stamp sets ... I really must check out that company ... I just never take the time ... thanks for being an enable (again!) LOL!!
    I'm so sorry you've having such trouble at work ... but try not to take it personally ... like you said, you can only be so many places at one time! Hang in there!!

  6. LOVE both these cards. So cute! And I'm so excited for the inspiration because I just ordered this set this morning!

    I have a lot of buttons too left over from my sewing days so I'm hoping to put them to good use with these fun images.

    I can't believe that you only had 3 employees for the whole store. That's just crazy. When you are short handed does the manager step in and help or does he/she go hide in the office? You would think that by now they would be able to gauge the traffic flow to know how many staff are needed. It is hard when you give the best service you can and still end up with the reputation as a store with bad service.

  7. These two cards are so cute! I'm especially lovin' the cherry one - one of my favorite motifs and favorite colors, for sure! Where do you work? Your situation sounds remarkably like the one where I worked several years back, which is why I'm self-employed now...


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