Friday, September 18, 2009

How About Some More Fall Cards?

Good Morning! I was so tired after a nine hour day at work yesterday, then two hours grocery shopping, then the one hour drive home, that as soon as those groceries were unpacked I went straight to bed and slept for 10 hours and now I feel great. I had another horrible day at work yesterday and wondered for the 100th time why I am even working there. Then there are days when I love it so much, I can't ever imagine not working there. Yesterday was just stressful because one person quit and another person didn't show up, so as usual, we were extremely busy and understaffed. I worked 9 hours without any breaks, only a lunch break, working constantly taking care of people, so you can only imagine how tired I was becoming being on my feet all day. Anyhow, to add to my misery, I was discussing with another employee about how stressed out I was because of how overworked and understaffed we were WHILE I was waiting on a customer (trust me she was not being neglected. She never even had to wait. She wasn't even trying to talk to me, and she was digging through her purse the whole time) and as she walked out the door she sarcastically screamed at us 'Great customer service ladies!'. I was like, you have got to be kidding. Did you not even hear a word of our conversation? Can you not have one ounce of sympathy and you have to make our terrible day even worse? Couldn't you have brought some 'sunshine' to our day and offered some encouraging remark instead? Now, I'm sure she'll just send some nasty email to corporate (they all do) and we'll be in for it. So I already told the manager the whole story and apologized, and said I never should have been discussing personal matters in front of a customer and it won't happen again, I was just tired and stressed and my judgement and performance level was off. She understood and wasn't upset. She was probably just happy that I actually show up for work, and that I stay late when I'm needed. LOL!

Anyhow, I'm home today, so other than the usual household chores, laundry, cleaning, cooking, clean the bird cages, and water the plants, I hope to have some fun and craft a little today. I'm working on my fall cards and goody bags to take over to the consignment shop. I've already showed you a few already, here are a few more:

This first one was made for last week's sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The main image is retired Stampin Up! 'Season of Thanks' and the sentiment is from Hero Arts 'Happy Thanksgiving'. The designer paper is DCWV 'The Fall Mat Stack', and card stock colors are Bravo Burgandy, Old Olive, Really Rust, and white. I put Stickles on some of the flowers and the image is colored with Prismacolored Pencils.
The second card was made for last week's color challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I thought the colors were very 'Halloweeny' looking, so I made a Halloween card. The card stock colors are white, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Elegant Eggplant. The images are from Hero Arts 'Happy Halloween'. The Ghost is popped up on dimensionals, and the bats are stamped on the paper.
My third card uses another image from the retired SU! Set 'Season of Thanks'. I colored it with Prismacolored Pencils and popped up the potato basket, apple basket, carrot basket, and one squash basket. I also put Stickles on the sunflowers. The clip has an 'F' on it for 'Fall' if you can't tell by the photograph. The designer paper is Debbie Mum 'Harvest and Holiday'

My fourth card was made for last week's sketch challenge on Paper Craft Planet. The pumpkins are Cuttlebug Cut and Emboss die cuts. The brads I bought at JoAnn's....aren't they pretty? They sparkle too! They are in the dollar bins if you have a JoAnn's near you. The twine is Martha Stewart, and the Sentiment is from Inkadinkado. Designer paper is DCWV 'The Fall Mat Stack'.

And my last card uses an old image I purchased at a rummage sale, so I don't know the name of it. I popped up two of the pumpkins, put Stickles on the sunflowers, and added some Hero Arts fall leaves. The image is colored with pencils.

My daughter went to the funeral of her accompanist's husband the other day. She said it was a wonderful, joyful celebration of his life, but that the wife seemed to be barely holding it together, and the youngest daughter, in 6th grade, was so distraught she needed help just walking or standing up. She also said that she would never forget the look of sorrow on the wife's face as they were taking her husband away in the casket. That she knew she would never see her husband again in this life time. It was so sad. Please, keep this family in your prayers. Amy


  1. I'm so sorry people give you such a hard time ... that's just not right!!! Well ... forget them for today and enjoy the peacefulness of you own home ... even if there is a pile of work to be done ... you don't have to listen to any nasty people!
    Your cards are awesome! I'm not sure which one I like the most .. they are all so cute.
    I feel so bad for that poor lady and her daughter ... he will certainly be missed!! A sudden death like that is SO difficult to accept! I will keep them in my prayers!!

  2. Sorry to hear you had such a rough time of it! You seam to have worked your stressful situation to your advantage though because you really turned out some fabulous cards!

  3. Amy, you poor dear! I'm so sorry that your day at work was so stressful! That customer should be ashamed of herself! Sheesh, go figure! I love each of your cards! I'm partial to 1, 3, and 4, but only because I LOVE fall colors! They are all equally wonderful! Great job with all of them. When in the world did you have time to even write a blog??? Tell your daughter that I have been keeping her in prayer. It's good that she is so sensitive at her age, as to see the pain and suffering the other family is going through. Maybe she will be of some help during their difficult times ahead. Try to relax a bit this weekend, 'k??? Hugs!

  4. Oh Amy so sorry to hear about your day!!! On the happier note your cards are AWESOME!!! Love all these fall creations!

  5. Hi, Amy! Sorry it took me so long to visit your blog--it's great! It's so wonderful to learn more about each other--I'm sorry about your day yesterday, though! Sometimes people just don't think before they open their mouths... I think we could all share some stories! But, like Darlene said in her comment--we can always come home and feel the peace--thank heavens! Your cards are fabulous, as always! Hope your weekend is better!

  6. So sorry you had a such a rough day. Your cards are great~ wonderful fall images and colors!

  7. You're so talented, Amy! These are all so gorgeous, and that boo card with the sweet little ghost is just ADORABLE!

  8. Beautiful cards Amy!! I really like the pumpkin one and the way you used the twine!

  9. Sorry about your bad day at work.....that is why I am so glad I am not in retail anymore. Wow you were one super busy girl creating. I love ALL your projects...great work. Hope the creating helped reduce some of the stress!

  10. What beautiful cards. I hope that the creativity helped to take care of some of the stress you were feeling at work.

  11. These are all wonderful cards. If I had to pick a favorite in the group it would be the one with the fence image. It just looks so serene and such lovely colors.

    Working in retail you can't have it nice all the time. It's just a shame that there seem to be so many crabby people in your area of the world. What I find incredible is not that you work there but that you drive an hour in each direction to work there. That would be the stressful part for me.


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