But Gayle has asked me to keep posting WITHOUT showing you peeks!
DAM you know I want to.
I aint allowed to show you the sweet rubber that we have planned for you because the team have all been organised to run a build up to the blog hop, it will all start with Elaine next Thursday,
so until then you still have me :)
Most of you know now that Maria and Gayle are dealing with the DT and any new members and guest that are required are down to them. Sometimes circumstances change and we have a members stand down and if we have a short list of girls we have admired we contact them. Other times there is a call out which is primarily to find new blood, maybe someone who has a new style, outside the box, a new face to Sugar Nellie and maybe some one completely new to the sweet stuff.
One thing that crops up time and time again is that a crafter might just be what we are looking for
BUT, and its a big but, bigger than mine ;)
she is over committed.
Please think carefully when you choose with DT you join, I know some of you think its an honor to be asked and yes it is, but if you don't LOVE that stamp company, leave it alone, your are judged on what DT you accept and being on too many will stop offers coming in from others, others that might be more you cup of tea. DON'T collect DT like brownie badges, you might miss out on a gold star because there is no more room down your side bar/sleeve. Challenge blogs are great, if you join a team and enter your card with their stamp onto a challenge blog its all good advertising assuming that the challenge blog is not brand exclusive.
I am a stamp tart, its true, there is no shame in it. I have watched the stamp market for 11 years and there are many great stamp companies and there are stamp companies that have artwork that I personally, would never pass as good enough.
I know its personal taste and any of you that have met me know that on a one to one basis I will hold nothing back in telling you what I think of the choice out there.
BE fussy, BE choosy, your time is precious, your papers cost you money, I have seen girls struggle with DT work and magazine work because they HAVE TO work with stamps that do not inspire them. It's hard to be motivated if you are not in love with what you have in front of you. It's OK to say "no thank you" to an invitation because collecting DT badges which you are not 100% in love with, drains your creativity, your supply of stash and your chance for better things. There are only 30 days in the month, being on the SN team will each into a lot of those days, and if you have multiply teams to provide work for you might find yourself running out of days or worse still not meeting deadlines, miss postings and letting your team down. When given a DT position your are promoting that company, altho I agree that you need variety on your blog I would expect to see each brand showcased on an even basis weekly.
Conflict of interests, this is another point we have to take into consideration. There are more stamp companies out there than there has ever been, the last 4 years has seen an amazing amount of new cute stamp companies and some play in the same field., we have the same following and same customer base. We are essentially all competing for your custom and as there is more and more choice and less and less disposable income we do stand on each others toes from time to time.
I personally do not think its good to "share" DT members, conflict of interests is the way I would word it. This rules out some amazing girls which we would love to work with us but unless they want a change sides, I don't see them offering to swap teams any time soon.
So we are still searching for new team members BECAUSE we need talented and motivated girls who can give our stamps the inky love they deserve, a prime place on the front of your cards, blog post and challenge entries.
This summer there was a slight change in how I go about finding super cute artwork and I am so excited with whats around the corner, these stamps are AMAZING and I love them. I know you will to, I am so sad that the captain will not let me show you but I am also sure that the girls are all pulling together to create lots of yummy sweetness that will temp you to play with our team yet again.
Tinkle bell fairies with knitted sock and bells on the end
Frog and bunnies
freckles and frilly skirts
cozy warm knitted hearts
garlands of love and mistletoe......
( if you need to leave a comment for my eye's only just pr fix it with PRIVATE, I am always keen to hear your point of view because you are good enough to listen to mine.)