Sunday, June 23, 2013

Need YOUR help!!

Ok. Today's post is very important. Important because we have all been there. We have all felt rejected in some sort of way.

Let me back up....

My sweet friend Karen who happens to also be on our Design Team has been feeling discouraged. She keeps submitting projects to magazines hoping to get published and her work hasn't been chosen. I know how she feels and a bet a lot of you have been in the same boat. If not in this exact way, some other way where you have felt not good enough.

When I saw Karen's blog post HERE, I knew I wanted to give her cards a time to shine! PLEASE leave me a comment either on this blog or Karen's blog post and give her a little love!

I mean, come on. How cute are these cards? How could you not pick them!?


{sunday afternoon stack}


{my sunshine stack}


{my sunshine stack}

Keep your chin up, Karen! You are an amazing crafter and if you don't feel the love from the publishers, feel the love from US!!!

77 comments:

  1. AWK! Super cute cards, especially the one with the assorted flags! I know that many many really talented crafters don't get picked for publications and who knows how the winners are chosen anyway. Hope that Karen doesn't give up because her work is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Keep on crafting Karen because your card are just adorable! Whether or not you get published, you are an inspiration to all of us!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Don't give up Karen! Your cards are beautiful! Just keep creating and have fun for one day your projects will get a spot on magazines :)

    Big Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  4. SUPER CUTE and CHEERY cards Karen - LOVE what you have done with both stacks!!!
    Keep up your AWESOME work and keep on submitting for publication - we all KNOW that your time in print will come and we will be here cheering you on!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love these masculine cards. Really clean look. Thanks for sharing. Hope she doesn't give up.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I was shocked myself when Karen told us about not making the magazine call---WHAT??! I have always admired Karen's work---she is an amazing crafter! And I mean AMAZING!!! Keep your chin up, Karen, your time will come, and those who refused you will be sorry! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. These are fantastic!!! And yes we have all been there repeatedly submitting and trying... I had been trying on and off for a year and a half, and I def. had times where I started wondering if I was doing something wrong or maybe my work was not good enough or as good as I thought it was anyway... it isn't true though... I think it just happens to be at some point your time will come and there will be that one project that you might not expect anything from... keep your chin up I LOVE your creations!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Each of these cards is wonderful! Keep trying and when you least expect it, you will be surprised!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Karen, your cards are a delight to my soul! I especially love the last one, which would be perfect to send to my son away at college!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Karen has met the need for masculine cards with her recent designs. Any card maker would be inspired to create that special card for father, brother or any man who deserves the gift of a handmade card. The designs are easily replicated or serve as a great jumping off point for those with their own ideas. Karen's work is worthy of a look and publication will boost any magazine's sales. Rebecca

    ReplyDelete
  11. Karen, I think your cards are fabulous! I have no idea what kind of things they are looking for, but I too feel discouraged alot. Don't give up! I love them! Your style is just that.. "your style" and that is what makes it perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  12. These cards are fabulous! They are not the ordinary run of the mill types of cards that you see in Paper Crafts magazine which is why they may not have been chosen. Also the reason why I've decided to let my subscription go this year because all of the cards in there are starting to look the same. I love your style and you've given me some good ideas for scraplifting.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great cards! You rock and you are very talented. Please don't give up! It seems to me that there is a very narrow window of "perfect" cards that get chosen - and it's boring! Your cards are fabulous!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. great cards. i'm always on the lookout for cards with a masculine feel and these fit the bill. don't give up.

    ReplyDelete
  15. You are loved Karen just like your cards says. The are very pretty and very unique. I agree; How could you not pick them! My Mom passed away last November ( I miss her soooo much ); My Mom would always say; "Good things come to those who wait"! I have found this to be true in many instances. Keep plugging away girl!!! Thank you for sharing. Oh, I especially love your 'You are loved' card. I love the sun....

    ReplyDelete
  16. Karen, your cards are so lovely in every way. You can tell just by taking a peek that these cards were created by someone with lots of talent. Oh, by the way, one of greatest things is being chosen by DCWV to be on their design team. That is absolutely awesome!!

    Yes, as our friends above are saying....don't give up....know that you are very worthy of being published. I am so glad that you are sharing your creations on this blog. Keep up the great work, Karen!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi Karen,
    Your cards really are great! Can't imagine why they have not been chosen for publication. Sometimes I think it comes down to the personal taste of one editor or another. One doesn't like a particular color. One editor I know of will only choose 4.25 x 5.5 cards. She does not like the larger size. Some like lots of 'white' space. It doesn't seem reasonable when their readers are a big mix of preferences. Like you, I become very discouraged and think I will just give up. But then, another call is announced, and I'm making another card.
    Hang in there. Know that your cards really are wonderful! And, you are on the DESIGN TEAM of DCWV!!! They have pretty high standards it seems. You wouldn't be a designer there if you were not great at your work!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Don't feel discouraged, Karen. You are a talented lady and a lucky gal to have such a friend in Erin. I have heard that getting into the magazines is super hard even for the "big names" we hear about all the time. Keep doing what you love to do and your recognition will come through!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Well done, Karen! My favorite of the three cards is the last one. I love the layering and sentiments and the visual textures you created. Although excellent for a masculine card, I think it's suitable for both genders. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous makes, love them all.

    Moira xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. love the one with the cheverons. .. such manly cards and are so pretty

    ReplyDelete
  22. Well done, love the you are loved card

    ReplyDelete
  23. Keep up the good work Karen. These are all beautiful cards.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I read a quote one time that said something along the lines that if you are crafting for someone other than yourself, you are selling your work short. Do the best that is in you and you will shine no matter what anyone else thinks.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Karen, PLEASE don't let it get you down. I don't think we can even fathom the number of submissions to a magazine or manu contest....and don't know who's picking finalists, what they are looking for, etc. Sometimes I can't even imagine why they picked a certain submission for a mag, but then I realize everyone doesn't have the same style! You have to go with what YOU believe, and that hopefully is that you love to scrap, you love what you create, and many of us out here in cyberspace love your work, too!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Don't give up! Just because you have not been chosen yet Karen doesn't mean that your work is not good! It can be excellent but it's like being graded on a bell curve! Only the top 2% or so get the A's... Everyone in the class could all be getting 85% or better... but if they are marked on the bell curve... it can be a tough ride! But one day your bell is going to ring! And you're going to be so excited and appreciate it more than many because you worked so hard for it! I struggle with low self esteem all the time and I have to keep telling myself.. "I'm good enough"! And you are too!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Your cards are great. And there could be a zillion reasons why one might not choose your card. Who decides which cards make it that day? Did you send a yellow card when the person woke up and was feeling blue? Did you send a happy card when the person was feeling sad. Did someone else submit a card in the person's favorite colors? Who knows? I don't know how it works but your cards are good enough for all of us and that says a lot. We are, after all, crafters with our own styles. We know:) Don't give up!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Karen, your cards are great! It is their loss, don't get discouraged, with your talent it's only a matter of time before your projects are chosen. *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
  29. Karen, Your work is very good. I would be happy to receive any of your cards. The only way I could win is by a random drawing (haha) and even then I usually get the last door prize (when everyone gets one). Who cares?!! As long as you are having fun and your friends, family and others appreciate your work, that is all that counts. Keep on truckin'!

    ReplyDelete
  30. These are amazing! Keep on crafting we never know exactly what they are looking for but we know our craft brings us and our families and friends joy!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Karen-
    Your cards are great-it is not easy to design cards for men-I know as I make cards for OWH and always fall short on masculine ones.
    I think we have all felt the same as you-that our work is not good enough for publication or to sell, but don't get discouraged (some words I should heed also!!). We are in a very competitive craft and sometimes it just takes time and your time will come.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Awwww, Karen!!! You must know that your work is always so beautiful!!!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Love love love the DAD card. Karen's work is excellent. Well designed with a beautiful graphic element. Clean and well crafted. She shouldn't worry her head one little bit! Who knows how they pick these things... I submitted too and didn't get chosen either. What can you do but eat a cookie and move on? :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. Wow! These are amazing! I personally have decided to craft for me and not try to be published. I craft for fun.

    ReplyDelete
  35. the cards are really cute and creative; I think sometimes it's just a matter of a certain style they're looking for at a certain time. I especially like the You Are Loved! You'll manage to hit a place that's looking for exactly your style one of these days!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Lovely cards, Karen! Loving the ideas, and might just pinch your idea! Definitely keep on going!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I think we all find that masculine cards are tough to make. No flowers, no ribbons, no lace etc. I thought your cards were awesome and you put just enough on your cards to make them interesting but not going over so that guys wouldn't care for them. Sometimes the cards I see in those magazines have so much white space on them that it makes we wonder "why on earth did they pick that card....there was no work to it because it's all just white with a sentiment and one lonely little stamp." Who knows what their criteria is for picking submissions but I know I have seen lots of entries that didn't make it and they were fabulous. You're on the DCWV Design Team...that is truly an awesome thing! Plus you get to play with all of the wonderful stacks that seem to come out on a daily basis! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  38. What great cards! Please don't keep trying because I think work is terrific!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Love all three cards. Love the tags and the layering. Talented.
    great designer. Like because they are clean and elegant.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Karen, your cards are lovely! Don't get discouraged - crafty publication or not, you're on a great design team, and what counts is that the people who receives these cards will love them! <3

    ReplyDelete
  41. Love your cards Karen! Keep sending them and you WILL get published! I know how hard it is to expose your work for others to judge! I just recently entered my first contest and I was so scared that I was physically ill! Good luck and I know it will happen for you because your work is beautiful! (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))

    ReplyDelete
  42. Don't give up, your work is beautiful,

    ReplyDelete
  43. Fantastic cards! Love the DAD card, that is so clever how the blue letters pop!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Please tell her to hang in there, and don't stop trying! Her work is gorgeous! Take care. :)

    ReplyDelete
  45. Adorable cards. Your are very talented Karen. Dont give up!!! Keep moving forward. And always remember we are our own worse critics. Keep positive and keep submitting. Your day to shine in a magazine will come. I too know how it is to be discouraged. But you have to keep doing what you are doing and keep thinking positive. One day soon You will be glad you did. And thankful you didnt give up. Your work is great, You have the talent to make it girl. Keep your chin up. We are all standing behind you.

    ReplyDelete
  46. your work is very clean, gentle, I like it very much , just keep putting it out there you will find your market.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. Your cards are absolutely awesome! You're very talented--don't give up creating. When you DO get published, it will mean more to you because of the wait. Don't. Give. Up.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I love your cards, Karen! I don't know what's wrong with the magazines you're submitting them to, but one day they'll regret it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. These are awesome cards, I love their simple uniqueness!

    ReplyDelete
  50. there are just so many opportunities for rejection now, it's hard to stay positive! i hope karen knows she has an amazing talent, and doesn't let a magazine define that for her!
    keep going karen! remember... we're all here for the pure love of crafting :) good luck!
    -Rachel w k
    rwkrafts.com

    ReplyDelete
  51. You can't ever get discouraged! Let's see, I've tried out twice for Prima, nope, G45 twice, nope, right here at DCWV nope, Scraps of Elegance nope, Zues and Zoey nope, and four ofmthose was just in the last 4 months. Now I just tried out for Bo Bunny and I got my fingers crossed BIG TIME!!! But even if I don't make that I will never give up :)

    Paula

    ReplyDelete
  52. The one with washi is my favorite!!!! I love all of the colors as a background. I made one like that recently, and was really pleased with the results. I have entered a card before, and a sewing project, but didn't get picked. The judging is totally subjective, and you just have to let it go...You are obviously talented, and your time will come. Just keep trying, and ENJOYING THE PROCESS. Thanks for sharing your cute cards! I so enjoyed them.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Wow! Simply amazing!! These are such beautiful cards... Truly an inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hi, great cards. Especially like the you are loved one. Great details. You can't let someone else's opinion colour your reality. Do it for the love and one day they will see what they are missing. Sending you sunshine and thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Karen, I love all three of your cards. I would copy them! ;-) A lot of times the cards I see in magazines are cute but there's no way I would try to make them. I like clean and simple better than fussy. I hope you get the recognition you deserve.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Hi Karen, your cards are great keep up the good work. I, along with many others here, feel your pain over not getting the recognition you are seeking but don't get discouraged some day it will happen. I get that way too...I participate in a few challenge blogs occasionally and get discouraged by the ones who boost their DT but then those same people don't seem to take the time to go look at and COMMENT on the projects they inspired. I am putting serious effort in commenting when I go looking at the inspiration because I know how it feels to put your work out there and not getting one single "nice job" - even when you are the randomly selected winner for those who do select winners. Anyway - back to being published; I think it is a great goal to want to be published but more and more people are cancelling subscriptions because the magazines are getting thinner and thinner and filled with nothing but advertisements when you can get great inspiration online for free. Keep focused and you will realize your dream.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Hi Karen....a true artistic person such as yourself, should only be happy with your project and not really care about what others think. I have been in your situation so many times and YES, it's disheartening but I've come to realize the importance of why I create....for ME!! Please, keep sharing your beautiful work with all of us and I'll be checking your blog to be "inspired"! Also, remember, it's THEIR loss ! How about creating some You Tube videos so we can take a peek at how talented crafters produce such pretty pieces?
    Creative Wishes

    Claire S
    www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  58. Really great cards. Keep doing what you do so well. Love when someone comes up with new masculine cards. The magazines don't always get it right.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Karen! You are obviously one of the best or you wouldn't be on this design team! I'm sorry you are feeling discouraged. You have great skills. Is it possible you need to tweak your style for each publication, using certain products or styles that THEY seem to highlight? Just a suggestion. . . . But don't give up! Especially if you are having fun. Pretty soon, they will see the fun and the love and the talent that goes into your creations!

    ReplyDelete
  60. Great cards Karen--don't be discouraged--your time will come.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Erin, Karen's cards are fantastic! I stopped over to her blog and let her know how much I liked them. I totally relate with her disappointment, but I encouraged her not to give up because I truly believe she will be recognized soon.
    You are such a good friend to support Karen and its so nice to see everyone lending their support too. Here is a *Hug* for you too!

    ReplyDelete
  62. You are one special lady, Erin!!! I'll leave Karen some love on her blog :)

    ReplyDelete
  63. Oh Karen, Please don't be discouraged! Your publishing time will come, but in the meantime, just remember how much enjoyment you get in creating these beautiful projects and most importantly, the joy you give to others who receive your special handy work when you give your work away! Those pieces are MUCH more cherished than any magazine picture by far, so just keep in mind that you're talented and you need to keep reaching for your goal!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Karen - your cards are beautiful, especially the one using the Sunday Afternoon Stack. Keep creating and submitting! :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. Your work is so wonderful! Your cards are going to bless whomever you decide to honor them with.

    ReplyDelete
  66. This is only the beginning of a wonderful crafting career!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Beautiful cards Karen. Please don't get discouraged. Your cards are a work of he(art) and I am sure they will be a blessing to those who received them. In due season, the right publisher will be blessed to share your work :-)
    -Melin

    ReplyDelete
  68. These cards are wonderful!

    Cheer up and remember what the famous Henry Ford said....oh, wait, he made cars not cards! Forget it. :) :) :) Don't do the assembly line thing like he did. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll get published before you know it.

    Hugs!!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Karen, your cards are gorgeous. I'd love to CASe those cards. Hang in there. Thanks for sharing all your cards with us. I personally don't subscribe to magazines, so seeing them on blogs are my main inspiration. Have a great day.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Karen's cards are fabulous! I have stopped over Karen's blog and left her a message too! You are very thoughtful and such a great friend :)
    have a wonderful weekend!
    Liz O.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Stunning makes I adore them all Karen is a very talented designer hugs xxxx

    ReplyDelete