Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I need a place to spend the day, where no one says to go or stay, where I can take my pen and draw the girl I mean to be...

Hey yall! Sorry I've been so quiet. Like most of you, this time of year is busy for me, and it's only going to get busier! I will try to post as much as I can, k?

I mentioned some changes going on, and now I'm able to share details. After the end of December, I will be leaving my full-time job as an outside sales rep (I sell poster making machines, ID badge machines, and laminators to schools). I've been with the company for almost ten years, and I am off to chase a dream! Other than playing more with my kiddos, I will be taking on some new adventures in the paper craft industry, as well as continuing my design work and filling custom orders. Fun stuff!! See...I told you it was nothing bad. *wink* Plus, now I get to go to CHA for work! How great is that?!

So anywho, I hope you can hear my excitement. I have a lot of people who believe in me and encourage me (including yall!), and I wouldn't have been able to go forward without all of you. So this card is for you guys! (oh, and the SCS color challenge for this week...*grin*)

Yes, I finally broke down and ordered Absolutely Fabulous from Stampin' Up! Mostly thanks to Kristina and Dawn. I love this set! I cut out the layers with different sizes of my Labels One Nestabilities dies and inked up the edges. The red layer is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder as well. Then I stamped the image from Verve's Serenity set in Baja Breeze to set off the sentiment. The final bit was the ribbon...which I may remove...not sure yet. But either way I like how it turned out...nice and simple!

Ok, so to celebrate my newfound freedom from "the man," I'd love to give away some stamps! I found myself with two sets of Sheep Celebrations 2 clear stamp set from Elzybells Art Stamps. Isn't it too cute?

I'll leave this until my Sketch for You to Try post on Saturday, when I'll post the winner. All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what your dream job is. Easy! I can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Oh, and a PSA:
Two of my favorite people are giving away blog candy as well! Check out the links below:
Susan Liles aka Susiestampalot
Julee Tilman from Poetic Artistry
Have fun and good luck!

64 comments:

Brandi Parshley said...

Big congrats go out to you! I'm really excited to hear what your new adventure will be. I've got a few theories, but I'll be hanging on until the big reveal! My dream job would be starting a stamp company or test driving luxury cars. Ha! Good luck Shannan! I wish nothing but the best for you!

Godchick said...

Congrats on the new "job"! I think I"m doing my dream job right now...I get to spend all day raising my beautiful little girl. I couldn't ask for better than that!

Kerry J. said...

Congrats Shannan! How exciting for you - can't wait to hear more! I am doing my dream job - raising my kids. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Soo great! Congratulations! You will do awesome! You do do awesome! :)
My dream job is, well, I love staying home with my son...but I would also like to do something creatively like you too!
Micky

Mae said...

Wow!!! Exciting news. I am so excited for you & know you will love it. My dream job would to be officially retired (I have many years left) and able to craft or read as I desire, with someone cleaning & doing laundry for me. When you dream...dream big!!!

Lorie said...

Well,congratulations on your big decision! This set is completely adorable!

I get to live my dream by being a (mostly) stay at home mom. I love being available for my children whenever they need me!

sandie994 said...

At one time my dream was to own a craft store, but I am WAY over that. lol I am happy being retired and stamping/papercrafting or reading or whatever whenever I want. Congrats on your upcoming adventure!!!

Kim said...

Oh Shannan, that is wonderful. I'm so excited for you and I wish you the best of luck in your new venture! I'm kinda lovin' what I do at the moment. I've been a SAHW for 5 years now and I love taking care of my hubby and being available to help out friends and family anytime the need arises. The only thing that could make it better will be the day that we start a family and I can begin raising our kids. That's definitely something I look forward to. Craft wise, I would love to continue doing design work and hopefully try out and join some more design teams.

Peggy S. from Ohio said...

Congrats to You! My dream job was being a stay at home mom when my kids were at home. Just can't beat hearing their news as they got off the bus. so glad I was able to to that., and be active in the PTO and the preschool board.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! you go girl!Follow your dreams.....
I am a "lurker", and check your blog daily. Can't wait to see what all you have in store for us.
Your songs titles always make me smile, sing and remind me of myself. I connect song with every thing in life.
The little sheep are the cutest!Thanks for the chane to win.
Marie H
ReeRee220@aol.com

Joanne B. said...

Shannan, I'm so happy for you and can't wait to hear what your new adventure will be. You big tease! Can't wait to hear all the juicy details! You rock sister!

Mary Dawn said...

congratulations and much success to you in your new endeavors! my dream job would be something creative and fulfilling and part time so i could spend more time with my kiddos...i think i just made myself jealous of you!

Sally B. said...

Congratulations! Love your blog too. My dream job would be to have a rescue home for dogs and cats. Second choice would be in the line of being more creative with stamping.

Janine said...

I know you're going to do a fabulous job, Shannan!!! I'm alternately filled with elation for you and jealousy, LOL! Congrats again!

Pick me...love them sheeps!!!

Maria Gurnsey said...

well congrats to you chic!!! I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!! I'm incredibly jealous. My dream job would be anything crafty!! Stamping, interior design, photographer. I just NEED to create!!!

Laura said...

Can't wait to hear what your new job will be! :) I would like to design scrapbook papers etc. or do photography :).

Amy said...

You know we love ya, right? I'm so excited for you!
My dream job is to be a grandma! LOL

carmen said...

CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK, NOT MANY PEOPLE GET THE FOLLOW THERE DREAMS

Alanna Harris said...

I am actually in my dream job right now...I'm a Physical Therapist working in Rehabilitation...most days it's great...on the off days, I wish I were a cashier at a grocery store ;-) Good luck in your endeavours!

cadnileb said...

Congrats!!! Super exciting! Can't wait to hear more about it! My dream job would be organizing events (like a diversity HR person or something).

Terri said...

Congratulations. Sounds exciting. I would love to have a job where I could artsy things including stamping and get paid for it.

Stamp Time said...

My altime favorite job would be to own a craft store.

There is even a store in my downtown that would be perfect. If I ever won the lotto I have it all worked out how the store would look.

Thanks for the chance to win!

: )
Sarah

Denise said...

Wow changes usually come to better yourself and that is what I wish for you!
As for my dream job, I wish I had my own craft company! I love doing the craft things and think that If I had my own store I coulod have space and a workplace! I would be able to share my ideas and work with others!
What a cute stamp set no wonder you ended up with two!
Denise Wells
mamascollections@aol.com

Heather said...

Wow~ it has been so long since I have even thought about having a dream job?? Right now I am loving what I do. Staying home and homeschooling my 2 wonderful children. If I were given the chance to really make a dream come true I would love to design stamps. If not for me, to open the door for Hannah's artistic future. That child amazes me every day!!! Thanks for giving us the chance to win these ADORABLE stamps.

Heather "Hev" said...

Congratulations Shannan :) Fabulous to be able to follow your dreams and reach for the sky!!! (Wish I had the courage)

My dream job was always to work with children - I wanted to work in Kindergarten or junior primary as a teacher (4 to 7 year olds here in Australia) but life got in the way and it wasnt to be... Ah well...

Go for it!!!

Hugs Heather

Carole said...

Congrats to you! I admire people who actually enjoy their work! My dream job would be to work for the Travel channel. I'd love to be a host that gets sent all around the world checking out fancy hotels and great restaurants. I'd be on cloud 9 If they threw in shopping too. I'll keep on dreaming!

smallcity said...

Congratulations!!!! Love your card

smallcity

Ida P. Krause said...

Wow that is exciting news. Congratulations on being able to pursue your dream. My dream job is exactly what I'm doing right now. Staying home and not having to work! However if I did work I'd like a job in the Stamping World as I so enjoy that.

broni (waterchild12) said...

Congratulations, Shannan! It sounds like you're getting ready to live my dream job!!! Best of luck to you!

Armie said...

Congratulations and more power to you!! My dream job before when I was younger was to become a great dancer..those dancers you see on broadway shows?? I know huh. But since I discovered stamping and much easier to learn new things :o)..my dream job now is to own my VERY OWN STAMPING/CRAFT STORE!!! Who knows, maybe in next next, next, next, and lots more of next next years!! :O)

Thanks soo very much for the chance to win!! Have a wonderful rest of the week!! Smiles!! :o)

Andrea M said...

Congratulations and best of luck in your new endeavour - can't wait to get the scoop!
I've been a SAHM for the past 10years (my boys just turned 10 yesterday!) and other than totally loving being able to be at home with them, i've had the time to pursue my creative side. I love to paint watercolors, maybe one day all the training will pay off.
Thanks for the chance!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on your new job, I am very happy for you. Getting to go to CHA for work is a wonderful thing. I always devour every post on every blog I can find relating to CHA, I would love to go some day.
My dream job would be to own a scrapbooking and stamping store in my hometown. Two have opened up and closed, so it will probably never happen, but one can dream.

Thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

carolyn s

Jackie Pedro said...

Go after your dreams....that's awesome, Shannan!! My dream job? Doing it right now....I get to stay home with my girls and while they are in school, I get to stamp!!

Pinky (Lori) said...

Congrats Shannan!!!! What a great way to start a new year with a new beginning. I SO look forward to hear where the "paper path" leads you to - so exciting. Your talents are beyond FABOO, so I know you will excell at the new venture.
My dream job would be to work on Broadway. Not necessarily on stage as a performer, but on set or costume design....what a thrill that would be for me....perhaps in my next life! LOL
Cheers! YOU GO GIRL!!!

Angela said...

Congrats on the change in careers. It's always amazing to chase your dreams. I just wish I had the guts to do so.

My dream would to be a travel writer so that I could travel the world.

Angela
scottha@hotmail.com

Rae C. said...

Dream job, hmmm! Something flexible, artsy (is it sounding like a paper crafting something or other--could be!). Oh, it it wouldn't hurt if it paid well too! Way to go to you Shannon, and all the best.

Christi said...

Congrats girl!! I can't wait to hear what your endevour includes. Maybe now we can get together more? I hope so! I miss you!!! My dream job is what I'm doing now...stamping and raising my boys. I couldn't dream of a better job and am sad to even think about the possibility of working outside the home. Maybe something will happen like what is happening to you and I could really be home and follow my dream...

Linda said...

My dream job?! organizing for other people! haha im a neat freak and things out of place bug me!
congrats!

Jessica V said...

Congrats!! my dream job is to become a CSI!!

Tickle Me Pink said...

Wow congrats!!! I would SO love to go to CHA ^_~ I think my dream job would be to be a professional organizer. I drive my hubby crazy with all the organizing (and reorganizing) that I do in our home and I never get tired of it! I love seeing a jumble of stuff and trying to figure out how to best get it to look nice, out of the way, yet still accessable. If I can't get my craft mojo going the next thing I do is find stuff to organize around the house. I cannot tell you how many times in a month I redo my crafty stuff and our girls' bedroom, lol!! I've learned to stay away from my hubby's stuff, but that doesn't mean my fingers don't itch to clean it up!! Thanks for a chance at the candy ^_~ And have fun getting ready for the holiday!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Congrats to you and good luck girl!! Your card is FABULOUS!!

Stamp and Smile said...

WOW!! Con'grats girl on your new adventure!!!!!! I'm so HAPPY for you. So exciting starting the New Year with new goals. Woo hoo! Cute card and thanks for the chance to win!!!!

JessicaK said...

First - CONGRATS on chasing your dream, Shannan. I can't wait to hear more about it. My dream job, oooh, I love writing, reading, and travel but don't have time to do any of it really. I would love be a book reviewer or travel writer. Maybe someday. In the meantime, I'm crossing *everything* in hopes of bringing these sheep & chickies home.

lia said...

Congratulations on your DREAM job!
I'm still looking for mine!
Your artwork is Fabulous! Wishing you tons of success!

Stacey said...

Although I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, today, I think I would love to have a job where I learned and did something new and interesting everyday! I love you blog and your creations!

Katie @ Paper Makeup said...

I'm one of the lucky ones that already does my dream job! A professional makeup artist! I would love to find some larger scale work in my area (similar to what i did in Los Angeles) though. My next big dream job though is to design my own stamp line! :)

LuAnn said...

Is there really any dream job? I'm sure they all come with their draw backs but honestly, I am doing what I want to do (besides travelling around the world just seeing the sites!!) - I am a nurse. and honestly, there is no greater joy than being around the elderly and seeing the appreciation in their eyes when you have a kind word or two for them when there are so many nurses out there that don't give a damn about the people. I hate when it shows when they are caring for the elderly. how would they feel if that were their Mom or Dad in the nursig home and someone was treating them as if they no longer mattered!!!!

Amy Moore said...

Awesome on your newfound freedom! My dream job is anything papercraft related {obviously} or I would like to be a grocery store cashier just for the day...LOL...always looks so fun!
Amy

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

CONGRATS to you girl!! I can feel you on the busy part!! I try to do as much as humanly possible, but I'm stretched right now!! :) Your creations are fabulous!! Take care of yourself friend!!

Lisa said...

I would love to just craft and make beautiful creations and get paid to do it....Of course like many of us, I would LOVE to one day have my own stamp line and products that we all "need" to have :)

Mollie said...

Wow! Sounds like exciting changes are coming your way. Good luck in your endeavors!

I've already dreamed of being in the CIA...after attending law school, of course:o) But...being a mom is turning out to be a pretty fabulous job:o)

Mary Beth P. said...

Congrats on your new & exciting future endeavors!
My dream job is one I alredy have as a SAHM & a Stampin'Up! demonstrator. Had someone told me 8 yrs ago this is what I would be doing I would have thought them crazy that I would be a home - but I wouldn't change it for anything!
Blog candy winner or not I LOVE reading your blog!! Thanks for all your inspiration Shannon:) Happy Holidays!!

Lynn said...

I'm excited for you in your decision to follow your dreams, life is short you should do what makes you happy!
My dream job other than being home with my children would be... A.To write and illustrate childrens books or B. To create my own line of rubber stamps.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Awwwwww!! Congratulations Shan!! I could NOT be happier for ya, girl! Because that would be my dream job too!! I don't know how many times a day when I'm working at the library that I think, 'Ya know, you could be stampin'!' Oh if only I could get paid to stamp!!!

I hope that whatever route you take, that it takes you where you want to go!! You chase that dream, girl! Much love and support!! You can do it!!

Beth Anne Vella said...

Congratulations on your new adventure! I am living my dream job right now...a stay at home mom of two spoiled Bichon Frise dogs and a Stampin' Up! demo! My lap is always warm and my fingers are always inky!

shel9999 said...

Simply fabulous, Shannon! I'm so glad to hear that things are going so well for you! :) Big congrats!! You deserve it!

Lori Craig said...

Well - congrats to you! :) So excited for you... I'm pretty sure I've got my dream job right now. ;)
Good luck and see ya in CALI-FORN-I-A, girl!

Kristin said...

Congrats to you! I actually AM in my dream job! I am an audiologist and own my own private practice.

alma said...

Congrats, Girlie! I know you'll be so happy working with things so close to your heart!

Scrapbookmama said...

CONGRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATSS ((((HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS))))
(I know get in the candy its ok! lol)I am super duper oh my gosh excited.. so what are you doing huh huh?? COMEEEE ON TEELLL US (ok or just me cause you know you love me the best!LOL)

OH HOW FREAKING COOL WOW.. I'm so happy for you! :)


HUGS!


-Ellie

Bethany Paull said...

Yay for you! Follow the dream.

StampinCathy said...

Congrats on your new dream job!
I can't wait to hear more about it. My dream job would be to have something to do with stamping. Thanks for a chance at your celebration candy.

nanalady said...

You go, girl! I have enjoyed and been inspired by your website, and now by your new decision. My dream job is what I do - I am recently retired, so I get to craft, volunteer, visit with family, and help friends who need a helping hand. I am blessed!

janet d. said...

COngratulations on your new decision! I will be following your new venture! My dream job would be to get back into teaching. I have been able to be a stay at home Mom and I am ready to NOT be a full time volunteer at school but be a full time worker (with a paycheck for crafting supplies!)

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