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Happy Friday, everyone!

If you want to get straight to today’s Quick Fix Quick Tricks Video, please scroll down where the dotted lines are. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to share a personal story, so for those who have been with me for a long time or who are curious about it can be updated with details. I won’t bored you (or I may) but thought my loyal readers have some rights to know what is going on with me!

I have thought about this for few months now, tried different things to solve but decided that this was the best choice for my current situation. As of today, I am officially resigning from my Stampin’ Up! demonstratorship. This was hard and very, very sad decision but I had to eliminate one thing to give me a break. I tried to scale back but with my so called ‘perfectionist’ personality, it always told me to do more and do well. I have been with SU! since 2011 as a demonstrator, ย long before that as a hobby stamper, and loved every minute of it. I am so grateful for the wonderful friendship that I built with fellow demonstrators and building a special relationship with my customers.ย My current job has been very demanding where I am basically dealing with 3 person’s job. I manage 22+ online English instructors, supervise textbook projects, and translate different textbook materials. I started as a manager in the beginning and starting last year, I took over other responsibilities because the company needed me to. ย I tried to balance between these and my stampin’ up! business, and my family dealings (not that they were bad) for a while and it has gotten very overwhelming and stressful. I found myself not being able to do well on any because i am focused on so many areas and I became too tired and too stressful. And recently I have been dealing with some family matters that needed my attention and still do. As an oldest child of 4 siblings, I have been helping out with few things that my younger siblings are facing and help my parents as well to get through the process. It has been taking a lot of toll on me.

So as a result, I decided to take this purely as simple hobby and take it easy for a while. At least couple good things from this decision is that I am still going to share my projects and tutorials and will do some online classes because I love sharing what I love to do. I know I cant stop those, and I am actually excited to treat this as a outlet to relief my stress, not something that I have to worry about meeting business financial goals. I am excited to try different products as well, like other hobby stampers do so I can play with some goodies as well. But for a while I will mostly use stampin’ up! products until I can build some stash to show and share with you all. Like other cardmakers do, I also want to apply for designer teams for other companies so I can enhance my experience in crafting industry. I think this is going to be very fun without taking any business financial commitments.

I hope my story didn’t bored you. With all these things being sad, I really appreciate for all the support you’ve given me and I look forward to your continuing love and friendship. Thank you for reading!

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One more thing before we get to today’s video – I am getting rid of some duplicates and retired products, so if you are interested please check out this list. I will update it as items are sold.

Alright, let’s get to today’s post! Today’s QFQT video shows simple tips on water-coloring. I am not a huge fan of intense water-coloring because I like to keep things simple and clean, but you can always do simple water-coloring with minimal effort. In this video, I share what tools I use to get some water-coloring done. This is my only take, so please know that you can always twist it to make your own!

SCRAPS & STAMPS TIPS:

– I would strongly recommend using Watercolor Paper when water-coloring or blending. This will prevent your cardstock from ripping or warping – especially when you are working with lots of water to soften the look.

– You can always use inkpad or marker to do water-coloring, without buying actual water-color paints. It also easy to control the intensity of the color to get the results you want.

– Last tip, make sure to play with it a lot before applying to your actual project. Practice makes it perfect!

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5 Comments

  1. Nicole, sorry to hear you are not going to be a demonstrator any longer, but I guess we all need a break from time to time. Will miss your QFQT Videos.
    Good luck!

  2. Nicole, congratulations on putting yourself first. I will keep stopping by to check out your work because I love your CAS style and I look forward to seeing what you do next ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of wishes with all the things you are juggling, I hope everything works out well for you. Big Hug!

    • Hi Kristi,

      All the items on the list are currently available for sale. The price does not include shipping as they are already more than 40% discounted.