Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Bittersweet Ending- CPS October 2012

October 2012 announcement, which will remain at the top of the blog for new visitors. Please scroll down for design team posts and to enter your card in our final challenge ending 10/31/12.

Good morning, CPS readers! 

Tami Mayberry here with a special post to kick off the month of October. As many of you may know, I am the founder and sketch artist here on the CPS blog. I started the CPS card sketch blog over 5 1/2 years ago with a vision. Before becoming a cardmaker, I was a scrapbooker. In the scrapbook industry layout sketches were very popular at that time. But, when I looked around there were practically no such things for card makers. Most people had never even heard of card sketches or even knew what to do with them. So, with the help of some great friends and card makers the CPS blog was born. Shortly after I was blessed enough to be able to work on a series of books. And the excitement has continued since.

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. That  excitement that was once there has subsided. I have taken a step back to reevaluate and see if this is the path I should continue on.  In reality, the need for this blog has also been replaced by the influx of challenge blogs over the past few years. While I have struggled with the decision for months now, I have finally come to a point that I am at peace with the fact that it is time to move on. With that, October will be the final month of the CPS blog. I have asked each of the current designers to share one last card with you using a past sketch and share their farewells throughout the month. (I hope you will play along!)

As for me, when I look back over the past 5 1/2 years I am amazed at all that has went on here. From friendships, to prizes, to magazine sponsored contests to the support of outstanding manufacturers.  I want to thank all of the generous sponsors who have donated hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of prizes and supplies for both the designers and readers. I want to thank the CPS designers. These ladies are top notch not only in their design work but as friends as well. They have always been there to step up when I needed something and support not only me but each other. Thanks to Jeanne Streiff and Laura Williams for posting and keeping up with everything for me over the last few months while I was off trying to find my path. I want to thank Annie's publishing (formerly DRG publishers) for the work on my books. A huge thank you to my friend Tanya Fox who has always supported me in making my dreams come true, and continues to do so even as the vision changes. And most of all, I want to thank the over 960,000 people who have visited this blog over the last 5 1/2 years. You all are what makes it great!!!

So, now what? As for me I will be focusing more on illustrating and my stamp line with Gina K Designs. I will continue to create card sketches that can be found in each issue of CardMaker magazine, as well has writing and design work for them. I am going to work once again with scrapbooking in the form of Project Life and will be offering tips, ideas, free templates, cut files and more on my blog. I'll even be posting sketches on my blog on occasion for those who stop by to say hello. And, I have a few other exciting things in the works that I can't share just yet. I am FAR from done in the papercraft industry. You'll find me spending much more time on my blog, Facebook and Pinterest (if that's possible). It's just time to change my focus. That is something I am, once again, excited about.  

We do have a sponsor this month so be sure and post your cards using the sketches the designers are providing and share them in the My Linky post from yesterday for a chance to win. Finally, with the sadness of an era ending and the joy of new beginnings. I give you my final CPS card and accompanying sketch.

CPS 102

Wishing You a Bright and Happy Day
Designer Tami Mayberry
Card stock: Gina K Design, Bazzill Prismatics
Patterns: Authentique
Stamps: Tami Mayberry for Gina K Designs (Lighthearted Wishes, Take Note)
Pearls: Want2Scrap
Ink: Clearsnap Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan)
Dies: My Favorite Things

CPS October Winner!

The winner of the October prize sponsored by The Paper Loft is:
Please send your contact info using the link at the top of the page. Winners have one week to claim their prize.