Thanks for popping in.
Happy to report that the website has calmed down,
and business has resumed its normal flow.
Well, no. Let me qualify that.
It has calmed down to the point where it stops getting
so hot it boils over!
Calm infers quiet, but that is not the case!
Thank you so much for you patience and gracious attitude.
The website debacle really was beyond our control;
I suppose on a positive note,
it gave us as a Clarity Team the opportunity to put our service to the real test. I am so proud of our crew!
Next test is filling the orders as fast and efficiently as possible!
We were working out a strategy today!
Last night, very late, I called a customer to help out with her order.
She, like so many others, had had no joy on the website.
Anyway, what can I say except that in one sentence,
she right-sized the whole website crash situation for me.
She told me that she was so happy and excited about our Groovi Parchment system, because she was now able to resume crafting.
“I only have the use of one hand nowadays”, she told me,
“I struggle to dress, to feed myself – most things are a challenge and I was so sad I couldn’t stamp or craft anymore.
But with the Groovi Plate Mate, I just rest my dead arm on the work and off I go !!”
Can you imagine how instantly the commercial chaos of the day evaporated for me?
She and I spent a while on the phone trying to work out a good way for her to be able to stamp well again. And I have been thinking about it a lot today. I think I have a solution, but shall have to put one hand behind my back to test it out first.
She told me it had been very important for her not to give up,
but to work with what she had.
So this step by step is for her…
Blotchy, watery Gelli Plate background for my Distress Ink stash.
Easy. Just drip a couple of drop of Distress ink on the plate
and spritz with water.
Pat with a poly bag to spread the ink.
Lay a piece of 7″ x 7″ stencil card on the Gelli Plate.
Use a large flat 5″ x 5 ” Megamount and ink the tree stamp
for the Winds of Time stamp set
with Black Archival.
Same with the man losing his brolly;
I love this image.
Attach a torn piece of cope paper with masking tape behind,
and dust in a hill or two with a Clarity Brush and Evergreen Bough.
Add a little shade beneath his feet too, so he’s not floating.
Notice I have placed the artwork on one of those new mats.
The Best ever Craft Mat.
Stops the card slipping while I’m working on it.
Place the message from the set on the large mount and twist it.
it will cling where you put it.
Ink it up now, flip it over and position it on the card.
See how the stamp pings straight back to normal?
There we are.
I did this just using my left hand.
I wanted to know.
It’s not easy, but it’s doable.
The two main helps for me were the flat 5″ x 5″‘ mount –
easy to load with the stamp and small enough to grip;
and the non-slip mat.
The mat was what held the artwork in place for me.
Added a little white here and there with a pencil, and that’ll do.
And did I remember that a year ago yesterday
our dear friend Jane Crosby died?
Oh yes, I remembered.
But I thought it would be disrespectful to her and her family to talk about her on Black Friday, with all its commercial mayhem.
Next Wednesday, I’d like to spend the day thinking about and remembering Jane.
Love and Peace ,