Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Blog Post I Never Thought I Would Write....

It is with a very sad heart that I write this blog post today.....It's something I never thought in a million years I would ever say. A part of me is still in shock, yet I feel like some sort of explanation is overdue. Please forgive me for making this long....

It all started two months ago. I was visiting my parents while they were camping and my boss at Inque Boutique called to tell me the company had been sold. The worst part was that we no longer had jobs. {insert tears here....}

However, there was some talk that the new owners would want me to carry on with my job duties...so there was some hope...I flew to Ohio to meet with the new owners...I thought everything went well. They said they would let me know....

Well, today they did. They have decided that they have "other priorities" and I am not needed. They will continue to sell the Inque Boutique products they purchased, but future new products are not in the plan and sound very unlikely. :(

Needless to say, I'm sad. Inque Boutique was my third child. I gave Inque Boutique my heart and soul...everything and every minute I had was devoted to the company.

It's weird to think the new owners will be selling my stamps, with my name, with my picture, yet, I'll have nothing to do with it.

I'm sad, BUT, I'm not bitter. I loved working for the previous owner and I know this wasn't personal. Business is business and that means you do what you have to do.

I am SO grateful for the things I have learned. I've learned so much about marketing, graphic design, dealing with China, gosh...so much...I could of never learned the stuff I did in a college classroom. I'm taking with me more knowledge about business than I can ever imagine.

And the people I've met! Let me tell you, I have met some of the most loving, caring women! I've loved traveling to teach at stores, I've loved taping the videos and getting emails from customers. This job was a PURE joy. AND a Blessing. I loved every minute. Even when I would get up at 4am to check my emails....I LOVED my job. {more tears} You just have no idea. (feel free to stop reading here...I'm typing for therapy at this point.....)

Many exciting things happened to me at Inque. I got to create a line of paper, ribbons, felt embellishments, and SO many stamps! Someday, I'll have to count how many stamps I designed! :) And, last month, I realized a dream. I went on National Live TV on QVC, and demonstrated my own stamps. That was the ultimate. I assure you, that was the most incredible feeling. It all ended on an incredible high. That's a good thing. I couldn't ask for more than that. Really. It's just hard to think that someone else now has my 'baby'. I ache knowing all the hard work we put into each and every item. It does hurt. I can't lie that it doesn't.

But, I'll survive. In the scheme of life, this is only a minor curve ball. This is nothing compared to what others are going through now. Job losses, foreclosures, bankruptcy....so many things are happening right now to friends of mine...my situation is small potatoes.

Lucky for me, I worked because I wanted to... not because I have to. Before Inque, we were a one income family and we were doing just fine. We are fine now, too.

I'm down for now, but I'm not out. :) Don't feel sorry for me. I'll be ok. I know God has a reason for everything and let me tell you, I have my trust in Him.

As I look to the future, I have a few options. I'm taking it slow and I'll chose the one that's right for me and my family. You certainly haven't seen the last of me! {grin}

But, for right now, right this second, I need to grieve a little. I need to pack up the papers, felts, brads, ribbons, chipboard...and save them for another time. I can't look at it all right now. It's too much.

But, the stamps...ya gotta love the stamps. I won't be able to pack them up. :) For now, I'll leave them out and smile at them. Probably blow them a kiss or two. Soon, I'll pick them back up and create again....

71 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I know something else will come you way, and soon!
Can't wait to see what fun things you do next.

sandra said...

awwwh, im so sorry-you are super talented and what i like most about you is your upbeat personality, im sure you will be up in no time!!

God Bless :)

Ladybug said...

Oh, sweetie...I am so, so sorry. My favorite verse jumps into my head right now - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Big hugs!

Gaye said...

Hugs to you Stephanie. I am saddened to read this but I know great things come to great people and you are one of them!

http://angeladaniels.squarespace.com/ said...

Oh, man =(! That's such a bummer. I have no doubt that you worked overtime for that company. What a shame for the new owners- they really have no idea what they'll be missing. But I know you, you'll be doing something scrappy and amazing to replace this loss soon.

Melissa Bove said...

So sorry Stephanie!! Darice is crazy not to have you on their team and shame on them if they don't continue to produce Inque products! You ROCK girl! You will succeed in whatever you do!! You stole the show on QVC!! ;)
Hugs, Melissa

Beth M said...

I'm so saddened to hear about all the changes with Inque products and your position. On the flip side, you have such tremendous talent and a personality to match that I'm excited to see where you land next.

(((((HUGE HUGS)))))

Vicki said...

Hi Stephanie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have no doubt the next path God puts you on will find you being about to use ALL you learned! I love your faith!!!

I'll pray for you!

thefrugalcrafter said...

Hi Stephanie,
Sorry to hear all of that! Crap happens to everyboday and you will be all the stronger for it! hang in there
Lindsay (aka craftyvegan)

jan farnworth said...

i am sad for you are you still going to do your blog?

mitzikoons said...

Lots of love and hugs for you Stephanie! I know you'll make the right decisions for your future and it's really too bad about Darice. It's truly their loss! Just like Melissa said - YOU ROCK!

Anonymous said...

I will certainly keep you in prayer as you go thru this challenge, however, I know that a person of your creativity will certainly not be stopped by this challenge.

Good luck in the days of joy awaiting you.

Cbaby

Anonymous said...

Wow!, that's bad news... I bought a lot of inque stamps a few hours ago and I loved them so much i decided to go online and try to get some more but the inque boutique was down... and when I read this i understood why... it's really too bad, you are really talented... do you know where I could buy the stamps? (online)
Hugs from Norway
Ella

Pegg S said...

When one door closes, another one opens. I wish you even more success with your next projects. Your enthusiasm for your craft is infectious and I can't wait to hear where it takes you!!

Lana said...

Awe Stephanie. I had a feeling that's what was going on. I was hoping it wasn't true. I think you are an amazing person with a spunk that most people don't have! You will bounce back and I do not doubt that we will see you soon with a bigger and better job! Nobody can take away your talent!

Take care!

Sudie said...

Aw. bummer. I wanted to thank you for all of the inspiration. Thanks for so generously sharing your talents with us. Wishing you and your family all the best.

dpelham said...

It is a tough way to go. I hope you can consider this an opportunity to grow to bigger and better things. I like your video style; thorough explanation complete with body language.
Maybe this break will give you the opportunity to catch up on some of your personal projects. Just don't dilly-dally, you are a huge asset to this community, and you are needed.

Patti Smith said...

I'm so sorry...I love, love your stamps and a big fan of your webisodes...you are way to talented to let this get you down...I know there is something else right around the corner, You are too talented for their not to be...big hugs and I'm thinking and praying for you....

Debby said...

Dearest Stephanie...I met you at summer CHA...several times over...LOL. You are the kindest warmest person. You talent is an extention of who your are. Grieve for the moment. Allow God's inspriation rejuviante your heart. I expect before long we will see your work again in mass. I love your work. Prayers are with out.

Christine said...

Just wanted to add to the "I'm so sorry" list! :(
Remember..... when one door closes another always open!
Best of luck in your future.

artycrafty said...

Oh dear. This is sad news!

I only just bought your large starter pack and love them alot. I have also developed some of my own patterned cardstock with your stamps - they are fantastic. I'm not selling the papers - don't worry they are only used for my own use.

Hey hop on over to Fiskars or Heidi Grace or Cloud 9 and ask them for a job! he he.... Well take care and will keep an eye out on what you are going to do next.

All the best and big HUGS from me.

Debbie Olson said...

Oh, Stephanie, {{{HUGE Hugs}}} to you, girl! I'm sure that you will land on your feet--you're so talented and sweet!

Jeanne S said...

My heart aches for you. I know there are bigger and better things for you just around the bend.

I caught the QVC show. You made me smile!

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh {{{Stephanie}}}, I'm so sad for your loss and so sorry. Sending you cyber hugs and smiles.

Scrapbookjoe said...

i always loved your videos, your joy and smile. I cant believe they will let you go away!!!!

hugs

Josée :-)

Lauren (mytime) said...

Oh tepahnie I can only imagine the work you out into everything, and it shows. Im so sad the enw owners dont see a need to let you keep on with something YOU created! Inque Boutique won't be the saem without your enthusiasim! I just started my own product line and the time I put into that is crazy, so I can imagine how you feel today. There are no words to make it better, but now you know what you are capable of and you can get up and start again!! Hugs and prayers!
Lauren

Tracy Durcan said...

Oh Stephanie, it breaks my heart what happened. To me, you are Inque Boutique. I will miss all of your fabulous videos too, they were always so fun and inspiratonal. And I do believe the saying that when one door closes, another one opens. Hugs :)

terri : bradford web designs, llc said...

Hey Stephanie... you have such a great perspective. I, too, understand creating something and then it taking its own life. It is strange, but then you gain so much from the experience of creating it to begin with. With that said, it does take a toll on you. ((HUGS))

I look forward to seeing what you do in the future. Love your designs and attitude. :)

hemidemisemiquaver said...

UGH. That is incredibly tough. You did such an outstanding job and it was a PLEASURE working for you even if it were for just a bit, it was a joy. I think bigger and better things are on the horizon for you. I know it. Keep working hard FOR YOURSELF ;)
Becky

Dawnie said...

Stephanie, I am so bummed out for you! I know what's it like to put so much of yourself into something, then have it be taken away. I am sorry! But I can't believe there isn't something out there, right around the corner, waiting for you to come upon it. And if you don't come to it, it will come to you. I know this for a fact, too! My God is an awesome God! I am confused about what exactly happened w/Inque, but that's because I don't understand the details of the situation, but I bet $$$ that we will all see your talent out there for the world again. No doubt. Take care & keep blogging so we know what's up with you.

Trena in Naperville said...

oh Stephanie! I was surprised to read this news on your blog. God will open another door for you, it will be a good one!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

MaryNSC said...

I M just sick sick!
But We aint seen the last of U!! U will bounce back BETTER THAN EVER!! Darice is the LOOSER!!
HUGS AND HUGS!!
Make us some videos..:O)U can still U TUBE US!!!

Stella said...

So sorry to hear this. Though I don't know you personally, one-on-one, I have come to see you as a genuinely sincere, giving, and creative human being. You have always impressed me. I'm sure that God has more great plans for you in the future.

Wendy Reed said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooo! Stephanie!!!!! :( I can't believe it. Totally sucks!!! Big hugs girl!

Nancy said...

My thoughts are with you. It was your down to earth upbeat personality that drew me into the Inque Boutique line and your creativity with all your products that fueled my addiction to keep buying!! I know in my heart that God has a plan, some times we have to go through the ruff stuff to get to the cherry on top of that banana split out there! Take your time to grieve and know we are all pulling for you!

Lovebug Kat said...

That bites dead bear Stephanie, so sad that this is happening to you.
But from watching your videos and reading your blog I know it won't be long until some exciting and new venture comes along.
Take care

Anonymous said...

So sad to read what happened to you..I just bought a number of stamp sets U created and I LOVE, LOVE them. In my heart I know that God will have something bigger and better for U..Can't wait to see what He has in store for you..I love your Faith!!
God bless:)

Brittany said...

I am so sad to hear this news, and shocked more over that the new company wasn't eager to have you jump on board!!! But I know for sure that something bigger and better is out there for you. You are extremely talented and I know that where ever you go, you'll have a little following of happy stampers and scrappers behind you :) I'll be there, that's for sure!
I wish you and your family all the best! Take care,
Brittany

Dreama said...

OK, time to start your own company! I saw you on that QVC presentation and loved you from that minute on. You really were proud of your accomplishments and I was proud for you. Good luck and the best is yet to come.

Eveline said...

Hi Stephanie, I almost fell of my chair when I read the news. So sorry for you to lose your job this way. But you are so very talented you'll survive. Grieve for the lost job, your stamp "babies", eat a lot of chocolat and survive.
Eveline.

Lori Craig said...

{{{{Stephanie}}}}

by Shelly said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I absolutely love you! I love to watch the videos you make because you are always in great spirits. Something better will come along I'm sure. Who knows, maybe you'll have a line of your own that is bigger and better than Inque Botique. *hugs*

Penny said...

I am so sorry to hear that - the stamps were super quality and your enthusiasm always shone through in your video demonstrations. But as others have said, I do believe that there will be something even better to come! I wish you every luck in whatever you choose to do :)

Penny

Taylor VanBruggen said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Stephanie! I can't imagine how hard it would be to let go of something like this! I know you have something great in store for you though!

Anonymous said...

so sorry for that Stephanie... especially that the new owner doesn't seem to care about the Inque stuff he buyed, i'ma store in France who tried to introduce Inque, and it worked great... last month i called to have many more... they told me about that... that's sad, very sad, i'm sure it was a nice adventure... i met you all at the CHA it was a nice family... keep the best of all that!

Jen Gallacher said...

They missed out on a great opportunity keeping you on board. You bring insight, creativity, professionalism, and fun to this industry. I hope to see you with a new baby when and if the time is right. I love working with you, Stephanie!! I love you as a friend and want only good things for you. All my love and support!!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Hi Stephanie :) I don't know if you will remember me or not but I met you at summer CHA with my daughter Brittney! I was the one that had you sign that silly greeting to the OCC. :)

BIG Hugs to you, I am sad to read your post but I know you are on your way to bigger and better things!

Good luck and please keep us posted!
Hugs, Jennifer :)

Susan Stringfellow said...

Hey girl - sorry I haven't been around. I just wanted to say that I am right there with you missing everyone at Inque and I totally understand that feeling of my stamps out there. It does make me feel odd when I see our stuff like at Hobby Lobby or somewhere. I just wish some of our new stuff had been made because I wanted them - especially your stamped ribbony ones and that darn checked border I never got. LOL!
Call me sometime. Hope your family is well and dd?
hugs
suz

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear this Stephanie. You're a very talented lady...you will surely succeed in whatever you do...Good luck!

Judit Vass

Anonymous said...

I've always admired your talent and am so sad to hear about the direction Inque Boutique is going. I bought your QVC stamps to go along with my Stephanie Collection, I love those things!

It's sad news, but like you said, god has plans for you :)

God bless you and your family, you are a wonderful person!

Olena said...

I'm so saddened to hear about Inque products and your position. I'm so, so sorry, Stephanie. You're a very talented lady.
Good luck and please keep us posted!

Olena

Sheena said...

Stephanie, you don't know me, but I was just as sad as you to hear the news. I was really excited when I first came across you and your stamp range last year, and even more excited when one of my wholesalers started distributing your stamps. I hope that in the grand scheme of things, that there is a higher purpose for you. You have amazing talent and I hope to see you in the Stamping/Scrapping world again really soon. :-)

Tesa said...

It makes me sad to read your words :o(. I´m a big fan of the stamps and i have a lot of them at home. They have travelled a long way to me in Sweden and i love them all. I know that it´s gonna work out fine for you somewhere else, you have IT!! Many hugs from me.

Nicole Lund said...

So sorry to hear they won't be bringing you on board (their loss of course). I loved designing for Inque and your stamps were wonderful to promote. I'm sure that you will find something great to do next, (but understand the greiving too {hugs} ).

Anonymous said...

We were so hoping that you would get a gig with the new company. Eric & I have been dealing with them, but still wish we could be dealing with Heidi, Tammy and the rest of the original crew. We got very attached to you and Inque Boutique. Please let us know what you do, so we can follow you and share your talents with our many customers we have turned on to your stamps.
Betty & Eric Sarachik
The Stamping & Scrapbooking Room
Greensboro, NC

kathy said...

My Gosh Stephanie, when i heard that they were sold i was so upset cause i was a first time stamper and only bought your stamps and used them all the time you inspired me and then this came i love your work and always will, sad to see this go but please keep in contact with me i love you and your work and loved working with all the girls on the board as wellchin up
Kathy AKA momof5

Anonymous said...

Your "baby" may have grown up and moved away but you are still the same creative talented person you were before the move. You will find new ways to express that part of you and blossom in ways you thought weren't possible. I look forward to checking in on your blog and finding what new expressions of Stephanie evolve. Best always ... Nancy (Heather and Sarah's Mom)

Marylee said...

Your trust is in the right place!

NIfty said...

Hi Stephanie,
This all seems so unfair to you and to inque followers.Just seems to me there is no loyalty anymore. I want to just scream . I invested in the whole product line for my store. It is the only line I carry you are much more gracious then I .Good luck to you in the future. You'll come back stronger then ever !

Tammy said...

Oh Stephanie I'm sooo sorry! I absolutely LOVED the stamps...I never stamped before I was introduced to Inque Boutique! And I have been stamping ever since...I bought nearly every set...LOL Your awesome though and you will find the right thing to do. Good luck!

Kacey Elliott said...

This explains so much - I was wondering why I hadn't seen a post on the Inque Boutique blog, so thank for leavin a message there. I am sooooo sorry to hear about this, it really seemed like Inque Boutique was now making a name for themselves in the stamping world. Your designs were awesome, and I am certain this all happened for a reason that will soon unveil itself to you. *HUGS*

Lynna Gibson said...

Stephanie,
When I heard the news that Inque had been sold, I thought oh well that's business. When my scrapbook store owner told me that they were not making any more stamps, that's when I got depressed! I kept looking for news on the website, but nothing was mentioned. I couldn't believe that the stamp company taking up the most room at my LSS was never going to be the same! I kept asking if we could get some of the sets she had sold out of, but they didn't know if they could. Now I'm really upset, cause there were a couple I really wanted! Well maybe this was your signal to get a new line up and running. I loved all the videos and techniques you did.
Don't stay gone for too long...

ScrapAloha said...

Good luck to you. It really seems that you have the right approach! Take your time and best wishes to you on your new adventure! Aloha!

Maria Jesus said...

oh no, just i'm reading this :( i know you are very talent and creative person and you cando many things that you like it.
I'm sure He, God is helping you to go through this time.

God bless you

MJ

Tammy said...

I am so sad to hear this. I am so sure that God has something much bigger in store for you. You are soooooo talented:)

Angel said...

I just bought my first Inque Boutique set and I LOVE it. I was googling the stamps and found your post. I want to go back and buy them all now. :-) I'm sorry to hear this chapter has ended for you, but I am happy to hear your heart and faith is in our God who has a plan!

Sherri said...

I had heard this was going to happen and now I see that it has. I will wait patiently for your next adventure, Stephanie, because I know as talented as you are, we'll see you again soon. You are so awesome on the webisodes and TV! You made me feel like I was in the room with you and I would even smile and laugh outloud. Keep blogging. Hugs!

croppin-chick said...

Oh my heart goes out to you! I loved all your little videos! But I'm also confident that we won't be seeing the last of you! :)

Rachel said...

Hi Stephanie, I came across the inque website a couple of months ago and was waiting for their retailer page to be put back up so I could apply to sell these awesome stamp sets through my shop in New Zealand. Can you tell me if there is anywhere I could purchase these at wholesale prices to onsell? Please email me on sheepytank@gmail.com - I would love to hear from you, Regards, Rachel.

Kathi L. said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I loved your products.

I hope you will post again soon and let us all know how you are getting along and what crafty/stampy adventure you are undertaking.

Justme said...

That totally sucks! I'm so sorry. People don't give a rat's rear about the people that what they do has an effect on. I hate Darcie, less power to them! I've had that happen to me jobwise then healthwise out of nowhere, and that is even worse. It's hard to pick yourself and dust youself off at times impossible, just do the best you can. All of the hours and care that you put into the stamping etc feels like someone has stolen it from you doesn't it? It feels that way to me now about my health and that is nothing I can find anything to do about. Being a stoic stinks too so I will say I hate it! LOL Yes I can still laugh I guess that's good. You are young and talented and I hope that this opens a door to something more WONDERFUL for you! Best of Luck

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