I’m excited to share some big news with you….I’ll be guesting over at My Favorite Things Stamps monthly! They make so many great stamps for coloring…and I color #allthethings….so it’s a match made in heaven! This month I created a quick teaser video since I know a lot of folks only watch my YT and don’t come here to the blog…so here’s that before I give you a little more explanation below:

Thoughts on being an ‘influencer’ (Warning: yawns could follow.)

Back in 2007 when I wrote my first blog post, I hadn’t expected that starting a crafty blog would lead to becoming an “influencer” – or having to consider my own ethical response to that new title.

As good marketers, companies smartly like to partner with influencers – send them regular boxes of product, sponsor their posts, give them freebies to pass out to promote their company. Increasingly over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve been receiving more of those offers – but I am a rare bird that closely limits those relationships…I’ve been told there aren’t many of me out there. However periodically I have received product releases from two companies who I work very closely with, and once in a rare while from others for special occasions or bloghops.

But I turn down lots of those offers each month. Why? While I know I could get a lot of free product, I’d truly rather buy it myself; that way if I tell you something is the best stamp set ever, it is because I really did think it’s the best and bought it. My goal here is not to get you to also buy it, though; I do make a portion of my income because some of you kindly use my compensated affiliate links – but I’m just as happy if you use my techniques on stamps you already own. I love encouraging people to create!

mftthumbnailAll that said – I’m excited to let you know that MFT is entering that tiny band of companies I’ll be working more closely with. I’ve been an MFT fan and customer for ages, and partnered with them way back in the OWH days when they were very generous to the organization. I’ll be receiving their new releases to use for the monthly compensated videos on their channel, and you’ll continue to see coloring videos with their stamps on my channel as normal, too. I hope you’ll be enjoying them all!

Ironically, while working on this post, I saw an article in The Washington Post by Sarah Halzack, Influencers Lives Look Perfect, which explains a bit about how influencers work. And made me realize being a lifestyle blogger is a lot more lucrative than art. Ha!

A bonus for YOU: Since I’ll be receiving additional product, I’ll have more to eventually mail out during Customer Appreciation Week! What’s that? Instead of selling my excess or doing giveaways like lots of bloggers do, I like to totally surprise people. So about every 6-8 weeks, I lighten my stash and choose random customers to mail out cards and/or surprise packets of gently-used products that I won’t get around to using again. No notice, I just surprise their mailbox! Hooray for being able to share more MFT with you in those mailings!

And now…go say hello over at MFT!

Watch Copic Coloring: Chill Wishes on YouTube or on the blog post I wrote for them. Leave some love over there! And be sure to head over to  YouTube to subscribe to their channel so you don’t miss out on my videos there…I’ll post here on my blog when the monthly post goes live, but I won’t be notifying you each month on YouTube.

Click to pop over to MFT!