Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 3

Did you just arrive here from Melissa Stout’s blog?  Isn’t her work amazing?  If you didn’t come from her blog, then you may have just stumbled into a blog hop for the ten Artisan finalists who were not selected for the Artisan design team.  Welcome!  We’re showcasing the ten projects that we submitted for the contest.

This post shows one of the 3-D items I made.  I bought a plain 12×12 photo frame from a big box store, and painted it white.  I then attached a sheet of designer series paper and then proceeded to embellish, and embellish, and embellish… Well, you get the idea.

I used my Big Shot for a lot of the flower dies, as well as punches.  Here’s a close-up picture of the banner:

And here’s a close-up picture of some of the flowers:

There were a lot of fun details on this project.

Now it’s time to hop on over to Sandie Conner’s blog so you can see her amazing project and continue on the blog hop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Pennant Parade, Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Whisper White Smooth Card Stock; Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight Textured Card Stock; Brights Collection Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack; Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (hostess)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, VersaMark
Embellishments:  Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, Brights and Neutrals Designer Buttons, Basic Rhinestones Jewels, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Blossom Punch, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die, Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 2

Well, I hope you were able to enjoy the first day of our blog hop.  Did you come here from Melissa Stout’s blog?  Isn’t her project great!  It has been so fun to see all of the talent in this group!

My post today includes my simplest card.  In fact, it is so simple that I debated until the day I had to ship everything off in order to meet the deadline, about whether to include it or swap it out for something else.  I was worried it was too simple.  But since I didn’t really have anything else I liked better, and I truly love this card, I decided to send it in.  This card is so me!  I am drawn to florals and clean and simple lines. 

The hardest part about this card was lining up the polka dots border stamp to make it look like all of those polka dots were from one stamped image.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped them in Versamark and then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  It doesn’t matter how often I use heat embossing — I still think it is magic!  I love watching the powder melt, and you are left with such a professional look.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Now hop on over to Sandie Conner’s blog to see her amazing project and continue your blog hop journey.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Borderlines, Vintage Vogue, Loving Thoughts
Paper:
  Basic Gray and Whisper White Smooth Card Stock
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and VersaMark
Embellishments:  2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party Baker’s Twine, 3/16” Corner Punch

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 1

You know the saying, “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride?”  Well, I think that could apply to me and Stampin’ Up’s Artisan Award.  Stampin’ Up has an annual contest in which its demonstrators can enter ten different projects and they then select ten winners based on creativity, craftsmanship, etc…  I’ve now entered this contest three times over the past five years, and I’ve never won, but I have been a finalist three times.  One of the good things about being a finalist this year is that there was a nice prize — a paid shopping spree with Stampin’ Up! merchandise, and they put all of the finalists’ projects on display at convention.  I’ve seen a lot of different entrants’ projects and I’m AMAZED that I was even selected as a finalist.

For those of you who didn’t get to go to Stampin’ Up’s annual convention and see all of the projects, all of us bridesmaids finalists are having a blog hop over the next ten days to show you our ten projects which we submitted.  Since we entered this contest back in May, a lot of my projects use products which were retired with the new catalog.

This is one of the five cards I entered.  I stamped the vines on the five panels, and then embossed the flowers with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  I made a ribbon flower with Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and then added the embossed card stock flower on top.  This card was much more tedious than cards I usually make, but I was happy with the result.

Thanks for viewing my project! 

Now go enjoy the project of the next finalist, Sandie Conner

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Borderlines, Fabulous Phrases, Itty Bitty Bits
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Embellishments:  Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Basic Pearls, Regals Designer Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Boho Blossoms punch, Scallop Edge Border punch