Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 3

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Well, moving right along…We’re on Day 3 of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop.  It has been so fun to see everyone’s amazing projects up close.  I don’t know about your experience, but at Convention there were just so many people trying to look at the display boards at the same time and it was really hard to see some of the projects.  With this blog hop, I can see so many more details and learn how some of the projects were made.

I have another card for you today.

Artisan BirthdayI wanted to make a colorful, cheerful birthday card.  I do love these colors together.  Here’s a look at the inside of the card:

Artisan Birthday InsideNow you can hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog to continue on with the blog hop.  Or you can work your way backwards by visiting Wendy Weixler’s blog.

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Since this project was made before the current catalog was released, there are retired products on this card.

Enjoy your Monday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Make a Wish, Fabulous Phrases, That’s the Ticket, Pennant Parade
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green
Paper:  Whisper White, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, World Spectacular Designer Series Paper, 2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories:  Designer Frames Folders, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearl Basic Jewels, Subtles Designer Buttons, Large Scallop Edgelits, Scallop Edge Border punch, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch, Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Sewing Machine

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 2

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Welcome!  We’re on day 2 of our Artisan Finalist blog hop.  The ten finalists who were not chosen to be on the design team are sharing our ten projects.

My project today is a scrapbook page.  Scrapbooking was my first love when it came to paper crafting.  I love to do it, but find that I don’t do it very often anymore.  It’s just so much quicker to make a card.  Making the three required scrapbook pages is always my favorite part of this contest.

Artisan Fab Scrapbook PageThis page was actually pretty simple to make.  I just used lots of circle punches.  Punches make everything easier!

Artisan Fab Scrapbook Page Close Up 2I stamped over some of the circles with a stamp from Circle Circus (now retired).  I also added some washi tape to the photo.

Artisan Fab Scrapbook Page Close Up 1This is an older picture of my three kids that we took for a Christmas card one year.  I love this picture of them.

Because I made this page back in May, before the new catalog was released, I have used some retired products (mainly the dsp and buttons).

Now you should hop on over to Breelin Renwick’s blog and see her fabulous creation!  Or you can work your way backwards and visit Wendy Weixler’s page.  Either way, you’re sure to see something beautiful!

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Enjoy your Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps Oh, Hello, Designer Typeset Photopolymer stamps, Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, Circle Circus
Ink:  Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Floral District Designer Series Paper
Paper:  Basic Gray, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Hung Up Cute Clips, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Subtles Designer Buttons, Brights Designer Buttons, Typeset Alphabet Bigz die,
Punches:  Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, 2-1/2” Circle, 1-3/4” Circle, 1” Circle, 1-3/8” Circle, ¾” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Artisan Finalist Blog Hop — Day 1

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Two posts in one day!  That’s unusual for me.  Well, I’m back for the second time today because those of us who were chosen as Artisan Award Finalists, but didn’t make the design team are doing a blog hop over the next ten days to share our projects.

We each made ten projects — 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages, and 2 3-d items, and we all put a lot of work into these projects.   I hope you’ll follow along the blog hop trail and check all of them out.  There are some truly amazing projects made by some amazing artists to see along the way.

My first project is a card.  This was actually the first card I made.  I made it back in February and was going to use it for one of my regular blog postings.  But then I thought that maybe I should set it aside just in case I decided to enter the Artisan contest again.  If only I had done that with all of my other projects!  By the time May rolled around (the deadline to enter was May 22), I had only done this with two cards and still had eight projects to go. It seems like I never decide to enter until the last minute.  Life would be so much easier if I planned ahead.

Artisan FirstI even finished the insides of my cards for this contest.  That truly was a last minute decision.  I did this on the morning of packing up all of my entries to send off to Stampin’ Up! (which was only six days before they had to be in Utah).  It made me very nervous to stamp on the insides because the outsides were finished and ready to go, so if I didn’t stamp something straight it would have been disaster.  I didn’t do much with the inside of this one, but it’s much more than I normally do.  🙂

Artisan First InsideWell, now you’re ready to hop on to the next blog, which is Breelin Renwick.  If you’d rather go in reverse order you can do that too, and go visit Wendy Weixler.  Either way, you can make a full circle and visit all ten blogs with the click of a button.

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Some of the products I used on these Artisan entries are now retired, as I made all of these projects before the new catalog was released.

Enjoy your Saturday evening!  I’ll be back tomorrow evening (and the next eight evenings after that) with another Artisan project.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Oh, Hello, Madison Avenue (Sale-a-Bration)
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, Comfort Café Designer Series Paper, Creped Filter Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Delicate Details Lace Tape, White Baker’s Twine, 2-1/2” Circle punch, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle punch, 1-3/8” Circle punch, 1-1/4” Circle punch, ½” Circle punch, In Color Dahlias, 3/16” Corner punch

Artisan Swap

Every year Stampin’ Up! holds a contest for its demonstrators, the Artisan Design Team Contest,  in which demonstrators can enter ten different projects and Stampin’ Up! then judges the submitted projects and selects twenty finalists based on creativity, craftsmanship, etc…  Out of those twenty finalists, ten are selected to be on the Artisan Design Team for a one year term.  Those ten winners will be announced at Awards Night this evening.

I was blessed to have been selected as one of the twenty finalists again this year, and we were able to meet up yesterday and swap cards.  This is one talented group of ladies (and incredibly kind and lovely), let me tell you.  I think that designing cards for this swap is more stressful than creating the actual entries for the contest.  But it’s so worth it because I get beautiful cards in return and I get to meet some incredible stamping ladies.  This is the card I made for the swap:

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I felt like this card is very true to my style, and I really hope they liked it.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Birthday Cake, Express Yourself, Positively Chevron
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Paper:  So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack
Embellishments:  Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim, Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Dazzling Details