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:

Artisan Swap

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

I’m not Afraid of Orange

Do you have any colors that strike fear in your crafting heart?  I’ve heard many people say that color is orange for them.  I have no problem with orange.  In fact, I really like it.  It’s the favorite color of my two girls.  They’ve even asked me if they could paint their rooms orange.  I haven’t quite allowed that yet, but I don’t mind orange pillows or other accents.

hello lovely chevrons

I used some fun, new products on this card — the Positively Chevron background stamp, which I embossed with white embossing powder, and the Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon.  I also used some more of those sequins from my stash.

I do have a color that strikes fear into my heart, and that color is purple.  I think purple is a perfectly pretty color, but I rarely use it as I never know with what to pair it.  That’s why you don’t see many purple cards from me.

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hello, Lovely, Positively Chevron
Ink:  Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Island Indigo 3/4″ Chevron ribbon, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Pearl Basic Jewels, sequins (non-SU)