Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Award Winner's Blog Hop. I know each one of us is super excited to share our projects with you and we all feel so very blessed to be choosen as this years winners. If you are following the hop you should have arrived here from Laura Mellinger's blog, if not there is a full list of everyone's blogs at the end of this post. I hope you enjoy our projects, we had a lot of fun (and maybe a little stress:) creating them. We will be sharing one project a day for the next 10 days.
For those of you that may not know what there Artisan Award is, it is a creative contest that is open to Stampin' Up! demonstrators across the US and Canada. SU! holds it once a year and if you are a demo I strongly encourage you to enter, I find it really helped stretch me creatively and I certainly learned a lot a long the way (like it is NOT a good idea to leave things to the last minute and the cost of overnighting a parcel via UPS from Canada to Utah is ridiculous!) You must submit 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages and 2 3D items.
I have decided to share one of my cards first.
When trying to come up with designs for my projects this year I really tried to plan out my cards. Truth be told I found coming up with 5 unique cards that showcase several different styles to be a challenge. I will be the first to admit that card making is not where I think I excel, I definately find scrapbooking and projects with photos in them come easiest to me. With that in mind I actually sketched out some ideas ahead of time. Sometimes the sketches worked out, sometimes not so much, lol!
Here is the inside:
The base of this card started out as a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 Square (I think, didn't write down all the measurements) of Daffodil Delight Textured Card stock. The Designer Series paper is from the now retired Play Date Pack. I freehand cut the rays for the sun and the scallops along the buttom were created with the Tasteful Trim Die, I then used the Small Heart Punch to create hearts "holes"in each scallop. The Polka Dot Real Red strip is from the Play Date Quick Accents. The clouds of course were created using the super versatile Cupcake Punch. For the inside of the card I freehanded some hills by cutting the DSP with my Paper Snips and the little strip is also from the Quick accents.
Stamps: Fabulous Phrases, Hope Happens
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Ink and Marker
Paper: Daffodil Delight Textured, Whisper White, Play Date DSP and Quick Accents
Accessories: Itty Bitty Buttons, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Small Heart Punch, Paper Piercer and Matt pack, Circle Punches, Cupcake Builder Punch, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Die, Corner Rounder Punch, Itty Bitty Buttons
Now be sure to check out Heather Stevens amazing project! Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out another one of my entries.
Here is the list of all of this years winners and the order of the hop