31 May 2010

sunshine through the clouds

well, i have to admit
not winning the Stampin'Up! Artisan Award was a 
HUGE BUMMER!!
i have scanned the internet repeatedly looking for
any hint of who was selected as a winner and
in the process came across a group of gals
from Splitcoast Stampers
who ALSO did not win.

they refer to themself as 'Almost Artisans',
which i thought was hilarious,
and encouraging. 
but i also learned from one of them,
jenn diercks at igotstamps.com
that once you are officially a LOSER...
(as if i needed Stampin'Up! to affirm that... ha ha!)
you can post your projects.

so, i GET TO SHARE...
what i made for the Artisan Award Entry.
and i am so THRILLED about that, 
because i put huge amounts of time and energy
into these projects and i just have wanted to
SHARE, SHARE, SHARE them.

so, here goes.
we were required to make 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages and 2 3D projects.
this is the first card i made for the Award:

now, remember, pictures don't do these projects justice,
BUT...
this one was an accident.
it is Melon Mambo Card Stock, with Basic Black and Very Vanilla layered over it.
i cut the circle out of the Big Shot Movers and Shapers Circle
and then adhered it to the Melon.
i stamped Circle Circus all over it and used Basic Black CS.
because my stamps were not clean (as i am notorious for not wiping them off when i am done)
they had a remainder of Whisper White Craft Ink on them,
so they ended up looking like a thick, creamy gray ink.
i added the banner with a RubOn on it and a rhinestone brad
added a stand alone circle that was colored with the InColor Markers
and then it was glazed over entirely (the circle) with Crystal Effects.


of course, i added fun to the inside and colored a few random circles with some Crushed Curry
and i called it good.
knowing what i know now, i should have made it over again and again until i had it PERFECT, because that is what it must take to win the Artisan Award...

tomorrow another entry.
enjoy.

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