Saturday, June 23, 2012

Artisan Award 2012

Growing up with a mother who is an amazing Artist, I never thought that I had inherited her talents. I don't like to draw or paint. As a kid, I refused any and all of it, to her dismay! In college, a friend introduced me to scrapbooking, and my inner Artist finally emerged! She was lying there dormant for 21 years! Fast forward 12 years, and enter Stampin' Up. Stamping and paper crafting became more than a hobby for me. When I first heard about the Artisan Award, I was in awe. I spent hours online studying the works of these great artist. I threw my hat in the ring last year for the first time. I poured my heart and soul into those entries and truly felt they were the best things I had ever created! I didn't win, but I did find out at convention, I had been listed as one of 30 finalist. I was sad, especially knowing the Altered Book would end up in a vault somewhere (surely they don't throw these things away, right??)...
But, the perfectionist in me went for it again this year! And, on Thursday evening I received a phone call from Stampin' Up that I was in fact, one of the top 20 Finalist this year! I cried. My daughter cried. My hubby jumped up and down for me! It is a thrill for someone who never thought she had the "artist" gene! So, stay tuned, I will find out on July 18th at the Stampin' Up Awards Night if I made the final Design Team. Now wouldn't THAT be amazing!!
Today, I am spending the day with my friend ErinGonzales and two of our downline. We are hosting a Papillon Potpourri Stamp Camp! Here is my project:




I have a project planner in the works that I will hopefully have available by the end of next week! So, stay tuned for a TON of ideas for using this fabulous stamp set and punch!

Have a great Saturday!
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15 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Erica!!! Best of luck making the top 10 and I hope to be able to meet you at convention! :)

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  2. Erica, I have been following your blog a for a bit now and you are one amazing stamper! I love that you showcase a vareity of projects.
    I have CASE many of your projects and always send my friends to your blog. I was so excited to see your name on the Finalist List! I can't wait to cheer you on a Convention and hopefully will also meet you!

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  3. congratulations Erica, from a long time fan! I'm not one bit surprised that you made it. Fingers crossed for you to make the SU Design Team!

    Love this project and how the butterfly seems to emerge from the newsprint! Way to go!

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  4. Congratulations Erica! I'll be in the audience at convention waiting to hear your name! Your work is always inspiring!

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  5. Congratulations Erica!!! As a admirer of your work I wish you the best and hope you hear your name at convention as a 2012 Artisan Award winner!! Your work is so inspiring! Way to go!!

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  6. Congratulations Erica!! I wish you the best! I'll be at convention, hope to meet you !! Your work is great! I am glad we are working together at the Friday Mashup.

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  7. YIPPEEE! I am SO happy for you! I actually got tears in my eyes, too :) because I know you are so talented, hard working, and a fantastic personality here in the blogosphere. I really don't know how you do it all, but you're a star! And I know you'll win this year, and we'll get to see all of your amazing projects all year long. Cheers!!!! Erika

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  8. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one that cried! Congratulations and I hope to see you at convention this year!

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  9. Congratulations, Erica! I am not the least bit surprised! I don't comment often enough, but I hope you know how much I adore your work by the amount of times I select your artwork for iPICKS! I love your style, and you have everything it takes to make it to the top ten Artisans!

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  10. Congrats and best of luck! I'll stay tuned for an update!
    Love the project for your stamp camp! Wonderful clean lines and who doesn't love a holding container for cards?!

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  11. I am brand new to your blog - I found it when checking out this years Artisan finalists. Your work is fantastic. I read the post about your altered book and I am sick that you don't get it back!! Please tell me those were scanned copies of those priceless photos and memorabilia -- I can't stand thinking that they are lost to you forever!!

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  12. Congratulations, Erica! It is SO well deserved! You have amazing talent!

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  13. I also am not surprised at all that you made the top 20! I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

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  14. Congratulations Erica! Your name definately deserves to be on that list and I remember thinking last year that I really hoped you would enter again this year as your work is outstanding!

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  15. Congrats Erica! You are one of my all time favorite bloggers/designers in the Stampin' Up world and I was thrilled to see your name on the list! I have my fingers crossed for you!

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