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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