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This is my little creative get away spot in a very hectic world. I love to stamp, meet other stampers and share my inspirations. So come and, sit for a while, explore my site and leave a comment when you can.
PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net

Email: pennyhanuszak@telus.net




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stampin' Up Regionals, Tacoma Washington....... only 3 more Sleeps


I'm beginning to get very excited about the up coming Stampin' Up Regional 2012 My Way Meeting being held in Tacoma Washington on September 29th.  Yesterday my registration badge arrived in the mail and that made it seem so official! 

I think it's totally awesome that Ethel DeTemple one of my team members is able to join me for this road trip.  She'll get to experience first hand the excitement of attending a Stampin' Up! event.  This is the first time I've had a member of "my" team attend a Regional meeting with me so it makes it even more special for me.  I know it's going to be so much fun.  

Since joining Stampin' Up's family in 2006, I've attended three Regional meetings and Convention, and I really can't say enough about these events.  Getting together with so many SU Demonstrators from the US and Canada is awesome in itself, but when you also get fabulous demonstrations, samples and freebies on top of that, it's simply mind blowing.   

For me, being able to attend Regional and Convention get-togethers is one of the greatest perks of being a Stampin' Up Demonstrator. I learn and grow so much as a demonstrator through the examples and sharing of others and I can't wait to share that with Ethel.  I know she's going to be dancing the happy dance after Saturday. How do I know?  Because we'll both be coming home excited, full of new ideas and wanting to do it "our way"!

This is my very own "My Way" slogan which I created on My Digital Studio. 

If you'd like to experience this excitement and find out more about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and sharing in the many fun and exciting events and opportunities that are available click here for more information, or contact me.  I'd be happy to set up an "opportunity night" get together to answer your questions and help you with this decision.   

Before I leave, this sneak peak picture is just a tickler of what's to come.  Ethel and I are working on our swaps right now and this is one of mine.  I'll be adding more pictures and a tutorial for this swap card so please come back again.  If you'd like to be automatically notified when I update my blog, just click on the "subscribe" button on my side-bar. 


Thanks for dropping by and see you real soon!
Penny

 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spotlight on "Swap Shares" #1

Hi Stampers.  Today I'm going to begin my new series "Spotlight on Swap Cards" with a group of very talented stampers I had the pleasure of attending Convention with in July.  Not only are these gals talented but they were funny, spontaneous and oh so sharing................ great attributes for a group you just want to have fun with!

In this group photo Joni Metras from Charlton, Massachusetts is on my left while Adel Klassen and Diane Ison from British Columbia Canada are on my right.  For obvious reasons, we called our little group the "Can/Am Girls". We had so much fun this year we're hoping to join up for Stampin' Ups! 25th Anniversary celebration next summer.  It's sure to be a blast.  When we parted after convention it was with this thought........same time, same place, same group and more fun! 
 
And now for their great swaps.  I've thrown in some product and technique details but if you want more information just click on their links below I know they'll be thrilled to help you out with any questions or kudos.  I hope you enjoy these little works of art as much as I have! 
 
Spotlight on Diane Ison:

What new mom wouldn't want to receive this sweet little baby card? It was created by Diane Ison a very talented stamper from Richmond B.C.  Diane's featured stamp set is called Baby Prints. There are 7 great stamps in this set and she's used two of them to complete this great card. 
 
The image of the baby's feet was stamped in classic white ink and embossed.  The card base and the circle with the baby's feet were made with Baja Breeze cardstock and the Scalloped Circle is in Certainly Celery.  What a great colour combination. 
 
The sentiment Cherish the Moments is also in the Baby Prints set.  The cute ribbon detail is achieved with two small strips of 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Baja Breeze and Old Olive and the base ribbon is a strip of Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Striped Ribbon.  The Whisper White background  layer was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. 

Spotlight on Joni Metras:
How can you tell this card was created by a gal who loves the seashore with a passion?  When I look at this card I can feel the sand between my toes, the breeze on my face, and hear the roar of the waves.  Fantastic! 
 
Joni has featured the appropriately named Stampin' Up! stamp set "By The Seashore".  She used Naturals Ivory cardstock for her base and layered it with Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake that have been torn into strips.  Her seashell images are stamped with Early Espresso Ink on Crumb Cake, Natural Ivory and Baja Breeze cardstocks.  She's embellished the sand dollar image with a basic pearl.   The beautifully scripted sentiment "Imagine the Possibilities"  is from the Word Play stamp set and stamped in Baja Breeze ink. 
 
Don't you love the glitter along the water strip?  That was achieved with by laying down a strip of multipurpose liquid glue (pg. 177) and covering it with Glass Stampin Glitter.  This beautiful Glitter, which comes in Champagne and Silver is a chunky glitter that slightly tarnishes over time giving an aged vintage look to your projects.   
 
The final detail on Joni's card that I love is how she tied it with Linen Thread and then added some Baja Breeze Seam binding.  Can't get enough of that ribbon. 
Spotlight on Adel Klassen:
I travelled with Adel Klassen from Chilliwack BC to Convention this summer.  We were both first-timers and we had a couple of great pre-convention "swap assembling" sessions before we left on our big adventure.  This is one of many swaps Adele made.  She put so much work into this card and I was simply thrilled when she gave me one.  Thanks Adele!
 
Adele's beautiful wedding card features the "Love and Laughter" stamp set featured on page 38 of the IB&C.  This beautiful set has eight wonderful stamps that can be used for weddings, anniversarys and engagements.  The side-step card features five of the stamps from the set.  Adele did a beautiful job of embossing the dress in Pewter Embossing Powder and the cake and Congratulations sentiment in Black Embossing Powder.  Now that's a lot of embossing for one card. 
 
The side-step card base is made with Basic Grey cardstock and the contrasting Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White details really add some pizzazz to it.  The three Basic Pearls on the waist band of the wedding dress were coloured with a tempting turquoise marker and the heart on the top of the wedding cake was coloured with Perfect Primrose. 
 
Other accessories used to make this card included the Modern Label Punch, the Scalloped Oval and Large Oval Punches and the Labels Collection Framelits.  I can't remember how many of these cards Adele made but the number "50" comes to mind........... it might have been even more, and she told me her grandma, whom she adores fussy cut every single cake image by hand.  Now that's love!


Just in case you've never made a side-step card and would like to try, here is an easy video to help you out.  Side Step Card Video showing how to assemble the card base:


 

Spotlight on Swap Shares

Today I've been busy checking out the latest Stampin' Up! creations on the blogs and Pinterest site of the 2012 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team.    You can check them out too by simply clicking their blog links on my side-bar.  Have fun because there are so many interesting and inspiring projects on their sites. 

One of these sites that I always enjoy visiting is "Stamping with Heather" by Heather Summers,   Today while browsing, I was drawn to her "Swap Share" posts. What a terrific idea!  I love that she's sharing the swaps and gifts she's received at this years Convention, because that's what's at the heart of Stampin' Up, ....... sharing!  Well she's up to share #38 now and I think that's simply amazing.  

I liked this sharing idea so much that I've decided to add a "Spotlight on Swaps" feature to my own blog and plan on posting it on a regular basis. The picture above is just a little teaser of what's to come, so stay tuned for this regular feature and some stunning card shares.  Who knows, you may see your own card spotlighted.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Hour

Who doesn't like Happy Hour?  It doesn't matter how you celebrate Happy Hour, it's always such a fun and social time of day.  Whether you send out formal invitations or have a standing invitation, it's always nice to have cards and/or decorations that reflect the light-heartedness of the event. 

To help with your preparations you'll find a great stamp set on page 38 of the Annual Idea Book and Catalogue, called Happy Hour.  How appropriate! This set includes 17 really fun stamps in either wood or clear mount versions.  Both are reasonably priced.  If you do the math, that works out to $2 or less per stamp and that's a great deal! Here's a look at what's included:

While this set is great for invitations and decorations it's also great for tags, birthdays and other festive celebrations.  Go ahead and toast your friendships and fun occasions with this seventeen-piece stamp set. Have fun with it......make your drinks "sparkle" with a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue and a pinch of Stampin' Glitter! For even more fun, emboss with our new Scented Embossing Powder.  The possibilities are endless.
 
Here are some samples from other Stampin' Up! Demos that demonstrate what a great set this.  Just click on the links below to see their original posts. 
 

I received this fantastic card in a Late Night Stampers swap at Convention in June I totally fell head over heels in love with the Happy Hour stamp set.  It was created by Peggy Murwin. 
 
Shawn Crawford's colourful birthday card is just a delight.  Check out those ice cubes in the martini glass........ so cute.  Here's the link to Shawn's blog where you'll find another card using this set:  http://fireflyscards.blogspot.ca/2012/09/3-cheers.html . 
  And, here are two great cards by Jennie Maier featuring this set.

Made for Split Coast Colour Challenge #390 http://jenniemstampinspot.blogspot.ca/2012/08/cheerful-color-challenge.html
http://jenniemstampinspot.blogspot.ca/2012/09/happy-hour-card-for-sketch.html

My set is on order and I know I'm going to make good use of it. Can't wait until it arrives!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

MOJO Monday 259 Challenge Card

Julee Tilman of Poetic Artistry Blogspot created this week’s sketch #259 for Mojo Monday.

When I first looked at this sketch I thought, wow this looks too much like work.  This sketch has way too many layers and embellishment areas for me, but the more I studied it, I started to see movement and the semi-circles reminded me of wheels.  Once I began visualizing that concept I decided to make a friendship card using the Moving Forward stamp set which includes a bicycle. 
I love red, white and blue and when I look at this card, I'm glad I chose this combination. 
 
I used Midnight Muse one of this year's fabulous In Colours, and Real Red from the Brights Collection for the stamped images and elements on this card. To show case these bold colours, I chose Whisper White cardstock for the card base and background to stamp the images on. I used an additional 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White cardstock that I embossed with the Stripes Textured Embossing folder, to add a little more drama to the background.  I think it worked. 
 
The small tags on the bottom front were punched out with the jewelry tag punch and tied together with some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.  A small basic pearl was used for the center of the tiny flower and for the circle outline on the Midnight Muse circle layer.  I really love the small size polka dots on the strip of Designer Series paper I added for the middle layer.  The DSP is from the Summer Smooches collection. 
 
I've used a combination of stamp sets to create this card.  The panel image highlighting the bicycle parts is from a set called "Moving Forward".  This is a very versatile set and beyond the great graffics, $3.00 of every Moving Forward stamp set sold by Stampin' Up! goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. 
 
For the large wheel in the background I stamped a lovely paisley medallion in Midnight Muse ink on the Whisper White layer.  This image is from from the Lacy and Lovely stamp set. The layered circles were cut from the BigZ Circle #2 die.
 
In keeping with my motion idea for this card, I decided to only showcase portions of the bicycle image and mount them on a layer of Real Red cardstock cut out with the 1 1/4" punches.  To get this effect I simply stamped the full image on a piece of Whisper White Card stock moved the window on my 1 inch square punch until I got the image I wanted and then punched them out. The layered squares were then added to a piece of 2 x 3 3/4" Midnight Muse that was distressed around the edges with Midnight Muse ink and a sponge dauber.
 
For the circular layer on the bottom of the card, I stamped a "Friend" sentiment in Midnight Muse. This wonderful little stamp is from a hostess set called Mixed Medley.  I got my stamp for free when I attended Convention this summer, but you can earn it as a Hostess Set from the Holiday  Catalogue, simply by placing an order of $200 through my on-line store, or hosting a party. Ask me how!   

I kept the inside of the card very basic just adding the Moving Forward full image of the bicycle and it's darling sentiment "hello dear friend".
I hope you like my creation and would like to hear back from you if you have any comments. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Moving Forward..........CCPCC007

Hi everyone.  What a beautiful day it is here today.  A real sunny fall day with warm breezes and clear blue skies.  Wonderful! 

Today I want to share with you my entry for this week's Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge #007.  Like the day, I wanted something "bright and sunny" so I've used red, blue and yellow from the Brights Collection of Cardstocks to convey happiness and good cheer in my Thank you card.   Hope you like it.  Leave a comment if you do.

The card base is in Whisper White with a layer of Pacific Point that's been texturized with the Striped Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  A 2.5 x 3.5 rectangle of Real Red cardstock has been added.  It also was embossed using the Fancy Fan fold embossing folder.  The two flags are from the Polka Dots Parade Designer Paper Series

I've kept the inside of the card pretty basic, just adding a 1.5 x 5.25 strip of Pacific Point Cardstock to which I've adhered a 1/2 strip of Real Red Polka Dots Parade DSP.  The sentiment is from the Lacey and Lovely stamp set which I got for free at Convention this summer.

The little sail boat image is from the Moving Forward stamp set. It was coloured with markers - Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point and mounted with dimensionals on layers of Daffodil Delight and Pacific Blue cardstock circles. The beautiful bow is made with Real Red Gros Grain ribbon from Stampin Up and has a cluster of Jewelry tags tied on with Cherry Cobbler Butcher's Twine. The sentiment "thanks so much" is from the Tiny Tags stamp set.  

Moving Forward Stamp Set this 7 piece set comes in wood or clear mount and is Stampin' Ups! Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp of the year.  For every Moving Forward Stamp Set purchased, Stampin' Up! will donate $3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House charities.   Talk about a value added stamp set.  I love it!  Stay tuned for more cards with this set in the upcoming weeks.
 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

World Card Making Day - October 6, 2012


Hard to believe, I know, but October is just around the corner and you know what that means.  Along with designing your Thanks Giving Projects and Halloween goodies it's just three weeks away from Paper Craft Magazine's seventh annual World Card Making Day!

You can join your fellow card makers as the holiday card-making season officially kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 6.   Visit www.WorldCardMakingDay.com for participating retailers, exclusive projects from their sponsors, a gallery to upload your creations, and fun ideas for celebrating with your friends.  

While you're there, don't forget to enter their 2012 World Card Making Day Card Contest! This year 20 winners will be awarded a prize package valued at more than $400, and an opportunity to be published in the March/April 2013 Paper Crafts issue.   For submission details, including the five card categories, click HERE. Deadline: Monday, Oct. 15.


Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge #007:

You may recall that I've participated in several Stampin' Queen sketch challenges in the past and have encouraged you too play along too. Well,  this group recently changed their name to the Paper Craft Crew and I think you're really going to like the changes they've made to their blog.  

Take a look at this simple yet terrific sketch designed by the Paper Craft Crew, for this week's sketch challenge . If you want to play along too, the deadline is Monday September 17th 9 AM EST.  Be sure to check out their guidelines for this challenge by clicking here.  You can also vote for your favourites from Monday, September 17th at 9 AM EST to Tuesday, September 18th at 1:00 PM EST so make sure you check out all the entries and vote.

 

You're going to find that Paper Craft Crew is comprised of a very talented and creative team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators for their weekly and monthly card making challenges.    But it gets better, because the Paper Craft Crew is also offering a once a month scrapbooking sketch challenge option on this site.  Here's a look at their first Scrapbooking Sketch Challenge #PCCSS001.  Isn't it an awesome sketch.  Entries will be accepted until September 23rd so there's still time to get in on the fun and prizes! 
 
 
Did I say prizes?  In honour of this being Paper Craft Crew's first Scrapbook Sketch Challenge and to make things even more exciting, they are offering a chance to win a Snowflake Season Simply Scrappin' Layout Kit Free!
 
To be entered into this Blog Candy contest all you need to do is submit your scrapbook page using this month's sketch.  There's still plenty of time to enter.  The winner will be determined by voting through InLinkz and voting will be for 5 days so you can also share and encourage your friends to visit www.papercraftcrew.com to VOTE!  Voting will end on Thursday, September 27th @ 9:00 PM EST and the winner will be announced on Monday, October 1st!  Details are on the blog.

I'll be posting my entries later today so I hope you'll check back and if you like mine cast a vote, I'd appreciate it!  Thanks so much.




 

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

So many babies

Several of my friend's daughters are expecting any time now or have just delivered so this week I needed to get busy making baby cards. 
 
My decision on which stamp set to use was easy.  I've always loved Stampin' Up!s "A New Little Someone" and simply couldn't part with it when it was retired. That little flop earred rabbit stole my heart and it's been my "go to" baby stamp set ever since.  The sentiment "Welcome Little One" is also from a retired stamp set called Riveting.

Here's a sampling of my "boy", "girl" and "not sure yet" cards. Hope you like them.
 
The "girl" card was made with Pirouette Pink and Whisper White cardstock.  Images were stamped in Pretty in Pink ink and the striped designer series paper is in Pretty in Pink stripes.  The Perfect Polka Dot Embossing folder was used to give some texture on the top of the card. 


I used this cute little verse "bottles and booties bibs and more, a new little someone to love and adore" and the rattle on all the cards.  For those cards that I was attaching a gift card, I attached a 3 x 5 inch Stampin' Up! envelope on the left side of the card.  I stamped the envelope flap with baby food tin images from the stamp set. 

This little 'boy" bunny card is made with Marina Mist and Whisper White Card stock.  I love the new Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.   Here I've used the reverse side of the Blue Polka Dotted paper.  It gives a crisp clean look.

This looks really dark but the cardstock is actually Certainly Celery and So Saffron.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Herringbone Meets PinWheel

 


 

I really enjoyed teaching my "Christmas in August" this past Sunday, even though it's the third time I've taught this class since early August.  It's always a major kick for me to teach a new technique to people and see their reactions when they look at the cards they're going to make and when they actual finish their projects.  Those smiles of joy and satisfaction get me every time.
 
Before go on with this post, I want to share my preclass experience, so you don't fall victim to the "smell".  So here goes.  While I was waiting for my guests to arrive I decided to spray some air freshener in my studio just to freshen things up a bit.  Big mistake!!!  Let me tell you!  
 
Never try a new deodorizer or scent without first testing it.  I reacted big time to this beautiful Vanilla spray scent by sneezing, wheezing and stuffing up to the point I had to take an antihistamine to get things under control. 
 
Fortunately for me no one else had the same reaction.  Thankfully my lovely guests were able to deal with my frequent trips to the other room to "sneeze my brains out" and grab more Kleenex.  I guess this was one of those classic examples of what not to do before a class!  Anyway the "magic" pill kicked in about an hour into the class and all is well that ends well.  Luckily they are seasoned stampers and were able to carry on while I was out of the room!
 
While all four cards were fun to make, I especially enjoyed demonstrating the
"herringbone" technique.  
Here are some instructions for the card we made:
 
 
HERRINGBONE TECHNIQUE and SUPPLIES
Card Base:                                           5 ½” x 8 ½”  Very Vanilla
First Layer:                                          5 ¼” x 4” Cherry Cobbler
Herringbone Layer Cardstock:        3 ¾ x 5”  Very Vanilla
Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheet:       4 x 5 ¼”
 
Steps For Completing Herringbone Layer:

Strips of DSP: Be of Good Cheer DSP pack. You need 4 patterns. Cut a variety of strips in 12 inch length measuring from ¼ to ½ inches in width . Play with the size of strips you cut to get the effect you want.
Peel back Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to expose glue side.
Place Very Vanilla cardstock over top of adhesive sheet and burnish to adhere glue, then remove Very Vanilla cardstock. The adhesive has transferred to the cardstock. Work with this side up.
Lay DSP strips of patterned paper across sticky side of Very Vanilla cardstock creating 4 quadrant areas. See Dawns video on Youtube at :


 
 
Working in different directions, lay varying sizes of DSP to fill in the gaps. Always complete one area before moving to the next quadrant.  This ensures your strips are going in different directions.
 
When you've laid all the strips of DSP on the cardstock place this layer in the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and run through the Big Shot machine.  This seals your work to the cardstock and gives the layer a real quilted look.  Adhere this layer to the Cherry Cobbler layer. 
 

Finish Decorating the Card Front:
Stamp small ornament from Ornament Keepsakes stamp set in Gumball Green Ink and again in Cherry Cobbler on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Cut out the ornament with Holiday Framelit Die and the center of the Cherry Cobbler ornament with a 3/4" punch.  Mount the Cherry Cobbler piece on the Gumball Green ornament with dimensionals.  Note: If you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes bundle which includes the stamp set and the holiday framelit dies, you'll save 15% off the individual pricing.
 
Punch a 1 3/8" circle from Glimmer Red Cardstock using the Circle Punch.  Adhere ornament to the glimmer paper with dimensionals.
 
Cut a 2 x 2" piece of Gumball Green cardstock and then cut out a medallion using the Perfect Pennants Die cut and the Big Shot Machine. Glue the red glimmer circle and ornament to the medallion and mount with dimensionals to the center of the finished card front. 
 
 
 Alternate Decoration for Card Front Using Pinwheel:
Follow the steps for stamping the ornament and red glimmer paper circle but mount it to a Pinwheel Square made with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and Be of Good Cheer DSP.  Here's what it will look like:
 
 
Here's the finished card:

And the inside:

Hope you found these instructions easy to follow and like the cards I made.  I'd appreciate your comments.
 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Christmas Card Class - Any Takers?

I  know it's only September, but I'm trying to get a jump on my Christmas cards while I'm relaxed and enjoying myself. What about you? Want to join me this coming Sunday for a great class:
    
Date:  Sunday September 9th, 2012
Time:  10:00am until 1:00pm
Place:  Abbotsford BC
                                          Click here to register  

All you need to do is bring your adhesive/glue and snips and I supply all the cardstock and refreshments!  What fun we'll have making these four cards with envelopes and learning 2 new techniques. 
 
If you're interested there's still room, but call me to reserve your space before all the seats are taken!  Click here for contact information:

You'll be making these cards, the cute and easy Button Buddies Snowmen card; Herringbone Quilt Card; Ornament Keepsakes card (this features technique for making the Ornament on the cover of the Holiday Catalogue); and the Ornament Punch Dazzling card. 

If you can't come to this class but would still like to learn how to make these cards check out my Event Calendar for open Workshop nights in September.  Get a group of girlfriends together and you can have a workshop!  How about Chicks and Chocolate?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labour Day

In Canada Labour Day is traditionally celebrated the 1st Monday of September. 

Without the organized labour parties who worked so hard and fought to reduce inequality for workers and other freedoms we wouldn't have the opportunities we do today, such as weekends off, stat holidays, eight hour work days, and minimum wages.  

Labour Day used to be a time when Canadians celebrated their rights by holding parades and picnics organized by labour groups and trade unions.  That focus seems to have changed over the years and now Labour Day is more commonly  seen as the last weekend of the summer.  While it's certainly a time for relaxing, taking advantage of the remaining sunshine, visiting relatives, closing up the summer home, watching Canadian Football and golf, it should always be a time to remember those who fought for the benefits we have. 

I hope whatever your traditions and celebrations are that this Labour Day weekend has meaning, has been a good one and that you're enjoying it with your friends, family, co-workers and those that really matter.

HAPPY LABOUR DAY

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Artisan Design Team - Stampin' Up! 2012



Every year at Convention a group of very special ladies are honoured for their creative achievements in paper crafting. These wonderful gals are the finalists  from the Stampin' Up! Design Team contest that is held each Spring. 
Demonstrators from all across United States and Canada are invited to submit samples of their work which must include five full cards, three scrapbook pages and two three-dimensional items such as frames, boxes, clothing etc.  I don't envy the SU judges that have to narrow down the hundreds of submissions to 20 finalists.............what a job! 
The final 10 Artisan Design Team members are announced at Awards Night during Convention, on the demonstrator website in July after convention, and they're each featured in the September issue of Stampin' Success. They even have their own Pinterest Board What an honour to be chosen and these gals sure earned the title as well as all the goodies that go with it (an Artisan Design Team memento, $500 cash, a $500 Stampin' Up! shopping spree, and a special invitation to attend an Artisan Design Team dinner held during Convention 2012)
As finalists these demos will create and post 4 projects a month until next June.  I want to make sure that you have an opportunity to benefit from their talents and see these projects.  To make that easy for you, I'm including their blog links in this post, and I've updated my "Blogs I Follow" listing on my side bar to feature these links.   
 Here are the 10 finalists who earned this year's honour and who'll be sharing their wonderful talents until Convention next year. 


2012-13 Artisan Winners taking a well deserved bow at Convention.  Erica Cerwin, Cindy Beach, Wendy Wexler, Heidi King, Jane Lee, Marisa Gunn, Heather Summers, Jeanna Bohanen, Sarah Sagert and Amy Bollman.
2012-2013 Artisan Design Team Membership List

Amy Bollman
Cindy Beach
Erica Cerwin
Heather Summers
Heidi King
Jane Lee
Jeanna Bohanon
Marisa E Gunn
Sarah Sagert
Wendy Weixler