WOW, it has been an interesting week to say the least. I had a list of all kinds of things that I wanted to get done and ended up in the bed for several days with a bad case of vertigo. Thankfully, I feel much better (as long as I don't bend over) and I was even able to help with the ABC fundraiser on Saturday...which went very well, I might add.
The artisans are working hard to pull together a blog hop. Some of us don't actively blog, so it has been a bit of a challenge, but I think it is safe to announce that our 2011 Artisan Award Winner Blog Hop will begin this Wednesday, August 3rd. You definitely need to check back often as each of us will share a different project each day for ten straight days...that's 100 incredible projects (cards, scrapbook pages, and 3D's). This is definitely something you want to check out! I saw the projects first hand at convention, but I am still excited to read a little bit about each one and maybe even hear a few interesting stories along the way.
I promised that I would share some of the swaps I received from some of these talented gals at convention, so I thought I would be very appropriate to share one or two of them each day leading up to the blog hop and then I will show the rest after the blog hop ends...it's sort of like a blog hop bonus!
Let's start with the swap I received from three-time Artisan Award winner, Summer Stone. Summer is amazing and absolutely one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Here's an interesting tidbit...did you know that Summer is a scientist? I know...unbelievable! She has managed to combine her love of crafting with her intellect as a scientist and does research for a baking magazine. She told me how she tests a recipe by baking it several times at different temperatures (or some other variable) and then writes a research articleabout the results. She also loves to decorate cakes and she is evidently very good at it because it keeps her very busy. I thought it was very appropritate that her card features a cupcake.
One of the things that Summer shared with us at the dinner is that most of her stamp projects are actually formulas/recipes. For example, she might choose three colors, two patterns, one texture, plus a focal image. Honestly, I think that we have all done something similar, I just have never really thought about it being a recipe. I actually see a lot of people who will take a sketch challenge and combine it with a color challenge, and sometimes some other challenge and come up with some pretty amazing projects. Well, whatever she is doing, it is obviously working!