Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Becoming an Artisan and My FIRST Artisan Creation: Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Welcome to the very first Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop brought to you by the new 2014-2015 Artisan Design Team!  

Maybe you're stopping by my blog for the first time today, so let me introduce myself.  Hi, I'm Allison.  
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for 5 years.  I have previously worked as a Pastry Chef, but I've since hung up my white jacket to pursue my Stampin' Up! business full time, and I'm LOVING every minute!

So, are you wondering how this Artisan Design Team gig came to be?  Well let me tell you a story…

Rewind three months.  It's June, and I'm in my office working on some creations for my upcoming blog posts.  The phone rings.  I have call display so I can see that it's someone calling from Utah.  I'm instantly stressed because I think it's my Stampin' Up! business development advisor and I've COMPLETELY forgotten about our call.  Uh oh.

I answer, and the voice greeting me on the other end is one I don't recognize.  The lovely voice introduces herself and I learn it's Gwen….the corporate leader of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team.  I've been selected for the 2014-2015 Artisan Design Team!  Whoa!  This is a dream come true.  I'm shaking (and crying) as Gwen keeps talking, explaining some of the details to me…mainly that I can't tell anyone my amazing news until Convention.  Oh geez…

So one LONG month goes by as I keep myself busy with work (I was in the final weeks to earn the Stampin' Up! Getaway Trip to Washington, DC…nailed it!).  FINALLY Stampin' Up! Convention rolls around and I'm off to Salt Lake City with several members of my stamping team as well as my upline to party Stampin' Up! style for 4 glorious days!  We go shopping, attend classes, see old friends, meet new ones.  Basically we are livin' it up!

Friday night at Convention is Awards Night.  The moment I've been waiting for!  All my stamping besties will finally know that I'm on the Artisan Team.  Woo hoo!  Wow, I was NERVOUS.  So, so nervous.  My name is called, I'm sitting on the wrong side of the room (of course), and I have to make my way up THE FRONT of the stage in high heels, that are suddenly so slippery!  Thankfully Sean Douglas came to help me, phew!  I hug the beautiful Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up!'s Co-founder and CEO) as she congratulates me.  I stand on stage wide eyed and terrified as the other members of the team make their way to the stage.  I was shaking in my high heels and my mouth was so dry I couldn't talk, but I was loving every minute of it.

After a group photo, we walk off stage and are presented with the most beautiful box.  Inside is a Tiffany bracelet, a personalized Artisan Design Team stamp, as well as a welcome book and several beautiful paper flowers.  It is truly stunning.

It was somewhat surreal to go to the Awards Night after party and see my face on the display boards with some of my favourite projects from my blog.  I loved walking around and looking at the boards for the other 15 members of the team, relieved to finally know who they are.  I'm so excited to get to work with them this year!
The rest of Convention was amazing and I wore my new Tiffany bracelet with pride!

So fast forward a few more weeks. I've learned a little more about what being on the Artisan Design Team means.  We create projects once per week for a blog hop (why you're here today), and we will submit projects for Stampin' Up! to use on their blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts.  Cool!

So do you want to see what I've created for my very first Artisan Design Team blog hop?  Thought so…
I absolutely LOVE the sponged polka dot background of this card. To create this look yourself you'll first want to sponge a piece of Whisper White card stock with Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, and Tempting Turquoise inks.  Then place the polka dot mask from the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks over top and apply Basic Black ink with a Sponge Dauber through the holes.  
I added some stamping from the And Many More and Sea Street stamp sets to make this polka dot beauty into a baby card.  
When I die cut the pieces for the card, I saved the remnants and used them to decorate my envelope.  I love creating envelopes to compliment my cards.  
The new Kraft Cardstock is so thick and luxurious.  It's fabulous for card bases, and makes an amazing envelope (using the envelope punch board of course!).  

Thank you SO much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you'll hop over and see the next member of the Artisan Design Team, Barbara Meyer!

Have a great day friends!  I'll 'see' you tomorrow!
Happy Stampin'
Allison
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25 comments:

  1. Congrats Allison!! Your card is lovely!

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  2. Wow, Allison, this is AWESOME! Fabulous card. Congrats on joining the Artisan team; what a ride you're going to have in the coming year!

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  3. I am LOVING the bright colors and big polka dots! Bright and cheery (just like you!)

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  4. So happy and proud of you A!! you deserve it! :)

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  5. I have been waiting ALL week to see your first creation. WOW as us usual. Congrats again

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  6. Congratulations my friend! Well deserved! Great card, too! Love the background and the cute little crab! I may have to borrow this card for my next class. ;-)

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  7. Stawwwwwp! I love everything about this post!!

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  8. Amazeballs! Love the polka dots! And your "story" too. It was cool to re-live it again through your eyes!

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  9. Congrats, Allison!
    I love your card (and your story :)

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  10. I loved reading your story and so excited to be working with you on the year ahead!

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  11. That card is AMAZING! It pops! Gotta try it! Great story and I am so happy for you! I totally know what you are talking about! ;) LOL

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  12. Congratulations. I love your project. The colors and polka dots are great. And, this could be used as a birthday card for those born in July and have the Cancer sun sign.

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  13. So fun to read your story and see your adorable card and matching envelope! Love it!

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  14. Congrats to you and look forward to the year.

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  15. Congratulations, you totally deserve this! I love your artwork.

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  16. Allison, you are a very talented young woman and I look forward to seeing your fabulous creations over the next year. Congratulations on being selected as part of the 2014 ADT.

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  17. Such a fun and bright card Allison, love it! Looking forward to work with you :D

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  18. What a beautiful card Allison and congratulations on being selected!! :)

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  19. Oh my goodness! I am absolutely overwhelmed with everyone's kindness to leave me such lovely comments. Thank you SO much!

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  20. Such a fun card! And congrats again.....you are a fabulous addition to the team!

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  21. Allison! You know how awesome I think you are. . . so I will save you from all the sap! It has been so much fun getting to know you, and I am so excited to work with you! This is seriously a dream come true in so many ways! I love your bold, bright style! And I can totally relate to the high heels. . . I think I only wear heels about once a year. . . and for good reason!

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  22. I love the sponge background too!!!!!! AWESOME!! Congrats again Allison!!!! Can't wait to see what you do!

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  23. your card is definitely my favorite :-) i love the colors, and black is always a color, that "pops" the other colors extremely :-) i´m really happy to be in the ADT with you!

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