As many of you may or may not know, each month we hold our Guest Star Stamper Contest. With this contest we accept entries from stampers just like you, using our latest sets. We receive hundreds of submissions each month and have to pick only one winner per category! We just couldn't allow some of the other amazing projects go without mention, so I have picked a few of my favorites to share with you! (And if you would like to see all of our previous month's Honorable Mentions, you can find them HERE!) But first, the winners!
Jackie Ohlmann really caught my eye with her elegant card using Spiral Bouquet. I loved the way she utilized Liquid Pearls throughout her project to echo the brads in the upper right-hand corner. The actual design of the project is clever as well, and something that could be definitely reproduced in a sketch to be used for other projects! I thought that her color scheme was really unique as well. I definitely would not have thought to put them together, but now that I have seen it, I think I might give it a try! Congratulations, Jackie!
Barbara Schram created this beautiful matching desk set. I loved the way that she even altered the tape dispenser to match! Everything is just so classy! Look at how she create a divider for the tin. So clever! One of the reasons I picked this project as a winner was because it is such a great gift idea for those that "have it all". I can visualize a pretty gift basket containing Barbara's items along with a package of monogrammed stationery or cards. Thanks for sharing this project with us, Barbara!
Now for our Honorable Mentions!!!
Sharon Harnist made this elegant yet simple Christmas Cracker. She offers a complete tutorial on her blog with step-by step directions on how to create your very own version! You could make these to coordinate with your holiday decor or your heirloom china! What a fun way to add a festive touch to your family meals this time of year!
Lexi Daly got my mind turning with this monogrammed ribbon bookmark. It is incredibly simple, which makes it the perfect last minute gift. Pair it with a new literary selection or a gift card to your local bookstore for a thoughtful ensemble! With the hundreds of ribbon selections available, you can make a bookmark to suit just about anyone's style and personality!
Carolyn King came up with another simple gift idea. She created this pretty book band for the cover of a journal. The band becomes the perfect backdrop to ground the custom monogram. She also made a matching book mark. It is a beautiful example of how you can take something ordinary and make it extraordinary!
Charmaine Ikach made this boxed set of monogrammed notecards. If you click on the image to get a larger view, you will see the clever way that she masked the embossed monogram focal point on the notecards and added the floral accents over it. Such a beautiful way to add detail to a one layer card!
Joanne Basile created a monogrammed card set too, this time packaged in a custom little tote. I really loved the way she incorporated her Spiral Bouquet paper into strips used on th card fronts. It brings everything together so nicely, without being overpowering.
Niki Estes made me smile with this cheerful card. With a combination of flower centers from our Paper Tray set and stripes from Faux Ribbon, the handmade patterned papers really unite her color scheme. Little glass dew drops added to the centers of the focal point flowers provide such a nice finishing detail.
Elizebeth Neumann looked outside of the box when creating this pendant. The simplicity of it's design is something that could coordinate with a variety of clothing choices. Elizebeth will be offering up a tutorial on how to make these pendents soon, so be sure to keep an eye on her blog for her future postings!
Bridget Dickenson made me look at the leaf image from Spiral Bouquet in a whole new light! By stamping several together she was able to create a flourished five-pointed star! She combined her newfound image with the "star light, star bright" sentiment from Take a Bough. What a fun way to utilize this set!
Paula Williamson literally took my breath away with the manner in which she added color to the leaves in her hand-stamped paper. The graduated green color added to them on top of the blue paper is a magical, eye-catching combination. Paired with a great card design, this project is sure to be cased by many!!!
Lauren Meader made this pretty card set complete with a vellum case. If you stop by THIS post on her blog, she provides a template & directions on how to make the box she designed! I loved her color scheme and the way she layered the different sizes of the solid flower on top of one another.
Our next contest is now open for submissions! We are accepting entries for the following categories:
I look forward to seeing all of your amazing entries!