Our most recent round of Guest Star Stamper contest has concluded, and the entires we had this month were AMAZING! As always, it was so difficult to choose! In the end two deserving prize winners were chosen and I am happy to introduce them to you!
Niki Estes won for "Best Use of Patterned Paper". Besides the overall beauty of her project, I loved the way she utilized the circular characteristics found in the Everyday Blessings paper to punch out her flower centers. I think this is something that all of us can try to incorporate into our projects today! I also loved the way she was able to pair these two patterns together without them overwhelming the project. Everything melds perfectly and effortlessly! Great job, Niki!
Penny Hajiantoni won for "Best Use of Stamps". There were many unique characteristics with her project that really caught my eye. Her treatment of the transparency was stunning. By heat embossing her dot outline images followed by some perfectly placed glitter, she ended up with a show stopping effect. I was also impressed with her ribbon rosettes. You could get so many looks with this technique paired with the various types of ribbon we carry. Wonderful job, Penny!
As always, we receive SO many wonderful entries, I just had to share a few other with you that I found particular inspiring! I hope you gain inspiration from them too!
Julie Cameron created this gorgeous project while recycling some of the packaging that arrives with her monthly Papertrey Ink package! She utilized the thank you note & box band! She added some images from Women of Life to complete the project. Not only is it a stunning project, it's also earth friendly!!!
Dana Vitek really took her project to the next level by creating this stunning bracelet. She utilized Shapes by Design & polyshrink to create these amazing charms. The copper ink paired with the turquoise ink is just stunning. In fact, this project looked so good, it took me a few minutes to figure out that she made it rather than purchasing it from a boutique!
Kirsten DuBosque came up with this fun idea when she stumbled across chalk eggs during a recent shopping excursion. She painted one of our exclusive egg boxes with chalkboard paint (available at almost any home improvement store). She was thrilled with the idea of providing a storage box for the chalk and a canvas to use it, all in one. How fun for a child to be able to decorate their box over and over again! Ia m certainly going to be making these for my own children this year!!!
Kirsten also made this adorable peep box. I love how well the concept worked with the label stamp from Just Hatched. It is such an easy to mass produce idea, I look forward to possibly making these for my children's classmates this year. here are so many ways to customize it with different colors and ribbons!
Charlene Austin made this beautiful piece of art. I love how she was able to use the ribbons not just as an embellishment, but rather as a focal point. It also looks like it was probably a lot of fun too! I am anxious to make a project like this myself!
Jennifer Buck created this colorful project that brings back an old technique. By stamping the polka dots in Versamark on black cardstock, she was able to go back in with various colors of chalk to get this amazing effect. I love the idea of this and think it really opens a lot of design possibilities.
Julia Aston created the fun project that you could use for the coach in your child' life or adapt for another sport's loving male figure you know. The green grass paper used on the bottom portion of the box paired with those adorable sports ball eggs really makes a statement!
Heather Jackman wowed me with this amazing frame she customized with Shapes By Design. It has such a sleek modern look to it, just awesome!!!! I loved how she repeated the red color pop created with the flower by inking the last word of the sentiment in red as well. I am going to keep this project on file to use for wedding & anniversary gifts!!!
Last but not least, Regan D'Agostino created this adorable baby bib card. I fell in love with the simplicity of it, and it is just so sophisticated. To me, it looks like a card you might purchase at an expensive boutique! The pairing of Polka Dot Basics and Just Hatched were the perfect compliment to her design. these would also be adorable for baby announcements & shower inviations!
The next round of Guest Star stamper in now in full swing! Could it be you?!?! We will now be accepting all entries via our customer gallery online. we will no longer be accepting submissions via email. The reason we are making this change is to benefit everyone in the end. It has always been difficult to not showcase every entry we recieve. Now with all of the entries uploaded to our gallery, we can give each of them a spot on the stage, whether they are the winning entry or not.
We will be naming three winners this month:
-Best Birthday Project (utilizing It's a Celebration and/or Birthday Basics)
-Best Wedding Project (utlizing Wedding Day, Favor It Weddings and/or Boxes, Bags & Tags)
-Best Use of Pink Patterns Collection
Entries are due by April 13th, so be sure to get started as soon as your stamps arrive!
Once you have your entries prepared, please take the following steps to submit them for the contest! (Please note that you need to be a registered member of our website in order to upload. you can do so HERE if you haven't already!)
1. Click on the "gallery2" link at the top of the forum, next to the FAQ link.
2. Click on the Guest Star Stamper Logo for April Submissions
3. On the left side, click the link for Add Album
4. Enter your information for your submission
5. When you create your album you need to modify the permissions to remove the "registered users" group's ability to view the album. Just three quick steps needed!
-In the left hand column, you should see a spot that says edit
-Click on it and go down to group permissions.
-Remove all but yourself and site administrators.
That should make it so that no one but you and the admins can see what is in your album. We want the entries to be invisible to everyone but you to keep a level playing field and prevent any copying and resubmitting. Rick will be checking it daily to make sure folks do not have that option enabled
6. Go into that album and create albums for each of your submissions
7. Go into each of those albums and upload your photos using the "add item" link on the left side.
I will go into those folders the day before the release and choose the winners....once the winner is picked Rick will make all of the submissions viewable by everyone as he did this month. Should you have any questions about uploading your submissions, please feel free to email Rick at customer service and he will be more than happy to help you!