Artisan Finalist Blog Hop Day 3

Here we are at Day 3 of the blog hop.  I really hope you've been enjoying these amazing projects!  I also want to tell you that I've really appreciated all the kind comments and emails about my projects so far.  For those that are wondering, Bella is doing great and will be starting Kindergarten on Wednesday.

The story behind this next scrapbook page could be called, "How Janine Tinklenberg Helped Me Become an Artisan Finalist."  I loved this card from her and decided to recreate the card to use as one of my class samples.  I made the flowers, but never got around to making the actual card.  So the flowers found themselves in my scrap pile.

In the midst of creating my projects for the Artisan Award contest, I developed Bell's Palsy.  For two weeks, I was unable to do much of anything due to pain and fatigue.  When I finally felt a little better, I struggled with a very dry eye and frequent eye pain.  Unfortunately, I only had 4 of my projects done and just 2 weeks to finish the other 6 projects.  I refused to quit, even though it was very tempting.

This scrapbook page was one of the last projects that I needed to complete.  I had almost everything done, but it needed "something".  I absolutely could not stand the thought of making another paper flower (you'll see why soon).  At this point, I was running out of time and starting to just throw stuff together.  As I was digging through my scrap pile, the Jan Flowers (as I like to call them) appeared.

When I added those 3 flowers to the page, I knew they were perfect.  Jan managed to save my sanity and help me become an Artisan finalist.

Thanks Jan!

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There are lots of small details on this page and fortunately I took lots of pictures before sending it off to Stampin' Up!  You can click on any of the thumbnails to get a closer look.  I will have a list of all the ingredients for this page at the bottom of this post.

This blog hop will take you in a complete circle, but if you happen to lose your way, here is a list you can refer to. Be sure to check back every day this week for more great stamping and paper crafting ideas!

  1. Connie Collins
  2. Holly VanDyne
  3. Melissa Stout  (you are here!)
  4. Amy O'Neill
  5. Sandie Conner
  6. Amy Rogers
  7. Mercedes Weber
  8. Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin
  9. Mindy Bingamon

 

You are now ready to visit Amy O'Neill.  She's got a great project to share with you today!

 

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PAPER:  Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Brights Buttons, Natural Hemp Twine, White Baker’s Twine, Summer Smooches Brads, Blossom Punch, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Petite Pennants Builder Punch

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9 COMMENTS

  1. JanTink | 11th Aug 12

    Well, I am happy to have been of help! It’s a STINKIN’ CUTE page!

  2. Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin | 11th Aug 12

    Just awesome, Melissa! I LOVE the white-on-white text at the top and that gorgeous banner. What a sweet, sweet page!

  3. Amy O'Neill | 11th Aug 12

    This is one of my favorite scrapbook pages, Melissa! I love the layout, and the bright colors with the black and white photo is so eye-catching. Beautiful job!

  4. Tiffany Bauer | 11th Aug 12

    This layout is AMAZING!!!! Just beautiful and so cheerful!! I will be featuring this layout on My Crafty Picks #73 with a link back to your blog on 8-12-12. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks and to pick up your blog badge to display on your blog for being featured!!
    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.
    Have a great day!!
    Tiffany Bauer
    http://www.mycraftyworld.blogspot.com

  5. Mercedes | 11th Aug 12

    I LOVE this page! I may have to case it for a photo of my girls! With all those bright colors it just screams Happy! TFS!

  6. Connie Collins | 12th Aug 12

    I really love this page. The way you incorporated all of those bright and beautiful colors is amazing!

  7. Amy Rogers | 12th Aug 12

    Absolutely love the combination of flags, flowers, and banner. Great use of colors – such a happy page! Hope everything is back to normal after your Bell’s Palsy – a friend of mine had it and it took months to get back to normal.

  8. Kelly | 12th Aug 12

    Congratulation! Your project has been chosen for the Blog Finds of the Day on August 14. If you would like to see other projects chosen for blog finds, please visit http://blogfindsoftheday.blogspot.com

  9. Heidi | 15th Aug 12

    I LOVE how bright and happy this page is! Great JOB!!

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