Monday, July 20, 2009

I Wannabe {Updated}

an American Crafts Contributing Designer.

In the spirit of living without filters I will share that I didn't decide until a week ago that I was going to be brave enough to go for this. I have been a smidge, a big smidge, intimidated by all the talent that is also going for this team. I finally talked myself into trying in order to honor my one little word for the year, Courage. This would be such a big dream come true.

Unfortunately, I've been unsuccessful in getting my submission email to go through. I'm guessing the inbox is being overloaded and can't help but kick myself for waiting so long to decide to take the leap. I've exhausted all my resources to submit and at this point I've done all I can do. I will continue to try to submit throughout the day but its out of my hands.

Of course, in the middle of all this I went back to re-read the fine print and my heart skipped a beat when I saw "before July 20". I'm a complete novice at trying out for design teams; this is my first try. Does that language mean the deadline is today or was yesterday at midnight? I'm praying that the one little word "before" doesn't mean I've missed the deadline. I'm also praying I can get my email to go through.

So whether or not I've blown my chance this year I'd still like to show you what I've been up to because no matter I {heart} American Crafts.

UPDATE: I received an email from a member of the AC Team that they received my submission I sent to the Studio blog email and will make sure it gets to the correct person. There is a huge smile on my face and I can now sleep soundly. All that I can think of is the song Grace Alone and these words "Every sorrow turned to praise. Is only by His grace."

We were asked to include a paragraph about ourselves. I couldn't help but test my digi skills after I was inspired by the first page of the Pottery Barn catalog that hit my mailbox this weekend.


Howdy from Texas! Although I spend my days as a CPA practicing International Tax, my heart’s desire is to craft the day & night away. I’ve been a scrapper since 2002 & recently experienced a creative awakening. I find myself reaching for AC more than any other because there is a mix of clean lines & pattern with a punch. Whether I use a little or a lot, the product always shines. This last year has been amazing. I’ve been blessed with my first publications, had the opportunity to work with Stacy Julian as a coach for Library of Memories at Big Picture Scrapbooking & I am participating in a new venture.The only thing left for me is joining your team. As a faithful follower, I’d be honored to design for AC, but I’ll keep designing with AC no matter what.

Here are the two layouts I submitted. I'm becoming a bit more proficient in my hybrid skills and am loving the journaling coming from the computer. It really gives a nice polished look.

All supplies are from American Crafts

Backyard: Ribbit & Drip

Travel: Passport

Thickers: Root Beer Float & Shoebox

Flair: Smile

Mini Marks: Accents


All Supplies are from American Crafts

Elegant: Hors D'Oeuvres & Caviar

Thickers: Patchwork

We were asked to submit an other project that showed us using the product. I decided to try my hand at quilting patterned paper. It is adhered to a canvas that I painted the same color as the wall in the playroom. I really wanted it to appear to jump off the wall. If anyone would like a how to please leave a comment & I can write it up this week.

All Paper is from American Crafts

White Cardstock


Play: Dress Up


Mod Podge


Here is my card. This is Garrett & I at Christmas working on a quilt that was a gift.

All supplies are from American Crafts

Craft Fair: Pearl Bobbinhauser, Alice Stitchenson, Ruth Buttonham, Marge Hemingway & Ethel Dartsmith

Flair: Made For You

I was having so much fun I made a frame that I did not submit but love it anyway.

You guessed it, all American Crafts

In case you are new to the blog here is a small sampling of previous projects that American Crafts has made an appearance in. I adore their entire line of product but Thickers & Precision Pens have a very special place in my heart. I also use the albums & page protectors pretty exclusively and have nothing but good to say.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I don't know if I'll ever get my projects to the American Crafts inbox today but I'm really happy I've pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and lived my one little word.



Sara said...

I hope your email goes through; you are quite talented.

I was wondering if you would please consider posting directions for how you did the picture frame, too. I always see fun projects like that and can never quite figure out how to do it. Thanks in advance if you have the time!

And, I loved the new PB catalog, too. Too bad my budget does not. :)

HappyGirl said...

thanks for sharing your submission. i hope that it works out with the email-bug. boo! your work is beautiful, as always. :)

TamiV said...

Great job on the submission, I hope it goes through! Love the quilted paper wall hanging! :)

Barb said...

Oooooh, congratulations on applying! I sent mine in too. I tried out for the first time last year and realized that I LOVED every AC project I created, so I decided to give it another try again this year. It was surprisingly painless, wasn't it? lol

Anyway, good luck to you, Monica! I will keep my fingers crossed for you. The projects you submitted are super-fun... just the thing AC represents. FUN. :)

scrappypug said...

wow! what a truly inspired set of creations...and best wishes to you on the position..just gorgeous!

Becky said...

Best of luck, Monica!

Your work always inspires me!

Katherine said...

Good Luck Monica! Please please post the how-to on the quilted paper canvas - it is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Jayne said...

Beautiful work! So glad it went through and got submitted! Make it or not - glad you had the courage to do it Monica! :)

Marygail said...

Your work is beautiful! I would love to see a tutorial of how you did the quilting of pattern paper. I'd love to make one.

BTW What's the update on this?