Artisan Finalist Blog Hop Day 2
Artisan Finalist Blog Hop Day 4

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!



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!



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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