Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Not In My Wildest Dreams . . .

 

. . . did I imagine that I would be sharing this secret (that has absolutely been KILLING me!) with you all.  When I say that, I’m seriously not fishing for compliments . . . I truly did not imagine that what I do (stamping) would even come close to being worthy of winning a contest.  But in fact, I have won . . . and now I get to share the most amazing news with you all.

 

Stamping Royalty

Yes, my sweet crafty friends, I’m one of the three winners in the Thinking of You/Hello category of the 2011 Stamping Royalty Contest (there are 15 winners in all)!!  You can find the official announcement HERE.  Can you believe it?!!  I am still floating on cloud nine since I received that amazing email from P. Kelly Smith last week.  I screamed, then I cried, and then I screamed again!!  LOL  Sadly, no one was home when I got the email, and I had VERY EXPLICIT instructions to not tell a soul.  Are you KIDDING me?!!  LOL  Luckily, I got ahold of my hubby on the phone, who was on his way to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA.  Here’s how our conversation went:

ME:  Honey!  Guess what?!!

HUBBY:  What?

ME:  I won!!  I won the Stamping Royalty Contest!!  Can you believe it?!!

HUBBY:  Great!!  But what does that mean?  Is it like you won the local club championship (yes – hubby is a golf freak)?

ME:  Ummm . . . NOOOOOO!!  It’s like I won the freakin’ MASTERS!!

HUBBY:  Oh!!  Well, that’s just great then!!  Congratulations, sweetie!!

Yeah . . . he doesn’t REALLY get it.  LOL  But that’s okay.  I am thrilled beyond belief, regardless.  I can’t share my winning card with you just yet – that’ll have to wait until the November/December issue of Paper Crafts Magazine comes out (on October 11th!).  But I will be sharing the other cards that didn’t make the cut with you in the next several days.

 

I am so incredibly humbled to be included among the other winners that have been revealed so far, and all the great stamping geniuses that came before us.  I’d like to thank the editors of Paper Crafts Magazine who chose my card . . . you’ll never know how much this incredible honor means to me.  I’d also like to thank all of you who have left me sweet comments that served to encourage me in my stamping journey.  I love what I do . . . I dream about stamping, I obsess about it, and I study others who inspire me so that I can become the best stamper that I can be.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

 

Thanks for the Lift

 

In honor of you all, I’ve created a card to thank you.  Consider this my personal thanks to you for all that you do to inspire me each and every day.  I’ll also be submitting this for the Moxie Fab World current challenge, In My Beautiful Balloon.

Source: None via allegra on Pinterest

 

I was inspired by this amazing photograph that I found on Pinterest (another obsession! LOL).  I love how the balloon is floating over the fog-covered cityscape, and knew that I would combine my love of cityscapes with this challenge.

 

Well, that’s it for my big news today.  Thank you, again, for all of your encouragement and support . . . it means the world to me.  Thanks, too, for stopping in today!

41 comments:

Kim Hughes said...

soooo well deserved!
HUGE congrats girlie!!!
xo

naturecoastcrafter said...

Shuuuuuuuuut uuuuuuuuuuup!!!!! That is so exciting. I knew you could do this--I see even bigger things in your future. Congratulations! If the winning card is even a fraction as delightful as this balloon card, it is going to be one great magazine page! Milt just came in with the mail and I box from you. I think I know what's in it--I wasn't fishing for it, but I am grateful, really. You are so generous and such a good friend. Again, congratulations and thank you, Karo!

Danni said...

Congrats!! That is just awesome!

naturecoastcrafter said...

PS. Note to Garry. This IS a VERY big deal. I think even bigger than the Masters.

Smriti said...

Congratulations on your selection!!

That is such an awesome card!! I love it! Espcially the rawy, the cloud and the 3D touch.

Paula Laird said...

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!! So deserved! Your cards ROCK! Hooray for you!!!!!!

Laura Pryor said...

OMG!!!!! Congratulations SO MUCH!!!!!!! Yahooooooo!!!!

Laura said...

Congratulations! So cute that you had to explain it to your husband in golf language. ;-)

Sarah said...

Congratulations! Love that you shared your conversation with the hubs about winning. Priceless.

And because it could be overshadowed by your fabulous news, I wanted to say just how beautiful your card is. I love the colors and all of the layers, especially the vellum "fog" you added. Brilliant. It's easy to see why you've been crowned!

Piali said...

WOOT!! WOOT!!!! Congrats!!!I just sent you an email!!!
Don't worry hubs don't get this stamping thing easily.
Big Hugs~~

Angela Fehr said...

Congratulations! Love the hot air balloon card!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Congratulations! Certainly win-worthy!!! A lovely entry indeed!

Cristina said...

Congratulations!!!! I laughed when I read what you wrote about your husband. Mine was the same way. Hee hee. And your card today is stunning!

Kryssi said...

congrats, karolyn!!! u know i'm a big big fan of your work! super hugs and welldeserved... and i'm not surprised at all! :)

Kelly said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see your card.

Angelica said...

Congrats!! beautiful card.

Michellem said...

A super huge congrats on your Stamping Royalty win!!

Deirdre said...

Congrats to you. Enjoy your day.

NoraAnne said...

So so exciting :) :) :) I can't wait until the fall to see your card in print! What a great honor! and P.S. I love your card today!

Lori Barnett said...

GIT-R-DONE!!!!! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!!!!!!!!!! Maybe if I hang out with you more some of that royalty stuff will rub off on me ;) MAN you are da'woman! OH...and I'm gonna bring my Queen Karolyn Original design with me for you to autograph the back. :) It's necessary now. hee hee hee. LOVE YA GF!!!!

Paula Laird said...

Dude! I just noticed the date that the issue comes out! That's my Csection date! :) Excited I'll have something awesome to read at the hospital!!!!

ABC Toys and Crafts said...

OMG...Congrats...I can say that I had the crème de la crème of stampers on my Design Team, you so deserve this honor. Hugs!!! Julie

Lindsay said...

Wahoo! That is so fantastic! Your cards are awesome, as is this one! Oh my love the yellow and blue! It's perfect!

Julie Day said...

Lol That is hilarious (the convo between you and hubby) sounds like something my hubby would say, they don't quite get the enormity of it all lol. CONGRATS on your win! Love your work and can't wait to see your winning card in the November/December issue :)

Deidre said...

WOOO HOO!!! congrats girl...but I always knew you were the 'creme de la creme'....HUGS ...DEIDRE

Keith and Kim Kesti said...

YAY!!!! Congrats, Karolyn! I'm so proud (but not surprised)! We need to hook up with Kim again and do some crafting!
Kimmers

Lynn said...

congrats to you too! thanks for visiting my blog! Love your bunny cards, I will have to stop back by your blog when I have more time. Love your statement about stamping therapy, that is exactly how I feel about it!

Julie Campbell said...

Just had to pop in over here and say a big CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And... even if our hubbies never completely get it, this is a great honor & the rest of us are very excited for you. :)

Erin Smetak said...

WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, I AM SOOOOO excited for you!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO buying the Oct. issue!!!! You are FINALLY arriving, my sweet friend!!!! And I couldn't be more happy for you! {BIG STAMPY HUGS!}

Atticelf said...

Cool Card! And many, many congrats. How exciting!

Shemaine Smith said...

Came over to wish you Congratulations!! Beautiful card too! Love the use of vellum for the clouds!

Terri said...

CONGRATS, Your Highness! I can say I remembered you when...

A true honor for someone who more than deserves it!

Laura Evangeline said...

FABulous! How'd you get the sun rays? They're beautiful!

curlyqmosaics said...

Such a beautiful card! Love the sentiment!

Cath said...

Hey Karolyn! Thanks for linking this up to the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

...and congratulations, your highness! :)

Jen W. said...

Congrats on your Moxie Fab win, Karolyn! This card is stunning and definitely deserved it's place in the top 5. Have a great day! :)

Alanna Harris said...

I just love your balloon card...congrats on winning the moxie fab challenge!! Congrats on being royalty too ;-)

Jessica said...

Your card is a stunner!!! Love the colors and the skyline, uh is all so perfect. And by the way with creations like these is no surprise you won the stamping royalty contest. Three cheers for you!!!! TFS :)

Virginia L. said...

what a stunning card! Congrats on your Moxie Fab World Balloon challenge win! AND now you are a stamping Royalty---YAY :)

Dana said...

I remember seeing this on the Moxie Fab blog and loved it!

Rebecca said...

Such a breathtaking card...it deserves to win something! Congrats!