Friday, April 15, 2011

What an Amazing Week It’s Been!


Hello Sweet Friends!!


First, I want to thank you all for your very kind and generous words about my Stamping Royalty win.  I continue to feel the warmth and love shared by all of you with me, and hope that this feeling never goes away.  As each group of winners was announced, I felt more and more honored as many of the winners are women whose work I have admired and been inspired by for a very long time.  The idea that I stand next to them in this journey fills me with a sense of awe and humility . . . many of these women are stamping celebrities!!  To be in the company of these women is a total and complete honor for me.


Second, I want to share the cards that I submitted for the Stamping Royalty contest that didn’t make the cut.  I still like them, so I’m hoping that you’ll look at them and say to yourself, “Hey, I can do THAT!”   Here ya go:


Thinking of You Royalty

Thinking of You/Hello
(I think I already shared this one with you)


Happy Holidays Royalty

Holiday/Season’s Greetings


Happy Birthday Royalty



Nutty for You Royalty

Love #1


You Light Up My Life Royalty

Love #2 (this was my fave)

Merci Royalty

Thank You


There ya have it!  I’ll be entering these in the Reject Blog Hop that Dr. Amber (another of the Stamping Royalty winners!) is holding over at her blog, Damask Love.  Check it out – there’s some yummy inspiration there for you!!


Now, I want to tell you a little story about these cards.  A good majority of them are RE-WORKED cards that I had either created for challenges or had previously submitted (but were rejected!).  The SR entries could not have been seen on line at all . . . but with a little tweaking, they were “official.”   So I changed color schemes or added additional elements so that they differed from the original cards.  Only two of them were new creations – Love #2 and the Birthday cards.  I tell you this why?  Because I am a testament to the fact that you don’t have to be a brilliant, super creative stamper to win!  If you have projects that you love, and they haven’t been shown online (or have been previously shown or submitted, but can be reworked), it’s very possible that your submission will be chosen!!  The only way to know is to ENTER!!!  So please, friends, when you see the advertisement for next year’s Stamping Royalty contest, I hope that you’ll enter.  You can’t win if you don’t enter, right?!!


Okay, that’s it for me today, kids!.  Thanks again for all your kind words . . . they mean more to me than you’ll ever know.  We’re off to have dinner with some sweet friends.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend – I know I will!!


Cristina said...

Those were the rejects? Puhlease! They're all so great! All totally worthy of having won. Now I REALLY can't wait to see the one that did. :)

Jen W. said...

Where the heck have I been?? I can't believe I missed your announcement on Wednesday! Congratulations, Karolyn! I'm so excited for you and not a bit surprised that you are a Stamping Royalty winner. :) Can't wait to see your creation in Paper Crafts later this year!

Anonymous said...

Holly Molly, if this cards are rejects, I can't imagine what we are gonna find in the december issue! Big congrats Karolyn, your work is amazing and thanks so much for the tip. I'll add it to my "submissions useful advice" sheet :D

bosenberries said...

congrats and thanks for the encouragement! Love all of the cards but esp Love #1 and #2... so cool!

Laura Evangeline said...

I love the birthday card!

Sarah said...

You're rocking some amazing color combinations there. All of those cards are fabulous. Now I can't wait to see the winner!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Congrats on your win! I love all your "rejects" but Love #2 is brilliant!

Glenda J said...

Congrats on your win and thanks for showing these cards. They are all fantastic! Thanks for your comment on Moxie Fab World today!

Virginia L. said...

VERY inspiring work you do and VERY encouraging words you say...LOVE all the cards you show here! CONGRATS on your well-deserved Stamping Royalty win!

Julie Day said...

Congrats Karolyn....what a great idea about reworking the cards for submitting again :) Love all of your cards...I especially like the light bulb one, genius!

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Anonymous said...

I love the large damask image in "thank you". It was brilliant to add the chair to it! Do you mind telling us what stamp set that is? TIA-so I happy I found your blog! What an inspiration!

suzARTe said...

I love all these cards especially the light bulb card, I guess working for an electricity company for 15 years would have something to do with it.