Monday, June 24, 2013

Gallery Idol Round 5

Hi everyone! Every time I think about making it to the Top 5 at Paper Crafts Magazine's Gallery Idol contest, I want to jump up and down. :) Thank you for your support!!

The challenge for Round 5 was to make four cards in four different card styles using coordinating colors. Phew! It was a CRAZY weekend working on cards. I got very little sleep all weekend, but in the end, I perservered and made four cards I'm proud of.

I found a color scheme from The Sweetest Occasion that I used for all of the cards:

For my four card styles, I picked Fun/Cute, CAS/Graphic, Shabby Chic/Vintage, and Freestyle/Collage. If you have any questions about what I did, feel free to drop me an e-mail. :)

First up is the Fun/Cute card:

Oh, he just cracks me up (or quacks me up, as my 7-year-old would say). Here are a few highlights about the card:
  • The duck (Starving Artistamps) and hat (Lawn Fawn) were colored with Copics and fussy cut (those legs were tough!)
  • I made the speech bubble digitally and masked off and stamped the sentiment (CAS-ual Fridays)
  • I didn't have the right patterned papers, so I made my own. I made the gingham patterned paper in Photoshop using a template. I also altered the polka dot paper digitally--it was yellow on yellow--but I wanted to bring in the aqua.
Here's a close-up:

Next up is the Clean and Simple/Graphic card:

This style is definitely in my comfort zone. While I normally make a lot of CAS hybrid cards, this card doesn't have any digital elements. Here are a few highlights:
  • I die-cut the Memory Box heart six times and filled in the the negative space in the white die-cut with the various coordinating colors.
  • Since the card is graphic, I went with fully-saturated colors instead of patterned papers like the other styles.
  • I finished the card with a sentiment from Technique Tuesday. 

Here's a close-up:

Next up, is the shabby chic/vintage card:

I'm not going to lie, shabby chic does not come naturally for me. I wanted to take on the challenge and did a lot of homework studying blogs and back issues of Paper Crafts.

This vintage image made me laugh (is the mom in the back seat and the kids are in the front seat??). I thought the cheekiness reflected my style well. Here are the details:
  • The vintage circle (Pretty Little Studios) and sentiment are both digitally created. I altered the colors in the illustration slightly to reflect the coordinating colors.
  • I altered the scalloped Chic Tags die cut by flipping it over and misting the backside. I also whitewashed the wooden tag. 
  • I used six different patterned papers from four different manufacturers (SEI, Webster's Pages, Fancy Pants, and BasicGrey). 

Here's a close-up:

Lastly, I made a Freestyle/Collage card:

This card was the most fun to put together. :) Here are a few details:
  • I altered three of the embellishments with paint (the flower and wood veneer mini frame) and spray mist (the canvas oval).
  • There were twelve unrelated elements on the card (misting, stitching, die-cut patterned papers, sticker sentiment, metal flower, wood veneer frame, canvas oval, metal clip, and sequins).
Here's a close-up of the collage:

As part of the Gallery Idol contest, there's a final vote for the winner. If you like my cards, I would *really* appreciate it if you would take a moment to vote for me. You can click on the link at the top of the sidebar or go HERE, click on my cards, and vote. You do have to register, but if you have already registered, you can simply long in. Making it to the Top 5 feels like I've already won. But, winning would be the icing on the cake. :)

I wanted to throw out a special thank you to my husband and my in-laws for watching the kids and the moral support during the Gallery Idol contest. Thank you to everyone who has voted for my cards, given advice, and been a great listening ear. I have the best crafty friends! It's been such an honor to be in this contest. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Let the Shenanigans Begin!
Cardstock: (white) PTI
Clear stamps: (duck “Squirt”)Starving Artistamps; (sentiment from Shenanigans)CAS-ual Fridays Stamps; (hat from Hats Off to You) Lawn Fawn
Digital elements: (gingham from Patterns vol. 7) Wishing Well Creations at Sugar Hill Co.; (polka dot paper from Maritime collection) One Little Bird at The Lilypad; (speech bubble from Blah Blah Blah) Splendid Fiins at The Lilypad
Embellishments: (Whipped Cream button) My Favorite Things

Thank You For Simply Being You
Cardstock: (white; Aqua Mist) PTI; (dark orange, orange, yellow, grey) Bazzill
Clear stamps: (sentiment from Studio AE This One) Technique Tuesday
Die: (La Rue Heart) Memory Box

The Adventure Begins
Cardstock: (Aqua Mist) PTI
Patterned paper: (orange and red stripe from Vanilla Sunshine collection) SEI; (triangles, arrows, honeycomb from Composition and Color) Webster’s Pages; (polka dot from Hopscotch) Fancy Pants; (clouds from Serenade collection) BasicGrey
Paint: (Picket Fence Distress Ink) Ranger
Ink: (Dewey spray mist) Mr. Huey’s; (Antique Linen Distress Ink) Ranger
Embellishments: (scalloped tag) Chic Tags; (stickpins from Fact or Fiction) BasicGrey; (wooden tag) Maya Road; (scalloped ribbon from Mistables collection) Pink Paislee
Digital elements: (vintage circle ephemera) Pretty Little Studios

This Little Light of Mine
Cardstock: (white woodgrain) Simon Says Stamp
Patterned papers: (Sweet Composition) Allison Kreft at Webster’s Pages
Ink: (Tangerine Metallic spray mist) Maya Mists; (Letter Jacket mist) Mr. Huey
Stickers: (sentiment strip from The Sweetest Day) My Mind’s Eye
Embellishments: (mini wood veneer frame) Maya Road; (metal flower) BasicGrey; (metal clip from Fact or Fiction) BasicGrey; (orange sequin) Avery Elle; (silver sequin) Kelly Purkey at Simon Says Stamp; (canvas oval) BasicGrey
Dies: (Tag Scallop Die) Paper Smooches; (Jumbo Fishtail Banner) My Favorite Things
Other: (craft paint)


  1. All four of these are amazing! I can't believe how well you tackled this challenge! YOU are amazing!

  2. Amazing cards Jocelyn! Love how you stretched yourself. That butterfly is amazing!!!

  3. WOW, this is so awesome. I love the individual card pictures, so much easier to see each one in its glory. :)

  4. Jocelyn, you have totally outdone yourself! I am so excited for you - and firmly convinced that you rocked this challenge :D Seriously! Each & every card - even the shabby chic - is YOU all over, and that is a hard thing to do when you're outside your comfort zone. Fingers crossed that you get that icing, sweetie :D

  5. Very creative designs! I really love that vintage image. The color scheme is fabulous too!

  6. Wow, Jocelyn, you totally nailed each of the different card styles! And they still definitely have your flavor to them. Great color scheme to work from. Your saturated MB heart is just stunning! And, I love how you often make up your own sentiments. So creative and really sets your cards apart. I was interested to see what you were going to do with the shabby style. Totally you! I think maybe because the patterned papers you chose are geometric, but you've used them all together in a shabby way with the stitching and rough edges. Wonderful job!

  7. Jocelyn, you ROCK! I loved reading about all of your creations. It's clear that you put so much time and thought into each of these creations. I love how you approached each of these styles with your own unique style firmly in grasp. Wishing you the best of luck in this final round!!!!!

  8. Each card is so special. I love all the details and those sentiments really make your card stand out and are so YOU! Love them

  9. these are amazing! i love your collage card, it's gorgeous! the colors are so much fun. good luck!!
    -Rachel w k

  10. I went die shopping after seeing your graphic card because I love what you did so much. I have my fingers crossed for you!

  11. Can I tell you that I squealed out loud in utter delight when I saw your Shenanigans card. Sooooo stinkin' cute!! Wishing you the best of luck! hugs :)

  12. These four cards are truly fabulous, Jocelyn. They really highlight your talent and versatility. Fingers crossed for you!!!

  13. CONNNNNNNNNNGRATS on making it this far! You are amazing! I LOVE these cards! FAB set-- love that heart!! What a fun design! Gooooood luck:)

  14. No. Way. So you just made your own patterned paper? :) Crafty brilliance at its finest! Each and every card stands on its own. The die cut heart on your clean & graphic card blows my mind! Good luck!

  15. Wooooooo hoooooooooo!! CONGRATS on making the top five! Off to vote!!!

  16. AWESOME cards, Miss Lady!!! Congrats on the Top 5!!! :)

  17. All of them are fabulous! My fav is the second one, best wishes!

  18. Jocelyn, I am so proud to have been in the Top 5 with you this year! You are one AMAZING artist and I'm so glad to know you!! Each of these cards is YOU and definitely fit the challenges perfectly.....beautiful work my friend! My favorite HAS to be that Clean and Simple/Graphic card and I can't WAIT to give this a try with some of my dies! I wish you all the best! xx

  19. Your creations are absolutely awesome-each one of them! It has been fabulous to go through the GI experience with you! Congrats on all your successes!

  20. Congrats on making Top 5! You do amazing work. I especially love that graphic card. It's so visually arresting. All the best to you!

  21. Oh!!!! Like always love your cards Jocelyn!! so clever and fantastic!! I love them all...the colors so cute too...I wish you Good Luck Jocelyn!! HUGS!!

  22. CONGRATS!! SO EXCITED for you and I LOVE your cards!! THANKS for sharing the details and Best of LUCK!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!!! =)

  23. YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! You definitely deserve to be where you are. This is probably my favorite challenge because it shows the versatility of your talents. Wow! Love that your first card uses the word "shenanigans", the second is so beautifully detailed, you totally pulled off the third (your hybrid abilities are astounding...on the 1st one, too), and the fourth is my favorite...I just love everything about it! Voted for you earlier fingers are crossed. :)

  24. Awesome, awesome, awesome...oh and did I mention AWESOME...ALL of them!

  25. Jocelyn, these cards are amazing! I especially love that first little duck with those awesome digital papers. You're so clever! Four different styles in the same colour scheme sounds like an impossible challenge to me, but you pulled it off beautifully!

  26. Your cards are fabulous, Jocelyn! Love the vintage car scene! LOL! SO much fun! Good luck to you! It has been amazing to be in this competition with you!

  27. I love your diversity of cards and what a great color pallette! You stole my heart with the cutie patootie duck and that second card is stunning! voting is going to be HARD this round! Best of luck and way to be in the top 5, you deserve it!!!!!

  28. I voted for you!! These are all awesome cards~hope you win!!!

  29. GORGEOUS lineup of cards Jocelyn! I really love the pieced heart~

  30. Fantastic collection of cards - the second one is so recognisably yours! The colours are gorgeous. I know you didn't win the contest, but in my book you are a winner and congrats on getting to the last round. I was voting for you all the way!


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