Sunday, June 6, 2010

The End - Parade of UnAward Winning Artisan Projects

So, here we are at THE END ... the Piece de Resistance ... the project I spent more than 20 hours and more money than I wish to admit on .... Smiley from

When my friend Cheryl (hey, girl!!) and I were brainstorming about what I could POSSIBLY do for a 3D/altered project for my Artisan Award entry we were bouncing all kinds of ideas off of one another ... it's always nice to have more than one brain at work at a time. One thing led to another and then it just hit me ... a COOKBOOK. I said to Cheryl, "No-no-no ... that's a great idea, but there is NO WAY I'm gonna do that much work!" Famous last words ... as soon as the idea was hatched I KNEW that I was not going to be satisfied with anything less ...

Here is my hybrid MDS/tactile cookbook. I'm SO proud of how this turned out!! (And sooo sad that I just pretty much gave it away!).

In all actuality, I had recipes planned to make up 30 pages (there was a whole section on slowcooking in there, too!). I did 6 pages of recipes for each category ... salads, soups, main dishes and desserts.

The hardest, most painstaking part of this baby was actually typing the recipe cards. Since I created those in MDS, the way these are set up require you to type each line on each card separately, since each line is its own text box. And every time I clicked on one it would move ... just a tiny bit ... which would require me to move it back!!

It took me what felt like EONS to get those darn cards typed up. But I am particularly happy with the quilt on the front cover. I love sewing on paper ... and I was really pleased with the outcome on this.

The tabs on the recipe cards are tactile ... meaning that they are punched from real cardstock with real brads. There is a "space" punched out on the recipe card template in MDS that you can fill in with whatever you want. I decided to add a little three-dimensionality to it. The paper on the cover is actual paper from the Sweet Pea dsp kit. All of the paper on the backgrounds inside the book were printed out on my computer using MDS.

I also used MDS to create the word "favorite" for the little oval punch out on the front cover. With some clever punching and masking in the program I was able to mask off the rest of the definition from the favorite stamp ("Define Your Life").

Ever wonder what creative genius looks like at work??? This is it, baby!!! This is what my lovely craft room looked like after finishing the last of my Artisan projects. AAAAAAACCKKKK!!! "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind ..."

Thankyouthankyouthankyou for allowing me to share my projects with you. And as many thanks for your votes of confidence and encouragement. I really did put my heart and soul into all of these ...

... as did Jan. Here is her final SUPERB project:

Jan's Final Hurrah

Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper (actual paper on cover – paper generated by MDS on inside)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Craft, Rose Red Craft, Chocolate Chip Craft
Accessories: On Board 8 ½” x 8 ½” Album, My Digital Studio, Go Go Boots Alphabet Medium Sizzlits Dies, Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Modern Label Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Round Tab Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, ½” Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, On Board So Tweet, Chocolate Chip 1” Double Stitched Ribbon, Chocolate Chip 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Apricot Appeal ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Paper Piercing Tool/Mat Pack, Clear Embossing Powder, Sewing Machine


Glenda said...

Whew girl!!! I cannot believe the mess you made! he...he... Actually it looks like my area most of the time. I only have a small area to work in and most of the time it looks like this on a smaller scale. Loved all your projects and cannot imagine why you were not picked! You go g-i-r-l!!

Terry Molineux said...

OMGosh your projects were the bomb! I cannot believe you didn't win. This last one - wow!!!! Do they give them back to you? That was a load of money!!!! Just know that your readers appreciate all you do and know you should have won. I cannot stand that the same people win every year....

Love Love Love your projects!!!

Sassy Scrapin' said...

WOW! Your projects have all been amazing! I love that cookbook today! and that craft room looks like mine right now after a week of working on two nephews Graduation stuff! LOL

Susan J Carlson said...

You are the BEST in my book! (Well, I haven't looked at Jan's last entry yet...) Be proud of yourself! Are you ever going to enter again???

Also, thanks for sharing a glimpse of your workspace. Now that took real guts!!!


Linda said...

so much fun following your parade. The cookbook would be such a fun wedding gift. Thank you for sharing it all with us-I have to agree with others that my small space looks just as bad while I'm on a project. The dining room table gets cleared off in time for the holiday dinner ;)

Marla said...

This cookbook is the "icing on the cake"! Your projects are beautiful! You're a winner in the eyes of your one blog follower--me! While that's not much of a consolation from a non-expert, you are still very appreciated! Thank you for sharing your talent!

Vicky said...

Wow!! I started following your blog since you were posting all your artisan projects (Jan's link sent me) and all I can say is amazing!!! This cookbook is my absolute favorite!!! It's gorgeous!! Wow!!! The time spent is not surprising with all the detail and when I read about how you had to type each line at a time, SU needs to send this back!!
You really did a great job on all your projects!! TFS!

Kathy said... does kinda look like a crime was committed!! lovely cookbook, and I am glad to know that I am not the only one who's workspace looks like a tornado passed by when I'm finished making a card!! a sure sign of creatvie genius, I like to think!!

Diana Gibbs said...

Ok Wendy, that picture is hilarious! That gorgeous stamp room looks like a whirlwind. Mine is the same way half the time, sometimes I think we work better, or so we chaos.
Loved all your entries.
See you in SLC!


Anonymous said...

WOW, you and Jan have won the votes of many, we are so blessed to be able to see your creations. You out did yourselves and we thank you for all the work and sharing. Bless you and don't stop now.

Regina Andari said...

Thanks for sharing your unaward-winning projects. I can't believe the cookbook (and others) didn't win, and I hurt for you that, as you said, you "just gave it away." Ack! The picture of your stamp room, though, really made me feel better about my own. I can see that you, like me, just move to the next cleanest spot you can find while the creative juices are flowing. We're normal, I just know it! If it makes you feel any better, I think your projects are WINNERS!

Anonymous said...

THis is an awesome project, and I am really shocked that it didn't win something! Thanks for sharing your projects.

Pat Jandacek said...

WOW! You went all out which makes the sting a little sharper, I'm sure. Judges! - no one ever knows what they're going to be looking for or how tired their eyes are by the time they get to your artwork. But by displaying them here you know you have a panel of several peers who judge your work to be superior. Congrats and TFS.

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you and Jan. Your projects are so beautiful and should have won. I love the recipe book. It turned out beautiful!! I'm really sad that you can't get your projects back. Please know that everything you submitted was amazing!!! Have a great day. Jenny L. :)

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Oh Wendy- I'm sorry to hear you didn't win the artisan award. It is so obvious how much time, enegy and heart you put into it. All of these projects and cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Genelle Little said...

I've really enjoyed viewing all of your beautiful projects, Wendy - this cookbook is absolutely amazing to say the least!

Pam said...

Double and triple OMGosh and up you a barrel full of That's Incredible!!
And if by chance, maybe some beautiful girl (ahem...Wendy) did a video tutorial or gave instructions, I would be dancing in the streets!! And, to boot, I have all my recipes on my laptop, so I can just print them out!!
It's been incredible seeing the many projects you just thunk up!!!
Do your ears bleed from all the creativity in your brain that just isn't coming out fast enough!?! Keep it up!


Vicki said...

I CANNOT believe that you don't get these items back! Holy cow - that would kill me! That cookbook is fabulous and I'm sure it would be way too much work (and money) to reproduce it for yourself, but you really should try. Any chance you have the recipe cards saved somehow?
This was beautiful - thank you for sharing it.

Cindy Major said...

Oh my gosh, Wendy, I cannot believe how much work went into that cookbook! Typing the recipes line by line would have driven me crazy... The result is gorgeous, though! I can see why you'd be sad to not get this project back!

Your craft room looks a little different from the way I remember it looking in the SS last year... ;P


Social Scrappin said...

I thought my room was the only one that looked like that! I dont feel bad I normally am so worried about keeping it clean as I go along now you gave me a reason to not be so strict about it thanks! Angela

crafty caz said...

Oh my gosh I can taste the blood sweat and tears that went into that beautiful project. I feel so sad for you that you hade to give it up.Well, there always next year isnt there. LOL> Great work, thanks for sharing. Hugs to you xxx

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing all of your hard work and creativity. I loved your projects and am sad that SU did not select you. Wonder what the other projects are?

Stephanie said...

Wendy, you have created some incredible cards, scrap pages, and 3D projects!!! I love many of the cards, the farm layout, your incredibly adorable daughter (day 8?) and the recipe book is amazing. It was all an incredible amount of work and not for "ought" as it must have generated an immense amount of creative juices flowing and tremendous satisfaction when you completed everything. Congratulations on this accomplishment!! And thank you so much for sharing all your amazing creations!!

Patricia Giesbrecht said...

I'm just wowed by your creative genius
and tenacity sticking to that cookbook project!
My mom gave me a plaque years ago that stated
"Genius is seldom tidy"! Her way of consoling herself at my teen-age disaster of a room. LOL
Now, when I create, my space looks like that too.
Thank you very much for sharing your projects and
the process. I think this should be a future article in SS!

Holly aka Toy said...

Goodness, girl. Each one of your projects is award worthy. The love and detail you put into them is amazing. That cookbook needs to be framed! Can you frame a cookbook? hmmm.. Hugs!

JollyPrincess said...

Great work of arts! Wonderful blog..

Smiles, Laurie said...

What a cookbook...and all the projects are wonderful! I really had a big smile when I saw your craft room...sure different than other photos~ all pretty, that we've seen!!! LOL