Monday 23 November 2009

So You Think You Can Stamp Finals!

This is it - the final week for MFT's So You Think You Can Stamp contest! One person will take home the title and a prize of free stamps for 6 months! Cool eh?

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the top 6 and so have been working on my project for the last 4 days. Each contestant was paired with a MFT design team mentor to work with, and I was lucky enough to be paired with Jody Morrow! Can I just tell you what a sweetie she is? I have chatted with Jody in the MFT forum for a while now - but got to talk to her on the phone and over email. Besides being SUPER talented, she was so helpful, kind and supportive. Thank you so much Jody!!

Our theme this week was "freestyle - anything goes, stamp for your lives". So since this stamping contest was based on the t.v. show "So You Think You Can Dance", I decided to be inspired by the show itself. I admit that I'm not a regular fan of the show, but I did spend quite some time over the last 6 weeks watching videos on You Tube.

Did you know that Who's That Girl (known from here on in as WTG) came in top six in the So You Think You Can Dance contest? Seriously!! And you know what happens after the season ends? The top contestants go on tour!! WTG had an amazing time on tour and scrapbooked her experiences.

I looked up the actual tour schedule for SYTYCD and picked 6 tour stops that I thought would be fun to visit (since there were 6 weeks of this contest). I also picked some activities in each city that WTG would have a chance to do while she was on tour. The WTG stamps then became pictures and I created journaling to go with each stop. The journaling was printed on some MFT digi paper and then punched with a notebook border punch.

Here's the front cover. I actually made this album totally from scratch. I cut the chipboard to size (6.5" x 6.5") and painted it. Then I punched holes and decorated it. All of the pages in my book are stitched on all 4 sides. The papers are all from We R Memory Keepers - Madame Royale. It is all held together by binder rings.

The first page - having a Starbucks at the airport before taking off!
We're finally off on the tour for So You think You Can Dance. Making Top 6 was amazing but this is a dream come true! Nothing like sitting at the airport with a hot cup of Starbucks, knowing that all my hopes and dreams are about to come true, and while they are, I'll be surrounded by the best group of friends I could have imagined.
First stop - Chicago!
Wind Shmind... Not even a hurricane could stop me from purse shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Louis, Coach, Chanel, Gucci ... Come to Mama! We shopped 'til we dropped.
2nd stop - Miami
H-O-T. Hello Miami. I don't know what was hotter, the weather or the dancing. There wasn't much time for sightseeing, but we managed to sneak in dinner and drinks at Emeril's Miami Beach and an amazing view of the ocean all at the same time.
Third stop - Houston
Ahhhhhhh! Peace. This tour has taken a lot out of me. I thought the competition was exhausting, but the tour requires even more out of us. What's a girl to do? That's right. Take advantage of the beautiful spa in our hotel – can you say “Conga-line Coral”? Of course, no day is complete until I've pulled out my laptop and caught up with my friends back home!
Fourth stop - Los Angeles
Fame excess! Thanks, Miley for that description of the amazing L.A.! I was in my glory swooning over Jimmy Choos on Rodeo Drive. I needed those shoes for my appearance on the Ellen Show. Yes. THAT Ellen! We danced with her, and of course took pictures. It's possible that I am truly her biggest fan.
Fifth stop - Las Vegas
What happens in Vegas ... ends up in my scrapbook! Vegas is almost all about glitz and glamour. My two favorite things, and of course this stop was my favourite. We got VIP'd into XS where we rocked our moves til last call. After my wild night, I was in need of some relaxation. Nothing like a little downward dog to restore some balance before our next stop.
Last stop - Portland
The weather matched our moods as we hit the last stop of the tour. It was dreary and miserable, exactly how we felt when we knew things were coming to an end. We weren't downcast for long... instead, we curled up in fluffy hotel robes and had a giant pyjama party. PILLOW FIGHT!!!!! I can't believe how much I'll miss everyone.
Back page - relaxing after the whirlwind tour!
Ahhhhhhhhhh! Time to relax. This tour has been amazing, but I'm so ready to sit in a nice warm bubble bath, have a glass of wine and reminisce.
Front and back covers
Side view

Thanks so much for visiting and reading! I appreciate each and every one of you!


Kelli Hull said...

HOLY CRAP!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK... your story is SO much fun to follow along and SORRY about the weather on MY side of the states... LOL It's just sumptin you get used to! :)

Melody said...

Truly amazing Kerry! You know I am a big fan of your work, but you really out did yourself! This is just such a creative take on the challenge! Good Luck!

Laurie Marmon said...

this is an amazing entry! love the little WTG storyline. :) good luck!

Michele Boyer said...

H-O-L-Y C-O-W! This is AMAZING, Kerry! So very creative and excellently executed! I love it!

Tracey said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! This is genius Kerry!! What an incredible idea! I absolutely love this! Most definitely would get my vote as winner!! ;)

Lauren said...

Fabulous job Kerry! Good luck.

Chris said...

Kerry, You are so out of your mind in such a creative way. This story is so believable.

Lauren said...

Just wanted to pop in and say Happy Thanksgiving chica! I hope you and your family have a fabulous day.

Anonymous said...

This is the top of the creativity! Awesome job!


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