Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop - Beautiful Blessing

Yes...you read it right...Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop...SERIOUSLY!  I still cannot believe it...and I continue to be humbled and amazed.  

So...if this is your first visit...here's a bit about me...


I'm Sue Plote, and I live with my husband of 27 years on a farm in Northern Illinois.  We have two grown children...and two amazing grandsons.  I’ve been crafting my whole life...since my mom helped me make my first sewing project for 4-H many years ago.  I grew up wanting to be an interior designer, but life took me down a different path...and  I attended college and finished graduate school specializing in marriage and family therapy...and I worked in social services for a bit over 25 years.  Twelve years ago I was invited to a Stampin' Up! workshop by a friend.  I liked the idea of stamping...but I said from the get go I would never accumulate even as much as my friend had in her three drawer, Rubbermaid cart. Ha! I absolutely fell in LOVE with Stampin' Up!...the quality products and the coordination won me over...and it wasn't long until I had my first go round as a demonstrator. When my crazy job took me away from stamping I had to step back...but I kept stamping when I could.  I adore card making...but my heart truly lies in gift packaging...and I often make something special to add to gifts of fresh baked bread or fresh goodies from our large garden. I signed up as a demonstrator again in 2014...to be selected for the Artisan Team was my first goal...and I still can't believe it!  

Now...even though the Artisan Team was my goal, I almost didn't apply.  I know...what's that all about?!?  But at literally the last hour...I did...and one day in the fall I got a call from that I had been chosen for the Team.  What?  Seriously...I sobbed...I was so excited I was shaking!  I was driving...and I had to pull over.  Now...it's not all roses...I was sworn to secrecy until the Team announcement was made at OnStage in November...and let me tell you...it was a long, hard wait!  Ha!  There are tons of perks...cash...a Stampin' Up! shopping spree...free product four times a year...and a Tiffany bracelet!  But...I have to say...the biggest perk is getting to know so many wonderful new friends.  Every person involved with this Team is nothing short of AMAZING...and not only the other designers...everyone at the Stampin' Up! home office is incredible, too!  Okay...now I'm gushing...so it's time for my first Artisan project...


If you are joining me from the Artisan Blog Hop you just came from Steffi Helmschrott. Up next is Susan Wong!   Read on...you don't want to miss it!

http://stampingsusan.blogspot.com/2015/12/artisan-dec-1.html

As always...
2016 Occasions products...available January 5, 2016:
140697  Rose Wonder Stamp Set
140619  Rose Garden Thinlits Dies
140804  Rose Wonder Stamp Set + Rose Garden Thinlits Dies Bundle (Save 15%)
140579  Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper
 
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18 comments:

  1. Sue, your card is beautiful. I am so excited to be on the 2015-16 Artisan Design Team with you. Congratulations and Hugs!

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  2. Beautiful project Sue. Love the embossing and the flowers. LOVE LOVE.

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  3. beautiful card and so pumped to be on the team together!

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  4. This is beautiful, Sue! I love how you've arranged the flower and leaves. I am excited to be on this team with you!

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  5. Lovely card, Sue! I'm so happy to be on the team with you- congratulations!

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  6. "A goal without a plan is just a wish" ... you did it!!!!

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  7. I just knew that Specialty DSP would be in your first Artisan project! So nice!

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  8. Gorgeous card Sue. I cannot wait to start using my Shine On DSP - it is so lush! So thrilled to now be on two design teams with you. Here's to a fabulous year ahead!

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  9. Great card Sue! I love that paper with the leaf sprays. So happy to be on the team with you, and to have met you in November!

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  10. Sue this is so beautiful. Love how you've paired a bold colour with dainty design. Looking forward to this great year together. xx

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  11. Such a pretty design- all those beautiful green, gold and kraft tones. I'm loving seeing samples of these yet to be released goodies. Looking forward to more Artisan hops with you.

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  12. Gorgeous card Sue! Excited to be on the team with you this year:D

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  13. Beautiful Clean and Simple card! Excited to be in this Artisan adventure with you! X

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  14. Congratulations Sue! You are amazing and I can't wait to see your creations in the coming year!

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  15. This is a lovely start to what I know will be a fabulous year! Congratulations (and enjoy those boxes)!! You might need a little more storage, btw.... ;-)

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  16. Wow this is a georgeos Card, love the Colors very much!! I am so excited to be on the 2015-16 Artisan Design Team with you.

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  17. Sue I've been a fan for a while. Love your work! And I'm so happy to be on the ADT with you!!

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  18. Such a nice card, really feminine and chic! Love it!

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