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September 5, 2010


Well, I must say that when I checked my e-mail today after getting home from church, my first thought was, "somebody is playing a trick on me!!!"  In my inbox was an e-mail from a gal saying that Shelli Gardner (Co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!) had picked one of my little cards as a winner for her August Creative Challenge!!!  I'm sure that the e-mail is "real" now (because I checked on Shelli's blog ;) LOL), but I was definitely a bit doubtful and very much surprised! 

I was inspired by her color challenge and shared my cards thinking that maybe someone would come visit my blog and be inspired by them.  I never thought I would actually win!  Well, I just had to share the news with you because I think it's so neat (and my last name is spelled wrong on her site so some of you might not realize it's me, he he he). 

I don't ever send stuff in for contests.  I consider myself a clean-and-simple stamper that doesn't cause many  to say "wow!!!" when they take a look at my stuff, but it makes me happy to create my cards and other projects and give them to others to brighten their day.  So... pretty neat, right?  :)

Click here to see my card that she picked.

Click here to see the other August Creative Challenge winners.

Congrats to everyone else.  I know I enjoyed looking at all of the submissions, and recommend that you do too if you would like some fabulous inspiration.


  1. Congrats Marie! And what are you talking about.. I always say "wow!" when I look at your cards! You totally deserved it! :)

  2. Whoo! Hoo! Congratulations!! So happy for you!!

  3. Congratulations! Couldn't happen to a nicer person.

  4. Congratulations, Marie! That is pretty neat indeed!

  5. Wow is right!!!!! That is what I always say to your art too! I am so excited that you are one of the winners. You so deserve it.

    I loved this cute little card and wanted to case it when I saw it but I never seem to get the time. I hope that you will something fun! Even if it is just the bragging rights that is ok too!

    Love you girl and you always inspire me!

  6. Congratulations!!! It is an honor to be personally chosen by Shelli. I'm still on 'Cloud Nine' from over a year ago!

  7. Congratulations!! I've always admired your style in card design, and I'm glad to see it be recognized. :-)


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Marie :)