Welcome to Freebie Friday! The results are in for the Open Auditions round of Gallery Idol 2011! We were blown away not only by the number of submissions, but the quality as well. We’ve never seen so many gorgeous designs laid out on our conference table! I’m predicting one nail-biting, wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-with-cold-sweats competition!
This year, 502 designers submitted 1,671 cards for 20 spots. It was an agonizing decision, but we’re confident we got it right with these 20 gals. Wanna meet them? Here’s they are in alphabetical order. Drum roll, please…
Congrats, Top 20! You’ve each won American Crafts’ Margarita collection and a copy of our current issue!
Top 20, we absolutely loved all of your congrats cards and can’t wait to see what you come up with for round one. We thought long and hard about a theme that would not only challenge you, but inspire you (and hopefully our voters!). So…the theme for round one is Do-It-Yourself Embellishments!
And that means we want to see your very best cards that incorporate handmade embellishments. (For inspiration, please refer to the DIY Embellishments feature in our July/August 2011 issue.) The deadline is Monday, July 11 at 9 a.m. (MDT). All cards must be posted to our gallery by this time. I’ll be e-mailing you this afternoon to go over the specifics for posting and to answer any questions you might have.
Before I go, I want to take this opportunity to thank the other 482 designers who uploaded their amazing submissions to our gallery. With over 1600 entries this year, it was not an easy decision to narrow the pool to 20 spots. We hope you’ll still support our finalists in the voting rounds…after all, it’s our online community who will decide the next Gallery Idol winner. Voting begins at noon (MDT) on Monday, July 11, so please come back to cast your vote!
Ready for today’s giveaway? Since our first round of competition is all about embellishments, I have a fun selection of chipboard, flowers, stickers, etc. from Maya Road. Leave a congratulatory comment for our Top 20 finalists and I’ll pick three winners to receive this prize package, plus a copy of our current issue. All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, July 10.
P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Julie’s A Fresh Side to Silhouettes post!
Linda (July 6, 6:14 a.m.)
Congrats, Linda! You’ve won some silhouette-themed prizes! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!