Was it really a year ago that I won Gallery Idol? All those mornings of getting up with the sun to see if I had advanced to the next round. All those late nights spent agonizing over whether or not to use a gemstone and where exactly to stamp the sentiment. The eight million photos I took (okay, it wasn’t eight million, but it felt like it) just to end up with one shot that looked good enough to submit. The fervor and camaraderie of the behind-the-scenes messages among the top 20 designers. The stress and the relief. The agony and the ecstasy!
I’ve had opportunities in the last year that I’m pretty sure wouldn’t have come my way if it hadn’t been for Gallery Idol, including being invited to join challenge blogs and design teams that allow me to work alongside some of my own card-making idols. But from the very beginning, the best perk has always been the people I’ve had the chance to meet—people who aren’t only blog friends to me now, but real honest-to-goodness friends.
The new Gallery Idol will be crowned later today and I, for one, am so excited to pass along my title to any one of the amazingly talented top 5. Whoever walks away with it, I wish her nothing but the best and hope she finally gets some sleep without dreaming about household items and interactive cards. A huge congratulations to all the designers this year! And may the wild ride they hopped aboard only continue, like it did for me.
Last but not least, since it’s Paper Crafts Stamp It! Cards week, I’d like to share with you a card of mine that was published in the issue!
So a big *thanks* for all the support, and I wish the best for the next Gallery Idol! The winner will be announced here on the blog today at 10 am MDT, so make sure to come back to see who it is!
Cristina Kowalczyk, Paper Crafts Gallery Idol 2011 Winner