I've had the wonderful opportunity to compete in Gallery Idol 2010 and wanted to share my creations. For full details on any card, please click on the link next to each title. The finalists have all turned out to be talented, kind, and creative individuals and it has been an honor to compete alongside each and every one of them. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me and for all the support, encouragement, and good wishes!

Open Auditions - For All That You Do (Details)

I created this shaped card for the Open Auditions round. Out of over 900 entries, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be among the Top 20. The challenge was to make a 'Thank You' card, which is one of my favorite types of cards to make. I had no idea what this competition would be like, as it's the first of its kind that I have ever had the nerve to enter.

Top 20 Round - Sending You Sunshine (Details)

The first round was nerve-wracking because when I saw the line-up of talent, I felt like a fish out of water. There were names on that Top 20 List that I considered some of the biggest names in the card-making design world. I put forth my best effort for the challenge, which was "Creativity Heals," in which we need to make a sympathy, get well, encouragement, or thinking of you card. I kept my fingers and toes crossed!

Top 15 Round - When I Grow Up (Details)

I was thrilled to make it to this round, but boy, was I baffled by the challenge: Masculine Garage, in which we needed to incorporate items found in a garage in our cards! I scrounged around and found some good items and created my card with little hope of moving on to the next round. When I saw the other entries, my heart sank even further. But, I have some awesome supporters, so I knew there was still hope!

Top 10 Round - Big Top Birthday (Details)

So, how shocked was I to make it to the Top 10? When this began, I never imagined I'd make it anywhere near this round. When I saw that the challenge for this round was to use Ribbon in a creative way, I was excited. I constructed this shaped circus tent out of several types of ribbon and I have to say I just loved my card. I knew that if I didn't make it through to the next round, I would be really proud of my accomplishments this far.

Top 5 Round - You're the Pick of the Patch (Details)

Though I didn't win, I made it to the final five and couldn't believe I made it so far. The final challenge was an inspiration challenge. I had an amazing time, made some wonderful friends, and it gave me enough confidence to do some things I would never have tried before, such as submit my cards for publication...and now I have two coming out in the next few months! Thanks for joining me for this incredible journey!