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Well, it’s Gallery Idol time at Paper Crafts Magazine and I’m gonna play along for as long as they’ll have me!

Now, before I show you one of my cards for the Gallery Idol competition, I have to tell you a secret. I am going to tell you this….and you have to pinky swear that you won’t tell anyone else. Ok? Ok.

The Gallery Idol competition is not by first attempt at idoldom.

During my second year in grad school, while I was home for Winter Break…I traipsed myself over to the San Francisco Cow Palace…stood in line…slept outside…and auditioned for American Idol!

It was NOT glamorous. It was NOT cute.

There were thousands of people, most of whom were decked out in some sort of ridiculous costume that would get them on television. There were probably 30 men dressed up like Michael Jackson. Several chickens. And I distinctly remember seeing ONE man dressed up like all THREE of the Supremes.

They handed out wristbands and after two days of waiting (they do give you breaks so that you can go home and change, shower, etc), IΒ went back to the Cow Palace (which was completely apropros for this cattle call audition) and sat inside for HOURS!

As we sat there, they panned the cameras and made us scream “San Francisco!!!!!” no less than eleventeen million times. Β At the time, I was knitting a baby blanket. I probably could have knitted a technicolor dreamcoat in the time I sat waiting to audition.

Once it was my turn, the audition process was pretty efficient. There were about 25 tables set up on the arena floor. In front of each table stood five lines of people and each line was four people across. Each group of four advanced toward the table and each person was given approximately .02 seconds to sing their song. Down the line they went and at the end, they pointed to those who would advance.

I made it through two rounds. I never met Randy. I never met Simon. And the most unfortunate part was that I never met the ever-endearing, uber-crazy Paula Abdul.

I did, however, meet 30 men dressed up like Michael Jackson, a few chickens and all three of The Supremes…well, kind of.

So, you see…Gallery Idol is my last chance at idoldom. I’m too old for American Idol and I don’t play any instruments, unless you count the Walking Piano at FAO Schwartz.

Here’s hoping this Gallery Idol thing works out. If not, I’ll have some fun cards to show for it…and that’s just fine with me! At least there won’t be long lines, wristbands and too many Jacksons.

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Here’s one of the cards that I’m entering into the contest:
…and a little more bling for the exclamation point!
I envisioned this card a while ago but had the toughest time with execution! I tried cutting out the champagne flute. I searched for a stamp that would work. Finally, I did what people did before there were rubber and clear stamps…I drew it.
I used a plain ol’ black marker to draw the champagne flute, then colored it in.
The rest came together much more easily. I used a circle punch create the gold ring and did some masking to make the sentiment fit!
A simple, one-layer, congratulatory engagement card!
Thanks for stoppin’ by. I’ll share more of my entries in the coming weeks!
Supplies:
Stamps: Clear stamps included in the Martha Stewart Heat Embossing starter kit
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black
Cardstock: PTI Stamper’s Select, Joanns (gold cardstock), Michaels (silver glittered cardstock)
Other: Tombow Watercolor Markers, Adhesive 2mm rhinestones.

23 thoughts on “Paper Crafts Gallery Idol

  1. LOL – love your story. Cool that you auditioned!

    Brilliant card – so cool that you drew the class. Good luck with the Idol Competition. I will be away a bunch this summer so won’t be playing along but I’m glad you are. You go girl!

  2. What a great story! And you’re so right! As a journalist, lots of times I get to see there’s not a lot of bling on the backstage…
    So there we go!! I’m entering too, good luck girl, I’m sure you’re going to amaze everyone with your work. Aaaand, not to forget that Susan Opel rocks much, much more than Paula Abdul. πŸ˜€

  3. Awesome Idol story – what an experience! This card rocks – good luck with this Idol competition – I’ll be rooting for you.
    And is there something you’re trying to tell us with all these bling ring cards lately?? πŸ™‚

  4. I just love reading your stories! They make me laugh! This card is just AWESOME! If you don’t win this I will eat my shoe. Seriously, there is so much to love about this card! The fact that you made that flute yourself awes me!

  5. Love your story! What a site that must have veen to stand in line next to a chicken suit. Lol

    This card is my favorite for the week! I can’t believe you drew that flute! It’s perfection in every way!

  6. Ugh! I’m still bitter that you didn’t go further in American Idol. You have such an incredible voice! I’m pretty sure there is nothing you can’t do (and do well) and this card is just another example. You’d have my vote!

  7. Fab card and love your idol story…made me laugh πŸ™‚
    The flute is brilliant, perhaps you should go into designing stamps, brilliant drawing πŸ™‚
    Jenny x

  8. AND you sing?! Sheesh… you are superwoman.

    I am trying out for this, too… but am completely intimidated!! I *know* you’ll make the 20 to go through… and I promise to cheer you on!! πŸ™‚

  9. Get out!!!! This card {sigh} I love it!!!!! And seriously, I had to stop looking at the Gallery Idol Flickr account because some people don’t know what a congratulations card is – my blood pressure was going up. YOU, however, not only know what one is but how to knock. it. out!!! πŸ™‚ Keeping my fingers crossed that you move on to the Top 20 and more! You have my vote!!!!!

    And I love the AI story. You are one brave girl!

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