That's right, you are all winners. Taking the leap to share your own work, and your interpretation of the challenge deserves a group *high five*. Thank you for coming here to show us your writing style, your use of words and text, and your journaling habits or experiments. We had 60 entries this month which means we've broadened the circle of friends, and gotten to see lots of cool stuff. What I love about these crusades is that so many artists come together to focus on one thing each month, making it a great learning experience for all of us.
I've made some executive decisions about the crusades: I will no longer be selecting a name from the Top Hat. Here's what I learned about myself - I was continually running behind in getting the gifts wrapped and sent. If you've been a Top Hat Pick then you are nodding your head as you know I was never too swift in mailing out the gift offering. (I only just mailed packages for the past three winners - THAT is really behind!) So, in order to give myself a break and not always feel like a failure, I've chosen to end that part of the process.
When I began this plan, of presenting creative challenges, I intended to use this platform to be a sales tool for my own rubber stamp line, and therefore the gift would be thanks for helping me promote my business. That never happened, and the crusades took a different direction. I have enjoyed creating challenges that get you to think about the artistic process instead of pushing my stamps.
I do all of this on my own - preparing and presenting the challenges, giving you a place to promote your own sites, offering tricks and techniques, community, encouragement, and monthly gifts. It is alot of work! I do enjoy it all, but it is time to eliminate the winner/gift part. I know you'll understand and hope that doesn't change your interest in coming here to play. Learning and participating is its own reward, right?
I'm still working on the next crusade since I was busy with visitors this week. Stop back soon to see what I'm cooking up for No. 31.