Announcing our 2015 Springtime in Paris Winners

2 Y ears ago by

Bonjour! Over the last several weeks we have been delighted with all of the inspiring, creative and artistic projects that have been submitted for our Springtime in Paris contest. In just 4 short weeks we received over 11,000 entries. C’est Magnifique!

Our judges had a hard time narrowing it down, and we finally have a winner. Without further adieu…

The Springtime in Paris 2015 Grand Prize Winner is Diana Toma, with her artwork titled:

First Time in Paris

Springtime in Paris

Here is Diana’s entry:

Hi! It would be my dream come true to go to Paris AND be able to take my 13 year old daughter with me!! As an artist and art lover this is the ultimate fantasy to get to paint in Paris, see the Louvre and get inspired by the masters! And as a single mom it would be the ABSOLUTE dream come true to be able to offer and share this unique experience to the one person that means the world to me: my daughter. In this artwork I painted I’m imagining her looking at the Eiffel Tower for the first time – seeing her expression filled of amazement, delight an fascination – oh that would be so fantastic! She spends most of her evenings drawing till late at night, we both have the art bug! Michaels has been our go to place for art supplies for years, especially because of the coupons and deals it always offers, I so love this store! VIP Louvre tickets, Urban Sketchers, flower arranging & cooking classes – oh gosh this could not be more up our alley!! It would be truly incredible to win this trip to Paris, the city of art, and have the amazing opportunity to see, paint, stroll, smell and taste this most fascinating city art wise. I really really wish we will win!!! Much love, Diana & Karina

Congratulations Diana! You’ve won a 5-night trip for two to Paris, including airfare, hotel & spending money. Your Parisian experience includes:

• VIP Tour of the Louvre

• Parisian monument private sketching lessons with Urban Sketchers

• Floral arranging at Catherine Mueller Flower School

• French Cooking Class at La Cuisine Paris

• €1,000 Spending Money

Update:

We are also happy to announce our First Prize Winner Paulina Noyola, with her Springtime in Paris Hand-Painted Cookies. Paulina has won a $1,000 Michaels Gift Card.

Springtime in Paris 1 Prize Winner

And Second Prize Winner Mary Erica, with her necklace titled Gilded Rosé. Mary has won a $500 Michaels Gift Card.

Springtime in Paris 2 Prize Winner

Thank you to everyone that crafted masterpieces and entered the contest. Your creations were truly inspiring!

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  • Danna Snider

    That is stunning! Congratulations!!

  • Dawn Lueders

    Congratulations Diana!!!!!! Hope you get your dream fulfilled. Just wondering who are the other two winners of the second and third place prizes?

    • Hi Dawn! We are still trying to contact the first and second prize winners. I will update this page as soon as I am able to :)

      • Genevra Collier

        Such suspense!!

      • Bliss girl

        JIllian, this contest was a joke! Your contest clearly stated that the art should have a Paris in spring them but remove the Eiffel tower and the stupid little flowers and it would just be a stupid painting of a girl! The judges are obviously incompetent! I also thought this was an arts and crafts contest, not a professional painting contest.

  • Wendy Watson

    Wow, what a dream come true! Congratulations!!! I am with Dawn…who are the other two winners?

    • We are still trying to contact the first and second prize winners. I will update this page as soon as I am able to. Thanks Wendy :)

      • Rose Carver

        Someone said something about a “list of contenders” can you tell me where that is located?…I’m just curious! Thank you

      • Genevra Collier

        Rose, the reason that phrase was in quotes is that the list is imaginary. Dlam’s post above says:

        “This list is in my head :) I spent a lot of time looking through the other entries to see what kind of beautiful things I had to try and measure up to. The list was long :)”

      • Rose Carver

        Ya I read that after I put up my question…would be nice to see one though just for fun!!! :-)

      • Wendy Watson

        Thank you for getting back. I look forward to the other two winners entries. Such a great contest!

      • Bliss girl

        This contest was a joke!

  • Georgette

    Congratulations Diana!

  • Sophia

    Beautiful! Really talented Diana :)

  • Jessica Ruemler

    Beautiful!! Congrats!!

  • Margaret Fogle

    Congratulations Diana…..enjoy your trip……and by the way I really love your entry….I love the colors and freedom of your painting….Have fun.

    • Thank you SO much Margaret! My daughter and I are thrilled and SO excited, we can’t believe it! What a blessing, nothing like this has ever happened to me before – it’s amazing!

      • Wendy Watson

        Yaaaay! SO happy for you two!! What an adventure of a lifetime you gals are going to have. Congratulations Diana!!!

      • Thank you so much Wendy! I wish everyone would be happy for us, we are SO incredibly grateful! I wouldn’t have afforded this on my single mom/artist budget!

      • Wendy Watson

        Fantastic! You deserve it, your art is gorgeous. I will admit…I looked you up on facebook and my jaw dropped. Your talent is exquisite. I can only imagine how excited you are. Don’t pay attention to the haters. You won fair and square! Enjoy this moment. <3

      • Genevra Collier

        Oo, I looked her up too! Diana your watercolor portraits are terriffic. It’s kinda thrilling to see your facebook post about the contest (just like mine) and to know that you actually won, as so many of us were hoping to do. It’s going to be amazing! :)

      • Wendy Watson

        I thought the same thing Genevra! It was cool to see her post on her time line. Too cool!!

      • Sarah K Hawkins

        Those who are upset, clearly entered this contest for all wrong reasons or intentions! I entered with zero expectation… That what they should have done! Congratulations on your winning! You deserve it! Namaste! <3

      • Margaret Fogle

        You are quite welcome Diana Toma…..how cool is this??? Plus your daughter will never forget this…..take some great pictures and share if you can.; Have fun and be well and safe.

      • Margaret Fogle

        unsubscribe.

  • upset

    you guys are racist! you never pick a person of color to win! I regret even entering!

    • Voice of Reason

      Really?

  • Margaret Fogle

    Oh my “How much longer?” Good Luck to everyone.

  • Gigi Joseph

    Beautiful Job ;) CONGRATS ENJOY ;)

  • Mandy

    I am upset at your choice, this is clearly not a diy project a normal person can do. This was a contest to show diy, something a normal person can do, drawing is not catergorized as a diy project. extremely upset and Michaels should be sued for even wasting people’s time.

    • Genevra Collier

      Where does it say that in the contest description, Guest? I entered too, and read the rules very carefully. Seemed to me the idea was to do your best work.

    • Voice of Reason

      How is it not DIY? Go ahead and try to sue them. You won’t get very far. A great piece by a very talented artist won this contest.

  • Mandy

    I disagree that this person should have won, simple ridiculous.

    • Genevra Collier

      Why do you say that, Mandy? I entered too, and spent many hours on my submission, and I think this piece was a lovely and appropriate choice.

      • Mandy

        It is not even creative, its a portrait of a person viewing the Eiffel tower, has been done before, this is not creative at all. The person judging is an idiot and should be fired.

      • Mandy

        the only reason the person won was for milking Michaels in the description about how great the store is, Other entries were more genuine without selling themselves.

      • Genevra Collier

        I’ve been really curious what the winning submission would look like and had a feeling that a lot of sour grapes were going to emerge if an entry that mentioned Michaels won. There’s no reason you can’t both be genuine and express your appreciation for the store sponsoring the contest!

      • Mandy

        Today Art is on a back burner, Creative people are making things out of items that are normal day to day and making incredible pieces, this is not creative in my opinion. People actually posted things outside the box and that type of stuff I would agree should have won. I am not upset I did not win, I am upset because this is not creative, this person did not think outside the norm.

      • Sarah K Hawkins

        Well… that artwork met the originality and inspiration… and the theme. Soooo…

      • Genevra Collier

        Surely there’s room for originality within traditional media. Some people would call making an Eiffel tower out of 10,000 bottlecaps (or something like that) gimmicky. The winning entry might not be the only painting of it’s kind in the WORLD, but I didn’t see any submissions that were similar. The presentation was fresh and skillful, the subject matter and inspiration were perfectly woven together, and the French colors were cleverly incorporated.

      • Kittens McTavish

        There were actually several entries in which the Eiffel Tower was reflected in someone’s glasses (I did look at every single one), but none that even touched this level of quality.

      • Wendy Watson

        And the actual spending sponsor is Canson paper. Get over it.

    • Voice of Reason

      Why is it ridiculous?

  • mad as hell

    This decision is a disgrace and a travesty to all diyers. Anyone with me for a class action lawsuit then we can all go to France.:)

    • Voice of Reason

      Bitter much? Any piece of artwork is a DIY unless you sign your name to someone else’s work. This piece absolutely deserved to win this contest.

  • Dlam

    Congratulations! I saw your uploaded picture and definitely thought you were on the “list of contenders” ;) Beautiful work!

    • Mandy

      Where is this list, can you link me, I want to view it.

      • Dlam

        This list is in my head :) I spent a lot of time looking through the other entries to see what kind of beautiful things I had to try and measure up to. The list was long :)

    • Genevra Collier

      Cool, Dlam! I was hoping to recognize the winning entry, but this was the first time I’ve seen this piece! Not surprising given the 11,000+ entries ;)

      • Rose Carver

        I was wondering how many entries there were…thanks for the number!!!

      • Rose Carver

        I see the number up top LOL!!! :-)

    • Thank you so much! My daughter and i are SO incredibly happy!!

  • Sharon ROse Herlin

    Oh that beautiful picture that you have obviously created yourself is wonderful. You absolutely deserve to win. Have a great time with your daughter!

  • Sarah K Hawkins

    Hey! Its not necessary to be nasty about Dawn winning this prize. Sure we all want to win. But we should be happy for her! I am one of those who entered this contest, mine is “Love in the Air”. If the judges felt she met all the requirements, then she did. Yes, we all want to go to Paris so badly. But for me, I am not giving up. I originally plan to take my daughter there for her sweet 16th birthday. Right now shes almost 10. I tried this contest cuz never know! And it would be nice to not have to save up money over the years and worry about being able to afford the trip. You guys STILL can go to Paris regardless! Just find many creative ways to save up money for this trip! Dont give up on your dreams, people… I believe it meant to be for this to happen! <3

    • RedCreekChick

      Agreed! I had three daughters and we had hardly no extra money. All I wanted was to take them once to Disney, and on the cruise. I got a free Disney promo tape and we must have watched that 100 times. We started saving. We saved for two straight years and when the time came to book, we still didn’t have enough money. So we pushed it back another year, much to all of our disappointment, and the following year we went. It was the best family vacation. So just SAVE. A dollar here, five dollars there…it adds up so quickly!

  • Diahann Dahman

    I don’t know what to say, other than you must not even believe this is happening…Congratulations! Hope this trip is everything that you could have ever imagined.
    Enjoy EVERY second with your girl! She will remember this forever :)

  • Brian B

    It would be great if Michaels did a section to some of the other entries that were in their top consideration. I’d love to know if mine was in the running, plus I’d like to see the other standout creations.

    • Genevra Collier

      Oooo, I agree, that would be fun!

      • Mandy

        Yes I agree, I am curious to know what this judge had running thru their mind when choosing. clearly creativity was lacking.

      • Brian B

        I think the winning painting is fantastic!

      • RedCreekChick

        Whatever happened to good sportsmanship? Everyone bashing the winner(s) sound like they’re so spoiled. So what if the artist is award-winning? Who’s to say that she didn’t start with a class at Michael’s? I took a cake decorating class, then took them all, ended up going to culinary school, interning at a cake shop in NYC, and now fast-forward five years and I own my own successful custom cake business. So GO MICHAELS. Her painting is beautiful and captures the free spirit of springtime in Paris.

      • Dawn Lueders

        I don’t think that is the winner everyone is bashing…. it’s the 3rd place winner

      • Blair Hanson

        I entered and I thought mine was worthy of winning, but I would never come onto their site and bash the winner!!! Especially when it was an amazing painting that deserved to win.

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Everyone’s project should be featured on the site. What is beautiful to some may not be beautiful to others this is why people are up in arms about Diana’s piece. The contest was meant to inspire. Even if they post the “top considerations” people will still be upset because not everyone will agree what is beautiful. That will just add gasoline to the fire. They need to find a way to feature all of the entries so that people can see their own work and admire and be inspired by the pieces they feel are beautiful…but not on their current S@#$$y web-site. It’s the least they can do to redeem themselves for all of the unprofessionalism.

      • Deb

        She is an award winning international artist. We didn’t stand a chance

      • Hramjs

        I really wonder if they considered that when choosing her.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        It shows!

      • Sarah K Hawkins

        award winning artist or not… its the talent that the contest committee are looking for… that includes professionals, amateurs and those who are just lucky to create a gorgeous piece…. the rules didnt say professionals are not allowed to enter.

      • Hramjs

        Still, tho. I do agree with you, but I mean does she even need those lessons. She could probably do better than her instructor, I just know it. She is that amazing.

      • Jeff Netzer

        Agreed, believe it or not, every “professional” began as an amateur. Developed technique and life long dedication do not nullify one’s talents. And to the haters: channel the disappointment into your own artwork and challenge yourself, be happy for these individuals!

      • Linda Schwiebert

        I agree that she “could” enter but I feel it’s like a high school baseball team playing on a little league team. The high schooler knows he’s going to be the best so in all fairness and morals he should not be on that team. Diana’s work is amazing! I picked it out as a winner when I saw it and was more than happy for her until I found out she was so accomplished as a professional artist already. I am a hobby baker, as were the majority of the contestants in their own media’s. I know ALOT of professionals and they do not enter contests or competitions like this out of RESPECT. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!

      • Dawn Lueders

        That’s how I feel too Deb.

      • Melissa Fuller

        really :/ that blows..thought it was an amateur feature

      • Else

        http://artbydianatoma.tumblr.com/
        She is a professional. And quite wonderful. It would have been nice if Michael’s had created a category for professionals and one for amateurs, who derive no money from their art. A crafts store makes its living more off the wannabe-artist / crafter in all of us than it does off the pros. While we can all see why she won, what has been done is to disincent some of us from trying. Where is our feedback or encouragement? –The kind that would make us want to spend more dollars at Michael’s.

      • Dawn Lueders

        Yes, if everyone could see them all, then maybe the people could have picked the top 10 or something and then let the judges decide from there… just a thought.

      • Kittens McTavish

        Unfortunately, contests in which “the people” get to vote, instead of independent judges, end up only rewarding those who can network/beg for votes the hardest, not those whose entries have technical/aesthetic merit. I won’t enter contests that rely on popular vote, because I refuse to annoy my friends and members of my online groups by begging for votes, and I appreciate the few contests that do have official judging. (Most contests with online voting exist only to draw new people to the sponsor’s site.)

      • Wendy Daly

        Yes….I would have liked an email notification to know for sure my entry was relieved…and a public vote would have been a good idea…many people asked me if they could vote on the contest…and I didn’t even know about this blog until I contacted michaels following up on the contest…I thought winners would have been posted on line…more could have been communicated via the michaels website.
        All I know,,I like so many others, I put time and purchases at micheals to complete my contest entry…great marketing to sell product ….can u imagine the increase in sales…All of North america…Canada and USA.

    • Brian Baker

      this was my entry

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        That is beautiful! What’s the media? Pencil? There are so many people with so many talents!

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        That also shows spring time in Paris!

      • Brian Baker

        Thanks for the compliment. It’s acrylic paint on canvas. I spent a lot of time with a very small brush for the detail :)

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        Wow acrylic, that’s even harder then pencil! I hope you display it proudly. It is beautiful!

      • Melissa Fuller

        Beautiful! I did an acrylics feature as well..

      • Brian Baker

        Thanks Melissa!

      • I have tried to upload my entry also but it won’t show for some reason, I will try again. I think everyone should try to show their entry on here. It’s the least Michael’s can do for us all who entered. Mine was a collage and one picture does not do it justice. happy crafting to everyone who entered.

      • Brian Baker

        Wow, excellent work Norma! That definitely says springtime in Paris to me.

      • Karen Moore

        pretty!

      • I have tried to upload my entry also but it won’t show for some reason, I will try again. I think everyone should try to show their entry on here. It’s the least Michael’s can do for us all who entered. Mine was a collage and one picture does not do it justice. happy crafting to everyone who entered.

      • Brian Baker

        Wow, excellent work Norma! That definitely says springtime in Paris to me.

      • Thanks Brian. I thought yours was a photo when I first looked but looking closer it’s amazing and such fine detail. I am a portrait artist but wanted to do something different for the contest. Funny really that a portrait is what they chose as the winner. I love the concept with the reflection through the glasses, clever!

      • Karen Moore

        pretty!

      • I love the dimension of your piece Norma! Thank you for sharing.

      • Kat

        That is beautiful!!! I think people like you should have won! I honestly think you have more talent that the grandprize winner. :)

      • Rachel F

        That is AMAZING work! Maybe you should have painted a young girl with her top open at the bottom because you know, sex sells over real talent!

      • Rachel F

        That is AMAZING work! Maybe you should have painted a young girl with her top open at the bottom because you know, sex sells over real talent!

      • That is just lovely Brian. Thank you so much for sharing!

      • Linda Schwiebert

        I saw this! It is beautiful! I would love to hang it in my own house!

      • Susan Vincent

        Brian, that was truly awesome!

      • Kat

        That is amazing! I think yours should also have been a winner. That is so cool and realistic looking.

    • I didn’t actually know for sure that mine had even been received.

      • I agree. I don’t know whether my entry was received either. A simple auto-responder by Michaels should have been added to acknowledge receipt of entry. Especially since a lot of us put a good deal of work into our entries.

    • Chelsea Henrie Ketchum

      I think everyone should have been given a score based on the judging criteria listed in the rules, then all the entries could have been sorted by overall score on their site. Judges comments could have been included as well for transparency ex “Disqualified for nudity or including copyrighted materials.” “Best oil submission” ect. What you want is for all submitters to feel a sense of validation. If there is only 1 winner there are 10999 losers.

    • Chelsea Henrie Ketchum

      I think everyone should have been given a score based on the judging criteria listed in the rules, then all the entries could have been sorted by overall score on their site. Judges comments could have been included as well for transparency ex “Disqualified for nudity or including copyrighted materials.” “Best oil submission” ect. What you want is for all submitters to feel a sense of validation. If there is only 1 winner there are 10999 losers.

      • Kat

        I agree Chelsea. I think there should have been more prizes for each category. Like maybe still the grand prize winner but maybe a second and third prizes for each category example: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in jewelry get a certain amount gift card, and so forth.

      • The second and third place awards went to the best in 2 different categories.

    • Linda S. Hill

      I agree with Brian on this. Would love to see the other entries. I think Diana deserved to win….professional artist or not. The painting of her daughter seeing Paris for the first time was fantastic.

      • The entries were shown on the contest website until the contest closed.

  • Wendy Watson

    Oh my gosh, those of you being negative should be ashamed of yourselves. And racist??? How do you know that this artist is not of ethnicity? It doesn’t matter either way. I don’t understand how any of you are throwing fits. Hahahaha, Grow up and enjoy the process of being a part of such a cool contest and enjoy the beautiful piece of work you created. That was my whole goal..if nothing else…it was fun and I made a killer piece of art that I will enjoy forever! You complainers are poor sports. Rant over.

  • Hramjs

    Congrats! However, I don’t think you need those lesson by the looks of your creation. :)

  • Deb

    While I do believe that this is a beautiful painting , I do have to agree with some of the comments. I was really hoping that an entry showing crafts would have won rather than a professional. And with the Springtime theme playing such a large part of the scoring. I’m not really seeing it. This was a contest from a craft store.

    • Mandy

      I understand exactly what you are saying, so the winner of this contest does not make sense. I really think the judge was unqualified.

    • Voice of Reason

      Michael’s is an ARTS and crafts store. This is art.

      • Genevra Collier

        There was even a CATEGORY for art submissions!

  • Terri Rosselli

    Congratulations and Safe yet EXCITING adventure for the 2 of you!!!! :D

  • Jessica Ruemler

    Wow!! Retract the cat claws everyone! It was just a fun contest! If you have the need to vent, I’m sure you have friends and family who will listen. Stop sucking the joy out of it for the winner!! Geez, I thought only 18 and older could enter…even my 12 year old isn’t reacting like this!!

  • I am beyond excited, grateful and feeling truly blessed for winning this contest, we can’t believe it, my daughter and I have been jumping trough our place for the last hour :) :) I am particularly excited about the VIP tour of the Louvre and monument private sketching lesson with Urban Sketchers!!!!!

    • Mandy

      Congratulations, although I felt otherwise, may your journey be as wonderful as you have dreamed.

      • Thank you Mandy, I hope it will be indeed!!

    • Congrats Diana! it is truly a lovely painting. Enjoy the Ride :)

    • Brian B

      Congratulations Diana! You are very talented!!

    • Heather Christan Manley

      Congratulations Diana!!! You are truly talented. I’m happy to lose to you!!!! Have a wonderful trip with your daughter!!!! Yay!!!!

      • Thank you Heather!! I appreciate your words so much!

    • Georgette

      God has showered you with talent…I looked you up on fb too. Congratulations and try to sleep tonight.

      • Ford Perfect

        God? What does your god think about a painting of a young girl with her shirt open? Seems a little risque to me, Georgette… and Jillian at Michael’s.

      • Kittens McTavish

        I prefer to imagine that she has another shirt on underneath the open shirt. (Honestly, I did wonder about the lil’ bit of, I guess you’d call it impropriety – especially now that we learn the subject of the painting is a young teen – but it wasn’t up to me to judge!)

      • Georgette

        I agree with you Ford Perfect…I was referring to her facebook paintings…that is where I saw her God given talent.

      • Ford Perfect

        Sorry Georgette, I didn’t mean to be strident. Just disappointed that a professional artist swooped in with a hipstery and, yes, risque painting of her young daughter, flaunting the fact that she was a single mother (no one cares about that–sorry things didn’t work out in your marriage?). Let the art speak for itself, and a big thumbs down to Michael’s for getting snookered by this talented but certainly not struggling, professional artist.

      • RedCreekChick

        Who said that Michael’s had to pick a piece of art that wasn’t professional? How do you know that this artist did not get her start by attending a Michael’s class and then went on to do wonderful work? Go find positive something to do and leave your negativity somewhere else.

      • Ford Perfect

        Sure thing, Michael’s employee.

      • Thank you for your thoughts Ford, and for acknowledging my talent! If you would only know the nights spent in fear that I can’t pay the bills to support my two kids! I could not afford a trip like this from my “professional artist” budget in fact we haven’t been in a vacation in years! Being a single mom is simply part of my experience, of course I will talk about it, especially because it’s so difficult thus means that much more to be able to offer this to my oldest daughter trough the sweat, tears and joy I poor out through my painting. She is so happy and grateful that I won!

      • Dawn Lueders

        I love your painting and glad that you won, but I also was concerned that your 13 year old daughter was posing for such an “adult” photo…the open blouse scares me just a little bit. Your work is great and I hope you two have a wonderful time…just didn’t understand why the attempt to make her seem older. Congratulations to you both.

      • Georgette

        Do you remember the comment back to you from the winner; where she stated she was self taught from You tube videos and so on? Well I see she later states she has a masters degree in Fine Arts. It is stated on her Etsy page as well. Really makes you wonder what this mess is all about? She has edited her comment to you; deleting doesn’t work on this page.

      • Genevra Collier

        Come onnnnnnn…there’s nothing risque about this painting, and alleging that there is strikes me as pretty low. Would this mother really have painted her own daughter in a salacious light to win a contest run by a kid-friendly craft store? The energy of this painting is innocence and wonder. You guys are better than this…

      • Georgette

        See above comment (Rose Carver); she has shed some new light on the winning painting. I honestly don’t know what to think at this point. I am just glad that someone is happy tonight.

      • Genevra Collier

        Rose’s comment is only shedding light if you agree with her evaluation. Personally I don’t think it looks as though the Eiffel Towers WERE added after the fact, but even IF they were, it was done so as to produce a visually and conceptually complete piece that meets the contest requirements. There was no stipulation that work had to be created specifically and entirely for entry in this competition.

      • Georgette

        Best of luck to you…I hope you achieve greatness!

      • Genevra Collier

        I’m working on it Georgette, best wishes to you too! :)

      • Rose Carver

        Wasn’t making an evaluation…just an observation.

    • Genevra Collier

      My heart was racing about the FLOWER ARRANGING. My husband wanted to see the Louvre. :D

      • Hi Genevra – the flower arranging sounds really lovely too!!!

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      I am excited for you also! I truly hope your trip to Paris with your daughter is wonderful. There is always going to be haters hiding behind social media because they can. They can say what they want without any courage because they don’t have to show face! You are a very talented artist who deserved to win! Have a dream come true in Paris!

      • Ford Perfect

        For your information, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, social media is designed for this and many other reasons. If you or the winner of this contest can’t stand a little tepid criticism from rightfully perplexed contestants, then don’t get on it and try and blow sunshine up everyone’s dress.

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        Really? Grow up!

      • Ford Perfect

        You’re the who first went negative, sweetheart. I suggest you grow up.

    • Lori

      Wow! Diana!!! I am so excited for you!! Have a great time and enjoy all Paris has to offer!

    • Janet Havey

      What a beautiful watercolor! You deserved to win and I wish you a Bon Voyage! Even though I did not win I had fun with my entry and the contest.

      • Merci Janet! I had hopes but no expectation of winning, I still can’t believe it!!

    • Sally Weigold Charette

      Congrats!

    • Congrats Diana! I hope you and your daughter have a blast exploring Paris!

      • Thank you Jillian, she is SO thrilled! We could hardly sleep last night!

    • RedCreekChick

      Your painting is beautiful! I hope you and your daughter will have such a good time. What a wonderful opportunity for her, as well!!

      • Thank you, thank you, thank you, I appreciate your well wishes so much!

    • Cindy Alexander

      I am happy for you, your painting was very nice, and at the top of what Michaels decided to post and what they decided not to post, but if you are a international professional artist then you lessoned the chances for an amature to win. That says a lot for “Michales” as to what they seem to have be looking for to advertise the art of an International professional artist but devalues anyone else’s who’s art had potential. Enjoy!

      • Thank you Cindy, I appreciate your comment! It seems that this “professional artist” label brings about lots of controversy and mystery that is unjustified. I am a normal person working hard to improve my craft and get my art out there, self taught my self to paint by watching lots of videos and demos on youtube, taking a risk every day to follow this unstable career path. I’m not a famous, nor an internationally acclaimed artist. The label “international” can sound so fantastic but it just happens that I was born in Romania and I live now in US. I wish that would be enough to deserve the title of “international artist”! My little success I had so far may look fancy to some, but most don’t understand nor know the tears, struggles, rejections, the competitiveness of working to become an artist. This term “artist” may sound like a privileged title to some here, but in reality we are underpaid, “unhirable” and not taken seriously as a professional. If you would only knew how many eye rolls I get when I introduce myself as such to my doctor or accountant! This competition was open to everyone and I can guarantee you that no “international professional artist” that has already found success applied for it! Such artists need to maintain their reputation and would not apply to a competition that is open for everyone to submit. So I am beyond thrilled to win this contest and would have definitely not afford a trip like this for my daughter and I on my “artist” budget. I wish people would simply be happy for someone like me who is working hard to make something of themselves win something for once – I am so incredibly grateful that it happen to me! I feel very happy and blessed and lucky and I don’t take this for granted, not even for a second! I will take my win and enjoy it for sure!!!

      • Chelsea Henrie Ketchum

        Great painting! I poured over the very slow Michaels website for hours and picked yours out as a top ten based on the judges criteria of theme, creativity, originality, and workmanship. I was happy to see you won! Enjoy your trip!

      • Chelsea Henrie Ketchum

        Great painting! I poured over the very slow Michaels website for hours and picked yours out as a top ten based on the judges criteria of theme, creativity, originality, and workmanship. I was happy to see you won! Enjoy your trip!

    • Hi Diana! Congratulations! Beautiful painting!

  • Kittens McTavish

    I also looked at every entry and picked out the ones I thought had a good chance to win. I must have been hungry, because most of them were cakes. :) But this one was definitely on the list! Congrats, Diana and enjoy your trip!

    PS: Michaels – call me. There’s still hope for a gift card! :D

    • Genevra Collier

      Right, Kittens? I’m on the line, Michaels!!! Any day now!!! Lol!!

    • Genevra Collier

      I wish they had chosen a winner from each category! I don’t know how you rule out an entire field like that. Noooo envy for those judges! :D

      • Kittens McTavish

        YES – I thought the same thing. Why not a gift card for a runner-up in each category? My papercraft entry took over ten hours to create (and I think I have what is now a permanent Exacto knife dent in my index finger), but some categories, like the baking, clearly involved much more time and attention to detail and competing with them could be an effort in futility for some.

      • Jenviève d’Arc

        I second that. I spent an entire month working and planning mine. Runners up and winners for each category. Maybe next time!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        There should have been 4 trips. One for each category. You cannot compare a cake to a necklace to a painting to paper-craft. What was the criteria? Money spent? Michaels products used? Colour scheme? Work put in? Doing something featured on the blog? Makes absolutely no sense.

  • Gigi Joseph

    I Just Hope Michael’s will do more contests like this ….. It was Fun :)

    • Kittens McTavish

      They did a Springtastic T-shirt contest a few years ago that was super fun (I may be biased, ’cause I won). I agree, these contests are awesome; I love pushing my creative limits and seeing what others do with the same theme and parameters.

      • Genevra Collier

        OMG Kittens, that’s awesome!! :D

      • That’s awesome, Kittens! I’d love to see your winning entry!

    • Gigi Joseph

      Cool ;) Well now just wait and see who will take 2nd and 3rd.
      Ill do wonders with $500.00 or $1000.00 in Michael’s LOL

      • Genevra Collier

        Me too Gigi!!! :D

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      We’ll of course they will. They probably made hundreds of thousands of dollars off of all of us who spent so much at their stores trying to win!

  • bitter

    *thinks of lifelong love of French history, language, culture, music, and food; of family history in France; of French minor; of seven years of French classes; of the semester abroad that couldn’t be afforded in college; of the students loans and debt that prevent any trip now; of the lifelong, deep and painful desire to go to Paris* No, it’s definitely good that a professional artist won. Makes sense.

  • Ghaddan

    How does the winning entry reflect springtime in Paris? I don’t see it.

  • Kim Hollen Rael

    AMAZING ART!! Congratulations to you and your daughter Dianne!! Have fun and let it be all you can make it! And may God be with you as you travel!!! This was fun! Good choice Michaels!!!

  • holly

    Wow! I am so disgusted by the lack of class! I too, am disappointed I did not win but why don’t we all be adults here and congratulate the winner instead of breaking her down. What is wrong with society? Everyone feels they are entitled to something and no one takes the time anymore to just be happy for someone else. Your painting is beautiful and I am happy for you! Enjoy your trip!

  • alejandro perez

    Congratulations Diana, I would like to know who r the other 2 winners,,,,,, please

  • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

    Hi Michael’s, and hi to all the other contestants too! We are ALL winners because we all tried (and I don’t care if that sounds cheesy or cliched – not everyone has the courage to try!) :-) So to the complainers, get your positivity back! This was a FUN contest, and I do hope it runs again! Thank you Michael’s for giving us all the chance to unleash our creative streaks for a shot at Paris!

    The winner actually gives me hope for my own work, because it is sort of along the lines of what I myself hope to do (cool portraits)! If it won, then perhaps one day my work will be good enough to count for something too. :) My entry was my very first attempt at art with color, and so for my very first work, with no artistic training, I am happy that it turned out the way that it did! And it was neat to have had the chance to enter a contest where I could see someone win who is doing work something like what I hope to do! It is encouragement enough for me!

    For those complaining that it is ART, and not crafts, please keep in mind that Michael’s is an ARTS & crafts store. Many people spend their well-earned money purchasing paint supplies, chalks, colored pencils, brushes, etc…and they deserve a chance to compete too!

    There were so many great works, and if you entered, at least you had the courage to try! So don’t give up! It is just one contest. Some of the greatest artists out there never won a single contest. Hang in there, and keep doing your work! :-) Like I said above, at least you had the courage to try, so have the courage to stay positive too! :)

    • Wendy Watson

      Bravo Suzanne!!! I share your thoughts!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Thank you Wendy! :-)

  • K. L.
    • Genevra Collier

      Annnd your point is? She either came up with the same concept independently, or took this idea and made it her own. The pieces are significantly different.

      I challenge you to find any submission that’s 100% UNIQUE.

      • K. L.

        Goshdarn then we are all winners!!! Yay for you! Aren’t you special?!

      • Genevra Collier

        LOL XD

      • T. Jackson

        Bahaha right on. This old grump is complaining about the amount of money and time she volunteered to willingly put into an entry, in a long shot for a contest.

    • disqus_1SZauDAynA

      Ups… This is the original idea

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Yikes!!!

  • The REAL Voice of Reason

    Congratulations Diana!
    Dear Voice of Reason…as if we all don’t know that YOU ARE A MICHAELS EMPLOYEE!!!
    Let me simplify things for you: It’s not that people aren’t happy for the winner, the issue is that this contest was poorly run, and unprofessionally executed. It was also misleading to some degree. I held back
    on my opinions until now, but I knew that an “Art” piece would have been chosen because it’s a
    cop out. When I saw all of the entries on Twitter, and heard all of the
    lies customer service reps were telling people about the photos being
    rotated,(I called in and so did my friends and co-workers and we got different answers and were checking the website daily) I knew they were in over their heads and would take the easy
    way out. Selecting this painting WAS the easy way out. I don’t care that I didn’t win, I enjoyed the process – HOWEVER that does not mean that people cannot/should not express their concerns relating to the contest itself. If people don’t complain, the same unprofessional strategy will be employed next time. PEOPLE NEED TO SPEAK UP! IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PARIS, THEN YOU KNOW THE FRENCH ARE BLUNT AND TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT THEY THINK! THEY DON’T SIT BACK AND SAY “Oh Well!”. if they don’t like something or someone, they will let you know! This is what facilitates change!
    Just an FYI: Issue 1: most of the employees in Toronto stores that I interacted with didn’t even know about the contest. Another issue: In this day and age, where did Michaels find that backwards web-site that wouldn’t load on some computers, or wouldn’t allow them to load EVERYONE’S photos? That’s absurd. They have a blog with hundreds of photos but didn’t think to use a site that would allow contest entries to be featured? Unacceptable and shameful. There is no excuse for this. Issue 3: Why was the communication so poor? Why would Michaels have people waiting around all day to find out the results? This is unheard of. Issue 4: Why would Michaels not give people an e-mail confirmation telling them that their submission was received? Again, this is basic. Issue 5: why would you not ask people for more than just their e-mail address? Should Michaels not have asked for a phone number also? I am not certain who was responsible for running this contest, but he/she should be fired. I would expect these shenanigans from a high school student doing a business project not a corporation. This was a s!@#-show and the Michaels staff was WAY in over their heads and it showed.

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      As someone who used to work in customer service for a major company, and who also did posts on websites communicating with customers on behalf of the company, I can guarantee you that all of the approaches like this are only going to cause the staff at Michael’s to go into “tune-out” mode (even if they politely reply).

      It is a contest run by MICHAEL’S. An ARTS & CRAFTS store. It is not run by Sotheby’s, or the National Gallery of London. I am guessing that amidst all of the other hectic things that they have to do in their daily schedule running a BUSINESS (not an art gallery mind you, or a museum), taking care of this contest was really just one extra stack of work in an already loaded work schedule. They were kind enough to even run it, and give us all a chance. We have no idea what goes on behind the scenes, so cut them some slack, please.

      Let’s all be GRATEFUL we even had the chance!

      • Georgette

        Seriously Suzanne, There was more profit than prize. I myself spent $75.00 on my project at Michael’s.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        I couldn’t agree more.

      • Kittens McTavish

        My only regret is that the project I made was a travel journal specifically for a trip in Paris. So it’s rather useless to me personally! Still, I can always list it in my Etsy shop and sell it to someone who does get to go. HEY DIANA – do you need a travel journal? :D :D :D

      • IcareIcare

        Kittens i think that is very sweet to over Diane the journal.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        They were “kind” enough to take our money for supplies as well. How much profit do you think they made off of all of us? Give your head a shake.

      • Wendy Watson

        No one HAD to enter. I don’t get the argument. We ALL had the choice to spend our money on supplies be it at Michael’s or Aaron Brothers or any other store that sells art supplies. Michael’s didn’t twist your arm to do anything. Stop whining.

      • Genevra Collier

        Oh no!!! Goods in exchange for currency! Such extortion!

      • Sarah K Hawkins

        Sure I spent abit of money at Michaels to create my piece to enter this contest. But thats ok cuz I already have a plan if I didnt win… doing the bidding for that art piece I did for this contest to put all the money in my fund for the trip to Paris with my daughter. So basically I didnt lose anything. Thats something you should consider, some of those people who feel like they spent their money for nothing…. sell your art pieces!

      • Julie

        Good idea Sarah!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        I should be grateful I spent my own money? I would have had the same odds if I bought lottery tickets with the amount of money I spent on my project. You are a corporation’s dream come true. They have you fooled into thinking they did you a favor. You’re the perfect consumer.

      • Genevra Collier

        No, you should be grateful that you had a chance to win a trip to Paris! Obviously that was a worthwhile opportunity for you if you entered. At what point were you mislead or forced to do anything? And what, exactly is your loss? Did you honestly EXPECT to win? Because the odds of any of our deserving, prize-worthy projects being selected were 1 in 11,000, (only slightly better than the average Power Ball drawing). Is the whole thing a hoax because YOU weren’t picked? If you wanted a guaranteed return on investment, this is the last place you should have spent your $$$!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        Again missing the point. It has nothing to do with winning. I was commenting on Suzanne’s gratitude statement. I entered because I love to craft – that doesn’t mean Michaels shouldn’t be respectful of the people who entered the contest. My issue is not the winner. I am happy for her. My issue is Michaels unprofessionalism. If you really want to help the customer service reps, then don’t make them have to go through this again in a few months. Speak-up and express your concerns so that this doesn’t get dumped on them again. If you sit there and say everything was peachy, management will have no problem doing this all over again. So ask yourself, am I helping them by saying nothing? Or am I helping them by letting management know things should be done differently? I’d rather speak up. We are the consumers. We have the money. Money = power. If we are unhappy, and we don’t buy, they lose. Remember that. You want to help? Say what needs to change.

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        No, I just know what it is like to work on the other end. Some higher up decides to run a promo, like a contest. It trickles down to someone at a desk job with so much on their plate that they can barely get what they have done, and then on top of it, they are thrown yet another assignment (like the contest). So they work as hard as they can to keep everyone happy, only to have a string of bitter customers barking down their back, completely unappreciative that they were at least TRYING the best that they could. The only way they can survive is to TUNE IT OUT (while politely doing their best to accommodate everyone). Would you want a bunch of grown adults with the head of a five year old glued to their body, screaming at you all day, and not try to tune it out? Of course not. So imagine them. If you have a complaint fine, but make sure it is worth complaining about, and then do it with kindness for people who probably already take a LOT.

        No one forced you to enter the contest. You entered, and you made a work of art that you can be proud of! If you let yourself be bitter, you are just giving yourself the “I LOST” award – not them.

      • Georgette

        I understand where you are coming from…had I known it was going to cause some employee that much grief…I wouldn’t have entered the contest…Sorry!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        It doesn’t cause employees grief to do things to help other people (or it shouldn’t, anyways). It just causes them grief when no one is grateful and dumps all of their bitterness on them over issues that are, in the end, not the end of the world – without stopping to think how much negativity they probably deal with to begin with, and how much is probably already on their plate. It is always a pleasure to go out of the way for anyone who is understanding and grateful, and I am sure that the employees of Michael’s are happy when they they feel their work has helped someone appreciative and grateful. Be glad you entered the contest – we all learned something if we take a moment to look. :)

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        You are completely missing the point. Without customers, there is NO business. We all don’t need to win. We need to be respected. Happy customer = returning customer. This issues I am raising have nothing to do with who won the contest. It’s about improving their practices.

      • Genevra Collier

        Apart from the website issues (which I wholy support you on), how have we been disrespected?

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        That’s pretty much what my rant is about…and the fact that customer service was dishonest about posting people’s images. There are several people who have the same issue. So, we were all checking the site repeatedly thinking our stuff would be featured…nope.
        Why lie? Communicate and tell us what’s going on.

      • Ruzanna Babayan

        Totally, 100% agree. Spending our own money, creating what it was required to “Springtime in Paris” and wins a picture that has nothing to do with spring for god’s sake. There are flowers in summer as well…

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        SCUMBAG Move Michaels: having classes all through the month of March dedicated to teaching people Paris themed crafts, and also featuring Paris themed projects on their blog, selling discounted Paris themed merchandise in their store which they encouraged you to incorporate into your project and then not featuring people’s work or choosing winners who tried these projects. The water color yes…the other two? The criteria for the contest was just all over the place. Was it a contest for amateurs? DIYers? Professionals? I don’t know. As someone said earlier, how does a novice [who tried one of Michaels blog projects or in-store Springtime in Paris classes] supposed to beat a professional? The point of entering a competition is to win. If you entered, you thought you had a chance of winning however small or great that might be. You thought this based on how Michaels presented the contest. Essentially, they misrepresented themselves. This is why I say that they are disrespectful and dishonest. Those of you who said you did this for fun are lying. Deep down inside you wanted to win. Michaels made you think you had at least a small chance otherwise you would not have entered. You would not have entered if you knew you were up against a professional. The judging criteria should have been outlined. Forget the winning part, but are some of you really trying to tell me you entered a contest to never have your hard work displayed? You did this to send it into cyber space and then stuck it in your garage somewhere. I call BS. Anyhow, my point is: why teach people to make rinky-dink projects and then choose a professional piece. Michaels shame on you. You are Completely unethical.

      • misshelen

        I would not have entered a contest knowing I did not have the slightest chance to win. Why would I waste my time and money? I put 30 days into my project
        Gathering stuff, sketching– and all I feel is deceived.

      • misshelen

        I would not have entered a contest knowing I did not have the slightest chance to win. Why would I waste my time and money? I put 30 days into my project
        Gathering stuff, sketching– and all I feel is deceived.

    • Genevra Collier

      What was the deal with things being rotated? I had questions about the contest, but I never contacted anyone. Can you link me to the twitter discussion? Just curious! :)

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        Check out #SpringtimeinParis #contest
        You’ll see some entries there.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        They claimed that the entries have to go through an approval process and then once approved, they would rotate the approved entries daily…FAIL! That never happened!!! Some of the same entries have been up there for weeks!

  • The REAL Voice of Reason

    Give people what they deserve: Their work featured on a proper site. Don’t force people to check that poor excuse for a web-site daily to see if maybe their piece is there. People worked hard…reward them.

    • Genevra Collier

      I agree, the website was a MESS. You had to scroll back down from the top every time you viewed an entry?!?! Insane. And how about a little confirmation email so we know our entry didn’t just float off into the void?

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        Correct! If people don’t say anything, this will happen next time.

      • Genevra Collier

        It sounds as though they were inundated with entries and just got totally swamped. Next time (I hope there’s a next time!) they’ll do better!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        I really believe that’s what happened. I don’t think the person/people in charge of this contest had any project management or marketing experience.

      • Genevra Collier

        Agreed.

    • Ford Perfect

      Here, here!

  • Bernice Pierre

    Congratulations! Beautiful portrait! Congratulations to all who entered! They were all so beautiful,and it must have been a very difficult task to pick just one!

  • Kim Hollen Rael

    OK so who are the OTHER 2 winners??? You’re burnin’ daylight! lol

  • disqus_a2eQuWelb8

    I believe this art is very good but I feel if a professional was going to be picked it should have been an American or Canadian artist as the contest was for these two countries.

  • Margaret Fogle

    I would just like to know who the 2nd and 3rd winners are…….

  • disqus_a2eQuWelb8

    The contest should have been advertised as for professionals but it was a good advertisement for them I guess they may lose more than they gain from it though

  • Diahann Dahman

    when will they post 2nd and 3rd place winners?

  • Sarah K Hawkins

    Sooooo…. will they announce the 2nd and 3rd places on this post or on separate post?

  • The REAL Voice of Reason

    Soooooooo, they’re proving me right with their unprofessionalism. Why haven’t the other two winners been named? All of this should have been firmed up by yesterday for the latest, and everything should have been posted this morning. Ridiculous.

  • Diane Ellis Kelly

    Congratulations, Diana! Your painting is beautiful. Enjoy the trip with your daughter and remember, we will all be with you in spirit!!!

  • Kristina Renner

    Congrats to the winner. Sorry for all the negative comments posted by sore losers!
    Has anyone heard anything about the second and third prizes yet?

  • Jennifer Taylor

    Congratulations Diana, its a beautiful painting and very worthy of the grand prize…i hope your daughter and yourself have an amazing experience…..this contest was such a fun way of welcoming spring and saying goodbye to the cold winter weather…..Im hoping they have the contest again next year…my minds been racing with ideas for next year and im hoping my 365 day craft challenge i will be starting soon will expand my abilities in the arts so that next year i can wow the judges….for everyone that entered congrats to you all as well regardless if most of us didnt win you should be proud of yourselves….most people wouldnt have even entered but you all did, look at it as a learning experience that you all can come back with new next year….

  • Christina Justus

    Congratulations Diana! I hope it is the trip of a lifetime and you have nothing but wonderful memories to share with your daughter.

  • Lisa Bafus

    Absolutely a stunning and very creative piece of art. Congratulations to the winning artist! Don’t listen to the haters. You deserve this win!! Enjoy every moment in paris. And to the ones who are bashing hardcore… Don’t say anything if you’ve nothing nice to say.

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Exactly! It is all about personal taste anyways. Another set of judges might have picked something entirely different. It does not mean everyone else here is not good, it just means they did not win ONE contest. If they ruin their happiness over that, they just come across as bitter and negative, regardless of how they protest.

  • The beautiful

    Oh la la amazing painting. Congratulations and Von voyage!!! :D

  • Lois Cruise Gelonek

    I haven’t seen my entry at all and would like to.

  • Gina King

    Congratulations to you! I won a trip to Paris 20 years ago and hoped to win another one here, but I am so glad you and your daughter will enjoy the beauty and wonder of that fabulous city! Have an awesome time.

  • Rose Carver

    Congratulations!!! The portrait is beautiful and I love the watercolor…wish I had watercolor talent!!!
    The only question I have is why the Eiffel Towers look different in each lens and why are they crooked? The glasses aren’t crooked. It almost looks like the Eiffel Towers were added to what was just a portrait done some time before (like they really weren’t part of the original painting). A beautiful portrait…but just had to ask because it was bugging me!!!

  • Gary Musto

    Congratulations to Diana and your creative entry! Curious if anyone else recalls reading abou the 2nd and 3rd place winners? Thought I read such in the Terms and Conditions..
    Anyone else wondering the same?

  • Kim Hollen Rael

    HELLLOOOO MICHAELS!!! Show us the other 2 winners!!! please

    • I suspect they are having a hard time deciding on the 2nd and 3rd prize winners. Have a little patience. Good things come to those who wait. Besides, Canson is located in France. I’m sure the time zone difference has made this an even more difficult collaboration.

    • Sorry for the delay Kim; the post has been updated with runner up winners. Thanks!

  • Deb

    The winner is an award winning artist and teacher who works are displayed throughout the world. The rest of us untrained entries never stood a chance. Her portrait is beautiful but I feel misled by michaels. There should have been two categories, for professionals and nonprofessionals

    • Genevra Collier

      Uh, I’m trained, and I was really glad to see that wouldn’t have disqualified me, thank you very much! I like the idea of two categories, but how would you enforce that?

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Oh, cool! Which one was your entry?

      • Genevra Collier

        You’re so nice to ask, Suzanne! It was “Springtime in Paris Papercut Illustration and Note Cards”…is there a way for me to post a link?

        (I should clarify that I’ve never received any training in paper cutting, but I have a couple of art degrees and work as a medical illustrator)

        Which was yours??? :D

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Oh, nice! I wish there was a way! Maybe on Twitter or Facebook? I would love to see it! I remember one that had like paper cut circles, and I thought it was so cool! Definitely one of the ones I thought was in the running. Was that yours?

        Mine was St. Genevieve, the Patron Saint of Paris, who saved Paris in the 400’s from Attila the Hun. She is helping to bring Spring to Paris with her little angels as the starry night turns into a sunrise. :-) I just thought it would be cool to do a historic Paris figure that was more obscure, and show that sprintime in Paris is really about what we feel within our hearts (hence the heart in her hand). It was my first attempt ever though at color, so it did not turn out as I hoped!

        Let me know if you find a way to link to it!

      • Genevra Collier

        Oh how cool, I remember yours!! Sooo interesting and conceptual!! No, mine was black cut paper shilouettes with pink – the image was a girl in a dress made of Paresian stuff. Ooo, I just noticed that I seem to be able to attach a photo to this post! Hang on…

      • Kittens McTavish

        Oh my gosh, Genevra, I remember yours! I also picked it as one that would be a likely contender (along with all those cakes! LOL) I remember thinking that, as much time as I spent with the Exacto knife, you must have spent 10x that long! Beautiful work.

      • Genevra Collier

        Oooooh Kittens, you’re so nice!! That’s really cool to hear, I didn’t know if it would even show up on the radar! (It was kinda bookended by similar looking projects) Which was yours??? :D

      • Kittens McTavish

        Let me see if I can upload a pic. It seems to have worked – can you see it? It’s a hand-bound travel journal with two pop-up pages.

      • Genevra Collier

        Geez… no I can’t! So sad!! :( It sounds beautiful!

      • Kittens McTavish

        That’s weird – I can see it and yours. Maybe refresh the page? Sometimes Disqus is slow. Can you see yours? What browser are you using? I’m on Chrome.

      • Genevra Collier

        REFRESHING WORKED!!! Yours is sooo sweet!! Did you really make that little carousel? Amazing!!

      • Kittens McTavish

        Thank you, yes! That’s what put the Exacto knife dent permanently into my index finger. LOL!

      • Genevra Collier

        I am so bad with an Exacto-I know alllll about that finger dent! Disaster!

      • Wendy Watson

        It’s so romantic and dreamy! Fantastic!

      • Kittens McTavish

        Thank you; I hope you find a way to upload yours so we can see!

      • Wendy Watson

        Trying to shrink it right now. ;)

      • Wendy Watson

        This isn’t the picture I submitted but it’s a side view of my piece. Not the average. ;)

      • Genevra Collier

        Ooooo, so cool! I love the texture! Thanks so much for sharing! It’s past my bedtime, so I’m going to call it a night, with my fingers still firmly crossed. :) Wishing you all the best of luck with 1st and 2ond place! :)

      • Wendy Watson

        Thank you and love and luck to you as well!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Wow! I wish I could see the front view. Really interesting! Makes me think of Abelard and Heloise, the two lover buried in Paris!

      • Wendy Watson

        Nice! The picture of these skulls, taken from the Paris catacombs, made me feel like they were lovers. Thank you.

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Me too! Good insight. Sort of like spring coming up around the death and barrenness of winter, as symbolized by the skulls. There is a sad poignancy to such a thought – the loss and emptiness of winter merging into the joy of spring. Really cool!

      • Wendy Watson

        Thank you so much Suzanne! I really appreciate your thoughts and beautiful words.

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        You are welcome. :-)

      • Kittens McTavish

        VERY cool! I have a friend who would adore this; she is into skeletons and Dia de los Muertos (sp?) and that kind of thing. This is quite an elaborate piece!

      • Wendy Watson

        Thank you!

      • This is beautiful, creative and different!

      • Wendy Watson

        Thank you so much.

      • Wendy Watson

        I loaded mine…

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Wow, so beautiful! I can see that as being one of the ones up for the prize! It is definitely very good work! :)

      • Kittens McTavish

        Thank you, Suzanne; very kind of you to say so. Was yours the 3-dimensional one of the lady on horseback?

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        You are welcome! :-) No, mine was Genevieve, a French holy woman who saved Paris from being attacked by Attila the Hun in the 400s. She is also considered the patron saint of Paris. She is helping to bring spring to Paris with a collection of little angels. She was the one with the big gold halo. :-)

      • I love the pop up pages! Thank you for sharing in this thread :)

      • Wow that’s so pretty! Amazing job!

      • IcareIcare

        Wow, that is awesome

      • Wendy Watson

        YES!!! I refreshed and now I can see them! I totally remember yours Genevra, I was fascinated by the detail. Really stunning work!

      • Genevra Collier

        Thank you sooooo much Wendy!!!! :D I’ve done paper cutting since I was a kid, but I’ve really been developing it this past year… I have a li’ll Etsy store and everything ;) (www.Etsy.com/shop/ScissorStorm) The contest pushed me to try new things, so I’m really glad I entered…

      • Wendy Watson

        I was able to post mine under Kittens. ;)

      • Genevra Collier

        I cut all the pieces freehand with ma’scissors…no pattern or anything…

      • Wendy Watson

        I wanna see!

      • Wendy Watson

        How do I see your submissions? :)

      • Genevra Collier

        Attach a picture to your post, Wendy! Mine is above!

      • Wendy Watson

        I don’t see yours. Do I have to click on your name?

      • Genevra Collier

        That’s odd, I can see it… I don’t think clicking would help…did you scroll all the way up?

      • Wendy Watson

        I did scroll all the way up. I don’t see Kittens either. :( Both of your descriptions sound familiar. I just like the idea of being able to put the art with the person.

      • Genevra Collier

        Of course!! How frustrating!!

      • Genevra Collier

        Wendy, refreshing the page allowed me to see Kittens’s submission… maybe that will work for you?

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Thanks! Wow, now I want to see which one it is! How do I see the pic? I would really like to! It sounds great!

      • Wendy Watson

        I know it! I can’t see their posted pics either.

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        :-( Which one was yours?

      • Wendy Watson

        Hahaha, mine was super unconventional. It was the two skulls in the catacombs. I built it out of one of my daughters dresses, sand, wire, tissue paper and paint. Totally didn’t expect to win…just wanted to enter for the experience and the “you never know” factor.

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Wow! I do not have artistic training, but I do have Art History training, and I appreciate skulls because they come up so much in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. Can you post a pic? I would like to see too!

      • Genevra Collier

        OMg, that sounds epic!! XD I wanna say I remember it but I’m noooot sure… I can’t see Michaels choosing skulls, but as you say… even when you try and psych the thing out, it’s always a crap shoot! :D Are you able to post a pic?

      • Wendy Watson

        It wont let me post..the file is too big.

      • Genevra Collier

        I got the same message… can you try resizing? Worked for me!

      • misshelen

        Totally original idea
        When I read about the catacombs I knew I wanted to see it

      • misshelen

        Totally original idea
        When I read about the catacombs I knew I wanted to see it

      • Genevra Collier

        Another technical issue I guess :( I can see it just fine! What a bummer!!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        That stinks! It sounds really cool! There were so many to look at, and I am sure I missed a lot of great ones when I scrolled through. If I go back and look through, I will keep an eye out for it. Right now I am setting up my new art table that I bought from Michael’s today! Even though I lost, the winner motivated me. :-)

      • Genevra Collier

        Suzanne, try refreshing the page!! It worked for me when I couldn’t see Kittens’ entry!!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Thanks! I refreshed the page, but somehow the conversation disappeared on the Michael’s site. The first part is there by the original poster, with a few comment by others, but then ours just is not there, with no way to open to it either. Strange.

        Anyways, I found it in Disqus though, with your picture! I LOVE your picture! Oh my gosh! You should have been in the running! How did I miss it? I guess there were just so many, but that is beautiful! That is truly original, and that is what I would look for if I was a judge. Not that I am slighting the winner – more power to her. But I think yours is really cool!

      • Genevra Collier

        I definitely gave it my best shot, Suzanne! :D (and I guess there’s still hope for a gift card!) Thanks so much for your kind words, that’s such a wonderful compliment! It’s really fun to be able to chat with everyone like this after investing so much time and care in our projects, isn’t it?

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        You are welcome! Ignore my other comment if it went through (I deleted it, so maybe it won’t). I thought I had replied to the wrong person, but I hadn’t. :-)

        Yes, it is definitely fun to chat with everyone, and see everyone’s great work! I really DO like yours though. It is like a dream. Maybe you will still win something! You never know.

      • Genevra Collier

        “Like a dream”! What a heart-warming thing to hear :) You made my day!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        :-)

      • Guest

        Oops, sorry! I am getting confused with all the conversations! Thank you for the tip though! :-)

      • That’s absolutely beautiful Genevra! Thank you for sharing in this thread :)

      • Genevra Collier

        Oh my gosh, you’re too kind Jillian! Thank YOU for doing your best to keep us updated during what must have been a very busy time :)

      • That’s beautiful!

      • Genevra Collier

        Thank you so much Ash!

      • IcareIcare

        This is so pretty.

    • Ford Perfect

      Je suis Deb and The Real Voice of Reason! I spit on this sham of a contest.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        It is a sham. I believe it was a marketing ploy to boost first quarter profits. Did you see all of the discounted Paris Themed merchandise they had on sale? This contest was North America wide so they made money off of the Cannucks too. I’d be willing to bet they made half a million easily.

    • Rose Carver

      Wow I just looked her up…she’s had shows all over Europe!!! And won many awards!!! Impressive!

  • Blair Hanson

    First of all, how do you prove that you’re either a professional or unprofessional? Some people aren’t professionals, but have the talent of a professional, so then how would they determine that? I think a better suggestion for Michael’s, should they do this again, is to have very specific categories with a winner from each one. They can definitely afford a few extra trips, with all the supplies the 11,000 contestants purchased! ;)

    • Genevra Collier

      Great suggestion!

    • Kim Hollen Rael

      Well I think if you have a website and have pics of you in a gallery, MAAAAAYYYbbbeee you are a pro?? Can you be googled for your art?

      • IcareIcare

        I WISH I could Kim!

    • Ashley

      I agree with you about Michaels having better specified categories and a wider variety of prizes, but as far as proving whether you are pro or not I like what some past competitions I’ve been involved in have done. It’s as simple as: if you’ve had any kind of training or the equivalent years of experience, then you enter the pro category. If not then you enter the standard category. And if you’ve lied to try and up your chances, you’re automatically disqualified. You’d be surprised how easy it is to Google someone and find out what kind or experience or training they’ve had.

      • Genevra Collier

        And add researching every entrant to the review process for the next contest with 11,000 entries? That doesn’t seem too practical!

      • Ashley

        They wouldn’t have to research every entrant, only those being considered for the top prizes! You would only have to research the people in the non-professional category, if an amateur thinks they are good enough to compete as a professional let them. If an entry in the non-professional category is being considered for a prize, the judges would only have to look into that persons’ background, if they’ve lied then they are disqualified. Simple.

    • Julie

      I had to chuckle a little. Yes, Michaels probably had some pretty amazing sales…and so did my own community! If everyone spent and average of $20 on supplies, that’s $220,000. I can guarantee I spent way more than that. But, I also wouldn’t have had fun experimenting with different mediums. Plus, I have tons of left overs for the next contest!!

  • Kim Hollen Rael

    uhhhh 2nd and 3rd place?????? ….waiting

  • Hramjs

    When will you be presenting the other winners, or the runner ups. Just wondering…

  • Margaret Fogle

    Have they made a decision yet Jillian?????? We have two hours to 12:00 midnight….EST……Just wondering??? You all must have been inundated with entries and must not be easy…..and I think everyone should get acknowledged somehow for their designs and patience. Thank You again for the opportunity to be involved in this challenge…….I wish everyone the best as I looked through all the entries and loved everyone of them…..Glad I am not a judge.

    • Hi Margaret! Sorry for the delay; I’ve updated the post with the runner up winners. Thanks!

  • Mykel Rena

    Congratulations! Diana! I am sure you will have a blast in Paris!

  • Mykel Rena

    11,000 entries…Wow! That’s unbelievable!!!

  • Sandra Elizabeth Aleman

    Please will someone tell me how to view the entries. Also we are all winners for trying. All the negativity might discourage Michael’s from running the contest next year. Early on I asked customer service if this would be a yearly thing and was told it depends on how this one goes. I think the winner is a wonderful watercolorist and I hope she has a lovely trip. I tried to email Michael’s using the contact info at the bottom of the Paris in Springtime website. It said to click here to send an email and nothing happened. I agree with Brian B ‘s post asking to see those in consideration.

  • Bliss girl

    This contest was a joke! It was clearly stated that the art should have a Paris in spring theme but remove the Eiffel tower and the stupid little flowers and it is just a stupid painting of a girl! How does this stupid painting represent Parisian culture and spring? It isn’t even original! I also thought this was an arts and crafts contest, not a professional painting contest. The judges are obviously incompetent simpletons!

  • Kittens McTavish

    I know we are all disappointed that we didn’t win. That’s natural! But I don’t get all the Michaels bashing. I had the supreme good luck of being able to go on the Michael’s Craft Cruise three years ago (saved up for it for over a year!) and it was one of the best times of my life. They were EXTREMELY generous (we each got a rolling tote full of products and much more given to us as the week went on, plus $25 gift cards) and had classes, contests and activities every single day, including an amazing Halloween dance party. The best part was, after you paid for the cruise itself (which every other passenger paid), the total cost for all this fun and generosity? FIFTY DOLLARS. Best money I ever spent, and the Michael’s team couldn’t have been more kind and helpful. I will remember that trip forever, even as the memories from my attempt to win this trip fade away into oblivion. I hope all this negativity won’t discourage Michael’s from offering more opportunities like this one.

  • Colleen Richard

    Congratulations, Diana!!!! Your watercolor is top class, great job! My daughter and I both entered the contest, it was so much fun and inspired us to paint more. We had a long winter in Massachusetts, but with this wonderful contest warmed our hearts. The judges did a huge job observing the thousands of entries. Thank you Michael’s for putting together such a positive contest! Have fun in P A R I S, Diana and Karina!

  • Cara Vicini

    Congratulations to the winner! Your entry is magnificent!

  • Dawn Lueders

    I’ve been reading all the rants and raves on here after the winner was announced. I guess I see both sides of the argument that the winner is an award winning artist and teacher and that she’s traveled through all of Europe for her art. Personally I love the painting, I do however think that the Eiffel Tower in the glasses was an add on for this contest from a piece of art she had already done…Just my opinion. I guess it just urks me that it was so poorly run. From not getting some form of confirmation let alone proper information from the contestants, the lack of the website not working right so that everyone’s entry could be viewed to the very very delayed announcement of the winner and the still lacking announcement of the 2nd and 3rd place winners. I don’t know about anyone else, but I spent a lot of money on my entry and put in an entire months worth of work!!! The fact that we were only allowed to enter one photo??? Really?? I crafted,so many things for the very first time especially paper crafting, art worked, painted, sewed, decoupage, hung up, nailed to the wall, organized, decor etc. etc. etc. not to mention the 3 trips a day to Michaels for supplies. I should have just put that towards a plane ticket and passport I guess. I just feel like the newbies and casual crafters didn’t have a chance. Maybe it would have been better to divide the prizes up by category or by age group or even talent level. I don’t feel we all had an even playing field. Just my rant and just my opinion… and if anyone is interested in seeing my entry you can see the photos at this link. Even though they were not all entered because of file size. I entered a collage of some of these photos, but not all. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200134995494849.1073741849.1749622297&type=1&l=04b3af3495

    • Kim Hollen Rael

      NICE DAWN!Ever think of doing miniature dollhouses?? with a French theme? Your bedroom is amazing! You ARE in Paris in there. *S It all IS what it IS,,, so here we all are waiting for the 2nd and 3rd place. Think it will happen tonight…on the 13th… of April…. 2015????

      • Dawn Lueders

        Well where I am it’a already the 14th, so no I don’t think they will. I think it was wrong of them to announce just the grand prize winner and not the rest. Maybe sometime before the end of the month they’ll get around to it. Thank you so much for the compliments. It means a lot to me. I will find a way to get to Paris before I die trust me…. Maybe it’s time to sell my old hearse, or better yet, maybe they’ll have a Halloween contest!!! Hmmmm…

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        I am sure when you go, your trip will be more fun anyways! Five days in Paris is absolutely nothing. When you throw in lessons for this, that, and the other, and a VIP tour of the Louvre, you really have no time to see or do much else. The winner would have to fork out some extra cash for a longer stay to really make traveling that far worth it, so in the end it would cost some $$$. Five days, with a schedule of classes to boot – it would be a blur. Maybe a pretty blur, but a blur. I hope you get to go someday soon, and for a much nicer visit! :-)

      • Kittens McTavish

        I think I would’ve sent my husband to the cooking lesson (I DO NOT cook) and spent that time at the flea markets!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Ha! :-) Good idea! Bring home a husband who can cook French for you! Now THAT would be a prize! :-)

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      We’re on the same page. Love your project!

    • Barbara

      I still can’t see the contestant entries….where are they? This is so frustrating! I use any iPad so maybe that’s the reason?

  • Margaret Fogle

    HHHHEEELLLLLLLOOOO!!!!???? Pretty soon we all have to go to bed and go to work….just saying….

  • Bliss girl

    Diana Toma is an award winning international artist. That’s a far cry from the single, struggling, mom that she makes herself out to be! The judges choose the wrong person. Diana probably painted this painting years ago and just added the Eiffel towers and called it Parisian. Diana should do the rightful thing and give up her winnings to an average person who is more deserving!

    • Ashley

      While I agree that her self written blurb makes her situation appear very sympathetic, it doesn’t mean the judges chose wrong. They only made their decision based on the info available to them. Does it kind of suck that the competition didn’t have different categories for professionals and the rest of us, yes; does it mean she should give up the prize, no. Now IF she did anything to intentionally mislead or defraud the competition then she should give up the prize, however life isn’t fair and it’s almost impossible to teach people this.

  • Tracey

    Maybe next time there could be categories and more than one winner. It is discouraging to compete with a person who has a natural talent like painting. My little homemade craft is hardly competition for a professional looking painting. How do you compete something with that? Anyway….Congratulations Diana, your painting is lovely! Enjoy Paris with you daughter. Well done.

  • Sarah K Hawkins

    UGH! Too much negativity on here… now I lost my interest in finding out who are the 2nd and 3rd place winners. Thanks alot, people. Ciao!

  • Sharon ROse Herlin

    Did I miss the 2nd and 3rd place winners?

    • Hi Sharon! I’ve updated the post above with the runner up winners.

  • Sharon ROse Herlin

    There is a lot of negativity. I still want to know who won but it’s a bummer to have to read all the comments from dissatisfied people.

    • Georgette

      I don’t think the negativity is meant in a bad way…as creative people we are very sensitive…our work exposes a lot of deep emotion and we all look for approval…the rejection stings a bit at first…most of us our merely in defense mode…It was a wonderful prize; everyone wanted to win.

      • Ashley

        I completely agree with you there!

  • Julie

    Congrats to Diana! Is there any word on the other winners?!!! Still holding out a little hope! Hopefully Michaels can post all entries in the near future. It would be nice if we could see everyone’s, especially our own since many of us spent a lot of time and money to purchase supplies. Thank you for a fun contest!

  • Genevra Collier

    Off to bed…looking forward very much to learning who won 1st and 2ond prize! My fingers are still crossed ;) Thanks for a great contest, Michaels!

  • Andria Bissell

    Congrats, Diana! Enjoy Paris for us!

  • Julie

    Oooh!! Just had an idea! What’s everyone’s opinion on doing a people’s choice award? When looking for my entry…which I never did find…I saw some pretty amazing entries. Two favorites were the Eiffel Tower with butterflies and a the playhouse patisserie. I think there are too many amazing entries to end the fun here!

    • Kittens McTavish

      I saw about 50 entries that I would have put in the finals! I could never choose just one! :)

      • Guest

        that would be a neat list to see!

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      That is a great idea, and it would be fun too! :-) I am up for it if anyone else is.

    • Katharine Bowen

      That would be a neat list to see!

  • Sarah

    Does anyone know where the 2nd and 3rd place winners are posted?

    • Wendy Watson

      They have yet to post them.

    • Hi Sarah, we’ve updated the post above with the runner up winners.

  • Ruzanna Babayan

    It’s interesting… The project was to create something that will present the springtime in Paris, but all I see in the GRAND prize winning art piece is about my first time in Paris. So in a reality you were not choosing the winner based on creating and introducing the springtime in Paris but something else. i would say this was the most unfair contest I’ve ever seen.

  • Janet Havey

    Congratulations to Diana Toma and her daughter! What a beautiful watercolor and sentiment. I had fun making and submitting my entry for the contest.

  • Katharine Bowen

    Congratulations to the winner. I have to say I was a bit bummed with how this contest was run. I feel like a lot was overlooked, for example: I made a dress out of paper, which was to be a part of the “papercrafting” catagory, but it ended up placed in “art”. It just showed me that perhaps the judges are speeding through the entries or not even seeing them all. I am not trying to say that mine should have won and since it didn’t they must have not seen it, I just wonder if someone had noticed or read the title that it was a paper dress (and placed it in the correct category) would it have been considered? I will admit in the wrong category it sticks out like a sore thumb and looks as if i just entered something I already had made. I will never know! : )

    • Kittens McTavish

      Was yours the one with the pink “postcard” background? I LOVED THAT DRESS and the joyful expression on that beautiful model! That was just about my favorite entry!

      (If not…sorry, just ignore!)

      • Katharine Bowen

        Nope, but I’d love to see it!

      • Kittens McTavish

        I wish I’d saved it. I saved a bunch of my favorites to show to other people, but erased them all recently. The website is so difficult to navigate; takes forever to load all those images, or I’d go find it again. I agree that it seemed more than a few of the entries were miscategorized. I was surprised that we weren’t allowed to choose our own category so as to save them the trouble of doing that.

      • Katharine Bowen

        I know I thought we would self categorize as well. Was this dress you are talking about in front on a background that had solid pink on the left and the eiffle tower on the right? what was your entry by the way?

      • Kittens McTavish

        There was an Eiffel tower in the background (but I think it was to the left) and a postmark to the right and the model was holding a basket of yellow tulips. The background was solid hot pink.

        My entry is down further in the comments…for some reason it’s showing as “guest” having posted it. I made a travel/sketch journal. Can you post a picture of yours?

      • Katharine Bowen

        Oh dang I didn’t see that one. I saw yours though, super! I will try to post a pic, not really sure how. Got it, but i think its small and blurry!

      • Kittens McTavish

        I see it perfectly and it looks great! (You can also click to see full size.) Wow – that’s all PAPER? It has darts and everything and it fits perfectly! The flowers are gorgeous. How long did that take to make?

      • Katharine Bowen

        Haha, Yep, all paper. And thank you. : ) it took a collective ten hours, but I tend to drag things out over a few days, as I did with this.

      • What a gorgeous dress Katharine! Thank you for sharing in this thread :)

      • Katharine Bowen

        thank you jillian : )

      • Wendy Watson

        I was just telling my mom about your dress last night. It is so gorgeous…and that it’s made out of paper. This entry totally stood out to me! Well done.

      • Katharine Bowen

        thank you so much Wendy : )

      • IcareIcare

        I think there were multiple paper dresses made. Mine had over 9000 paper flowers on it

      • Genevra Collier

        That’s amazing, Katharine! Such gorgeous construction. And the flowers look luminous and natural! Beautiful work.

  • Caitlin Lindberg

    I just wanted to chime in and say that I’m not 100% sure her “story” had much to do with thier decision, I only say that because in my “why I want to win” I mentioned that I really wanted to take my mom who has supported me even when she was sick and almost died and couldn’t really remember people (she has major brain damage) she always remembered me and my art, and I don’t think I was even considered for the top 100 if I was lucky, their decision can’t be explained, I do feel like they chose a “professional” to a point and that it’s severely unfair to those that really dedicated their time and serious effort to their project, I also agree that it was run poorly and had more than necessary issues, alot of people couldn’t even enter because the site malfunctioned and I’m pretty sure my email address didn’t get recorded right because I never got a conformation, thanks for nothing Micheals

    • Kittens McTavish

      If it helps, I don’t think anyone got an email confirmation. Also, while the rules stated that we had to write a minimum of 100 words on why we wanted to go to Paris, it didn’t seem like the essay content would necessarily figure into the final judging.

      You don’t know, though; maybe you were in the top 100! It would be fun to see a top 100 or top 50 or whatever, wouldn’t it? Just to see if the judges picked some of the same favorites as mine.

      Anyway, professional artists were not barred from entering, and I’m sure the winner spent “time and serious effort” on her entry as most of the rest of us did.

  • Sally Weigold Charette

    Who won second and third? I’d like to see those, too.

    Congrats to them all!

    • Hi Sally! I’ve updated the post above with the runner up winners.

      • Bliss girl

        Did It really need to take you guys this long to choose the runner up? Great job judges. Not! Maybe next time you guys should try harder choosing the number 1 winner. And don’t most contests announce the runner up winners first instead of choosing the winner first, breaking our dreams, and then giving us the crumbs?

      • Sally Weigold Charette

        Thanks, Jillian. Great entries!

  • Kittens McTavish

    Hey, those cookies were also on my top list! I don’t remember seeing the necklace before, but it’s gorgeous! Congrats to you both!

  • A_well_feathered_nest

    I would still really like to know if my project was even entered into the competition. I spent hours and hundreds of dollars at Michaels on it at would have liked some kind of conformation. I did think it stood a good chance of at least competing but, I’ve never even seen it on their web site. I would feel better about things, and I’m sure a lot of other competitors would also, if Michaels would at least acknowledge those who worked so hard on our projects with at least an email, a photo on their website or some kind of acknowledgement. My project was entered in the competition under visual media yet there were none of these posted on their site! Why not?
    I am sure Michaels has learned a lot from this competition. I really hope that if they do more competitions in the future they will learn from this and work out some of theses concerns. I’m feeling a little deflated and disappointed right now but I am sure I will keep on crafting, love shopping at Michaels and will enter more competitions in the future. Honestly, was really hoping to win a gift card, that would have been more useful to me then a trip to Paris!

  • Betsy

    Congratulations to the
    winner! When will you be posting the Second Prize Winner?

    I have a question for
    the judges, and this has nothing to do with the trip to Paris because I travel
    to Europe every year.

    If the theme for the
    contest was Springtime in Paris, how is this painting illustrates the theme? I know is not the Eiffel Tower because the
    tower is there all year.

    I’ll be waiting for an
    answer. Thank you!

    • Hi Betsy, we’ve updated the post above with the runner up winners.

  • Betty

    I feel the first two who won are more freelance artists. That isn’t related to crafts and Michaels. Only the jewelry creation, in my opinion is a true “craft related” project. Quite disappointed with the way it was promoted. I wish they would do a Gingerbread House contest. Now, that would be fair.

  • Paintbrush Mary

    One would think that Michaels (a craft supply store) would think to choose entries that at least one of their hundreds of thousands of customers could try to make, using supplies from Michaels.

    • Guest

      I think that’s exactly what they did, Mary. :)

  • Betsy

    Congratulations to the Second and Third Prize Winners.
    “Entries will be judged on the following criteria: 40% evoking the theme of
    Springtime in Pairs…..”
    Here is another question for the judges.
    How is the necklace illustrating the theme?
    I hope to get an answer about the painting and the necklace.
    Thank you

  • Wendy Watson

    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Michael’s for putting on this contest!

  • Rachel F

    leave it to michaels to choose a painting of a 13 year old with her top open :D Yup, classy! Beautiful painting, but seriously? Also, what does the third place necklace entry have to do with paris? Seriously the whole point was the theme and that was 40 percent of the points? Anyone could have made that necklace at any time and entered it. Am I missing something?

    • Mik Lear

      I thought the same thing Rachel, what does that necklace have to say about “Springtime Paris”? Hmm… I know we all had entries, but too bad someone who has never been in the ‘spotlight” for their craftiness or art didn’t win. Maybe the sponsors are hoping to gain sales by featuring this artist? We never know what they were looking for, or how they judged. There’s no pleasing everyone.
      BUT.. I will say this… seeing the way they (Michael’s) handled this whole thing… MAYBE it’s a blessing in disguise! Maybe when they get to Paris, things won’t be as planned… and as for “economy class” on the flight over there… they could have and SHOULD have put the person in FIRST CLASS . Maybe it will ALL be unorganized as was the website and the announcing of the contest winners. I sure hope not for their sake, but at this point… SURE AM GLAD I DID NOT WIN! I’d be afraid to go and get cauught up in unorganization from their part. know what I mean? Good luck Diane, have a safe and wonderful trip! Sure hope you share it all with us when you get back!

      • Rachel F

        Yeah I feel a little bad for the winner because now the fruits of her labor are a bit tainted. She knows everyone is upset, which is sad. She knows she won because of a painting of a slightly sexualized child, her own daughter, which is even more sad…I am happy for her, I just think other people had much more appropriate entries that should have won many times over that painting. Still congrats to the victor:D

  • Triptalk

    Congrats to all the winners. I have a few comments on the contestant’s entries. 1. GRAND PRIZE WINNER – did we have to be professional artists to be in contention to win this category? I guess the simple answer to that is YES. 2. Second Prize Winner -The cookies are lovely, this one should have taken first prize – a true diy home baked project. 3. Third Prize – did this contestant make this necklace or buy it online at ebay ….just sayin….because I have ordered something very similar in the past…..AND what in the world does that necklace have to do with Springtime in Paris?? My last comment is directed to Michael’s Stores. You have clearly dropped the ball on this one. Your website was totally unmanageable. Not sure who your judges were but based on the criteria you outlined, the originality concept of the process was not followed. I believe an apology on your website is warranted to all who participated. Just as a side-note and in conclusion…I have entered many contests, won some, lost some but have never seen a comment feed such as this following an announcement for the prizes. A truly disappointing waste of time for those who invested in your store and products.

    • Guest

      Triptalk, I hope Michael’s is encouraged by the turnout and the enthusiasm rather than discouraged by the criticism, and offers this contest again next year! I’m sure it would be better managed the second (And third! And fourth!) time around.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        The only way it will be managed better is if people express what went wrong. If you don’t make your concerns known, they will conduct the next contest exactly the same way.

      • Genevra Collier

        You’re taking for granted that there IS a next contest! I would prefer an opportunity with some issues to no opportunity. The only reason Michaels would repeat an event like this is if the overall outcome is positive. So lets focus on what was great about it (incredible prize, fun creative process, excitement of seeing other people’s submissions), and on making constructive suggestions so that it works out well for everyone in the future.

        Voicing concerns is vital, as you say, but it can be done without pitchforks and torches and bad-mouthing (speaking of the discussion in general, not this post).

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        So well said!

        I understand how some of the other people feel, I really do, but they keep choosing to focus on the negatives rather than the positives – and as a result, like you said, are taking for GRANTED all of the positives!

        It is a sure way to end up unhappy, and make the staff at Michael’s regret giving us the opportunity. They could end up ruining it for everyone in the future, and that really would be sad.

        Such focusing on the negative is a sure road to unhappiness, in this situation, and in life itself.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        I am hoping they figure out how to post all of the submissions. That would be awesome.

      • Cindy Alexander

        I just posted my entry

      • Cindy Alexander

        I just posted my entry

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Love your post. I’m of the same opinion which I stated last night and throughout the day today.

  • Rachel F

    leave it to michaels to choose a painting of a 13 year old with her top open :D Yup, classy! Beautiful painting, but seriously? Also, what does the third place necklace entry have to do with paris? Seriously the whole point was the theme and that was 40 percent of the points? Anyone could have made that necklace at any time and entered it. Am I missing something?

    • Linda Logan

      I don’t have a problem with the winner she is very talented but second and third are a disappointment there were others that deserved to win. I think they were just going for categories with them, baking, jewelry especially the necklace nothing at all to do with theme. Not fair to other entries. My whole bedroom I redid in a Paris theme, I only submited a photo of a small portion, which by the way included projects from Michaels. I never saw a picture of my project but was assured by them they got it. I don’t mind not winning I didn’t expect to but would have expected to see all the entries that would have been the fun part.

      • Ashley

        I was thinking the same thing about the shirt, what mother in their right mind would purposely paint their daughter (at any age) with their shirt open? Not to mention that this painting reminds me more of a 60’s “hippie/love child” than Paris in springtime. Also it looks really similar to the movie poster for “Almost Famous”, just saying IMO.

      • Diana

        my first thought when I saw it was “that’s a hippie girl”! haha

  • Lorie Higgins

    Lovely pieces, winners! Congrats! So many talented people, it must have been difficult to choose. I’d love to see some more pieces if you can post them here. Genevra, your piece is gorgeous too! I had so much fun with this and would do it again in a heartbeat!

    • Genevra Collier

      Wow, thank you so much, Lori! Yours has such wonderful color and energy!

  • Diana

    While I loved participating in this contest, and I hope Michaels does similar ones in the future, I think it would have been nice to have more clear and detailed rules for the contest. I think a lot of us we under the assumption it was an arts and crafts DIY contest, so I understand why some people are upset a painting that is more fine arts won. The rules were also unclear in regards to professional and amateur artists. Like the winner, I am also a professional painter, but I did not enter a painting because I felt like that didn’t have the arts and craft DIY feeling that I thought they were looking for. I also think the rules should have stated that all entries must enter work that they have made and created themselves by hand, as I saw a lot of entries using photos (store bought, not taken by themselves) and other store bought Parisian inspired objects and just assembling them together, instead of actually creating something new. Along with this, I think the rules should have also stated that all pieces entered should have been created during this time frame- that is March 1-31, 2015, as a lot of entries also looked like they were older things people already had, not something they created just for this contest (I, for one, spent all month planning and making my project). Furthermore, all of the different categories just makes this competition confusing- how can you judge a decorated cake against a painting against a floral arrangement against paper arts against jewelry making? Too many mediums! Overall though, I really enjoyed it and hope Michaels finds a way to showcase all the entries because it would be fun to see what everyone else came up with!

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      We’re on the same page. You brought up all of the points I stated last night.

      • Diana

        Yeah I just think the directions were pretty vague, and there really was no clear rules for criteria

    • Genevra Collier

      One of the ambiguities that struck me (which I haven’t seen addressed) is what constituted a single submission. The language on the website suggested that submissions could be in the form of art OR jewelery OR papercrafting, etc.. so I started my project with the idea of just creating a papercut illustration. I expanded it to include matching note cards after I looked through some of the other entries, but there were people who did papercrafting AND baking AND painting AND floral design, photographed it all, and called it one submission. My hunch was that I should stick with a single project, but for all I know I might have missed opportunities to submit more work!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        Yup I saw a few collages. Technically, a collage is one image, but it’s a combination of photos, or drawings, or layered paper images or cutouts. That rule was very ambiguous as you said.

  • Martina Sirm

    Thank you Sarah Hawkins. I like your attitude and I agree. With 11,000 entries it was a difficult task I’m sure, to narrow it down. I am sure there were some really amazing entries (including my own LOL)! The point is you enter and you try and you never know what will happen. Last year on a whim, I submitted some of my pieces to an art show entitled “Unseen Artists” and got accepted into the show along with 8 other artists. It was super exciting. Had I not taken a chance though, nothing would have happened. I don’t create art because I am hoping to “get something” out of it. I create because it brings me joy. I am still going to go to Paris one day regardless. The only comment I have in regards to the “Official Rules” of this contest is that it said “In 100 words or less tell us why you want to go to Paris.” Looking at her entry, it ‘s more than 100 words. In fact, it’s 226 words because I counted. I made sure that my entry was 100 because it said that in the rules (unless I’m missing something here). If we are following the rules here, then her entry is in fact, invalid, based on that rule alone. I am only commenting on this because Michaels made the rules, not me. The rules are the rules as far as I am concerned. We’ll see what happens with that, if anything.

    • Brian Baker

      I thought it said in at least 100 words. My belief was that 100 was the minimum, not the maximum

      • Martina Sirm

        I had read, from my memory, that it said in 100 words or less tell us why you want to go to Paris. If I can reread the rules, I will, but I remember writing my entry thinking how on earth will I not go over 100, but I did.

      • Diana

        it was a minimum of 100 words, I remember double checking because my entry was more than 100 and wanted to make sure I read it right

      • Martina Sirm

        I am verifying with Michaels and getting a copy of their rules. I could have sworn it said 100 words of LESS, but perhaps in my excitement, I read it wrong. I just remember feverishly writing and rewriting to get it to 100 because I didn’t want to break that rule. But I am willing to admit if I was incorrect. Had I read it correctly, I could have written a novel! Not it would or would not have made any difference.

      • Michelle

        Hope this helps. This is a copy of the original rules that I had printed and saved.

      • Michelle

        Where did my photo go? I don’t see it, but here it is again…

      • Martina Sirm

        Sorry, but where is the copy?

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Yes, I was a little let down to see that I could have written more.

      I stuck to the 100 word limit to a T, taking out important things I would have like to have said, and even counted my friends words and helped her edit it down to keep it at the limit.

      I don’t think it should make someone’s entry invalid, but I do think the website should have cut people off automatically at 100 words and refused to take their submission if it was not in the correct range (since that was the rules).

      But that is just a tiny detail, and it is not the end of the world. I doubt they chose the winner’s based on their essays, but it would have been nice if I could have said all that I wanted to since other people were able to.

      I am just glad to have the opportunity to have tried – with my first color work ever. :-)

      • Martina Sirm

        Obviously I wasn’t the only one who read that rule incorrectly. I am curious to actually reread it again once I get them sent to me. Keep you posted. However, I doubt Michaels would make a huge mistake like that. Congrats on putting a piece into the contest for the first time. The thing is there is only one winner. As long as we give it a shot, that’s all that matters. Cause if we don’t, nothing happens. When there are 11,000 entries, that’s pretty tough competition. It’s like winning the lottery. There were a LOT of amazing entries, but I wasn’t “judging” them and it’s all a matter of preference. Be proud that you made something amazing and hopefully everyone had fun making it. Never give up. Play, have fun and take a risk! Blessings all!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Thanks! Yep, just trying is what matters. You are right too that it is all a matter of preference. Another set of judges might have chosen something entirely different. Thanks for the positivity! It is refreshing. :-)

    • Michelle

      Trying to post my copy of the rules again…
      It appears to post then later disappears.

    • Michelle

      Still trying to attach an image. Anyway, the wording is: “…a written piece of at least one hundred words describing why you would like to go to Paris”.

      • Genevra Collier

        Yes, the contest words were…”at least one hundred”, so you could do more, just not less. I saw a lot of entries that didn’t seem to have ANY writing attached-I guess they were automatically disqualified?

      • Martina Sirm

        Thanks for all your comments. I guess in my feverish energy of writing something I missed something in the reading of the rules around that. I did call Michaels and they will be contacting me to confirm regardless as I asked for a copy of the rules. I “should” have saved a copy myself in hindsight. Next time. Anyway, Michelle if you end up finding that, let me know. Thanks!

    • Kittens McTavish

      Here are the official rules: http://www.michaels.com/spring-time-in-paris-terms-and-conditions/sip-tc.html

      It was a minimum of 100 words, not a maximum. Apparently a lot of people misread that rule, because so many entries I looked at were way less than 100 words. I don’t know if that disqualified anyone.

      What I find interesting is that the rules also state the winner would be picked on April 1 and that the winners would be notified on April 20 – which hasn’t even happened yet. So maybe that was a typo? I noticed a couple of other typos in the rules, so it could have been.

      • Martina Sirm

        Obviously something is amiss in the translation or my and others reading of it.

      • Martina Sirm

        Obviously something is amiss in the translation or my and others reading of it.

  • Martina Sirm

    And, we will see if my comment is deleted or edited.

  • The REAL Voice of Reason

    Let me start by saying Congratulations to the winners!
    As for Michaels:
    SCUMBAG Move Michaels: having classes all through the month of March
    dedicated to teaching people Paris themed crafts, and also featuring
    Paris themed projects on their blog, selling discounted Paris themed
    merchandise in their store which they encouraged you to incorporate into
    your project and then not featuring people’s work or choosing winners
    who tried these projects. The water color yes…the other two? The
    criteria for the contest was just all over the place. Was it a contest
    for amateurs? DIYers? Professionals? I don’t know. As someone said
    earlier, how does a novice [who tried one of Michaels blog projects or
    in-store Springtime in Paris classes] supposed to beat a professional?
    The point of entering a competition is to win. If you entered, you
    thought you had a chance of winning however small or great that might
    be. You thought this based on how Michaels presented the contest.
    Essentially, they misrepresented themselves. This is why I say that they
    are disrespectful (of the time, effort, and money people dedicated to these projects) and dishonest (see my posts below). We all love to craft. That’s a given; but those of you who said you did this for
    fun are lying. Deep down inside you wanted to win. Michaels made you
    think you had at least a small chance otherwise you would not have
    entered. You would not have entered if you knew you were up against a
    professional. The judging criteria should have been outlined. Forget the
    winning part for a moment, but are some of you really trying to tell me you entered a
    contest to never have your hard work displayed? You did this to send it
    into cyber space and then stuck it in your garage somewhere? I call BS. Instead of making something you’ve always wanted to, you now have Paris themed crap in your house? Anyhow, my point is: why teach people to make rinky-dink projects on your blog and in-store and
    then choose a professional piece. Michaels shame on you. You are
    Completely unethical.

    • Deb

      I absolutely agree. My daughter is the one who entered this contest. I have to admit the whole experience really left me bitter. She poured her heart time and money into this. She’s a fulltime college student working her way though school. I watched her work for weeks on this project. Of course she would have loved to have won but that’s not even what hurts. They didn’t even follow their own judging rules. The second place winner captured the theme much better. This picture is her entry. I’m very proud of her!!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        Your daughter did a great job Deb! Out of the three winners, I agree that the second place winner should have in fact won the grand prize.

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Oh, hers is pretty! Don’t let it get to you. It was just one contest. A lot of us worked hard, but even if we did not win, we had the opportunity to learn a lot about what we can do! Plus, art is very unpredictable in the sense that a canvas with a few paint splashes on it can represent spring to one person, while to another, it would take a grand masterpiece filled with trees and physical beauty to capture it. Many of the world’s greatest artists never won anything while they were alive. She did great!

      • Kittens McTavish

        I remember seeing this entry and I wanted to click on it to get a bigger picture of all the details – except on that silly contest site, once you clicked on an entry, it went all the way back to the top of the page. SO frustrating. Your daughter did a beautiful job on this; it’s so sweet and pretty.

  • Cindy Alexander

    Michaels is unbelievable. This contest was such a scam. I did a
    beautiful torn paper art of Mont Martre with a mime and never found it
    on the web site. Before I submitted it, I showed it to a lot of
    friends, they were amazed and to not have it posted, what an INSULT!
    All Entries SHOULD HAVE BEEN POSTED. I tried calling Michaels to their
    corporate office, and would’t you know it. There is no live human being
    to talk to like a supervisor. I was told by the person answering the
    phone, that “Michaels did not post all the entries”. That is so
    UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked to speak to the CEO, his name is Chuck
    Rubin, but of course you have to write him. I like the grand prize winner, but this contest was not conducted fairly.

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Well said. Please keep posting. They’ll keep scumbagging people if we all don’t speak up! I said the same thing in my posts last night. Seems like this was a marketing ploy gone terribly wrong, or a way for them to clear their shelves of Paris-themed merchandise that didn’t sell last year. DISGUSTING!!!

    • Deb

      Please post a pic of your entry! I’d love to see it

      • Cindy Alexander

        Hi Deb, I just posted my entry plus the comments I got on my FB page. Thanks for your interest.

      • Cindy Alexander

        Hi Deb, I just posted my entry plus the comments I got on my FB page. Thanks for your interest.

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Oh, wow. I did not know that. I really thought they showed all of the entries on their site! I was surprised that it seemed like the entries seemed to be in the hundreds if not thousands, and wondered why more people did not enter.

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        No, no, not all of the entries were posted. Not even a quarter from what I’ve seen and I was checking the site twice a day for the duration of the contest.

  • Katharine Bowen

    One of the thread posts below made me think of this… did anyone else notice that the contest didn’t actually end when it said it would? I was in panic mode with five minutes left to enter when I hit submit. With the confusion about not receiving a confirmation e-mail, I kept checking back on the site to see the list of entries. I noticed that even the next day there was still a submit button available. I clicked on it hoping it would give some sort of a message saying “too late!” or something, but no, for at least 24 hours after the end date it was still possible to submit your entry. Strange way to run a contest!

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Hahahahaha! Wow! The list of FAILS is just snowballing. This is hilarious! Again, someone should be fired for this. We live in an age where there is no excuse for some of the blips that have happened. So, so, poorly executed. Wow. Still is shock.

  • The REAL Voice of Reason

    Hey Michaels: So have you guys figured out how to post everyone’s pics yet? I
    I’ve already suggested Facebook Albums since your site is so s****y.
    Here’s a suggestion since you bit off more than you can chew:

    Since there are thousands of entries, You need to break them into categories where you can.
    1. You need two links: USA and Canada
    2. You need 4 Categories under each of those Countries: Art, Baking, Floral, Paper Craft
    3. Now start loading everyone’s photos under those categories

    Since you guys claimed you were rotating everyone’s photos this should be easy right? Lies! DO THE RIGHT THING and post people’s work!
    If you think some projects aren’t good enough, then like I stated in my previous posts, you falsely advertised this contest as being for everyone when in reality it should have been for advanced crafters or professionals! BUSTED!

    • Michelle

      Your idea of having a web page is perfectly sensible, so that everyone’s
      work can be properly showcased together and can serve as future
      inspiration, perhaps permanently. How about also being able to search via an “Honorable Mentions”
      category (for instance the top 50 or 100 works) and a “Public Favorites”
      category? The public could continuously vote for their favorites as
      they do on other websites featuring trending news and ideas.

      • Brian Baker

        That’s a terrific idea!

      • The REAL Voice of Reason

        Great idea. There should be a “like” button or something to that effect.

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      I entered my project under visual arts. It was a petit Parisian patissery completely had made, no kits. 1/12 th scale. I made all the furniture inside myself by hand. The outside had hand made paper flowers, mini mushrooms, handmade bird nests… All hand made down to the mini macaroons inside! Hours upon hours of time consuming work! Oh well, my kids adore it and they now have a great doll house! My question is what media would you put that one under? Art, I guess. I never did see it on their web site but there was no category on their web site for the visual arts.

      • Deb

        Can you post a pic of your entry? I’d love to see it

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        This is the outside. One pic could not at all do it justice. I spent so much time on the little details!

      • Wendy Watson

        I don’t even know what to say…I want to go in there. I never saw this post. It is so gorgeous..your detail is impeccable. I absolutely love this!!!

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        A few more pics just because I’m proud of it!

      • IcareIcare

        Wow that is awesome

        I would have rather lost to this.

      • Kittens McTavish

        Wow and wow! This is amazing. This is why we needed to be able to submit more than one photo.

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        Thanks! It was fun to do and my kids love it! My family only had to go about a week without dinner because I was so obsessed with working on it! Lol I assured them that it would all be worth it when we got to see the Eiffel tower! Oh well there’s always next spring!

      • Michelle

        I hope you continue to make miniature buildings! You really are talented.

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        Thanks, I love to do miniatures. I have four doll houses besides this one. I love creating little things that bring my kids so much joy. This one I made in memory of my mother who pasted away last February from pulmonary fibrosis. She had always wanted to go to Paris and she loved desserts. A Paris patisssry, what could be more perfect for her? I know she would have loved this one.

      • Michelle

        Now *this* meets all the criteria very nicely! Great job! I would like to see more pictures of the interior.

        “Art” is such a broad category. Everything could be argued to be “art”. If future contests divide arts & crafts into different categories (flower arranging, paper craft, etc.), we would need further categories to divide art such as this (sculpture) from painting, photography, drawing, fashion design, jewelry, and so on.

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        Yeah, I’m sure micheals could have given out a few more gift cards. One for each category. They probably would have made even more money off of us obsessed crafters who loose all self control when in a craft store!

      • Michelle

        *laughs*

      • Martina Sirm

        Wow! That is REALLY cool!! The piece that was chosen for first place is nice, however, I don’t really feel it is unusual or overly inspiring in any way, especially looking at what some others have done. I’m not quite sure how the “judges” decided to pick the winner out of 11,000 entries other than what was mentioned in the “rule” criteria. Weird.

      • Brian Baker

        Whoa! Now that’s some detail work. Great job! I can see the time invested in this. ;-)

      • I love all the detail of your project! Thank you for sharing!

      • Kathryn Belanger

        That is adorable. You’re very talented.

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Did they not post all of the images? I thought they did on the website. I saw mine, as well as one my friend did on there.

  • Karen Moore

    I would like to see all the entries and see what fun creations everyone did! Michael’s you should post them all to Pinterest under Springtime in Paris.

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Yup! Great Suggestion. Michaels has no excuse for not posting people’s work. No excuse at all. Let me reiterate, if they think people’s work isn’t good enough, then like I said they falsely advertised the contest as being for all crafters. The ball’s in your court Michaels!

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        They posted our images on their website as they were submitted. Didn’t everyone take time to scroll through them and see their own?

    • Diana

      I love the idea of creating the Pinterest board with all of the entries, that would be fun!!

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      I saw entries posted on their website as they were submitted. Was that not all of them?

      • Deana L

        Really?!? I never saw them on there. :(

      • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

        Yeah, it was a little confusing though, and easy to miss. I did not see it for a long time until I finally found it.

        It would not load on my ipad at all. I had to be on a regular computer, and then there were two little scroll down things on the right side. I had to use the inner scroll, and then keep lifting it up and down to get it to reload images. It was a very slow process, but I was able to scroll through all the ones on there.

        But now I think I am hearing not everyone’s was put on there, but there were many there so I thought they were all there. Not sure now. Anyone know for sure?

      • Karen Moore

        I don’t think so since I believed they said they had over 13,000 entries. It would be nice if they categorized them into a special Pinterest account and then we could see what everyone did.

  • Maggie

    I’m trying to figure out what’s Parisian Inspired about that “necklace” I guess that’s what it is. Those cookies though are amazing and should’ve taken 1st prize in my opinion

    • Diana

      I agree about the necklace! pretty and well made, but not sure how it fits the theme of the contest!

  • IcareIcare

    I am stunned this dress did not place!

  • Martina Sirm

    Interesting, my comments have been deleted. I will be contacting Michaels about that.

  • Mykel Rena

    Wow! I too made a dress. It’s completely out of paper. I died each piece by hand to get an ombre effect. I also had made the rhinestone belt. This dress took me about 12 hours to make because of the dying process. It wasn’t the only item I entered. I did a Paris Carte Postale and this was for the “Boutique” section of my collage.

    • Deb

      Stunning!!!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thanks Deb!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thanks Deb!

    • That is beautiful Mykel! Thank you for sharing.

      • Mykel Rena

        Thank-you!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thank-you!

    • Wendy Watson

      Holy cow that is AMAZING!!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thank-you! And it’s actually life size! lol!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thank-you! And it’s actually life size! lol!

  • Diana

    While the necklace is beautiful and well made, I am not sure how it fits the theme of Springtime in Paris…

  • Deana L

    It was a fun contest whether you win or lose.

    • So cute! I am glad you had fun Deana.

    • So cute! I am glad you had fun Deana.

  • A_well_feathered_nest

    Let’s all just face it, we are all proud of our work and just want a little commendation for it. It’s human nature. From the time we are born, looking to please our parents, till the day we die, we all love complements! Most of us all worked hard on our projects and are now feeling down because we didn’t win. Time will heal our wounds and I’m sure that if michaels is brave enough to do this next year we will all try again!

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      It’s not that people want commendation. What is the point of creating a piece of art that no one will see? People’s art work is sitting in an electronic file at Michaels headquarters. Art is meant to be seen. It’s great that people are posting their photos. Truly awesome and inspiring.

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        I agree with you completely. It is AWSOME that people are posting their work here. But what I think is even better is that we all are supporting and complementing each others work. It really seems that that is what most people want. Some acknowledgement of their hard work, time and talent.

  • syeda

    Big congratulations to all the winners!!! Beautiful enteries.

  • g.mears

    I am extremely disappointed in Michael’s for not allowing residents of Hawaii to enter this contest. Are you too cheap to pay for a ticket from our islands to Paris? Shame on you!!!

  • Congratulations to all the winners! Everyone had a beautiful entry, winner or not.

    I already knew ahead of time that I did not win because I assumed (correctly) that Michael’s would contact the winners before posting the blog. However, I still had a great time making my entry and now I have a special piece that I can give away or use to decorate my house.

    I didn’t see my entry on the site either, but I did send a tweet to Michael’s and they were very fast to respond and let me know my entry was received. I know everyone is a little bummed that their entry was not on rotation. Perhaps we can all show each other our entries through the comments, because I’m not sure if Michael’s will be posting them. We could also start a Pinterest group board or a Facebook group to share our work!

    If you’d like to see mine, it’s on my blog: http://www.ashandcrafts.com/springtime-in-paris.

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Oh, I DID see yours on the list of pictures, and I thought it was so pretty! I thought it really made me think that there was no way I would win.

      I too thought like you, that I would be contacted if I had won first, so I knew I had not won. But I did not expect to win anyways. It was my first time doing color – I am glad I just did not create a mess of a work! :-)

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      Yours is beautiful. I’m sure you will find a nice place in your home to display it!

    • Diane Ellis Kelly

      Beautiful ash and crafts! I’m pretty sure I saw this on the site

    • Kittens McTavish

      Hello and good to see you here! As you know, your entry was one I had saved in my “this is the competition!” list; it is so beautiful and elegant. I’m glad more people are posting their entries here; I love seeing those I may have “glossed over” while trying to view them on the contest site.

  • Mara Circiu

    Congratulations, Diana, what a beautiful painting!!! So happy for you!!!

  • Norma Cullerton

    I am happy for the winner of the contest, however, Michael’s were unprofessional about acknowledging the entrants themselves. A simple acknowledgement would have been very easy to achieve. I was not sure my photo had even been received and only one picture was accepted. They didn’t require my last name or phone number so I still don’t know if they have my entry, Thanks Michael’s for nothing. Also, some contest entries could not be seen to their best advantage on one simple photo.Mine is a collage and needed to be seen from different angles. I am also in agreement with some of the comments about Michael’s having their name promoted in the written entry. My entry did not include a promotion for Michael’s even though everything was purchased there. I did have a feeling that I should have mentioned their name in my write up. Stands to reason I guess it is all about promotions after all!!!
    Good idea someone has about letting us all see all of the entries. Everyone would know that at least we got to be on their BLOG!!!

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      That is very cool. Ide love to see more picture from other angels. Is it three dementional?

    • Genevra Collier

      A lot of people who’s submissions really needed to be seen from multiple angles made a collage of pictures and submitted that. Seems to me you could either have done the same, or chosen a project that could be featured in a single picture!

      • Hi Genevra The one I posted to Michael’s was different, I can’t seem to post it on the blog.

    • Bliss girl

      Wow Norma, that is beautiful! Your collage is much more representative of Parisian culture in spring than the winner’s entry… Looking at your piece really makes me think that the judges didn’t even bother to look at all the entries. They probably looked at a few and made a random choice. I truly believe the judges should have chosen your beautiful piece.

      • Just noticed your message to me, thanks so much for your compliment.

    • Kittens McTavish

      Norma, I do remember seeing this on the site; I love the dimensional flowers and it’s so well done. With so many thousands to look at, it was easy to zoom past some; it got overwhelming. I agree that it was challenging to submit only one photo!

  • This was my entry, why not everyone who entered post a picture of their entry? Would love to see more. Mine is a collage.

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Wow! Did you draw those buildings in the back? Really nice!

    • I love the detail on your piece Norma. Thank you for sharing!

    • I love the detail on your piece Norma. Thank you for sharing!

    • Martina Sirm

      This is amazing too!

  • Genevra Collier

    Here’s a question that’s been puzzling me: what was the deal with the video submission option? It was not advertised as a possible medium for entries until you went through the process of uploading, so I discovered it too late and was kicking myself for not making one… but then I only ever saw a handful of uploaded videos, grouped in a separate section along with Michael’s tutorials. Did people successfully submit video entries, and were they entered into the main categories with the rest?

  • Wendy Watson

    Gorgeous!

  • Martina Sirm

    Where exactly can I see what others have entered by the way?

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      Right here! We were able to post more pics here then michaels was able to on their web site.

  • Dawn Lueders

    I know this is rude and judgemental, but does anyone else think this necklace??? if that is what it is, (looks more like a bib to me) is even pretty?, let alone award winning? I looked up her name and not sure if it’s the same person but there is someone with her name that has her own jewelry line… maybe you might see this on the runway in Paris, but I don’t get the name “Gilded Rose” or how it refers to Springtime in Paris, I don’t even see a rose other than maybe an occasional rose colored bead. Yeah, I’m sorta jilted or maybe just a b*&h. but everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that is mine. I really think it’s quite ugly. Let the bashing begin…starting to think this contest was rigged.. Michaels has lost my respect.

    • Kittens McTavish

      Well, there wouldn’t be a rose, because the title is ROSE’ with an accent, which refers to wine, not a flower. It’s probably called that because the color of the necklace is the same as rose’ wine.

  • Kittens McTavish

    That is so beautiful! It must have been amazing in person. I don’t remember seeing it on the site. As I said before, I think every category should have had its own prize. My paper craft took a little more than 10 hours to create and here is this beautiful cake that took more hours than I spend at work each week! They should not be competing with each other, let alone with entries in three other categories.

  • E Jay

    Here is the art i submitted. I never saw it on their website :/

    • A_well_feathered_nest

      Cool! What exactly is it? Did you make it with flocking?

      • E Jay

        Yes, I made the bushes out of card board and i covered them with flocking and i bought flowers from Michaels and cut them into small pieces and sprinkled them under the tower. For the bushes, i used cotton balls that i hand painted but they didn’t look realistic enough so i sprinkled cut up flowers and hand painted them. The Eiffel tower was hand made as well with cardboard that is covered with flocking. I hand painted the background. I only spent around 30 dollars on this but it was a lot of work.

      • A_well_feathered_nest

        I love flocking. I discovered it a few years ago. I used it for my Persian topiaries as well in my project. I used upside down Christmas ornaments covered in flocking for the trees.

      • Kittens McTavish

        You did a lovely job. I didn’t realize this was “real” at first; I thought it was a digital rendering. Very impressive!

      • Dawn Lueders

        You succeeded!!!

    • Martina Sirm

      Wow! That’s amazing too! I don’t get their winning choice at all now. Apparently with 11,000 entries, they told me (when I called them because I couldn’t find mine either), that they weren’t able to post everyone submissions unfortunately.

    • Mykel Rena

      OMG!!! So cool! That’s really original!

    • Mykel Rena

      OMG!!! So cool! That’s really original!

  • Michelle

    I remember seeing this cake listed with the other entries, read your description, and loved everything about it (still do). The charmingly inviting statement on the side of the cake especially stood out to me as something original and entirely appropriate for Paris. And the little tri-fold boards of art are an amusing display of your attention to detail! I completely agree that there should be a winner for each category, one category of course being cakes / baked goods.

  • Kittens McTavish

    Y’know, it occurs to me that, if you really want to get technical about it, the necklace violates the rules of the contest, which read:

    “Without limitation, this means that the Entry and anything accompanying the Entry (including, without limitation tags and captions) must not contain any material, words or images or other content that:

    promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms or weapons;”

    Look at the title of that necklace, Gilded Rose’. Rose’ is wine.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ros%C3%A9

    • Michelle

      Rosé is wine, yes, but that might be getting too technical, because you could go one step further and justify the necklace title by saying that a “non-alcoholic” rosé is what is meant. :)

      • Kittens McTavish

        But if that is what is meant, shouldn’t it have been explicitly said? By that reasoning, you could say an entry that showed someone smoking was okay because it’s one of those fake electronic cigarettes.

        Anyway, what’s done is done. As I pointed out below, the rules have typos and weren’t particularly followed in any event, which is a bit frustrating.

        I recently participated in an art contest in which we were told to enter ONE photo of our entry. It was challenging, because more than one photo would certainly have showed off my project in its best light, but I FOLLOWED THE RULES. And guess what – the winner had submitted SIX photos, showing all the angles of her project in their best light. I told the sponsor I was very disappointed that they didn’t hold every entrant to the same rules, and they were all, “Ooops, our bad” and that was that. Nothing changed. I no longer purchase anything from that sponsor and unsubscribed to their emails immediately.

      • Michelle

        You make a good point in that there are so many grey areas when
        trying to
        follow the rules and play fair vs. safely “bending” the rules. One
        judge may
        disqualify someone for breaking a rule, while another judge will
        disregard the rule and keep them in the running. This uncertainty can
        be very frustrating and especially stifling to the artist’s creative
        process.
        I think a good sign of a fair contest is when judges
        follow their own rules without exception and who are experienced enough
        to write rules that are simple, clear, and straightforward, eliminating
        any confusing requirements and unnecessary trivialities. Running a
        contest, especially in which thousands contribute much time, effort, and
        personal resources to enter, should only be taken on as a huge responsibility. It would be
        helpful to know from the very beginning who forms the panel of judges of
        any particular contest – senior staff, monkeys, the Pope, professional artists, or previous winners.
        Determining the fairness
        and validity of such contests can sometimes only be discovered after the fact, after
        the contest is over. And then, as they say, one can “vote with one’s wallet”.

    • Dawn Lueders

      either way… I wear a lot of jewelry, some pretty large pieces to boot, but I would not wear this anywhere. It must weigh about 5lbs to start with and I’ll say it again, just my opinion… it’s ugly… it’s just too much and I still don’t see the relationship to Springtime in Paris. Yeah it has three flowers on the choker part but that’s about it… Where is the Paris part?

    • Jenny Hart

      Rosé is actually the French translation of the word “pink” referencing the infamous French phrase, “La Vie en Rosé.” The word “gilded” references the art of applying a thin sheet of gold to a surface, a nod to the rich heritage of Paris, France. Therefore Gilded Rose quite eloquently describes this necklace featuring pink and golden hues. She did a great job, and clearly did her research!!

      • Kittens McTavish

        Nope. Check Google translate. The word “rose” is indeed the French word for pink, but it does NOT include the accent mark. Rose’ with the accent is wine, nothing else. Even if it did mean something else in a different language, IT IS WINE. The rules state you cannot use a word or phrase or image that promotes alcohol. Rose’ is alcohol.

      • Michelle

        I studied French in several classes and by the book. There is a distinct difference between “rose” (meaning: pink) and its French pronunciation (the “e” is silent) vs. Rosé (meaning: a type of wine) and its pronunciation (the accented “e” is pronounced). Rosé = wine. The correct original saying is “la vie en rose”, no accented “e”.

      • Kittens McTavish

        I took two years of French in high school, and I can still remember the teacher pronouncing the word “rose” in the phrase “la vie en rose.” No accent. One syllable. Rose’ as spelled with the accent is wine and only wine.

        But as I said, what’s done is done. The judges either accidentally overlooked or deliberately ignored the fact that the necklace entry violated the rules; we’ll never know which it was. Thing is, the bending/breaking of rules wouldn’t have been that much of an issue if there weren’t literally hundreds of other entries that were aesthetically pleasing, skillfully made and beautifully photographed which also adhered to every rule, and one of those could have been a better choice.

    • T. Jackson

      LOL the link you pasted takes you to a definition sure, but read below that:

      1425-75; < French: literally, pink

      Calm down, this girl was using the French word for pink. Luckily the judges do not hold your bias, look it up kid.

      • Kittens McTavish

        Nope. The word “rose” does mean “pink” in French – WITHOUT the accent. The word in French is not accented. Rose’ – with the accent – is wine, and only wine.

  • Kim Hollen Rael

    Are any of the Judges reading this blog? How about anyone from MIchaels? Would be nice to hear from them. ESPECIALLY since 40 % was supposed to be theme? WHERE IS THE PARIS IN SPRINGTIME THEME IN THAT NECKLACE?

    • Dawn Lueders

      Exactly!!! Thank you.

      • Carol H

        Wow…you really hate this girl.

      • Dawn Lueders

        No I don’t hate her…I hate how Michael”s ran this contest. From not being able to properly be confirmed that our entries were even received, the fact that their site displaying the entries was impossible to navigate properly, or how they blew up their store with all kinds of Paris themed items to get our money to use them in our entries to the fact that they took forever and a day to pick and post the winners. The whole contest was poorly run and very disappointing from many angles.

    • Kittens McTavish

      It could be that they wanted to “acknowledge” the jewelry makers in some way? But I saw a gorgeous necklace with a hand-painted Eiffel Tower on the pendant that I thought would have been a real contender as it fit the theme so well.

      The only way I see this necklace fitting the theme is that the colors are “springy,” but it doesn’t particularly say “Paris” to me.

      • Kim Hollen Rael

        OK… acknowledge the jewelrs… I saw a charm bracelet that was awesome! and a few other pieces…. so how did THAT make it? really??

    • Martina Sirm

      Exactly what I just said a moment ago above, my husband included.

    • Jeff Netzer

      Part of being an artist, Kim Hollen Rael and Dawn Lueders, is transforming a medium into an abstract piece of beauty. Parisian spring is not necessarily a request for literal artwork depicting flowers and the Eiffel Tower. Jewelry was one of the promoted categories of the competition; the final three contestants represent unique mediums, distinct translations of the theme, and undeniable technique.

      • Georgette

        The necklace was not my favorite piece, but I could definitely see the creativity and work put into it. A superb runway piece for fashion week in Paris. I feel the second and third entries were worthy of winning; I have watched the grand prize winner’s You tube video, checked her Etsy shoppe, visited her fb and web pages. She is out for number 1 and will do whatever it takes to succeed. I am not that type of person and quite frankly I’m fed up with people like that. She lacks in character and I would have liked to see someone else win. As for her talent; she is very gifted, I wish her success!

      • Linda Logan

        Jeff it didn’t say in rules one chosen in each category it said the top three that best matched the theme!

    • Kim Hollen Rael

      Well thank you Jeff Netzer. I know all that! Just expected more of the ” theme” to literally show, as an artist of many many mediums, I would have thought a contest of this theme would have each piece convey the theme a little more. Each piece chosen was good, and the necklace was beautiful, but I just expected more I guess. But I wasn’t a judge,and my opinion is just that….my opinion, and I am entitled to that.

    • Kathleen Rodgers

      True and the winner only had the Eifel towers in her glasses!

  • Kim Hollen Rael

    ok…. decision made,,,,, I am NOT following the rules anymore. LOL

  • Dawn Lueders

    Congratulations Paulina Noyola… I’ve checked out some of your other cookie work and you do a great job!!! $1000 will buy a lot of Meringue powder, icing colors and piping bags. Keep up the good work!

    • Kittens McTavish

      I agree, those cookies are fabulous! She obviously spent a lot of time painting them and has a wonderful talent. Who could eat them? I just want to stare at them all day.

      • Thanks!!! yes! Lots of baking supplies is what I’m planning on!
        And yes, I have had friends who don’t eat what I make for them and just keep them, but I still want people to try them!! LOL

      • Thanks!!! yes! Lots of baking supplies is what I’m planning on!
        And yes, I have had friends who don’t eat what I make for them and just keep them, but I still want people to try them!! LOL

  • Mykel Rena

    I’d love to see a cookie tutorial Paulina! You did a fabulous job! YouTube maybe?

    • Thank you so much!! I am so thrilled! I’ve been thinking about it LOL I just started a new blog where I’m planing on doing tutorials!

    • And I just saw your dress, wow!!!! absolutely amazing!!!

  • Mykel Rena

    I’d love to see a cookie tutorial Paulina! You did a fabulous job! YouTube maybe?

    • Thank you so much!! I am so thrilled! I’ve been thinking about it LOL I just started a new blog where I’m planing on doing tutorials!

      • Mykel Rena

        That is an awesome idea! LOL! That’s actually what I’m working on right now! Please post your link!

      • Sure!!! prettysweetbake.blogspot.com
        I hope you like it! And let me know once you have yours up and running!

    • And I just saw your dress, wow!!!! absolutely amazing!!!

  • Colleen Richard

    Wow beautiful job!!!! I remembered seeing yours and thought what a masterpiece!!!

  • Colleen Richard

    Wow beautiful job!!!! I remembered seeing yours and thought what a masterpiece!!!

  • Wow! That is absolutely amazing Linda. I bet it was delicious too!

  • Wow! That is absolutely amazing Linda. I bet it was delicious too!

    • Linda Schwiebert

      Thank you! It was tasty! It fed 180 guests and not a crumb was left! A positive about this contest is that I didn’t know about this blog! It’s great! I never knew about it until now.

      • Happy to hear that. I hope to see you around here more often ;)

  • Chelsea Henrie Ketchum

    I poured over all the entries for hours on the painfully slow Michael’s website a few Sundays ago, and based on the scoring guidelines of 40% of the score as springtime in Paris, then minimal percentages of creativity, originality, and workmanship I had picked out the winner as being in the top 10 and was glad to see this won over the 1000s of photo montages (many of which included prohibited copyrighted material) or paintings of dogs and cats and other entries that either had nothing to do with Paris, or nothing to do with spring, or both. I would place the 3rd place winner in this category of little to do with Paris and can only guess the judges chose 1 winner from crafts, 1 winner from baking, and 1 winner from fine art and this happened to be the best crafts entry. This contest was a lot like America’s got talent because it is unfair to compare 1 art medium to another. How can you really compare jewelry to painting to drawing to baking? In any contest it all boils down to judge’s preference, and with 11,000 entries these judges had their work cut out for them. As for the artist being an international artist see her personal post below. Who started that rumor?

    • Georgette

      I too sat and went through every entry that slowly appeared.
      The winner was not considered in MY top ten; it just didn’t appeal to me.
      However, she has done work that I do find captivating.

      I was awestruck by a drawing of a woman; where the artist
      took the inside of a flower and added it to make a skirt; so completely
      creative. Another of my favorites was a painting of a girl with a dog plopped upon
      her head as a hat. There were so many wonderful entries. A quilt that took my
      breath away; it was made by a mother with a daughter who had a brain injury.

      If my talent was as high of caliber as the grand prize
      winner; I would not have entered this contest. That is just me and how I would
      have looked at it. Now everyone is different and she obviously felt it was
      fair.

      I had to look twice at bakery items that I thought were
      floral arrangements. Two necklaces blew me away; one made by a woman that
      needed the trip because she’d put her marriage on the back burner and the other
      had pink cloth flowers on one side.

      Maybe everyone should start praising the pieces they loved
      and help heal the wounds so many of us have experienced from this contest. Like
      I said the other day; creative people are sensitive, their work comes from the
      heart; it stings when we are rejected.

      Michael’s contest page had pictures of items I assumed were
      examples; I think that is what the majority of the contestants thought.

  • Chelsea Henrie Ketchum

    I poured over all the entries for hours on the painfully slow Michael’s website a few Sundays ago, and based on the scoring guidelines of 40% of the score as springtime in Paris, then minimal percentages of creativity, originality, and workmanship I had picked out the winner as being in the top 10 and was glad to see this won over the 1000s of photo montages (many of which included prohibited copyrighted material) or paintings of dogs and cats and other entries that either had nothing to do with Paris, or nothing to do with spring, or both. I would place the 3rd place winner in this category of little to do with Paris and can only guess the judges chose 1 winner from crafts, 1 winner from baking, and 1 winner from fine art and this happened to be the best crafts entry. This contest was a lot like America’s got talent because it is unfair to compare 1 art medium to another. How can you really compare jewelry to painting to drawing to baking? In any contest it all boils down to judge’s preference, and with 11,000 entries these judges had their work cut out for them. As for the artist being an international artist see her personal post below. Who started that rumor?

    • Georgette

      I too sat and went through every entry that slowly appeared.
      The winner was not considered in MY top ten; it just didn’t appeal to me.
      However, she has done work that I do find captivating.

      I was awestruck by a drawing of a woman; where the artist
      took the inside of a flower and added it to make a skirt; so completely
      creative. Another of my favorites was a painting of a girl with a dog plopped upon
      her head as a hat. There were so many wonderful entries. A quilt that took my
      breath away; it was made by a mother with a daughter who had a brain injury.

      If my talent was as high of caliber as the grand prize
      winner; I would not have entered this contest. That is just me and how I would
      have looked at it. Now everyone is different and she obviously felt it was
      fair.

      I had to look twice at bakery items that I thought were
      floral arrangements. Two necklaces blew me away; one made by a woman that
      needed the trip because she’d put her marriage on the back burner and the other
      had pink cloth flowers on one side.

      Maybe everyone should start praising the pieces they loved
      and help heal the wounds so many of us have experienced from this contest. Like
      I said the other day; creative people are sensitive, their work comes from the
      heart; it stings when we are rejected.

      Michael’s contest page had pictures of items I assumed were
      examples; I think that is what the majority of the contestants thought.

    • debzook

      If you look her up on facebook it goes right to her art page and there is also a link to her webpage. Her work has won many contests and is displayed throughout the world. She is a professional artist and teacher born in Europe

      • Georgette

        I see the winner edited her original post to the comment made to Ford Perfect; where she stated she was a self taught artist from You tube videos. If you try to delete on this blog it re-enters as a Guest. The only thing you can do is edit. She removed her lie.

        My name is Diana Toma and I am a Romanian artist living in USA. I hold a
        masters degree in Fine Art and find my inspiration in the ordinary
        little things around me. I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia with my
        two daughters Karina,12 and Vivienne, 7. – This is from her Etsy page. She needs to get her story straight.

      • Deb

        I just feel very misled by Michaels.

      • Georgette

        Obviously there is something wrong; there are too many of us that feel this way. I hope the winner continues her successful journey. If I were her, I wouldn’t have entered this contest.

      • Kathryn Belanger

        LOL… I just checked her Etsy page( I have an Etsy shop too), and this painting is for sale in her shop for $70. Even promotes Michael’s and the contests on the info page for the painting. Kinda pricey for just a glicee print.

      • Georgette

        The starving artist is so busy promoting her work; she leaves a trail behind her. I can’t help but wonder if Michael’s will display the grand prize winner’s painting in the stores. I’m over it, just another scam! What is the name of your shop? I would like to check it out.

      • Kathryn Belanger

        My shop is SilversGlow. It’s a fine art photography shop. I need to add more photos to my shop. As a mom to a 20 month old, my days get busy. :) I am a trained photographer, but not in portraits. I just take portraits of my baby girl. The shoot for this contest was difficult. She kept grabbing at the flowers! lol So I had to photograph her separately and composite her in later. I’m very happy with how it all came out. I might not have a free trip to Paris, but I have a photo that I can have printed. :)

      • Kathryn Belanger
      • Johannah Back

        They own it…LOL

      • Kathryn Belanger

        Who do you mean by “They”, the artist? I just mentioned the glicee print in her shop cause I’m a little surprised Michaels didn’t ask for a licensing agreement.

      • Kathleen Rodgers

        Doesn’t Michael’s want it to display?

      • Kathryn Belanger

        You would think so.

  • Mara Circiu

    Congratulations, Diana, so happy for you!! Love your painting!!! I cannot wait to see all your future, Paris inspired art:)))

  • Mara Circiu

    Congratulations, Diana, so happy for you!! Love your painting!!! I cannot wait to see all your future, Paris inspired art:)))

  • Absolutely!!

  • Absolutely!!

  • Cindy Alexander

    This was my entry: This is an area in Paris called Montmartre, where artists in Paris go to start there painting careers. The mime’s name is Le Mime Paul. He performs there and is an artist himself in the area of being a mine, which is an art within itself. This piece took many, many hours to create. And REALLY ???????????? This was not posted. All of the people I know who viewed this said: “WoW! Really! this did not get posted? Here are the comments I got on my FB:
    Jeannie Marshall: Beautifully painted!!
    Doris Snow: I think it’s beautiful,!
    Susan Sexton: Love it.
    Tiffany Marshall: I think it looks so awesome
    Faith Louise: Your torn paper artwork is FANTASTIC!!! Like you, I do not believe an internationally known artist should have been in the running for the
    Michael’s contest. Michael’s is our neighborhood arts & crafts store…you’d think they’d have limited the contest to a “regular Joe/Jane” who does art as a hobby.
    Wendy Cole DeLay: Its so beautiful, Cindy!
    Carol Mills: Looks pretty good for a local!
    Joe Neely: Well done. There should have been two categories in the competition. Next time, I would add a person/ people in the background. Again, I like your submission.
    Jackson: Valerie Great job!

    • Martina Sirm

      The response I got from Michaels when I didn’t see my entry, was that there were too many of them. Looking at the winners (which are nice entries as well), I have to wonder how the criteria for judging the entries was seriously handled. I have seen other entries, (some of them have been posted on this blog since) which I found highly original and took much time to make by the looks of many and to be more worthy of consideration. I would say the 2nd place winner was original, intricate in detail and beautiful with the artwork on the cookies. I don’t get how the 3rd place is related to Paris despite the amount of work it took to create this piece of jewellery. The 1st place winner is a nice watercolor painting but it’s just an ordinary watercolor painting (however, I do understand watercolor is a difficult medium to master). I don’t feel it’s nothing extraordinary in my opinion. It almost feels like there was no “real judging” but that they threw everyone’s name into a pot and made a draw for the winners. Food for thought for what it’s worth.

  • Cindy Alexander

    This was my entry into this contest. This is an area in Paris called Montmartre, this is where artists in Paris go to start there painting careers. The mime’s name is Le Mime Paul. He performs there and is an artist himself in the area of being a mine, which is an art within itself. This piece took many, many hours to create. And REALLY???????????? This was not posted. All of the people I know who viewed this said: “WoW! Really! this did not get posted? Here are the comments I got on my FB:

    Jeannie Marshall Beautifully painted!!
    Doris Snow I think it’s beautiful,!
    Susan Sexton Love it.
    Tiffany Marshall I think it looks so awesome
    Faith Louise Your
    torn paper artwork is FANTASTIC!!! Like you, I do not believe an
    internationally known artist should have been in the running for the
    Michael’s contest. Michael’s is our neighborhood arts & crafts
    store…you’d think they’d have limited the contest to a “regular
    Joe/Jane” who does art as a hobby.
    Wendy Cole DeLay Its so beautiful, Cindy!
    Carol Mills Looks pretty good for a local!
    Joe Neely Well
    done. There should have been two categories in the competition. Next
    time, I would add a person/ people in the background. Again, I like your
    submission.
    Jackson Valerie Great job!

    • Martina Sirm

      The response I got from Michaels when I didn’t see my entry, was that there were too many of them. Looking at the winners (which are nice entries as well), I have to wonder how the criteria for judging the entries was seriously handled. I have seen other entries, (some of them have been posted on this blog since) which I found highly original and took much time to make by the looks of many and to be more worthy of consideration. I would say the 2nd place winner was original, intricate in detail and beautiful with the artwork on the cookies. I don’t get how the 3rd place is related to Paris despite the amount of work it took to create this piece of jewellery. The 1st place winner is a nice watercolor painting but it’s just an ordinary watercolor painting (however, I do understand watercolor is a difficult medium to master). I don’t feel it’s nothing extraordinary in my opinion. It almost feels like there was no “real judging” but that they threw everyone’s name into a pot and made a draw for the winners. Food for thought for what it’s worth.

  • Rachel F

    Just have to say Michaels is laughing all the way to the bank on this one. They are shelling out less than 5 grand for these winners, 1500 in credit to their store, because they knew we would all go out and spend tens of thousands on supplies at their store. HAHA, fool me one Michaels, but ya aint gonna fool me again! Thanks for never showing my hard work either. I plan on returning a ton of supplies to your store ASAP to get my money back and will look into other craft stores who are a bit more ethical.

  • Rachel F

    Just have to say Michaels is laughing all the way to the bank on this one. They are shelling out less than 5 grand for these winners, 1500 in credit to their store, because they knew we would all go out and spend tens of thousands on supplies at their store. HAHA, fool me one Michaels, but ya aint gonna fool me again! Thanks for never showing my hard work either. I plan on returning a ton of supplies to your store ASAP to get my money back and will look into other craft stores who are a bit more ethical.

  • cocoaNcream77

    It is so sad that people can’t just be happy for someone else’s blessing, instead it is nitpicking over why their piece wasn’t chosen. If I am not mistaken this contest was entered knowing that A winner was going to be chosen. That means someone was going to lose.If you were the winner wouldn’t you want someone to be happy for you?

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Yep. What it really comes down to is ego, and that is sad. All the people complaining are really doing is showing that their ego is wounded. But a healthy ego would just brush it up to experience, and move on. I am not saying that people cannot see the flaws. But to dwell on them just shows they are stuck in the ego, and that is too bad for them, because they are really just making themselves miserable at this point, not Michael’s.

  • cocoaNcream77

    It is so sad that people can’t just be happy for someone else’s blessing, instead it is nitpicking over why their piece wasn’t chosen. If I am not mistaken this contest was entered knowing that A winner was going to be chosen. That means someone was going to lose.If you were the winner wouldn’t you want someone to be happy for you?

    • Suzanne Marie Elizabeth

      Yep. What it really comes down to is ego, and that is sad. All the people complaining are really doing is showing that their ego is wounded. But a healthy ego would just brush it up to experience, and move on. I am not saying that people cannot see the flaws. But to dwell on them just shows they are stuck in the ego, and that is too bad for them, because they are really just making themselves miserable at this point, not Michael’s.

  • Cindy Alexander

    Where did my posting go? Did someone at Michaels remove it?

  • Cindy Alexander

    Where did my posting go? Did someone at Michaels remove it?

  • Cindy Alexander

    This project is the first and only torn paper art project I’ve ever done. It took many hours to create. The story behind my piece. This is in an area in Paris known as Montmartre. This is where Paris artists start their painting careers. The mime is Le Mime Paul and is a real mime, which in itself if an art. I’ve posted this now for the second time (don’t know where the first one went) and below are people on my FB with their comments:
    Jeannie Marshall: Beautifully painted!!
    Doris Snow: I think it’s beautiful,!
    Susan Sexton: Love it.
    Tiffany Marshall: I think it looks so awesome
    Faith Louise: Your torn paper artwork is FANTASTIC!!! Like you, I do not believe an internationally known artist should have been in the running for the
    Michael’s contest. Michael’s is our neighborhood arts & crafts store…you’d think they’d have limited the contest to a “regular Joe/Jane” who does art as a hobby.
    Wendy Cole DeLay: Its so beautiful, Cindy!
    Carol Mills: Looks pretty good for a local!

    Joe Neely: Well done. There should have been two categories in the competition. Next time, I would add a person/ people in the background. Again, I like your
    submission.
    Jackson Valerie Great job!

    • Mykel Rena

      Wow! That’s really cool! It looks like it’s made of ceramic tile pieces!

      • Cindy Alexander

        Thanks

  • Cindy Alexander

    This project is the first and only torn paper art project I’ve ever done. It took many hours to create. The story behind my piece. This is in an area in Paris known as Montmartre. This is where Paris artists start their painting careers. The mime is Le Mime Paul and is a real mime, which in itself if an art. I’ve posted this now for the second time (don’t know where the first one went) and below are people on my FB with their comments:
    Jeannie Marshall: Beautifully painted!!
    Doris Snow: I think it’s beautiful,!
    Susan Sexton: Love it.
    Tiffany Marshall: I think it looks so awesome
    Faith Louise: Your torn paper artwork is FANTASTIC!!! Like you, I do not believe an internationally known artist should have been in the running for the
    Michael’s contest. Michael’s is our neighborhood arts & crafts store…you’d think they’d have limited the contest to a “regular Joe/Jane” who does art as a hobby.
    Wendy Cole DeLay: Its so beautiful, Cindy!
    Carol Mills: Looks pretty good for a local!

    Joe Neely: Well done. There should have been two categories in the competition. Next time, I would add a person/ people in the background. Again, I like your
    submission.
    Jackson Valerie Great job!

  • Georgette

    I too sat and went through every entry that slowly appeared.
    The winner was not considered in MY top ten; it just didn’t appeal to me.
    However, she has done work that I do find captivating.

    I was awestruck by a drawing of a woman; where the artist
    took the inside of a flower and added it to make a skirt; so completely
    creative. Another of my favorites was a painting of a girl with a dog plopped upon
    her head as a hat. There were so many wonderful entries. A quilt that took my
    breath away; it was made by a mother with a daughter who had a brain injury.

    If my talent was as high of caliber as the grand prize
    winner; I would not have entered this contest. That is just me and how I would
    have looked at it. Now everyone is different and she obviously felt it was
    fair.

    I had to look twice at bakery items that I thought were
    floral arrangements. Two necklaces blew me away; one made by a woman that
    needed the trip because she’d put her marriage on the back burner and the other
    had pink cloth flowers on one side.

    Maybe everyone should start praising the pieces they loved
    and help heal the wounds so many of us have experienced from this contest. Like
    I said the other day; creative people are sensitive, their work comes from the
    heart; it stings when we are rejected.

    Michael’s contest page had pictures of items I assumed were
    examples; I think that is what the majority of the contestants thought.

    • Johannah Back

      Where is the website that shows the entries?

      • Georgette

        https://paris.michaels.com/ – After you get to the site you scroll down – once you get past a few of the entries – click on it – up in the left hand corner you will see X – click on the > – that will take you to the next one – it is very slow, but that seems to work better than waiting for them to completely load. I hope this helps.

  • Georgette

    I too sat and went through every entry that slowly appeared.
    The winner was not considered in MY top ten; it just didn’t appeal to me.
    However, she has done work that I do find captivating.

    I was awestruck by a drawing of a woman; where the artist
    took the inside of a flower and added it to make a skirt; so completely
    creative. Another of my favorites was a painting of a girl with a dog plopped upon
    her head as a hat. There were so many wonderful entries. A quilt that took my
    breath away; it was made by a mother with a daughter who had a brain injury.

    If my talent was as high of caliber as the grand prize
    winner; I would not have entered this contest. That is just me and how I would
    have looked at it. Now everyone is different and she obviously felt it was
    fair.

    I had to look twice at bakery items that I thought were
    floral arrangements. Two necklaces blew me away; one made by a woman that
    needed the trip because she’d put her marriage on the back burner and the other
    had pink cloth flowers on one side.

    Maybe everyone should start praising the pieces they loved
    and help heal the wounds so many of us have experienced from this contest. Like
    I said the other day; creative people are sensitive, their work comes from the
    heart; it stings when we are rejected.

    Michael’s contest page had pictures of items I assumed were
    examples; I think that is what the majority of the contestants thought.

  • Mykel Rena

    My handmade Paris banner. I photographed the “P” only so that you could see all of the detail.

    • Georgette

      Was this a submission as well as your beautiful dress?

      • Mykel Rena

        Yes it was! I did a Paris “Carte Postale” (post card) collage.

      • Georgette

        I would really like to see it!

      • Mykel Rena

        Ok, so I did a collage because I saw that other people did one. I did a post card with photos of Paris boutique dresses and shoes, a Patisserise, and flower shop. My collage is crappy to be honest. It didn’t do all of my work justice. I’ll post some better pictures after. All of the flowers are made of paper, even the roses and the large peony on the little girl’s dress.

      • Georgette

        After the time you put in on the dress; how could you find the time for a collage?

      • Mykel Rena

        It took me weeks to do the paper crafts! After all of the photos we pigged out on all of the treats! lolol! It took me a full day to make the treats. I’m in the process of trying to find a new career path so this was my justification for creating all of this!

      • Georgette

        Simply stunning!! Well wishes on your career path!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thank-you Georgette! =:o)

      • summersky

        I don’t know what career path you are considering, but I think you should open your own boutique! Beautiful work…all of it…you are very gifted!

      • Mykel Rena

        Thanks so much! =:0)

      • Georgette

        I remember seeing the shoes. Did you make the bake goods as well?

      • Mykel Rena

        Yes I did! That was hell on earth! I was completely exhausted by the end.

      • I love your creativity! I hope you had fun crafting!

      • Mykel Rena

        I sure did!

      • Michelle

        The amount of work you put into this is impressive. Everything ties together as one theme very well. Your desserts look great! I hope this shows Michael’s that any future contest deserves another additional category: installations, entire rooms & interiors – something to that effect!

  • Congratulations Paulina and Mary Erica, the cookies look wondrously delightful, and the necklace is gorgeous!!!

  • Kathryn Belanger

    Congratulations to the winners. A little bit sad I didn’t win. Going to
    Paris has been a dream of mine since my teens. Hubby has promised to
    take me someday, so at least I have that. :) I have no clue if my entry
    ever made it to the Michaels website. I did a fine art portrait
    photograph of my baby girl Zoée. Theme was Springtime flower shop in
    Paris. I might have spent a lot of money at Michaels on props, but at
    least I have a cute picture of my baby girl! :) Here’s my submission.

    • Mykel Rena

      Hi Kathryn! I love your project! I saw it somewhere…maybe on Twitter? But I know I saw it and thought it was gorgeous! Great job!

      • Kathryn Belanger

        Why thank you. :)

    • Georgette

      How pretty!!!!!!!!!! Your daughter is just beautiful!

      • Kathryn Belanger

        Oh thank you. She is a joy that’s for sure. :)

    • Kittens McTavish

      Awww, look at her precious face! Her skin tone is perfect to be among those pretty pink flowers.

      • Kathryn Belanger

        Thank you. :)

    • Thank you for sharing this sweet photo!

    • Janina

      Every submission I look at amazes me. So beautiful.

  • Donna Ing

    Wow! 11,000 entries is a lot! Congratulations to not only the winners, but to all the people who entered. There were many stunning works of art that I enjoyed tremendously. I never saw my card on the website, so I’m attaching for all to enjoy! C’est La vie!

    • Georgette

      That is so original; just lovely!!!

    • Kittens McTavish

      That’s very sweet and I love the little vignette you’ve set up to showcase it.

    • This is so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Martina Sirm

      so lovely!

    • Janina

      Clever and delicate.

    • Colleen Richard

      I saw it on the website, beautiful job!

  • pouneh

    This was my entry.

    • Georgette

      WOW!! That screams Springtime in Paris!

    • Kittens McTavish

      Very pretty! I love the bold colors.

    • Thanks

    • How colorful! Thank you for sharing!

      • Thanks for your nice comment

    • Martina Sirm

      Wow, that’s beautiful! and I love the color!!!

    • Kathleen Rodgers

      Nice

      • Janina

        Is this yarn. Beutiful and vibrant.

      • Kathleen Rodgers

        It’s silk flowers

  • Johannah Back

    We submitted items for your contest. You should have two categories next time. Professional and amateur… Michaels is for regular people. No professional artist uses your stores products, as you do not carry all of the necessary items of quality for a professional artist who travels around the world, has been to Paris and has had many gallery showings. Seeing all the unhappy people on the internet just proves that this promotion has been a major fail for Michaels. If this had been advertised as a “create an ad for Michaels with items that you can only find at their stores”- that would have been a totally different contest Thank you. Johannah Back and Mary Panitzke.

    • Georgette

      Well said Johannah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Deb

      I totally agree. The winners entry is beautiful and an award winner but not the winner for this contest. Michaels didn’t even follow their own criteria for picking a winner

  • Guest

    A novice crafter? Seriously?

  • Betsy

    “Springtime in Paris encourages all customers, from the novice crafter to the advanced, to be inspired by one of the world’s great destinations for artistic expression, creativity and beauty,” said Michaels Executive Vice President – Marketing Steve Carlotti. “All Michaels locations will host classes throughout March to provide step-by-step instructions on simple Parisian-inspired projects so that anyone can have a chance to win the trip of a lifetime.”

    Every Michaels store will have a Make It With Michaels Party on March 7 from 1-4 p.m., featuring a variety of Springtime in Paris-themed projects. Other free and low-cost classes throughout March will demonstrate Paris-inspired projects such as a spring floral wreath and spring floral centerpiece. A complete schedule is available at michaels.com/classes.

  • Betsy

    A novice crafter? Seriously?

  • Betsy
  • Susan Vincent

    THAT WAS TRULY AMAZING, EXQUISITE …. THE DETAIL, THE CREATIVITY, THE TALENT!!!! I DO WISH THEY COULD HAVE HAD A WINNER IN EVERY CATEGORY… HOW CAN YOU EVER COMPARE THIS WITH A WONDERFUL PIECE OF JEWELRY OR FLORAL DESIGN, ETC….
    THIS WAS MY ENTRY, CALLED “SPRINGTIME LOVE IN PARIS”… I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A BETTER PHOTO TO DEPICT THE DETAIL.

    • Susan Vincent

      trying the photo again

      • Kat

        I agree! there should be 2nd and 3rd category winners and then a grandprize overall. Your entry is so beautiful!! I wish I had talent in floral like that.

      • Susan Vincent

        thank you. did u have an entry? in what category? picture?

  • misshelen

    I thought one of the rules “contains commercial messages or endorsements regarding third party products or services” was violated by referring to Michael’s in the grand prize winner’s essay. I thought the rules were strict about that. I did not mention what store I bought materials from, nor did I mention that I used Canson paper to create my project
    I wish Michael’s had created categories for professionals and another for amateurs. I had fun making my project, but I would not have wasted my time competing against professional artists

    • Kittens McTavish

      I also used Canson paper and bought it and most of my other supplies at Michael’s, but I did not mention that in my entry. My best friend said, “That would look like you were kissing up,” and I agreed.

  • Kat

    Wow that is amazing! See like I said before it would have been cool to have at least 2nd and 3rd prizes for each category. I think you deserve to win for awesomest cake! :)

  • maggie

    Go to the beading site for Arton beads and see a necklace so similar to the winner.

  • Georgina Markov

    Imagine – La vie Parisienne (Parisian life) has emerged from it’s winter’s slumber to what is believed to be the most enchanting time of the year.

    In the ultimate romantic place on earth the spring foliage unfolds in it’s amazingly magnificent splendor and it’s flowering trees have erupted in stunning color and fragrance.

    The ambiance is palatable as you savor the wine on the terrace of a quaint cafe while the waft of crepes and pastries drifts through the air while basking in the sunlight of an endless afternoon.

    The glorious sunshine adorns an explosion of Parisians wearing vibrant clothing embellished with chic scarves.

    You devour the culture through diverse museums, art galleries, cathedrals, cruising or orchestrating a picnic on the banks of the Seine as you delight in the city of light.

    Stunning views, the Eiffel Tower, exploring hidden courtyards and markets or capturing the pageantry at the Moulin Rouge:

    This is why I would “LOVE” to go to Paris.

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  • Kathleen Rodgers

    It would have been nice if I could seen my entry posted somewhere? ! And I had to go thru hell to see who won and was told the wrong date of when the winner was chosen. For all I know I was never even entered. There was never a confirmation email sent back to me!

    • Diane Ellis Kelly

      Beautiful, Kathleen!

      • Kathleen Rodgers

        Thanks!

  • Kathleen Rodgers

    My entry

    • Janina

      So much talent Kathleen.. Every work so unique. There are not many ways judging can be done. Talented people can get their work overlooked if just the public would vote. People who have connections large families and friends etc. Could reach out for votes
      While talented people who do not have a large fan base ……their artwork could get overlooked
      Difficult to get it right. Amateur and Professional categories would be the way to go .

  • Queen

    This was my entry and my essay. I just want to mention that I have never attended any craft classes. I learned to make the roses for my wreath on YouTube.

    “Smell the Roses”
    Paris is known by many to be the City of Love and Lights.
    I’m ready to start on a new season of travel and I would like to go to Paris because I
    want to experience that sensation.
    Being part of the French Cooking and Floral Arranging classes would be a great learning experience, not to mention how your palate dazzled the taste in its various cuisines from pastries to its national dishes.
    No visit to Paris would be complete without visiting such landmarks as the Eiffel tower,
    Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre Dame and I most definitely wouldn’t leave
    without taking in some performances at the Moulin Rouge.
    After my tours I would love to take a break by the pond at the Jardin du Luxembourg where you can find some of Paris’s most beautiful flower beds. I will take my time to “Smell the
    Roses” and to have the ultimate experience of enjoying nature with a picnic for
    two and savor every moment of “Springtime in Paris”.
    Since I can’t take any of these back with me having an artist paint my portrait at Place Du Tertre
    would be the next best thing to take back with me.
    I would take a stroll on the Parisian streets and try each patisserie in the
    neighborhood, then I will sit back at a café and watch the world go by.
    At night I would take a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River to see the Eiffel Tower when it is lit up.

    • Kittens McTavish

      This is super cute! Those roses must have taken a long time to make. I don’t remember seeing this on the site and I THOUGHT I had looked at every entry! Apparently not all of them were shown. :(

      • Betsy

        Thank you! Yes, I spent hours but I must say that I love crafting and I have learned a lot from YouTube.

    • Janina

      Beautiful wreath and poem. I understand now even more. Why the judges had such a difficult time making a decision on the entries
      Out of over 11,000 entries WOW..Yours and Jules and the rest I have seen are so full of talented art. Try to enter in other contests even local.

      • Betsy

        Thank you Janina

  • Betsy

    “Smell the Roses”

  • Jackie Lynn Welt Gilliam

    congrats to the winners! maybe we all just need to take ourselves to Paris! there were only 3 winners, and many entries. the contest gave us all a chance to win and to dream! I’m saving for my trip and plan to go in 5 years. long term, but I’m going. I hope the winners have a wonderful time. there is no place on earth like Paris!

    • Betsy

      Yes, we can all go. I travel to Europe every year in September for the past 5 years. I booked my trip to Venice for $681.10 yesterday and from Venice to Paris for $78. I am sure prices vary depending on the state in which we live, but I always find good deals on the week of September 5.

      • Jules

        Thank you very much for the travel information. I entered the contest because my dear father happened to pass away on my birthday and I had high hopes of winning and celebrating my birthday there. It was silly of me to think I actually had a chance, I got a little insurance money from him and with your info; I will most definitely be looking into it. Thanks again Betsy!

  • The REAL Voice of Reason

    Keep posting your projects everyone. We all did some amazing work from I’ve seen. I’m also seeing where Michaels made an absolute fortune on all of us…that’s not including the labor hours that went into each project. Most of the projects I’ve seen were made with at least $50 worth of materials. I’m still waiting for Michaels to post everyone’s projects. At this point, the best thing to do is to NEVER SHOP AT MICHAELS again. Go somewhere else to purchase your craft supplies. Over 50% on the people on this blog are dissatisfied. It does not matter if they are right, or wrong. In business, these are scary stats that no company wants. No business wants 50% or more of the feedback on its blog to be negative. That reflects badly on the company. I would like to know why Michaels CEO, Chuck Rubin not addressed people’s issues yet? This is really, really unacceptable.

  • Jules

    I misinterpreted the contest rules. I went by the examples on the web page. I tried to use a lot of what Michael’s sells. The picture of the two young girls was cut from a birthday card.

    • The REAL Voice of Reason

      Nice work Jules! Don’t beat yourself up. Most people expected this to be some sort of marketing thing, but NO ONE expected this kind of treatment! You’re not foolish for having the expectations you did. This whole thing reminds me of the old days when scumbag salesmen used to sell snake oil to an entire town then high-tail it out of there before anyone realized they were selling fraudulent goods. By that time, just like all of us in this contest, it was too late and the scumbag already took off with his fortune.

      • Jules

        Thank you REAL Voice of Reason!

    • Betsy

      Beautiful Jules! For years I used to go to Michaels weekly. I am always making new projects for my home, family, friends, and coworkers. This year I decided to make wreaths. So far I have made wreaths for Christmas, Valentine’s, St Patrick’s, Easter and 4th of July. Now
      A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. is where I go to buy all my supplies. Goodbye Michaels.

      • Jules

        Thank you Betsy!

    • I love your collage Jules. Thank you for sharing!

      • Jules

        Thank you Jillian!

      • Janina

        I dont know how to load a photo on this forum Jules

      • Jules

        Janina,
        Just hit reply…then you will see a small square in the
        bottom left corner…across from (Post as Janina)…left click on
        it…your file upload should pop up…choose the one you wish to display
        and it should load!

      • Janina

        Thankyou.

    • Janina

      I do collages, painting, mache sculpting and many other things. Yes your collage is beautiful.

      • Jules

        Thank you very much Janina. I would love to see some of your work, please post it!

      • Jules

        Janina,
        Just hit reply…then you will see a small square in the bottom left corner…across from (Post as Janina)…left click on it…your file upload should pop up…choose the one you wish to display and it should load!

    • Janina

      I think your work and my work style in this is very similar when I magnify.

      • Jules

        I do love your outline technique; it makes the collage much more interesting!

      • Janina

        Thanks. Yes we learn from other artists and our imagination. FYI I use materials and different things in this particular collage.

      • Jules

        I haven’t done any type of art work since the contest. I’ve been editing a children’s story that I wrote. I found an illustrator that drew characters similar to the ones that I envisioned when I wrote my story. They got back to me and I responded with my character’s descriptions. I hope they will be able to illustrate my story. I think an illustrated book has a better chance at publication. It has been so nice chatting with you.

  • Melissa

    I would buy this as a poster

    • Jules

      Well thank you very much Melissa!

  • Rach D19

    Congratulations to all the winners. These were some great pieces and crafted so beautifully. Tres Bien!!! I just can’t stop thinking about the Almost Famous Movie Poster/ DVD cover each time I look at the winner, it’s beautiful.

  • Soo Lee

    I like 2nd prize winner’s cookies.
    And I like my paris map wall clock.

  • Janina

    Congratulations to the winners. All are deserving and Diana’s winning entry is magnificent
    I love it so much I have it as my phone wallpaper. I do agree though that there should be two categories for your wonderful contest and opportunity
    Amateur and professional. There are many amateur artists whose work could be judged as good or better. I am an amateur though I have sold my work but didnt enter because I felt I could never compete either. Maybe next year if you have it others will enter.Again congratulations and maybe you could show more entries.

    • Janina

      I am not computer smart. Everytime I try to load ,my photo is too large. Bigger than 2MB

      • Jules

        Is it a JPEG image?

      • Janina

        On my computer most are but on the phone not sure but think it is. When I send message it compresses automatically but doesn’t when,I try yo post on this website.

      • Jules

        Go to “File” and then “Save for Web”on the drop down menu.

        The computer will automatically resize the photo (JPEG) for you and show
        the new smaller size of the copy. Use % reduction if you need it to be much
        smaller…if your pix are shot at high resolution.

        You’ll “name” this something else than the original and both will be saved.

      • Janina

        Thankyou and will try tommorrow

    • Janina

      I finally figured out how to make my pic smaller on the phone. Jules tried to help but I still had issues. This is one of my artworks Jules. I did not enter this original collage This is one of my donated works for the fight against breast cancer. Hope you and others enjoy. This piece is entitled THE JOURNEY AND POWER OF THE BRA…

      • Jules

        Oh Janina, I love it!!!! It is very powerful!! I happened to be paying bills and saw your comment via email. I’m so happy that you were able to load your photo.

      • Janina

        Glad you like it. Yes if they have another contest I may enter. Thankyou. So much beautiful work that everyone entered. I wish they would put all on a wbsite or /and book and even sell copies. Thank you again for your help.

  • Sharon Best

    Professional painters as winners? So not fair!!!

  • Maria Kleinman

    Completely forgot to check the blog….for what’s it worth, yes, there should be multiple categories and yes, all submissions should have been featured. Here’s mine!

  • As a participant, I have to agree with the other comments that it would be good to showcase other works that did NOT win since Michaels is a “creativity hub” for artists and craftspeople as I’m curious to see how others approached this project. However, I would want this to simply be a platform to view other works while respecting the judges decision. To those left bitter and resentful over their not winning… simply learn from it, move on and focus on your own gift – that spark of creativity that is yours to fully express.

    • I’ve learned from participating. I didn’t win and as an artist, I can discern from the experience, learn from it and be grateful to Michaels for the opportunity.

      So here was my entry… I squeaked in my entry at the last second!!

      • Janina

        Very nice work

  • Dawn Lueders

    OMG this is amazing!!!! So detailed and spot on. I would love to take a walk in that scene. And look at the portraits you did!! Wow. You are very talented! Was this all made of cake and fondant? This entry should have been in the top 3.

  • Dawn Lueders

    OMG this is amazing!!!! So detailed and spot on. I would love to take a walk in that scene. And look at the portraits you did!! Wow. You are very talented! Was this all made of cake and fondant? This entry should have been in the top 3.

  • Jay

    This looks familiar. From a list of 2015 hair trends.

  • Maxie

    Thanks Michaels for the opportunity. Congratulations Diana. Beautiful work of art.

  • Sandra Kochenower

    Wow… I just stumbled on this and have walked away twice, but Ii feel I have to comment. As an Art Show Director, and an artist, I am just appalled. Clearly, 90% of the commenters here have no clue what being a “professional” artist means. It simply means she makes a significant percentage of her income from her art. It does NOT mean she makes significant amounts of money from her art. The average artist, even pros, create, AT BEST 3 pieces in a month, and to sell that many original pieces in a month is a rare treat. Any money made from prints or licensing her images for things like cell phone covers (I spent some time on her blog before writing this) is minimal, at best. Awards typically do NOT pay out money, though they may gain her exposure. Ever hear the term “Starving Artist,” it exists for a reason.

    For you people to suggest that she and her daughter should not have the opportunity for this (for 99% of the American Population) ONCE IN A LIFETIME trip, because she dedicates herself to her art and has had a little luck in getting exposed to the right people, and therefore can call herself a professional, is not only hateful and poor sportsmanship, but…ugh, you people have left me without words, I’m just so disgusted.

    I wish you all luck and inspiration in your future endeavors, but this artist does not deserve the vitriol I am seeing in these pages upon pages of comments.

    Yes, stores that did classes might have considered running local promotions, rewarding those that excelled. It would have been nice to see some local competitions with gift card rewards for participants. It would have been fabulous to see them featured in a blog gallery by category. There are a few other things I’d have done differently, but it wasn’t my contest to run.

    Art is subjective, people. No one is ever going to agree 100% on a winner. Everyone thinks their, or their friend’s entry deserved more recognition. Applaud yourselves for putting the time into your creation and bringing it to life. Bask in the joy it brings your family and those you get to share it with. But don’t begrudge this single mother, who is fortunate enough to have the skill to work at what she’s passionate for, from such an amazing gift. Someday, we should all be so lucky.

    But I can guarantee, if you continue carrying around such hatred in your hearts for your fellow man, THAT’S what keeps you from winning, not someone else’s talent and hard work.

  • Cara Vicini

    5 months ago my entry inspired the start of my own business…Check out my designs @http://www.iLovepocketbooks.com. Thank you Michaels!

  • 5 months ago my entry inspired the start of my own business…Check out my designs @http://www.iLovepocketbooks.com. Thank you Michaels!

  • Debbie Yost-Lynch

    OMGoodness that is so amazingly beautiful, I entered the contest and was disappointed with the handling of the winners and whole contest as well. I looked at several, but not all, did not see yours. I made a floral arrangement with soaps. I never received a confirmation of my entry, and did not receive any notice of the winner. I had to find it myself. I did some cake decorating when I was younger, and oh my, I know how much time and effort it takes..your submission is absolutely beautiful.

  • AMJ

    I actually had to use google to find out whether anybody had been selected as winner.

  • Wow! Diana’s artwork is absolutely amazing. So lyrical and free! She certainly deserved to go to Paris!
    http://www.studioemmakaufmann.blogspot.com

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