Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm on my way....sorta....

Well, I will be on my way after I finish packing, load the car, take a shower and get dressed. Everyone knows that I am a HUGE procrastinator...and I work well under pressure. I plan to put that on my resume someday when I go back to the "real" world. If I ever go. So where am I going you ask??? CONVENTION of course!!!!! Woo hoo! The day is finally here and although I have had my ups and downs about convention this year (what with all the retiring news) I am psyched to be heading downtown and to convention. I am ready to get pumped up, learn lots and then come back and share it all with you. Yeah!

I know you are probably in blog-shock right now, because I managed to post twice in one day...and let's face it....that never happens. But, I wanted to leave you with pictures of the swaps I created for convention. The two ATCs (Artistic Trading Cards) were most definitely the most difficult because of the limited amount of space. They each show a specific technique, both of which you can plan on seeing in upcoming classes. One is faux wood and the other is faux linen. Let me know what you think.
The next two cards are for the Splitcoast Stampers dinner/swap tomorrow night. The pirate one took me forever....but I like the way it turned out. On this original, I used the copper cord interwoven with two shades of ribbon...but Stampin' Up! threw me for a loop when they retired the cording, so the swaps actually just have two colors of ribbon instead of the cord too. The cherry card also had to be revamped because Stampin' Up! retired the pearl ex. I did a new technique on that one too...also coming to a class near you. *grin*
The last two are for general convention. I broke out of the box a little on these and didn't use "all" Stampin' Up! product....but what's a girl to do....sometimes you just gotta punch stuff...and I wanted a scallop there. Ha! I also am in love with my cuttelbug and wanted to share the love. So I figure if people don't want to trade...they don't want to trade....there will always be someone else who wants to trade.

For an extra special treat...I have also shared with you the swap that my friend and fellow demonstrator gave to me to swap for her. She is in Hawaii for 2 weeks (big ahhhhh here) so I told her that if she brought me back a cabana boy I would be happy to swap for her. Hahahahahahaha!!!! But really....isn't her work Bayootiful???? I love her....she is the sweetest lady and I am so glad that I get to see her artistic talents first. Yeah!!!!
So until next week.....I am off to celebrate stamping with all the other crazy stampers. Beware of it is Stampapalooza 2007.
Happy Stamping!

Anniversary Cards....

I wanted to show off my mom's card that she made us for our anniversary and another little card she made me. She is such a good little stamper....she just needs about another 12 hours in the day to get all the things done that she wants to....but don't we all. She used the cuttlebug on the thank you card and the oval punch as a border in the middle of the card. How clever don't you think?

The last one is the card I made for my DH for our anniversary. Man cards are always a challenge for me. I am just not good at no flowers, no ribbon and lots of "man" stuff. Go figure. But, hey "truck" just screams "man" doesn't it. Didn't think I could go wrong with this one. I had to steal it back to share it with you all. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Stampin' Up! Retired Sets I am Selling

In case you haven't heard....the new catalog is here. I don't love it, but I don't unlove it. I guess I am mostly disappointed because Stampin' Up! got rid of so much and really didn't seem to replace a lot of it. It is making me wonder whether or not I want to continue with Stampin' Up! Time will tell I guess. Convention is around the corner, maybe that will revitalize my spirit a little.

So, with the new catalog...comes the clean out of some of my retired sets. This year it's a lot...or it seems like a lot to me. Anyway, I found a way to make this cool slideshow....see below. I took pictures of all the sets that I have for sale that are retired. You can click on the picture to make it stop and it will give you the name.

If you are interested in any of these sets, send me an email at and let me know which set you would like and if you would like it mailed or would like to pick it up. I will add shipping charges onto your total if I mail it. I can take all major credit cards and personal checks/money orders.

I will keep the sets available until August 31st and then they are going to ebay.

I haven't had a whole lot of extra time to stamp because I am in a swap making frenzy and have been busy with Vacation Church School this week. Someday the swaps will be done and I will get back to some fancy pants stampin! If there is something you would like to see, or any ideas, leave a comment on this blog. I promise to post samples of my swaps as convention gets closer. I hope you will like them. =) I have been workin' hard.

Happy Shopping and Happy Stamping!
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