Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thanks Boss!

This week marks working for my boss for 10 years! Since he has done so much for me over the years I wanted to give him a token of my appreciation. I gave him a gift along with this card. I am really loving the Chocolate Chip/Kiwi Kiss Combo! Stamps: Eastern Bloom; Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss; Accessories: Twill Tape; Tools: Ticket Corner Punch.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Happy Birthday

It is so nice to be back in the swing of things! I finally have some time to just make some cards. I have to apologize for the picture, I scanned it and mailed it before making sure the picture was OK! Anyway, here is what I used: Stamps: Always, Heard from the Heart; Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette; Ink: Close to Cocoa; Baja Breeze; Pink Pirouette; Accessories: Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon; Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, distressing. I really love this stamp set, but I could never figure out how to use the bird. It never seemed to fit with anything. I think this is alright!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Convention Make & Takes

I finally finished my Make & Takes from convention! There were a few I left undone because I didn't want them to get bent during travel and there were a few that we just didn't have time to finish.

The only one that is very different from what we were supposed to do is the card in the left hand corner. The whisper white piece was supposed to be dry embossed and then brayered with color, but I never got a chance to do the dry embossing at convention, and I do not have any of the plates so I just used some of the rub-ons from another project and then stamped some of the flowers from the Eastern Blooms stamp set. I am going to make the scrapbook page into a 12 x 12, but I do not have any coordinating 12 x 12 at this time. I really liked these make & takes, even though I didn't have time to finish them all at convention. The coolest was the little box in the upper right hand corner. The flower is made using 1 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and stitching it together. It was so easy to do!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I needed yet another sympathy card. I made this card using similar colors and the technique that was used on one of the convention make&takes, but I did used more colors. Stamp set: Inspired by Nature, Hero Arts Sympathy; Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla; Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Tangerine Tango; Accessories: Pewter Hodgepodge, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon; Techniques: sponging ink on stamp, distressing.
I had never done this technique before convention. You use sponge daubers (here I just used a sponge) to ink up your image, it gives it a different look. The scan of this card does not give it justice, the flowers showed up a little bit more and looks a lot better in person. I used Kiwi Kiss ink on the grass and the flower stems then used some tangerine tango and so saffron on the flowers, kind of mixed it together.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cuttlebug for Sale

With Stampin' Up!'s recent partnership with Sizzix, I have decided to sell my Cuttlebug. I am posting here and letting friends and family have a shot at it first before I go the eBay route. If anyone is interested, please email me! I accept paypal and would prefer to ship it within the US.

Here is what I am selling:

USED Cuttlebug Machine with Spacer A and C
NOT USED/Still in Packaging - Replacement B Pads
NOT USED/Still in Packaging - Wavy Squares
Rarely Used - Vintage 2x2 Die (includes 4 dies)
Rarely Used - Garden Creatures 2x2 Die (includes 4 dies)
Rarely Used - Thanks 2x2.75 embossing folder (includes 4 embossing folders) - SOLD
Rarely Used - Feel Better 2x2.75 embossing folders (includes 4 embossing folders) -SOLD

When I say rarely used it means I used them less the 5 times. Most likely about 2 times. The machine itself has been used more than that, but it is in excellent shape.

If you were to purchase all this brand new it would be around $160.00. I am asking $75 plus shipping for all items still available (see above for list). I will consider a reasonable offer =-)

If you want pricing on individual items, please email me.

I am estimating it to weigh under the 20 lbs required for the Flat Rate box and I think I will be able to fit it into the one that costs $9.80.

Email me if you have any questions!

A little More convention and more swaps!

Are you tired of my convention and swap posts yet? I'm almost done!! Here are more general swaps. The first official day was a little hectic. It started out well enough, we had the general session which was quite, then we went to lunch. I had a couple of swaps that took most of my lunch time. Our first class was make and takes. Since it was my first convention I didn't really know what to expect. These make and takes were a little time consuming and we were unable to complete them all (at leas my group was unable too) but I did learn a few things and got a couple good ideas. We had a hard time getting to our next class (imagine several hundred people trying to get through a small hallway at the same time!) So after that day I felt a little bummed. I didn't really think things were going as well as I had hoped, I was tempted to not go to the awards night that night, but I decided if something cool happened and I wasn't there, I would be mad at myself! I'm so glad I went. It was very inspiring to see all these demos that have achieved so much! And the entertainment was AWESOME! The band was Tonic Sol Fa there website is here. If you get an opportunity to see them, go!!! They are very talented and funny. So after that I was happy! Friday was a less hectic day for me, not too many swaps, so I was able to enjoy my free time a little more. My upline and I both won a prize in the general session which was awesome! We won a die cut for the Sizzix machine! When Shelli announced this partnership, the excitement in the room was outstanding! And then she asked if we wanted prizes! When we saw our color band on the screen we looked at each other and started screaming and jumping up and down (which is what you are supposed to do!). Saturday was the last day! Time went by so fast. The closing session brought some sadness, but it also brought a lot of happiness! This was probably the best part of the whole convention! We had just finished watching a commercial with two Stampin' barbies who had a delivery from the UPS guy! (we all know how great that is!) I was sitting there thinking, OMG, they are going to start selling SU Barbies!!! (which I would totally buy!!!), but then you here a door bell. . . and a UPS man comes out on stage with a big box. Shelli asked him what he was doing and he said he had a delivery. She asked who the delivery was for, she knew some of the ladies and may be able to help him, and he said..I have a delivery for . . . EVERYONE! Talk about excitement! The crowd went so wild!!! Everyone was jumping up and down and screaming! Confetti was flying everywhere. They pushed a UPS truck out on the floor and a bunch of UPS workers jumped out and started handing out stamp sets! We got the new Say it With Scallops set that is the Ronald McDonald Set for this catalog (for every set sold $2 goes to the Ronald McDonald House). We were later told that UPS donated those sets to us! I guess we give them enough business. It was an awesome way to end an awesome experience! Although I missed my family for those few days I was gone, I really had a great time and I hope to go back next year. My fun wasn't over yet though! That night I attended an 80s party that included a fashion show for those who dressed up, 4 challenges and a shoebox swap. Although I was exhausted, I had a great time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Swaps and SLC

Well Stampin' Up!'s Celebrate 08 convention ended over a week ago and I finally feel like things are settling down! I had such a great time, even though it was a bit overwhelming at times. The first day we toured the Riverton Campus, the building was so cool. We got to see where our orders are picked, where new ideas are developed and meet some Demo Support face to face! (They are just as nice in person!) I have to say I met some very nice ladies at convention! And I lucked out on roomies. I met them the first night and they were very nice and we had a great time. I will be friends with them for ever! It was said at times that I had a problem, I signed up for too many swaps! That may be true, but I enjoyed every minute of it! There may have been a few rough swaps or tiring days, but it was all fun and I learned a lot! Here are some general swaps I received. Most of my general swaps were done on the first day while we were standing in line for Memento Mall. That was probably one of the best times I had. We got to browse the new catalog and oohh and ahhh, we got to meet new people and we got to swap! Then at the end of the line, we got to shop! How cool is that?!

I'll be back with more...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Convention Swaps

Oh boy! I got so many great swaps from convention! I am continually amazed at how talented people are.

These are the swaps I received in the 12x12 layout swap:

These are from the Track 4 -3d swap:

These are from the Mini Album Swap - amazing stuff!!!:

I can't wait to demo some of these items!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Blog Candy

Crystal should be receiving her blog candy any day now, but in case you are curious, here is what she is getting:

For a Friend Stamp Set
Some 6x6 DSP
Chipboard Circle Album
Some Chipboard Coasters
Notebook to Alter
River Rock and Groovy Guava Ribbon
SU Lip Balm from Convention

Hope you like it Crystal!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Congratulations Crystal!!!!

Crystal is my blog candy winner! (Even though she was a fan of New Kids on the Block, ha ha). My daughter pulled your name out of her pumpkin from last Halloween! Crystal, just email me your snail mail and I'll get your goodies out sometime this week. I still don't know what it will be, but I'm sure you will be happy!

I had an awesome time at convention! It was just amazing. The first 2 days were a bit overwhelming. The amount of people, wow! I will share some of my memories, but right now I need to get caught up with life here at home!

I have some pictures to share, but blogger seems to be having technical difficulties!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

August 2nd - Convention Day 4

*Note* This post was written on July 27th.

Well today is the last day of convention and tonight I get to go back in time to the 80s! part of the activities tonight are dressing up 80s style. I'll be wearing jeans with a hot pink tank top. Over the tank top I will wear an over sized men's shirt that I cut the collar out so that it could hang off my shoulder (think Flashdance) then one of those plastic round buckles to bunch up the shirt (not sure what that is called). Big gold hoop earrings, 20 jelly bracelets, blue eyeshadow and eyeliner, lip gloss, BIG HAIR and jelly shoes!!! If I have time, I'm also going to paint my nails and toe nails blue. I tried part of the outfit on before leaving and it is totally 80s! I might just post a picture when I get back =-)

Tomorrow I will be returning home to my wonderful supportive husband and beautiful little girl.

I'll leave you with another swap I took to convention: This one was a 12x12 layout swap I joined. I really like how it turned out, I hope the others like it too. Supplies: Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Cutie Pie DSP; Ink: Rose Red, Certainly Celery; Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment; Accessories: Certainly Celery Brads; Tools: Scallop Circle Punch; 1 3/8 Circle Punch.

Do not forget to comment on my post from August 1st for Blog Candy!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday, August 1st - Convention - Day 3 - BLOG CANDY TIME!

*Note* This post was written on July 27th.

Today I will be learning more and doing another Make & Take! Yay.

Here is another one of my general swaps. Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa is my favorite color combination. I used these in a few of my swaps!

Supplies: Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa; Accessories: Vintage Brads, Tissue Paper; Tools: Paper Crimper, Anywhere Glue Stick; Stamps: Always; Techniques: Faux Silk.

OK it is finally time for some Blog Candy!

How to win:

I've been thinking of the 80s a lot lately, because of the party I will be attending tomorrow night, so in keeping with that spirit and Stampin' Up!'s 20th anniversary, I want you to think back to the 80s and tell me what your favorite part was and what you miss the most. It could be a memory, favorite movie, song, style anything from the 80s. Just comment on this post sometime between now and midnight (EST) Sunday, August 3, 2008. I will pick a winner on Monday, August 4th.

I do not know what will be included yet in the Blog Candy, but I know it will include For a Friend stamp set among other things.