Monday, February 12, 2007

Splitcoaststampers Getaway

Our Splicoaststampers stamping getaway was this past weekend. Friday and Saturday. Lorien and I drove over to Lansing around 4. My plan was to get ALOT of stuff checked off my To Do List. I have 3 workshops this week to prepare for and had a few "congrats" cards for several people for different occasions to do and I brought my scrap booking to do. I got 2 scrapbook pages done and one card Friday night....No, I am not kidding! How sad!
Saturday was jammed with fun stuff to do. We started the morning with shoebox swaps. This is a swap where you design a card and then cut everything that the creator will need to make the swap themselves. Everything but adhesive should be included. There were 23 to make so it took a long time, but it was fun. They were full cards and so many of them were great quality! After the shoebox swap Lorien discovered that my tire was flat on my van. Completely flat...can you believe she got right down on the ground with a blanket and changed my tire!?!? What a friend.
Then we broke for lunch, did our regular swap where we made 16 full cards and swapped with the others who signed up for that. Again, some really great stuff.
Finally we had challenges to do! FUN...but because I have been in a creative slump, I was feeling very unworthy to be there! I planned 2 challenges which I couldn't participate in (that was great because it gave me more time to focus on the ones I could do). We were supposed to choose stamp set, colors and any accessories, the organizer of the event bought everything except the stamp set and ink and you had to create with just the supplies there unless the challenge hostess allowed other items to be used.
I actually won a challenge. This card is the one I did that won. It's a pocket card so imagine the "U" part inside the card. How lucky was I to be allowed to use the slit punch! I love the scallop edges and adored pairing these colors! I also took advantage of the "rock and roll" technique on the "U". A technique I just finally figured out how to do after 3 years of being a demo!
We had a great time.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I'm An Affirmation Kinda Gal

I'll admit it, I desire a "thank you" from my husband for merely bringing the groceries in. I'd like it even more if he would tell me how cheerfully I do it, how beautiful I look while doing it and that by just watching me bring the groceries in, he is reminded how thankful he is that he chose ME out of all the women out there! But, realistically I know a "thank you" is about as far as it will go! I love affirmation. We have recently read the book "The 5 Love Languages" and it was no task for me to declare out loud that my primary love language is "Words Of Affirmation". So, when I opened an envelope in the mail this week and this was looking back at me, I puffed up my chest and grinned....My up, up, up line has been sending these out for awhile now. I think I have collected 3 or 4 of them. This quarter she indicated I was #4 in her downline for sales. I am not sure how many she has in her downline, but currently but when I saw her this summer she said about 100. Thanks to all my great customers and especially my stamp club members-many of whom have been stamping with me for 2-3 years!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Color Challenge

On they have daily challenges to help you with your projects. I check out the Color Challenges and the Sketch Challenges weekly. I peek on a couple others if I think of it, but these two are part of my weekly routine. This week the color challenge was to use the colors Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom and Cool Caribbean in your project. Here is the first one I did using a new stamp set I got this week from the Winter Mini. The stamp set is Big Pieces and it matches Little Pieces (which is also used on this card). The adorable rick rack is from the Flirty ribbon collection in the Winter Mini also. Aren't these colors perfect together? The "happiness" is from the Word By Word background stamp. I just inked the word with a Stampin Write marker to stamp just the word I wanted. Of course I had to do some faux stitching! Next to ribbon it's my favorite thing to add to a card!