Monday, October 30, 2006

Regionals in Halifax

Yay! Regionals was awesome!

We had such a great time. We started by getting a free stamp set that we used throughout the day for Make & Takes. Then we swapped cards, it is amazing how fast you can swap 60 cards. I was a little worried at first that I was going to bring some home but by there was no fear of that.

Shelli was there, she was great. Mom and I had our picture taken with her at the end and had a couple of minutes to talk to her. She was so nice and she said she really likes Halifax and plans on coming back so hopefully that means there will be another Regionals here. There is a picture of us with Shelli on Mom's blog if you want to check it out.

So this is me with the mic on before the presentation. The pictures during the presentation were a little dark, if I can figure out how to lighten them I will post one. I think it went well. I had quite a few people tell me they liked it and that they didn't think I looked nervous. The blue Christmas card was definately a favorite and they liked the button. I do wish I would have been a little more relaxed but I guess for my first time on stage it went well. We are always our own worst critics right?

Like Mom said it really makes you want to go to Convention. We learned so many things and saw so many samples and ideas it was a little overwhelming but I took lots of pictures and can't wait to start recreating some of them. I just need to reoganize my space first :)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Quick post

I have a ton of stuff to do before tomorrow but I wanted to post just in case I don't have time before I leave.

I think I will use this card as one of my demos on Saturday. This is one of the favorites from my stamp camp (was it last month?). It is a fairly simple looking card but I think it is a wow. Brayer the pumpkin patch spectrum over the vellum then stamp the trees on the front. Let dry and then flip the vellum over and upside down and stamp the trees in line with the first trees.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Scrapper's Treat Aprons

This is the a picture of the Thursday night stampers at Scrapper's Treat with their matching aprons on. (Eleanor I didn't post the one I took before I got in the picture but if you want a copy let me know).
I expect to see the aprons Thursday night too :)

This is my swap card for Regionals. I am making 60 of these and I realized last week that I had put 240 brads into these cards. The cardstock is bashful blue, brillant blue, whisper white and vellum paper. Inks are Brilliant blue, blue frost spectrum pad and black craft. French script and lovely as a tree stamp sets, irridescent ice embossing powder and vintage or silver brads. I ran out of silver brads and had to use vintage brads on the rest.

I think I will also use this as one of my demo cards in my presentation because it is one of my original cards.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I'm back

from the Scrapper's Treat in Mactaquac. I had a great time and can't wait for the next one. Friday I go to Halifax for the night for Regionals and am really excited about that as well. Mom and I are going to go to Micheals and Carsand Mosher too so it will be lots of fun (and money spent I'm sure).

This is the Halloween card we made at Angie's party. The scene is done on glossy cardstock, the house, trees, fence and witch were done first with black craft ink and black embossed and then the moon (circle from simple shapes) was stamped with versamark over top of the witch. Then the pumpkin patch spectrum pad was brayered (sp?) on top.

The technique of stamping with versamark and then brayering over it is called "ghosting" which I thouht was appropriate for a Halloween party. The other colors of cardstock are black and pumpkin pie, the ribbon is tangerine and black gingham.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I am in shock!

I had a call about 40 minutes ago from one of the presenters from Stampin' Up! and she asked if I would present with her at regionals next weekend. She wants me to talk about things that I do that make my customers go "Wow".

I have been trying to work on my 50+ swap cards and can't seem to concentrate. All I can think about is what to say. I don't think she really wants me to demonstrate anything but to talk about what works for me.

Of course I had to call Mom as soon as I got off the phone. My heart was racing, I can't believe I am going to stand in front of 120 or more demonstrators and talk about what I do.

I am very excited but nervous too. If there is anything that you can think of that I have done or a technique that I have showed you that made you go "wow" can you let me know? I have been trying to think of the projects that we have done and also some of the things that I say that I could talk about.

I will post a picture of my swap cards when they are finished and I haven't forgotten about the halloween card I was going to post.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Friday the 13th

Friday night my Stamper's group had a halloween themed party. It lots of fun, about half of the stampers were dressed up and we had fun with 1 in particular trying to figure out who she was ( there is a picture at the bottom).

We did a halloween card and a Christmas card. I will try to get
pictures later to upload.

Saturday I did the OSW class at CompuPro and it went great. 8 ladies completed 5 cards, a tote, a tin and a bookmark in less than 2 hours! The only thing they didn't do was the coloring on 2 of the cards.

Only 4 more days till we go to
Mactaquac for a weekend of scrapbooking! I can't wait!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My only wedding pics

We got home Monday night after a week at my parents house for the wedding. I was thinking I would get a break and get to relax a little when we got back after all of the wedding preperations. I can't really say I did a whole lot for the wedding but it felt like we were running all week between helping Mom out where I could, visiting and taking care of 2 kids. Anyway, it really hasn't slowed down because I am still preparing for the classes I have Thursday, Friday and Saturday!

So, no card pics today. These are the only pictures I took the whole week! How bad is that? I really wanted to take some but didn't even get a chance to pull out my camera at the wedding or reception.

This is a picture of less than half of the wedding cakes we wrapped. Mom baked them (with Ian's help) and then her sister Jane, Mom and I wrapped them.

BTW Superman dropped in for a snack too! Amy had him outside and they came in a couple of times for a quick bite.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Just a quick post since I should be finishing my packing right now. I think I mainly just have to do my stamping stuff and that shouldn't be too hard. Although, packing light may be a little tough!

This is a card we did a few weeks ago. Colors are chocolate chip, certainly celery and cool carribean. Stamp sets are Think big and the Designer laber punch box.

I also had to upload a pic of our guests that have been visiting our yard quite a bit the last couple of days. Aren't they beautiful?

The last few days they have been right outside our window while we were eating supper.