Friday, July 3, 2009

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Last weekend my BFF, Karen, and I made our yearly journey to the Stampfest rubber-stamp convention in Orlando. I may have lost track but I think this is at least our fifth year going. It's basically two days of intense craft related shopping. Hey, crafting and shopping are two of my most favorite things so what could be better right?
I didn't take my camera with me this year but here's a couple pictures of some of the goodies I bought:
Lots of Nestabilities by Spellbinders and a new Cuttlebug template

Some wood-mounted and clear stamps
Some super cute embellishments.
I also bought a few things for my Mother who is a stamper too.

One of the stamps I got is a Thomas Kinkade stamp. I was really intimidated by the amount of detail in the stamp. I usually like things with open lines that are easy to color and/or cut out so this is a major deviation for me. Here's how my first attempt at using it came out:
Not bad for my first try I think.
Charles made the trip to Orlando with me. He had no interest in Stampfest of coarse so he went exploring Orlando while Karen and I shopped. On Saturday evening he and I went to Old Town
where there were plenty of shops and things to see including a classic car parade.
It was a fun trip but as expected I came home broke and exhausted.
On an unrelated note, here's a shadow-box scene I made for my Dad for his birthday. I got the idea when I made a card with a similar scene for a swap recently. I hope he likes it. You can't really tell in the picture but there are quite a few layers going on in there.
Have a happy 4th of July every one!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Patriotic Project

One of my most recent addictions is participating in card swaps on the Splitcoaststampers site. After participating in a few swaps, I decided to try my hand at hosting one myself. I knew right away what my theme was going to be, Patriotic cards. Because of my involvement in the Soldiers Angels group, I am always in need of cards to send soldiers so the choice was obvious.

I had quite a few participants and was absolutely thrilled with the cards evey one sent in. Here's a couple pictures of the big haul:
If you're interested, each card can be seen individually HERE.
I just mailed the swapped cards back out today. I think the most stressful part of hosting is putting the cards vack in the mail and praying they make it back to thier intended destinations. It has been a fabulous experience though and I am sure I will host abother swap as soon as I pick my next theme.
As always, thanks for stopping by!