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Hello everyone, thanks for your kind words on my swaps and door prize that I had made for this weekends Michigan Mingle get together. I'm back and I had a very fun time on my trip, there were lots of laughs and it was great to meet so many friends.
The apple purses that you see here I had made before I left as gifts for the three women (Tracy, Lorien & Patty) who had coordinated the whole Michigan Mingle trip as a little thank you for all their hard work. The idea and directions for the Top Note Purse I found at Becky Roberts blog, I thought that her Top Note purse was so darling I couldn't wait to try and make one!
Yes these were the swaps I started out making for the Michigan Mingle this weekend and stopped after creating 40 of them when I thought I was going to loose my mind, lol. Usually swaps are cards that are fairly easy to assemble for mass quantity and but well designed, well after being so excited to get my new Sizzix matchbox die and making one matchbox I thought, why not how hard could it be to knock out about 50 of these boxes, lol.
I'm still alive! All this week I have been working on projects and preparing for the Michigan Mingle and tomorrow I leave for my fun weekend away, yeaaaaa! My swaps, door prize, name tag and other gifts I've made are all done and ready to go, my craft room looks like a bomb hit it but my stuff for this weekend is done! The card up top is one of the simpler swaps that I made for this weekend because after making 40 of the swaps I first finished (you'll see what I'm talking about if you check back this weekend) I decided to switch gears and make something clean and simple looking. I really do love this Trendy Tree stamp set, its one of my favorites from the SU catty right now. All this weekend while I'm away I've scheduled post for my blog starting tomorrow of all the fun projects I made for this weekend. I know I'll have a great time and I hope who ever receives my swaps and especially the door prize I worked hard on really likes what I've done.
This card is for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge which was hosted by Cambria this weekend, my card is a birthday card for a boy so I skipped the scallops and ribbon and used a new stamp set from the up coming Occasions Mini Choo Choo. This card was simple but fun to create, each of the train pieces were punched out using the largest SU square punch and then matted in Pacific Point card stock, the Birthday Celebrations is from the Upsy Daisy set, I added three black brads some piercing and using the matching train track wheel in Versa Mark along the bottom portion of the card.
I've been a slacker as a blogger this week and the only excuse is that I've been busy. My youngest son went from having the flu last weekend which lead right into a full blown head cold this week with a high fever and needed his mommy. I'm happy to report that he is now feeling much better and almost all of us are well (I think I should knock on some wood). This winter has really kicked our butts as far as being sick in our family even with all the cleaning & lysoling in the world.
It's been a busy week so far and its only Wednesday! Two of my kids have been sick since the weekend and are now finally starting to feel better, I've been prepping for my Stamp Camp which is tonight and in between still trying to work on swaps and projects for the March 27 Michigan Mingle.
Anyhoo the basket up top was created using two panels from the SU Basket & Blooms Sizzix die except instead of creating a round basket like the basket normally would be, I followed the directions from a SCS thread (thanks to my sister-in-law Jen for finding the directions) and created what you see. What you do is cut the front and back panels from the die then cut one 8 1/2"x 2 3/4" strip, score 1/4" on both long sides and 2 3/4" on each end of the short sides. I would recommend using Tacky Tape to put this together and start with taping the sides first.
Today's card is an Easter card I created using Jen's Sketch for You to Try Challenge, since I don't really own any Easter stamp sets other than the Easter Beauty set, I was looking through my stamps and thought a butterfly would be a good symbol for Easter. A few details about the card, the wings on the butterfly have Dazzling Diamonds on them, the two oval pieces were cut and embossed using my Nestabilities and then pop dotted and the Pink Pirouette panel was embossed with my Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder.
This card started out with me trying to use Beate's Weekend Sketch which was created by Jenn Balcer this weekend and looked like such a cool sketch but after I was done with this card it looks nothing like the sketch and for as long as this card took I'm not even that crazy about it. I think I was trying to force myself to use the sketch and this stamp set and it just didn't work, that and I haven't slept very good for the past three nights and right now I'm dead tired (not a good time to be stamping). No I would not like some cheese with my whine, lol.
I've been working on swaps for the Splitcoast Stampers Michigan Mingle that is on the 27 of this month and so far I'm doing good, I'm close to finishing 40 swaps within the last day in a half but wanted to take at least 50 or more but we'll see.
Are you sick of this bird yet or what? I'm having so much fun making cards using this little blue bird and these bright designer papers. I have a corny store to tell, every time I look at this little blue bird I think of my Grandma S., before she passed away she lived in a very nice retirement center where she had her own apartment with a bay window where she grew beautiful african violet plants. One year for her birthday I bought a hand blown glass blue bird to sit among her violets which had a poem that went along with it about how it was the blue bird of happiness and my Grandma just loved it, so that's what comes to mind when I see this blue bird.
This card also uses the Mojo Monday Sketch which I enjoyed using on the card in my previous post and the Summer Sun panel on this card was embossed using my Swiss Dot embossing folder.
Supplies: Cheep Talk, Really Retro, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Circle punches, Scallop circle punch, Ribbon, Brads, CB embossing folder, Pop dots. Colors: Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Whisper White.
Today I was so looking forward to taking my 2 year old son to this Tot Time class that I signed us up for so that he could play with other children his age (my other two kids are 14 and 11). The class was only an hour long and I didn't know how my son would be because he is very active. Lets just say he was the only child that wouldn't sit still not even for snack time, story time or songs and he was the only child to get stuck in the mesh bean bag game and start screaming because he thought it was a tent and couldn't get out, lol (yes I know, he's only 2). Were going to have soooo much fun in this class every week I can tell already!