Sunday, May 20, 2007

I've Got Bellas!!!!

My Bellas FINALLY came... I didn't realize that they took that long (18 days) to get to me. And then, I didn't realize that they came unmounted... talk about Bella shock! So I went to Michael's, then to the local scrapbook store (Remember When), and there was not a reasonably-priced acrylic block to be had. The ones at Michael's were the Martha Stuart ones that were WAY too big and WAY too overpriced. So, my wonderful sweetie suggested going to a plastics store. I got TWO 3x5 acrylic blocks for $1.80 (with tax). It took 10 minutes to order (can get any size) and have it cut. They're not as polished on the ends as what you would get at a scrapbook store, but they work just fine and you can't beat the price! Anyway, back to the stampin'... I decided to ink my Javabellas first (of course!). I inked in Chocolate Chip, stamped on Confetti Cream paper, and then colored it with watercolor pencils. I used the Loves Me paper for the bottom of the Cool Caribbean card (really going to miss this color!) and stamped the coffee beans from the Like It A Latte set (really hope this makes the new catty!!!). I stamped the sentiment (not really sure where I picked this one up) in Chocolate Chip on Pretty in Pink and punched it with the Key Tag punch. Then, of course, I had to add the Prima flowers... aren't they so cute?! The Javabellas are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals, and the brad is punched through the Javabellas panel.
I photographed this using my NEW tripod... it's a travel tripod that I got at Best Buy, of course. I couldn't take clear photos of cards with my *good* camera. I thought it was because I was moving it... enter the tripod, and sure enough, I was right... I'm a sucky camera-holder. Anyway, SOOOO excited about the tripod!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Wheels Are Back!!!

For those of you who missed out on the wheels before they were sold out, there is GREAT news for you today... Stampin' Up! just announced that they have worked with their wheel vendor and will be able to have those wheels available until June. I STILL would recommend getting them ASAP... let me know, and I'll place the order ASAP. Have a great weekend, and happy wheelin'!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Convention Session 1 ATC Swap *ALL FULL*

Hi. My name is Michelle, and I'm an Artist Trading Card addict! I know for a fact I'm soooo not alone. Let's SWAP at Convention! YOU MUST BE ATTENDING CONVENTION SESSION 1 TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SWAP.
(*Thanks Liz Shultz & stampinjewelsd for the info verbage!*) Not sure what an ATC is?? Check out my album.

Even though this is my FIRST CONVENTION (so excited!), I have decided to host a swap for Session 1 attendees. I will start with 2 groups of 20 cards each. You may join more than one group but you must make a different ATC for each group. If there is demand, I will add up to 2 more groups.

SWAP TIME: We will meet WEDNESDAY JULY 25th at 7:00PM in the Gathering Place (Pajama Stamp-a-rama). We will meet somewhere TBD by a sign on the door for the jammie fest.

SWAP PLACE: Gathering Place during the Pajama Stamp-a-rama... This swap will NOT interfere with Julie's (InkyFingrz) Stamp Camp Flyer Swap. Why not? Because I'm in that swap too.

SWAP REQUIREMENTS/RULES: (with thanks to Liz Shultz & stampinjewelsd/Julie - I kept the rules consistant with ONE exception)

This swap is for Artist Trading Cards only. All Stamps, Inks, Cardstock, Designer Paper, and Embellishments MUST be SU! This means all brads, buttons, ribbons and eyelets must be available from SU! Please only use current SU! product including embellishments. The ONLY exception to this is - my complete and total dependency on Prima flowers... I will allow ONE flower on the trading card (unless the concensus is absolutely NOT).

Please do not use Cricut or Cuttlebug dies or embossing folders. Again, these are fantastic crafting items but we do not sell them and we should be promoting our own product.

Please do your best work. Cardstock should have straight, crisp cuts (unless of course you are tearing it or going for the distressed look, lol). Images should be clear and neatly stamped. Please use enough adhesive to keep your item together.

Please include your real name, SCS name (if applicable), and email address on the back of each item, and the recipe if possible.

Please take the time to do your best work. We will all be rewarded if we each take the time to stamp and create projects that we are proud of.

SIGN UP LIST: To sign up, please email me with SCS name (if you have one) and your real name. Please tell me which group(s) you wish to be in.

I am not allowing people to sign up their friends for this swap. I think it is important that everyone reads this thread to understand all of the details of what this swap is all about before they sign up. I hope you all understand.

GROUP 1 **FULL**

GROUP 2 **FULL**

Group 3: **FULL**

Group 4 **FULL**:

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I've Been Tagged

So, I thought I would miss this round of tags, but Melanie (http://mynee.typepad.com/) caught me... She says I need to tell 7 things about myself and tag 7 more folks... Ok, here goes...
1. I am a Captain in the US Army Reserves. In this capacity, I spent 2 years in the Middle East (2003 - 2005). Prior to that, I was active duty stationed in Germany. Turns out - Melanie and I were there at the same time... I got there in 1999. I, too, have forgotten more German than most people have ever known
2. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the fall, I will be moving to the Chicago area. I'm so not looking forward to the snow again (parents still live in the midwest), but I am excited for "real" seasons.
3. When we move, there will be a new addition to the family - a German Shepherd Dog puppy!! I grew up with Shepherds my whole life, and the 1200 square foot condo here can in no way support one!
4. I am an only child, and yes, I deserve it all!!!! When I moved out, my parents "replaced" me with a new Shephard puppy. My "sister" is named Leeza, but I call her the SDD (Spoiled Da#n Dog). She had puppies this past year, and BOY were they CUTE!!! Can't wait for my own!!!
5. I am a photo nut! I can take 400-500 photos in a weekend (have LOTS of batteries and a VERY large memory card). Yes, I do scrapbook these... eventually... I just finished the Thanksgiving album... the post for it is here somewhere...
6. I am a rediculously organized person. My downfall - I cannot put something away if I can't put it in its "spot". I'm a HUGE Dymo Label Maker fan. ALL of my stamps are labeled and each set is numbered. I number each block in the box, so when I'm frantically stamping with 30 different sets, I can put them all back in their correct boxes.
7. I am a Swedish Fish and Dots addict... you know those Gummi candies... I can eat bags/boxes of these at one sitting. Not that I should, but what are you going to do - they're just SOOOO good! On the food topic, I'm also DEATHLY allergic to eggs... I can't even hold an egg in my hand without it swelling up. This is new since 2001 for me, and it was a HUGE life-altering thing... still mess up from time to time, and yes, I found out the "hard way" that I was allergic... quick trip to the emergency room.

Ok, now to tag some other folks... I went to the Split Coast Bloggers to pick my blogs... completely random (except # 1)...
1. Kate/Krystal's Express Yourself, OF COURSE... http://kkholland.blogspot.com/
2. Melanie's Madness... http://batgirlmelanie.blogspot.com/ - Check out her folded gift card holder... too cute and SO easy!
3. Bella Carta... http://bellacarta.typepad.com - Check out her contest for the most birthday cards ever... pretty funny!
4. Kirsten's Confessions of a Naptime Stamper... http://www.kirstendubosque.blogspot.com/ - I love her kid-friendly samples!
5. Jana's Creative Pursuits in Stamping... http://stampwithjana.blogspot.com/2007/05/got-java.html - She's got javabellas (still waiting for mine)!!
6. Lisa's Stamp CSI... http://stampcsi.blogspot.com/ - Being the HUGE CSI groupie, I HAD to tag Lisa's blog!
7. Michelle's A Stamping We Will Go... http://blog.michellescrapbooking.com/ - She's got a pretty funny post about movies.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Convention Hype

I've always been one to succumb to the hype... I go to Chili's to get the Triple Fajitas because they look oh-so-tasty on TV, but when I get there, they suck. But the hype was there, and I'm such a sucker for it!!! The convention is TOTALLY no different!!! I'm hosting an ATC swap (go figure!) for Session 1 (thread here on SCS - need to be logged on a demo to read it), and I just couldn't take it any more... I HAD to post my first set of swaps. I got the stamp set from a killer trade with princessalicia on SCS. She hooked me up! Totally loving this set, and someday I'll remember the name of it... it was given away at regionals. In any event, I stamped the paisley doodle (as I call it) in Certainly Celery on Whisper White CS. I tore a piece of my Certainly Celery Palette O' Prints paper and adhered that to the left side. I stamped the flowered doodle frame with Basic Black on Whisper White and punched it with a circle punch (don't ask me the size... no idea, thinking 1"), stuck a Deux Prima flower in the middle, and mounted that on a square-punched piece of Ruby Red Palette O' Prints. I didn't like it, so I rounded the corners, and that worked. I took a piece of celery grosgrain and flipped that underneath the square (can it be called a square if the corners are rounded??), and then I punched through 2 black eyelets in the upper left corner... CAN'T WAIT FOR CONVENTION... Sign-up is in just a few hours... CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!! See you there!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Baby Gift

A friend of mine is having a baby (yes, ANOTHER one!). She lives in Indiana and has been trying for some time to have a baby. I'm SOOOO excited for her!!! Anyway, I was playing with the Palette O' Prints paper pack (see this post for more info on that), and HAD to make a box. This is a small box with a Toys 'R' Us gift card inside... that company was totally channeling me... the gift card has baby feet on it, and the feet are wrapped in a light green (aka certainly celery) blanket... TOO PERFECT!!!! The box is approximately 1.5" deep, so I ran some card stock scraps through the shredder and made confetti that matched, and then laid the gift card on top of that. The box is made from 3/4 of a sheet of 12x12 Chocolate Chip CS; the top printed paper is from the Palette O' Prints pack; the foot is from the I'm Here stamp set stamped in Certainly Celery on Whisper White CS; the sentiment (adorable) is stamped in Chocolate Chip. The sides of the foot paper are punched with the Cutter Bee piercer bugs (seen here)... these are TOO CUTE! The foot block is adhered with pop dots... there's my box!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

I'm On Craft Critique!!!

I guess I'm doing something right... I am on the Craft Critique today!! You can check it out here. I am SOOOOO excited!!!!!!!
Check out the wheels post... some are ALREADY gone for good... don't miss your favorite one!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Retiring List - Stamp Sets A - H

The retired list is out, and all I can say is - WOW!!! This time, Stampin' Up! is retiring a TON of great sets... get them during the month of May from me for 10% off. Check the next 3 posts to see if your set qualifies for this discount. If you want to see the particular set, you can visit the Stampin' Up! online catty. {Links are HERE!!!!} Check out the wheels ASAP... they're going already!! Remember - ALL of the hostess sets will also be GONE come July 1st!
Happy shopping!

PageNameItem #Price
56A Greeting For All Reasons100999$28.95
88A Happy Hi106314$19.95
84A Little Love103739$16.95
96A New Little Someone103635$19.95
94All God's Children100283$19.95
116All I Have Seen105463$14.95
99All Mixed Up107145$29.95
91All Natural104473$17.95
90All the Best103895$19.95
103All Wrapped Up104036$19.95
103All Wrapped Up Accessories104038$9.95
178All-Year Cheer I102189$29.95
178All-Year Cheer II102176$29.95
174All-Year Cheer III101236$29.95
174Alphabet Stew107337$24.95
196Alphadots104042$26.95
196Alphadots Numbers103849$16.95
33Always On My Mind105487$28.95
88And Everything Nice105345$28.95
160Around & About104474$11.95
155Artifacts105419$22.95
131Autumn Leaf Prints105481$19.95
97Baby Firsts102341$19.95
74Baby Talk105065$22.95
152Balmy Breezes104962$19.95
141Beautiful Beach107317$26.95
139Because of You107181$16.95
82Best of Cluck105254$22.95
166Beyond the Basics102475$11.95
109Birthday Beauty107035$14.95
61Birthday Best105455$12.95
138Bold Butterfly103804$28.95
180Brighter Tomorrow104229$19.95
194Brushstroke Alphabet104438$38.95
194Brushstroke Numbers104439$16.95
78Bubble Queen105513$21.95
97Buggies & Booties105509$22.95
53Bundle Up104816$19.95
123Burst Into Bloom105457$11.95
101By Air107039$22.95
160By Design100349$14.95
60Celebrate in Style105057$19.95
175Cheery Chat102856$28.95
170Cheesecloth105353$16.95
38Christmas Carolers103843$17.95
194Classic Alphabet104433$38.95
194Classic Numbers104434$16.95
156Classic Pickups105190$22.95
196Collage Alphabet104881$26.95
196Collage Numbers104883$16.95
80Computer Quips105256$19.95
78Cool Cat104970$14.95
36Crazy for Christmas100126$19.95
168Crosshatch105258$16.95
46Cruisin' Christmas104603$18.95
140Cute As a Bug103363$14.95
191Day-to-Day Flexible Phrases105188$21.95
79Do the Hula105473$26.95
154Down to Business107141$19.95
132Drawing on Nature104812$14.95
27Dream Come True10179$22.95
165Eclectic Backgrounds107015$14.95
180Elegant Greetings101163$26.95
104En Pointe105408$17.95
170Ephemera105493$16.95
190Expressive Flexible Phrases105184$39.95
83Espressoly For You107037$19.95
72Fairy-tale Wedding107029$14.95
130Fall Whimsy100130$14.95
70Favorite Teddy Bear103361$29.95
60Feathered Friends102680$26.95
24Festive Four105451$11.95
161Fine Frames103810$14.95
151Finest Flourishes107395$17.95
163Finials & Frames107349$19.95
65First in Fashion107125$16.95
140Fishy Friends100132$19.95
119Flower Fest107043$34.95
130Flower Filled105180$24.95
168Fontastic107204$16.95
170French Script102086$16.95
166Fresh Fillers104476$11.95
121Fresh Flowers102751$24.95
183Friend to Friend103965$24.95
112Friends Are Like Flowers105178$22.95
90Frolicking Frogs105175$22.95
64Fun Filled105461$16.95
58Fun With Shapes104040$24.95
37Gifts of Joy105987$17.95
102Girlfriends101573$21.95
102Girlfriends Accessories103226$16.95
105Glam Girl106780$26.95
81Going Out In Style104820$19.95
158Good Things Grow106706$19.95
131Gorgeous Grapevine105491$28.95
31Halloween Backgrounds104028$11.95
179Handbill Headlines107017$14.95
173Handle With Care107167$19.95
40Happiest of Holidays104417$14.95
73Happily Ever After104305$16.95
28Happy Hearts100319$14.95
71Happy Occasions105467$14.95
41Happy Winter100789$11.95
63Hip Hip Hooray107183$22.95
38Holiday Print100313$16.95
42Holiday Spirit103532$19.95
47Holiday Wishes100426$22.95
34Holiday Woodcuts100006$19.95

Retired List - Stamp Sets I - P


PageNameItem #Price
100I Love Soccer107389$19.95
122In Full Bloom103829$24.95
137In the Wild100321$19.95
58It All Adds Up105054$19.95
105It's a Cheer Thing105497$19.95
150It's About Time106287$21.95
161Itty Bitty Borders100554$12.95
151Kanji102081$11.95
152Knobbly Gnomes105061$22.95
148Ladybuds107956$14.95
156Land That I Love105264$22.95
164Letter Prints107003$17.95
162Lexicon of Love105464$14.95
72Life's Special Moments105266$22.95
67Little Hellos104478$19.95
48Little Holiday Wishes104462$16.95
54Little Somethings101635$16.95
148Lively Leaves107175$14.95
104Lively Little Ones105427$29.95
86Living Large107190$22.95
120Love Without End100152$24.95
80Love Ya Bunches105462$17.95
26Loving Hearts103728$19.95
43Madonna and Child105343$18.95
49Merry105152$22.95
48Merry Minis105433$29.95
62Mini Mates104465$29.95
93Mix & Mingle107208$14.95
113Mixed Bouquet105755$28.95
193Mod Alphabet107327$38.95
26Mon Ami104877$14.95
153Mostly Flowers104480$11.95
57Much Love107155$16.95
133Natural Beauty104765$19.95
66Nice & Easy Notes103039$26.95
64Nice & Narrow100160$21.95
153No Place Like Gnome107165$29.95
196Notebook Alphabet107019$26.95
196Notebook Numbers107021$16.95
45O Tannenbaum106751$17.95
77Olive You106281$14.95
132On Gossamer Wings105501$28.95
83On the Move107206$19.95
155Open for Trade107329$31.95
186Para Ti105469$29.95
73Parlez-Vous Francais?107602$17.95
44Peace & Love104377$24.95
42Peace Be Unto You105335$17.95
118Petal Prints104284$26.95
120Petal Pushers104836$24.95
166Petite Patterns101717$11.95
136Pines100863$24.95
188Play on Words107353$17.95
106Pocket Fun100162$19.95
100Power Up105479$17.95
69Pretty Princess103767$22.95

Retired List - Stamp Sets Q - Z


PageNameItem #Price
190Quick Thinking105160$12.95
181Quirky Quips107361$19.95
82Right At Home103765$19.95
122Roses In Winter100386$28.95
144Ruff Day105351$17.95
187Sampler Sayings107023$19.95
34Santa Post104111$14.95
128Seaside Sketches103555$28.95
127Sew Seasonal107194$28.95
194Short Order Accent107367$16.95
184Simple Sayings II100174$19.95
160Simple Shapes103606$22.95
56Simple Sketches102771$29.95
66Simple Wishes101167$11.95
59Simply Circles103939$17.95
25Sketch It103311$34.95
45Sleigh Full of Toys104375$19.95
51Snowflakes101589$21.95
128Some Like It Hot105431$24.95
135Song Birds106642$18.95
146Sparkling Summer104163$24.95
107Sporting Goods104120$28.95
124Spring Garden101857$24.95
81Stampin' Fun For Everyone107333$19.95
167Stars & Swirls100851$11.95
93Stay Tuned107153$19.95
123Still Life Stems107393$24.95
132Stippled Stencils105460$11.95
147Super Squirrel107347$19.95
197Supersize Symbols107171$14.95
49Sweet Holidays104032$16.95
91Sweet Pea106774$26.95
27Sweet Talk103967$9.95
74Swell News105475$16.95
94Symbols of Salvation105471$17.95
24Tag Time105453$26.95
62Tags & More101380$19.95
68Tassel Time101581$24.95
99Teacher's Aid105059$19.95
144The Cat's Meow105042$22.95
86Time With You106630$22.95
190Tiny Talk103877$16.95
46'Tis the Season104419$19.95
103Totally Cool104073$19.95
154Trading Collection107391$31.95
106Treat Yourself105321$29.95
30Trick or Treat100028$11.95
110Tu-Tu Terrific107163$22.95
92Under the Weather105507$14.95
124Watercolor Garden101352$26.95
118Watercolor Minis104468$17.95
32Web Wishes104614$21.95
31What a Hoot107177$19.95
92What's for Dinner103909$26.95
195Whimsical Alphabet Lower104996$26.95
195Whimsical Alphabet Upper104994$26.95
195Whimsical Numbers104992$16.95
169Wild Hearts107196$16.95
126Window on the World103941$19.95
139Winged Things104373$21.95
84Wisecracks105278$26.95
76Wishing You the Best106747$11.95
162Wonderful Weaves105359$14.95
184Wonderful Words II104964$19.95
85Words by Wilson104907$22.95
179Words of Wisdom103957$19.95
150World Tour107357$19.95
25Year-Round Fun II103913$28.95
35Yule Bits & Borders103871$24.95

Retired List - Wheels

The following wheels will be gone for good come July 1... they're already going fast... black is fully available; blue is going quickly; red is gone for good. Get 'em quick!!!! Last updated: 5/6/07

PageNameItem #
71Adoring Hearts Jumbo105523
71Baby Rattle Jumbo105522
97Baby Time101420
121Blossoms & Bugs103112
100Builder Bits105518
48Candy Cane Christmas103296
137Dry Brush Jumbo107501
238Eau De Cologne104897
239Everyday Blossoms Jumbo106319
142Farmyard Jumbo104066
138Flitting By Jumbo104156
47Gifts Galore103195
34Gingerbread Man101829
136Great Outdoors101525
98Hand Prints104103
54Heart Angels103150
88Hollyhock Jumbo105520
93Jazz104158
117Leaf Fest Jumbo107463
71Leaves & Swirls Jumbo105524
239Lots of Hearts Jumbo106320
26Love Swirls102254
39Many Mittens100417
81Millinery Jumbo104895
42Only Ornaments103543
64Party102671
70Paw Tracks101090
130Pindot102604
41Pine Bough101088
40Poinsettia Jumbo104424
65Polka Dot Blocks104099
144Pounce105361
127Sew Sweet Jumbo107478
163Size It Up105448
31Spooky Spiders100351
159Square Pegs Jumbo104160
39Star101638
51Star Studded104061
98Sweet Feet100593
126Swirl Fun100623
40Swirling Stars Jumbo104425
53Twinkle104893
96Wash Day Jumbo103749
92Whirly-Twirly104098
40Woodcut Holly Jumbo104423

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