Category Archives: Stamping

Secret Sister Cards

I’ve been playing around with the new Blogger, and so far, it’s okay! I’ve never ventured into making my own templates or anything like that, so for me, this works for now.

Last summer I participated in a secret sister demonstrator exchange at the stamping forum I visit frequently. These are a couple of the cards I made for my Australian sister.

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Cards for Oldest Nephew and Brother

I know — two posts in four days! I was uploading a few photos to my Flickr account, so I figured it was as good a time as any to post about a couple of recent birthday cards I made. Who needs sleep?

First, my oldest nephew turned 13 in July.

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Then just a couple of weeks later, his dad, aka my younger brother, turned 30. 30! Yikes.

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You know, I just realized that I didn’t ever make my dad a card…his birthday is right between these other two…I should really do something about that!

Convention Swaps

I finally took some pictures…last weekend? It was hard getting decent light. I uploaded them a few days later, but time flies.

So, the first cardfront isn’t so great. I thought it would be a good simple demonstration card, and I liked the color combo, but it wasn’t so popular during swapping.

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My other card was very popular. I really loved how during the first morning of swapping, someone came and tracked me down to get one because she saw one with someone else and just had to have one of her own. A fabulous compliment!

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I had started a third cardfront, but didn’t really have enough time to finish it and then found out that the Minneapolis regional seminar is in early September, so I’ll be using it for that. Plus I’m going to a dinner with folks from my stamping online forum, and we’re doing a Christmas/winter cardfront swap, so I have another one to get ready too!

Gettin’ Ready for Convention

Sure, there’s the packing and buying of snacks and stuff…and I really should find a pair of actually comfortable shoes that fit the “business casual” requirement…but most of getting ready for Stampin’ Up! convention is all about making cardfronts for swapping. My upline (the person who recruited me) recommended bringing at least 100; the consensus of folks over at my stamping forum was between 100 and 200. So naturally, I’m making 150 total, 50 each of three designs.

If somehow I manage to finish those by the 12th (the date my group is getting together to assemble our swaps), I may try my hand at something I’ve been hearing about, trading cards. Obviously I’ve heard of trading cards before, but I had no idea they were so popular in the stamping community. It sounds like they’re just like cardfronts, but smaller, 2.5″ x 3.5″ (cardfronts are generally 5.5″ x 4.25″).

I have some other things I need to post on my stamping forum this evening, so I’ll try to remember to post my swap prototypes here as well.

Oh, and Dawn, if you still read this at all, there’s a stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that totally reminded me of you. Just sayin’.

Recent Birthday Cards

Apparently I’ve had a bit of a one-track mind when making recent birthday cards. First up, one I made in May for my friend Jessica.

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Second, the one I made recently for Batgirl. I swear I’m not using any stamps from that same set for my upcoming convention swap cardfronts. But then, that set is retiring at the end of this month, so I can’t, really.

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One Productive Weekend

Well, I’ve got to have one every now and again, but this time I’m pretty sure it was because I made myself not turn on my computer once, not even to check on my fantasy baseball teams, which was incredibly challenging.

  • I read an entire book. Sure, it was a short book and technically I started it Wednesday night, but I had barely read any of it by the time Friday evening rolled around. I rarely read a book that fast just because I have so much else going on.
  • I’m now 75% done with my cross stitch model project, so I should have no problem meeting the deadline.
  • I caught up with 6 episodes of CSI, plus a number of other random shows I had on my TiVo.
  • It wasn’t one I have from Netflix right now, but I watched a movie I found when I was flipping channels Saturday night when I couldn’t get to sleep.

On the other hand, I didn’t:

  • Do any laundry
  • Watch any of my Netflix movies
  • Do any cardmaking/designing
  • Clearing out of my bathroom in preparation for contractors

But that’s all okay, because that modelstitching job is, besides my day job, the most important thing I have going on right now.

I’m Not Sure Anyone Still Reads This Anyway

Which is why I’ve had little motivation to post lately. I’m busy and stressed due to work stuff I can’t really post about, and otherwise, I don’t have too much going on.

I registered last week to attend the Stampin’ Up! convention in July, so I have that to look forward to, though it’s still not a vacation, something I need desperately. I’m sure it’ll be fun, but I won’t have much free time at all to sightsee or anything in Salt Lake City. If I had made the travel arrangements for myself, I probably would have worked it out to stay another day or two.

Today I ordered the iHome to use at work with my iPod, since the solutions I’ve come up with so far haven’t been terribly reliable. I’m very sad that Amazon.com says it won’t ship for a whole week yet. It’s going to be really hard to not go to Best Buy and just buy one, even if it costs a lot more. But I must be patient.

Perhaps today I shall try to start catching up with everyone else’s blogs. Though if I have downtime, I really, really need to work on my contract cross stitch job that’s due in less than a month.