Saturday, July 31, 2010

Random pictures from Convention

Beth had the Prize Patrol winning band! 3 Conventions and no Prize Patrol for me. If you'd like to win something from the Prize Patrol, then come with me! So far those who come with me are VERY LUCKY!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Check in Day

We picked up our bags and stamp sets, hit Memento Mall (where we can buy SU! products not available anywhere else. I forgot to take a picture before I packed up my new craft tote and a few other way cool things!)

The office and distribution center in Riverton is so beautiful. We had a great tour of SLC then headed south to Riverton for a quick tour of the facility.

Then we headed back to SLC for a dinner with the women behind Class in a Flash, a fanastic resource for people who like unique classes and projects.

It was a full day, leading up to a fun night groovin' with the SU! staff at the Groovy Party.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Convention is over and I made it home!

I have a ton of pictures from my 5 days in Salt Lake City. The internet at the hotel wasn't cooperating AT ALL and I was too lazy to go downstairs to post anything.

OMG! I had the Best time at Convention. Awesome classes, demonstrations, meeting new people from around the country and Canada. So many great ideas that I can't wait to share with you.

I'm still recovering from the trip home, and haven't downloaded the last of the pictures from my camera. But let's see what I did get done....

Hmmm, here we go. We had delays getting out of Cincinnati due to some thunderstorms so we were really late getting into SLC. Grabbed some dinner, then crashed. But couldn't sleep on Weds. morning. Woke up early and watched the sun rise over the mountains.

We headed to the Salt Palace (which Beth thought was a palace made out of salt! Ha!Ha!) to pick up our bags and stamp sets.

So much went on, so I'll spread them out a bit!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Last one before I head out for Salt Lake City!

I had about 20 of the embossed ovals in my scrap bin from another project that I can't remember why I did them, but I used these up for some general swaps to have on hand in SLC. I used the color coach for the cards with the Going Gray backgrounds and I had those cardfronts in the scrapb in also. Add some rhinestone brads and 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and it was done. I did a few on Old Olive backgrounds (which I like more, but I'm not keeping the GG ones!)

I've been to the bank, the library and the post office. I am (mostly) packed. Swaps are finished. And my kids and my sister know the plan for the rest of the week. I will NOT be up till the wee hours in my stamp sauna tonight! It's a record!

I have about 35 more swaps in various stages that I'll take along and put together on the plane.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A few more Convention swaps!

Here's another technique swap. This one is brayered background.

I made these fabric flowers using the Blossom Party Die and various fabrics I found in the clearance bin. Bowling Green colors, baby! Can't go wrong.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Getting Ready for Convention!

Everyone gets the same bag. Now, it's cool to see thousands of people carrying the same bag, but sometimes it's hard not to pick up the wrong one. So I made these for my roommate gifts.

Friday, July 16, 2010

2010 Convention technique swaps

I signed up for a few organized swaps during Convention. I like this kind of swap because I know exactly how many swaps to make and that I'll get quality examples back.

I choose Faux Paper lantern, Wax Resist, Embossed Reinker Spread and Brayered Background Sky.

So far I have these finished:
Embossed Reinker Spread

Faux paper lantern

Wax paper resist:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I should have warned you-----

That once school is out, I go into a summer slow-down. Well, a slow-down in certain areas. Posting seems to be an area that has fallen into that tomorrow category. My SU! newsletters are also in that category--but that's another story.

At the beginning of the summer, we didn't have much on the calendar. That has quickly changed! With the kids a bit older, we seem to split our time between the pool, the movies and bowling. I have to say it's a better gig than going to an office everyday!

The last weekend in June we took the kids out to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to visit an old family friend who was retiring with 20 years service. I've been to many Army retirements over the years and Steve's Air Force group totally outdid themselves! It was amazing! Then we spent some time sight-seeing in St. Louis. We toured the Arch and the Anheiser-Busch Brewery before heading home.

Then it was the annual Gargac Backyard Camp-out over the 4th of July weekend. We headed up to Toledo and set up camp on Friday. Our hosts, BIL Matt and SIL Jill, sure know how to hold a party. Over the course of the weekend, 76 people visited and 44 camped out at least one night. It was so much fun! I had my camera, but didn't take a single picture during the weekend, but I took this one of the kids on the way home.

Reagan's birthday was next. She seems to get a week of birthday fun.

Yesterday we went to the Madison County Fair. It's a tradition. The kids and I have been every year--even when Mitch was in Iraq. Again, with the kids a bit older, it was so much fun! They rode every ride they could! Aunt Cici went and was the "adult" when the kids weren't quite tall enough to go on their own.

I'll post my stamping projects that I'm working on for Convention tomorrow.