What an incredible weekend I just had! I want to share some of it with you, Diary, because you always listen to what I say and never judge me for my crazy thoughts (it’s kinda’ your job, Diary, and I appreciate it!).
Saturday was the Shoebox Swap that Pam, Deb and I planned. We were so happy with the turnout, so I want to share a couple of pictures with you. I was thrilled with the number of Stampin’ Pretty Pals who showed up from Georgia and Alabama (Katy made an early morning drive from Alabama). There were others there (you’ll see them later), but this is the only group shot I have from the day.
Seated: Katie, Katy Middle Row: Anne, Pam, Sharon Back Row: me
The Shoebox Swap was held in a Subway (“eat fresh”) shop owned by Pam’s parents. The store has two restaurants, and this one is closed on weekends…so we took over. I tried to ring up a couple of sandwiches and some white chocolate macadamia nut cookies but I didn’t have time to complete the online training for cashiers and cookie makers (I did get through the sandwich preparation materials).
For the shoebox swap, each participant designed a card and brought enough materials to make 15 of each card. We all rotated around the room, making each of the cards until we were all done. I’ll admit to you, Diary, that I didn’t get to make two of the cards because I was too busy running my mouth and visiting with the other cardmakers while they were busy working on their creations. Without having to plan out the projects, each one was unique and wonderful. We really left with some awesome cards and new techniques. Here’s Katie, hard at work:
Pam’s Mom, Carol, brought the makings for a beautiful card using Mosaic Madness that included the coordinating embossing folder. She remembered to bring her materials, and she remembered to grab the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (Pam bought it for her when Stampin’ Up! was selling them for a trial period last Fall). What did Carol forget? The standard cutting plates. With a Subway (“eat fresh”) magazine and a stack of napkins, Pam MacGyver’ed that machine to emboss that cardstock to perfection.
Diary, I want to share a couple more pictures – some of the cards we made with the creators of each card.
Katie and her ABSOLUTELY STUNNING sunburst card. My blog readers will be seeing more of this card later this week. Katie recently joined my team, and this was the first time I have met her. It was such a pleasure to hang out with her and get to know her.
During the event we also had a gift exchange. Everyone brought a gift and we opened them in a random drawing. Katie won a set of my DSP Swatch Books and was so happy (can you see the joy in her eyes?) UNTIL Leishman chose to take them away instead of taking a gift from the table. Sorry, Katie! Them’s the breaks. You can always order a set for yourself here. 🙂
So, I didn’t really have a photo of Deb Cozzone, but I have to tell you about ANOTHER event we are hosting this Thursday, June 27. Deb hosts an annual Stamp Sale at her home in Roswell, Georgia and has invited Pam and me to join in. We’ll have food and a make-and-take, but the real reason for the event is to allow us to unload our retired stamp sets and supplies at bargain basement prices. Are you in the Atlanta area? Do you want to oooh and aaaah at tons of merchandise from several demonstrators? I’ll be there, and I hope you will join us. Thursday, June 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 at 1039 Charleston Trace, Roswell, GA. Please email me at [email protected] if you’d like to join us. My goal is to sell it all Thursday night. If anything is left, I’ll update blog’s “for sale” section sometime soon.