September 7, 2009

SHOEBOX SWAP AND SOME FUN HALLOWEEN CARDS

Hi all!!! Oh, I am enjoying this long weekend!!! I did not want to do anything really but rest and stamp, and that is what I have been doing....feels sooooo good!!!! And, I wanted to share the fun time I had with my girlfriends last weekend at the shoebox swap in Sacramento - soooo worth the drive!!! We met some fabulous ladies, made some gorgeous cards, ate great food, and laughed all day - what a great way to spend a Saturday!! And, guess what??? My swap card took first place, WHOOOHOOOO!!! Yep, that's right - there were prizes for the top three and me and Kerry(my gf) took first and third with ours!!!! I got a really fun scrappy toy and Kerry got a whole package of designer paper so we were both thrilled!! This picture is us with our winning cards and our goodie bags - look at those smiles! Since we had never been to a shoebox swap before we did not know what to expect and I tell ya, these ladies outdid themselves - there was wonderful food, all the tables were nicely decorated and each place had a small goodie bag for each of us - how nice, right? The swaps were wonderful and we just had fun!! Check out these two beautiful ladies - they made this event really fabulous!! The gorgeous lady on the left is Betty and the one on the right is Candice - they are not only both very talented, but amazingly sweet and fun to be around!! We are already looking forward to the next swap in October....oh yeah, we will sooooo be there!! TONS of fun - I really needed it!! And, what better way to spend a day than with two of my favorite ladies? Kerry and Wendy are wonderful friends that I met through my SU! business and I feel soooo blessed to have them in my lives - they are truly wonderful friends!! Here are the three of us together.....we really did have a great girls day and I can't wait to do it again!! And, since I was in the mood for Halloween, I decided to share a couple more of my cards that I made with my fun new spooky sets!!! It's funny, I don't really like Halloween itself, but I love to make Halloween cards, lol!! For both of these cards I used the set Beware Pirates which I can honestly say is one of my favorites because I think it can be used for lots of different things, not just Halloween. I have all kinds of plans for this set, heehee!! I also used the Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper Pack for both cards, I just love all the great colors and patterns in this set! I kept the layout pretty simple since the image and sentiment are pretty large by themselves, but I did add some silver brads to give the card a little pop. And, I could not resist - I added some paper piercing because I think it really adds a lot to a card! The second card uses the same stamp set and paper pack, but just different elements of each and the cards look completely different!! So much you can do with one stamp set and a pack of designer paper!! I actually used one of my sizzix texture plates on the card stock that runs down the left side of the card, and I also tore the edges to add to the look. After I ran it through my Big Shot, I sponged the whole piece of card stock with Elegant Eggplant classic ink to give it a shabby look which really looks fabulous IRL. And, I could not help myself, I added the Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon....although my dh told me that Halloween cards should not have ribbon(well, I like it!!!) Again, I added some black brads for some dimension and also used my Modern Label Punch for the sentiment since it fits soooo perfectly!! It is popped up on dimensionals and I went with the silver brads for some contrast. I had fun making these two halloween cards....and I have some more to share tomorrow!!! Thanks for stopping by and seeing me - I love all your comments, and really appreciate you taking the time to leave them!! Now, I am off to blog hop - oh, how I love to drink my coffee and check out your fabulous creations!!!






24 comments:

mochamama said...

awesome pics Alex! Looks like a fun time. Hope work is going well and you are not getting too burnt out

Vicki said...

I'm soooooo glad you had a great time at the shoebox swap. You needed it and course you got first place with your card, lol. Enjoy your prize! I cannot believe you did not tell me that SU has that freakin awesome pirate stamp set. I have got to have that, well as soon as I have some money, lol. I need to order a few things, will let you know when I can. Love your cards, awesome as always. Tell Tony to hush or you'll start decorating him with ribbon, lol.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh that looks like a ton of fun. Glad you had such a great time (and won too!!!)

kathleenh said...

Congrats on winning first prize with your card swap! It looks like you had a great time! Stamping with the ladies is always so much fun.

Heather P. said...

Such super cute pics!! Glad you had a great time, and your cards are fantstic! :)

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh fun, great pics and great cards.

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Sounds like you had fun! Cute cards!

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

hi Alex :) oh its lovely to be back blogging again I have had an awful year :( thanks for your continued support I appreciate all the lovely messages you left for me :) I had a little browse at what you have been making and as always fabulous!!! work, thanks for being my blogging pal hugzz xx

a portland granny said...

Sounds like you gals had a lot of fun...and good for you for taking first place with that adorable card. I am in awe of you and your energy! You do so much, you put me to shame!!

Have a good week! Keep those wonderful ideas and great cards coming!

Jo said...

Oh wow Alex, looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time and love your cards too x

Betty Townsend said...

Hey, Alex! Thanks so much for the nice words. You are such fun to be around. Enjoyed so much meeting you, Kerry and Wendy. Looking forward to more fun times with the three of you. I made all the goodie bags and what was in them. I forgot to mention that. Glad you enjoyed all that. Of course, I raised the bar for Candice now. :)) You girls are all mentioned on my blog. I had to put my pictures on FB since for some unknown reason, Blogger is not being cooperative with me in getting my pictures uploaded to my blog. Very frustrating!!

SASS said...

Thank Alex for the wonderful words. Yes Betty has raised the bar, so now I have some friendly competition :) You ladies were wonderful and awesome to be around, and can't wait to see you all in October. Wooohooo!!

Nikki Bond said...

You look like you had sooo much fun and LOVE your cards! {SMILES}

Angie Tieman said...

Looks like a super fun day!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Hey Alex!! Looks like you had a GREAT time, and your cards are beautiful!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Looks like fun!! Love the cards!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Looks like sooooooooooooooo much fun Alex!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time stampin' and relaxin'!!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!!! And oh that Pirate card is awesome!!!! HUGS!!!!

Marilyn said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Alex - love that smile on your face and congrats on your card being the winning card!!!

Diane said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your weekend! Looks like you had a wonderful time with wonderful friends. You sure made gorgeous cards!!!

Dani said...

These cards are so cute! Looks like you had a great time!

Rose Ann said...

So much fun, Alex!! Great pics and I love your cards too!! Congrats on your win too!!

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