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Up to my eyeballs . . .

Literally. LOL! I’m preparing for a demonstrator stamping event up in Canada this weekend. I’m very excited to meet up with Eleonor again–we met in person at Portland Regionals last Fall, and she has arranged all this. There will be over 50 participants present at this event and I’m so excited to meet fellow Canadian demonstrators.

I had so much fun when I did this in San Francisco last September, so I’m REALLY looking forward to doing this again. The enthusiasm of demonstrators is so very energizing! Always good times!!!!

Last night I did a workshop right here in town, and was just so pleased at how it went. I demonstrated brushless watercolor with watercolor crayons–Lisa has a mini tutorial on her blog and after studying it, as well as a similar one on the resources page at www.splitcoaststampers.com , I practiced until I achieved just the right results. I can see what Lisa meant about trying to gauge the correct amount of “mist” on the stamp–a nice FINE bead on the image, but not enough to cause it to “run”, is what to shoot for.

The more I use these crayons, the more I am lovin’ ‘em!!!

The stampin’ fun just never ends, I think! My Grams is always saying I’ll “grow out of this phase.” She’s never had a hobby, so she is absolutely mystified over my continued obsession with art stamping. She thinks my cousin Janice (who introduced me to stamping in the first place) and I are absolutely nuts.

She sent me a sweater a few months ago . . . I stamped back a thank-you to her, using a tiny sweater image and the expression “Knit happens . . . ” The card turned out so cute–I should have taken a photo . . . ack. My mother said she liked it and got a laugh out of it . . . Grams. She cracks me up!

Love Potion #9

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Images & Papers, by A Muse. Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks; Markers; Papier Clear Glass Finish on the bottle, pop dots.

I don’t normally go quite this far with all the patterns and shapes, but really liked how this turned out–rather bold, and fun. I wanted to use that tiny heart crystal (coming soon by A Muse) for the “cherry” on the martini and it was a perfect fit. I didn’t quite catch the sparkle of it with the angle of the camera and the lighting, but in real life it is a very cute touch.

Spring Mini Catalog arrives . . .

Today the Spring Mini Catalog arrived. . .

I think I’m going to fall over in my chair. I am so glad I didn’t splurge on more than one set each in the Holiday and Winter Mini Catalogs . . . this one is gonna totally bust the piggy bank wiiiiiiiiide open. Yikes!

I think they’ve done an excellent job with this one, balancing more artsy styles and more fun, hip but simple styles.

The beauty of being a demonstrator? The perk of ordering one month advance of release to the public. Uber cool.

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