I have been so fortunate to be able to go every year I have been a demonstrator, so this will be my 9th one. Amazing! Every year SU! does it better and better. I have been years where they had to have two sessions because 7,000 close personal friends would attend, and years where it was a smaller, more intimate group of 2,500 crazy, insane stamping demos! Each year is filled with memories that make me smile when I reminisce. I never feel alone, because once I am there, everyone will include you once they find out you are solo. Last year I was adopted by a group from Canada, and I had a blast!
Anyway, all that long introduction to tell you that I started working on my convention swaps. One of the main attractions to Convention is the swaps. Demos make a supply of cardfronts, using current SU! products and swap with each other. Hundreds and hundreds of cardfronts, scrapbook pages, 3x3 cards, and 3d items are traded during the course of the 4 day event. I have signed up for 3 different organized swaps, each requiring at least 125. One I'm especially excited about is a masculine swap, so that should be extra fun.
I spent some time in the classroom today, playing and designing, and have two of the three prototypes done. What do you think? This first one is for a WOW swap...meaning when you show it to people they will say "WOW!". Interesting, no? I used the Top Note Big Shot die, and heat embossed the coneflower from Inspired by Nature in black on a piece of First Edition Designer Paper. Run the embossed piece and a Real Red cardstock piece through the Big Shot and offset them a bit. Distressed and rolled and sponged the edges and viola! Shabby Chic! I don't think there is anything classier than red, black and white. I'm just sayin'...
This next card front is, of course, what I will be making for the masculine card front swap. I love Cherry Cobbler paired with Not Quite Navy. I threw in Daffodil Delight for the accent, and then stamped and heat embossed (in black again) the tools on our Brushed Silver cardstock, then cut all three tools out. I ran the Cherry Cobbler piece through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder for some texture.
So that gives me only one more to design, then I can make sure I have enough supplies for all three, and get to stampin' and assemblin'! Anyone want to come over and help?
Before I go, I wanted to update you all on Jefferson. If you recall, we gained a pet at the first of the year. A Ragdoll cat who thinks he is King. He has definitely taken over this household in short order, although he has been treading on thin ice lately because of his chewing my rubber stamps! Yes, THREE stamp sets he has ruined, because he sneaks them off the acrylic blocks and chews. He has been banned from the classroom.
Anyway, because his hair is so long and so thick, we have been unable to brush him properly and keep the matting at bay. It had gotten terrible, so we called the vet, who happens to have a groomer on staff, and made the appointment. She indicated she would have to shave pretty close to get rid of the matts, and we said go ahead, just don't make him look ridiculous. He must not have been too embarassed, since he didn't go into hiding when he got home.
Here is the before and after shot. Hopefully he feels better now, and when it grows back a bit, we can do the weekly brushing and keep him better groomed. A visit every six months to the groomer for a trim, and life is good! Don't you agree?