Yeh, I've been MIA for awhile now. I've missed chatting with you all!
Life happened - family calendars had to be finished and mailed, taxes had to be pulled together, weeds had to be pulled!
First the family calendars. I mentioned I would be adding embellishments to the pages - and I did.
Here's a before and after for just one of the pages. The rest were embellished appropriately:
As you can see, I added the Stampin' Up! logo and Tess in her apron with a stamp and a card in her hand. I also journaled the events that are on the page, so that in the future, when I'm (more) senile, I'll have something to remind me about all these awesome SU demonstrators with whom I've shared events.
Re: the taxes. Well, all I can say, is it has to be done, and thank goodness I have an appointment every year that FORCES me to pull everything together. Without it, I'd NEVER get organized!
Seriously - every year, I SWEAR I'm not going to let it get so out of hand so I don't have to pull my hair out for three days ahead of my appointment, racing around, printing off monthly reports, going through receipts, trying to remember all the things that are deductible!
And every year, right after I get my taxes prepared, I begin that slide down hill... Maybe NOT this year, eh?
Held my team meeting this past Monday evening.
Here are the swap cards they brought:
Love the combination of the dotted background paper and the dotted ribbon.
Natalie's cards are always simple - but very effective!
I envy her the ability to keep it so simple. Somehow I seem to want to add "just one more thing" - and find I've gone too far.
My card. CASEd directly from Shelli's blog! This was one of the Make & Takes she and Sara had done at a "Workshop Of A Lifetime" winner's party.
She had paper pieced the boxes, but I was running out of time, so I just used the "In" color markers and colored the boxes, then made a reverse mask for the middle box and stamped an image on to the box thru it. I know you can't see it, but those boxes are COVERED in glitter! I am NOT a glitter queen, and had I realized the card included glitter, I probably wouldn't have even considered CASEing it!
But it came out pretty well, and I'm glad I made it - another SIMPLE, yet effective, idea.
Del's contribution this month were stencils she'd cut out of those plastic boxes you get produce in at the grocery store. She used the Big Shot die and gave us both the positive and negative images for it. What a great "green" idea! They don't show up well in photos, though, so you'll have to use your imagination...
How about a cat photo for the day?
Hope you've been stampin' lately! Come back and visit again...