Monday, January 28, 2008

I'm Back

After driving 10 hours in the snow, Anthony finally arrived at the Riverside Convention Center in California. Now driving in the snow may not be such a big deal to the lot of you, but to us Californians, it's a big deal. The snow closed the main highway from Northern California to Southern California, so we had to detour through the desert, where it promptly snowed. A lot.
We got to the hotel and turned on the Weather Channel and they were predicting tornadoes in Malibu.

Yup. That's tornadoes in MALIBU, CALIFORNIA! Crikey!

The next day we drove on over to the convention center and saw this.A big freakin' snow capped mountain. In Southern California. You know that song that says it "never rains in Southern California"? Well look at that SNOW!

Anyway, we set up and when we were done, Gayle came and set up for her demos. She was demoing the Avery labels on the chocolate nuggets for all the world to see. With The Cat's Pajamas DT doing such a great job with the samples and Gayle demoing, it was kismet!

Here is the left side of the booth. We were next to Heritage Makers. What a great idea. Online digital scrapbooking and card making all done professional like.
Here is the left side of the booth. The two towers on the left aren't TCP, though. It's Tessler. Ellen from Tessler is a doll! To our left was Sunday International. Dee Gruening was there, but since I always seem to take pictures of her, I didn't want to give the impression that I was stalking her.

We were right across from Carmen's Veranda. MaryJo McGraw was demoing.
We also met up with a brand new company, Daily Window. This company features bags and backpacks and lunch boxes and the like, with a window that you can slide pictures, cards, scrapbook pages. Whatever you'd like. I love that you can change the insert to feature what you want to show off. I had to get one. Now I can't decide if I want to do a scrapbook page with Mocha or Anthony first.

Now I actually was planning on taking a lot more pictures, but then I started getting this look from Gayle.

Okay Gayle. Stopping now. Next Convention? San Mateo, February 15-16

Sunday, January 20, 2008

And the winner is....

Number 30!

Here's the winning comment.
Blogger anni said...

Plain ol' hun or honey.. So looking forward to the releases tomorrow!

Anni, please email ( me your address and I'll have your Clearly Swanky Set in the Mail!

Thanks for playing everyone!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Candy Girl

Is it my turn, yet?

Tomorrow I will be giving away the fifth and final set of the new release. Eighteen stamps that you will just LUUURVV. The stamps can work with the Marcy Scalloped punches and the Nestablities. And, of course, by themselves.

You've seen this set used in the Project of the Month, and here in this delightful hinged tin box jammed packed with chocolately goodness.

And you can win this set! Just tell me in the comment section what you call your sweetie.

I call mine, Sweetie Poo. Sometimes I call him Sweetie Pot Pie. Sometimes even, Stinkie Pie. Don't ask.

See how easy that was? Now spill.

NOTE: I'll be pulling the winner randomly Saturday at 9:oo so Good Luck!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Blog Candy

Have you seen all the great cards and stuff at Leigh, Ana, Katie, Karrie and Toni's blog? And did you know that they all had blog candy?

Katie, Karrie and Toni's already gave theirs away, but you can still get in on the fun at and LeighAna's. Then, stop by on Friday and see what I have going on. I might just have one last set to give away.

And don't forget to stop on by The Cat's Pajamas on Saturday and see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Holey Moley!

It's almost time for the release!

Are you counting down the days till you see the new designs? We are! So we are giving away a set of Clearly Swanky Sets a day. Starting tomorrow! Yup! Tomorrow.

Want in?

Just head on over to these fabulous DT members for some (and some soon to be announced) deets!


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

It's a Rootin' Tootin' Roundup!

Yee Haw! Giddup on over to The Cat's Pajamas on Saturday, January 19th for some new mighty fine stamps. We know you'll just love 'em, pardner.

Saturday, January 05, 2008


When I told you about the candy that had sacrificed themselves in the name of art, namely the Project of the Month, I wasn't kidding. I found 4 different types of heart lollipops and countless types of candies that could work as "soil". Silver and white Jordan Almonds, white chocolate covered raisins, red hots, sweethearts, jelly beans. Even gummi worms. Instead I went for the Hugs and Kisses. They had at least 4 types in varying colors.

I even thought of using cupcakes instead of favor buckets, icing them with white frosting with green sprinkles. Even baking them directly in a flowerpot like Martha!

So here are a couple of renditions of the Project.

The single one sits on Anthony's desk, where I am always refilling the "soil".

This one was the one that I had stuck in my head for the longest time. It uses a small flower pot I got at the craft store. I painted it and used the Medium Heart Circle stamped with Brilliance Pearlescent Coral. The rim is not straight up and down, so I clipped the strip of paper so that it fit nicely.

I've gotten so many people asking when the new releases will happen. And the answer is: I'm not telling, yet!

Soon though. Soon.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


I hope you all had a great Holiday!

Mine was filled with excesses. Excess pie, excess sweet potatoes, excess roast beast equals excess me.

And I don't even want to talk about the Christmas candy that goes on sale after the Holidays. Since I know me very well, I know it is best if I just avoid the candy sales all together.

But (the operative word...) I braved the dangers of the candy sales to bring you this.
Cute, no? It's the January Project of the Month. And it features some cute little stamps that we'll be releasing this month.

"When?" You ask?

As soon as I know the release date, you'll know. But in the meantime, gather up your supplies. This Project is so easy you'll want to make one for every Valentine on your list. Lots of candy gave their lives for this project.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Welcome Susan!

Remember last month when I introduced our Special Guest of the Month, Susan Liles?

Remember how I gushed over her work and told you how much I loved her style?

I even showed you a picture of her. She didn't look like this, of course. (Well, maybe deep down inside)

And remember how I stalked her for awhile (okay, maybe I didn't tell you that part) and just was in awe of her work?

Well, I'm happy to announce that Susan is joining The Cat's Pack as our newest Design Team Member. I can't wait to see what she does next.

Swanky Stamper

Alice B — Swanky Stamper for January

The inspiration for this card was a plate of sparkling snowflake cookies. And it is only fitting that the card that was inspired by such crisp and delicious cookies is just as crisp and delicious. I love the touch of blue with the brown and the glittery white. This card not only makes visions of gingerbread (okay, and sugerplums) dance in my head but makes me hopeful for the first snow fall. And that's wishful thinking in California. Congratulations, Alice B!


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