We are back with our Fancy Friday Blog Hop. This month we are doing something a little different...we created projects made with some of our favorite retired SU stamps sets, but everything else is current product. Honestly, I am not a big fan of blogging retired sets because inevitably someone will send me an email wanting to know how to purchase it. With that in mind, I chose a set ( Fun & Fast Notes) that I had two of...so if you absolutely must have this set, then I have at least one person covered....wink!
It is no secret that for many years SU didn't have a great way to color line art stamps. Most of the methods just didn't give professional results..then along came the new Blendabilities markers. This particular set was one of the stamp sets that was included as part of a starter kit for new demonstrators just a few years ago. Sadly, it retired before the new alcohol markers arrived on the scene...but they would have been perfect together.There is always someone I know who is having a baby, so I thought it would be a great to stuff some cash or a gift card in this adorable bag made with the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies (#137547). I kept it a simple monochromatic design and used Soft Sky dsp from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (130135). I colored the buggy with the new Soft Sky Blendabilities Marker set (#133626) and the wheels with the Smoky Slate Blendabilities Assortment (#131005).
This photo was from my very first Stampin' Up! convention in the summer of 2000. It's hard to believe that I will be celebrating my 15th anniversary with SU here in just a few weeks. Pictured with me are my wonderful friends, Kelly Hibbett (left) and Gail Cleek (right). Gail was Kelly's upline and Kelly was my upline. We started our stamping journey just a few months apart, but I am the only one who is still a demonstrator. I had more fun with these two amazing women and I love them both dearly.
A lot of things have changed over the years. We didn't have things like designer series paper, alcohol markers, or the Big Shot. (Gasp...how did we ever survive with our Big Shot and dies?) But even more important than the tools of the trade are the many friendships that have resulted from my stamping obsession. You see, it isn't about the stamping really...it is more about the relationships. It has been a great journey and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Speaking of friends...I love every one of these talented ladies on our blog hop. We spent an awesome year together on the 2013-14 Artisan Design Team and we still get together once a month for our Fancy Friday blog hop.
Now, be sure to head on over to see the "fancy" projects that Erica
and the rest of the Fancy Friday team have for you.