We stopped at the new and expanded Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha and they actually had samples available - mmm! Usually we stop just before closing and the samples are gone, but it was rainy and windy at Family Kite Festival Sunday so we left early.
While I was unloading the car Monday, the screen door shut on my bare foot and caused massive bruising. I've been limping along and accomplishing little ever since. I did complete my demonstrator preorder for new Stampin' Up! merchandise yesterday evening - YAY - there will be new stamps, ink, paper, and punches in the house, hopefully next week!
I missed TWO card-making challenges in the past week - aargh - one at Jingle Belles and one at Shopping Our Stash. I made ONE card this evening that covers the current challenges at both sites, though - maybe I can be caught up before the end of this weekend. Here's my dual-challenge card:
At Shopping Our Stash we were challenged this week to use our oldest stamp; at Jingle Belles we were challenged to "Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew". Lauren & Stef are just so clever with their blog titles!
The first stamp set I remember purchasing is Sincere Salutations; it's still available and I still use it regularly, so it's not really the neglected or untouched set the SOS team were looking for. Of the stamp sets I own, there's a circa 1999 set called Star Santa that I tracked down on eBay because I fell in love with it, but I've only owned it about a year and I've used it for two or three Jingle Belles challenges already. Then I remembered that at that first Stampin' Up!® workshop, I purchased a Stampin' Around wheel called Candy Cane Christmas which I never used. Ever. And it's a Christmas stamp, so therefore it's automatically a Jingle Belles card, too! So I opened the Real Red cartridge that I've also never used, clicked it into the handle (I have used that) and made a background. Staying with "oldest" as a theme, I did use the Star Santa for a focal piece. I had already decided that I could continue to avoid putting card stock in my sewing machine by cross-stitching Baker's Twine through a Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch. Some day I really will put some card stock in my sewing machine, but it wasn't this evening.
When I went to file this card I discovered five other Jingle Belles Christmas cards that needed insides and envelopes, so I finished them up.
We'll be home most of this weekend, so there's some chance I may be caught up by Sunday. Or not. That reminds me, I'll need a graduation card. And a gift. And I need to send Stampin' Up!® newsletters. And there's still a Less is More challenge for this week...