Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Mail for me and one of you too (Giveaway Winner)

This is kind of a busy week for me. I'm trying to get ready to leave for vacation, get some posts scheduled for while I'm out, as well as finish up some submissions for the current Paper Crafts call, so I thought I'd share a non-artwork post with you today.

I get happy mail a lot, but a couple extra special packages came last week.

First, I got a big old box from CTMH. A lot of it was supplies, but I also got these:

If you hadn't heard, it's Stampaganza this month: Buy 2 get 1 free. I'm kind of an alphabet stamp addict, but the large alphas are some of the priciest items in the CTMH catalog ($29.95), so I don't splurge on them as much as I would like....which was hard this year since there were a bunch of new ones that came out with the new catalog. Anyway, the Stampaganza sale was my excuse to load up on some new alpha sets. I got the (L to R) Keepsake, Varsity, and Trinity alphabets.

Next (and even a little more exciting), these goodies arrived:

You might be wondering what this is all about. Well, for my birthday this year, Andrew signed me up for this class:

I've been a fan of Julie's work for a while, and I LOVE the idea of being able to design, carve, and create my own stamps, so I am so psyched to start. I think I'm actually going to take the tools and some of the carving materials with me on vacation (don't worry I'm going to put it into the checked luggage) for some of the down time when we're on trains/in transit.

FINALLY, I want to announce the winner of my Birthday/Blogaversary Giveaway (I used Random.org to pick the number, but I couldn't quite figure out how to get the little picture of the box added here), and that person is.....

Congrats Ruth! Please send me your address (you have until Thursday to contact me, otherwise I will draw another name) and I'll get your package of goodies out to you.

Hope your week is going well, hope to have some other creations to share before we leave for vacation.


  1. I love alphas too. And stamp carving? That sounds FUN!

  2. Alphas are always fun...so excited for you...sounds awesome and can't wait to see what you learn...

  3. Loving your happy mail!!! And congrats to Ruth!!!

  4. I'm so excited for you and hand carving is on my top 10 list!
    Please share about your class again once you've started..

    Thank You~

  5. Lucky girl!!! So many fun new toys to play with!!!

  6. Thanks so much, Miriam! It looks like we'll both have lots of goodies to play with! Enjoy! I know I will! Thanks again!

  7. I saw your name at ODBD for a hop win~more happy mail! Congratulations Miriam.

  8. Wow, Miriam! I am SO excited about your new toys and alphabet sets ( I had VERY few). I will need some inspiration from you! I adore my TH ruler--you'll love it ,too! Your carve-your-own stamp class sounds like a ton of FUN! Hope you enjoy your time away! Always lovely to hear from you!

  9. ooooh! lovely goodies!!! i had to put a moratorium on alpha sets in my house...it was out of control and not a pretty scene! lol these alphas are great, so versatile. julie's work is amazing isn't it? enjoy her class...i watch a lot of her vids and love her style. kudos to hubby for the sign up too! smart man :)