Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time flies when you're having fun

This past week I spent three and a half wonderful days at the annual SDV in Orlando.  For those of you unfamiliar with SDVs, let me educate can thank me later. ;)  SDV stands for Scrapper's Dream Vacations and I've been going to them for years.  They are held in various east coast cities, from Florida to New Jersey, and are essentially retreats that include non-stop cropping, classes, shopping, hotel stay, and meals.  There are different packages to select from, so there is usually a price range to fit anyone's budget.

This has become an annual get-away for one of my best friends, a good friend of hers and myself.  We usually arrive the night before the event begins so we can set up our tables early, as well as relax and enjoy a cocktail...or two, um, or three.  Hee-hee.  Generally, the SDV begins on Friday at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The room stays open the entire time, so you can crop as late or as early as you want.  They even provide a security guard to help guard your supplies at night.  In the past, they've had a die cut and punch station, but this year they provided a digital library with a large selection of Cricut cartridge for check out, as well as Cricut machines to use.  It was even nicer this year (though I missed the usual Disney location), because every table had power.  I brought my Expression, my friend Stacy brought her laptop and Ott light and her friend Teresa brought her laptop to work on Digital pages, so having our own power source was nice. 
A panoramic view of the crop room.  Sad to say, this was the smallest turn out that I've ever seen. :(
My bff Stacy.

Teresa taking a break from digital scrapping to alter some large chipboard letters.
You have no idea how long it took me to get her to smile. LOL
I have to tell you, there was an infestation of bugs, though.  The room was full of Cricuts!  They were everywhere!  I ended up taking a class on how to use the Gypsy.  Melanie, the teacher and a designer for the vendor Kit-a-licious, loaned me a Gypsy so I could participate.  I wanted to take the class to see if I really want to buy a Gypsy.  Well the answer is a definite yes!  In fact, I've placed a bid for one on Ebay.  Hopefully, I'll win it.  I won't know until tomorrow.  Anyway, after the class, Stacy told me that she had a Gypsy up in the hotel room, so I ended up getting it and playing with it until 5 in the morning!  Wanna see what I exciting....
I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the banners and adhered them to the coordinating Dimensional Elements.  The letters are also cut with a Cricut cartridge, but I can't remember which one, as it belonged to my friend, Stacy.
I used the Gypsy to create my very first custom design.  Pretty exciting for me.
Design Note:  The paper that I had planned to use, just didn't work.  So I went shopping with the vendors, but I had a hard time finding the right colors in the right theme.  I was able to find some papers with the right colors, but the pattern paper was a large tropical floral print...not really the theme I was going for...toddler on a farm in Tennessee.  LOL  However, I ended up taking that pattern paper and cutting 1/4" strips and then selected strips that would allow had different pieces of the pattern.  This allowed me to use the color, but lose the print.

I'll be posting some other layouts that I completed at SDV over the next few days, as well as the Stamp of the Month Blog hop on Friday night.  Also, be sure to check back on Saturday for information on how to enter for a chance to win a Cricut Art Philosophy Collection for free!

Now off to bed I go. Until next time...

1 comment:

  1. It looks like you ladies had a great time! I love the layout! The "Hunny" banner is awesome...but I LOVE the honey dripping onto Tiggers head!


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