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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Excitement Builds for Paper Cowgirl Retreat

The 2010 Paper Cowgirl Altered Art Retreat (June 24-27) is drawing closer, and my excitement is building.  I received a wonderful little packet from Ms. Lisa of Tarnished and Tattered--she's teaching a class on mixed media tag-making and she sent each of her students a letter with a handmade resin embellishment attached.  I feel like doing the "zoomies" (what my dogs do when they deliriously whirl around the house with joy)--I'm going to learn so much from her!

I've signed up for several swaps--and I'm working on all of them.  I'm saving cardboard TP rolls to transform into "baskets" to hold trims for the Vintage Trims swap.  I'm putting together my ATC design--I'll use the same design on all my cards because I have to make a bunch.  I've finished my "blossoms" and just need to add "leaves" to them.

And I'm exploring color palettes for my swap partner in the "I'm a Rodeo Queen, Now Where's My Sash?" swap.  My sash-partner loves aqua and pink, and this is a new color combo for me.  You can see a selection of trims I've gathered so far, including an awesome vintage horse show ribbon in soft, shabby pink.

To top it off, I created a swap--the "Faithful Horse" swap, using the templates provided so generously by Ann Wood, here.  I chose one from the three templates she offers, and enlarged it just a bit.  I'm cutting my horses out of file folders by Cavalini printed with a luscious image of vintage United States map.  Of course,  I'm making sure that Texas shows up on the horse's body!

If you're signed up for Paper Cowgirl, let me know!  If you haven't signed up, you have to HURRY--registration will be closing soon!  Want to see what PC is all about?  Click here.


  1. what a fun thing! it all looks adorable. :)

  2. Hi there Cowgirl,
    Thanks for showing the packets I made. If you only knew how I struggled with them. Glad they made it in one piece. I'm getting excited too, putting together kits, stuff for vendor night. I only signed up for 2 swaps, didn't want to over do it. Love Ann Wood, Genius. Can't wait to meet you in person. Lisa


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