Saturday, September 24, 2011

Scrapfest 2011

Last weekend was Scrapfest at the Mall of America, hosted by Archiver's.  It's a huge deal and crafters come from all over to join the fun.  They have all the big names (Tim Holtz!)  and there are make-and-takes, classes, and late night crops.  Starla and I didn't go to the mall, but we did attend a couple of crop-around-the-town events and had a blast. 

Friday night we were at Archiver's in Maple Grove for the crop sponsored by Basic Grey.  There were gift bags from Archiver's with papers and all kinds of embellishments.  Basic Grey did a card make-and-take and gave us a pad of 6x6 paper, some sheets of 12x12, and a bunch of embellishments to make more cards.  They're supposed to be emailing us with ideas and instructions for the rest of the pack.  There were drawings for prizes which we didn't win, but a good time was had by all.  Grand prize was a Slice with the Slice tote.  Nice prize!  They took a group picture of us, and everyone got a copy.  I'll have to hook up my scanner and post that picture at some point...

Saturday night we went to Archiver's in Coon Rapids for the crop sponsored by We R Memory Keepers.  I've got to say, as much as I love Basic Grey's papers, I am a tool FIEND and WRMK is all about the tools. Their treat bag make-and-take demo was focused on some new ribbon punches that will come out next month.  They are pretty cool and I'll probably have to get one.  Or two.  =D  Here's a picture of the treat bag I made:
See the black ribbon threaded under the "very spooky"?  See how perfectly it's aligned and spaced?  It's wonderful!!  Sorry... I do geek out over tools. 

We had a good time at Coon Rapids (although we did miss our "home," the staff at Maple Grove is the best).  Since this crop wasn't sold out we ended up having a table to ourselves, so we could spread out a bit more.  The grand prize was a Cinch, including the bag and a bunch of bindings, and we did not win.  That's okay, we got the gift bag when we got there and each of us got a stamp or stamp set, a WRMK Brad Setter, and a ton of embellishments.  They did a game playing one group of us against the other and our group won so we got another gift bag full of embellishments.  Later I won a drawing and got a THIRD bag of stuff!  Toward the end of the night Starla won a drawing and got  the runner-up-to-the-grand-prize, a HUGE bag of stuff!  Seriously, go to her blog and look at the picture of all the stuff she got!!  I got a good head start on my Christmas cards:

we had fun:

And Sunday I pretty much slept.  =D

Next year:  We SCRAPFEST at the mall!  Want to join us?

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