Wednesday, September 8, 2010

and the happiness continues...

THANK YOU ALL so very much for the kind words & sweet comments & emails.

I appreciate each & EVERY one of you...

I LOVE Ranger's (I'm addicted) inks & stamping, so this is just perfect for me.

And like the title says...
the happiness continues...

On Saturday Rick brought in the mail, which included a 12 x 12 box for me....

Hmmm...I had orders pending...but this wasn't an order...

I opened it up & found this...


and this...




and how cool is this...
custom stationary...
made from this stamp...

what a cool idea...
never would have thought of that one!



Now here's what the note said...

It was from Susan Kesselman...

I recently hosted a tag swap on the "Everything Wendy Vecchi" Yahoo Group.
22 participants submitted 12 tags each (11 tags to be swapped & 1 tag for you).
I hope you enjoy the displays that I have created with the tags from 14 states & 3 European countries.

Pretty cool...huh???

I immediately inspected every tag...
then inspected them again...

I HAD to look @ each one several times.
It was so much fun for me to see how others use my stamps.

Each tag has something totally unique & to say that I'm thrilled with this gift is an understatement for sure.

The attention to the details REALLY make these tags special...

HUGE THANKS to the participants for thinking of me...

Thank you to...

Martha Ponanesi from Italy

Bethan Evans from Wales

Michelle Salazar from California

Kathy Eddy from Wisconsin

Gail Conway from Massachusetts

Lori Hassler from Illinois

Debbie Blanken from Texas

Lynne Zickert from Wisconsin

Susan Kesselman from Illinois

Darla Bibeau from Wisconsin

Kathy Mitman from Pennsylvania

Kim Bosworth from Mississippi

Nancy Crissinger from Ohio

Betty Peck from California

Wanda Hentges from Iowa

Donna Wilson Irwin from Massachusetts

Eileen Bellomo from New York

Sue Nicholas from Connecticut

Ellen Vargo from Maryland

Cher Hillman from Michigan

Gail Bates from Oklahoma

and Alexandra Stewart from Scotland.

Special thanks to Susan for assembling these awesome tags into ready to hang ART.

Take a look @ them again...
there's TONS of inspiration/ideas there.

Ok...Rick...(it was NOT ME) chose a winner yesterday...

So...
brand new hot off the press rubber is going to...

Blogger Marijane said...

Wendy, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are so deserving of the title "Senior Educator" for Ranger. That's one of the reasons I love taking your classes - all the amazing tips we get re: so many uses for Ranger products ((which are my favs). You are an excellent educator, artist and a beautiful person inside and OUT! You must realize you're living one of the quotes in the Studio 490 "Alphabetically Art" stamp set: "LIFE can be whatever you IMAGINE, always dream BIG!" Thanks for including us in your amazing journey.

September 4, 2010 8:15 AM

Marijane...please email me with your info...
(wbv1213@me.com).

Phew...that comment gave me a BIG HEAD!!!
THANKS so much!

Ok...time to make more kits...

My next stop on the art adventure is Buffalo Stamps & Stuff in Amherst NY.

This visit was scheduled last year & it's almost here...FINALLY!
Seems like I've been waiting a year...
oh wait...I HAVE!

I can't wait to return...
I LOVE the store & art friends there...
and I'm especially excited since it's all brand new classes...

we have a bursting @ the seams mini book...
2 classes using art parts...
You gals in NY are THE FIRST to use them...
YIPPEE!

and then there's my favorite...
Ranger Inks, studio 490 style.

I have a feeling that it will be a very fun VERY INKY weekend...

I still have some new studio 490 stamps...
just waiting for a new home...

I designed them to...

make art!
wendy

55 comments:

Nancy said...

I have been a Wendy follower for a while now. Love your art and your stamps! Don't own any yet, have to save up but soon....

TheLastOfNine said...

What a wonderful surprise, and you are absolutely right it is bursting with inspiration. Might have to make a tag collage.
Gloria

Lisa said...

Those tags are amazing!!!!

I have to admit, it makes my day to open Reader and see a new post from you....the energy is always inspiring!

Hope NY rocks!

Chirpin Is Fun said...

What a beautiful surprise! I enlarged the pictures so I could see them better with my old eyes! Congrats to Marianne! Have a safe and fun trip to NY! We will miss you while you are gone.

Primitive Seasons said...

What a lucky lady you are to be the recipient of so much love! You deserve it Wendy. You are an inspiration to us all.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Primitive Seasons said...

What a lucky lady you are to be the recipient of so much love! You deserve it Wendy. You are an inspiration to us all.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Scrapthat said...

How cool was that gift?? VERY...enjoy! :) See what you inspire in others?? Keep on Makin' Art!

jill said...

The tags are wonderful...all created with your inspiring stamps! I am a HUGE WENDY FAN!

Sandra said...

those tags are very cool - but then again so are your stamps and Ranger products - using those products you have a great start!
Sandra

paperqueen said...

What a nice surprise! I love my wall hanging too and have it displayed proudly in my home. Clearly, all the tags were made with love, and you deserve it!
Eileen in NYC

Liz in MO said...

Wow. wow. wow! Those are some cool tags. It's got to make you feel good to know that so many people get such inspriration and joy out of your products!!!! Stay safe!

Babsarella said...

What a wonderful surprise!!!

Lori said...

That stationery is really cool, I love it. And the canvases are so awesome, the tags were just wonderful. I look at mine every day. Have fun teaching, I know they're anxiously awaiting your return!

Heidi said...

You are lucky!! those tags look amazing! and the way they are displayed is great! Good job ladies.

Amy said...

Great job ladies! I am sure you will treasure that gift for a lifetime! It is nice to be appreciated. Great share! TFS!

SusanK said...

You are most deserving of your new title at Ranger! I cannot tell you how much your posts and art brighten my day. I look around my home and see the art on display and realize that most of it is inspired by you. Thank you for making such neat rubber images for us that help boost our creativity levels. Have fun in NY! There are some lucky people in that class getting to use new stuff first!

Heather x said...

What a wonderful surprise gift, those tags are beautiful and made with a lot of love methinks....It has taken me almost an hour of staring at the tags, they are very inspiring :)
*hugs* Heather x

Debby said...

Those tags are amazing! Wanted to do that swap but it closed while I was away. Have a great time in NY. Lucky to get to see and use the Art Parts first! Congrats to the winner of the new stamps too. New stamps are always yummy.

mamakat said...

What a great gift, or two! Must make you feel so proud to have been the inspiration. Enjoy.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

What a wondrous surprise. Fabulous!

ellen said...

YAY!!! You got them!!! I was so excited to be part of the tag swap in general, but to know that these gifts would be going to you just put me over the top. I'm so glad you like them!!! And hearty congrats (belated though they be) on your post to SENIOR Ranger Educator - well deserved!! Have fun in Buffalo - October 16-17 can't come soon enough for me - see you at Queen's Ink! Hugs - ellen

Tona said...

Love those tags!

libbym said...

Inky? Not yep but soon to be!! I finally have a son moving out! Can you say Scrapbook Room!!! LOL! off to find antiques for more storage room! and maybe find something the make art with!

Kathy said...

You inspire Absolutely Awesome Art.

sweet craf-tea chick said...

wowee, gorgeous goodies in the mail, wendy! thanks for sharing and enjoy the wonderful art work. can't wait to see your next creations! have a great day! *hugs* steph :)

Joyce said...

What a great idea to mount those tags from the swap. Wonderful idea for you ladies as well. I'm sure it's nice to see what people are doing with your images.

scrappin-scrappin said...

What a wonderful surprise for you!!!! Those gals did an awesome job!! Congrats MariJane! Have fun in Buffalo Wendy!!

Anonymous said...

so glad you like them! group efforts are always fun! xo have a great class! cher

Carol N said...

Now, that's what I call a great surprise. Enjoy the NY weekend.

Betz61 said...

Wow so much inspiration once again the ladies sure did an awesome job on their tags. Sure hope one day I get to take one of your classes.

cookie63 said...

Wendy your weekend in NY sounds like fun. The ladies sure did nail your look on the tags. So inspired got to go make art.

WheatLDee said...

Amazing tag art - beautiful pieces yahoo ladies!!! Thanks for sharing them. I am so lucky (and excited) to be taking one of your Buffalo Art Parts classes, and only a few days away!

benedick4 said...

What a cute way to display tags. I have a ton of them and never know what to do with them when I am thru.
Sue

Mall Rat said...

What an amazing set of tags ! They are so pretty and perfect I figured you made them. I love getting surprise boxes, especially when it's an awesome gift like this one. I'm sure it made your day !

julie m said...

hope you get your kitting done by sunday so you don't have to work while watching the bears opening game. at least our midwest weather is cooling down and it feels like football season. i hope brian urlacher is in top form and stays healthy this year. i lived in new mexico when he played for the lobos. he is fun to watch.
so thoughtful of you to name all the tag-makers. i know the yahoo group will be buzzing about it today. it is an impressive array.

Helen said...

So glad you like your tags - it was fun following the progress on the yahoo group. Hope your book is shipping to the UK soon, I can't wait!

Susan said...

What a beautiful surprise for you! The collages are very handsome - of course, they incorporate your stamps! Enjoy your time in NY.
Susan

meme said...

what a fabulous idea! that was so very nice of the team wendy girls to do one extra tag to make a very beautiful piece of art. How wonderful it is to get surprise mail!
enjoy your time in new york,i love nyc!
congrats to marijane! have fun with your prize.

Hels Sheridan said...

I wanna come live in the USA!!! Cos... I wanna make art with you Wendy... those tags are all lush aren't they? And... I neeeeeeed - no make that DESPARATELY neeeeeeed new 490 stamps... hurry up Mr UPS man LOL Have fun hun x

Juliet A said...

I saw these on Susan's blog when she was assembling them - I'm glad you like them! I wish I had one of my own, but I didn't get in on this in time.

Diane said...

Those tags made with your stamps are beautiful! What an honor! I love them all and will have to check out their group! Of course, posting those was enabling! now I see more stamps that I have to have! Blessings!

Dianal said...

Wow, those ladies really did some wonderful things with your products on those tags ... way to go ladies!!!! I think I'm inspired so I am off to make ART!!

Dorothy said...

those are some gorgeous tags Wendy!!!

Nancy said...

Ok, let's see if this comment will make it ... some days, the 'net just doesn't like me (or anyone *lol*) ..

First, CONGRATS on becoming a Senior Educator for Ranger! You so VERY much deserve it!

Second, I'm so glad you like the tags we all created! It was such fun - I love collaborative projects, especially when we can share with wonderful people like you. You give us so very much - I'm glad we could give you something in return.

Oh - and alcohol ink on the tissue tape??? Oh, yeah, I have to try that! I have such a 'thing' with AI's right now! *lol*

And - LOVED your creation for JBS! You ROCK, as always!!!

Marijane said...

Hooray!!!! I am just thrilled to find out that I am the lucky recipient of some "hot-off-the-press rubber!" Thank you so much Wendy and (especially) Rick for choosing me. I can't wait to add them to my Studio 490 stash.

As for the tags that so many amazing artists put together - GORGEOUS! It must delight you knowing that people all over the globe appreciate your art. Thanks so much, again!

Sandi M said...

Wendy the EWV tag boards came out beautifully! I love seeing what everyone did for their tag. Enjoy :)

Linda R said...

I just love your posts! So full of inspiration, new ideas, giggles. Thanks for sharing your "gift" and you are right, tons of ideas there. Love Studio 490 stamps....and those awesome Wendy books ;-)

ConnieR said...

The gift is amazing. You must be an excellent teacher. Wish I could take some classes with you. I'll have to stalk this blog to see when something close becomes available. Hey maybe I'll talk to my lss about hosting you.

Terena said...

Wendy - your home decor over at JBS inspiration blog is AWESOME!!!!! wow is that cute. Sorry I didnt get to see you at CHA this time.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Terena
@Jenni Bowlin Studio

Sharon said...

Wendy - I am one of those lucky NY gals that will be attending your classes. I was excited before but can't hardly wait to see you. The tags are really cool and you do bring out the best in us. Love your posts - funny and inspiring! You are the best!! See you soon.

Karla Anderson said...

Those tage are a fitting tribute to you Wendy. You really inspire so many of us to "make art"!

Larissa Heskett said...

Wendy!! Thanks for sharing the awesome tags!! Those gals did awesome stuff!! Hope you have TONS of fun in NY!! Wish I live closer to all of the big store where your classes are, but someday I will take a class with you!! Have a GREAT WEEK/WEEKEND!!
Larissa Heskett

P.S. I got my AWESOME STAMP SET yesterday and it made my day!! I had to break them out and use them and what fun I had!! Thanks so much for the gift!!

Kate said...

What a fab RAK, you lucky lady!

** Kate **

Victoria said...

Those tags are beautiful. You inspire me to make more art!!

Wanda H said...

Congrats to Marijane!!!

Susan did do a fantastic job assembling all the tags!! It was a fun swap!! Thank you, Wendy, for totally awesome stamps, tons of awesome inspiration on your blog and in your books, and for just being as sweet as they come!!!!!