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i am being a really lame blogger…
but i had to get that freaking newsletter thing off the ground… and maybe some of you got it!
it went out today. i am so excited… i was having fomat issues, and now, it’s all good! so if you didn’t get it… be sure you go to the website (my site ) and sign up for the newsletter… i am on a roll now!

had a really (really) fun exciting day today!
we met in an undisclosed, top-secret location with our official creative escape volunteer team to present the first set of classes in preparation of the big event!! we’ll round out the rest of the classes tomorrow… it’s like a little mini-creative escape preview!
it was so FUN!
it was so fun to see and hear people’s reactions to the kits, the projects and the plans!! i know, i know, it’s still THREE months away!!!! but we are creating a full on idea and inspiration book for creative escape… the book will have all the instructions, how-to’s, tips, techniques, sponsor info and all kinds of cool, fun inspiring stuff!! so we have to get a jump on that! we were photographing step outs and stages of the projects… and evaluating better ways to kit, present, teach and deliver the goods to all those who will be attending!  man, it was awesome to get such specific, in-the-moment feedback and thoughts on how things were running. it’s going to help us run a really smooth event!  that is exciting!  everyone was loving the projects. no surprise… they are fabulous…
so, i thought i’d share some little tidbits from today! 
Cutie_totty Amys_stuff_1

here is THE amy totty! i am of course, so LOVING her scenic route project… here is a little glimpse!!!

my main regret for the day was not getting a photo of the cute tena sprenger… she had on the most "blinged" out outfit ever… in honor of her bling project.. here is a little peek…
we had this FABULOUS, yummy vintage glass glitter from here to next week! and i was LOVING IT…
so cute.
a little mess… but SO totally worth it!


here’s carol… her project just is a DELIGHT! it’s so clever… it’s got a twist i never would have thought of!! and i LOVE it!
we’re keeping it top secret until the event…
(we kept all the projects that were completed today, and the volunteers signed a full on confidentiality agreement!!)
such good stuff coming from 7 gypsies and bazzill!!
dang cute.

She_scraps here is such a cute shot of mrs bazzill!
she was on hand to actually scrap!!
and she was even having FUN!
we had such a great group today.. it was really fuN!
i never take enough  photos… maybe i will do better tomorrow!

thanks to all of you who came, those who kitted… those who donated etc etc!! Franni, Mona, Lisa, Em… you guys get gold stars!
we are updating the CE website next week… complete with more sneak peeks and student requirements!
if you aren’t signed up… what are you waiting for?!

wow, i am so tired!
good night.

  • chanel

    10 June, 2006 at 1:53 am Reply

    very cool. i got my email … yay!

  • Pam

    10 June, 2006 at 5:11 am Reply

    Sounds awesome! Wish I could come!
    Got my newsletter and was so excited! It looks cool!

  • laura t

    10 June, 2006 at 5:33 am Reply

    ok, heidi…
    are you getting any sleep??
    LOVED the newsletter…
    so chockfull of cute ideas and fun los…
    and can i tell ya how THRILLED i am
    that me and patty are CE bound!!!
    i LOVE surprises but these little sneak peeks are just the best – thanks for sharin’!
    ps-off to buy my dh a pink tie, lol!

  • Catherine Scanlon

    10 June, 2006 at 5:55 am Reply

    I haven’t gotten the newsletter, I guess I will sign up again! This retreat you are planning looks like so MUCH fun – I wish I could come. Do you think if I put on some cool glittery red shoes and click my heals together 3 times it’ll get me there?? LOL.
    I just love reading your blog and seeing the cool things you come out with. I just wish I could find your products in my area!!

  • Grace

    10 June, 2006 at 6:09 am Reply

    OMG!!!!! What cute “sneak peaks” thanks for sharing. The newsletter was fun and cute also. Can’t wait for more “peaks” and for September to come around. PS…love the Bazill Bling T-shirt..we need Heidi Bling!! LOL!

  • Nita

    10 June, 2006 at 6:27 am Reply

    Oh, yeah! I got the newsletter last night, and the first thing that popped into my head was, “Where DO you get the time to do everything?” You must be awesome at multi-tasking! I really did enjoy the newsletter. It got my creative juices flowing again ~ I’ve been in such a rut! Thanks!
    Wish I was going to the CE! Sounds like so much fun! Maybe another time, as I really can’t get away this summer ~ way too much going on!

  • Sher

    10 June, 2006 at 6:37 am Reply

    I am SO EXCITED about CE…and this makes me jump for joy!!! loved the newsletter yesterday and can’t wait to play in az in september! YIPEE!!!

  • patty

    10 June, 2006 at 6:48 am Reply

    A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E is the word for the long awaited newsletter!
    so so SO excited for the creative escape-i still can’t believe it!
    i love when you blog!

  • KZ

    10 June, 2006 at 7:22 am Reply

    Got my newsletter. It is the cuteset newsletter I have seen in a long time. Can’t wait for the next one. Thanks for being so awesome.

  • Kim

    10 June, 2006 at 8:10 am Reply

    Thanks for the sneak peaks…it gets me excited for CE! I can’t wait. And I was so excited when I got your newsletter! So fun!

  • Marcia

    10 June, 2006 at 8:27 am Reply

    Just signed up for your news letter, loved the sneak peek and can’t wait for CE it is going to be a blast!

  • vicki

    10 June, 2006 at 8:54 am Reply

    WOW! aren’t you the tease. i am so excited to be CE bound also. i can’t wait to see what is on your blog next. thanks for putting this all together with your team. i know it is going to rock! i couldn’t get your link to hit.

  • Gabrielle Pollacco

    10 June, 2006 at 9:04 am Reply

    I really enjoyed the newsletter, lots of fun ideas. I love all things Heidi Swapp, I was first introduced to them when I entered a 20K contest at scrapbook.com and Heidi Swapp was one of the sponsers. My problem is that I’m in Canada and not many retailers carry your products, I have sent emails to Michaels Craft store asking if they’d consider carrying your products, and slowly a few scrapbook stores around here are getting in some of your stuff. If you know of a store around me that carries a good supply I’d love to know, I’m in Cambridge, Ontario. Up till now I’ve mainly been ordering you stuff online, but I’d love to be able to just pick it up and start playing!! 😀

  • Jolene George

    10 June, 2006 at 11:06 am Reply

    Love seeing Marty, Amy and Carol doing their thing! I’m so bummed that I had to drop out of being one of the volunteers. I could have been there with all of you in the secret location getting the best sneak peak ever!…big sigh! It will be wonderful for all who attend.
    Heading to the website to see why I didn’t get the cool new newsletter. :o) http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • Sarah

    10 June, 2006 at 12:20 pm Reply

    so excited to see your newletter in my inbox! it came out just so beautifully! thanks for your hard work. wishin’ I was CE bound too!

  • Pam

    10 June, 2006 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I didn’t get the newsletter and the link is just taking me to “page not found”. More anticipation for me! Love the sneak peeks though and everyone trying out their projects!

  • sue treiber

    10 June, 2006 at 3:30 pm Reply

    awesome! And I love Amy Totty. Met her at CHA last year and she cracked me up during class!

  • Rachel

    10 June, 2006 at 5:22 pm Reply

    if you can’t get in through the link, you can go to http://www.heidiswapp.com
    ps. LOVE the Bazzill shirt!!!

  • deb munn

    10 June, 2006 at 5:26 pm Reply

    I got my newsletter yesterday…
    what a nice surprise!!!
    You did a great job on it.
    CE sounds amazing…
    really wish I could go.

  • lisa

    10 June, 2006 at 10:24 pm Reply

    got my newsletter–wonderful!! Can’t wait for CE!! I used to live 10 minutes away from Scrapbooks, etc. and have had almost all of those amazing women as teachers–they are awesome!

  • Narelle

    11 June, 2006 at 12:37 am Reply

    Hey Heidi, 11 weeks and 6 days until I get in the big plane and fly over the ocean to the US!! Thank you for the sneak peek – so excited about CE and loved the newsletter, I am so going to have a pink toes party!!! Can’t wait!!!
    Narelle (Aust)

  • Lara Cousins

    11 June, 2006 at 7:13 am Reply

    Love the newsletter Heidi – worth waiting for! CE sounds a-ma-zing!

  • Becca

    11 June, 2006 at 8:32 am Reply

    Oh…now you’re just teasing us! : ) I’m so glad that you are not doing any real ‘sneak peeks’–I prefer to be surprised!!!
    And I have to say I LOVE Amy Totty and Tena Sprenger–such great people.

  • ScrapScene

    11 June, 2006 at 10:37 am Reply

    Wow, the classes sound so neat. I got my newsletter too and it is very well done.

  • Christine

    11 June, 2006 at 10:45 am Reply

    Wow, those sneak previews look awesome. I wish I was going. I got your newsletter. Fantastic. New, different, and lots of great info and projects. As always you blow me away with all your innovative ideas. I hope you are resting enough and taking care of yourself. Have a great day!

  • Nola

    11 June, 2006 at 10:59 am Reply

    Im so thrilled! I cant wait three months left. It is sound like it is lots of fun and amazing projects. Im looking forward to it.

  • Renee'

    11 June, 2006 at 1:43 pm Reply

    What a thrill….. I haven’t had time to pop in as of late, and boy am I glad that i did today!!! What a thrill to catch glimpses of the sneaks for CE. It’s about all I can think about (not really, but the half of my brain that isnt preoccupied with my allergies can only focus on CE). Looking foreward to seeing you again!! Please take a moment to breathe or this baby will be running by the time it comes….

  • lisa

    11 June, 2006 at 6:09 pm Reply

    thanks for the sneak peaks! didn’t get the newsletter but it sounds amazing…always LoVe your ideas and inspiration…if anyone has the the newsletter i’d love it if you could forward it to me. 🙂 thanks!!

  • Breanne

    11 June, 2006 at 6:53 pm Reply

    okay. im seriously going to have to sell my soul to come to this event because i REALLY want to go!!!!

  • LenaS

    12 June, 2006 at 12:44 am Reply

    I got your newsletter–you did an awesome job!! Thanks for all the great ideas and the calendar…now I can stalk you (ha, joking!). Tena’s my age but I don’t look like her 🙁 love her style and she’s so kind. Amy is just plain fun–her books are fantastic. Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait…Question: How does one get into that secret volunteer group?? Do we have to be at your church or be one of your relatives? Own our own company?? Be 20-something? I am sooo ready to move from the student side of the table to the servant/helper side and I would sweep your floors and empty your garbage for a year or more if that’s what it takes to move forward in this industry. I know you’re full for this year…wondering how to get considered in the future?

  • ngaire Bartlam

    12 June, 2006 at 1:29 am Reply

    I got the newsletter too! YAY.. LOVE the photos of my sweet Carol.. the thought of the two fo you there together.. makes me wanna jump on the next plane…
    HOW fun does this convention sound????????

  • Ania

    12 June, 2006 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Sounds like great fun – you so remind me of a girl I once met, from the US..lol…there’s so many of you there I know (haha :P), but you really do remind me of her…you ever happened to play a MUD in the past? 😛
    Btw, your own link in that post is missing http://www., my browser wasn’t able to enter the HS website until I added the www’s myself 😛

  • laura

    12 June, 2006 at 6:25 pm Reply

    loved the newsletter! wish you would come down to florida to scrap!

  • Mary Ellen

    13 June, 2006 at 7:25 am Reply

    heidi—YOU are a ROCKIN’ MAMA! HOW do you get all this done? Plus being PG? I’d be just passed out on the couch asleep–
    LOVE the newsletter (and your pink pedicure!my favorite polish is OPI Strawberry Margarita!)I just would SO love to go to the Creative Retreat…it will be the blast of a lifetime!
    Have a great day heidi…get some REST! 🙂
    Mary Ellen

  • Lana

    13 June, 2006 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • LenaS

    15 June, 2006 at 5:08 am Reply

    Morning, sun’s comin’ up…it’s going to be a glorious day. Can’t you feel it? I cannot believe your Phx Convention class “in the box” already has “no seats available”. Will you let us know when and if you add seats? Please. Thx. It’s nice of you to let Emily teach.

  • kristin

    19 June, 2006 at 6:15 am Reply

    sounds like TONS of fun!! 🙂 i’d love to go to creative escape but its just a bad time of year for me (DD’s birthday, etc). maybe next year! its going to be gorgeous and SOOO fun!

  • julie

    26 June, 2006 at 10:35 am Reply

    would you happen to have a blog url for amy totty or becky higgins

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