Thursday, July 29, 2010

SU Convention Swaps share - my cards

Card Swap #1:  Baroque Motifs and Old Olive
Card Swap #2:  Vintage Vogue wheel in More Mustard with Season of Friendship in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Forest Friends.
Card Swap #3:  Garden Greenhouse in So Saffron and Perfect Plum

 Call me old fashioned ... I didn't want to spoil the surprise and share the cards I made for my first Stampin' Up Convention so I waited ... biting my nails and remaining as possible.  I left with 302 card fronts and can't believe I was able to swap them!  What fun!  I haven't had time to go through the card fronts I received in return but will share my favorites with you soon! 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stampin' Up Convention 2010 - simply amazing

I am still recovering from my trip to Salt Lake City.  Never in my dreams had I envisioned such an experience.  I was surrounded by 2800 talented and inspiring women, shared laughter and tears (yes - Shelli moves you to tears!), and discovered a part of me I had kept buried.  The friendships and relations built through the art of Sharing what we Love is priceless and I feel a renewed passion and zest for things. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!!

 I'm not sure who was more excited about giving blog candy away ... me or my children.  They all gathered around for the drawing tonight!  The lucky winner:
  Jane: Scrappy Grams Designs!

Jane ... said...
Happy birthday, Samie! So glad you're back! Your cards are beautiful. Love the colors and the sentiments!

Thank you Jane for your continued support and encouragement!  Email your snail mail and I'll get this out to you!

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!!


Too sticky to stamp?

It's hard to believe that only two weeks ago we were suffering unseasonably cold weather in Vermont and were threatening to turn the heat back on with highs in the 50's and low 60's.  Today we are facing our first heat wave since 2003!  I sat down yesterday to work on a few card fronts for Convention but found myself sticking to everything! LOL  What a mess I ended up with!  It was a tough decision but I decided to can it and take the kids out to the pool instead!!  The party favor I am sharing was part of our demonstrator shoe box swap inspired by stamping sister Andrea Sharp.  It holds eight Hershey nuggets though can be used for many other little gifts!  

The two boys are cousins out cooling off for a bit in the pool yesterday.  The one on the left is my nephew Chase and the one on the right my son Steele.  Please keep Steele in your prayers as we have been visiting Vermont Children's Hospital regularly.  He has stopped growing and we have been undergoing some monthly testing ... no fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday and Sunshine

Finally ... the sun is shining in Vermont and I can hear nothing but laughter as my children and their friends splash about in the pool.  The sound of a child's laughter is certainly enough to lift the spirits!  I am blessed to have the pool in the yard ... it allows for me to keep a "mother's eye" on my children and it allows them the company of friends.  I've been scurrying about reorganizing all of my new supplies and updating my files (my sister Marie ( calls me the Queen of Organization and my new SU family has followed suit.  I need to know where all of my 'toys' are and everything has a spot, labeled and all!  LOL  I'm sharing a couple of photo's of projects that I made at our demonstrator shoe box swap a couple of weeks ago.  The best part about getting together with my 'family' is the inspiration I always walk away with! 

I have to say that my favorite project was taking a simple folder and recreating a card folio with it.  Lift the flap on one side and fill with cards.  Lift the flap on the opposie side and fill with envelopes!

Have a super day!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Whew ... finally! and Blog candy

Hi Fellow 'Bloggers', Stampers and Friends!
   After spending far too many hours trying to figure out how to post pictures and links to my blog I decided to sign up for BlogsbyHeather monthly maintenance program so that I can use my time to create and share!  I have been working hard on preparing for my first Convention trip.  I was like a little girl today when my badge came in the mail ... I just wanted to hold it and hold it!  LOL 
   Since I've been missing in action for a bit I decided to return with some blog candy in celebration of my 42nd birthday yesterday!  (Shhh ... my kids think I'm still 39).  All you have to do to be entered into my drawing:
           Leave a comment = 1 entry
   Post my link = 1 entry
Follow me = 1 entry

                  Drawing will be held on July 7th!

Here are a couple of cards I made in between preparing swaps for Convention!  I love the set Thoughts and Prayers.  I've begun to use up my mounds of retired papers - focusing on Sage Shadow here. I have a file filled with photos to share since I've been unable to keep my blog updated!  Watch for more!