Sunday, February 8, 2009

Back in the Land of the Living

I got socked with the intestinal flu--yuck!

Oh what a miserable weekend. Starting on Thursday evening, only after being fine all day, I was completely down with this thing "that has been going around". Today is the first day that I've even been able to sit-up for any amount of time, miserable. I mentioned the other day that I would post pictures, well I was a little delayed, but here they are.

If you remember I mentioned going to a stamping night with a colleague from work and her friends. It was here that I met some great women with so much talent! They were kind enough to share their thoughts, ideas and even some supplies. It was wonderful getting inspired from so much talent. Well, I got this first page almost done in the 5 hours that we were there--lol.

This is a part of my recently begun heritage scrapbook regarding my Mom's family. This page actually contains my Grandparent's vows, their license and their guestbook. There is a letter in the envelope where my Grandmother asks her previous minister to oversee her marriage, he had moved away. What a wonderful thing to still have.

I came home and continued to work on the layout and came up with the second page.

I loved the pictures of my Grandparents. My Grandmother was always the more serious and less "public" one. She also kept things that were important to her, like this clipping from the news paper announcing her wedding and describing it. It turns out that my Grandmother was the daughter of a businessman in Beloit, WI so she had an image to keep. My Grandparents were married for over 50 years. I was actually a part of their 50th Wedding Anniversary--they were beautiful!

I also made this pretty card holder to enter into the contest the hostess was having.

Paper: Various cardstock (two shades of violet, vanilla and white) dbp from Provo craft
Stamps: All from Club Scrap
Ink: Palette Grey and SU! ink too
Extras: Spellbinders scallopped circle die, lilac and black fun foam, silver brad, glimmer chalk from Pebbles, Dew Drops (on little butterflies bodies, hard to see) and ribbons.
So this was Friday, then on Sunday I went to a woman's home for what I thought was going to be a few hours of working on the creation of the flower that I posted earlier. She, like I, is a visual learner and wanted to walk through it together. Well what was going to be a few hours turned into a lovely day, including a wonderful lunch, with she and a friend of hers. What we learned about creating these flowers is that you have to have the big scalloped circle die from Spellbinders, it makes all the difference.
It is so nice to meet new, kind people who also love to stamp!
Chat later,

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Friends

I had the most wonderful weekend last weekend. A colleague invited me to go with her to an all night stamping/scrapping event. It was wonderful to spend time with her outside of work and to meet some amazing people. These ladies are so creative and just lovely people. We mostly talked, but with their guidance I was able to almost complete a whole scrapbook page. This for me is a big deal, because I haven't scrapped in over a year. Then on Sunday I spent the afternoon with two other lovely women.

I had met a lovely lady last summer when she and a friend stopped by during my stamping/scrapbooking garage sale. Her name was Lu Ann and she contacted me a week ago after she had visited my blog and wanted to get together to create the flower I made using my Nestabilities. What a wonderful surprise to know that she had been keeping track of my blog all this time.

So I went over to her home thinking I was going to simply show her how I did it and then come home. She has the most wonderful studio, literally filled with all the great stuff needed to be creative. She had also invited another friend, Roxy, to join us and learn. So there we sat, Cuttlebugs at the was wonderful. These ladies are both fantastic! Lu Ann went a step further, she had lunch ready for us which was totally unexpected!

After we got done playing with the flower, Lu Ann showed Roxy and I how the Cricut works. Roxy is thinking about buying one and wanted to see it at work. I never wanted a Cricut, but boy is it awesome! I realized that it is capable of a great deal more than I knew.

So now, I feel so fortunate to have met so many wonderful people who share my same passions. I'll post pictures of recent creations tomorrow.