Aug 04 2008

Had a Great Weekend!

Hi everyone — had a really great weekend!!! This weekend was the 1st ever Stampin’ in the UP event. It was so well organized and run ina fabulous facility with LOTS of room to work, eat and socialize AND a wonderful in house restaurant where we ate many meals! We had a small group of 22 who participated in card swaps, shoe box swaps, fun, games and prizes. I did a presentation on Saturday, and since requests had been put in earlier as to what these girls wanted, it was a breeze!!! They wanted toseeand use product they were unfamiliar with, so at their request I demoed and allowed them to use Eclipse Tape, the Score-It, Scor-It Mini, Scor-Pal, Nestabilities and other dies by Spellbinders, and several different of the JustRite Stampers.

But, as usual, the best part of this event from my perspective was meeting and visiting with the people. Most participants were from within about a 100 mile radius, but we had 2 brave souls who ventured into our northlands from down below — LOL!!! And here they are:

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On the left is Barb Schram from Grand Rapids, Michigan, then me, then on the right is Joan Fricker from Northern Indiana. I’ll start with Barb — well, my goodness — her ever so sweet DH (and he REALLY is!) took her on this 8/10 hour journey, and the moment they walked in the room it was like I’d known her all my life — we just CLICKED!!! We have been Blogging/SCS buddies for a year or so. We became fast friends and have kept in touch regularly, and I’ll tell you, to finally meet someone face to face whom you have been friends with already is such an awesome experience. No introductions, no *get to know you stuff*, just one big hug and start visiting right where you left off the last time you chatted online!!! Barb is an awesome person, a fabulous designer, an absolute delight to be with and a very, very good friend!!! I can’t wait until we can meet up again!!!

Next is my good friend Joan Fricker who came even further, from Northern Indiana. Joan and I also met online maybe 6 months or so ago, and this is the 2nd time in as many weeks that I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Joan. Considering the miles between us, that’s pretty amazing!!! Joan and I were in the same Copic class2 weeks ago in Chicago at CHA — gee, she puts on a lot of miles!!! Joan has a very, very interesting background, which I’ll share more with you in about a week — need to give her a chance to get home!!! I was just thrilled to pieces to see Joan again and somehow I do think I’ll be running into her some more — LOL!!! More on Joan in about a week!!!

Friday night as the girls participated in games and challenges, I chose to sit and color some images with my Copics as I visited with my table mates. My friend had brought several Gina K sets with her, so I stamped and colored those images — how fun!!! Here’s a card I made with one imageafter I got home:

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This beautiful orchid is in a Gina K set called Botanical Dreams and was drawn by Asela Hopkins. This is such a fun image to color — I did several once I had the opportunity, so you’ll be seeing more cards with this image over the next few days or weeks. This set alsohas several lovely single words which, of course, I did not stamp when I had the opportunity. Oh well –This is just a simple card which I did for the Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS — the featured stamperI cased is Shellapoo and, oh my, she has quite the interesting story and certainly serves as an inspiration to us all. You may read about the challenge and about Shellapoo right here. I loved this simple layout in this card of Shellapoo’s. I followed it pretty much exactly, but added ribbon and a die cut corner. Thank you Shellapoo!!!

  • Stamps: Botanical Dreams by Gina K, Floral b/g by SU
  • Paper: PTI White, SU Pretty in Pink and Rose Red
  • Ink: Unknown Black, SU Rose Red, Copics to color (colors unknown)
  • Accessories: SU retired Organdy, SU Pretties Kit, Corsage Pin, Cuttlebug die cut corner, White Pearls, Long Rectangle Nestabilities by Spellbinders

That’s it for tonight — thank you so much for stopping in, and also, I just can not thank you all enough for all your emails, comments, phone callsand the many kindnesses extended to me over the pastfew days– THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH — Blogland readers are truly THE BEST!!!!!

10 Minute Tuesday is still the plan for tomorrow!!!

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Had a Great Weekend!”

  1. Toni says:

    That is a beautiful card! I love that set by Gina K.

  2. Joan B says:

    Wow, stunning card. I’m so glad you had such a great weekend!! Sounds like a blast.

  3. Dawn Easton says:

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend!! Your card is beautiful….wonderfully coloured…wow!

  4. leslierich says:

    What a good time you had! So relaxing and worry free. Sitting and coloring with friends sounds like a dream! And you made a gorgeous card with your beautiful Copic coloring–fabulous! Love these pretty colors. The corner die cut with those tiny pearls was just the perfect finishing touch!

  5. This is so very cute! LOVE it, Sharon! Sounds like such a wonderful time this weekend! Hope you are doing well! 🙂

  6. Haylie says:

    Beautiful card!!! I gave you an award…check out my blog http://pforpink.blogspot.com/

  7. Deena says:

    So glad you had a fun weekend! Your card is beautiful~ love the colors!
    smiles, Deena

  8. Velta says:

    My goodness Sharon ~ Sounds like you had a fabulous time and I am so glad you did ! Of course your card is gorgeomoso!! Love the added corner trim 🙂

  9. Jerri Kay says:

    Sharon, wow, it looks like you had a wonderful time! I’m so happy for you! Wish we had something like that in Florida! What an uplifting story about Michelle, thank you for providing the link. Your card and your coloring is beautiful!

  10. michelle gall says:

    wow i wish i could of gone but i had horses lessons and farmers market iam happy you had a great time so cool to meet new friends

  11. barb schram says:

    Hi Sharon! I had a super weekend with you and all the gals at the gathering. I see I need a hair cut though! LOL Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, I appreciate it. Take good care, my friend!

  12. Curt OBrien says:

    Gorgeous card and beautiful coloring! Fabulous work! Best, Curt

  13. Karen Wallace says:

    Your cards are such an inspiration, I totally love the white on white also and can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much

  14. Sounds like a great week-end! Love this card, the colors and coloring are beautiful!!

  15. Heather Fullerton (Retired Heather) says:

    I love this card. The floral image is just gorgeous. I have not been at a computer for 3 days and I just read of you changes. I hope all works well for you. It must have been a tough decision. Enjoy all the changes and enjoy your family time.

  16. rainy says:

    WOW!!! Sharon your coloring is FABULOUS!!! You go with those Copics, girl!! And your weekend sounds wonderful!! Woohoo!

  17. Rose Ann says:

    Wow..your card is just gorgeous, and I’m sure I could learn some wonderful coloring tips from you (if only I would have been able to make it). It sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing your pics!!

  18. Wendy says:

    Sharon, this is really beautiful! Great balance, colors and coloring. Great job!

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