Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Sunday!

Wow... I had my first downline meeting in months. We have all been goining to my upline's meetings for the past year or so and I decided that I would start holdong my own again. I am glad we are back to our small group again. It was a lot of fun this morning. I gave them some tips and some tools to go out to  meet new people and promote what they do. If you loved what you do wouldn't you? Let the world know. I love to teach people how to be creative and make projects. Most people say oh I'm not creative... well that's what I love.. to be able to show them EVERYONE is creative and can do what I do. Here are the swaps that I recieved today.
This is from Eileen, love this embossing technique

Here is Jen's. This stamp reminds me of the Campbell Soup Kids.. LOVE IT!

Here is Donna's... Do you believe this is the Ornament punch?? How stinkin' cute?

I could remember a day that all of these ladies were saying they weren't as creative as me? hmm... I think I taught them well. We also have a lot of resources as Demonstrators. If you'd like to learn about that contact me today. Stampin' Up! has an AWESOME special starting September 1st for new Demonstrators that sign up:

We are excited to announce September's recruiting promotion, where new Stampin' Up! demonstrators will receive a FREE Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote (a $39.95 value) with their Starter Kit!
Wouldn't you just love to have this? I'd love to have you join my team!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Pocono Scrapbook Getaway (LONG POST)

Every 3 months I get together with some friends that I met at the Palmer Community Center Crop. This past weekend was our quaterly get together at Diane's beautiful home in the Poconos. Which I must say is a great time. We all live our seperate lives but when we get together on these weekends it is so nice to catch up and vent. This time we had a lot of emotions going on. First off it was my mom's birthday which was already an emotional day for me. Then right before I was leaving to head up to Diane's house, they called me to tell me they (3 of the girls already there) were going with Diane to put her dog (Basket) down. Don't you love the dog's name? Guess where the name basket comes from? Yep... a girl after my own heart.... Diane LOVES Longaberger and she used to be a consultant, hence naming her dog Basket. Anyway, I am so glad everyone was there for Diane. It is a sad time and she lost her best friend, but all of her other friends were there for her to support her. I have a little story about my trip up there. So the procrastinator that I am.... first off I wasn't even packed and ready to go, because I have been trying to spend as much time as I can with one of my bestest friends before she moves all the way to South Carolina. I had to run home to pack up my supplies so I got a late start. As I go to leave I'm trying to put Diane's Address in my GPS and my battery is dying. I knew the exit I had to get off, so I figured I'd save my battery for when I got to that point. well, I had a little over a 1/4 tank of gas, aww heck I can make it to the exit and get gas. So I'm driving and like 4 miles to go to the ext.... DEAD STOP traffic, well I start panicking. No phone, no gas.... now what? I was really talking to my mom and she was watching over me and I got to the next exit in a lot of traffic I go out of my way to get gas and get back on the road. Ok one obstacle down. Now I'm not getting back on that highway in traffic, but I have no GPS. SO I wing it. 2 hours later I made it to Dianes. WHEWWWWW.... Thank goodness they had a glass of wine for me. What an experience that was. Now to scrapbooking. We ate dinner and I got on to my creating and here are some the pages I created.
I finally got around to scrapping Jonathan's Jr Prom pictures. I stamped with the Awash Flowers 2-step stamping Stamp Set in Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Marina Mist and used the Bold Brights Assorted DSP.
Here I used one the girls machines to make my title, I can't wait to get an alphabet set for my Big Shot. These 4 boys have been going to school together since 1st grade. I can't believe they are entering their Senior year of High School in 3 weeks. I am so proud of all of them. It was so nice to have them all together to take these pictures, we just had to do a mom shot too.
I mentioned before about a group of demonstrators in my group going to Connecticut to stamp. Well Mabel showed us a really cute scrapbook page using the Friends Never Fade stamp set. I don't have a picture of it, but I changed the stamp set and made my own. My hostess wanted to make a Summer Scrapbook page so I thought this would be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration Mabel! I used the Boho punch, Old Olive Satan Ribbon, Crop-a-dile for the little circles in the center of the flowers, Tropical Party stamp set and matching DSP. I had a blast this weekend with some great girls! I can't wait for November's get together!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday. I don't have much to say, but I will be thinking about her all day. I found this poem and I just want to share it. I will post the card I made for her later.

© Victoria M. Hodgson

As each passing day goes by
A tear falls from my eye
With each day passing me
A memory comes to mind
Without you by my side
Tears and memories compile
Until we meet again
My memories will form a mountain
A mountain unclimbable
My tears will form an ocean
An ocean uncrossable
You are my angel
You are my light
Guiding me through my days
And protecting my nights
You may be gone
But you’re not forgotten
You’re my angel now
But my Mommy you'll be
Until we meet again
I cry these tears
I release these memories
I shall climb my mountain
I will cross my ocean
One day soon
I will be at your side
I will be in your arms
I shall be safe once more

Happy Birthday Mommy
Love will be on the wings of my angel!!

Have a great day!