My husband went golfing with his buddies last week, so I took the opportunity to go on a road trip and drove to Vernon BC where my dear sister Heather lives. I hadn't been there for almost 3 years and wanted to spend some quality time with her and also to hold a Stampin' Up! workshop called appropriately, "The Vernon Girls Night In".
When I left on Monday morning I was running late as I'd stayed up into the "wee" hours the night before prepping and getting all my stamping gear together............. you know how it is! I finally managed to get on the road around noon and with my loyal companion Murphy for company headed into the pouring rain, heavy winds and bleak gray skies. It's at least a 5-hour drive through steep mountain roads, but what a trip it was and it was so worth it. The scenery was beautiful and in the afternoon the weather improved. I finally arrived in Vernon around 4:30 and let me tell you it was good to get out of the car. Heather had lots planned for the week and we made the most of our time together. We visited relatives and old friends, attended a birthday party and went to the show. We thoroughly enjoyed talking until midnight, walking when we could, eating healthy or at least trying to. The time went so quickly and we had an all around good time. Did I mention the Margarita's - they were good too! Heather's hubby, who's a gem, was very accommodating and let us be "girls". Thanks Ken!
So, here's a shot of my fabulous sister prepping a card for the birthday bash we went to on Tuesday night. Although she's been making cards for a while now, this year she's really gotten into it and is developing a wonderful style. Although we've often got together to make cards, it's just so much fun seeing her enthusiasm and love for making cards and other paper projects. I just get the biggest kick out of seeing her smile and I love looking at her projects.
Here's the card Heather made for the Birthday Girl. I showed her how to set her camera on Macro for picture taking so she was trying to take a shot of it before the party. The card is a very pretty little Easel card made with Pocket Silhouettes, Certainly Celery card stock and DSP. The white taffeta ribbon just made the card. What a great job she made of it!
"Halloween Luminary Gift Can", which was posted on UStamp Early Summer Edition on July 15th.
As Wednesday quickly sped around I was really getting up for the party. I was excited to show case the new Idea Book and Catalogue for 2010/11, the Summer Mini and the Definitively Decoratrive catties. I also was super excited to meet two new customers and see one of my friends/customers who had worked on the Coast with me in our working days. They were definitely excited too when they arrived and gleefully dug into the new cattie. I should have taken pictures, but decided not to, and just let them savour the moment.
Because the new In Colours had just been released along with the Idea Book and Catalogue for 2010/11 I decided to make some book marks to show case them. Everyone received a book mark along with their new catties, and some small thank you gifts - a Coaster Post It Note Holder and a Matchbox with Hershey's nuggets, to show my appreciation for them coming. Here are some pictures of their goodies!
In Colors: Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz (pg 165). The tab at the top of the bookmark is also one of the new core colours from the Brights Collection, called Daffodil Delight (pg 166).
Our second card was made using the Movers and Shapers Curly Label Die Cut #114506 on pg 209. What a riot this die cut is. Everyone had fun setting up their movable piece on the magnetic surface of the die and figuring out where the window shape would line up. Our card stock base was Pear Pizazz. Baja Breeze was used to stamp the sentiment on Whisper White, and a large butterfly was cut using the Baja Breeze and the Wings Embosslit. A piece of chevron striped Greenhouse Gala DSP was layered on Early Espresso for the front of the card. For the inside, an image from the Friends Never Fade stamp set was stamped on Whisper White Card stock in Baja Breez and then over stamped with a "best wishes" sentiment from a retired stamp set. This image was cut out using the Curly Label punch and then mounted with dimensionals to the inside of the card. What a great fast and simple card!
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