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If you are a quilter, then the new Dresden die in the Occasions mini is for you! Check out this awesome video from Stampin Up!
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Every year when I go to Founder's Circle I get to spend a day with my friend Susan Adams and several other girls. It is always such a treat because Susan is such an amazing stamper and quilter. She has her own quilting machine! Her stamp room is incredible. I wish I could just move in with her. You can literally stay all day and not see everything.
This is one of the many displays she has out. I loved this Christmas stocking banner. She made it with the Big Shot stocking die and felt material. You can either sew the edges or use a hot glue gun. Then hang it from a piece of our striped grosgrain ribbon.
Here is a close up of one of the stockings. The alphabet is also a set of Big Shot dies. Sprinkle a little glitter on top to make it sparkle.
This version is made out of cardstock. Same basic concept just with paper instead of the fabric. No sewing involved! These are attached to the ribbon using twist ties. How clever!
This one is a placemat that Susan decorated using our Stampin Up Holly Berry Bouquet fabric found on pg 22 in the Holiday mini.
One really fun thing about having Founder's Circle in St. George is that I get to see my upline Jill Olsen. She lives about 5 minutes from our hotel and invited us over for lunch and stamping. She showed us how to make these adorable aprons and then surprised us all with one! This is Jill (on the right) with her helpers and daughter in law. They were showing off the aprons for us. Then we got to pick out one for ourselves!
This is my friend Jackie Bolhuis and I showing off our aprons. I just happened to be wearing a pool party colored shirt that matched mine perfectly. These are all made from tea towels and Stampin Up fabrics for the ruffles. Most of the ruffles and accents are made using the Big Shot dies too!
This is me with Jen Jacobsen. We got matching ones! Aren't we adorable? LOL!
This is cutie pie Patty Chenail with me. We found out we are twins separated at birth! Only kidding. We were actually born 3 days apart, we are both math teachers (I am retired though) , we are both sun worshippers who have never heard of sunscreen, and we had tons more stuff in common. It was kind of freaky how alike we are and almost born on the same day! It is so much fun to meet such awesome friends through Stampin Up. I think Stampin Up demos are the most awesome group of women in the world!
I have had so much going on that I haven't had time to post pics from the Stampin Up convention which was over a month ago!
This is me with a couple of my fabulous roommates…..Tiffany and Tami! We had so much fun rooming together.
This is me with my other roommate Donna. She is so sweet. She lives in Ohio and is coming to visit me soon. I can't wait! We kept saying we were twins separated at birth because we had so much in common.
This is me with my good friend Tami White. We always have a great time together. She actually earned #1 demo of the year for all of Stampin Up! That is a huge honor and a lot of hard work.
This is me and my friend Stacey Helm. I met Stacey several years ago at Leadership and hadn't seen her in a while. It is always fun to catch up with old friends. She owns a Bed and Breakfast in Iowa. We both used to be math teachers but gave it up to do something more fun and creative.
This is my fabulous roomie Tiffany. We had such a great time hanging out all week. I miss my girls so much already and it has only been a month. I love going to Stampin Up events to see everyone and just hang with the girls for a few days. It gives you such a good feeling to know that you have friends all over the country to talk to and visit with. I have met a Stampin Up demo in almost every single state in the country. If I ever moved, I think I would always be able to find a friend close by.
Ok, I had to throw in something creative in here. THese are some projects that were on display made using the Stampin Up fabric.
This was my daughter a couple of weeks ago….all packed and ready to go to college…..CNU (Christopher Newport University here in VA). We could barely see out of the back window because the car was packed so tight. Then we made the long 45 minute drive all the way there….LOL!. It is so close but yet so far away. SHe is living there on campus for all 4 years. It is a gorgeous school. We pulled up to her dorm and the football team was there to great us and unload the car in about 3 minutes flat. They carried everything up to her room while we checked in. How nice is that??
After we got mostly unpacked, she had to make sure she had internet and her laptop worked. Her roommate hadn't shown up yet so we had the room to ourselves. She has a suite with 3 other girls and a bathroom in the middle. It is really a nice set up.
This is a view of most of the room. Her roommates desk and stuff is on the right edge of the photo. I was standing in the bathroom doorway taking the pic.
A couple of years ago I had made a banner for my stamp room that said STAMP on one side and CREATE on the other. So, Lindsey asked me to make her one with her name on it for her dorm room. She picked out the fabric and then we cut all the pieces out using the Big Shot Pennant die. Then I just sewed it all together. She loved it!
Well, it is time for me to say good bye and take one last picture. I cried all the way home……
side note: because of Hurricane Irene, classes were canceled after the 4th day and all the kids were sent home so I got to spend 5 days with her this past week. They were supposed to go back Monday but the school lost power.
I finally got a minute to download some pics from Leadership! I have been trying to catch up from being gone and I am pooped!
This year's Leadership conference was in Nashville and it was so much fun. I love going to see all the great things that Stampin Up has planned for us but more than anything else, I love spending time with my friends from all over the country that I don't get to see very often.
This is a pic from inside the Gaylord Opryland hotel where we stayed. It was GORGEOUS! and so big. I think it was by far the biggest hotel I have ever been in.
Our first night out was Manager's Reception at the Wild Horse Saloon. It was really fun. Stampin Up reserved the whole place for us and we had dinner, line dancing and socializing. I am best at the socializing and eating. I am definitely not a dancer. These are just a few pics of me and some friends (BJ, Cheryl and Leasa).
That is me and BJ.
This is Leasa, me and Cheryl. I had to keep my hat on since I wore it long enough to get hat head…no taking it off after that. Stampin Up gave everyone the cowboy hats. They even decorated them with our ribbon and antique brads. You can't see them because my head is not tilted down enough.
This is all of us at the Leadership conference. Tami's flight was delayed because of snow in Boston and she had just joined us.
This is us at dinner at the Irish Pub on our last night. It was hard to say goodbye to everyone.
This is all of us with some of our downline too. My downwline is Debbie in the back row, 2nd from left. This was her first leadership and she had a great time.
Ok, so I had to throw in something that had to do with stamping so here is a really cute bag that someone had made using the Stampin Up designer fabric collection. I just loved it! I wish I could make something this pretty but I am just not that talented in the sewing dept.
Here is a Quilted Christmas Ornament that I made using the Deck the Halls fabric from the Holiday mini. I posted a how to video of this a few weeks ago here and I have been dying to make one using Stampin Up fabric. I can't take credit for the video since I got it from you tube. It really isn't that hard, but it does take a little while. The great thing is you can use the big shot to cut your squares out (use the 3 inch scallop square). I make them while I watch TV now so they don't take much concentration. I am doing a couple of classes on these at the end of the month and you get a whole pack of the fabric included in your class fee.
Here is another version of that Christmas card I posted the other day. For this one, I used the Deck the Halls fabric again for the ribbon, but I also attached one of the matching buttons to it. I think it really makes the card look more old fashioned. I used a rhinestone in the center of the snowflake too. This is one of my club cards for the next couple of weeks.
Here is a close up of the button and the linen thread. I LOVE these buttons! The fabric is so nice and it matches our colors perfectly.
I was at Target yesterday and they were putting out the Christmas stuff already and it isn't even Halloween yet! What the heck?? Well, it is never too soon to get started on those Christmas cards and here is a great one. My upline Melissa Ellis shared a similar card with me a few weeks ago and I changed it a little bit and did it for a swap with a group of friends. It is super easy and uses the new Northern Flurry embossing folder, the Candy Cane Christmas fabric, and the Tags til Christmas set. All of these items can be found in the Stampin Up Holiday mini catalog.
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I have always wanted to learn how to make these beautiful quilted ornament balls and one of my friends showed me this video on youtube. It was made by a girl named Angie. So, thanks Angie for making this awesome video tutorial. I can't wait to try it myself. Note: Angie (the girl who made the video) emailed me and here is a link to her blog.
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