Friday, April 13, 2018

Sight-seeing in Atlanta, Centre Stage and On Stage!

Hi, Stampers!

I attended Centre Stage and On Stage in Atlanta last week and had such a fun and informative time.  I am so excited about all the new products and colors!  I can't wait to share them with everyone!!!

My sweet sister-in-law, Mary, picked me up at the airport.  I wish I had a video to share of my dashing through 3 lanes of traffic and struggling with my huge suitcase, but we did it!!  We then parked her car and walked to a wonderful restaurant, Atlanta Breakfast Company, where we had theeeeee best food ever!!!  Mmmmmm, I'm still rememberering a wonderful peach cobbler French toast and a fried green tomato BLT on a biscuit.  Even without the "B" for me, it was unbelievably delish!  I highly recommend!!!
Yes, she's trying to lean out of our picture but we are happy to have her join us!
We then walked on to our destination, the Museum of Civil Rights and Human Rights for a wonderful afternoon of meandering this beautiful museum and being touched by sooooo many of the displays, films, audio presentations etc.  Again, I highly recommend!!

Being that we were all coloring daffodils with on Stampin' Blends before Easter, I had to TRY to get a picture of one of the last remaining daffodils of Spring, I'm afraid.  I really couldn't see what I was doing but managed to get a semblance of the colors.  A week or so ago I'm sure the rows and rows of these everywhere were just amazing!!!  I so enjoyed the wisteria, dogwood, and apple tree blossoms!  I miss those in Florida!  Thank you, Mary!!!

Centre Stage had an 80's theme!  Oksana, my friend and creative coach looked 80's pretty and I went 80's casual.  I actually have on legwarmers.  It was a fun dinner and included leadership training.  We also received our bags and catalogs early, along with a stamp set and lots of other goodies.  (You can see those below!)

Here is the evening's all-important dessert table!  Chocolate and raspberries!  Mmmmm!

Here is Oksana with some of her Downline Team!  Next year we will meet in Orlando so I'm hoping LOTS of my Team will attend!!
Stephanie, Oksana, Sheri and Lori

 Oksana and yours truly!  We had a fabulous time!

 Ahhhhh, yes!  The mid-afternoon chocolate cupcake celebrating Stampin' Up's 30th year!!

Here is some of our "swag"!  We came home with stamps, stamp pads, new In-Color markers, a wonderful journal, supplies and of course, my own cowbell, seen in the cupcake picture.  LOL

Now then......La piece de resistance!!!
Oksana presented me with theeeeee most fabulous gifts in Atlanta.  Here they are!  I love the catalog holder that she decorated.  It is perfect!  And the the French wine and yummy cookies and THENNN a hand decorated box full of surviving Centre Stage supplies--chocolate, a wonderful purple Signo gel pen, tags, mints,  and so much more.  Her tags were even very special and beautiful.  She is amazing and I am inspired!! Thank you, my friend!!

Happy Stamping, Everyone!!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Banners are Back, Convention Swaps, Card Making Fun!

Hi, Stampers!

Yayyyyy!  My banners came back, my blog was restored and all is well with Visa and Paypal.  (Darn hackers!!)  That's life these days, isn't it!

I'll be off to Atlanta on Thursday for Onstage fun!  A great opotunity to learn new techniques and to peek at new product awaits!!  Here are my swaps!  I only made around 45.  The lollipops make them bulky to pack but I love making those little pockets and swappers enjoy receiving them.  

Of course I have to bring out my retired chocolate bunny stamp.  He is so cute and so versatile.  I also used a very vintage little flower stamp that I keep in my kit.

Here is our "pretty" Easter card.  It gave us a chance to use our Stampin' Blends.  I look forward to their return at the end of May!
I used crafty SIL's fold idea again.  I love it!  Thank you Cindy Davis!!

I'm also loving the Sale-a-Bration floral foil papers.  They are so elegant on their own and so beautiful when you take your Stampin' Blends to them.  This card is inspired by my friend, Oksana Semenska's, design.  So fun! See more of Oksana's beautiful creations at

Here is another of our class projects.  I just love this little mermaid but I would feel badly if I trapped her in the bottle, so I gave her a heart background instead.  We "hand carved" our waves with our bone folders since yours truly forgot the embossing folder we were to use.  Thank you, Ranell Schlatter, for the great idea!!
I always told my junior high choir students that I got my best ideas from them and the same is true with my stampers!!

 Coming up this week we'll be brave and make a Brusho card.  We'll also make a pretty friend or Mother's Day card using the stamp set "A Mother's Flair".

Have a great weekend!!