Is it March yet?

You're wondering if I've dropped off the face of the earth, aren't you?
Well, I can sum up this month, so far, with 3 words: Snow, Flu, Houseguests

For the last 2 weeks, SOMEONE in my house has had the flu. We keep wiping down all of the surfaces with Clorox, and washing our hands like crazy, but it just kept creeping up on us. On top of that we've got two extra people in the house and more snow than I've seen in, well, 30 Years! Housebound and passing the flu back and forth like a football. Not fun at all! Unfortunately, that means that everything else has fallen by the wayside. I'm behind on phone calls (28 of them waiting for me tonight), behind on classes (stuff to design as well as last week's February Cards Class), and still sort of dragging along from my own bout of the flu earlier this week. Things are looking up though!...
I'm teaching Friday afternoon at Cord, but I'm going to try to catch up on my messages before and after. Please don't be offended if you get an email from me during the day, I just want to make sure I catch up with everyone. Until then... Stay safe, stay healthy and my personal stock tip for you this week: Chlorox Wipes! :)



Sorry, but I'm going to have to postpone this week's classes because I have the flu now :( I'll be back later in the week with an update.


February Cards

Hasn't this been a crazy week? It's been so long since I've seen so much snow. It was kind of fun at first, I'll admit. My Daughter-in-law, Nicole and my Grandson, Elijah have been spending a lot of time here with us since the 1st of the month. They used to live in Hawaii, but they're staying here in Central Ohio for a few months while my son is in Tech School in the Air Force. It started snowing right around the time they got here. I think they're really starting to miss Hawaii, especially this week when the snow drifts on our deck reached part way up the window in our kitchen!!! With the kids being off school, this week has been especially challenging. Throw in a couple cases of the flu, and I think you'll understand why I had to postpone the February Cards class until next week. You saw the pictures above, and now here are the details.

February Cards Class

Evening Date: Wednesday, February 24th Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Morning Date: Thursday, February 25th Time 10:00am-Noon
Cost: $18 for 12 Cards / Envelopes
Place: Terri's Home in Hilliard (send me an email if you need directions)

Join us as we create 3 each of 4 different designs for a total of 12 cards. Everything will be pre-cut and ready for you to stamp, embellish and assemble. Envelopes are included. Please bring scissors and your favorite adhesives with you to class. RSVP, class size is limited. Can't join us? Class Kits are available for just $23, prepaid prior to class.

Hope you can make it to class!
Phone: (614) 777-9288


Leadership Conference, etc.

These are the goodies I received at the Leadership Conference, a stamp set that will be available in the Summer Occasions Mini Catalog, With All My Heart Stamp Set (from the current Occasions Mini Catalog), Conference Agenda with notes, Downline Handbook Template, a gorgeous tote bag in black, white and pink, a quilt square made by the Stampin' Up! warehouse personnel, plus a Stampin' Up! badgeholder bag and a special pen. And, as a member of the randomly chosen 'Green Waves' group, I also won a prize packet that included the Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, Real Red Corduroy Buttons and the On Board Heart Shaped Book! We were treated with yummy lunches everyday, a variety of inspiring classes, make and takes, and lots of demonstrations, too!

At the Manager's Reception we were greeted at the bus with a Rebozo (A long rectangular shawl of hand-woven fabric with fringed ends worn over the head and shoulders chiefly by mexican women. Mine was Brilliant Blue!) Then we were transported (by bus) back in time to Old Mexico where we were greeted by a Mariachi Band and then treated to home-made salsa, tortillas, churros, and other mexican goodness! Then we went into the arena to see a Mexican-American Rodeo. They passed out maracas and bottles of rootbeer and we cheered on the rodeo riders and rope twirlers. Everything was wonderful until one of the riders broke his leg, right in front of us. Poor guy! (We got an update later that said that he had broken through both of the bones on the bottom of his leg, but that he would be back in the saddle in THREE MONTHS! Wow!). After that, we were treated to dancing demonstrations from one of the local high schools and dinner that included Grilled Tenderloin of Beef with Pearl Onions and Mushroom Ragout paired with Ancho Honey Glazed Shrimp and a Sonoran Braised Chicken Enchilada! Dessert was a variery of fruit filled Empanadas. Yummy! We also received a beautifully wrapped Love Bandit Stamp Set. I wish I had a picture but my camera was acting up so I didn't get one before it was opened! :(

A Stampin' Up! Regional was planned for the day after leadership ended so Mindy and I decided to stay (along with a large group of the most wonderful women!). We were given the Vintage Vogue Stamp Set and were able to do a variety of make and takes with it. Lunch was boxed (which made Mindy very happy, she just wasn't into the southwestern types of food we had up to that point :). There were business tips and demonstrations, and I got to talk to Shelli Gardner for a few minutes. She was so gracious! At one point her husband, Sterling, came around and took a picture of the girls at our table and, would you believe it showed up on Shelli's blog the next day?! Wow! We're superstars... or is that STAMPstars? LOL! Anyway, it was a great day and if you ever get the chance to go to one of Stampin' Up!'s Regional Seminars, I highly, highly recommend it.

So, these are just some of the things that I brought back with me from the Leadership Conference in Phoenix (you'll have to come see me if you want to see all of the swap cards I received!!!). I wanted to wait until my downline had the chance to see it all. So many fun things, you can imagine how much trouble I had fitting everything into my bag to come home! Next year I'm going to take an extra bag just for my giveaways and swaps! And, you can bet that I'll carry it on with me. Clothes can be replaced, but this stuff can't :)


Feb 2010 Isle of Ink Stamper's Gathering

Make and Takes- Love Bots Box with life savers in cello,
5/8" Circle Charm (bracelet wasn't included), and napkin ring.

Our group's newest Demonstrators. From left to right:
Pam Dean, Leslie Sleesman and Wendie Hartman.

From left to right: Dawn Stock, Terri Meehan and Geneva Collins

Dawn Buck (left) and Darlene Cope (right)

Jen Slater (left) and Stephanie Gibson (right)

We had such a good time last night at our monthly Isle of Ink Stampers, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator gathering! We had demonstrations from Dawn Stock, Leslie Sleesman and Terri Meehan. Mindy Gray talked to us about setting goals in our business, and we had 3 Make and Take projects. Our top ten was announced with the top 3 earning Free stamp sets. Note:Mindy Gray was also here with us, but she was laughing when I took her picture and she blinked at just the wrong moment. Trust me, she would have never forgiven me for posting that particular picture :)