Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beautiful Projects, Beautiful Ladies, Beautiful Day!

I still can't get over the wonderful trip I had this past weekend with Diana Gibbs and Rhonda Morgan. Ohhhh ... the location was beautiful and it was such a perfect day, not too hot, just right! The venue was beautiful and Di and Rhonda had everything planned to perfection. Look at this beautiful ballroom! They had a change of venue at the last minute, not their fault but the facility and ended up getting this place. Wow ... it was great!

They had tons and tons of display boards. Wish I could have taken pictures of every card to post as well as give credit to the person who made it.

I love this little gal!

This was one of our Make & Take projects.

Another Make & Take.

This was a beautiful stationary box with cards and envelopes that we made with the Day and Night DSP for a Make & Take. I think I'll hold a class on this. Beautiful!

A darling monogrammed bag using the stencil and Shimmery Paint. A Make & Take!

I love this gal ... she's from North Carolina and flew all the way to Di and Rhonda's event!

This is her sister from California!

Here we are in 'full swing'.

Thanks for the lunch, Barbara!

The famous 'two-some' ... Diana Gibbs and Rhonda Morgan. I'm not kidding when I say that they are two of the best stampers I've ever seen! And Di won the Artisan Award! I've never seen a card that she's stamped that I haven't loved!

Rhonda is a riot! When we out to dinner after the event her napkin kept sliding off her lap so she tucked it into the waistband of her pants. When she stood up to leave I wondered what was swinging in front of her private parts and it was her napkin. She was going to wear it home, I guess! We laughed and laughed until we almost wet our pants. It really looked like a loin cloth.

The next few pictures are photos of Rhonda's presentation using stencils, paste, shimmery paint, glitter and ink refills. Beautiful! You should see them shimmer and sparkle in the light.

Another Make & Take. Isn't this marvelous?

Here's Rhonda with her napkin stuck in her waistband. Marlene and her daughter (the chef), Jenn joined us at dinner at The Deli. I think it was in Queens Creek. A wonderful place to eat with homemade everything. It was delicious. What did I have? Bean soup with a pickle or two! We had such a good time laughing and eating. After dinner Diana took me to her stampin' studio out in the country. It's a beautiful room that's been converted from a garage. I'm wanting one just like hers now! And I enjoyed meeting her son, hubby, and Toby the dog.

I hope you enjoy the projects as much as I enjoyed looking at them!

Now for the big news that I promised to share. I can't share it just yet. I jumped the gun and thought I'd be able to let you in on what I've been working on, but I can't just yet. So, for me teasing you I'm going to be giving away a free pass to UStamp with Dawn and Friends. All you have to do is leave a comment after this post and I'll have a drawing for the winner. Sorry for opening my big mouth too soon.

Be sure and check out ewillow at the top of my blog. The site is active now and you can now show for paper projects, and if you sign up to have an account by September 30th, your first month is free!

Getting ready for Toronto this weekend for Caroline LeBel's Stampin' Palooza. Can't wait to share with you!

Love to you all!!!


mom48 said...

If I am first to comment, do I win?
Looks like SO much fun and such great projects. I am glad you are still involved with the demonstrators, even though it is privately. I hope it becomes very profitable for you. That would be great!

AND, you look Marvelous!

Lynn Hampton
Linden, CA

Diana Gibbs said...

Hi Linda,
We had so much fun having you here, and I loved the time we got to spend together.
Dinner was a riot, perhaps we should stamp up a loin cloth for Rhonda! ha!
Have fun in Canada at Caroline's.


elvira said...

Hi Linda!
I am so glad I got to meet you and I am happy that you liked our ballroom! I only wish I could have shown you my studio!! Maybe next time! :)
Keep up the good work~~you look mahvelous!!!:)

Kristin Markus said...

OK - enough teasing us!

Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve for Palooza this weekend! woohoo!

Have a great week and see you Saturday!

juels said...

The cards are stunning, but you far outshine them...WOW woman, you have always been gorgeous, but now you look even better. Hope you are feeling as great as you look! We really need to get together and have lunch or something! Love ya jj

Jane said...

Looks like I am having trouble posting...let's try again. Thanks for sharing this event what fun it looks like. You look terrific and can't wait to hear your surprise.
Cobb, CA

stampurr said...

Hi Lovely Linda,
you look terrific and very happy. so glad that you are still active with demos, just wish you were coming to california soon!!i miss you...and i still love your short hair, the shorter the better (HA HA)
thank you for sharing your pics..

love, cindi
hemet, ca

Anonymous said...

All of the cards are great and it looks like you had a wonderful time, but what I noticed most is how FABULOUS you look!!!! Woo hoo!!

Marie :)

Rhonda Morgan said...

Hi Linda!
OMG, I am LOL and cannot believe you told my napkin story to the entire world! Too funny, at least there isn't a picture of my "almost" puddle on the floor of the restaurant from me laughing so hard!!
You were wonderful and I will always cherish the time we spent together!
Can't wait to hear what you have yet to announce!!

Jen Blank said...

You GO GIRL!!!!!! You look great and it is wonderful to see you having so much FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Jen Blank

Dawn Dickinson said...


Great pictures and looks like it was alot of fun. Love all the samples!

Lisa H said...

Linda, It was so wonderful to have you join us girls at our event. I have already taken advise from your motivational speech and put it to good use. Take good care of yourself and I look forward to seeing you again sometime! ~Lisa

Handcrafted By Dawn said...

Wonderful cards and projects and with so many smiling faces it shows what a fabulous time you all had! Thanks for sharing your visit with us and Linda, you look fantastic, congrats and keep up the good work!

Heather A said...

Looks like an awesome event. Hope that you have a great time in Toronto at Caroline's event.

Sylvia said...

Goodness you are a popular lady. :) You look great. I'm so happy for all your successes. I miss stamping with you. Next time you have something at your place let me know. I want to do the stencil bag. It looks amazingly fun. Miss you!

Lisa said...

The suspense is killing me. HURRY!

Anonymous said...

Looks like your keeping busy....maybe you can come to New England??? That would be awesome...You do look Fab! Keep up the good work...looking forward to the big news!!!

Love to you and yours.

Mel Hopes said...

I sure want to win. I love all her stuff!!!!!

Pick me Pick Me!!!!

see you tomorrow.


Kathryn W. said...

I love your blog. I check it everyday to see what new and fun things you are up to. It sounds like you had an amazing time with Diana and Rhonda. Maybe you could do something locally here along the beautiful Wasatch Front! I would love to attend. I'm glad your still an active demo. We need wonderful people like you!
I can't wait to find out the surprise. Soon, I hope!
Thanks (and you do look mah-velous dahling!),
Kathryn Whittaker
Herriman, UT

Charles said...


Thank you so much for coming to AZ for the event, sharing your stories and wisdom and of course your beautiful smile and hot new body. It was a blast sitting next to you and I hope we were not to crazy for you. We are always getting into trouble with Rhonda. Yes, Rhonda. LOL

Lynda Gordon

Lucinda said...

Hi Linda,

It was so great to meet you and to hear your words of wisdom for us as mothers and demonstrators! You are such an inspiration to me!

Lucinda Fish :)

vhudon said...

It was a pleasure meeting you, you are inspirational, motivating, funny and to top it off you have a great voice. Had a lot of fun! Thank you.

Virginia Hudon
Glendale, AZ

Catherine said...

I know I left comments yesterday. This is so weird. You look great. Unbelievable even. And it looks like so much fun!

jeannievbarron said...

You really look great in the pictures, and your having so much fun. Good for you!

jeannievbarron said...

You look great in the pictures and it looks like you are having a great time. Good for you!

Terry Times said...

Linda, I was scheduled to be there but due to health issues I missed seeing the new you. You look absolutely gorgeous. I know you enjoyed your time with all of us gals from the Southwest. Thanks so much.
Theresa Leonard

Anonymous said...

I just love reading your posts! This was a great one chuck full of lots and lots of ideas!

You look fabulous and I am so happy that you are still stamping with us!

Now if I can just win that pass.

Lots of Love,
Hyrum, UT

Maureen said...

Hi Linda!! Wow - Diana and Rhonda are my side-line sistahs....and my up-line is Di's Bff Tracy Altemose... so I KNOW how much you were laughing with the gals!!! I was thinking I could use a free ticket I have and some free time (since I am laid off) and go - but Tina Rosenkrans Fall Fest was the same day...I would have loved seeing you ALL!! But I am so glad you had a marvy time....and the samples are awesome... I laughed through our whole post!!! LOL Hope you get to be speaker at a whole host of private SU events all over the place because we all just LOVE you!!! And you look marvelous!!! (sorry -I always think of Billy Crystal when I say that - but I mean it!!)

ok gotta go...just wanted to stop in and say hi!!

Jane said...

Thanks so much for sharing. The event sure sounded fun!

Carmen said...

Sounds like a blast!! The projects all look fabulous!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures--the display boards are beautiful!

Sweet Stamper said...

Looks like you had an awesome time. I so wish that I could come to one of those events.

I have been following your blog for some time now... and I have to say that you look absolutely wonderful, not that you weren't an already beautiful lady, but gosh.. the weight loss is awesome! Keep it up, Beautiful Lady!

Shilo Garland said...

I really love reading your blog. You make it so entertaining. I am attending Stampinpalooza and I look forward to seeing you!

SimplySavage said...

I was hoping for this big news! I cannot wait to hear what it is!

DinaPEA said...

I'm so disappointed that I can't see you in Toronto! I hope you have a blast and enjoy Toronto as much as Arizona!`

Anonymous said...

You look GREAT!
It is so wonderful to see you participating in various stamping events. You were always a great convention presenter and I can only imagine the wonderful time those gals are having with you!
It would be a treat to see your creations posted for all of us to enjoy!

Ahlquist Family said...

It is so fun to check your blog! You are a riot! Although we have never met, I feel like I know you just from reading your blog!
Queen Creek, AZ

Twila said...

Wow, I haven't checked your blog for awhile and you are looking great! Looks like you had a good time with great friends. Love the display boards!Super cards!

Chris said...

you look great in your photos! Isn't it great to see the pounds come off? I've lost 100 lbs in the last 2 years and I have to say that when I see pictures of myself with my kids and grandkids, I don't wince anymore and no hiding in the back either. It is very liberating. Look forward to hearing your news.
Chris Gallacher
Redlands, CA

Melis said...

Thank you for sharing all of those gorgeous projects! I am on my way to check out UStamp right now! :)