What an AMAZING event with Tara Bazata, a member of the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board and her Spring Stamposium event. The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful, sunny, warm day when Tara picked me up at the airport and took me to her beautiful home. She and her husband and three boys were the perfect hosts. They cooked me a lovely dinner and then I had the privilege of watching Tara 'create' in her gorgeous stamp room. I'll tell you ... a stamp room all your own is every crafter's dream. She had a place for everything and it was so well organized. It was fun looking at all of the new product and the new colors that will be coming out in July.
I'm sooo excited for the new color renovation. All I can say is, "It's about TIME!" We've needed a new, updated color line for quite a few years and this is an exciting change. Can't wait to get my hands on the new inks. What a great idea to include a sheet of the new colors in our Stampin' Success!
We had the most amazing stamping demonstrations - look at some of these gorgeous creations ... flowers made from fabric. Use them for pins, necklaces, embellishments on headbands, bracelets. You name it ... our presenter showed us how! I apologize for not giving credit where credit is due ... I've lost my folder with my program in it and I can't remember the presenter's names. BOOOO to me!
This is one of my favorite Denver buddies --- Sylvia Simpson. I've known Sylvia and Cheryl Burnside for years and love them dearly. The first time I came to Denver they picked me up, showed me the sites around town and took me to the Mile High Stampers Event with Connie Ingram. We've had FUN ever since! Sylvia took me back to the airport, which gave us lots of time to gab and catch up with each other.
Me and Cheryl! We're going to plan an over-nighter at Cheryl's cabin in the mountains and stamp all day in our p.j.'s. Sounds like fun!
This is my lovely sister-in-law, Carrie, who lives in Aurora, Colorado. She came over to hear my presentation. So good to see family. I love her so much! They are the best parents and have such a good family. Their oldest is getting ready to serve a mission for our church. I can't believe that Jake is all grown up!
Well ... it's fun looking at these wonderful pictures and remembering all of my wonderful 'sisters'. I have the best life and am so blessed with so many friends all over the world!
It's off to Chicago this weekend to visit Janice Weightman and her group. She's even going to let me borrow her dog so I won't miss Dieter so much! :)
On a sad note ... I shouldn't leave you with a sad post, but it needs mentioning. Our youngest daughter's father-in-law, who was only 55, died of a massive heart attack while exercising on the tread mill. We just visited with him on Sunday when Emma was blessed at church. We had a lovely dinner at Lindsey and Ryan's home after church where we visited with Blair and his family. He has two missionaries out in the field, who won't be able to come home for the funeral. One's in Germany and the other is in Washington State. He has another son who just left for Europe this week and is stuck in Europe due to the volcano in Iceland. He'll probably miss his Dad's funeral too. Life has a lot of hiccups in it, doesn't it? It's always sad when our loved ones are taken so soon and so early in life. I know there is a better place where he is, but it's still hard to have him taken so suddenly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and Lindsey! For you demonstrators, Ryan Martineau is your finance guy at Stampin' Up! He's responsible for you getting paid!
On a happier note ... hold on to your hat ... and mark July 23rd on your calendars for an evening event with me and some fellow stampers, for dinner and stamping and some very special guests. You won't want to miss out. More details to follow shortly!