Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun at my House!!

The ladies came over on Saturday for a little Stamp Time! It's been so long since we've been together and we had the BEST time...we just wish that everyone could have been here! Aileen will be hosting at her house next month - so keep in touch and we hope to see you all then!

To see what you missed -
Stephany...with that smile that is always on her face!

Aileen is focused on making her piece fit....someday we're going to show her how to use a ruler FIRST!!

Ellie stopped by to say hello and joined in on all the fun!

Using the Sweet Centers for Halloween! No...we did NOT eat all of the candy corn!

This is the cover of the waterfall scrapbook card I demo'd

Page one

Pages 2 - 3

Page 4 - 5

Pages 6 - 7

Pages 8 - 9

Pages 10 - 11 and the back cover that slides out.

Looks hard...but really so easy!!!

This is embarrassing to use my card as the example of the card that Steph demo'd for us....I think I was leaning when I placed my center piece on!

I do know that this paper from the Mini is going on my next order...this paper is gorgeous!!

Aileen shared a quick gift good for any time using Upsy Daisy and inside is the 3 x 3 post it notes. I am SO glad that she showed us to use the crimper on the left...or I would have been scoring that thing until suppertime!!

We had the MOST fun making Aileen's cheerleaders!! Every one of them was different and of course, being the competitive group that we are, each one HAD to be better than the one someone else did!

Mine has no eyes/face....which upsets Aileen terribly...but I know when I have reached my limit...and the "eyes" do not have it!

Hope to see everyone next month...maybe Steph will bring her chocolate covered strawberries again!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday, Chad and Megan!!

September 1st is
Chad and Megan's 26th birthday!

Just for a little fun:

This is Megan and Chad
September 1984

This is Megan and Chad
September 1990

This is Megan and Chad in 2009

Your father and I are very proud of the both of you!

Happy Birthday!!!

Wings of Friendship

I am absolutely in love with this stamp set Wings of Friendship!

I am just as in love with the new In Colors for 2009-2010!

Colors here are Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Pretty in Pink.

The nicest thing that Stampin' Up! did for us this year was to make the Markers in the new In Colors....thank you, thank you!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Wedding Present

Very good friends of ours are getting married today...and what in the world do you get for a couple our age combining two households???? A bottle of Dom Perignon of course!!

I used the Wings of Friendship set again and this time used the smaller stamp to accent Clyde and Cindy's tag and added it to the top of the bottle.

I found an AWESOME wine box at Tuesday Morning (LOVE that store!) and dropped the bottle in.

All I had to add was a card:

I added the envelope for the card to the wine box by looping my ribbon into the side of the envelope before sealing it up so it would hang from the handle. I then added another tag to match the one on the bottle and used velcro to close.

I am really pleased with how this turned out!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Waterfall Scrapbook

I love Heather Summers!!

Heather is a Stampin' Up! Demo in Canada that does Amazing things with paper!

I have taken several of her Punch Classes and they are worth every penny - 20 classes for $20 and that includes your PDF with instructions as well as a video for those that are visual learners...and that would be ME!

Her latest offering is the Waterfall Scrapbook and her release date is perfect timing.

I also belong to a Swap Group on Paper Craft Planet that another wonderful Canadian has started. Our swap for September is to be a mini album...and this one is perfect. Kelly loves Basic Grey paper (and so do I which is why I happened to have a pad of Wisteria on hand :o) Imagine my utter truly!!... when I found out that the new Stampin' Up! colors for 2009-2010 match this paper perfectly!!!

I used the Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry and I am REALLY please with how it turned out.

Side note...should you order the Waterfall Scrapbook from Heather (and you really should - this was so easy to do and does NOT look like it at all!) be sure to stop by her website for the August 20th post where she shows you how to band it all together...I missed that step and made it a lot harder than I needed to :0)
Add Video

Page 1

Page 2-3 - See the back page peeking out?

Page 4-5 - Back Page a little longer....

Page 6-7 - These are my favorite pages...I used the Sakura Clear Star Gel Pen to outline each one of the is sooo pretty!

Page 8-9 - Back Page much larger

Page 10-11 - Back page is pulled out completely!

Now, I can't wait to make one of these for myself - isn't that the way it always works????

Circle Circus

I LOVE the combination in this card of Real Red, Black and Whisper white. I also used Best Wishes from the Oval All set as well as the large oval punch and the scallop oval punch. What made this card come together so easily was using the 1 1/4" square punch! I would have been all day trying to center those on little squares!

More Sweet Centers

This card was just too cute not to post!!

Sweet Centers has been a very long time...but I went on a break for a while...but I'm back and having a blast!! I haven't been this excited about new things from Stampin' Up in a while...but the cards using the Sweet Centers today are just TOO cute!

The cups used in this card are only $2.95 for 12...inexpensive enough to be THE mom at your kids' next function at school - especially with Halloween coming up. They have their own self adhesive so they'll stick securely to your card...a handy thing when using candy instead of beads and buttons!

How, you may ask, are you supposed to mail something this big???

Order the special padded envelopes, of course!

Another new set from Stampin Up is Circle Circus....I LOVE this set!! It is also the perfect compliment to the Sweet Centers set should you not want to add the cups.

I've been having fun this weekend and have more to come!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Soldier's Homecoming

I've lived in Fayetteville, NC for a little over 20 years now. Our family has had many friends and neighbors in the military and have seen them leave on deployments and have been blessed to welcome them all home...but I've never been to "GreenRamp" on Ft Bragg, I've just heard about it. But, as a civilian, you just assume that going to welcome your loved one home can't be a lot different than going to the airport and welcoming any loved one home...all that changed on March 24, 2009.

Chad was deployed to Afghanistan in November of 2008. He joined up with the 101st Division out of Ft Campbell, KY - A Company 2nd- 506th. He certainly was a lot more fortunate than most...his deployment was five months when most others were 12 months.

There is a system you have to go through when your soldier is preparing to come home. For security purposes, you might have an idea when they will be coming home, but no definite is on stand-by until the official word. The first notice comes (or should come) about 72 hours out. That gives family like ours time to pack and hit the road for a 10 hour drive. The second notice comes about 12 hours out with a definite time...well, as definite as anyone can get...even civilian airlines are not always on time!

So the excitement begins when you pack your bags and start your ride. If you're as lucky as Rick and I were, you have someone waiting for you when you arrive to walk you through the Guiding Angel was Diana and her two beautiful children...and the rest of the wives from 1st Platoon.

Rick and I drove on Post and to the Battalion offices where buses were waiting to take us over to the hanger to begin waiting for our soldiers. My Guiding Angel was waiting for Rick and me with the rest of the wives and children so that we could ride over together...I didn't fully appreciate it then...but this was the beginning of a bond that I am sure will last for a very, very long time!

One of the greatest parts of being a Grandparent is that you are usually recognized as one...and when you offer to help with little ones...those little guys usually recognize you as one of the good guys!

This little cutie kept me occupied on the ride over to the hanger!

I have a few more pictures below of the bus ride over....Rick told me his camera has image stabilization...but I guess that doesn't work for bouncy buses. My first picture is of Diana, my Guiding Angel...Chad will HAVE to get me a better picture of her later!

Diana "My Guiding Angel"

Riding the bus over, we were delivered to the hanger on the flight-line where the plane would be coming in on. This is the "Good New - Bad News" part. The good news is that you are only a short time away from seeing your soldier - the bad news is you need to be there two hours early! The American Legion was there with coffee, drinks and popcorn. The kids were all having a blast running around the middle of the gym - we even had a country western singer playing for us...I kept waiting for someone to start a line dance...but the didn't :) Then, every half hour, someone stood up at the podium and said, "Flight Number (I forget) is approximately 2 hours/1 and a half hours/1 hour/a half hour out! "

Then the big announcement comes that they are heading in...THIS is where it's good to have friends that have done this before...the trick is to quietly start gathering the kids up and move outside to get the GOOD spot. Start jumping up and getting excited, well, then you have to fight the crowds!!

And we wait...Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, wives and children, friends, relatives, Veterans that still come out to show their appreciation! It's like a huge family reunion.

And then someone yells, "The PLANE!!"

It seems to take forever for it to land, then it taxis in.

And then the first soldiers begin to deplane....

That's when it hits are now a part of something a lot bigger than you thought. I knew that Chad was on that plane...he'd called us from Maine about 4 hours before that...but all of a sudden I really needed to see him. As you watched soldiers deplaning you thought of all those that had gone over...and not come home. You remembered those that had deployed with this group who had come home early injured. All the prayers - all the time that he been gone came down to one final prayer, "Thank You."

We watched them file by - then finally - that one soldier out of many that raised his finger to say his first "Hello"

And it was all good....

BUT we still couldn't reach out for that first hug...nope, first they had to drop their gear

Then we were herded back into the hanger. As soon as we were settled, the back doors of the hanger were pulled back and in entered our soldiers!!

There was a brief...and they were good, it was a very brief, welcome home speech...then they were dismissed for 15 minutes with family!!

This is the last picture that Rick took that day. There was then a lot of waiting around while they turned in their gear - then we took Chad back to his apartment.

Rick and I thought we would take Chad out to dinner...celebrate...but when he got to his apartment Chad immediately took off his uniform and boots, changed into his pajama pants and t-shirt and we took one look at him and said, "He'll never change out of that to go out!!"

Thank goodness there was an awesome barbecue place across the street that we ordered take out from! We brought that back (with sweet tea of course!!) ate dinner, heard stories and looked at his pictures. And yes, every once in a while I would reach out and touch him....just because I could.