Sunday, April 17, 2016

Monday Montage #67

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Stampin' Up??? SERIOUSLY??!!??? I can't believe it has been TEN YEARS since I signed up to be a demo! I didn't even WANT to go to the first Stampin' Up "party" I was invited to!!! And THEN, I didn't even want to join the Stamp Club my friend, Shellee, invited me to. I did out more out of friendship than anything else (I mean, I LOVE crafty stuff, but I didn't really want to get SO MUCH crafty stuff!! DUH!!) And here I am doing another blog hop with my Monday Montage friends. Cannot IMAGINE my life without these amazing women!!!

I spent the better part of this past week crafting and creating ... and hanging out with MY PEEPS at Stampin' Up's OnStage 2016 event in downtown Salt Lake City. I did a lot of reflecting on my last 12-13 years ... I can't even IMAGINE how my life would be without the friendships I have made through being an SU demo. I have had wonderful experiences and made LIFE-LONG best friends. I feel like there is hardly I place in the US of A (and in a lot of extra countries!) that I can go and NOT have a welcoming and lovely friend with whom to spend time ... and one that would let me stay with them ... how many people can say that??? I feel SO blessed ... about a THOUSAND times over!!!

Stamps: Wetlands, Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Twist
Ink: Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Square Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, Oval Punch, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler

After we were done with the OnStage event, my BFF and fellow SU friend, Mindy Backes, and I went to the Tulip Festival out at Thanksgiving Point. It was GORGEOUS. And AMAZING! And a FABULOUS way to spend an afternoon.  Just LOOK at this tulip!!! And there were THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of flowers ... and waterfalls and bridges ... and wonderful, beautiful smells!  And all this loveliness is what inspired my card today ...

See what I MEAN??? I took a TON of pictures. It was VERY hard to choose which ones to put in this layout ... Mindy said something so very true ... "How could ANYone look at all this beauty and not feel the power of God in it??" I TOTALLY agree!!!

I also ran a half marathon yesterday morning (yeah, yeah ... I'm NUTS because when it was over I almost literally RAN home to get cleaned up so I could attend the last session of OnStage at the Salt Palace!!). I felt GREAT when I was done ... and am STILL feeling good. Got some new shoes, so I know THAT helped ... but I actually think all the crazy training I've been doing is finally starting to pay off!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... was SO happy to be able to hug Amy this past week ... and TOTALLY missed Melissa and the other girls on our team who couldn't be there!!! They are SUCH blessings in my life!!

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1 comment:

Cathy Casey said...

I love your card and it totally captures the feeling of the beautiful flowers at Thanksgiving Point! So beautiful :)