Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Last day of school tomorrow!

I just cannot believe that this school year is OVER already, how did that happen? It's just been a crazy couple of weeks since we got back from our trip, so many school events, plus trying to fit a month's worth of work into two weeks, I need a nap! Today I went to Finlay's field (sports) day and Callum's "Un-birthday" party that his teacher put on to celebrate all the summer birthday kids - it was a lot of fun! Above are the little party favors Callum made for his friends - he chose those "rolls" of gum that I never let him eat and I was happy to agree, anything to avoid having to make cup cakes or mince pies like Finlay always insists on.

Then he decorated them with animals from the fox and friends stamp set and these giant flowers we cut out with the new Island floral die. Easy peasy. Look at how trashed my craft room is now! I have just been running in there and pulling everything out and quickly closing the door... no wonder my kids' rooms are such a mess! We leave for England on Sunday so I am just running around like CRAZY! It's all good. Have a wonderful week! Brenda

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day Everybody! I hope it was wonderful - mine was - until my youngest started throwing up, sigh, back to reality!
Look at the lovely card Callum made me - It has a letter in it - he says "you are the greatest mom because you give me food" That's my boy! Always thinking about his belly. Finlay made me a pair of Duct Tape slippers. Aren't they fun?!!

Then look at this amazing card - One of my lovely customers, Kim, was at stamp club on Thursday and sharing with us some of the cards she's been making. She handed me this beautiful Mother's Day card to look at and imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw MY picture inside! I had emailed her some pictures from my trip and she downloaded one of the photographs, "improved" it a little (thank you Kim!) and used it to make me a card. I was so touched!

Have a great week! Brenda

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Back from the Southern Caribbean!

Oh My!!! We had SUCH a brilliant vacation! Stampin' Up! just spoiled us rotten - it was fabulous! I was really looking forward to the trip (scroll down!) beforehand but it completely exceeded all my expectations! It would be hard to go wrong in the Caribbean of course but we loved being on the cruise ship, all the activities and the food (that's always a big hit with my family!) And I loved getting lots of ideas and inspiration and rubbing shoulders with some of the stampers I have admired (not stalked of course) from afar. The share night was fabulous with an overwhelming number of ideas and a chocolate buffet! Yikes! Then, every night when we got back to our cabin, there was a present waiting for me - isn't that amazing? I felt like a little kid at Christmas every day, plus there was a little "fishy" hanging from the gift that we would take to the hospitality suite the following day and spin a gameshow type wheel to win another gift. Here are just a few of the almost 600 pictures I took... You can see Fort Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a pirate ship we took our little pirates out on, some beachy shots and some stamping shots! Our make and take was from Midnight till 2 a.m. one night, so I was a little spacey and even slower than usual (imagine that?!) I am so grateful to my lovely customers for helping me to earn that trip of a lifetime. Thank you so much! Brenda