Good day to you Stampers!

It’s a beautiful crisp fall day here in Wisconsin!

I spent the morning with two wonderful ladies that I used to work with at a medical clinic.  Thank you Mary, Annessa and baby Ava for a great visit.  It was fun catching up with you all.  To top it off I was able to use my grandma powers!  Miss Ava who is only 4 months old and a little peanut, decided that it was her time to cry and fuss.  Poor Annessa as a new Mom has already learned that most of her meals will be eaten cold.  I got to try my “sushing” sound and rocking and patting and eventually  Miss Ava fell fast asleep in my arms.  I don’t know that there is anything more precious than a sleeping princess in your arms.  It was WONDERFUL!

We met at a little restaurant in Williams Bay call Daddy Maxwell’s.  If you are in that area check it out.  You can’t miss it, it’s shaped like an igloo!  Bring cash as they don’t take credit or debit cards.  They have a daily special and a rather large breakfast menu.  I’m sure they have lunch and dinner, but, I didn’t read past the breakfast listings.  We had lots of talking to do!

Yes, at one time, I was a medical assistant and then later in my work history a receptionist at a medical facility.  Let me tell you, while those work places gave me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, patients and fellow employees, my job now is the most full filling.

With Stampin’ Up! I have been able to meet many new friends who are now a part of my stamping family.  Some come to all of my classes and some come only a few times  a year.  All are welcome and all are treasured.  They come from all different backgrounds and are of all different ages, which makes chatting with them so interesting as they have so much knowledge to share.

Yesterday was my October Product class.  The stampers all received the clear stamp set Ornamental Pine and we made 5 cards.  We had a great time both in the morning class and the afternoon class.  To show you what a small world this is, one of my stampers, Nancy Z. comes to visit every once in a while, (but, reads my blog daily!), was here and got to visit with June L.  Ends up they worked together about 20 years ago.  They met here by chance about a month ago and again yesterday.  Prior to that they had not seen each other for 10 years!!

Speaking of stamping, I have been burning the midnight oil and working on my cards for my November classes.  This is a warning, ladies, the techniques class cards are going to blow you away!!  My theme is “outside the box”, which means on each card, the image will be stamped twice with one image overlaying the other.  Here are a couple of samples:

???????????????????????????????This is the first one.  I cased it from some cards that I saw I Pinterest.  I do check out Pinterest every once in a while.  When people pin my cards I get an email.  I always like to pull up their boards and see what else they like.

I generally like to sit down and be inspired by a sketch or just something I’ve been dreaming about.  But, I could not resist this beautiful card and I really think my stampers will enjoy the simplicity and beauty of it.  The stamp set used is Wetlands.  The image was stamped in Memento ink and sponged with marina mist.

One more for today since I talked your ear off.  If you’ve stayed around to read all the chatter, you deserve another sneak peek!???????????????????????????????This one shows a colored slice of the image from our new photopolymer stamp set, Gentle Peace.  This is a great image to practice using your Blendabilities.  By doing only a portion of the image it’s not overwhelming to sit down and do a number of these beautiful cards for your Christmas mailings.   (Sorry for the big clip at the top, I took the photo right from my display boards.)

Thinking about religious images, here is another card we will be doing in my November Hostess Clubs:

???????????????????????????????This pop up box card uses the stamp set The Newborn King.  The image of the nativity and the trees are all on one stamp.  I stamped the image on very vanilla and colored them with my Blendabilities.  Then I cut them out in sections and adhered them to separate layers inside the box.  I’m excited to share this one with my stampers including directions so that they can make this card again.

I may have used up all my words for the day.  Sorry again, seems I am a little long winded today even in my closure!

Happy Stamping!

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