It’s a beautiful fall day here in Wisconsin!

Just needed to share one last look at summer:

???????????????????????????????I did have to crop this picture so that you would not see the weeds around it, but, isn’t my hydrangea beautiful?  I don’t have a green thumb, but, this plant must be in the perfect spot because I don’t do anything to help it along and it’s always being run over by the dogs and yet it comes up every year and is beautiful each year!

It’s been a busy couple of days.  I held my first Christmas card class on Wednesday and we were full to the brim!!  Hooray!  I got to see some of my stampers that have been busy with other things over the summer.  I enjoyed seeing them get “back in the saddle”and catch up on all their summer adventures and travels.

Yesterday I had a private class with one of my newest stampers, Jack.  He came to one class with his wife and decided that he wanted to have a special day with his daughter to celebrate her birthday.  It took a bit of juggling around, but, yesterday all 3 of our schedules coordinated and he brought his daughter Lyndsey here for her first stamping experience!  What a lovely way to celebrate!  She had no idea what they were going to be doing, just that it would be “creative”.  Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?  What a thoughtful gift.  They stamped the morning away and then went out to lunch.  (Of course, Peter did make cookies and had apples from my apple orchard trip to enjoy while they were here!)

Jack had given me a list of 5 cards he needed the day before and I designed some special cards for his list.  Lyndsay, not knowing what she was going to be doing, checked out my sample boards and picked 5 cards off of them to make.

This was not the usual class, usually I have everything decided and picked out ahead of time.  But, she was very patient as I ran around and collected and cut all the items that she needed for her card choices.  By the 4th and 5th card she was making them her own with color and design changes.  That was fabulous!  The whole idea around stamping is being creative and taking an idea and making it your own.  For never having stamped before she jumped right in and it turned out beautifully.   I should not have been surprised, after all she is a Mom and is used to multitasking!

I always call it an escape when I’m down here, but, your not just escaping, your opening a door to reveal your creative self!

Here’s Lyndsey and Jack with some of their finished cards:

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Lyndsey made the card above dramatically different from the original card.  Actually, I liked her’s better than mine!  She also changed up the inside:

???????????????????????????????Not only did she master stamping, we stamped on vellum, (which can be challenging), we embossed with the Big Shot, heat embossed and did masking.   That’s a lot of ground to cover on a first stamping experience!

Don’t you think that a day stamping with someone special sounds like fun?  I’m not sure who had more fun myself or Jack and Lyndsey!

If you would like to schedule a private party with one or more of your loved ones give me a shout out.  I would love to share with you what I  LOVE doing every day, stamping and being creative!

Happy Stamping!


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