I have to say, The SU part of my trip was not nearly as fun as hanging out with the SCS crowd and with my friends at Cyndi's house. The phrase "Better Your Best" has stuck in my head though after they played it over and over again as the theme song. We made several projects and I messed most of mine up. I did learn a few new things and some really cool folds for little scrappy albums. I feel like SU was really pushing the scrap end of the business. I did enjoy most of the demonstrations and even though a couple were not so great, the overall convention was a success. I did realize that the Double Line Doodle set is much cuter in real life than what I have seen online. I liked it alot. I really wanted to win a free set and was disappointed that no one at our table won one, but thats just how it goes sometimes. I went as a guest to Jody, or Cyndi as they are both Demos and I am not one. The whole message that I felt was pushed was to demonstrate reproducable "wow" projects only their idea of wow is nothing compared to what we see as wow on SCS everyday. I am a little hard nut to crack aren't I? I got a big kick out of the reactions that the people that won free stuff had. Talk about the "Price is Right come on down reactions" LOL that was fun. The presenters were also enjoyable and did their projects with humor and enthusiasm. I would go back to one if I ever got the chance again.
I also had the chance to do some retail therapy. We went to a LSS that is near Cyndi' s house called Scrap n' Memories, then AC Moore, Then a Stamp Store in Williamsburg, Michaels, and I think that was it. I was able to find something to buy in every place (imagine that) We had some 40% off coupons for AC Moore that worked there and at Micheals so that was nice. I probably would have spent a lot more had I been given more time at the stamp store but the owners were rude and turned the lights out on us. They missed out because the 4 of us are big time spenders when its really cool stuff. Oh well. Sad for them.
This is a gift from my friend Jody aka Texasjodylynn. She makes beautiful projects for the Dirty Dozen gallery on SCS and I am so proud to have a few originals from her. She made a album for each of us that has the story of the first times we met in real life......its something I will always cherish. She also gave them to us in an alterable tin and through in a few other goodies as well. Thank You Jody!
This nightlight covered in the fabulous Romani paper from Basic Grey was created by my friend Tracy (kid305) I have been coveting one of these for the past year ever since she made one for the SCS Austin Gathering Door prize in April of '06. Finally I hinted enough for her to make me one! Thank you Tracy......I love it and its in my kitchen.
I have to say that I had so so much fun this weekend with my stampin' friends that I would do it again in a heartbeat! We acted like school girls and giggled, and stamped, and shopped , and we ate some fabulous food (a some not so fabulous) and we even played tourist to Old Colonial Williamsburg. I really enjoyed myself.
These are the gifts I made for the girls they are card holders to keep the cards we stamped while we were together. They are made form matboard covered in designer papers.
This is a picture of Jody and Tracy on the airplane seats D, E, and F girls! We flew from DFW on the same flight both going out to VA and on the return. It was so hard to say goodbye!
And Last but not least, no trip would be complete without a shot of the back of Cyndi's head! Its a joke we have between us. We are always looking at the back of Cyndi's head for some reason when we get together!