I love having a birthday over a weekend – especially when it’s a long weekend! My birthday was Friday, and we celebrated all weekend. Actually, I started celebrating on Monday. We had a demonstrator meeting Monday evening. I had planned just a simple meeting – talk about the absolutely awesome Holiday catalog, maybe show some of the things we had made, answer questions about the new Compensation Plan, and then have our “make & take.”
My dear friend Christy always offers to help with meetings, so this time, she was bringing a “snack.” Our meetings are at 5:30 – which is not the best time. People are getting off work or getting dinner ready for families. But if we have it later, some of our demonstrators who travel have to drive up to an hour at night. So we opted for 5:30 to 6-ish, and have just a little something so no one will starve before arriving home.
Unbeknownst to me, Christy and the others planned a party for me. We had dinner and cake, and Christy made adorable little table favors. Judy brought me a gorgeous plant, and the flowers are my favorite color (Blushing Bride). And Christy gave me an “Advanced Tape Glider,” because she knew I wanted one but was too cheap to buy it. (Kind of like the MISTI from Mike which will be here tomorrow! WOOT!) For those of you who don’t know, the ATG is an adhesive for craft projects. It’s kind of like SNAIL, but bigger. Much, much bigger. (Think SNAIL on steroids.) And it has a handle and a trigger, and it’s “ab fab!” Oh – and did I mention that it’s pink? So cool. Thanks, Christy!
Besides all that, I got cards!! Here are some of them. I’ll post a photo of the flowers and the card from my friend Susan tomorrow. (I should have taken pictures of the party, but I was too overwhelmed to think about it.)
I love the fold on Liz’s card. The side flowers are peeking out from the inside. Too cute! And how gorgeous are the colors together? Pretty, feminine, but really festive at the same time.
I rarely do shaker cards, because you either have to use retired or non-Stampin’ Up! product or a ton of Stampin’ Dimensionals to keep whatever shakes from falling out. (Did I mention I’m cheap? Although, when I’m buying something from myself, I tend to spend a little more!) Christy’s shaker card is genius. She used clear cellophane (like one of our little cellophane treat bags), filled it with confetti, and then covered all the edges with washi tape. How clever is that? It takes four dimensionals for the shaker part instead of (and I’m estimating) 3000.
How gorgeous is this card? Carol’s not a “girlie card” kind of stamper, but she outdid herself on this one! I love Butterfly Basics, and she colored it perfectly. The little punched butterfly with the circle sentiment balance the card very well. And her designer series paper choice doesn’t overwhelm or fade into the background. It’s the perfect accent. See that striped paper on the left? She even made the envelope!
Sandy’s cards are always beautiful. I love the seam binding ribbon bisecting the card, and the soft colors in the layered flower. And the sponged Very Vanilla mixed with the pink is so soft and pretty. The rhinestone in the center of the flower is the perfect touch.
So you can see how the demo meeting kicked off a wonderful birthday week. I started my birthday with Mississippi Mud Pie and coffee in bed, delivered with the Happy Birthday song from Mike, and a bag of delicious whole bean coffee from Jon. Then I had lunch with my parents, Wes, and Amelia – and it ended with an amazing chocolate lasagne (Mom, you ROCK!). The day ended with shrimp cocktails with Mike & Jon. On Saturday, Jon’s friend Adrianna came to visit, and she brought me chocolate. And not just any chocolate. It was Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate. (Love that girl!) I got to see Miss Amelia every day except Saturday – because she was sleeping when we visited Steph and Wes for an impromptu cookout. And the rest of the weekend was spent just crafting, reading, and doing what I wanted. Perfect!
So here’s to another birthday! Each year gets better and better. Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day.