Hello all my friends and I know, I know…(hanging head low)…I’ve been absent from blogging the past few days….sorrrryyyyyy! It has been some CRAZY good times for me the past 2 weeks…dang…LOL! Get back from CHA and kinda…semi-recovered from it and then we headed 3.5 hours south to Norfolk, VA on Saturday to see Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert in concert (me, Alexa, my mom & niece). We had pit seats and yup we were right up against the stage…oh yeah baby…it was awesome and they both rocked it (see pics below). We got home around 3:30 am from the concert, I was exhausted and lacking my voice LOL cuz yeah I’m a bit of a screamer….why not eh?! Then we had friends and teens over for Super Bowl Sunday (yeahhhhhh Giants…way to bring it home) and I think we got in bed at 1 am. Then I was up & out the door by 8:30 am to head to NC to see my friends at Betty’s Stamping & Scrapbooking Room Store (in Greensboro, packed to the gills with goodies so get on over there to shop if you live close lol). I also got to have dinner with my pal Cyndi Bundy at her restaurant in Winston-Salem and then met up with another friend that evening that I hadn’t seen in ages. So bedtime was around 2 am and then I was up and outta there and back on the road home for the 4.5 hour drive…I got home at 1:30 pm and sat in my chair and promptly fell asleep for 2 hours until kids got home. WOW—I never ever take naps unless its on a plane so I guess I was beat huh? Yep I was, so I’ve been working but my creative mojo took a hit and I didn’t even go up into my craft room at all for 4 days but think I am recovered from all that. Slow down? Yeah I hear you all asking me that, and ummmm well NO…not till I’m dead….life’s too short and there is lots to do and I won’t complain much but you gotta do what you gotta do when the opportunity strikes LOL! Plus I’ve always been a very spontaneous person and the more the better is how I like to live so YES 2012 will be packed to the gills with travel, events, family stuff and crafty stuff…so hope you’ll join me on the journey
I had a blast at CHA yes I did and I got to meet up with lots of my friends which is always fun and met some new friends and got to do lots of fun things. I have a slideshow below for you of some pics. Thanks to all the ladies that came out to my classes in Anaheim, it was fantastic to meet you all and so much fun! Some parts of CHA are a blur as I ran from 7 am till 1 am every day working, meetings, lunches & usually 2 dinners and then drinks with another group afterwards. So YES CHA is a blast but boy the CHA hangover can really suck it outta ya…so if you get the chance to go beware ok LOL. I will be at summer CHA in Chicago again this year so if you are coming, make sure to come meet up with me ok…I love to see everyone!
I will tell you another fun CHA story that involved the Magnolia-licious crew LOL! We always go out to dinner with the lovely Diana Crick and this year we went to Bubba Gumps. Well Diana decided to mess with the waiter and tell him it was her 93rd birthday….and YEP he thought she looked fabulous for her age hahahaha. We had some great laughs, some great drinks & food and then ……..the birthday dance. YES all the male waiters came and serenaded Diana for her “birthday” and then she had to get up and shake her booty with them….and YES she did…I thought I might pee my pants I was laughing so hard. It was absolutely hilarious and a highlite…hmmmm Cabio has video so you might want to see if she’ll share it with ya LOL! We won’t talk about the idiot cabdriver that dropped me off in a empty parking garage under the GardenWalk….creepy…scary…and I had to run in heels. So thanks to my NEW cabdriver friend Pev for hauling me around CA while I was there…key to good travel---get a great cabdriver, get his card & call him when you need a taxi which for me was like 5 times a day. In a cab, outta a cab, back in the cab and outta the cab….the bell boys at my hotel weren’t SURE who I was or WHAT I was doing hee hee…its all good!
CHA Slideshow: (yes I have the same outfit on in most pics CUZ that was the only day I really took pics LMBO)
Eric Church/Brantley Gilbert Slideshow:
-Ok so I have Copic Classes in Waco, TX next weekend & still have a few openings if you are interested. Also I have 2 locations in Florida the end of the month then I will be in WV after that. Upcoming dates include Baltimore, San Jose, possibly Montana & Vancouver Canada. Keep informed at www.cmcroad.com or email me!
Today I’m sharing my project for this month’s Magnolia-licious DT Challenge hosted by my friend, the lovely Patti Jo Skogquist this month. She’s challenged us to create Shabby Chic/Vintage Projects and you can find all the details on the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog and how to join in (plus see all the great DT inspiration).
I chose to use this new cutie from the Sweet Crazy Love Collection at Magnolia-licious—this one is called “Tilda with Peonytails” and she’s just a super sweetie! I colored her in sepia tones but kept the peony in pinks to pop!
My papers are all a mix of scraps from Graphic 45, Melissa Frances and PTI. I used my fab Zutter Distress machine to distress all my papers and inked the edges. Then I had fun adding stuff….for me this is my fave part after coloring, putting different things on the card until I find the right recipe. I used some Prima rhinestone swirls, mix of Prima flowers, some tulle that I burnt (cuz I love to burn it lol) and the Magnolia Doohickey “Vintage Keys” die. The keys got a nice coat of stickles for sparkle cuz you gotta have bling! I also created a few tickets from a Tim Holtz stamp set, cut them out & inked them and added them to the mix.
I colored my image with Copics E47,E44,E43,E42,E41,E40 / E00 / R20,R22,R00. I stamped & colored the center of the peony twice so I could pop one part of it up for dimension. Then I added some Stickles to the flower for more sparkle! Around the edges of the image I stamped some Tim Holtz vintage stamps in brown. The mat die around the image is from Spellbinders. The Prima flowers were all inked a bit with brown ink to distress them too.
Ok that is all for today! I will be back on Friday with a special post so stop back! Also stop by the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to join in on the fun there! See ya!