November 15, 2009

Photos from my Stampin' Up! "Stamp-a-Stack"!

It was a *STAMP-TACULAR* day here at my home yesterday as friends gathered for a Stampin' Up! "Stamp-a-Stack"! I thought you might enjoy seeing a few photos. With inspiration from many of you ~ my blogging buddies ~ these are the projects I finally went with . . .

The next photo below is of the dining room table all set and ready for the stampers to arrive. Everything was cut and ready for them to create 13 Christmas cards. 3 each of 3 designs and 4 of another. I had planned on 12 (3 ea of 4 designs) but had a last minute change of plans so they could use both the red/white flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa series (116770) and the Textured Impression Folder Petals-A-Plenty (116824), both from the Holiday Mini Catalog page 21.

The Thanksgiving treat bags were for snacking, but I don't think one person opened theirs as they were just too busy stampin' it up! :) I did bake a yummy raspberry butterbraid to serve as well. :) Have you ever tried those? Off topic, I know, but I bought a couple of them from a local fundraiser and they are DELICIOUS and oh SO easy to make! I took it out of the freezer the night before to rise (raise?) and baked it the next morning. It doesn't get much easier than that! :) I wish I would have thought to take a photo of it before slicing as it was almost too pretty to eat!
The Thanksgiving Mix treat bag was an idea I cased from Lynn Put's blog ~ The Queen Scene. I just loved her idea and decided to make some up for the gals attending. So often we move on to Christmas without thinking of Thanksgiving and this was just a little reminder of how much we have to be grateful for. Here is what is printed on the inside of the tag:

Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
Bugles - shaped like a cornucopia or “horn of plenty”, they symbolize our nation's abundance.
Pretzels – represent our arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our great country.
Candy Corn – reminds us of the pilgrims first winter. Food was scarce and they survived on just a few kernels of corn.
Nuts – represent the promise of a bountiful harvest if seeds are planted and tended with care and diligence.
Dried Fruit – (raisins & orange slices) to remind us that Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest.
Chocolate – For the love of family and friends that sweeten our lives!
God’s Blessings!

I just love this photo of Karmen as you can tell by her big *smile* she's having a great time! She's a big Husker fan and came inspite of the fact the game was on TV yesterday and we couldn't get it at my house. That's my friend and neighbor Vicki beside her working very diligently on her cards. :) Vicki was the lucky recipient of the Door Prize ~ the Patterned Pines stamp set from the Holiday Mini! Good times!

It's really a JOY to get everyone together and see creativity in motion. They come up with ideas I would never dream of and I love it! The photo below is of my coworker and good friend Sara. We weren't going to mention that four-letter word...{WORK} but it did come up anyway. : / Sometimes, you just need to vent a little. Anyway, Sara is not only *extremely* talented at cardmaking, she bakes award-winning cakes that are out of this world gorgeous and delicious!

Goodness, I'm sure a Chatty Cathy today, huh? I enjoyed the day so much I wanted to share it with all of you. Sure wish ALL of you could have joined us!! THANK YOU to those attending for your generous orders and most of all for your friendship and support!
Have a Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll be back later with a card for the SWEET Sunday Sketch Challenge!

Smiles 2 U!
Quote for Today ~
There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-Edith Wharton


Lynn Put said...

Pam I wish I lived closer because I would have loved to come to your Stamp-a-Stack! Your cards are fabulous and it looks like all of you had a wonderful time!
Thanks for sharing :)

LeAnne said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time stamping & chatting....I very rarely even think to take pictures of my stamp camps! Maybe my last one (Tuesday) I can remember to do that! Great cards, too!

Gail S. said...

OMG Pam! Looks like your day was so full of f*U*N!!!! I want to come :)!! I love your Thanksgiving munchie bag. What a fun idea for me to take to work. Thank you :) Everyone looks like they had a great time. Yeah - the Hunskers WON!!!

Stamp and Smile said...

How I wish I could have come and made these fabulous cards and chat!! LOVE your ideas and lots of smiles in the photos! Good times is right... It warms many crafts "hearts" to see that!

Fantastic job Pam!! :)