Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stampin' Around Philly...with friends!!!

I'm back from Philly, and boy did I have fun stampin' around!  LOL  I seriously did though.  I am so fortunate that I got to meet two really good blogging buddies while I was there, Tammy Hershberger and LeAnne Pugliese!  I LOVE those ladies!  Just as much in person as online!!  I roomed with LeAnne and a sweet young lady who I met when I arrived - Jackie Rakoski!  Two great roommates IMO...which we all know isn't always easy to come by when you're rolling the dice.  Here's a picture of the two of them:

LeAnne (left) & Jackie (right)

We only stayed overnight so most of our time together was in the stamping room.  Here's a shot of me and Tammy there:


...and me and LeAnne:

This next picture was taken in the dining room while Tammy and I pretended to be gazing into the skylight...which was actually a large porthole window...and I couldn 't help but laugh.  Did I mention that Tammy is hilarious?!  She cracks me up online...you know she has me rolling in person!  Ha ha  I made this into a "vintage photo" just for fun...  Kind of looks like a post card to me ;]

If you read Tammy or LeAnne's blogs (...Mona?? :) you probably saw a picture of the three of us...with me squinting in the sunlight!  LOL  Well, this photo was taken at the same time just turned around and out of the sun. 

Sooooo...Tammy and LeAnne aren't only sweethearts and a hoot to be around, they are very thoughtful also!  LeAnne brought me the cutest little treat box she made filled with gourmet chocolates from a local chocolate shop!  Oh, and I'm sitting here devouring the chocolates at midnight because I'm starving...and they aren't just chocolate, but chocolate with PEANUT BUTTER!! I'm thinking someone read my blog post where I mentioned PB cups are my
FAVORITE!  Gourmet chocolate with PB is like royalty to PB cups!  DELISH!  Thank you, LeAnne!!  Isn't this box the cutest?





The frame is another gift she brought me for my birthday.  She bought the frame and used rub ons to glam it up!  I LOVE how it turned out and those colors are PERFECT for me!  Totally my style...it will go beautifully in several rooms of my house...but I suspect I'll keep it in my craft room ;]

Tammy brought me a pack of Basic Grey patterned paper wrapped in kraft paper and tied with ribbon with a cute little tag attached!  I didn't take a picture of the wrapped present, but you can view them on Tammy's blog ;]  You can also check out some of the Basic Grey paper from the pack on these two thank you cards I made (Thank you, Tammy!!):





One for Tammy and the other for LeAnne.  Pretty simple really as I just used rub ons, did some layering and tied a pretty ribbon.  Oh, and I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge from two weeks ago for my layout (MTSC45).  Isn't it the best?  She has FAB sketches.  Funny thing is when I tried tackling this sketch the week before last, NOTHING came to me and I really struggled to put something together...eventually throwing it aside.  Last night, it took me about an hour to throw these together (without adhering...I did that tonight)...no doubts, no failing elements...everything just WORKED.  IMO anyway!  I love how they turned out.

Okay, I'm writing this with TIRED eyes, so hopefully I didn't miss anything or fail to mention something.  I'll share more Philly pictures soon...sharing some of the projects we made and another pic of me and Becky Oehlers.

Swing by on Thursday for a special post!  You DON'T want to miss it!



7 comments:

Tammy Hershberger said...

Awesome pictures, girl! LOVE the vintage look of our "bug gazing" picture! And those cards are exquisite! Now I have to go buy myself a pad of Nook & Pantry paper!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pics & stories! You all look so happy & it looks like you had a boat load of fun :) I really like how you put a vintage spin on that photo of you & Tammy! Looks like you girls are looking up to Heaven & thanking the stamping Goddesses for such a wonderful time!!! :) What a sweet thing for those girls to surprise you with Birthday gifts! Those candies look YUMMY & the frame is such a heartfelt treasure! TFS Hugs, Mona

Belinda said...

Haha, I love the vintage look of that pic of you and Tammy! :) You got treat boxes? Man I need to be friends with LeAnne and Tammy! ;) The cards are so fun too!

LeAnne said...

What a great post....we all look fabulous in these photos! LOVE the vintage one, too!!! Fits perfectly in that rustic atmosphere we were in! Your cards are lovely...I am itching to play with my new stuff too! Maybe this afternoon! Great sketches, too! TFS!
Hugs!

Stampin' Pam said...

ooooh I'm so envious of the great time you had with everyone! What a hoot - I can only imagine how wonderful the weekend was. I'm SO happy you got to go and got to room with LeAnne! Your pics are fabulous - love seeing all of you. Hope to be back in touch now that you are home again :-)

Gloria Westerman said...

Wow, just reading your comment here I felt that I was right there with you. Your excitement over flow into the words. Thank you for sharing all your fun and joy.

Andrea M said...

Hi Kristin - your blog link was removed from my blog for some odd reason - grrrrrr.... But it's all fixed now :) So I missed when you originally posted this - sorry for the late comment but I just had to say that it looked like so much fun. The gifts from LeeAnn and Tammy are AWESOME! The cards you made with the DP from Tammy are incredible - love, love, love them. They're saved on my computer to CASE later :) Glad you had such a good time!

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