Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Perfect Day

Don't you love those days when you get done with them and you think to yourself...."I could totally do that day again"  It involved Stamping, Eating, Football and hanging with some of my favorite people.
Let me share the details.

My stampin club met in the morning for our last get together of the year.  By the way...we are starting a new year and anyone that wants to get together with us is welcome.  You get a chance to host a get together and reap the benefits of hosting a party - Free Stamps, ink, paper, punches etc. 
We started out making cookies with the cookie stamps Stampin UP is now selling - they are so cute and the cookies are tasty!  It comes with a jack-o-lantern, heart and snowflake, plus a couple of recipes.  One for shortbread and one for sugar cookies.  Don't they look good?

These are the three cards we made with the group  - None of the ideas were originally mine - but I say why reinvent the wheel - when someone already has.  As as side note...I haven't posted all the details.  If you are interested in duplicating these - contact me.

Decorating the tree - We made the plaid background paper with the striped embossing folder.  Once again...If you need instructions, contact me and I will provide you with detailed instructions.  This was my favorite card of the class.  (I love anything plaid!)

Christmas from the heart -
This card was easy and just fun.  We used the pennant punch and stamp set to create the trees.  I wish Stampin UP  still sold their gingham ribbon.  I think red gingham would have been perfect. 

This card just pops with the red and green colors.  We used the stocking punch and some cute little jingles bells.  Just a classic looking card.

This card was a sample - Also used the stocking punch.  I saw this idea on pinterest and had to duplicate it.  Put a few touches of my own on it.  I love to watch figure skating.  I always wanted to learn to skate so I could be just like them.  We were never close enough to a place to skate and I am severely challenged when it comes to skating of any kind.  Just ask my friends who tried to teach me to rollerblade.
Jeff and Connie had invited us to go to lunch with them - so we wrapped up with the stamping, which turned out to be at Connies, so we left and picked Ralph up.  We headed to the Grand America for a lunch buffet in the garden cafe.  To sum it up...Wow, you know...I could totally live the 5 star hotel life style.  The food was great, company was better and I ate to stuffing point and them some.  My stomach always seems to have less room for all the goodies my eyes want to eat.  After we finished, the waitress brought out a special treat for us.  Connie had mentioned to the waitress what a great experience they had the last time they had come.  To provide an equally great experience, the waitress brought out two boxes that look like this. 

This was the surprise that we found inside the box.  The chocolate smelled so good. We decided to save it for when we weren't so full and could enjoy the delightful treat.

Wouldn't that be fun to be a chocolatier and make these kinds of treats.  I can't wait to dig in.
After lunch, we wandered around the hotel and admired the beautiful furniture and fun shops.  We wandered into their pastry shop just to see the beatiful handwork and finery.  I saw this glass pumpkin and mentioned how much I liked it.  Next thing I know Connie puts a bag in my hand.  I love it!!!  We were spoiled rotton.  Isn't it great to have such good friends.  I can't wait to go back and see the toy store they were in the process of remodeling.  We took a peak in behind the curtain draped over the door way.  It looked like a lot of fun.

We came home and rested a bit before heading out into the snow to watch a football game.  It snowed the whole first quarter... they had a whole entourage of snow shovelers that would run out onto the field during every timeout and scraped where the lines were and the numbers.  It was cold but so worth it. 
This photo was taken by SL Trib - John White IV (guy with the ball) is a rockstar!  It has been fun to hear the commentary from both teams and their fans.  Score  31-6.  I love football season.
We came home, warmed up and enjoyed the rest of the evening watching football before bed.
Once again I could not have asked for a more perfect day

Ta Ta for now

1 comment:

marlene said...

I want to go to that hotel!! I love the cards you are one of the most talented people I know love the pumpkin! i love your friend for getting it for you!