Chattanooga Regional - My Swap Cards, Some Pictures, and a Little Story

We are now home from the FABULOUS Chattanooga Regional. And it is always wonderful to return home, isn't it?  (smile)

I will blog more throughout this week, but here are my swap cards:

Gumball Green

Midnight Muse

Primrose Petals

Raspberry Ripple

Summer Starfruit

Side-by-Side, All together!

Did you notice that they were all EXACTLY the same design and used the same stamp - I even colored the Serene Silhouettes the same?! Just the color of the paper and ribbon changed! And did you notice they were all the NEW InColors and they all used the "Back to Spool" ribbon that is FREE this month with a $40 purchase? Only a few more days to get those for FREE!

And here are the ones my mom made - she does good work, doesn't she?

Baha Breeze and Basic Gray

Basic Gray and Basic Black

Night of Navy and Certainly Celery

Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray

I think she copied my idea of the same design but with different colors. She changed the color of her flowers though. On mine, even the birds are the same colors on all the cards!
And here is the stamp set they gave to ALL attendees. LOVE IT! Thanks Stampin'Up!
Seasonal Sayings

And finally, the stamp set that I won! Thanks so much - can't wait to use it!

Owl Occasions

Along with a picture of the lovely Shannon:

Me (in red) with Shannon West (black and white)

And a picture of the beautiful Andrea:

Me (red shirt) with Andrea Withers (red sweater)
OH - and did you notice my lanyard? I received it from my former sideline Mindy when I went to Leadership 2011. That fabric is now available for 99 CENTS!!! Get it now while you still can!

And the wonderful Carrie - when she gave all of us at our table the gift we ALL won for Prize Patrol! FYI - It was darker in the room when they handed them our gifts. I said "Carrie! Smile!" and snapped the picture. How come she looks so pretty with such a quick picture? The pictures of me NEVER come out like that? She must be a model.. Regardless, she was GREAT!

Carrie Cudney handing out our Merry Moments Scrappin' Kits!

Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit

And finally, Stampin'Up! events would not be complete without Bonnie! Doesn't she just seem like such a fun person to hang with? I'm so jealous (but in a good way) of all her gifts and talents.

Bonnie Thurber

As you can see, all of these ladies posed for pictures and smiled very graciously. Thank you! While I was typing this posting and adding the pictures, I kinda felt like some kind of Stampin'Up! groupie! Is there such a thing? Well, if there is, I guess I'm it!  (smile)

Thanks so much for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy these updates as much as I enjoy writing about them.

I'll post more throughout the week - including some of the FABULOUS swap cards I received. And a note about that... please share YOUR gifts and talents with others. While we were in line waiting to get in the doors to find our seats, I was talking to the ladies in front of us. In typical SU! fashion we greeted each other with "Are you swapping?"

They told me that while they brought some swaps, they didn't realize that it had to be current. But they were so kind, one of the ladies asked if she could take a picture of my card. Gotta tell ya - I kinda left like a real "artist" when she did that too! ANYWAY, because we were in line and talking and such, one of the other ladies in this group told me that well, she did bring some cards to swap but that they weren't as pretty as ours were. Why are we always hardest on ourselves?

So, of course, I asked to see hers. She brought them out. THEY WERE FINE!!!!! I swapped with her, the lady next to me swapped with her too! And she used a stamp set that I don't have! Always like to get swaps using stamp sets that I don't have - helps me and my customers!

Ok, here's the little story... Many of you already know this story, so you can scroll to the bottom. BUT if you have never heard "MY WHY" story, here it is... A long time ago, I belonged to MOPS (Mother of PreSchoolers) - WONDERFUL group, if you ever have a chance to join - JOIN! You won't regret it

One night while at a scrapbook crop with my friend Laura, we were talking (go figure!) about MOPS. Through our conversation, I decided to make birthday cards for each of the ladies in our MOPS group. I DIDN'T EVEN OWN A RUBBER STAMP!!! I was a scrapbooker, not a cardmaker! I had  cardstock and since we were at a scrapbook store, I used a window diecut for the card, some balloon die cuts and placed embroidery floss on the balloons. I borrowed Laura's "Happy Birthday" stamp and stamp pad! (No, I didn't know about Stampin'Up! at that time, but history was about to change!)

Gotta tell ya - although I was really proud of that card design (designed it myself, thank you very much!), it really wasn't a "WOW" type of card. It was actually kinda plain, and some would consider it a sorry-looking card. BUT, I made 50 of them and I sent one to each of the ladies on their birthdays (and half-birthdays).

Fast forward a couple of months... one of the quieter ladies come up to me at the meeting and told me "Thank You" for her birthday card. She got really quiet then. Believe it or not, I actually stopped talking and waited for her to continue. Her folks were out-of-town, she was the mom of some preschoolers, and her husband forgot. My card was the only card she had received on her birthday.

Don't ever discount your gifts and talents. If I was a card snob and looked at that little card and said "well, that's not pretty enough to send..." that MOPS mom wouldn't have received a card for her birthday. You CAN make a difference - SEND THOSE CARDS!!! It may not seem like a GREAT card to you, but it might be a GREAT card to someone else... If you ever doubt that your card should be sent, feel free to send it to me - I LOVE to receive cards!

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Thanks so much to Stampin'Up! for providing so much fun, not to mention the ideas, along with the wonderful Prize Patrol at the Chattanooga Regional 2012! And please don't bury your talents, SHARE THEM!

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