Coming to Spokane this week has been amazing. As I've said before, I'm fortunate to be traveling with my parents. When we travel together, it's also good to have our own time. And so tonight, I spent the evening with two friends from high school. Actually, Jim and I grew up next door to each other starting in 7th grade. Althoughit's been 22 years since we lastsaw each other, we quickly discovered that the passage of time doesn't change a true friendship. Jim and I have seen each other three times this week, and we parted tonight with promises to not let another 22 years go by again.
I made this Waterfront card before I left home, not knowing just how apt the sentiment would be this week. Without friends like Jim and Ramsin, life would be a long, lonely road indeed.
Speaking of long and lonely roads, I thought you'd like to see these amazing photos of the Washington Palouse. (Puh-loose) What is the Palouse? It's the gentle rolling wheat fields of Eastern Washington (and parts of Idaho) that were formed tens of thousands of years ago by the wind. In the summer, when the wheat is dry, they look almost like desert sand dunes. I grew up just about 5 miles from the edge of the Palouse. While my home was the pine-forested hills, these amazing rolling grasslands were just minutes from my door. Driving through them yesterday brought a sense of peace and calm. I imagine it must be quite desolate and lonely in the winter, but it is beautiful year round.
I hope you've been enjoying my cards this week which are featurng the Waterfront stamp set. Did you know that Stampin' Up! has taken all the guess work out of ordering the Waterfront set? They created an entire Waterfront Cards Supplies Set that contains everything you need to make your own beautiful Waterfront cards. The supply set is only $56 and includes:
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Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 81/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Gray Granite, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Neutrals - Gray Granite - 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper
Layer 4: Basic Black Starburst PUnch
Layer 5: Whisper White 1 3/4" Circle Punch
July 2018 - Register for Card Club y 7/15
Just because I'm on vacation doesn't mean I can ignore #CASEingTuesday! And wouldn't you know, this week's card sketch aligned itself quite well to my Product of the Week - the Waterfront Stamp Set, too.
For the last two days, my parents and I have been driving around Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho. It was our favorite place to go in the summer when we were kids. As it was the closest thing we had to the beach and we spent many summer afternoons there, coating ourselves in baby oil (yes, that was a thing!) and working on our tans. I also remember a very unfortunate bikini incident where I rolled over but my top didn't! Oh yes...good times, and good memories.
There was also this 'hot dog lady', who had a little push cart and who sold hot dogs and canned soda. It was part of our beach ritual to grab a hot dog and a 'pop' for our picnic. Even my grandfather would enjoy a hot dog when they came to visit from Southern California. Over the years, her cart grew bigger, and I've heard she became quite rich from her very lucrative hot dog cart. I'm happy I was able to support a female entrepreneur, before I even knew what one was!
Going back and visiting Coeur d'Alene with my parents reminds me just how important family is to me. And I think I'm really fortunate to be able to say that my Stamping Bee team is part of my extended family. It's so much fun to rejoice in their successes and to be there to support them along their stamping journey. Only about 10% of my Bees are active demonstrators, too. The rest are happy hobbyists, who joined Stampin' Up! for the amazing discount. And because they are family, I make sure I don't treat anyone any differently. Everyone receives the same opportunities, rewards, and support because I truly believe that everyone should get a discount and be a happy stamper.
Won't you join my Stamping Bee Team? During the month of July, for only $99, you receive:
Want to play along with the CASE-ing Tuesday group?
Makeover the card (pictured below). You can change a lot, a little or make the card just as it is in the catalog. Then post it to the Facebook thread. We can’t wait to see your cards. You can use the following hashtag if you post your card elsewhere on Facebook #CASEingtuesday156.
Base: Crumb Cake, embossed with the Woodland Textures Embossing Folder
Layer 1: Balmy Blue, 1 1/2" x 4 1/4", punched with Banner Triple Punch
Layer 2: Coastal Cabana, 1 " x 4", punched with Banner Triple Punch
Layer 3: Shimmery White, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
July 2018 - Register for Card Club y 7/15
I'm home! Where is home to me? I grew up in Spokane, Washington and as a teenager, couldn't wait to leave. As soon as I graduated college, I got my first teaching job in California and thought I'd never look back. But, I've spent the better half of the last 28 years trying to figure out how come move back home. I've haven't been here in 21 years, and it truly is like being in heaven.
I'm here with my parents this week, seeing old places with new eyes...and new places, with older, wiser, and wistful eyes. But everywhere we go, the sights and the smells awaken memories and bring up countless, "What if's" and "If only's".
I invite you to join my family and me as we journey through the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho corridor, making new memories along the way.
Speaking of family...my Stamping Bees are like family to me. Not only are we a great bunch of stampers, but each person on my team is precious to me. I've never met such an amazing group of ladies. We truly lift each other up through the good times and bad. We laugh together; cry together; craft together; and just enjoy being together. I'd truly love it if you joined our Stamping Bee family. And now, during July, it's the very best time to do so. And, if those weren't reasons enough, Stampin' Up! is giving each new team member 10 Free Ink Pads when you join. What are you waiting for, join today! Or contact me for more information.
Making Memories with Michelle
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