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July 2013

Who Let the Dog's Out?

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or the chickens! I have been letting the girls run around for a couple hours each night before dusk. They love digging around for bugs. With the rain we have had they are finding all sorts of things to snack on.

I don't think I showed my Giggle Greetings class, so I will start with the fun little dog stamp, gotta love him chasing his tail...or whatever.

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I added some of our new candy dots without the brad base, this kinda mocks the dots on the dog.

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We colored this using watercolor pencils and sansodor, I think this was my very first video tutorial, so be prepared...ha!

Stamp Set: Giggle Greetings

Ink: Jetblack Stazon, watercolor pencils

Paper: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Whisper White

Misc: blending stumps, sansodor, Gumball Green stitched ribbon, argyle embossing folder, candy dots

I saw a really cute card by Phyllis Johnson, and I just changed the colors and the stamp.  Thanks Phyllis.

Have an awesome Saturday and thanks for stopping in.

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Download or whatever, pics from my camera, will do that tomorrow. Here are a couple that I got off of Facebook or friends sent me.

This started me crying right from the start of convention, Shelli walked on stage alone with a voice over talking about you can't do things alone, and her family came on stage, first Sterling her hubby, then the girls, then their hubbys and then their kids, I was crying, this probably started my dehydration...ha!

Then later they showed an amazing video about special needs adults making cards and that about sent me out of the room sobbing out loud (I could picture Eric and his friends doing the same thing)...luckily my wrist band color came up and I won a door prize and that got my mind off it. But I definitely want to talk to Eric's boss and see if they would be interested in making cards to sell. I remember when Eric was in school his class came one day on a field trip to my studio and they had a blast. Some were better at taping than stamping, some were better at cutting, it depends on their limitations. It was amazing to watch them.

Convention is all about friendships, and here are a few pictures I have so far...will share more another time.

Di and Jacque
Jacque Henry and I, we were saying we were dressed the same.

MAMMa, Becky Roberts, me and Rhonda Morgan (my angel)

Rhonda, Kevin Theesen, and me.

Kim Sinclair & me - guess we are the stoner twins now...since she gets kidney stones too.

They had a special recognition room we could go to and we could say things on these boards, this is my Wish You Were Here! I sure hope you can come next year.

Well that is it for me, today was a bit busy, Eric is not feeling well, he has a bad back, please God let it be just from lifting furniture and not a kidney stone. So he went to the doc today and will be home from work tomorrow too. Hope to hear test results tomorrow. 

Have an awesome Friday and thanks for stopping in.



World Record

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While we were at Convention we were asked to participate in breaking a Guinness World Record of the most greeting cards sent from a single location. It's official, we did it! We stood in long lines to do it...seems we stood in a lot of lines this year. The 25th Anniversary was the place to be.


I am not sure the grand total though, I think it was over 3K. It was nice to be part of it.

Here's some of the crowd waiting to turn in their cards to be counted.

This old gal is off to bed, I cut back on my pain pills cause they make me feel weird, but I took one tonight. Thanks for your sweet messages, cards, and patience while I get back to my normal self.

Have an awesome Thursday and thanks for stopping in.


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Boy does it feel good to be home. Today I just stayed in my jammies and was in bed most of the day (snuggling with Toby), I am a tiny bit sore and groggy from meds, but not in pain, so I slept alot.

Hoping tomorrow will be able to get back into the swing of things, but don't want to push it. I have club this Saturday and we have Fall Fest next month so need to be healthy and moving!!!

I do want to share this fun picture from convention, I wish I could have gotten a picture of all my girls at once, but it was too hard. Here are a few of my sweet downline that went.

I had these bags made for my 19 girls going (as well as MAMMa and Rhonda). Barbara Welch did an amazing job (she made 22 of them!!!) and we got lots of compliments on them. Thanks Barbara.

Modeling their bags are, Mary Johnson, Barb Stencel, Nina Germony & Kristen Isaacs. Aren't my girls adorable?

I was very happy to find out at Awards night that I had earned Founder's Circle again, thanks to all my amazing demonstrators and my awesome customers for getting me there again this year. It is truly an honor to be able to go on the Founder's Circle thing I won't be taking with a kidney stone.

This is a picture of all of us, and boy they couldn't have taken this picture fast enough, I thought I was going to pass out.

Thanks to Dale Ann for taking this picture of me and Shelli hugging.

Thanks to Stella for taking these pictures.

Thanks again to everyone for all their well wishes. I will share more pictures later as I get them sent to me, I didn't get to take as many as I wanted. I never even got over to the displays.  

Have an awesome Wednesday and thanks for stopping in.


So Blessed

Just a quick post to let you know what is up...well maybe not quick, and maybe you won't even want to read's boring medical stuff.

Friday I was not feeling myself, a little forgetful, and even missed a special get together that I so looked forward to going to. It was Awards night and I was excited and a little nervous for that cause this year we did not know if we had earned Founder's Circle till then. So when I sat down about 5:00 for supper I didn't feel right. Rhonda said it was probably my nerves, but I didn't think so. I thought if I went to lay down for a bit it would help.

As soon as I got back to our room, I knew exactly what it was...another kidney stone, my back was so achy and I kept having to pee. I had one a couple years ago so knew the ache. So I drank water, and got dressed and took my fan as I felt horrible, but I didn't want to miss Awards night.

Luckily it was not as long as past years.  I was called up a few times and managed a smile here and there and a hug now and then, but my mind was really fixated on getting to the hospital. Rhonda, Ellie and Ed (who had a car) drove me to a nearby Emergency room where they got me on morphine and anti-nausea stuff and that made it so much better. They cat scanned me I think and said it was 5.3 and I should be able to pass it but it could always get stuck. They sent me back to the hotel with pain meds, anti-nausea, and I forget what else.

The next day was the last day of convention, and there was no way I was leaving the hotel, the pain meds didn't help, they just made me so nauseaus, and by the time convention was over about 6pm I was in a lot of pain. I called my downline Mary as her and her husband drove their RV and I thought if I am like this no way could I fly but maybe I could drive home with them and be able to lay down. When she told me it would take 3 days to get home, I knew that was not going to be good. By then the pain was so bad and I was finally really throwing up.

Off to a bigger hospital with Rhonda, now driven by Mary and her hubby Scott, and the docs figured the pain meds were not agreeing with me and then got morphine and something else into me, and I could still feel some pain, and then they admitted me and would do surgery the next morning, I could tell the stone had not moved. So Saturday they went in through my bladder and broke it up and put a stint in. It went off without a hitch.  

Rhonda, my sweet bestie stayed with me the whole time through both hospital visits, she even made our plane arrangements cause we had to leave a day later, and extended our hotel stay. I don't know what I would have done without her, knowing she was there made me feel better. I love you so very much.  When Mary was wheeling me out, I just remember saying "where's Rhonda?". She kept everyone at home (Jeff especially) up to date on what was going on.

Going home

So we got home last night, and today is a jammie in bed day, I feel lots better, just a tad sore and groggy from meds. So blessed that this did not happen while we were in Fiji, or where I did not have immediate help. Thanks to Ellie & Ed and Mary & Scott (my patient drivers getting me to the hospital and then to the 24 hr Walgreens). Thanks for all the emails, the Facebook messages, the beautiful card from the Stampin' Up! whole cooporate team, the visit at the hospital from Pam Morgan, Rich and Wendi Jutkins. This is why I love being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, it's not just the rubber stamps...but the way we are all one big family.

I also want to express my concerns and prayers for all the other girls that had to go to the hospital for whatever reason, Janet Wakeland, Joann Wiemers are the ones I know of, but both hospitals said they had several Stampin' Up! Demonstrators there at one time, and wondered what kind of party we were having.

I'm going back to bed (with Toby) and with my gallons of water Rhonda!!!! Big hugs to everyone, Di