Sunday, September 30, 2012

Snowflake extraordinaire....

We made this card recently in my class.  The card is Marina Mist cardstock, layered with Night of Navy and Whisper White.  I ran the white through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

I used the new die, Snow Flurry, to cut both snowflakes.  The large one is cut from  Bashful Blue cardstock and the smaller is from the Silver Glimmer paper.
I just LOVE those glimmers!!
The sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set.

I made several of these.  I think they will be a hit!  Thanks for stopping in!
Smiles, Laura

Friday, September 28, 2012

Last of the samples from Regional....

OK, today I will show you the last of samples and display boards I plan to share from Regional in Chattanooga, TN, on 9/22. Why?  Because I want to share some of my creations soon.  But for today, here are more display boards from SU's regional convention in Chattanooga last Saturday.

 I hope I haven't shared some of these on previous days.  I took SO MANY pictures and have shared a lot.  If they are posted twice, you get to enjoy them twice.  (hee, hee).

OK, here are more of the swaps I and my table mates received.  Enjoy!!  Again, I did not record the names of the creators, so I apologize for not giving credit.  And some were not signed--girls, when you share swaps, be sure to sign them on the back!

I hope you have enjoyed these shares by other card creators.  Next entry will have some of my own cards.  Come back to visit soon!
Smiles, Laura

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More from Chattanooga Regional....

I promised to share more samples and displays from Stampin' Up!'s Regional convention in Chattanooga, TN, this past Saturday.  Here are some display boards:

Aren't they great!  Here are some individual samples pictures that either I or my table mates received as swaps:

OK, enough eye candy for today!  More next time!  Stampin' Up! was so good to us at Regional.  Each attendee received  the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' kit and also the Seasonal Sayings stamp set from the mini catalog!  Wasn't that nice! And they gave out a BUNCH of  prizes after each break, lunch, etc.  Woohoo, we love free stuff!!

Come back soon!
Smiles, Laura

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sharing more about Chattanooga, TN

I am sharing with you this week pictures from Regional at Chattanooga, TN.  I thought I'd share more about the Chattanooga area.  My friends and I went early on Friday, so we'd have the time to explore Lookout Mountain, the large mountain that overlooks Chattanooga.  All of us in the South who traveled anywhere as children saw the barn roofs painted with "See Rock City" and "See Ruby Falls."  (I saw one on the way to Chattanooga.)  Well, we decided to actually see Rock City and Ruby Falls, atop Lookout Mountain.  Below are some pictures we took there.

First at Ruby Falls.  You take an elevator down over 200 feet into the mountain and then walk a trail underground for a LONG way back to see the falls.  Along the way are lots of neat rock formations which are very interesting.  But the falls is breathtaking when you get to it.  It is lit with colored lights and they only leave them on for a few minutes for you to take photographs.  I cannot remember how many feet it falls, but it is all underground and is a very tall waterfalls.
The man who discovered the falls (I should have recorded his name) crawled through rock 2' x 5' to locate the falls.  He was gone 17 hours from where he left the other men and came back to report this falls, deep under the mountain.  Who could stand so small a space for that long???  He took his wife Ruby down the next day to see the falls and named it for her, Ruby Falls.

Here are Diane Gardner and Mary Ann Cole, my fellow adventurers. And here I am at the falls. 
 I tried to show the very top of the falls in this shot.  Hard to get it all in one shot!.
 This is the view of Chattanooga from atop the Ruby Falls visitor center.

 I didn't take any photographs at the Inclined Railroad, but it was put into use in 1895 and is about a 79% grade down and back up the mountain.  Quite a ride.

Then we visited Rock City.  Here is a sign telling the "barn" story--advertisements were painted on over 800 barns around the South and hey, as far north as Michigan--no wonder we all remember seeing them as children!!

Now you can only buy bird houses with the "See Rock City" logo on them!
We had to clown around a bit.  Here is Diane trying to "keep the rocks from closing in on her!"
And Mary Ann tried to "keep the rocks from falling on us!"  Ha!!
They had a wonderfully long swinging bridge which Mary Ann could not resist swaying as we walked!
 Here are our shadows as we were on the bridge.
 You can see 7 states from atop Rock City and this rock shows them all and how far away they are.  Did you realize that more states border Tennessee than any other state?  Neat fact.
 This is Mushroom Rock.  Aptly named!
 I think I remember this one was named Balance Rock.
 A view of the top observation deck and the sky walkway to view the outside waterfalls.  See it in this picture?
 OK, probably a bore to you, but I totally enjoyed the side excursion on Friday before Regionals.  Come back tomorrow and I'll show you more display boards and samples!
Smiles, Laura

Monday, September 24, 2012

SU Regional in Chattanooga

I've been away for a few days.  I took a trip up to Cape Code with my Dad and had a wonderful time. It was a marvelous time to spend with my 92-year-old father, who is still in such good health that he did great on the trip. I left you some entries to be posted while I was away, but still got behind.

This past Saturday I attended Stampin' Up!'s Regional Conference in Chattanooga, TN.  There were a TON of SU demonstrators and guests there.  They didn't tell us how many were in attendance, but I'd say around 500.  (That's me on the left with friend Mary Ann Cole.)
SU always has their personnel and guest demonstrators show us some neat ideas and fun tips.  At the end of the conference, they gave each of us a new stamp set to go home and play with!  Yeah!!  Love free stamps!

Today I want to share with you some of the samples I got as swaps and also some of the samples posted on the boards there.  Here are some displays that SU posted:

More of those over the next few days.  It always inspires me to see the cards that SU selects to show at these events.

Here are some individual swaps I got.  These were made by attendees who were there like me, but sorry I didn't turn over each one as I photographed it to give you the creator's names.  So many girls DID NOT sign their cards!

Aren't these the greatest!!  I'll share more for a couple of days.  Hope this doesn't bore my blog followers, but you do come here to see samples and we saw a BUNCH at Regional.  Come back soon to see more!
Smiles, Laura