Tuesday, March 6

Back from the Blizzard!

My weekend excursion to Holland, Michigan turned out to be way more treacherous than I expected. It began snowing before we headed toward Michigan and as we got further and further around the lake, it became worse and worse. The roads in Michigan were not even remotely plowed and there had to be at least 6 inches on the main roads. No one shovels either in that great state, so it made for a very wet visit.

I got a ton of great new samples from swapping and from our Make and Take session on Friday. We got some great ideas for our Stampin' Up! businesses on Saturday and it was great to see so many teammates there to enjoy it with. I am always looking for new tips and techniques and Saturday was jammed packed with creative ideas. I tried to absorb as much of their creative energy as I could before we headed back out into the blizzard and back home, safe and sound with beautifully plowed highways and shoveled walks.

This cute little basket made it all the way through the blizzard and back again. The idea is a total case from Erika Martin and complete and total credit goes to her for supplying the dimensions and idea. It is just another modified 2-4-6-8 box and adds to my list of ways to use that idea.
I love how great it works with the double-sided papers and so simple to re-create. This would make a great project if you are looking to create a few for Easter or a little spring treat.
The papers are from the new Spring Mini Catalog, Petals and Paisley Designer Papers. I also used the Mini Tag Punch, Bodacious Bouquet Classy Brass to do the dry embossing, and my Crimper to make that neat little handle. The "for you" is from the Happy Everything stamp set and in my opinion, one of the most versatile sets in the entire catalog.
There is a current special with the new papers and the cute Polka Dots and Paisley set,my samples are HERE, but only til March 30th.
See that cute little pot in the picture?
It's Max's little Clovers he got from the Target Dollar Spot and man those things grow fast. The little pot is so small, the basket is approximately 4 inches if that gives you some idea of its stature. I'm just thrilled the little thing actually sprouted.
And I now have 3 whole plants in the house (not counting the little clovers) and they are all still alive! YAY! I can feel the feng shui.


Alyssa said...

How cute is that gift bag? I love it! Sounds like you had lots of fun.

Mimi said...

That is so awesome, and I'm glad you traveled safely.

I want to grow clovers too! That's so cute!

Greta Adams said...

LMAO...i know what you really want to say but i am proud of you....love that basket....i still have yet to make a 2468 box...guess i better do that since i have a WS on the 18th that we are going to do that as well.

Jo said...

That is one CUTE gift bag!

elizabeth said...

ka-yute bag!!!

glad your trip wasn't too much of a pain ;)