Sunday, February 21, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Tomorrow, I am leaving on a little trip. For 5 wonderful days, I will be in sunny, warm Mesa, Arizona.
I will be visiting my step-mom and I will also be meeting two of the nicest people in blogland. I won't give their names yet, just in case something happens and we can't get together but I promise I'll write about it when I get back. Our plan right now is to have coffee or lunch together and doing a little shopping. I am so excited about this meeting and I promise I'll be on my best behavior! I wanted them to have something to identify me by, so here is a photo of my cute Spring handbag I will be carrying when we meet....of course I'll also be the one with the big goofy smile, too!
Yesterday, a few friends got together for a little "I'm so sick of Winter I could spit" brunch and tag swap.
We feasted on an egg casserole, monkey bread, strawberry jell-o sald mold,
cinnamon bread, cookies and cupcakes. We talked, we laughed, we traded tags.
From Mimi, I received this adorable pieced and sewn tag with her signature buttons!

Michele made this tag into a magnet...

and then she also made this tag

Cute enough just as it is but when you slide the sleeve up...this is what is underneath

We all laughed about that one!
The back of the tag was as cute as the front....this is with the sleeve

and then this is the quote that was stamped on the back. I love it!

(click to enlarge)
For my tag, I used this image provided by Elizabeth. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it on something. I loved the colors in the image and this is what I came up with...

I used my favorite papers from Making Memories...the Vintage line which is old, old, old.
Our tags were all 3x6-inches which is about the perfect tag size.
They were supposed to be done in our signature style and the
theme was friendship. My signature style must include a flower of some kind...

The flower is made by punching 4 flowers shapes using a Fiskars punch.
Each layer is crumpled again and again to soften the paper and make it fluffy.
The flower layers are stacked, a hole punched the center of all layers,
and a button shped brad inserted through the holes. I used a dimensional
glue dot to attach it to my tag.
The little gardner was mounted with dimensional foam squares.

OK-two blog posts tonight. That's going to have to hold you until I return from my trip next weekend.
I don't think I'll have any computer access at all while I'm gone...which will be hard for me.
I hope you all have a good week.
I hope all of my connections work and I can meet up with my friends.
I hope the snow continues to melt and I don't come home to "feet" of snow!
Take care dear friends....
xoxo
(scroll down to second post...I know, you're just trying to get over the shock of two in one day!)

8 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Enjoy your vacation and I hope you get to meet the blogging gals!
Love the tags you and your friends made, and a nice theme!
Warmly,
Deb :)

marie said...

What fun! The "I'm so sick of Winter I could spit" brunch is such a grand idea! Such break from the snow. The tags are cute! Love the image you used for yours and the sentiment. Thaks for sharing your paper flower secret. I'd like to try those.

I hope you have a great time in Arizonia and I hope your pretty new handbag gets put to good use. I can't wait to hear what blogging friends you get to meet!

I loved the photo of Charlie in the previous post...they sure do grow up way too quickly, don't they!

Have fun my friend...I'm hoping to do a little traveling next weekend. we re-scheduled our Williamsburg trip! Hoping for no snow!

My name is PJ. said...

I hope you have a FABULOUS time!!!!!!

You mix with a bunch of TALENTED gals, Joyce. I'm always blown away by the things you send and the things you receive!!

Julie said...

What wonderful cards--nice to have friends like that! I love Mesa--haven't been there for a while--hope you have a marvellous time!

Sandy Michelle said...

What a fun get-together and I lov eall the tags! Have fun with your blogger pals in Mesa!!

Sandy xox

Celestial Charms said...

All of these, are the loveliest of tags. Such imaginative ladies. Have a fabulous time!
Maureen

Sandy said...

Joyce,
I will look for this bag! LOL I left my numbers on an email...hopefully you got them! If not, I have yours! See you soon! Sandy

Bev said...

Love the bag! Looks like you had a fun Saturday afternoon with your friends. Love all the tags! Have a fun trip & enjoy the warm sunny weather.....
Bev

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