With you is my favorite place to be.  Isn’t that just a nice thing to say?  Stamping with my friends is one of my favorite places to be.  And here is a sweet little card that you can give to someone to tell them the same thing.

This card is 4-1/4″ square – so it fits in the medium envelope with just some extra space on the side.  Sometimes I like making a square card instead of it always being a rectangle.  And the other nice thing about this one is I can cut my Designer paper into 4×4 inch pieces and not waste one single bit.  I also did paper piecing on the wagon – if you really wanted to be frugal you could take that part out of the center of the square where everything is covered up.  I didn’t actually do that – but you could.  This paper is the new Patio Party Designer paper – I think that’s what its called – let me go check – yep – that’s what its called.  I like this pattern with all the little butterflies and it fits nicely with this stamp image from For the Birds.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the image – except for the wagon that has the paper on it.  And I used a piece of Whisper White 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon – I like this new ribbon lots better than the old one – it is much softer and easier to work with.

Oh – I got an email from Stampin’ Up! a little while ago – it said Congratualtions on earning the Getaway trip!  Yeah!  And included this little badge that I can put on my blog and in my emails and such.  Now I’m waiting on an email to tell me what to do to register so we can actually go.  I hope it comes soon – I’m anxious to get all the details and make it a for sure thing.

In the meantime I’m working on getting ready for convention.  I did take a few hours of “me” time today though.  I walked this morning, then came home and filled my bird feeders and picked blueberries in the back yard.  Later I dropped Ryan and band camp and then when and got a pedicure and manicure – so I’ll have pretty toes and fingers for convention.  I stopped to get lunch too – but got it to go and ate it at home.  Now back to working on swaps.  I’ve finished 50 punch art swaps, 12 full card swaps for my team, almost done with 30 general swaps.  I have a wow project designed for our team retreat and I’m waiting on some orders to get here so I can finish getting those ready.  I have plans to make some little gifty things for some of my friends I’ll see at Convention.  And if there is time more general swaps to make.  So back to the craft room – talk to you later!