Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

I wanted to pop in here today and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  We will be celebrating quietly here at home while the wind is blowing and the snow is falling and the temperature is dropping!  Now that Belmira has been moved from Florida to Massachusetts, there will be no sailing for us this winter.  Summer is coming though and while we thought we might take a year off, it doesn't look like that's going to happen.  Kids and grandkids are all hankering to spend some time aboard with us this summer, so .... we shall see!

I am taking pix of the cards from Saturday's very fun Rose Hill Grange Stamp Camp and will be posting them soon as well as some announcements for upcoming camps and cards.  Lots happening around here and I'll be sharing all of it with you!  Thanks for hanging in with me and see you next year!

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Rose Hill Grange Stamp Camp Card

This Saturday, December 29, is the Rose Hill Stamp Camp - the final camp of the year!  Here is the card the gals will be making at my table:

They will have a choice of any of  5 colors for their card.  This camp is a celebration of the spring and summer to come, and a heads up to the end of the cold and dark winter!  This card makes us of some of the wonderful products available in January from Stampin' Up!

If you want any information about this camp, check out my post HERE,  You can also leave a comment or email me (link in the sidebar).

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday wishes to each of you!

I have been absent from this blog since April of this year and I am not even going to try to tell you everything that has happened.  I have continued to be very busy with stamp camps and classes as well as spending about 4 months living aboard Belmira in Florida and also in Massachusetts.  To say it has been a busy and eventful year is a complete understatement.

This month brings the 11th anniversary of this blog - something I didn't even contemplate when I began.  I have enjoyed it immensely and really do hope to get back to posting on a more regular basis.  I won't get overly ambitious and make any commitments like "daily", but do hope to post at least once a week.  We shall see.

The pix above came about after a gathering of my fellow demos for a holiday celebration (I got a white elephant!!) and I had a pile of gorgeous ribbon sitting on my desk that I found myself playing with constantly.  I love ribbon (and paper, and stamps and buttons, and ink, and paint ... you know the drill) and it just looked too nice in that pile and I had to take a picture of it. 

I hope to start sharing my camp creations with you starting with the fun Rose Hill Grange Stamp Camp on Saturday, the 29th.  We are having a beach party!  No more Christmas cards and only nice bright spring and summer colors.  We will all be sporting our Hawaiian style shirts and enjoying beach party decorations.  Here's the flyer:

If you have any questions about anything regarding this post or the camp, please feel free to comment or send me an email (link in the sidebar).  It's good to be back and I look forward to a wonderful 2019 with all of you!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stamp Camp North - April 14, 2018

Hello everyone!  This weekend is Stamp Camp North.  Another great creative activity in the Denver metro area.  Here is the card the campers will be making at my table:

I am entering this card in the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Color #2 challenge:
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2018/04/color-challenge-2.html
I haven't done a challenge in such a long time, but the colors in this one just screamed at me!

Here is some more information on this fun camp:
I think I am finally getting back into the swing of things and it sure has been a fun filled couple of weeks!  Stampin' Up!'s new catalog will be out very soon and we demonstrators are really excited with all the wonderful new toys we will soon get to play with.  I won't have it in hand for another month, but I have had a chance to view a pdf copy of it and WOW doesn't do it justice.  Get ready for some great new stamps, tools AND a color revamp!   It is our 30th anniversary this year and they have pulled out all the stops!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Sassy Chic Stamp Camp Cards - 04/07/2018

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share our cards from camp on Saturday:











Everyone had a wonderful time, the weather was cold in the morning, but really warmed up nicely as the day went on.  We had a group come celebrating a birthday party!  The guests included some guys who really did seem to enjoy themselves - a lot!  What a grand way to celebrate your birthday, crafting and creating with friends!

Stamp Camp North is coming up this weekend, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Westminster Elks Lodge.  You can find the flyer with all the details below.  Having been out of the loop for 3 months it is really fun to be getting back into creative mode again.  I will share my card for this camp just as soon as I figure out what I am making!  LOL!
Here's the flyer for this weekend's Stamp Camp North:
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Sassy Chic Stamp Camp - April 7, 2018

This Saturday is the Sassy Chic Stamp Camp in Longmont, CO.  If you live in the area and would like to join in the fun, just email me or check out the flyer below for details.  This is a really fun event and everyone enjoys the creativity that goes on there.
Here is my card:

This is another version:
I used some of the ribbon from a free SAB item and also colored in a few of the flowers and leaves using SU markers.  Both cards contain embellishments from various embellishment packs offered by SU.

Here is the flyer containing more information about this fun camp:
You can also email me (see link in the sidebar) for more information.  Hope you can join us!
Here are the products used for these projects:
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

To all my friends celebrating this holiday - Happy Easter!

We are now back home and attempting to settle in;.  There has been snow and cold which has made adjusting a bit more difficult, but spring is coming and it will be fine.  DH will be heading back to Florida in a few weeks in order to move Belmira back up to New England when we will start sailing in the summer once again.  We liked the climate in Florida, but the sailing left a great deal to be desired.  I long for deeper waters!

Hopefully, I will be able to get back to blogging on a more regular basis.  What that means for me remains to be seen - LOL!  April's calendar is filled with fun stamping events and I hope to share those with you as they come along.

Keep creating!  Thanks for visiting! 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Another Update

Sorry there has been no wonderful food photos, but not for the lack of wonderful food!  We are now (finally) on a mooring in Stuart, Florida.  We spent quite some time at the marina in Indiantown and finally got her in the water, motor reluctantly started, and moved down the river to the St. Lucie Lock.  Spent some time there getting everything moved aboard and getting provisioned.  Now we are finally in Stuart and getting all the final piece in place to head out to the Bahamas.

I can't begin to explain how nice it is to be on a mooring, in open water, with the sounds and feel of the water moving around us.  This is what I remember of sailing!  Don't know where circumstances will lead us, but we will be here for a bit before we move on.

I feel like my knees are getting stronger and I can climb on and off the boat pretty well,   Getting in and out of the dinghy on shore is another matter, but I am managing!

I will post more as I can and I really appreciate you hanging in there with me as I begin another adventure on the water.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

An Update

Well we made it to the boat and DH is working hard to get things in order to put her in the water.  We didn't have too much damage from the hurricanes, but our battery bank was completely dead and it is very slow to charge up again.  The surfaces, both interior and exterior are all covered with some degree of mold that will need to be cleaned up before we can get her in the water and begin moving all our belongings back on board.  Right now we are staying in our RV in the campground in the marina and hope to be able to get Belmira launched early next week.  I will post more (hopefully with some pictures) in the near future.

The weather is so far cooperating and we have not had rain since we made it to the marina.  We had quite a bit on the way down here though.  We had a wonderful visit with friends from the Carter Lake Sail Club on Dauphin Island and two of those friends are now camped across from us in the campground.

We have not made it into Stuart for dinner yet, but my FB friends can look forward to some yummy food pix very soon!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018 Occasions Catalog Swap

I am fortunate to live in an area with many other great demonstrators.  One of our leaders is Cathy Hansen and she has organized a 2018 Occasions Catalog swap for us.  Here is my card:


We are feverishly preparing for our departure for this year's sailing adventure and will be leaving in a few days.  This means that I wont' be here when the actual swap occurs and will not get to see the physical cards until we return (hopefully sometime in early April).  I am hoping that Cathy will post the pictures on her blog and I really look forward to seeing them.

Here are the products I used:
My posts for the next few months will probably be related to our sailing adventures.  I am not sure how much I will be able to post, but am hopeful that I can at least let everyone know where we are and that we are safe (if not very dry)!  This will probably be our last season sailing in the south, so next sailing season will be in the summer off the coast of New England and I know that posting from there will be much more frequent.  I cannot take my stamping supplies on the boat, but will be keeping busy with my pencils and watercolors and also my knitting and crocheting.  I have loaded a ton of books on my iPad and look forward to getting in some concentrated reading too!  We hope to be back in the spring and I look forward to being able to create and post more then.

Thanks for visiting!  Stay tuned for more posts from the Uncertain Sailor!

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