Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ScrapFest 2012!

Hello, I am back from ScrapFest. What a whirlwind and inspiring experience. Before the trip to Minneapolis, we already had some drama with Dr. John's Vertigo problem. I canceled the trip two days before and re-booked it the day before ScrapFest. Thanks goodness, everything all worked out and it turned out I didn't miss a class and didn't get penalized financially for the hotel because of the hiccups. I am feeling so blessed and thankful!

Here are just some of the many highlights of this trip.....let's start with meeting with my Hero Arts Flickr friends.I had known most of them from 6 months to 3 years and counting. It's so wonderful that I finally met everyone in person.
Top (from left to right): Janet, Kathy, Jennifer, Linda B., Linda W., Ava,Lin and Judy
Bottom: Marcy, Me (holding the sign), Nancy, Barb and Sheila

These are the small gifts that I had for everyone and we also did a card exchange.
Rubbing elbows with the crafting celebrities
with Lawn Fawn's Kelly Marie, Heidi Swapp, Mike from Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz (there will be a post about Tim later)---WOW!
 I felt quite overwhelmed since I haven't been to an Archiver's for a while.
Have you ever been to an Archiver's? Well, we don't have any here in Canada, so I took some photos of the store since I can't have them all--obviously. 
Taking classes and Make and Take....FUN! 
 I am thankful for our Stamping Family Support. Without their support for our little addiction, stamping is not the same! From left: Denny (Lin's hubby),  Bessie (Sheila's daughter), Kathy ( Judy's daughter) and Dr. John. Looks like they were having fun, too!
Dr. John calls this group-HAHADA (Hero Arts Husbands And Daughters Anonymous). It rhymes with Canada--ha!
 Wondering what they were laughing about...
 Did I look silly? NOT!
Here is a stamp that describe this whole thing....
Thanks so much for stopping by!

39 comments:

Piali said...

Thanks for sharing the great pics!!
Looks like you had a blast there!!!

Laura B. said...

Looks like so much fun! You have such an exciting life, Virginia! I'm glad I can live it through your posts!

Greta said...

So jealous, but happy all of you had a good time! Funny you should show Art Impressions--that company is very close to me & they used to have a retail store where I even taught some classes--small world!

Barb said...

What a fab post, my friend! We sure did have a blast! LOVED meeting you, getting to know you, laughing and talking with you - I MISS YOU NOW!

You took some awesome photos - really enjoyed seeing them all!

Love and hugs to you! :)

donna mikasa said...

My smile muscles always ache after reading your posts! It's so wonderful that you've all made lifelong friendships through this awesome hobby! It's on my bucket list to meet up with all of you one day....

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

Looks like you had great fun!!It was nice to read your post.Have a nice day!

kath said...

how wonderful to see all the fabulous HA Flickr girls together...looks like you had all had a fabulous time...hugs kath xxx

Dawn said...

fabulous post Virginia. Maybe one year I'll do a big trip to meet with you all. Thanks for sharing

Lynn said...

So happy that it all worked out and you were able to go! And I love HAHADA...that is hilarious! Looks like a fabulous time Virginia!

joy said...

Hi, Virginia! I love seeing all of the great photos you posted! Looks like everyone had such a fun experience there. Thanks for sharing!

Yvette said...

Looks like you had great fun! I enjoyed reading your post.

lenny said...

Great photos!
Looks like you had a lot of fun!!
Oooh and all those great & awesome products!!! Oh my...
One word... WOW!!!

Brenda said...

I am so glad you were able to make this trip. It looks like loads of fun. I used to live within driving distance of an Archivers...that was many years ago...miss that!

Annette said...

aww how fun Virginia...So glad you had an awesome time and got to meet all those fun people...Thanks for sharing..

canadian_liner said...

Looks like you had a FAB-ulous time at Scrapfest! Love all your pics and that final perfect stamp...I miss Archiver's too (used to live within an hour's drive of three different stores in Wisconsin...). WIsh they had one in upstate New York, for instance. They WILL ship to Canada, you know, I asked!

Danielle said...

I'm so happy you had such a wonderful time!! Thank you for sharing pictures!

Miriam Prantner said...

SO glad that you got to go after all! Looks like such a fun time, and Dr. John's HAHADA group cracks me up!

Maureen Morton said...

So darn special - all those happy stampers and (patient) family members. Looks like an exhausting blast!

Anita Rex said...

This was a hard post to read, I should have been there! BUT I am so glad you had such a great time!!!! Love the photos!

Leni said...

Thank you for sharing! It looks so happy and funny! Great that you had a wonderful time!

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Great photos Virginia! TFS! Meeting you and Dr John was one of the highlights Of the trip. You are so sweet.

Mirta Sanchez said...

Looks like you had a GENIUS time! Someday, I will be able to do this too! SO FUN!!

Melissa Shea said...

I'm so glad you were able to re-book & go! Looks like a fun time was had by all! I hope Dr. John is feeling better.

stamplover2011 said...

Wonderful pictures Virgina!!! It was so much fun meeting you and Dr. John!! So happy you got to come to MN!! The weekend was amazing!! :)

Lin said...

GREAT pics, V! You did a wonderful job of showing how much fun we had last weekend! Love the pictures of our support team!

alexandra s.m. said...

What a fabulous post Virginia!
We can always count on you for sharing not just the great experiences you live but also your "joie de vivre" and that is absolutely priceless!

Thank You~

Cindy C. said...

Looks like you all had a fun, swell time! Great photos, so nice to see an update-to-date shot of these dear Hero Arts flickr group member!! Thanks Virginia!

Kathy (krolski) said...

LOL! Love the HAHADA and all the great photos! Was so nice to meet you and Dr. John. We all had such a great time!

chrystinanoel.com said...

Oh Dr. John, you kill me. Also, you'd think for the amount of travel that sign does it would be in worse condition - I'm proud of you.

Rose said...

so glad you got to go and have such a fun time!!! dr john is too funny! HAHADA cracked me up :)

we don't have an Archivers either :(

Simone said...

Great pictures Virginia! So glad you were able to still go and that you had a wonderful time! I wish we had something similar to that down here in Oz!

Karen from MI said...

Oh Virginia! I LOVED your blog post!!! I'm SMILING BIGGER than BIG!!! It was nice to see all that you did and the other stampers, too!! :) Nice to see the real supporters of the stampers......the FAMILY!! Looks like everyone had a WONDERFUL time!! :) I also enjoyed seeing Archivers.......I think that last time that I was there could have been with YOU!! :) They sure have a TON of new supplies!! TFS!! :)

Linda R said...

Looks like a lot of fun my friend. I always enjoy seeing your photos.

Hugs~

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I bet you had a blast and it sure looks like you did! I would love to go to that some day... and the support group is awesome... so is that stamp at the end!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Really enjoyed your montage of photos, V! And so enjoyed meeting you and Dr. John!! Can't wait til your next visit. Hugs!!

Alice Wertz said...

awwww.... love the photos of you and all the HA friends! super nice that you get to meet them all! one of those days i'll have to meet you, too! =)

Dwita said...

You did have a very wonderful time, Virginia. Especially when you met friends who also adore Hero Arts. TFS the pics. I enjoy them all, and feel that I was there, too.. ;D

fishydesign said...

Oh I am SO jealous that you got to go to scrapfest! And Archivers? That's like heaven for any crafters! Looks like you had TONS of fun meeting up with the celebrities, the make-and-take.. and shopping at Archivers!

Bethany S. said...

It looks like you had so much fun Virginia! I wish I had been able to come! (maybe some other time) I've never been to an Archivers. I would sure love to go one sometime.