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And a good time was had by all . . .

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  The man celebrated all day . . .

                    food and this cake at work

                                     then to the Fenton Bar & Grill for another party 

                                                                where the food and beer never stopped.


Bill & Mark (a buddy of Bill's from AB) retired on the same day.

Gray Eagle made this sign for them and hung it outside the

Fenton Bar & Grill.

Wasn't that cool?

I think this party took over the entire bar and party room. What a great bar and grill!  The chef kept the hors d'oeuvres coming out all night.  Those chicken wings were delicious and just the way I like 'em - crispy and never soggy with a tiny bit of a kick to them.

Tonight, another "outting" with friends.  I think this is a weekend long retirement event.

Here's some party-goers:


Tim & Michelle

Michelle, Bill & Tim


Tim & Bill 

Tim & Bill

Mark, Tommy 

Mark, Tommy, Bill & me



Don & Bill

and take a look at this that came off my camera this morning:


weird huh?  how in the world . . .


Greg, Jim, Ashley, Bill, Joe, Kurt



Jen, Greg & Bill


Bill & John


  Bill & Steve

(notice the sign behind Bill: "one-eyed Willy".  thought it was appropriate)




Me, niece Emily, sister Bonnie, Bill, bro-in-law Bob & nephew Matt.


Lisa, Bill & Terri

(aka Thelma & Louise)

Marks retirement cake 

Mark's retirement cake

Both cakes by MacArthur's (yummy).

Today's the day . . .

Can't believe it's finally here.  Retirement day.  Bill's last day at work.  After 30+ years at Anheuser-Busch, he's "outta there".  You may have heard me say this before, but he has worked 7 days a week year round for 30 years.  Holidays and all.  This man deserves a break and I'm thrilled he's going to retire a little early.

Happy fishing Bill.

Bill 1

All dressed up and ready to party!


Oh to be a better photographer . . .

but alas I'm not.

Here's the tag we'll be making for my make-and-take @ For Keeps Sake on Saturday.  You can't tell here (see what I mean about that photography thing), but this tag is covered in gorgeous Perfect Pearls.  Then we'll stamp with one of Wendy Vecchi's flower stamps from Stampers' Anonymous - on grungeboard.  Ink it up.  Cut it out and voila ~  a sparkly tag.


Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tag Class

Saturday, February 21 - 10:30 a.m.: 

2nd in a series of Tim Holtz tags and techniques

In this class you will complete 3 tags, each with a different technique direct from Ranger University and Tim Holtz.

Please BYO Basic Supplies +

  • Ranger Craft Sheet
  • Ink Blending Tool with extra foam sponges
  • Alcohol Ink Applicator + extra felt
  • Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
  • Double stick foam dots or tape

If you have a heat tool (gun) and don't mind sharing, please bring one along.

Here's supplies we will use in class, just in case you want to BYO:

  • Cut 'n' Dry Foam
  • Ranger's glossy cardstock (sold in 8.5x11 - 10 sheets per pack)
  • Distress Inks: Antique Linen; Fired Brick; Peeled Paint; Vintage Photo; Brushed Corduroy
  • Distress Embossing Ink Pad
  • Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black
  • Distress Re-Inkers: Fired Brick; Mustard Seed; Faded Jeans; Peeled Paint; Black Soot
  • Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Denim; Stream; Stonewash
  • Pearl Metallic Mixative
  • Blending Solution
  • Distress Embossing Powders: Fired Brick; Antique Linen; Peeled Paint; Black Soot
  • Paint Dabbers: Pitch Black; Silver Metallic
  • Stickles: anything "clear-ish"
  • Stampers' Anonymous Stamp Sets: Holidays Past (CMS030); Santa's Wish (CMS032); Just Believe (CMS031); Winter Wonderland (CMS033)
  • Swirls/Elements Grungeboard

As you know if you attended the first class, the above supplies will be provided for you in class.  There were many who wanted to purchase their own supplies for use in class (and of course, after class).  Therefore, the above list was produced just in case.  For Keeps Sake (314) 487-8131 will be getting these supplies - in limited quantities - for you to purchase day of class if you wish.

During the February class, you will be given a list of supplies being used in the March class and can list those supplies you wish to order for the March class.  At each subsequent class, you will be given a "wish list" for the following month's class.

And just in case you're wondering, yes, Tim did give me permission to teach these tags!  Thanks Tim.  You're the ultimate!

Today's CHA pick . . .

7 Gypsies.  I love everything about 7 Gypsies.  Their booth at CHA is usually one of the most interesting to peruse (not there this year - just remembering past CHA's).  Their samples are amazing, particularly if you like vintage and collage.

This year's products are looking equally as wonderful as any other year:





See more of the 7 Gypsies Winter 2009 collection here:


Another CHA fave

I really like Hero Arts stamps (among others, of course!  One can never have too many stamps.)

Here's one of their newest from the Hero Arts Winter 2009 catalogue:

Hero arts

I think my favorite Hero Arts designer,

Shari Carroll (Hi Shari) designed this one.

And here's a card she designed using the above stamp set:

Shari's card 

Gotta have this set.

Check out Shari's work on the Hero Arts blog:


Shari's work is FABulous and INSPIRE-ing

Thank you . . .

to all who took my Copic Marker Lunch Bunch class yesterday.  I'm working on more samples to display at For Keeps Sake.  Here's one I did this morning:

Copic markers

Stamped image.

Copic Markers

Stickles for the centers.