Sunday, September 16, 2012

Scrapfest 2012 - What Fun!!

Hi there!

I've had a fabulous, crafty weekend at Scrapfest, held at the Mall of America, here in Minnesota! So many creative friends from the Hero Arts Flickr group attended this year, and what a wonderful time we all had! I'll warn you now - this is a photo-heavy post, so I've tried to keep the writing to a minimum. Here we go. . . . . .

Most of us were able to meet at Starbucks on Thursday night. Clockwise from bottom left: Virginia, Linda B, me, Marcy, Janet, Linda W, Lin, Kathy and Sheila. We were all so excited to see each other for the first time!


Then it was time to go do some Make & Takes - lots of standing in line, which made for the perfect opportunity to chat and get to know each other better - and take some photos too of course! Here's Lin and Judy -
- love these two ladies! I was lucky enough to meet Judy earlier this year - SO good to see her again - does that women ever make me laugh!! And I have wanted to meet Lin for the longest time! She was the very first person to comment on one of my photos posted to the Flickr group.

Here's Linda B, Sheila, Janet and Kathy doing one of the many Make & Takes. It was a joy meeting each one of these gals! All so easy to talk to - like we've known each other for years!



And look who we found at the Lawn Fawn, Make & Take booth!

Yup - sweet Nancy! So wonderful to finally meet her too! We were Hero Arts hostesses together and she is another online friend that I've wanted to meet for so long!

We also met Kelly Marie, owner of Lawn Fawn! What a cutie!


She was sweet enough to let me take a picture with her. :)

We also took a Lawn Fawn class, which was a whirlwind - we made three cards and a fun treat bag, all in 45 minutes - so fun! Here's one of the adorable cards:

Some of us took Tim Holtz's class too - it is always such an amazing class - I learn new inking tips and tricks each year from him - LOVED it! Here's what we created:

I took a ton more photos, but I'll only share some of them, so you know who all was there this weekend.


Heeeere's Marcy! This lady amazes me! She has a wonderful outlook on life, smiles all the time and is so very funny!

Yippee! Virginia was there too! And to think it almost didn't happen - I'm so glad things turned around and she was able to join us! It would NOT have been as much fun without her there!

And she brought the famous, Dr. John!! That's right! We all spent time with him too - so fun!

Lin brought her hubby, Denny. What a lovely, kind man he is - so perfect for Lin!

It wouldn't be Scrapfest without my buddy, Linda W! She kept us all moving in the right direction. It's always so great to see her! Here she is with me and Judy.

Ava was there too! She's on the right in this photo with me and Janet. Such a sweetheart!

And last, but certainly not least, Jennifer! She's on the left in this picture with me and Sheila. What a cute gal! She didn't join us until Saturday - wish we had more time together!

Okay, only two more! Here's a group shot.

And this last one is of just eight of us - all past Hero Arts hostesses - amazing that we were all together in one place!

WHEW! If you're still with me - thank you! I know it was long, but I wanted to share what a fantastic weekend it was!

I feel so very lucky to have met all these amazing, talented, fun ladies! I didn't want our time together to end - and now I'm missing them all already!











40 comments:

donna mikasa said...

Oh, Barb, what a grand reunion you had with the Hero Arts girls! So happy for you that you got to meet and greet and attend all those wonderful classes, too! Thanks so much for sharing and welcome back!

Cat Craig said...

Glad you had such a wonderful time, and that you have pictures to go along with it. Good time with friends of shared interests.

Laura Jane said...

Thank you for sharing your time with us!
LOVELY photos:)

Lynn said...

Looks like the absolutely perfect weekend together Barb! How awesome to meet up with so many blogging friends!

maria f. said...

Thanks for sharing. How lucky you all are to be able to get together like that. And how great for the MN economy!!!

Cathy A said...

Beautiful projects Barb, I am so jealous that you got to meet my fellow hostile Lin and all the other ladies, but also glad you shared such a wonderful time! Thanks for supporting my blog too and for all your lovely comments.

Suzanne C said...

What wonderful pictures! Sounds like a blast and so happy for all of you to get time together to craft, laugh and enjoy each other!

Donna Bowman said...

So glad you had such an awesome time Barb!

walchowDesign said...

Oh! Barb, it so fun to see all of you meet up and had so much fun! TFS the wonderful photos too!

Maureen Morton said...

I was awake at 2:30 this morning, hoping that you had posted some of your pictures and you didn't let me down! What a thrill to see you all so happy and together! A great group of happy faces. Thanks so for sharing.....I am full of envy, but also joy for you all.

Laura B. said...

So fun to see your pictures! Thanks for sharing them! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Great pics Barb! TFS! Was great to meet you and everyone else!

joy said...

Fabulous pictures, Barb! Thanks for sharing them - I'm sure all of you had the best of times together! The classes sound great, too!

Sue McRae said...

Thanks for sharing so many photos with us Barb! It's so wonderful to see all of you together having fun!

Kailash said...

Such lovely pictures Barb, I'm glad you all had a fun time!

CinnamonSally said...

Barb what a great post, looks like you all had alot of fun, wish I could have been there too.

Linda said...

So much fun photo's! I wish I could go to Scrapfest just once. I would be the most amazing experience to meet with all of you! Excuse me, I have to go and see if I won the lottery :)

Pam W Merwin said...

Thanks for all the photos - it was so good to see all of you together and smiles on everyone's face! Maybe, just maybe one day I can make it :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

What a great batch of ScrapFest photos, Barb! Loved seeing them and, of course, seeing you & everyone who could make it to MOA this past weekend. I had a great time! Thanks for making dinner reservations - both Ruby Tuesdays and TC Grill had great food. Glad you saved room for chocolate cake (and shared)!! Hugs & don't be a stranger!!

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos, Barb! It looks like you had so much FUN!

Karen B. said...

Aww, what a fun post! I have to remember this next year, I live three hours away so it wouldn't be long to drive there!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Great pics Barb! Was so nice to meet everyone and the dinners were great!

stamplover2011 said...

Wonderful pictures Barb of scrapfest!! Thank you for making the reservations for the dinner! What a wonderful couple of days meeting everyone!

Martha said...

OH, Barb, I really enjoyed reading all about your wonderful Scrapfest weekend, and I absolutely loved seeing all the lovely photos of everyone. (You are one lovely and photogenic lady.) Love all the pretty smiles on everyone's faces.
How FUN that so many were able to attend. Thanks for sharing these fun memories with us.

Greta said...

Thank you so much for sharing these great pics, Barb! I so wish I could have been there. Fell like I know you guys more than ever now.
Hugs,
Greta

Judy1223 said...

Oh, Barb, THANK YOU for sharing all these wonderful pictures! I so wish I could meet all of you...I feel as if I know you all through the Hero Arts blog and Flickr group, right from the start of it! I'm so glad you were able to all meet up and go to make-and-takes and classes together. How awesome is that! I'm living vicariously through all your awesome pictures. Thanks again for sharing, so glad you all had a good time!

pcm said...

Awesome!

sheila said...

what a great, great post Barb....I feel like it is the weekend all over again! It was such fun and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone....such sweethearts each and everyone. Is it possible for you to email me some of the pics? I want to scrap this event and just don't have the quality of pics that you do! My bad....totally forgot my regular camera and instead just used my phone.

Trinh said...

Thanks for sharing all these pics with us! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time together.

alexandra s.m. said...

Thank you for sharing Barb!
I would have loved to have attended!!

Hugs~

Virginia L. said...

I am FINALLY catching up on your blog, Barb! Guess I had been "busy"!!? I will never forget the experience of meeting you and all other Flickr friends. You have the biggest heart and I love that you gave each one of us a big sunflower upon our arrival. So sweet and so Barb! Dr. John and I truly enjoyed our visit at ScrapFest. Thank YOU for being a the most wonderful host!

Jana said...

Looks like fun!

Nancy said...

It was the most amazing weekend...and so wonderful to finally meet my sweet friend, Barb! I'm so glad you actually got a card finished, it seems that class was over before it even started. I was feeling the stress but looking out at such dear friends made it all okay!
Looking forward to next year...hugs and blessings!

Simone said...

Wow! Barb this was such a great post. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! It looks like you all had an amazing time!

Jacqueline said...

Have so been enjoying all the photos Barb - how lovely for you all to meet and share!

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb,
I am so glad that you had a great time at Scrapfest. I am glad that everyone had the chance to meet and have fun. Hope that your week has been good. I am slowly getting back to making more cards. Thanks for sharing all of the photos. Take care and God bless.
Hugs to you,
Sue

Bethany S. said...

looks like you had tons of fun Barb! I really wish I had been able to go!

Vicky said...

LOVED the post Barb!!! Wish I could meet you and the other talented ladies and spent time together!!! So happy for all of you! I will never stop saying that cardmaking is so much more than making a card on your free time... Seeing all those photos, with all the happy faces I know that it is such a blessing to be a cardmaker! HUGS!

Dawn said...

thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos and memories. What a great time you all must have had.

charli said...

Looks like you all had a blast! Great to see the pics, thanks for sharing them with us non-fest-goers! :)