Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Girlfriends Unite! Blog Candy and More!

I’m back from the CK Scrapbook Show in Tulsa and I’m excited to show you some fabulous new samples our talented Design Team has created!

First here are a couple of photos from the Tulsa Show which was crazy busy as I only had a single booth. I was so lucky to have such excellent help! Carol Moore helped me set up Thursday and she worked all day Friday. We were so busy, I forgot to take a photo of her, but THANK YOU CAROL for all your hard work! Then Shelia came and worked all day Saturday and then helped me pack up and she was also a huge help! They both said they thought it was fun and it’s true it’s like a big happy festival with lots of laughter and nice people to meet - but you still get sore feet and talking non stop all day can make you feel like a zombie! Here is a photo of Shelia in the booth on Sat and another so you can see how tiny a 10 x 10 space is when it’s filled with product and people! Everyone I met was so NICE - thank you Tulsa!











Vicki Chrisman organized a challenge for the ladies on the our DESIGN TEAM that could join in to combine any image from our new Girlfriends Image & Journal Notes Booklets with any of our Clear Art Stamps.

I LOVE all six of the samples these ladies created!!! You can see each of them here when you click these links below to their blogs and get all the details and supplies. Remember to click your ‘Back’ button to return here and you can also click the links on any of their blogs to see all of the samples!

Vicki Chrisman – Let’s Do Lunch Layout

Lisa Zappa – Girlie Cards

Heidi Blankenship – Thanks So Much!

Marisa Isa – Sweet

Pam Hooten – Altered Mirror

Vivian Peters – Fashion Diva!

Anna Wight and Michelle Wooderson from our design team couldn’t join in the fun this time but hopefully they can take part in our next challenge.

Now… on to the FREE Giveaway for Blog Candy! I thought it had been a little while since I had done a give away so in the spirit of our ‘Girlfriends’ theme, I thought I would give a girlfriends theme package away! This is the same package that Pamela Lupien recently won in the Splitcoast fun raising raffle but I also want to add one of our new Glamour Girl large stamp sets to the package, plus an extra Girlfriends Book for the winner to give to a friend!

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog and tell me your girlfriends name and where you met. A random winner will be chosen this Sunday. A ‘girlfriend’ can also be your sister, mom or any other woman you would like to give one of our Girlfriends books to.






















You should also check out the great cards HERE that ladies have posted on the weekly challenge over at the Split coast website! Darlene from the UK (known as Angel North) volunteered to post the challenges this month and this week she asked people to create something ‘over the edge’, so that some element is sticking out from the regular part of the card. I love this card she created using our French Mail stamp set!
HERE are the DETAILS if you wish to participate. Don’t forget to go have a peek at the other ‘Over the edge cards’.
You also can check out LOTS of great samples in
Also, don't forget, you just need to post a comment on this blog to be entered to WIN our Girlfriends package with an extra Girlfriends Image & Journal Notes Booklet for your friend! Don’t forget to leave your contact info or check back to see if you won!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Sandy Redburn
Owner
Crafty Secrets - Home of the Heartwarming Vintage Collection
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82 comments:

Eveline said...

My best friend is called Martha, I met her when her son and my daughter first went to pre-school. She also lived around the corner. We moved away (first to the US and then back to the Netherlands but 2 1/2 hours away from where we used to live) but we stayed in touch. We meet about 3 to 4 times a year. She is a girl with low self esteem but very talented (she doesn't think so). She plays the clarinet and piano and she does it well. I got her into scrapbooking and stamping and she is good! I'm glad she is my friend.
Eveline.

Anonymous said...

My kindered spirit friend is named Marian. We met at work about 5 years ago and our friendship has just continued to blossom. We share a love of card making, shopping and strawberry margarita's.

Tracy
tstanek@pris.bc.ca

Linda Stamps said...

My best friend is Margaret. We met at work some 15-20 yrs ago. We tell each other all our secrets! Although we work in different departments, we make it a point to meet in the cafeteria for breakfast every morn.

Juliana said...

My good stamping friend is Shelly, I met her at SplitCoast. We have gotten together but, ironically we have never stamped together!

patty w said...

My BFF is Denise. She was once married to my brother ! They got married at 16, 2kids and 2 years later they were divorced but she and I stayed/became the best of friends !! She's more of a sister to me than he is a brother!

We've been friends for about 34 years! wow...long time!

Diana said...

I met Suzanne many years ago at work, we have since gone on to different jobs, but our friendship remains solid. We've been through so many ups & downs, joys & sorrows that, & so many personality changes. Well, we have to stay best friends because no one else can know us & still admire what we each are all about.

Peggy Maier said...

My best girlfriend is my daughter, Julie, & I met her when she was born (I guess I shouldn't say how many years ago) on her birthday August 29. We do a lot together, including stamping & I'm so blessed to have her in my life!

The Rambling Papercrafter said...

My girlfriend is my mom. We love going and doing all kinds of things together. We always go shopping, antiquing or out to have a nice meal. I have been living away from my mom for the last seven years and I have just moved back closer this last month. We already have some outings planned and it will be nice to spend some more time with my mom and make up for the time I missed.

Bianca
whitelily.2006@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My best friend is Barb. We met in line at a Barry Manilow signing in Ballard, WA about 6 or 7 years ago.

We share both our love of Barry and our love of cardmaking!

Thanks! Carmen
Vanier1@comcast.net

Bunny B said...

My best friend's name is Julia and I met her in high school. We weren't friends at that time but knew of each other. Later, during university (we went to different universities) she started to blog and I somehow stumbled upon it and started following her and commenting. From there, we met up again and became best friends! :) She's such a caring and kind soul -- I'm glad we're friends!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Cris A said...

My friend is Cathy, we met in 5th grade!! We've been best friends for almost 30 yrs!!!
Growing up our extended family lived far away, and so did theirs. My parents and her parents also became best of freinds. We spent every holiday together! Now we are all spread out around the country, but her and I still talk at least once a week. I don't know how my life would be without her! She is truly family to me.

huntla1 said...

Okay it's hard to give you one. My best friend is my former college roommate that I met --well let's just say we can now measure our friendship in fractions of a centurey -- I hate that! We also are both turning a big fraction of a century this year on our birthdays -- I hate that more. We have been through ups and downs in each others life but continue on in a supporting loving friendship!

Deb Neerman said...

My best friend is my sister ... she's mad at me at the moment, but winning this gift for her should make amends!

Thanks for the chance!

rose said...

my bestfriend is Vicki R. I meet her through scrapbooking and we have a really good friendship on line and some day would love to meet up with Vicki

Allison said...

My BFF is Paula who actually ended up marrying my bro (yay!). We met at the Red Lobster where we both worked when we were in University. It has been a long time now!

cards4u said...

What a wonderful give away - thanks for the chance to play. I have a friend named Bridget who I met in elementary school. Although we don't get to see each other often - now in different states, we can pick up where we left off. I think more than that I value her honesty and her acceptance of me for who I am warts and all : )Writing this makes me think it's time to send a card. Thanks!

stampinc said...

Wow it looks like you guys are having a blast!! Sweet giveaway.
I met my BFF at work over 23 years ago. We just clicked the first time we met and when we got our families together they all clicked too. Now that doesn't happen very ofter. I sure could use these stamps, cuz I just had to move about 700 miles away from her and I can think of a lot of things to make for her birthday coming up and Xmas. Thanks for a chance.

The Squared One said...

BFF XiaoLu and XiaoQin and I met in first grade :)

Carol Sisk said...

My BFF is Becky and we met about 25 years ago when we lived in the same neighborhood. Another neighbor introduced us and we quickly became best friends. My ex-husband tried to break up our friendship because she was single, but it didn't work. He is gone, she is still here :) She has moved to different states, then I did, but we have always kept in touch.

Karrie O. said...

My scrapbooking girlfriend is Renae! We met at a scrapbook class a year ago. She was just learning and getting started. I recognized her from our local grocery store. We get together so I teach her how to scrap and stamp. I see her almost everyday or every other day at the store. She is such a friendly person and I'm so happy and grateful that we have become friends!

Dapoppins said...

My best girlfriend is Jenny...we met at church when we were in high school and are now both married with four kids each. Along the the way were many trials, many errors, and a lots of laughter! Oh, I love talking about her!

Sharon in NE said...

~Shelley~
We meet in Junior High and have been best friends for the past 33 years. (don't you dare do the math...we were very smart and 5 years old in junior high!)

;)

Shawn said...

One of my good friends is Mindy. We have survived so many things....to many margaritas, getting married, going through pregnancy to seeing our children born. This would be a great collection to have to preserve those memories!

Anonymous said...

My best friend's name is Abby. I met her about 18 years ago in Tulsa, OK in church. She moved to Delaware several years ago however we communicate all the time. She is not a rubber stamper but I choose to forgive her for that!
Carol
cj55nfreern at cox dot net

Cindy said...

I met my best friend in 1982 when I went to work at the same place she worked. 7 years ago we both had a baby within 6 months of each other and now get to share that experience too. It's been an awesome journey.

V said...

My best friend is Becks. She and I originally were just online acquaintances that met at the ScrapJazz forum. We did a circle book together. The one day, or rather night, we started chatting in their forum, and then in Yahoo all through the day, and then we met face to face and now I cannot imagine not talking to her or texting her at least once a day.

Lisa K in TX said...

One of my girlfriends' name is Erin. Just love her to death! We met at work and then I moved away and I miss her bunches! Thanks, Lisa K in TX

LisaR said...

My best friend is Karen. She always is in good spirits and continually makes me laugh. I am lucky to have her as my friend!

kayb said...

I met my dil at church when my son brought her so we could meet her for the first time. Since they have married and moved close to us, we have become good friends and scrapping buddies. She is a huge blessing to our family!
I met you at your busy booth in Tulsa. I poured over your products and especially the work of your design team. It was so wonderful to see it in person after seeing much of it on the web!

Sheila D said...

My best friend is my sister. We are two peas in a pot. We laugh together, cry together, get in trouble together, etc. Growing up we hated each other. Then something clicked and now she knows my inner most secrets and I hers.

Hilmarose said...

My best friend, her name is Sarah, and I met when we were both doing fostercare. I did foster care for teenage girls when we met...I did respite for her children and she would come drop them off then pick them up. We NEVER thought we would become so close. I can tell her ANYTHING... she is never shocked and never judges me...but she is VERY honest! She has been a HUGE blessing in my life and has been used by Yahwey more times than I care to remember to keep me from giving up! she is a TRUE friend!

Anonymous said...

My best friend is Fay. She is the nicest person you would ever want to know. We met in school, thirty years ago! Our friendship has changed thru the years but we still keep in touch and enjoy eachother's company whenever we are able to get together. We love shopping together, chatting and making things.

A Robin's Nest said...

My best friend would be my Mom Kathy. Although it wasn't until later in my life that I realized we had a lot in common. We have truly grown close in the past several years and really enjoy spending time together. I just recently introduced her to making cards using stamps and she loves it.

Pegg S said...

What beautiful samples your team has made! My best girl friend is Maggie. She is a true friend. We met when we were in Junior High - we took tennis lessons after school. We laugh any time we talk and still act like we are teenage girls when we are together!

Laura said...

Oh, what great blog candy! Thanks for the opportunity and all the great info. I met my girlfriend as my kids' school. She helped out with one of the school parties and we've been friends since. We've even come up with nicknames and so now she is evermore known as DOOMBAH around my house. I love her to pieces and couldn't ask for a better friend.

Linda w said...

My best friend and I met at a stamp demo. My friend was coming from another state to do a demo at the store where I worked. I invited her to spend the night at my house instead of going to a hotel. That was like 13 years ago. We have shared so much since then. I am so blessed to have Pat in my life.

scraphag said...

I have never seen your stamps before. I was drawn by the younglady with the mirrow! My best friends name is Kibri and we met in high school thirty years ago. She is a hard sell on the stamping...but I know this will entice her. Thank you for the opportunity. Casey Toney

Jean H. said...

I have a lot of friends, but I suppose the one I have had the longest is Dawn M. and we started working together at a local grocery store when I moved to Lincoln after graduating from high school in a VERY small town in 1985 -- we are still friends today. We don't see each other very often, but we do talk on the phone -- yes, phone and not email!! :-)

Lori said...

I have so many BFF's, but for this posting, I want to acknowledge my little sister Robyn, the family calls her Bird. Love her to pieces!

Darlene L said...

One of my best friends is Deanne who lives in MN while I live in IL. I met her on-line through a stamping group--where else? We have so many things in common and just mesh well. We rarely get to see one another and often can go a week without talking but as soon as we connect we have lots to say. Miss you Deanne!

Darlene L

Elena said...

My best friend name is Liliya! We've met each other at the hospital when we were waiting for our babies to be born. It was 8 years ago. She was joking with me at that day. Her husband wanted to have a boy. But she knew that she will have a girl. So she offered me to take her daughter and I would give her my son. We still laughing about this because she said that she would never forget my big eyes at that moment!!!

Susan Murphy said...

My best friend is my identical twin sister :) We are just as close now (almost 37 years later) as we were the day we were born. It's a real blessing to know she is always there for me. We love to get together and stamp and craft, so this blog candy would be great to share with her.

Dianne said...

My bestest friend is Ruby! She and I have been through a lot..she lost her daughter last year and we are still in the healing process. AND part of that process is our stamping together. It give her the time to release her feelings and talk while we do stuff we enjoy..We cry a litte, stamp a little, create a little. What a great friend she has been me for over 38 years, I only hope I'm as good a friend to her in her time of need.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hello and I'd love to enter your giveaway. I've been a stamper for 14 years and still love it:)
I have 3 best friends. Kris I met in 7th grade and that was a LONG time ago. MaryElla when our kids were young and Carol when we worked at the same clothing store. Each unique and so loved.Thank you !
Deb

Linda said...

My very best friend is my sister, Julie. She is the one person I can always count on when I need someone to talk to or need advice from. She lives in another state but thanks to cell phones, I can talk to her anytime.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Linda Peterson

Anonymous said...

My best friend is my sister. the funny thing is as kids we couldn't stand each other but now, as adults, we share everything. I love our relationship.
Ang@todybran.com

Erin Glee said...

I must really be hard to get along with or something, but I don't have a Best Girlfriend right now... my husband is my best friend, but obviously, he is not a "Girl"! I would share the book with my Mom & Sister in Law, as they scrapbook and I love them. I have some friends that I've known for years, but I don't see them much... it's more of a Christmas card keep in touch kind of thing.
I love the Giveaway and hope to be considered!

Theresa said...

I met my girlfriend through her husband! I was at lunch talking with a friend about scrapping and stamping and my friend's hubby walked by. He stopped and asked me if I scrapped and stamped. I replied that he did. He asked if he could give his wife my phone number since they had just been married and she wasn't from the area...he thought we might get along since we had similar interests! And we did! We do! It's great to have a stamping/scrapping buddy to "play" with!

WendyGibson said...

I met my best girlfriend at our Elementary school about 7 years ago...her name is carrie...sadly, she was just diagnosed with Lupus so we have that fight ahead of us yet! :(
wendy.gibson@yahoo.com

Book Bling said...

My best friedn is Madeline. We meet at a local woman's club about 25 years ago and have been buds ever sense.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

My best friend that I would be giddy to share a CS gift with is Deb. We met at church about 22 years ago. She was pregnant for her youngest, who is just a bit younger than my oldest. We think so alike and, amazingly, so do our husbands, so it works out well!!! They live about 30 miles away and dont' see them near enough, but it is always fun to get together. She does come here to stamp and we have so much fun!!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!

Katie Leach said...

My good friend is Colleen who I met at a local middle school where we worked. She was my cooperating teacher when I went back to school and got my special ed. certification. Colleen is a wonderful person and a swell friend.

Anonymous said...

My GF is Marti. We laugh, vent and cry together. She can make me laugh without doing a thing. I can read her mind most days too....

michelle in mi said...

My best friend Debbie-we met on a white water rafting trip years ago and have stayed best buds since.I introduced her to card making and we try to get together once a week to share in being creative together!

Susan said...

My best friend is Jeanine. We met in 1997 when we were both new to our parish. I really love having her as a friend because we are passionate about many of the same things - our faith, our husbands (they are so alike), our kids (all high energy), crafting, and stamping! I deeply miss her and her family as we moved 10 hours away to a new state 2 years ago.

Beth said...

I count myself blessed with many friends but I guess my "bff" the one person that knows EVERYTHING about me and vice versa, would be Valeria. She and I met in college because we were both in the marching band at the University of Tennessee. We have been roommates, graduated Nursing School together, between us have been through so much together and although we live 4 hours away from each other and only talk about once a month, this is the type of friendship that knows no time or boundaries! Thanks for this awesome opportunity!

Novell said...

Well, I have lots of girlfriends but today I'm thinking of my friend, Amy. The first time we met, we were introduced to each other by another friend, Vicki. It turned out Amy lives right down the street from me. As our kids started being placed in the same class, we started becoming friends. Now we help each other out and hang out all the time. Tonight, 3 of her 4 kids are with me cuz she's at the ER with her DH who injured his eye today.

parknslide said...

My girlfriend is Sandi and we met at work.

marieanne said...

My best friend is Jan. We have been neighbours for many years and became friends when our kids were in school together. We talk almost every day and love to go shopping at the scrapbook stores once a week. We are so alike it's scary!

Anonymous said...

It's been lovely reading about your best friends! My oldest BF (As in known the longest, not in age!!) sadly passed away last year. :( I am 38 & we had been friends our entire lives. My other BF is Sally and we met at work about 11 years ago! We've both left there, both had 2 kids each & I've moved away, but we still keep in constant contact!!
Odette

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

My BEST friend is my daughter Carolyn. Through failed marriages, I pretty much raised Carolyn by myself and we were always close throughout her growing years and now that she has a family of her own, she often tells me how much more she appreciates our relationship. As busy as she is, she ALWAYS takes time to call and check to see if there is anything I or my husband might need. She's MY GIRL ... MY BEST FRIEND!

3 Brats said...

My best girlyfriend is LeAnn...Weird story about how we met. She thought I was a horrible mom because I put '3 brats' on my personalized lisence plate for my car. My son invited her son over to play when they were in preschool and she was very hesitate about it, thinking I was going to lock her son in the closet with duct tape or something. Anywhoo, she asked around town about me a found out I used to do daycare and I am very wonderful with kids and she then caved and let her son come over to play. They have been best friends since and I have been with her since then....through thick and thin, new babies and funerals, she has been there and gives me the support I need.
Melissa

Trudi said...

My bff's are my sisters! We have always been a very close family and although we all have had our own special close girlfriend...it's each other who remain to be bestest of friends/sisters and lifelong support. So...Dawn, Wendy, Holly and Lanette...if you are all out there...love ya sisters! And huge thanks to the bestest of parents who gave us the gift of being sisters! I am truly blessed with my family!

Patter Cross said...

Oooh just love all of the goodies I see here! Anyway, I met my best friend Stacy when my identical triplet girls went to Kindergarten. That was 9 years ago. We have gone to Bible Study Fellowship together for a long time, and I cherish her friendship. We e-mail each other every morning even though she just lives 4 doors down. She has 4 kids, and I have the 3 girls. We are both so busy that daily phone calls don't always work. I am blessed to have her as my friend.

Lisa said...

My best stamping friend is Carole, we met on split coast a few months ago... found out we only live about 2 miles from each other. We now meet once a week for stamping.
Lisa

Katie Renz said...

My very best girlfriend is one I've known since we were 10. We've been friends through all the ups/downs/distance and I can honestly say we will be until the very end.

Nancy in CA said...

Over the years seems that friends come and go, but "Best Friends" stay the course. My BF is Carole and I met her when I interviewed for a contract job in San Diego. Although she was asking me questions that would pertain to employment she was very warm and caring...I could tell we would be firends whether I got the position or not (that was in 1998). And yes, I did get the job. The job has come and gone, but Carole and I have remained "Best Friends" and always will. Thanks for the opportunity to share my story.
Nancy

Jenny Dutil said...

My forever friends name is Ivy. We met in the army over 12 years ago. Even though we are many miles apart we talk everyday! I was once told a person who has found a true friend is truly lucky. In life we have many aquiantances (sp) but few true friends. Ivy is part of me and I love her!

j said...

My best friend in the world is Claudia.I met her when i moved from my hometown & was alone & lonely.Claudia is one in a million & has struggled all her life,she has now found happiness & married on Valentines day last year.I think in a previous life we were sisters.....lol.I thank God for sending Claudia into my life,We have been friends now for 25 years.Thanks for this chance to tell the you & all the readers on your blog about my best friend :):):):)

Jean

Frumpies world said...

I just found out about your product and being as romantic as I am, I totally love everything you have!! Now, ofcourse I would love to win that gorgeous price so I'll tell you my friends name. It's Priska and we met about 11 years ago when I moved to IJsselstein (a little town in the Netherlands). We were both pregnant with our first born at the time, although she gave birth to her son exactly 5 and a half months before I did. Both our sons (11 years of age) are best friends too...isn't that funny. We've been through a lot together and since she's had a real bad time, I would love to cheer her up by a best friends gift...I love her very much and hope we can stay friends for a very long time coming!!! xxxWendy.

Godchick said...

My best girlfriend is my mom. I consider her one of my best friend's ever. Love her to pieces and I know she would love this...she absolutely loves vintage and antique items. Collects them and everything!

hf52771 said...

My friend is Christie. We both live in Michigan and oddly, met at a wedding in Pennsylvania. We were seated at the same table and began chatting.... as it turned out we lived in the same small town, about 3 minutes from each other! Our kids are friends now and my family spends lots of time with hers...As the kids go to different schools and we attend different churches, we probably never would have met if it hadn't been for her cousins wedding!
~Heather
the_francos@verizon.net

Deb's Doodles said...

My best friend is Phyllis. We first met over 14 yrs ago when she and her family started coming to our church and we became fast friends. She is one of those rare people that you can feel comfortable to just be yourself.
I could call her at anytime, day or night, and she would be there to help in anyway she could.
She is also my partner in crime when it comes to purchasing scrapbooking items and we are not shy in encouraging each other to buy, buy, buy!!!
We have so many things in common but the most important thing that we share is our faith in God.
I will always be thankful that God brought Phyllis into my life!

Jane R said...

My best friend, Becky, is my boss. We've worked together forever (it seems). She's director of a preschool and I'm the school's librarian. We've watched our own children grow up and we've seen ourselves get a little bit older. We can always find something to laugh about and things to be thankful for. She's a great person to know and to love!

NormaJ said...

I may be too late to join the fun,
but here goes anyway. My best friend is a penpal named Margaret
and she lives in Northern Ireland.
We have been friends since we were
both 12 and have recently celebrated our 50th anniversary as
such. We've visited, been bridesmaid, celebrated all of lifes
goodness and strife together. We are still going strong today. She
is very special to me.

Diane O. said...

Gail, we met 28 years ago going through USAF training.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Well, my BFF was my mom who passed from cancer. We did everything together. Shopped, crafted, laughed and cried. I miss her dearly. I have many girlfriends, but I met Denise about 3 yrs ago. Her daughter and my grand daughter are bff's. She is also a stamping maniac, lol. We try to get together at least once a week for some cardmaking and stamping time. I actually e-mailed her the link to your blog not long ago, and she absolutely loves it.
Thanx for the chance to play.
Have a sparkling day!
Pamela Vega
pmlvg@yahoo.com

Gail S. said...

I would say my best friend is my sister, Kathy. Growing up we used to fight like cats and dogs but as we have gotten older we have grown closer and speak at least twice a day (she lives in California and I live in Nebraska) I am going to go visit her this coming week and can't wait.

jeneaevan said...

My sister is my best girlfriend. We are just 14 months apart (poor Mom!) and I couldn't imagine not having her around!

Joanne (Stamps4sanity) said...

My bff was my mom until she lost her battle after a long term illness. I do have a friends I can count on though, probably Lynda who I met when I was teaching stamp classes. She's one of the sweetest people I've ever met!

smiln60 said...

My BFF Beth Thomas told me about this site. WOW!!!!
You are now in my favorites!!
I will be watching to see what you do next, all the beautiful things on your pages inspire me to do something creative today!!
THANKS for sharing,
Rachel

Amy Johnson said...

My bestest friend in the whole wide world is Debbie. We met when our kids were starting their first day of kindergarten (they are now 20 years old). We started talking at their bus stop, and never stopped! LOL!