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Friday, March 18, 2011
We are here in Frisco, Texas, and having an amazing time!  Nana Susan and I arrived last night, and just had a quiet dinner out at Macaroni Grill.  After that, we hung out with Tammy Skinner and her crew and helped for a couple of hours making things for the event.  Today was the Circle Luncheon, and oh, that was such a blast.  100 Circle members filled a back room at La Hacienda restaurant.  So many familiar faces and names were there, and the energy was just so hyped up and fun.  The food was delicious, and they even gave out a bunch of prizes.

Later in the afternoon, we helped out with registration as all of the ladies arrived at the hotel and brought all of their cropping supplies in to get set up.  I loved doing that because it was so nice getting a chance to start putting some names with faces.  From 6-8pm, we worked on setting up our table in the Creative Critterz store, so we'd be all ready when the store opened.  I'd had SO many people ask about the Stampede Layout kits, so I knew those were going to disappear quickly, and they did!  I brought 35 of those, and they are GONE!  (If you emailed me to have one shipped - don't worry - I left yours at home safe and sound.)  Seriously almost half of our kits were sold within 2 hours, which is fantastic!  We're really hoping they'll mostly sell out so we won't have to ship any home!  That would be awesome!  Anyway, here's a few pics from today, and I'll take more tomorrow too.

La Hacienda where the Circle Luncheon was held.

Look who I found! It's my buddies Melanie and Joy from Everyday Cricut!

Here's me with my "Pizza Pal" Jenny Kozar. Why is she my pizza pal? Because last July when I couldn't go to CHA because of the chemo, she overnighted me 2 Chicago stuffed pizzas from the pizza joint where they were all meeting. Isn't that so sweet?

And here's Kristen Long. She's a real sweetheart too!

Me with Mike Wigton from Provo Craft.

Hope you're all having a great weekend. We sure are! Keep checking back for more updates on all the fun!


Crafty Stamper said...

How exciting, thank you for sharing. My friend Angie is at this event, I wish I could be there with everyone. Have a great time and thank you again for keeping us posted.

Aman said...

Sounds like you are having a blast! Thank you for the update and have a great time!

Toni Maciel said...

Thanks for sharing the pics, it sounds like your all having a great time!

Unknown said...

Thanks for taking the time to share with us that had to stay home in this icky weather!

Crafting Katie said...

Looks like you are having a BLAST, Monique! Enjoy!

kristyscraps said...

Looks like so much fun!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I am sooo sad I am not there. BUT glad you are..hugs

Kim said...

Sounds like a wonderful time already! I hope that you and Nana Susan have a great weekend. Thanks for the pics!

ape579 said...

Fun, Fun, Fun!

Kristie Maynard said...

Sounds like you're having a great time. I knew you'd sell all those kits! Congrats on that! Have fun.

blueskygirl said...

Monique, Thanks for the update from the stampede and the pics. Glad you guys are having a great time!

Melissa said...

Looks like so much fun! If you see my friend Laurie Collins tell her "hello" from me! Wish I could be there!!


Anonymous said...

How exciting...what fun to meet all these ladies! Enjoy your weekend...TFS!

Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

Kathy said...

Have fun!!Thanks sooo much for taking the time to share with us. Cannot wait to read and see what you guys are creating!

blueskygirl said...

Monique I just finished watching my gypsy a-z dvd. I was watching the progects that designers had submitted and I came across "pumpkins, pumpkins". I knew it was yours before I saw your website b.c 1) I recognized your beautiful Emily and 2) I spotted your signature use of the white signo pen. Your layouts are amazing. Funny how I just knew it was you!
Hope you are having an amazing time at the Stampede.

Studio C said...

Love your hair....I am jealous looks so fun...:)

Cathy Holt said...

So exciting! Enjoy every second of your trip....we are all living vicariously!

Rose said...

So glad you sold out on your LO kits,I knew you would.Thanks for sharing all your cricut stampede trip with all of us.Your luncheon look amazing,to meet all of them how exciting.I will check back tomorrow for some more of you fun trip!

Unknown said...

Glad to see you well, healthy and having a great time!!! TFS, Mary M

Kate said...

Sounds like you are having a fantastic time! I wish I could take part in something like that.
Monique, I'm a new follower within the past couple of weeks so didn't know that you had been ill. Jenny's act of kindness was such a kind and compassionate demonstration of love. Thanks for sharing that information.
You look fantastic, by the way!

Donna said...

Monique, what a blessing! We are all so happy you are having a great time and much success! Isn't Texas a wonderful place to visit and have fun!?

Continued blessings, Donna

Linda said...

Great Pictures! It looks like so much fun. I just watch the live at MPS. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Jessica said...

I'm so glad you are sharing thise pictures! I wanted to go SO badly, but there was no way we could afford the airfare. Next year we'll be living in TX, though, and if they host it again, I'm going! :) Jessica
jessica-and-eric at hotmail dot com

Vickie said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures wish I could have gone Oh well maybe next year. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Luria said...

I hope you have a great time at the stampede.


Anonymous said...

Hi Monique!
Just finished watching you on Robyn's MPS Stampede video. Ssoooo happy to see how well you are doing! When I sent you a "pink" card back in October, I KNEW with the power of Prayer & hard work, you'd pull through! The comment you made about finding the good in things, REALLY hit home! I have been battling with & diagnosed with MS almost 5 years ago. I could have said "Why ME?!?" & stayed that way. I'm sure I did in the beginning, but after the 1st 2 years trying to adjust, my Mom contracted a virus that in VERY RARE cases causes brain damage. And she was the lucky winner:( I then knew, "that's why I'm not able to work outside the home! I NEED to be home here to help my Dad take care of her 24/7". Been doing that for the last 3 years & it's starting to get more & more difficult as the MS progresses. But now, thanks to my Cricut & all you guys, I can keep my creative side going! Something I thought I'd lost. THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH AN INSPIRATION! BTW, I'm your newest follower! Can't believe I didn't follow you from before!
Hugs from R.I.,

Peg Toth said...

that looks like so much fun. Wish I were about 40 years younger so I could enjoy that, too. So much to see and do and learn....glad you're enjoying it.

Kathleen said...

Looks and sounds like you had a whole corral of fun, Monique. I looove your Stampede layout - no wonder they sold out so quickly. Would love to purchase, but have to wait till hubby gets a job (no luck for 16 months so far) before I have any scrapbooking budget. Still love to see all your creations and love it when you post pics of you having a grand old time - you deserve it!! Rock on, my friend, Rock on!!!!!!

Yee Haw!!!

Kathleen in NJ

Kristen Ann said...

Kudos on your layout sales--not a surprise that they're snapped up so quickly though! Hope you had a great time teaching your class.

Rita said...

WoW! You look like you are having so much fun. Love all the pictures.

Northwoodszoo said...

Looks like so much fun -- wish we could all be there with you!

Grammy GG said...

What a great bunch of ladies to hang out with. So glad you got to go to the Stampede. Looks like the food is going to be great too---YUMM! Thanks for sharing with us all the fun.

Grammy GG said...

What a great bunch of ladies to hang out with. So glad you got to go to the Stampede. Looks like the food is going to be great too---YUMM! Thanks for sharing with us all the fun.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, it was nice to see the pictures of people I have only heard of. Looks like it was really a blast!

Pat said...

what a beautiful video Stephanie made for you! stay well!

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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