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Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's late Sunday night, and we will be leaving Texas tomorrow and headed for home.  It has been a seriously amazing trip.  I wish you all could have come, and I know it's just not always possible.  But if you do ever get the chance to come to something like this, you have GOT to do it.  What an experience!!!  Tammy Skinner and her gang did an incredible job! And I have loved meeting so many people.  I'm tellin' ya - there's nothing like it!

Me, Pam (BugBytes), Robyn, Tammy, Karlee, Angela

The Craft Room for 200 Cricuteers!!

So yesterday, Nana Susan and I helped out with the make-n-takes, and then went to the Cowboy dinner, which was such a hoot!  We sat at a table with Scrapalette, Jana from Provo Craft, Flywhistle, Softbrn, and a few other fabulous ladies who were just a pleasure to hang out with.  The food was great.... and THEN... wait for it.... no, say it didn't happen.... oh yes, it DID.... they made me DANCE!!!  (This is where you run away screaming in terror.)  The DJ told everyone on the dance floor to go grab someone who wasn't dancing, and I knew Robyn was going to come and pull me out there.  She should know better!  So Robyn taught me to do the macarena.  Some other friends, including Karlee, Kristen Long and Angie - also taught me some moves.  So, even though I know I looked like a big dork, it was actually really fun. Thanks, girlies!

Learning the macarena.  Yikes!

Nana Susan jumped right in to the line dancing.

My dance instructors - Karlee, Angie, Kristen and I think it's Linda on the end.

After our little dance party, Robyn and Karlee invited me to be in their live UStream with them.  How fun is that???  It was a riot!  Did any of you get to watch it?  If you missed it, it did record, and you can watch it HERE.  And if you're here at my blog because you tuned in, thank you so much for stopping by!!  Also, Robyn brought up the fact that we're doing a fundraiser for "Team Monique" for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  So, as she made me promise, HERE is the link to my personal fundraising page, where you are welcome to join the team or donate if you'd like to.  It doesn't yet reflect it, but I will soon be adding the money raised by my "Tuff Girl" kit, which is close to being sold out, and is entirely a fundraiser for this cause.  You can see that kit if you click on the Cricut Kits tab at the top of the blog.  If you're interested in the Tuff Girl kit, I may go ahead and make more if there's enough interest, so you can let me know.  My email is  (Also, HERE is the slide show of my journey for those of you who haven't already seen it.  Thanks to my friend Steph who put it together.)

Jana from Provo Craft, and Paulette aka Scrapalette

Me and Robyn.  I just love her!

Hope Winfield and me.  It was so great to meet you, Hope!!

Today, I got up early and started getting ready for my 10am class that I was scheduled to teach.  I had some "hiccups" with the preparations, but it all got worked out and the class was great.  I had about 30 ladies, and taught them all about the Expression functions and modes and whatnot.  They seemed to have fun and said they learned a lot.  Before the class, I was getting breakfast in the hotel and ran into Teresa Collins.  We had hung out with our groups the past couple evenings, so had gotten to know each other a little bit.  So the two of us found a table together, and had breakfast and just chatted away.  It was so much fun, and she's just a really neat, positive, honest and down to earth person.  I truly enjoyed getting to know her.

Teresa Collins and me after breakfast.  She's a sweetheart!

That's about it for now.  We're pretty wiped out, but in a good way if that makes sense.  We'll catch a plane back to California tomorrow and then I'll be able to jump back in to my emails, etc.  So I apologize if you've emailed me in the past few days and I haven't gotten back to you yet - I will work on getting caught up Tuesday!

Oh, and let's not forget to announce our blog candy winner from last week!  This person won a My Mind's Eye "Good Day Sunshine" paper pack with some coordinating Bo Bunny cardstock.  Be sure to email me with your shipping address.  My email is  Congrats!!  Tomorrow I will announce this week's new blog candy, but you can start leaving comments today to be entered for the week.

 Maquel said...

    Love the LO, Wendy!! Great job!!

    mderosby at gmail dot com


Unknown said...

Monique, I've known you but a blip in time....but I absolutely adore you. I can only hope that I have more time to get to know you in the future. I LOVE the slideshow you made for us to enjoy. Thank you!


cardchick's world said...

ooooh!!! your pics looks like you had soooo much fun...and very happy you got have such great memories and would luv to see how you scrap these pics...

Nana Jo said...

It's great to see you guys having such a great time.


Aman said...

Thank you for filling us in about your trip! It sounds like you had a great time!

Patricia said...

Thanks so much for sharing the fun with us Circlettes that couldn't make the Stampede----- maybe I can join you next year! "fingers crossed"

Sabina said...

thank you for the pictures i can see the fun you had there.
Greets Sabina

Year 2 said...

Fantastic fun photos! Sooooooooooo jealous you met Teresa Collins! That would be a dream come true...that and Holtzyyyyyyyyyyy!

Kathleen said...

Monique - thanks for sharing your pics from the Stampede. You look like you had an incredible time. Wish I could have been there in person to meet you - someday I hope to do just that. You are incredible - an inspiration and just a down home wonderful gal (despite the fact that you say you can't dance!!! LOL - but I'm sure you can!). TFS

Rock on, my friend, Rock On!!

as always . . .

Kathleen in NJ

marieke said...

congrats to the winner!!
and monique it seems that you have a lovely time!!

Unknown said...

Loved watching you girls on the Ustream Saturday night, what a hoot!! Wish I didn't live so far away.

craftymom205 said...

Glad you had a great time. Love the pics.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Emma said...

you had a great time girlies ...all smiles in your pics !!

Crafting Katie said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had such a great time, Monique!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh what fun...I'm so happy for you! In reading your message today, I couldn't help but thank God that he has given you this second shot at life. My eyes are full of happy tears for you. What a journey it has been...thank you for sharing it w the rest of us!

Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

marymaci said...

Congratulations to the winner!!
Wow ~ sounds like the Stampede was a lot of fun! Welcome back, Monique!

Peg Toth said...

looks like so much fun!

IRW Dana said...

Congrats to the winner. Looks like you had so much fun at the Stampede. Love seeing all the pics. Thanks for the inspiration you share on here. papermemories4u @ yahoo . com

Kim said...

It looks as though you had a great time at the Stampede. What I love is that you don't ever make us that are not able to go, feel bad. The pics and descriptions that you send, make us feel as if we were right there. Thanks so much for all that you do!

Crafty Stamper said...

Wow, it really looks like you guys had a BLAST. So happy for you all. I saw my friend Angie getting down on of the photos. I can't wait for her update. Thank you so much for sharing.

Sharka said...

Great photo's of all of you and I'm glad there was some dancin'happenin'... i luv to dance whenever there is a chance! I'm going to a "Groovy" crop at the end of April at a casino and we're starting to get excited about it and then we go to one in Oct as well, Crop for Kids, which is all for charity to Children's Hospital...we luv getting the chance to get away :)

Northwoodszoo said...

Glad it was so much fun. Can't wait to see the ideas you brought home for us.

Mic said...

Love the blog! Nothing like cropping with the gals....such fun! Thanks for sharing! PAM N.

Kate said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. It's sounds like fun (minus the country dancing!!!).
Congratulations, Maquel!

CathyinMN said...

I'm so glad you had a good time at the Stampede! Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great photos and commentary. You did have fun!! You are an inspiration to me.


Donna said...

Congratulations to the winner! Have fun with your new candy!

Looks like you had a ball! So much fun, learning and teaching, meeting and greeting! What a great time for you! So glad you had so much fun!

Rest, relax and recoup ~ many blessings, Donna

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

It was wonderful meeting you! You have such a wonderful heart. It was definately a great time in Dallas!

spricetp said...

Monique, I am a newbie to your blog. Love your creativity! I can already tell that not only are you creative but you are a great gal. Watched you on My Pink Stamper's live stream. You were so much fun, love the smile! Thank you for sharing. Susan

Nanette said...

Sounds like you had a GREAT time!

kristyscraps said...

So fun to see you having so much fun in Texas! Great "live" with MPS!

Rose said...

Thanks for sharing all of your pictures & fun with us!What a FABULOUS time you Ladies had!

JANLYNN said...

What fun you girls all had. I hope to attend one of these things sometime. It would be so neat to meet the people I converse with daily. Thanks for shareing the pictures so we could put a face with several names we know from the different blogs and message boards.

PurpleLadyBug said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!!!

Maquel said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Monique!!! I just sent you an email!
Looks like you had a blast at the stampede!! Wish I was able to go...But thanks for bringing the pictures and the memories back for the rest of us to share! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week!!

Karen said...

It looks like you ladies had a lot of fun. Good for you! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Hi Monique!!
It's so wonderful that you had such a terrific time! Thanks for posting such great pix. So wish I could have been there, but between you & Robyn, I feel like I was! Keep on craftin'! And thanks for the chance to win some "sweets"!
Hugs from R.I.,

maryvernau said...

It was so great to meet you at the Stampede and be able to take your class. I have admired your work for so long. You are an amazing artist and I wish I had your eye for paper and color! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

Julia said...

Sounds like tons of fun. Maybe someday, I'll have the opportunity to go to such a place:)

dndfletch said...

Just found your page from Okieladybug's page. I just love your Disney layout. Will be a follower for sure.

babyroo80 said...

so glad I found your blog! Your pages are beautiful and I am so inspired!

Kristin said...

love your stuff and your pics are great!

Jennifer said...


I'm so glad you guys had such a great time!!! :) Wish I could've joined you!

Thanks for sharing the fun pictures,

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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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