29 February 2008

Our Family Idol

For the last several months, our nephew Eric has been competing in an American Idol-style contest televised in his native Norway, called the LIPA Dream. The winner gets a scholarship to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which was founded by Sir Paul McCartney. We’ve been following his progress via emails from his parents and the show’s website and I have to say, this kid is remarkable! If you attended our wedding, you'll remember Eric as the cute little 5-year-old with the bowtie. Well now he's all grown up, very handsome, and I was shocked to find out, has been inhabited by the spirit of Led Zepplin! When he opens his mouth to sing, Robert Plant comes to mind. To say I was shocked when I heard him is an understatement! Check out the show, The LIPA Dream. While you’re there, you can vote for him by clicking on "Stem pa din LIPA-favoritt," then clicking on Eric's picture (bottom left with the red guitar). I will warn you that the video is kind of start-and-stop, so if you just want to hear a snippet of his singing, here's a link to Eric in concert. Oh, before I forget, everything is in Norwegian (except for the singing)!
UPDATE!! Eric won the competition, so he's off to Liverpool to study the music biz for the next three years. Congrats, Eric!

12 February 2008

Stamp Camp Review

For those of you who missed out on the “Beat the Winter Blues” Stamp Camp last weekend, you missed a great day with lots of great prizes and projects. Here are photos of the projects we made. First, a stunning gift box with coordinating card. This presentation will really knock someone’s socks off! The box was created using two of my favorite new products from the Spring Summer Collection — the Embrace Life stamp set and coordinating Ginger Blossom Designer Series Paper.

Next, we created a bunch of cards, many of them using sets from the Sale-A-Bration promotion. At the end of the day everyone went home with 7 hand-stamped cards and a beautiful gift box (and many people brought home free stamps, embellishments, and hand-made door prizes!). Not a bad take for two-and-a-half hours of work!