I’m very sad to say that I’m writing today’s post here from home,  rather than from New York *sniff sniff*  After anxiously watching the progress and forecasts regarding Hurricane Irene on CNN and other news channels, on Friday morning we “officially” decided that it would probably be best if we cancelled our trip. 

It was such a hard decision to make because of course things could have gone either way – the hurricane could have downgraded in severity (which it did), or it could have gone as (or worse than) predicted.   When your own country is sending out travel advisories and your intended desitnation is shutting things down and putting evacuation plans in place it seemed like a no-brainer.   

Unfortunately though, as it stands, it looks like we’re going to end up losing about $600 over this.  We had already booked our tickets to the Broadway show Mary Poppins – and at this point in time they are refusing to refund our tickets unless Broadway itself cancels the show (which is scheduled for tomorrow night).  And, the hotel (called the Time Hotel) is holding onto a $283 “cancellation fee” despite the fact that we cancelled more than 24 hours before our booking, and despite the fact that we couldn’t get into New York anyways since trains and planes were cancelled on Sunday.  Pretty ludicrous if you ask me!

We’re hoping to re-book our trip for the first or second week of October, although that’s kind of  up in the air since my husband’s work schedule is pretty full in the fall – well actually, just about all year except for summer.  So we’ll see I guess.

Today I wanted to share with you a project I posted on Paper Crafter’s Library this past Friday – it’s a Back to School gift card holder.  You can see the inside in the picture below.

My almost 13 year old son is quite down about summer coming to a close and having to go back to school so I thought I’d cheer him up with a hand-made card (he loves it when I make him things) and a gift card to EB games (not pictured here).

Ink: Signo White Gel Pen, Real Red Craft ink
Paper:   Crumb Cake CS, Basic Black CS, Poppy Parade CS, Just Add Cake DP, Pacific Point DP (Stampin’ Up!)
Accessories:  Red Liner Tape (Sunny Stampin’ Store), Tombow Mono Multi-Liquid Glue, Stars #2 die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Big Shot, heat tool, Iridescent Ice embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!); double-sided adhesive (Thermoweb); stapler (office supply store); chipboard number  (other)


If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter into our draw for the 2012 Calendar and Note Pad tins – and if you’re interested, don’t forget to pre-order your bundles.  All the information is in this post.  Please note that we are no longer pre-ordering the Calendar and Tin kits as we’ve pretty much reached our max for what we’ll have time to pre-cut and prepare.

At this point in time, I’m only planning on continuing the pre-order until Sept. 12th and they are due to ship out starting the week of Sept. 19th.  When I place my order with the printer, I’ll probably order a few extra but not huge amounts since they are time sensitive (given that they are dated).  Once they are gone, they’ll be gone until 2013.

Oh, and one other piece of news, with all that was going on last week (first booking our trip and then cancelling our trip) I wasn’t able to put out the free video and tutorial. I anticipate that that will be out tomorrow.  The video and handout will be for the tin using all SU product.