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Out to Arizona April 30, 2010

Posted by Danielle in Crafts, Family Stuff.
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Well, I am behind, once again, in posting… no surprise there. But I wanted to blog about the great time I had out in Arizona! I met two very special people while I was there.  Febe, who lives in Arizona, and Melanie, who flew in from New Jersey.  The three of us got to know each other through Yahoo! Groups, and we just started (and opened to the public) our own Copic Yahoo group called Copic Musketeers.  The group’s badge has been on the sidebar for a while.

Our first purpose for flying out to Phoenix was to take the Copic Certification class.  Febe and Melanie were accepted, and I was a write-in.  I flew out there anyway, just to spend some time with them, and Febe made some inquiries, so we got to take the class together on April 19, 2010.  It was definitely an interesting class… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

I flew in on Friday, April 16, 2010.  And then I took a cab over to Xpedx, which is a paper supplier.  I just looked them up, and they have stores near to me in Michigan, too, so I will be checking them out when I get a chance.  Anyhow, I met up with Febe, Melanie, and Febe’s friend Nina at the paper store.  It was definitely a whirlwind trip through, as the store was closing as I walked in.  The guys there were very friendly, and I even got to make a purchase!  So I have some colored and some white cardstock from there.  I have the colored stuff at home with me, as I took it on my carry-on, but I’m waiting for Febe to mail me out the rest.

Saturday, I took a class with Febe at her local Hobby Lobby store.  She just started teaching there recently.  And since we were there, Melanie and I took the Double Slider Card class.  It was on how to make a card using a plastic grocery bag.  Since learning how to make one, I have created three others, one for James & Saci’s wedding the following weekend, another pirate one just because I had some extra images, and a Father’s Day card.

Top of my Father's Day slider card

Body of Father's Day slider card

Bottom of Father's Day slider card

I really like how this card turned out.  When I started it, I didn’t plan on making it red, white, and blue, but I think it worked out pretty well that way.  I used Copics to color it, and I also used Stickles, along with paper and ribbon from my stash — and the infamous grocery bag!

Sunday morning, the three of us (and Chips) went out to Fain Park, a really nice local park, to check out some of the scenery.  We wanted to relax a little bit before heading down the mountain into Phoenix for our class.

Sign as you come into Fain Park

Park view from the entrance

Melanie and Febe at Fain Park

And here are the ladies…. out enjoying the sunshine at the park!

Sunshine on the water

Okay, so this is a little bit of a silly picture, but I really liked the way the sunshine was glinting off the water’s surface.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice, but I wanted to try and capture it.

Melanie and Febe on the bridge

Park History

I thought this was a pretty interesting way to show the park’s history.

30" water pipe

We came to a part of the park where there was a lot of old mining equipment.  This was an old 30″ water pipe that had been used when they were mining to divert water.

Stamp Mill

Febe, Melanie, and I are all into stamping images… but take a look at these stamps!  Can you imagine what kind of an impression they would make??

Back of the sign near the stamp mill

I thought this was a very interesting way to secure the sign to the post, so I snapped a picture of it.  Who would’ve thought to use old horseshoes?

The bent tree

Interesting way that this tree grew, don’t you think?

Dried cattails

I liked the way that these dried out cattails looked.

Capturing the branches...

We stopped here for a little bit to take in more scenery… I liked the way the branches of this old tree looked against the sky.

Dead Log

Crossing the Water...

Will we all make it over without getting wet?

...and they made it!

Febe and Melanie made it safely across the log to the other side.  Phew!  Is Mr. Chips waiting for me to cross now?

Yes, it's another tree...

Chips relaxing after our hike at Fain Park

After enjoying the outdoors during the morning, we packed all of our stuff up and headed down the mountain into Phoenix.  We decided to stay in Phoenix Sunday night because the Copic Certification class began Monday morning, and we didn’t want to have to deal with a two-hour drive down the mountain before class.  So Sunday evening, we had dinner at Casino Arizona, and then we enjoyed the Showstoppers Live show.  It was a lot of fun, with impersonaters for Elvis, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, and The Four Tops.  There was also a comedian who did a funny stand-up routine.

Our Copic Certification class was all day long on Monday, April 19.  We had Jennie Black as our teacher, and Marianne Walker was there, too, so we got a little special tutorial on how to color hair with our Copics.  It was also a special class since it was Jennie’s very first time teaching.  Boy, you could tell she was a bit on the nervous side!  But she survived, and I think everyone had a good time so it was all good.

We also went into Prescott to do a little shopping on Tuesday.  Here’s a picture of the historic sign right in the center of the town.

All over the place were references to Yavapai, which I had seen for the first time a few years ago when Bill and I went to the Grand Canyon.  I had to keep reminding myself that this is the same general area, so that’s why that name kept popping up all over the place!

Downtown Prescott

I thought this was a pretty good picture, too, of one of the town’s streets.

All in all, we enjoyed ourselves.  And Melanie and I didn’t scare off Febe, our gracious hostess, so sometime in the future we will be planning another get-together!  After all, we are the Three Copic Musketeers!



1. Febe - May 11, 2010

YOU saw different things then I ever did. Chips and I go to Fain Park every other day to walk and there you go, once! and find horseshoes holding a sign together.. HOW COOL!

Love the photos of the trees.. should I share that the wind blows so strong here up in the mtn tops that the trees often give in and bend in the directions the wind blows most!

🙂 Love the story of our time together, and yes, you are always welcome back! Hugs,

dani2519 - May 12, 2010

Well, I’m glad I am invited out again. I had a lot of fun at the park. (And with you and Mel, of course!)

Thought those trees were very interesting. So I had to capture some of the really bent ones.

I also liked looking at the old mining equipment. Probably in part due to Michigan’s history and also because of my friend Kevin who took me to my first museum dedicated just to mining in MT. It was really interesting.

Glad you enjoyed the story, Febe. I certainly enjoyed living it!

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