Sunday, July 24, 2011

More convention pictures

Thought I'd catch up with some more pictures from convention.....

This one was one more of the suites found in the New Idea Book and Catalog.  Its called Just Add Cake found on page 155. 

I thought this picture was appropriate since Stampin' Up! is running the special of the $99 starter kit.  You can see on the wagon it says "High Flyer Starter Kit".  You have until July 31 to take advantage of the discounted starter kit AND get the Keepsakes Box.  I realized that the stamp set you get with the Keepsakes Box is a stamp set out of the new Holiday Mini.  So what do you have to lose?? 

Donna and I headed over to Stampin' Up!'s headquarters in Riverton on Friday night.  Of course this is me by the SU! sign.  Love the mountains in the background.

Inside SU! has a museum of sorts.  Has their history in it along with some awesome displays.  This was one of them.  I would LOVE to have a craft room like this! 

Inside they also had this sweet shoppe dispay of all this candy and baked goods made out of paper.  Just amazing....

We also got to wander around some of the offices and this was a display by someone's desk.  Wouldn't it be fun to work there??

We got to see the distrubution center, look at all those stamps, glorious stamps!!!

And this is the Atrium when you first walk into SU! headquarters.  Its so serene and calming.  They have tables for their employees to eat lunch there.  Its just beautiful!

And to end my post today, 2 swaps that were gotten at convention.  I do not have these in my possession.  I snapped pictures of them from someone else.  So I do NOT know the artist.  If you are the artist please feel free to let me know.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Convention Day Three

Day three was just as amazing as day two!  Filled with swapping and classes and our brains being filled with so many ideas its hard to keep it all locked in!!  Oh, and I WON one of the prize patrols.  Its a stamp set and Designer Series Paper out of the upcoming Holiday Mini!!!  Sorry can't show it to you until after August 1 when I make something with it!  Edwin asked me if I slept with it that night!  Ummm no, but I did have to guard it from my roommates :0)

Stampin' Up! always does these amazing product displays so I thought I would share those with you.  If you haven't guessed by now.  The theme for this year was GROW.  They had this awesome main stage background.  And here's me in front of it.

This is from the Berry Blossoms Suite found on page 99 of the Idea Book and Catalog.  Hopefully you can click to enlarge the picture so you can get a better look.  Everything was just gorgeous!

I thought this display was so bright and fun.  Just made me want to go for a bike ride.  Products are from Big Top Suite found on page 62 of the Idea Book and Catalog.

Now this display belongs in my daughter, Sage's room.  She's a girly girl through and through and she LOVES pink and purple.  This display is from the Flirtatious Suite found on page 126 of the Idea Book and Catalog.

You Halloween lovers are going to love this!  It kind of makes you wish for fall......well almost.  This display is from the Frightful Sight Suite found on page 22 of the Idea Book and Catalog.

And look at this charming Letters to Santa display.  Santa actually did pay some of us a visit at convention...but you'll have to wait for the new Holiday Mini to see that.  .. But the products pictured below can be found on page 30 in the Letters to Santa Suite.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Convention Day Two

I know, I know you are wondering what happened to day one??

Well, I didn't get to SLC until after 8:30pm and really there is nothing to tell.  Other than my roommates, who took pity on me and brought me dinner back from the Olive Garden as I got to the hotel just as they finished up dinner.
And of course staying up WAY too late finishing up swaps and yapping!

My two roommates are Sandy Kanapilly and Donna Marcil.  Sandy and I have roomed together forever and are just two little peas in a pod.  And this is Donna's first convention and its been so fun to see it through the eyes of a newbie!!

Sandy is on the left, Donna in the middle and of course me!  I forgot my hairbrush and I didn't have my own hairspray or mousse, so I was winging it!!  YIKES. 

We had dinner at this wonderful restaurant called Christophers.  I don't get to eat often at "real" restaurants so it was truly a treat.

Awards night was on Day Two.  I haven't gone to one in awhile and was glad that I did.  One of my tablemates from the Alaskan Cruise, Missy Shipman, was named to Stampin' Up!'s Advisory Board.  WOW, I'm so happy for her and its such an amazing honor to be picked.  TRULY, Stampin' Up! couldn't have picked a better person!  Congratulations Missy! 

My other tablemate, Tammi Oakley, was named #23 Demonstrator of the Year!  I was truly sitting among the stars on our cruise.  I can't wait to pick her brain at Leadership as we'll be roommates this coming year!  YIPEE FOR ME!

I also had another one of my friends, LeeAnn Greff #43 (I think so many numbers to remember) Demonstrator of the Year!  We had eaten dinner with her at Christophers that night and we had ear to ear grins for her.  Congratulations LeeAnn!  You ROCK!!

Stampin' Up! truly spoils their demonstrators and I'm proud AND humbled to be among their friends.  They truly amaze and inspire me.

Stampin' Up! was mixing things up a little this year and had a fun little after party.  There was dancing and deserts.  And I HAD to share this picture of Donna.  She's a techno geck.  She's dancing the Electric Slide at the after party but can you really see what she's doing???   Yes, she is dancing but she's also texting!!

These swaps are my friend LeeAnn Greff's.  Aren't they beautiful?  I love the different colors.  You can't see it too well, but the brad in the middle is the polka dot brads we now sell with the new 2011-2013 In Colors.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Convention Swap

One post before I go.....

I did one organized swap for convention and here it is.  I totally CASED the idea from my upline, Tara Bazata.  I did her layout but changed it up a bit using the Big Shot a little more.  And of course the stamp set is the new set, Four Frames with Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in the middle.  You can't really see it in the picture but the white part is embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder.
Off to the airport, I won't have computer access while away, but will try to post swaps received when I return.
Don't forget my convention special posted below.  Please take advantage!!!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Off to Convention!

Well tomorrow is my annual pilgrimage to Stampin' Up!'s convention. 

So very excited to see all the new and 'stinkin cute' things they show us.  And of course just to have some fun me time!  Edwin calls it my "living the high life tour".

I wanted to show you what I did for my roomies.  Everyone that goes to convention gets the same bag so it can be a little crazy looking for the one that belongs to you.  So I made these personalized key chains for us. 

I think they're cute and I hope they like them.

They have the little 3x3 post it notes in them, so when you are scrambling for that piece of paper you have it!
I used the new Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush In Colors along with the Elegant Monogram Stamp set.  The set I used for the background is Circle Circus.  Way easy to make and I think super cute.

While I'm away, I'll be running my "Convention Sale".  For every $50 you purchase online through my website, I'll give you a $10 gift certificate to use on your next purchase.   And with the new catalog you know that will come in handy!!!  Just go to my website: and shop between July 13 and July 17.  Once I get home, I'll mail out your gift certificate.  This would also make a great gift for that crafy someone in your life!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Annual PJ Party!

Last Thursday was my 6th Annual PJ Party.  Its so much fun and most people really get in the spirit of being creative with their pjs.
You wear your pj's, we eat a huge pizza, we look at the New Idea Book, we stamp!
So here's Natalie Bauman in her PJ's.  She made the flowers with her Cricut and her little slippers had them too.

She even put little pearls on the flowers.  Way cute!!!

We did 2 make and take's using stamp sets from the New Idea Book.  I totally CASED both these cards from other demos.  I did change a few things but basically used their ideas.  This first one using the new Pennant Puch, I can not find who it was from so I apologize for not giving credit.

The stamp set used to coordinate with the Pennant Punch is Pennant Parade (both rec'd free from SU!).  And the Happy Birthday is from Perfect Punches.  Of course we used the Big Shot with the Polka Dots embossing folder for the background.  And we used Island Indigo and Pool Party from the new In Color family.  LOVE them and of course Rich Razzleberry.

This next make and take, I CASED from Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek.  Again, I changed it a little but basically its the same.  Its using the stamp set Sweets for the Sweets, that we got for FREE on the cruise.  LOVE the free!!!  And of course those are most of the new In Colors.

Remember to stop on by my Annual Craft Rummage Sale on July 9 from 9-3 if you are local, shoot me an email to get directions.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Starter Kit $99!!!!!

WOW-Stampin' Up! just annouced a super deal. A $99 starter kit if you join Stampin' Up! in July.  And as an added bonus you get a kit to make this adorable gift box (retail $40).  Way cute!  Go to my website, to sign up today!  You receive over $180 in product which means added together over a $220 worth of product for only $99!!! 

I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I'm here to support you!  I hold bi-monthly meetings for my group, The Craft Pots.  We stamp, share business ideas, swap and of course snack!  I hope you'll consider joining my team.  Just go to now and go to the join now button, you'll need the code:  wisconsin.

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