Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Convention Freebies & Such

The picture above shows all that I either received for free, got back in swaps, or purchased from the memento mall at Stampin' Up!'s annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We received a little bag with something inside at each make & take session (a spool of ribbon, rhinestone brads, the new dalia flowers).  Each person attending the after party received a gold & silver pen (available in the Holiday Catalog).  In addition to the 3 stamp sets that everyone received in their convention bags (Daydream Medallion, You're Amazing & Affection Collection), we received the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, Moving Forward, and the Holiday Catalog Hostess set, Mixed Medley.  Finally, if you attended all your classes, you received an exclusive stamp set called I Am...

In Memento Mall, there were incentive stamp sets to purchase, garden flags, cookie stamps, pens, wish list paper pads, hammers (yes, hammers with decorated handles), t-shirts, shirts, card trees, reusable shopping bags, and....the list goes on.  It's always a highlight of convention, and every demonstrator looks forward to shopping.  This year, with every purchase, you received some retired fabric in your bag.  Every day the number of packages increased.  Hmmmm, I'll have to think of what I'll be making with all that fabric!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Convention 2012 Gift Exchange

Above is a quick snapshot of the items that were in a gift exchange that I participated in at 
SU! Convention.  We were asked to make a 3-D item (or a decorated gift box), a card with an envelope, a gift card holder all put into a decorated gift bag.  After making the gift card holder, I loved using the Summer Smooches designer series paper and decided to make everything using this paper.

This gift bag base is one I found at a local discount store, and they came in packages of 3.  Hmmm, will have to make a couple more.  I added a fabric strip cut using the Tasteful Trim die cut, added circles of fabric and a designer series paper strip.  To give a finishing touch, I added fabric strips to the handles.

Here is the 3-D item I came up with.  If you've been to my blog before, you've seen the smaller desktop calendar I made that had interchangeable seasons and a year calendar that was attached with small paper clips.  

This one uses an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of card stock to make.  Super simple.  The stamp set is actually a stamp brush set from My Digital Studio, sized to be the same as the rubber stamp set.  The images are punched out using the 2-1/2" Circle punch, and the scallop backing is from the Perfect Pennants Bigz die.  The calendar pages are also made using My Digital Studio, printed out and trimmed to all be the same size.

Here's the card I made using more Summer Smooches DSP and the stamp set Summer Sillhouettes.  

The gift card holder uses the same Summer Sillhouettes stamp set and also a strip of Summer Smooches fabric.

The gift card goes into the 3"x3" envelope that is on the inside.

I was very pleased with it all and hope that it inspired you to go design something too.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Don't Fall Off Your Chair

I titled this one "Don't fall off your chair" because I'm posting twice in one day!  Yikes!  It's been a long time since that's happened.

I wanted to share with you a sneak peek from the Holiday catalog and one of the cards I did for convention swaps.  This little guy was a big hit!

The stamp set is Googly Ghouls, #128060 [wood mount], $16.95 or #128063 [clear mount], $12.95.
There are even sticky-baked "goggly" eyes called Googlies that you can buy #127539, $2.50 for a sheet of 50 that works just ever so slick for embellishment.

Love the layout which is super simple and so adaptable to other stamp sets, colors, papers, and embellishments.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Last Day...Always Sad

I wish I had a picture of myself to share with you tonight to show you just how exhausted I am.  No complaints though.  It's been a GREAT convention.

The day started off with checking out of the hotel, and then straight to break-out classes.  Again, I started with make and takes.  Then off to my first class, I Am Making Money, let by Pam Morgan.  I always enjoy Pam's classes as they are so informative.  This one was no different and shared information about the bonus options every demonstrator can receive.

Then it was off to my last class, I Am Reaching Out, led by Emily Montoya.  It was to help us better understand Gen Y.  So much of convention was, but it was great to have a class that gave us some hands-on ideas.

And, then it was time for the closing session.  Do you see my friend Kathy in the photo above?  She was a lucky gal, and got to go onto the stage (she was called and asked before convention if she would do that, but didn't know why) and was one of the gals who won a free registration for a Stampin' Up! Regional seminar.  Who hoo.  There's going to be one in Denver on September 8th?  Anyone interested in going with me?  Just a thought.

Oh, and did I mention the free stamp sets we ALL got?  No, I don't think I did.  We all received the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, Moving Forward...and the hostess set from the Holiday Catalog, Mixed Medley.  Oh the joys of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

It was off to dinner, to get our bags and load the shuttle taking us back to the airport.  Then the flight home followed by the reunions with family.

There is so much more I could share.  And, given the time I'm sure I will.  Always takes me a few days to think through it all.

Friday, July 20, 2012

More from Day 2

Just a little sneak peak of one of the projects we saw in the great class, I Am Savy where some great demonstrators, Donna Griffith (pictured here), Laura Mulligan and Meg Wheeler showed some great "wow" projects.  More to share with all of you!

Then if was off to eat a bite and then take more pictures of all the great samples before a gift exchange. 

Day 2 of Convention

Today started with some stamping in our general session!  Yeah!  Can't wait to share some of these ideas with you.  Then it was off for more classes to inspire and educate.  First make & takes, then off to I Am Having Fun where Shannon West gave us some great ideas as well as shared ideas from other demonstrators on this topic.

More Convention Babble

I didn't get a chance to finish my posting from yesterday.  I mentioned last night about the first class, but the second class was I am Open for Business by Carrie Cudney.  It was a good reminder, and I'll be doing my best to be posting more here and through Twitter too.  If you don't follow me on Twitter, click on the link on the right side of my blog to do so.

The entire group went to dinner at Christopher's Steak for a really nice dinner.  You can see us all in the picture below.  Then it was off for the awards night and entertainment.

This next picture is of my good friend Kathy Howes.  She sure did make things fun!

Well.....until the next post.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Opening Day and a 10-year March

Today was opening day for Convention (yesterday was check-in, swapping and an extra class).

It's always so great and energizing as Stampin' Up! has all their employees there to give "hi-fives" to every demonstrator that comes in the door.  Today was also the day that they recognize milestone achievements; 5, 10, 15 and 20 years.  I had the privilege of walking across the stage to recognize my 10 years with Stampin' Up!  Pictured with me are Janet and Kelli who also walked across the stage with me.

I attended a great class, I Am Doing Business "My Way",  where top demonstrator's, Tami White and Rhonda Wade shared tips that have worked for them.  And, we had the annual awards and after party too.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Convention Here We Come!

Well, here are my traveling companions.  This was taken at the airport before we went through security.

What a great first day we had.  All that said even though the flight was rather bumpy and we experienced a bit of nausea, and Mary and I didn't eat dinner until about 10 o'clock in the evening due to some taking the campus tour to view the Stampin' Up! facilities and a class that some of us took this evening. 

Can't wait for tomorrow!
Open, open, open.......

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July Stamp Club Projects

It's been a buys July with getting ready for Stampin' Up!'s annual convention.  So, I've been busy creating swaps to take with me.  Anyway, here are the projects that we did at my July stamp club.  They all use the stamp set, Reason to Smile, which is only available through the month of July for $5 (a $20.95 value) with a $50 purchase.  

This first project was one that Stampin' Up! shared with demonstrator's and I substituted a paper ribbon made using the dotted scallop ribbon punch.  The milk carton die for the Sizzix Big-Shot makes this a super quick and easy project.  Just imagine getting one of these cute boxes with a pair of earrings in it! 

This next project is one that I cased from Mary Fish .  She has such great simply elegant designs.  The only thing I changed was to use a Vintage brad instead of a button and left off some other brads.

Finally, this card is one I came up with all by myself!  Sounds like a little toddler, doesn't it?  
I used the Apothecary Accents framelits for the Sizzix Big-Shot for this one.  The saying is from the One In A Million stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by.  Till next time.....

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Do you need a reason to smile?

Well, now through July 31st, you have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!

Get the Reason to Smile set (up to $20.95 value) for just $5 when you spend $50 on any Stampin' Up! products.

$5 Item
Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set

Give me a call, send me an e-mail or simply go to my Stampin' Up! website to place an order.