Quick Congrats Notecard with Balloon Celebrations and Gold Wink of Stella

Sometimes you need a quick card for some event and you want it to be cute but not take a lot of prep of supplies.  Well, check out this card that I have for you today that is PERFECT for using up some scraps and can easily be turned into a congrats, thank you, OR birthday card!

This uses one of my favorite stamp sets right now, the Balloon Celebrations set.  And the better bonus is that between the speckled fill stamp from the set and the technique of stamping off, you can get a variety of shading looks with ONE ink pad!

  1. Stamp the small balloon in Crushed Curry onto the card front
  2. Stamp the speckled shading image in Crushed Curry on top of the stamped balloon
  3. Ink up the solid balloon stamp again in Crushed Curry and then stamp first onto a piece of scrap paper, then before inking again, stamp onto the card front.  PS – it looks really cool if you slightly overlap the balloons, but I apparently forgot that in this version of the card. Smile
  4. Stamp the speckled shading image in Crushed Curry over the lighter stamped balloon.

You could have stamped off the shaded image first before stamping to get a more subtle shading but I liked it being a little darker to match the other balloon.

I did the same thing with the outline of the balloons.  I stamped the outline on the darker balloon in full strength Tip Top Taupe, but on the lighter balloon, I stamped off on to scrap paper first before stamping on my card.

Playing with Gold Wink of Stella

I also used this card as a fun way to try out a few different options for the Gold Wink of Stella.  We all love our Wink of Stella, but sometimes the gold is a bit harder to figure out where to use. 

So, first I used it to color my sentiment – the Expressions natural elements.  I wanted a subtle shimmer and it made it a bit more yellow to go with my Crushed Curry balloons.  You can see from the product picture how light the wood is normally:

Plus aren’t these words great?  You can use them to turn this card into one for just about any occasion by changing out the word you add to the front! 

Pro tip – when adhering your words, lightly dot the back with the adhesive from the Fine-Tip glue pen!  It holds great and by dotting it, the glue won’t squish out the sides!

The other way I used my Gold Wink of Stella was to add some fun shading to the balloons from the It’s My Party designer paper stack.  It is subtle but really makes a fun difference in the final effect of the card.

So, hopefully that gives you some fun ideas for using some of the supplies in your stash!  And if you don’t have the Wooden words, I would grab some now before they sell out!  They and a few other items on this card are on the retiring list and so grab them while you can… including:

See the full list of everything that is being discountinued and what is sold out in a PDF list

or see what is left in the Online Store

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Another Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend is in the Books!

So, you see… back in October of last year, I thought it was a BRILLIANT idea to run my next Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend (the twice-a-year retreats I hold in Bellevue, WA) in April, the weekend IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the Stampin’ Up OnStage event in Salt Lake City.  It will be fun, I said!  I’ll have lots of new displays and samples, I said.  I’ll have the scoop to share on the upcoming annual catalog…

and all of those things were true. Smile  And we had a TON of fun!

But I also neglected to think of how little sleep I get when I’m at OnStage… plus how little sleep I get when I’m at the retreat weekends.  And so, let me just say, back to back amazing crafting weekends are fun, but not nearly enough sleep is involved. Smile  But in the end, it was totally worth it and it has been great (though the fall retreat will be a bit more spaced out from OnStage than this time!)  So, I thought I’d share some of the photos from the event so you can see what I’ve been up to!

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So the weekends always start with me clearing out much of my craft room so I can take all my tools with me for people to use

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And then I cart everything over to the hotel we run the Crafty Escape Weekend at!  This time was great because our group size grew enough that we needed 2 banquet rooms, which made it fun having more space and room to craft, spread out, and goof off!

We had displays, a crop store, a swap my stuff table (which was seeing some amazing items being gifted on that table this weekend!), and of course, everyone got their own large space.

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And I think for all of about 3 hours total of the event, I even had my table clean so I could craft on it. Smile

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It was like my mobile command center for all things retreat plus some personal crafting at the end of each day.

I always start out the weekend with a goodie bag full of fun crafty stuff plus a make & take packet with details for projects they can make with the items in their goodie bag.  In this case, I designed 6 cards for them to create using their goodie bag and the tools over on the tools buffet.2016-04-22 18.43.01

I love how the name placecards and other elements really make the tables cheery each time!  This was my table with my completed Enjoy the Little Things project kit all done and set up.  Isn’t it cute!?

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Oh, and you see the water bottles that were decorated with some designer paper and the Flower Fair stamped flowers?  Check out what one of the gals at the retreat did with hers!

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She took it off the water bottle and then picked off some of the extra flowers from her namecard and made them into cute cards!  I LOVE it!

We had crafty challenges, like this one to use at least 3 products from the goodie bag in one project

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I ran some classes (3 total over the course of the weekend)

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Ate some yummy food

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And folks got a lot of crafting done… and not just paper crafts!

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I also love our Pajama Party we run on Saturday night.

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I usually give out challenges for the evening and my favorite was to show us your Crafty Super Hero costume.  I think this was Lady Crafts a Lot and Sir Inky Fingers… or I may have the names a little wrong, but I LOVED the creative costumes!

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Professor Paper


And the super villian – OOPS, who knocks their drink all over your almost completed project Smile


And we learned what happens when you try to run an embossing folder through the big shot with the magnetic platform (PSA – either your BigShot cutting plate or your embossing folder will not make it out alive!)

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But I still managed to get some creating done while I was there, which if you know how much I talk at retreats, you know that is an impressive feat!

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So, all in all, another fun weekend full of friends, crafts, and lots of laughs!

Next up… Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend – Fall Fun!
September 2016

I’m trying to finalize the dates of our next Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend… it should be Sept 16-18, but I’ll be able to confirm that by the end of the week.  Consider joining us next time and be a part of the fun!

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Enjoy the Little Things Card with Botanical Gardens

So, by now you’ve heard (and probably seen) the retiring list from Stampin’ Up of which things are going to be discontinued at the end of May.  If you can believe it, some of the items have already started selling out!  Just so you know – you SU fans like me – here is what has sold out as of this morning:

Washi Label punch
Trimmer replacement mat
Cottage Greetings Kit
Stack & Store Caddy
In Color 12×12 cardstock (2014-16)
Smoky Slate marker

But there are still lots of great items available and some are even discounted up to 50% off!  Score!  So, today I thought I’d share a card I made recently using a few of the items that will be saying goodbye at the end of next month.  It is a fun card using the Botanical Garden suite products and the fabulous Enjoy the Little Things stamp set.

This was my variation on a card I saw online by Darlene Boardman.  I loved the idea of die cutting out the fern-y leaves from the Botanical Builders thinlits and then using that negative space for the fern image.  So, I cut a strip of Mossy Meadow cardstock just a little bit wider than the die and 5 1/2” tall and cut out the 4 ferns.  (Save them for another project now that you’ve gone through the work to cut them out!)  And then I started by adhering a piece of Whisper White cardstock beneath the cut outs so you could see them clearly!

Pick your favorite pattern papers… I liked this yellow linen pattern and the colorful florals from the Botanical Gardens designer paper… and layer them together – all are the full 5 1/2” tall.  Depending on which papers you use, you get a totally different look!

Then we stamped the sentiment from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set in Mossy Meadow and punched out with the 2” circle punch and gave it a Mossy Meadow mat using the 2 1/2” circle punch (SOB!  I can’t believe they are retiring my 2 1/2” circle punch!!)

Add a little bit of linen thread looping out behind the sentiment and pop-up on dimensionals and you are good to go!  Like I said, fun card… but sadly full of goodies that will be going away.  Here is the run down of what I used that is now found on the retiring list.

Retiring Products:

How about a few Display Board ideas using Botanical Builder dies?

Well, on the plus side, the Botanical Builder thinlits will be carrying over into the new catalog.  So, yay for that!  Up on the display boards were a few projects using them.  Here are a couple I found in my pictures that I could grab quickly.

This first is an AMAZING scrapbook layout that Stacey Lane from my Fun n’ Crafty stampers created.  She made a TON of flowers and used some of the new In Colors – Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach to create them.  The end result is just stunning!

Or you can keep it sweet and simple!  Here is another fun card that uses the Work of Art stamp set and the “stamping off” technique to create a cool paint chip strip look.  You stamp the darkest color and then just keep stamping without re-inking your stamp to get a slightly lighter image each time.  Then they added one of the simple flowers from the Botanical Builders dies in white as a cute accent next to each sentiment (psst… new stamp sneak peek!)

So, I hope this gave you some fun ideas with the Botanical Builders die and a few of the retiring products headed for hills soon!  You can check out all of the retiring items and see which are on sale and which you might want to grab while supplies last!  And if your wishlist is $100 or more, consider upgrading your purchase to the Demonstator Starter Kit!  You’ll get to pick out $125 in product, while only paying $100.  Plus your have access right away to check out the upcoming annual catalog, purchase from it in May, and even better – you’ll become a part of my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group.  A fun community of stampers who love to stamp, learn, create, and share!

Check out which of your favorites are going here:

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Accessories

View a PDF copy of all the items including indicators of which items are sold out

PDF Retirement List

And if your wishlist is $100 or more, consider upgrading your purchase to the Demonstator Starter Kit!  You’ll get to pick out $125 in product, while only paying $100.  Plus your have access right away to check out the upcoming annual catalog, purchase from it in May, and even better – you’ll become a part of my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group.  A fun community of stampers who love to stamp, learn, create, and share!

Let me know if I can be of any help for you!

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A Few New Stampin’ Up Catalog Sneak Peeks

As of yesterday afternoon, the ban has been lifted on me not being able to share new product details and pictures from OnStage and the upcoming catalog.  So, if you are following me on Facebook, make sure to watch my Northwest Stamper page there as I’ll be uploading a TON of display board pictures there later today.  So you’ll get to see A LOT!  I have a few more things to share here though as well-

Retiring Products PDF is Up!  Sold Out items have been updated

Retiring Products

I love that some of the retiring products are on sale, because really I can’t pass up a good deal!  Plus, I’m sort of devestated by some of the items that are going away including:

  • Crystal Effects
  • Brayer
  • Word Window Punch
  • Dazzling Details glitter glue
  • Corrugated Cardstock
  • Scallop Circle punches
  • Wooden Expression Elements
  • Candy Dots

But I’ve also seen the upcoming Annual Catalog and am excited about that too.  So, I guess I understand having to clear some space on the shelves for some new fabulous stuff.  Doesn’t mean I’m not going to still stock up on some of my favorites though. Winking smile

Check out which of your favorites are going here:

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Accessories

View a PDF copy of all the items including indicators of which items are sold out

PDF Retirement List

A few starter Sneak Peeks from OnStage 2016!

So, while I sort through my photos and get them posted to my facebook page, I thought I’d share a few here for you to check out in the meantime.

We got lots of goodies while we were there, including some fun make & takes, stamp sets, bags, and of course, the catalog!


I loved being a Display Board stamper, and especially seeing Caitlin’s fabulous face on the boards each time I walked by.  Isn’t she adorable? Smile 

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I also loved this card that my friend Julie Davison created for the display boards… I totally need to get out my Bear Hugs stamp set and play some more!

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Wanna see one of my favorite new items from the upcoming catalog? Eek! Isn’t this fox builder punch to die for?



Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more sneak peeks tomorrow!  Or see you over on Facebook for all the display board fun!

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The Stampin’ Up 2016 Retirement List is Up!

I know everyone is eager to see what is going to be discontinued and what is DISCOUNTED as well…. well, the list is up!  So you can check it out and then let me know if you have questions or need anything!

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I’m still waiting on a PDF copy of the retirement list but you can see everything in the Online Store!

See the Retiring Products and DISCOUNTS here

Also, while you are there, don’t forget that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY for Weekly deals!


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Last Day of OnStage & the Retreat to Go!

After an amazing time in Salt Lake City for OnStage 2016, I flew home the evening of Saturday and then spent Sunday with my family and letting all that I saw and learned percolating in my mind.  And so today, it is back in the saddle and getting ready for my Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend and starting to put into action all that I learned.

The big news though is that – the Annual Catalog and Occasions Catalog retirement list are going to be announced today at 1pm MST!  Once it goes live, items on the list (except likely some stamps) will be while supplies last.  I’m expecting some of the retiring In Color reinkers are going to be sold out by late afternoon.   So, the sooner you can check it out the better.  They haven’t posted it for demonstrators yet either, so I don’t know for sure everything that is going to be on the list or discounted.

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To make sure you see the news you can either:

  1. Get it in email by making sure you are on my newsletter email list – I’ll be sending the link out as soon as it posts to that list!  Make sure you are signed up here.
  2. Visit the Online Store at 1pm MST – the retiring items will be posted in their own section in the online store at around 1pm today, so refresh the page and you can start shopping!
  3. Stop back by this blog after 1pm – After I get the retiring list out to the newsletter list, I’ll get it posted back up on here.  So you can stop back by this afternoon to check it out here.

Don’t forget, this is also your last chance at the discounts on the weekly deals as well!

Also, I know I have some folks who have been asking about my Retreat to Go.  I had planned to finalize pricing for this while I was at OnStage.  Silly me, I thought it would be no problem to stay up late at night and get it all sorted out.  Smile  Well, um… yeah… I forgot how non-stop everything is and how little sleep I already get when I’m away at these events.  So, I had to finish it up when I got back from the trip.

But registration is open NOW!

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Register NOW as I’ll only be offering this through April 30th! 

What is the Retreat in a Box?

This is my way of extending part of the experience of the retreat to those of you who are not able to join us live at the event!  So, if you can’t come to us, grab your pjs and some table space at home and settling in for your retreat experience there!  What is included with your registration is:

  • The event goodie bag ($40 value!)
  • Instructions and pictures for the Make & Take projects from your goodie bag supplies
  • door prize
  • table decoration so your table can be just as pretty as here
  • table gifts
  • Play along at home crafty scavenger hunt – be entered to win a prize!
  • Shopping coupon
  • Optional add-on classes  (Enjoy the Little Things project, Hello Sunshine Stamp-a-Stack, Sunburst Die Card Class)

Reserve your Retreat in a Box here!

OnStage 2016 – Day 3

We started the day being able to finish up make & take classes and get to see AND MAKE part of the May Paper Pumpkin kit!  That was really cool and I’m looking forward to the kit now too.

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Then it was time for a few more pictures with friends from around the event

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then we were back in session for the final presentations of the day.



Shout out to two of my Fun n’ Crafty gals who got to stand and wave for their promotions – I was so excited to cheer for them!  LIz Mitchell for Bronze Elite and Carla Branton for Silver!  Woo hoo, girls!!

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  • I even won some Prize Patrol!  But I can’t show you the stamp until after this afternoon. Smile
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  • They also announced the Fall OnStage Local events!  I’ll be headed to Vancouver BC, but know some of my gals in the Fun n’ Crafty group will be headed to other locations.  You should totally join us!
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  • And with that, OnStage Live was done.  It was an amazing event and I LOVED seeing all the new stuff coming out soon.  It is going to be an awesome catalog this summer!
  • The rest of the group headed to lunch and I headed back to the Product Spotlight for some lunch before CentreStage Leadership – A leaders training session. We had some spaces to take notes and a LOT of presentations to get our brains thinking about how we can help support our teams and build better communities.
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  • I was close to the front, so we got a couple crazy visits by the camera on a crane as they tried to record people asking questions.  It was nuts but totally hilarious!
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  • Then I flew home late that night so I could be home the next day to spend time with my family.  Caitlin loved going through all the swaps and seeing all the cute cards.
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  • So all in all, an awesome trip!

Check back later today to see the Retiring List and then stay tuned for sneak peeks, samples, and more about the new catalog coming in June!

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Stampin’ Up OnStage 2016–Day 2

Alright, I was supposed to be asleep an hour ago but I thought I would upload a few more pictures (ok probably more than a few) for those of you playing along at home. Smile  Today was the second day of OnStage Live and it was GREAT!!  We have a wonderful mix of corporate presentations, demonstrator presentations, chances to see LOTS of displays, project ideas, and actually get our hands on tons of the new stuff and STAMP!  Plus I got to spend a bit more time with my Fun n’ Crafty Stamper gals who were here with me.  It’s been so whirlwind I am so grateful for our evenings when we hang out in my hotel room and chit chat, discuss the catalog, business ideas, and just hang out and have fun.

So we started out bright and early… I was NOT bright eyed and busy tailed…but still excited to be there none the less!

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We got to hear from Shelli and Sara and I loved the quotes Sara shared in her presentation!

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After opening sessions, we got to go explore the Product Showcase… there were display boards, product up on display so you could see and touch it, make & takes, food, and fun photo ops.

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I had to take my annual Andrea Withers selfie!  She is just the sweetest person you will find at the Home Office and I got to know her a few years back and just love working with her when I get to do Display Boards as well as seeing her at events.  Isn’t she just the cutest?!

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But I had to spend lots of time checking out the new stuff and taking some classes. 

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I wish we could show you what we were working on… so here is the best I can do right now!

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In the afternoon, we were back for more recognition marches – including anniversary marches.  Pamela Wu was eligible to walk across the stage for her 5 year anniversary but she chose to stay in her seat.  I think she is so wonderful I had to give her a shout out anyway!  Fun fact – Pamela is my longest term demo, having been with me for not quite 5 1/2 years!  My how time flies!

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Then it was time for more presentations ranging from uplifting, funny, and just plain creatively inspiring.  Brandy shared a little bit about finding your own way and being true to who you are to find your success.



I also have to give a shout out to Sean Douglass for being so gracious to let me talk his ear off for a ton of time about the new catalog (what is awesome about it), products we would love to see, products we will dearly miss, and why.  He helps run product development and they were at the event to listen to demonstrators tell them about they they think of the products and what we need/want.  Though I’m not sure he expected to have someone as full of thoughts and opinions as myself! Open-mouthed smile


So, since I can’t share product pictures… here are some more people pictures.

I almost didn’t share this picture of me and Brandy just because I swear I was the most unphotogenic person today Smile but I am just so grateful to have connected with her and her amazing sweet and caring spirit.  So, I had to give her some love and take a moment to say thanks and that I can’t wait to cheer for her big successes to come!


And speaking of people to cheer about, I have to give a shout out to the gals with me here this week.  They are talented stampers, but more importantly great friends!  We all had the chance to go eat at Cheesecake Factory and have great discussions… but even better, we got CHEESECAKE!  Cheesecake party in my room!  No for real, we all got cheescake to go and took it back to the hotel and had a room party.


And they even humored me when I asked them to set aside their cheesecake and go back downstairs since we had not gotten a group photo with everyone together.  I told you, they are awesome! Smile 


So, in the morning, we are back for the final day of OnStage.  I don’t know what to expect, but I know it will be awesome.  So, until then, I am going to get some sleep and be back soon with more! 

Don’t forget, you can follow along throughout the day on my Northwest Stamper Facebook page as I post regularly during the day at OnStage. 

Until then….

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Stampin’ Up OnStage 2016–Getting the Party Started!

Earlier this week was all about getting ready for OnStage and then Wednesday was travel and Thursday was the first day!  It has been BUSY!  But oh my goodness has it been a wonderful experience!  I can’t even believe where my journey with Stampin’ Up has taken me and I’m so grateful I stuck with it so that I can have amazing experiences like I am this week!

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I know many of you aren’t able to join us here in Salt Lake City, so I thought I would share a little about the adventures happening here so you can be here with us in spirit… we can always use more crafty friends!

Over the years, I have built a team of amazing folks that we now call the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers.  There are folks from all across the US from the east coast all the way to Hawaii and many states in between.  So, when OnStage (the new version of Convention) is in Salt Lake City, it is a great opportunity for some of us to travel to reconnect in person, get inspired, try new things, and of course, STAMP!  This year, it is in Utah from April 14-16 and we had 7 of us from the team meeting up here

IMG_0121So, 6 of us arrived on Wednesday and after meeting up, 5 of us headed south to Riverton for the annual pilgrimage to the Stampin’ Up home office.

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It is always fun to get to meet and chat with the staff and see what has changed.  This time, there were a few new displays in the Legacy Room museum

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And we even got to tour the upstairs floor and see Shelli and Rich’s offices!

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Then it was time for a bit of shopping… driving back in HORRIBLE rain… (sorry guys, didn’t realize the Seattle rain tagged along with us!) and then raced back to the hotel for a fun night of Shoebox Swapping with Dawn Olchefske and Kelly Acheson’s teams.  Better believe some of the cards we made will be showing up in my upcoming classes!

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Then it was back to the room to finish up card swaps and team gifties!  These are the general swap cards I made for this year and am trading around the convention center.


OnStage 2016 – Day 1

Due to the schedule, we pretty much had the morning to kill, but as a Display Stamper this year, I ended up heading over to start putting up my projects….and can I just say, they picked some AMAZING demonstrators to work on the display boards because they all look fantastic!

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Unfortunately, I can’ post pictures from that until Monday (due to SU’s spoiler alert” policy.  But I can share photos of us waiting to get our bags and to go in and be part of the party! Notice any pretty colors you like from the banners?  That may or may not be a sneak peek of the new In Colors. Winking smile


And of course there was swapping…. I’m very serious about my swapping….


seriously CHEESY!  Open-mouthed smile


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And then it was time for Opening Session!  Hopefully I didn’t hurt the ears of my Mom and Nicole next to me from my screaming.  Let me just say, I freaked out more than once as they gave us the new catalog and I got to see new things that are coming out!  So glad I am a demonstrator and have the demo discount because my wishlist is LOOOOONG! 

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I know!  I wish I could show you pictures or tell you more details about what I saw in that new catalog and on the presentations but we have a gag order until Monday afternoon.  But I can say, you won’t be disappointed!

CenterStage Live – Evening Dinner and Entertainment

Stampin’ Up hosted a lovely incentive dinner that first night to celebrate and thank folks of Silver Elite and above titles – which includes me!  So they bussed us to a nearby swanky hotel where we socialized and had some mocktails. 
Isn’t Sheri adorable?  She is a lovely friend from Canada who I always love to see at SU events. 

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Side note, this is one of the coolest parts of attending the SU events, you end up making friends in random places that you connect with for life!  I met Sheri randomly during one of the Make & Take sessions at Convention a couple years ago.  She had been recognized as a Rising Star (one of the demonstrators who had a stellar first years as a demonstrator)  and so I had congratulated her and we hit it off talking.  Just like I met Brandy Cox when we both went to Founder’s Circle for the first time and we had a sweet connection from that.  Now I’m so blessed to see them at events and get to reconnect and share laughs and hugs.  The women you meet in this business really are just some of the most amazing people!  It really does make my heart full!  And I’m so grateful to be able to cheer them on and get to celebrate their successes!

2016-04-14 22.16.39Anyway, back to CenterStage, enough of my sappy moment. Smile  We ad a fabulous 4 course meal.

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They even had dueling pianos while we ate which was way more fun than I expected!  I’ve never seen a dueling piano show and it hilarious!

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So, at the end of the day, iit was an awesome time to meet and/or connect with folks who share this awesome journey with me.  We had a few fun gifts from the company and then it was off to bed to try to get some sleep before we start bright and early in the morning!


Wish you could have been here with me!  Hopefully next time you can join the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers at one of the events in the US!

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