You’re Invited …

Hello my Stampin’ Friends,

Today I want to share with you, an invitation from Stampin’ Up!  Those that know me … know this is where my heart lies – with the fun, the friendships and the creativity outlet that Stampin’ Up! provides.  Oh, and the money isn’t bad either … and let’s not forget the traveling to beautiful places.

Enough about what I love, let’s get to the invitation!!  Watch the video too … so much fun!

You’re Invited!

If you were to guess what 6000 feet of theatrical truss, 20 miles of cable, and 218 one-ton chain motors had to do with Stampin’ Up!, what would you say?

Go ahead . . . take a guess!

Give up?

They are just a few of the many things that go into making Inspire. Create. Share. (our annual convention) a success.

You’d think that bringing enough chain motors to suspend 16–1/2 city busses would be exciting enough, but trust us: it would be absolutely no fun without you!

We want you to join us this year for Inspire. Create Share. and experience one of our biggest parties of the year. Just think—you could spend three epic days and two nights learning new techniques, swap with several thousand brand-new stamping buddies, and take home more free goodies than you could shake a stick at. (No chain motors—we promise!)

But wait . . . there’s more! If you join Stampin’ Up! now, we’ll waive your Inspire. Create. Share. registration fee (an almost $300 USD value). That’s right . . . you can attend for FREE. You just pay your hotel and travel expenses.

And if that isn’t sweet enough, get this: if you join before the end of March, you’ll be eligible for Sale-A-Bration benefits. That means you’ll receive an extra $25 USD worth of products in your Starter Kit! So act now and join us for Inspire. Create. Share. 2014.


Still not sure you want to come? Just check out highlights from last year’s Inspire. Create. Share. We bet that will change your mind!

It’s me again ….

I just want to say I watch this video when life gets a bit overwhelming, which it does for all of us …  it reinforces why I am a demonstrator, and reminds me that becoming a full time demonstrator is my goal.  I would like to share the words with you …

Look at how far we’ve traveled

look at how much we’ve done

truth is one person can matter

just look at what yours can become

The journey to our destination, is what we remember today

Oh, Oh, Oh, celebrate … the difference that we make

Thinking back at were we’ve started

we can see just how far we have come

with what each of us has created

we see there’s a power in one

The journey is not always easy

but with every step along the way …

Oh, Oh, Oh, celebrate … the difference that we make

Be the Difference (6x)

The beauty of every solution,

is knowing that someone believes

their impact does not go unnoticed,

just look around and see

The journey to our destination, is what we remember today

Oh, Oh, Oh, celebrate … the difference that we make

Be the Difference

I love that song!  Each year we have an inspiring theme song, this is one of my favorites.  Someday I will share with you the many ways Stampin’ Up! makes a difference.  Here’s one …

I earned the incentive trip to Fiji, thanks to my wonderful customers and downline the Star’s by Design.  My regret … was opting out and not being able to experience this beautiful opportunity.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and check out the invitation.  I really hope you consider joining me and this fantastic company … please let me know if you have any questions (contact me @ I am here to support your decision and to help guide you to the style of business that’s best for you.

See you tomorrow for Technique Tuesday!

Have a wonderful week ~


Convention Video and Butterfly Swap Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Our annual Convention is over but I think I’m still flying high.  There were so many highlights this year, our first male demonstrator not only earned “Rising Star Award” … a special achievement for new demonstrators, but he also earned the grand vacation incentive trip!  So yes … men stamp!

So today, I would like to invite you to convention with me.  Here is just a little tid-bit of what went on at Convention 2013.  Click on the arrow below, sit back and enjoy …

I hope you got the feeling that many of us had being there.  It is truly an extraordinary experience.  It was so much fun.

I did not make swaps this year, however … my fellow demonstrators are so nice, that some of them shared a swap card with me.  Here is one of those swap cards …  I wish she would have put her name on the card so I could give her credit – it is so pretty.


Here is a list of supplies used…






Swallowtail  –  WOOD



Swallowtail  –  CLEAR



Sweet Essentials  –  WOOD



Sweet Essentials  –  CLEAR



3/8” Ruffled Stretch Ribbon –Baked Brown Sugar

The cardstock colors are: Whisper White / Daffodil Delight / Tangerine Tango / Crumb Cake

Let me know what you thought of the Convention video! I’d love to hear your perspective.

Thanks for stopping by today ~

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Convention Wrap Up…

Hello Stampers ~

Glad to be back posting … thanks for the short break for the flight home and then some  “sleep”, something that I don’t always get much when I’m at Convention! There is so much excitement going on that some nights you are just too wound up to sleep.

There were 5800 demonstrators ready to celebrate Stampin’ Up!s 25th year anniversary … CAN YOU FIND ME?  Oh my, it was crazy …. crazy fun!

5800 demonstrators

Demonstrators came together to make a difference… Over 2,000 birthday kits were assembled and delivered to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Stampin’ Up! created these kits for the children who are in the hospital over their birthday.  I am proud to be associated with a company who consistently gives back to the community and has donated to so many causes.


The third and final day of Convention 2013 was absolutely filled with memorable experiences, fun, instruction, recognition . . . and lots and lots of prize patrols. In fact, everyone at convention this year won a prize patrol gift—Stamin’ Up! sure knows how to spoil us!  My wrist band color was “Bermuda Bay” and this is the bundle of goodies that I won!


Stampin’ Up! also rewards their demonstrators well for their achievements.  They have recognitions all throughout the convention.  This year I earned a pin and stamp set (of my choice) for my sales, plus I earned the “Get Away” Incentive Trip to San Diego (all expenses paid for 2 / includes airfare).  Many of you know that I will be taking my sister Eileen…  for all she does for me.   I also want to send a BIG “THANK YOU” to YOU for your part in this achievement!!  You are awesome!


Shelli closed Convention with a very emotional “Heart of Stampin’ Up! award” presentation to a very surprised Susy Miller. Susy received a standing ovation. She is a very special demonstrator who makes us all want to be a little better and try a little harder to really make a difference in the lives of those around us.  It was Susy who encouraged me to build my business.  She is truly a wonderful person and was so worthy of this award.  Congratulations Susy!


Time to unpack and put all my goodies away.  You can see why my luggage was overweight!!  Yep, I had to pull one of my stampin’ bags out so they would put my luggage on the plane, but I am not complaining!  I am grateful for all that Stampin’ Up! gives us.   Love the backpack.


I hope you have enjoyed the Convention posts …

I wish that you could come with me in person, the excitement is unbelievable!  What a wonderful time it was.  I came home with so many tips and ideas – I can’t wait to share them with you!  I will be posting a list of upcoming events within the next few days.

Have a great week ~

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Convention Day 2

Hello from the Stampin’ Up! National Convention!

Having a great time here and wishin’ you could be here to share in the fantastic adventure!  Our day began with Opening session hosted by Sara, Shelli’s daughter and adviser… and included a demonstration from Shelli and achievers recognition and marches (where you get to walk across the stage).

We were thrilled with Shelli’s demonstration … she had a few “sneak peaks” for us and more surprises.  I can’t explain here, but I just wanted to share a picture of a “sneak peak…


 I can’t wait to share even more of this with you!  After the demonstration … Sara called on the prize patrol!  Two of our group won!  Eileen won the new bow die and Brenda won the “NEW” framelits, yet to be introduced!


How exciting was that!  Can’t wait to get my hands on all that and share it with you.  Next was the recognition portion of the session, I was recognized for my sales (and I appreciate your help in that) and my Incentive Trip Achievement for earning the Get-away trip… here you are recognized by walking across the stage.  They announced the next Incentive Trip… HAWAII


At our annual awards night – top demonstrators are awarded for their achievements …. I wanted to share one with you.  Yes, men stamp and achieve awards!  Congratulations Brian King!


After awards comes the PARTY!!  They had a live band playing 80’s music (because we are celebrating our 25th year), snacks and aerialists!


Debi and I did partake in a bit of the desserts!  The cupcakes were to die for … Yummy!  We had a good time.

fri-5      fri-6

This is just a shot of the convention center as we were headed back to our hotel.  Looks pretty cool all lit up at night.


I will let you know how our last day goes, and will share a swap or two (pretty good since I didn’t make any).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stampin’ Up! Convention Day 1

Hello Stampers ~

We are having a great time in Salt Lake City!  Today opening session began at 5 pm … a bit different from years past.  I’m sure we will be in for many surprises this week, considering it is their 25th Anniversary.

We begin with a greeting on the convention center doors upon arrival …


Oh my … look at the lines (and this is the back half).  There are approximately 5800 demonstrators in attendance!  This is one of the largest group at Salt Lake if I recall correctly.  We did a “scavenger hunt” … convention related and had a blast – I will post that another time.


Opening session is always kicked off with the Convention theme song “Be the Difference” and this year we had one of the singers from the “VOICE” performing.  It was pretty cool to watch … even pyro-technics this year!


This year marks our 10th year as a sponsor to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Through the sales of exclusively designed stamp sets, we have donated over 1 Million dollars (Making a Difference).  Many demonstrators have donated their time and efforts to their local houses.  Shelli (co-founder and CEO) announced that we are now going “international” and our efforts will help children and their families at the Ronald McDonald Houses all over the world.


One of the “fun” things Stampin’ Up! does at Convention is “Prize Patrol”.  We are all given wrist bands and after each demonstration (tonight’s was done by Pam Morgan) the bring out the prize patrol by calling off a color of the wrist bands.  Tonight one of our group members won a prize package: Cindy Schneider!  Congratulations!!     They will be doing this throughout the next few days so I hope my other Star’s are as lucky as Cindy!


ANNOUNCEMENT: For those of you who have been sitting on the fence deciding when you were going to sign up for Paper Pumpkin … time to jump off and release your inner creative goddess!  If you sign up before August 31st … you will receive two months for ONLY $10! (before ship/tax).  If you’re not sure how this works, contact me and I will help.  If you’re ready, just click on the link on my side bar – Paper Pumpkin!


And … to close the session, Shelli and her team sent us off with a brand new stamp set from the new Holiday Catalog!!  Wooo Hooo … I love this set, it’s so cute and it captures 4 seasons!  Watch for cards on upcoming blog posts with this set.


I hope you enjoyed sitting in on opening session with me… there will be so much more.  Can’t wait to create a slideshow of all the fun things we did and share it with you.

Have an awesome day!

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More tid bits from SLC …

Hi Stampers ~

We’ll we had a couple guesses on the stamp set and color combination for yesterdays card post, and I will let you know the answers when I get home.  Meanwhile … here was our little shopping excursion.  Ok … I’m not going to drag you through the stores, but show you some of the interesting things we found around the new city center.

I wish I would have gotten a picture of the security guy at Tiffany’s … he looked like an FBI agent!

This picture is of the long silver thingee’s …. they moved with the wind and were so pretty and graceful looking, quite unique.


The City Center as they call it, was completed last year … we have been walking around scaffolding for the past 5, it was nice to see it completed.


There are four main building all interconnected, and this is typical of the open areas… some of the streams included fish.  It was very pretty and tranquil and nice to see amidst all the concrete.  Oh my gosh, I’m starting to sound like a tour guide.  I believe this is my 5th or 6th trip to Salt Lake City … It is my mission to see something different each time I come (so far so good!).

Here is one hallways … very nice.  I loved the light fixtures and decided it was time for a photo op with the girls!


All three are members of my downline (stampers who have joined Stampin’ Up! onto my teams of “Star’s”.  From left to right is Kathy, Eileen (my sister) and Cindy.  I do believe this is the 3rd convention with me for all three of them.  We have two more in our group – Brenda and Debi but they were on a site seeing tour of the city.

Hope you enjoyed the little trip …. there will be so much more to come.  Tomorrow we get to check in, get our bags and check out some of the stampin’ stations.  Then at 5 -they will kick off convention with opening session and a meet -n- greet party to follow!  Here we go ………………..!

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