Cruising Fun and Sneak Peek!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night we had a wonderful dinner in the dining room and meet some wonderful people at our table. I went outside of my comfort zone and ordered some fried calamari … a little chewy but it was good.

We also went down to the Hospitality Room to say “hi” to fellow demonstrators and to “Spin the Wheel” …. whoo hooo, I won a die set from the upcoming holiday catalog.  When returning to our room in the evening we were presented with a beautiful pillow gift … a leather bag / back pack and some new black dimensionals … oh yes, you heard me … black!! That will be great when working with our darker cardstocks!!

What do you think of the new CUP OF CHEER die set? I love the little mugs and candy canes, and of course it coordinates with they oh so cute … CUP OF CHRISTMAS Stamp Set.  Yes, it comes in a bundle too!! It was a wonderful evening, but I crashed at 8:30!! lol

Today we are at sea … not such a bad view to wake up to this morning, and to top off this beautiful view …

… we will be joining our fellow demonstrators for our General Session, where we get to see new product demonstrations using the Holiday Catalog goodies, WIN some PRIZES from the Holiday Catalog and then we GET the Holiday Catalog!!

Tonight is formal night so time to get dolled up and sit down for an amazing meal, then I’ll go through my photos from our General Session so I can post more sneak peeks with you tomorrow!

Till then, have a wonderful day, and thank you for checking out my blog!  Don’t forget my “Cat’s Away” Sale … CLICK HERE for details.


Sunday: Heading to Rome, Italy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today we will arrive in Rome, Italy … pinch me because I can’t breath! Thank you again for helping me to achieve this amazing trip!! We will be heading to the ship from the airport but we have a few hours so I hope we can get a little glimpse before we head out to sea.  I also have  …

A bit of a scare earlier in the day (yesterday) our Milwaukee flight to Chicago was on hold / cancelled because of mechanical problems so they gave us a bus ticket to Chicago so we could catch our flight … 50 minute wait for the bus, and an hour & 15 minutes to get there which means we had a high chance of missing our flight.  So we got our luggage back off the plane, and got an Uber to Chicago … made our flight in plenty of time.

It was an overnight flight but you need to see the beauty in things ….

I find it very hard to sleep on a plane … lol.  Every time I’d doze off someone would kick my chair, slam an overhead compartment closed or talk really loud … really?

I was so excited that we passed over the Swiss Alps … maybe some day I’ll actually get to stand in front to them, but it was fun to see then anyway…..

Finally we arrive in Rome … didn’t get to see the beautiful sight I have here to share but it’s Italy!! And I am over the moon excited!!

We have boarded this “Jewel of the Seas” cruise ship and it’s time to relax!!  I will be back tomorrow with more to share.

Thank you again!!


Home Again and with Sneak Peaks!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First let me say “Welcome” to my new blog followers and “Thank You” for the On-line Orders and to my avid readers for hanging in while I was gone to our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We left a beautiful day and drove into snow … and came home from a beautiful day and drove back into snow!!

You know what … it didn’t matter because we came home with the new catalog in hand, and a lot of ideas! I will be sending out catalogs to you as soon as they allow us … mid-May!

My activities started Friday night where Stampin’ Up! hosts a nice dinner and training event for their Leaders…

This little photo op was taken outside of the hall … Do you notice the beautiful flowers on the board. Uh ha … those little beauties are a sneak peak into the new stamp sets you’ll find in the upcoming catalog!  If you like Magnolia’s you will fall in love with this product suite… more to come!

Our dinner tables were adorned with the beautiful bouquets of flowers and we were treated to an amazing buffet.  Jamician Jerk Chicken, another on I don’t remember and a beautifully prepared steak. Food was great and the desserts… should have taken a picture! lol

When we get there, we stop by the booth to pick up our bags filled with goodies…

Love the bag! And tucked inside were a bounty of goodies and these were just a few! A brand new stamp set … that coordinates with our current Daisy stamp set, how sweet is that, and some file folders that showcase another new product suite! I’ll be sharing more about that tomorrow!

As a CenterStage achiever … we also got a special gift, a leather clutch which I forgot to take a picture of, but let me say that it is full and I am already using it!! And that is how we ended our evening. It was great to see old friends, make some new ones and enjoy a wonderful evening with stamping sisters and the Stampin’ Up! staff.

Before I go today, I want to share one more sneak peek… I know this one is going to thrill one of my stamping friends because she loves peacocks! This product suite is AMAZING!!! The designer paper and new foils in some of the new colors… WOW.

From the papers to the embellishments, these rich and beautiful colors are definitely going to be on your wish list… The ribbon is a two-tone and the Rhinestones are fabulous! I can’t wait to get my hands on them!!! I would love to send you a wish list and a catalog when they are released … just make sure that you are on my customer list (requires a purchase) and I’ll get one in your hands … FREE of course!!

By the way … I would love to have you join me at any of these fabulous Stampin’ Up! events, and proud to have you on my team! Let’s chat!!  I’ll be back tomorrow to share more of the new catalog and my team tomorrow.

Thank you so much for checking back in with me today, it’s great to be back.

Have an awesome day.



Great News … Great New Product Announcement

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I missed you yesterday, I still feel a bit like I’m in a time warp! lol  Trying to catch up after being gone, and getting everything from Retreat and Convention put away, but I wouldn’t have missed either for the world.

I will be sharing more of each of those later fun events later as I have awesome card samples too!!

Today I’d like to share a few announcements and goodies that are coming your way.  First, our Online Extravaganza is coming next week! Deals start November 23 (Black Friday) through November 28. I will get you more details as they are released to us.

I also have some great news … if you ever had trouble getting your red rubber stamps to stick to the clear blocks, your troubles will soon be over!! Stampin’ Up! have created Cling Stamps …

  • At the OnStage events in November 2018, Stampin’ Up!’s cofounder Shelli Gardner introduced and demonstrated the new red rubber stamping solution: cling stamps.
  • Beginning with the 2019 occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure, all new stamp sets will be available either in cling (for red rubber stamps) or photopolymer.
  • Stamps in the 2018-2019 annual catalog will continue to be available in clear-mount, wood-mount, or photopolymer.
  • Red rubber stamp sets (clear-mount or wood-mount) in the annual catalog that will be carrying over will transition to cling with the 2019-2020 annual catalog. Watch for more information about carryover stamp sets in April 2019 with the regularly scheduled communication about catalog transitions, the carryover list, and the retiring products list.
  • In 2019-2020 annual catalog, clear-mount and wood-mount stamps* will no longer be available. The only exception is background stamps in North America only, which will still be available in wood-mount.

I have even more exciting news to share … and I will do so along with some awesome card samples. They have inspired me, and I’m sure they will do the same for you.

So … I’ll be back tomorrow with a cute “gift” that I created for my Retreat Attendee’s.  See you then.

Thank you for stopping by ~

Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event: Day 2

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Day 2 of our stamping event. A lot of walking, a lot of stamping demonstrations, always a time to stamp and always Prize Patrol or some type of give away, and recognition walks across the stage. Today I walked across the stage for my Flex Point (Sales+) and was honored to walk with two of my friends Evie and JoAnne … sorry, no picture of that.

This is how we kicked off our evening session!! You will notice a blond coming through the crowd, that is Sara Douglass … she is our CEO!!

How fun is this!! I love coming to our OnStage or any Stampin’ Up! sponsored events because I get so inspired and rejuvenated.  I also get to connect with fellow demonstrator friends …

This is Evelyn Wood … we met years ago at a past Stampin’ Up! connection and have been friends ever since. This year we are sharing our goals with each other, so we can encourage each other to reach these goals!

Evelyn’s and her group, the Stamping Sirens adopted me (LOL) because I came alone to OnStage. What lovely ladies … really, they are a hoot!! We went out to dinner together and had an awesome time.

Our picture taking began after we received another give-a-way … the new Gingham Designer Paper! The colors are awesome!! YOU are going to love it ❤ I do!!

Now let me introduce you to Greta … we actually met on-line and have chatted for almost a year.  We decided to meet face to face here at OnStage, it was so nice to meet her in person. I also got to meet her upline Bente too.

Walking across the stage for recognition is fun, and going on the Incentive trips are even better … but the best and most important thing for me in my Stampin’ Up! journey is all the beautiful people I have met.

Whether they are fellow demonstrators or my downline or my customer aka: stampin’ friends, I would not have been doing this for 18 years without them!!

Together we create magic with ink and paper and bring happiness to others when we send our cards out, and that magic brings friendships and fun with it.

If you need a creative outlet, or if you want to meet new people, or if you want to have fun … I invited you to sit down a chat with me, because I would love to share this amazing opportunity with you.  It’s too good not to share!

Today is our last day at OnStage, kind of sad, but I will share more of the fun with you.

Thank you for hanging out with me today, see you tomorrow ~

Can’t resist a good party!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve been so busy at work training new staff members and at home working on my Holiday Stampin’ Retreat that in less than 2 weeks I’ll be joining my fellow demonstrators for a wonderful celebration … 30 Years!!

I hate to miss any of the Stampin’ Up! events but no way would I pass up a major milestone!  I have a few of my own that I will be celebrating … Lifetime sales of $500,000, Personal Sales, Recruiting – Level 1, Leadership – Level 1 and yes, the Incentive Trip!!  All expenses paid trip for 2 … Cruising the Greek Isles!! I thank YOU!!

Here is a shot of the 25th Anniversary in Salt Lake City with the Theme: Be The Difference …

Always a fun time at Convention (Now OnStage) We were treated to special cupcakes!! Looking forward to see what they have in store for us this year.  They are sending those of us who have achieved Silver Elite or above to Epcot for the day with a special area for us to visit and pick up a special gift!!

Speaking of gifts, Stampin’ Up! treats us royally while we attend our events.  These are all the goodies I brought home with me from the 25th Celebration …

I enjoy these Stampin’ Up! events so much, and it’s more fun to go with my team members! Why don’t you join us and come with us this April 🙂

Thanks for joining me today, I hope your day is a good one!

Color My World ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I don’t know about you … but I can’t believe that we are going into mid-May already!! Have the year is almost past us … where did the time go?

With the time flying by us so quickly, I just wanted to remind you of the retiring products will soon be gone.

Stampin’ Up! is refreshing our color line, when they listed the ones leaving …. I understood! Will I miss some, YES, but I’m much more excited about the new ones coming in!!! Let’s start with the colors that will be leaving …

You knew that the 2016-18 Colors were leaving, but with the color revamp … we have a few more. Don’t be sad about those leaving, you still have time to stock up but Don’t forget your INK REFILL!!

I thought I would miss Elegant Eggplant – until they announced “which one’s were coming BACK” … yes, you heard me correctly! My favorite … Oh My Gosh, I can’t wait to tell you … BLACKBERRY BLISS!!!! I am so excited, I LOVE this color ❤  And Mossy Meadow!! Glad they’re back … here are the rest of the returning colors!!

It’s been about 5 years since we had a color update and 8 years since Stampin’ Up! has done a revamp like we’re seeing now.  I’m excited … the colors are current, fresh and really look good together!  While I’m at it … Let’s look at the new 2018-19 In Colors and NEW Core Colors!

I love that Pineapple Punch!!   Here are both sets of In Colors along with the “Basics” …  these colors have been take out of our Neutrals line which made room for 3 new colors and a warm look in our Neutrals!

Here is the entire grouping of our Color Families … now you can see how beautifully they all coordinate.  Did you notice that Real Red is now in the Rich Regals? That is because our new colors give our Brights a “bright fresh look” … I love it!

 It’s so exciting to share the new colors and the revamp with you.  You have just a few short weeks to pick up those colors that will be retiring but you can also get out your wish list for the beautiful new colors being introduced. I’m happy to see Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Poppy Parade return and I can’t wait till you can see such colors like Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape and the new Pineapple Punch … that even sounds yummy!!

Thank you for joining me today!!

See you tomorrow ~