Archive for the ‘events’ Category:
What a GREAT weekend I had! This was the weekend for our 8th Annual Spring Into Stamping demonstrator training event. SO much fun to be had when demonstrators gather together!
The day was filled to the brim with training tips (thank you to the fabulous Laura Barto for sharing class ideas), great Make N Take projects, gorgeous demonstrations and a chance to gather with friends from around the country.
I even ran a game show – Family Feud, Stampin’ Style!
The demonstrator fair was a big hit – with stations set up to learn about stamping techniques or other topics like using My Digital Studio (that’s me behind the table).
And my friend and fellow LovenStampfuls demonstrator Linda Yearsley showed a WONDERFUL technique called Puzzle Piece Resist. I wrote up a summary with pictures from her booth here. Definitely watch my blog for more ideas with this technique – I’m loving it!
And of course it’s hardly a day of stamping when there aren’t door prizes — free stamps! So much excitement, it’s hard to contain
It was a fabulous day — with MANY talented demonstrators helping to put it all together. About 30% of the demonstrators attending helped in one way or another — assembling Make N Take packets, sharing a stamping technique, organizing our Shoebox Swap, etc.
A big thank you to ALL who helped us put the day together, and to all who attended! I’m looking forward to next year’s Spring Into Stamping already!
The Oval Accent Die has been a popular one this year – I’ve certainly used it lots. (see the die online – 127005). But I’m most excited about the way the die coordinates with the new Borders Scoring Plate (see it online – 126192)!
It could hardly be simpler – this was one of the great tricks shared at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference in Orlando last week.
And I’m all about quick and simple tricks that take my stamping to the next level!
Stamps: Creative Elements, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Riding Hood Red; Paper: Naturals Ivory, Riding Hood Red; Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Borders Scoring Plate, Big Shot, Oval Accents Bigz Die Clear, Taffeta Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool
More Amore Treats +
Hearts A Flutter Framelits =
I have SO many ideas from the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference in Orlando last week, but there were a couple that jumped out at me. This is the time of year to be thinking of little treats for neighbors and friends, or for school classroom parties, and here’s a sweet & simple treat to make and take!
The steps couldn’t be simpler.
- Snip apart the pre-cut heart paper (makes 32 large hearts per package) (see the paper online – 129309)
- Glue each heart to the front of a flat lollipop
- Choose the “express” solution or the “artisan” version:
- Express: use the Hearts a Flutter Framelits (see them online - 130159) with your Big Shot (see it online – 113439) to cut small hearts from the other pages of paper in the More Amore Designer Paper package
- Artisan: stamp with the Hearts A Flutter stamp set and cut with the framelits from the Hearts A Flutter Bundle (see it online – 131097) – *LOVE* the chevron heart from this stamp set! Finish up with a stamped Valentine greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (see it online – 127802)
Voila! Happy classmates and friends! Can’t you see your coworkers loving this treat? The More Amore Product Suite (see it online) is chock full of fun coordinating pieces for your projects.
Looking for other Valentine ideas? Be sure to check my blog!
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hearts A Flutter; Ink: Primrose Petals, Real Red; Paper: More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper, Whisper White; Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Stitched Primorse Petals Ribbon;
What a whirlwind of a day… wait, do all my Stampin’ Up! event posts start with that line?? Well the great part is that it’s always a wonderful whirlwind of creativity, inspiration and yes, free stamps! This year’s Leadership Conference has been no different.
Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s Leadership:
This is the kick-off for Stampin’ Up!’s 25th year – and I’m excited to be a part of it! The morning started off with a fabulous message from Shelli Gardner about the Statement of the Heart, and how much we all together have allowed Stampin’ Up! to make a difference in the past 25 years.
Then the stamping sessions got underway with a variety of fabulous ideas… you’ll just have to wait for many of them, since I’ll be sharing on my blog over the next couple of weeks! But here’s a teaser taste of some of the beautiful things we saw…. first with the Artisan Embellishments Kit (see it online – 129328):
And then with the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (see it online – 131395):
Then there was the fabulous announcement of the Dude, You’re Welcome Kit (see it online – 132807), which you can order starting today! It’s stamps, an ink pad and manly papers for guys who forget their wives’ birthdays, or who just want brownie points for stamping their own cards!
Then it was the announcement about My Paper Pumpkin (which you can sign up for starting today!!). Here’s more on my blog about that… and at Leadership, we each got to take a 1st month kit and the trial kit home for free!! Think we were excited? Much?
After that was lunch, which is always a relaxing affair at Leadership — think white tablecloths, several courses, and a chance to visit with friends to talk about our impressions of Leadership.
Then that evening we gathered (all 1500 of us!) for a stamping under the stars evening, pajamas required!
For even more fabulous ideas, like this one using the Soda Pop Tops bottlecaps (see them online – 129388) from the Spring Catalog:
Really, how fun is that?? Bottlecap jewelry is so trendy, and with a 1″ circle punch, Crystal Effects and the Soda Pop Tops (smash with your Big Shot), you’re all set!
After stamping, it was time for cookies and milk. Because really, what pajama party is complete without them??
We had a great time gathering with old friends from around the US and Canada, and meeting new friends, too. It’s always a good time when demonstrators gather.
So we’re looking forward to gathering again soon — in St. Louis for the Stampin’ Up! Regional!
If you’d like to join me and my LovenStampfuls team, I’d love to have you there! Be sure to let me know you’re thinking about it. And remember that if you’re loving all these updates about events, YOU can come, too! There is a terrific bonus coming up soon for the New Demonstrator Starter Kit. Drop me a note and I can get you details!!
Want to see more Leadership updates? Here they are…on my blog!
Today was the check-in day at the Leadership 2013 conference — a chance to check out the Gathering Place and all kinds of fun project ideas, and then this evening was the Manager’s Reception — at Harry Potter World!
Stampin’ Up! took us to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure for a private evening exploring Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle, and all the Butterbeer we could drink! If you’ve never had it, Butterbeer is a carbonated soda, kind of like butterscotch cream soda, and it’s served with a marshmallowy foamy head. You can pick either frozen, like a slushy, or regular cold. Let’s just say that I tried several samples of each to decide which I liked better!
We rode through Hogwarts castle past giant spiders and dementors, we went to a wand selecting ceremony at Ollivander’s, and we shopped for candy at Honeyduke’s. We even rode the roller coasters — the little Flight of the Hippogriff, and the bigger Dragon Challenge. No lines! A huge thank you to Stampin’ Up! for a fun evening!
Be sure to check my updates from the Leadership Conference this week!
I have to say that one of my favorite places in the world is Disney World. I’m guessing I’m not alone with that — I know my family feels the same way! Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for sending us here back in April. And since we’re here again in Orlando for the Leadership Conference, I wanted to be sure to get at least a small Disney fix.
Downtown Disney, here we come!
So that covers our Disney fix for today — and tomorrow we’re ready for check-in day at Leadership, plus the Manager’s Reception in the evening (at Harry Potter World!).
Be sure to check my updates from the Leadership Conference this week. Keep an eye out!
Here we are in sunny Orlando for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2013 Conference. Wow, gotta love 80 degrees and sunny! Of course the little treats and swap cards had to come out before we even left the airport. I created a pocket notebook for my roomie and LovenStampfuls group gifts, and I wanted to share it with you. (So if you haven’t gotten your gift yet, you’ll have to decide if you want to look yet or not )
This little notebook is about 4″ tall — I know, because I had to cut the paper to match. LOVE the paper? It’s the upcoming Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (coming soon as a Sale-A-Bration gift item – 127540).
I actually used a ton of new products on this project — from the Spring Catalog (browse online) and the upcoming Sale-A-Bration brochure (watch for it, January 22nd!).
- For the mini banner at the top: Hearts A Flutter stamp set & Framelits Bundle (see it online – 131097)
- To embellish the mini banner: Natural Trim Ribbon (see it online – 129287) and the Jumbo Rhinestones (see it online – 129324)
- For the message: Feel Goods stamp set (see it online – 129684)
- As the embellishment at the bottom: Designer Builder Brads (see it online – 129329) and I stamped the circle in the center with the teeny lips from the Itty Bitties stamp set (see it online - 128939)
I’m loving all the new goodies! I look forward to sharing more updates from the Leadership Conference with you all this week. Keep an eye out!
Stamps: Feel Goods, Hearts A Flutter, Itty Bitties; Ink: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry; Paper: Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Island Indigo; Accessories: Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Big Shot, Distressing Tool, Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, Jumbo Rhinestones, Designer Build A Brads, Natural 7/16″ Trim Ribbon,
One of my favorite things about being a demonstrator is the chance to attend Convention each year in July (it’s coming soon!), Leadership Conference in January and other fun events throughout the year. We get so many great ideas and the excitement over stamping is contagious!
Speaking of which, if you’d like to learn more about being a demonstrator and you’re here in central Illinois, be sure to join me tomorrow evening in Champaign for our monthly Demonstrator Event. Let me know if you’d like to attend as my guest and I can send you details!
I love the idea though — very clever to cut a slit in the top of the Note Card so that the tea bag fits “inside” the cup! All the stamps on this card (including the frame for the Modern Label Punch) are part of the Tea Shoppe stamp set.
The Adorning Accents Edgelits (see them online) used at the bottom of the card are the perfect quick accent.
Looking for more quick projects to create this summer? You’ll want to see some other Express Stamping ideas from my blog.
Hello from San Antonio, Texas for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference! Although we haven’t seen too many pairs of cowboy boots or heard too many Texas accents, we are thoroughly enjoying our visit to San Antonio.
Here are a few highlights of our Registration Day… First picture is of the Make N Take session tables when we first walked in. Yes, we get to stamp projects at Stampin’ Up! events, too!!
And not only that…there were GIFTS waiting for us at the tables! The portfolios match our fun tote bags. Each of these was signed by Shelli Gardner (thanks Shelli!):
The Make N Take projects were fabulous. We all agreed that they looked even more beautiful in person than they did in the photos. There were actually NINE projects included in our Make N Take packets — more than enough to keep us busy stamping for 2.5 hours.
Here are some LovenStampfuls Demonstrators (Mary Ellen, Faye and Betsy) and some of our demonstrator friends pausing for a scrapbook photo moment
And here are two more of the Make N Take samples.
The projects featured the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper (we got a whole package in our kits!) and the Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit (see it online), along with the Mixed Bunch stamp set (see it online). There were even some extra samples shared for more ideas. Here’s one of my favs:
After Make n Takes, we picked up some coffee (gotta keep the energy up for all that stamping!) and headed to the Manager’s Reception for some fabulous hors d’oeuvres and Shirley Temples with cute little umbrellas. Here are a few of the Managers from our group: Betsy Crider, Mary Ellen Stites, Dixie Finn & myself.
Leadership is a great chance to meet and talk with many of the Stampin’ Up! corporate staff, since the venue is a little bit more intimate than the huge Stampin’ Up! Convention held during July each year. Here’s Betsy with Rich Jutkins, the president of Stampin’ Up.
After snacks, Stampin’ Up! treated us to a fabulous Chinese acrobat show. Wow, those were some talented artists. There were jugglers, gymnasts, and more. It made my stomach muscles hurt in sympathy to see some of their stunts! They were really impressive though, and we all enjoyed the show.
And of course afterwards, what’s more fun than FREE stamps?! Each of us received a stamp set that will appear in the Summer Mini Catalog (due out in April). Here’s Mary Ellen — doesn’t she look excited to have her set? Thanks Laura!
All in all, a fun, busy, full day! And that was just Registration! We still have two full days of conference to go, so I probably should get at least a little bit of sleep. I’ll look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow!
Maybe you won’t be surprised, but our last full day here in St George started off with a hike. Lynsay Mahon and Claire Lawrence and I headed out to the Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area to check out this gorgeous trail up a canyon. Actually, we were here in 2009 on a hiking trip that was waylaid, so it was fun to re-visit a wilderness we’d seen.
See how the water runs down the middle of the canyon? We didn’t have to walk in the water like we did in the Narrows yesterday, but we did have to do a little climb around a precipice over the running water. There were steps carved into the sandstone so we could get across in our sneakers.
There were even a few caves along the hike. The red rocks were absolutely beautiful. The weather here has been perfect for being outdoors — not nearly as hot as it can be during this time of year.
After hiking we headed back to do our Make N Take projects using the new stamp set and a WONDERFUL new doily Sizzlit that will both be in the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog (check back on January 5th).
Here are two of our projects:
There was also a new set of desserts… yum! All week Stampin’ Up! has had different special treats for us in the refrigerator case. Yesterday my fav was a lemon bar, and today was these cute tarts. I like tarts because you get more pie crust per filling, and YUM for pie crust
At 4 pm we boarded the Stampin’ Up! buses for our final “mystery” event. Stampin’ Up! is GREAT about surprising us, and this year was no different! The funny thing is that when we pulled up to the Coral Canyon Golf Course, no one suspected that we were there for the golf course! In the past we’ve had all kinds of activities and events at golf courses around St. George, from a movie night to a dinner with a butterfly release.
But this year there were LOTS of golf carts waiting for us, and we even got to DRIVE our own carts! We had 17 teams for a golf scramble, except each hole had a stamping-style game. At one hole we putted to try to hit the Stampin’ Up! product that we wanted to take home (I missed, but the consolation prize was a Card Keeper Box, so no big deal). At another hole we answered Stampin’ Up! trivia questions: What’s the maximum number of items shipped from Stampin’ Up! in a single day, ever?
And several of the holes had marshmallow golf games, like trying to hit a marshmallow down a driving range, or a relay carrying a marshmallow on a golf club head. After the scramble events, we headed back to the club house for a yummy dinner and more great treats! Each of us found our table seat marked with a golf trophy to commemorate our Tea Time “TEE” Time.
Shelli thanked us for coming, and we applauded the Special Events Staff who put this fabulous week together for us.
Back at the hotel, demonstrators congregated in the lobby for awhile, since no one wanted to head up to their room and have Founder’s Circle be that much closer to the end. This week has been too much fun, with so many different adventures and surprises.
Stampin’ Up! had one more surprise in store though… our last night Pillow Gift. Each of us received a key chain with a special custom Tea Cup and filled with our own Stampin’ Up! Simply Adorned Baubles.
What a whirlwind of a week. It has been wonderful to be pampered and spoiled by Stampin’ Up! at the Founder’s Circle Retreat. I feel so fortunate to be included on this event and to have the chance to be around this amazing group of 100 women who love to share stamping as much as I do.