Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
Welcome to my little ole' stamping blog! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I have lots of creative things to share with you with the occasional life post thrown in! Come on in, relax and stay awhile! :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

   Twisted Tuesday Time!!  Today's challenge is a great one!!  It is......ANYTHING goes!!  The twist is to make anything you want!!  Box, card, bookmark...heck you can even stamp your kids if they will sit still for the photo!!  Just kidding!  You can use any colors you would like and any embellishments you would like!!  Just go for it!!  Here is my anything goes with a twist of anything goes on the side:

I made this card for one of my very sweet friends!  She has a special occasion coming up and I wanted her to know I was thinking about her!

This is the special set we received at Convention!  I just LOVE it!!  

Close up of the main image! How cool is that?!

Ok, head on over to Twisted Tuesdays and leave a link to your creation!!  Cannot wait to see what you guys come up with! 

Also, gentle reminder!  Today is the last day to order the Reason to Smile stamp set for $5.00 with a $50.00 order!  You can order on line here and once you hit $50.00 add the stamp set in either:

Wood....#131274 or

Have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Friday, July 27, 2012

A reason to smile!

Friday, Friday, that is a reason to smile!  Stampin Up! is offering another reason to smile this month.  If you spend $50.00 you can buy the beautiful Reason Smile stamp set for just $5.00!!  Only four days left of the month though!!  Yikes!!  Take a look:

If you are interested in taking advantage of this awesome deal you can shop  here at my online store!!  Doesn't get  any easier than that! LOL  After you have placed a $50.00 order  just add  either #131274 for wood mounted or #131275 for clear mount!!  Easy peasy!  Happy shopping! :)

Here are a couple things I made with my Reason to Smile set:

The word Friend is from the set Affection Collection which is in the new holiday mini that will start August 1st, but everything else is from the Reason to Smile set.  This is a 2 step stamp and has the most beautiful daisies ever!!  I did mine with a pink undertone, but they would be just gorgeous with a yellow or an orange! 

Oodles to do today, so I am off!  Hope that you have a wonderful Friday!

I will be back soonest with more to share!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Convention projects!

Hello! Happy Thursday to you!  I wanted to share a couple of projects that we made at Convention with you.  This first one was from a class we took called I am a pattern mixing pro.  The focus was learning how to mix different types of patterned paper without it being too busy or over-whelming.  Carrie Cudney taught the class and she did a fabulous job!  Here is the sweet project that we made:

Isn't this the cutest thing?!  It is really adorable in person!  It uses lots of different patterned DSP including the background page that everything is stamped on and adhered to!  We used the background stamp distressed dots and the stamp set Lacy and Lovely for a couple of the flowers.  The whole thing is mounted on canvas.  Fun, fun project!

Circle flowers and cone flowers up close!

Button centers were all sewn on. Love this paper from the Summer Smooches DSP pack.

This is another one of the neat projects we did.  This is a scrapbook page that uses the new divided page protectors found on page 169 of the Idea book and Catalog.  You get 10 different configurations of page dividers! Sooo cool!  Cannot wait to scrapbook a whole album like this!!

As long as I am talking about classes I wanted to give a shout out to the amazing Stampin Up! Presenters @ convention this year!  I leaned so very much from them and really, really enjoyed their presentations!  So, to all of you wonderful folks, thank you for your time and your knowledge!  It is greatly appreciated!  Here is a list of the awesome presenters (in no particular order!):

#Convention 2012

Donna Griffith...I am Savvy
Brian Pilling...I am a Leader
Shannon West...I am Having Fun
Karen Hauley...I am Earning an Incentive Trip
Emily Montoya...I am Starting Out
Carrie Cudney...I am Open for Business
Bonnie Thurber...I am Doing Business My Way 
Pam Morgan...I am Making Money
Jill Leigh...I am a First Time Recruiter

Have a great day!  I will be back soonest with more fun stuff to share!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Convention 2012...WOW!!!

   Hello!  As promised I am back with some of the highlights from Convention!  I flew to Salt Lake City, Utah very, very early last Tuesday morning!  I was gone from Tuesday through Sunday and although the time flew by it felt like we did a month's worth of stuff in that short week!  I have tons and tons of pictures and thought I would share a few with you!

First things first!  When attending a Stampin Up! event it is a tradition to present your roomies with gifts!  So much fun!! :)  These are the gifts I made for my roomies.  The dvd case opens up to hold a pad of paper and the flower pad opens up to hold stir into your drink mixes.

This was my beautiful gift from Julie!  LOVE it!!  It holds tea and the cookies were delicious! Thank you Julie! :)

This is my fun holds everything gift from my other roomie Coleen!  How cute is this?!  She sewed it!!  It came full of snackies...which were also delicious! :)  Thank you Coleen!  Love it!

This was the view from our hotel room.  :)

First night we were there we wandered over to the new mall!!  It is gorgeous!  I have never seen anything like it!  There were several fountains and water with beautiful landscaping running throughout.  Part of it was open and you could see the beautiful scenery outside and part was enclosed.  Really, really cool place!!  We went to the cheesecake factory for dinner and this was my dessert!  Yummmmmmm!

We got up bright and early Wednesday to go check in and collect our bags and check out the Momento Mall to see what shopping fun was in our future! This is a picture of the Convention Center.

This is my lanyard all decked out and ready to go!

These welcome signs were on doors all over near-by restaurants and businesses!

These were our bags!  They came stuffed with stamp sets, our convention book, a glue stick, a pen. a pin, a lanyard and the traditional wrist band.  I was purple flowers, but there was no luck in it this year!  Oh well!  Maybe next year! :)

This is Coleen!  She is my upline, upline, upline, upline!  She also runs an online demonstrator site (which explains the bazillions of lanyards around her neck!) LOL.  She was handing them out to members as she met up with them!

This was what General Session looked like Thursday morning before things got rolling!  There was fun music blaring and tons of swapping going on!  There is always so much excitement in the room!

There was a cool video intro into convention and as the video came to an end the folks in the video were singing and dancing and then the same folks came onto the stage and finished the song and dance!  Too cool!  

This is Jason Dorsey.  He was the keynote speaker and he was hysterical!  I laughed until I had real crocodile tears rolling down my cheeks!  He spoke about the differences in Generation Y,   Generation X and the Boomers.  Funny, funny stuff!

This is Bonnie Thurber doing her presentation.  She is one of my all time favorite presenters!
This is Shannon West.  She is also a favorite of mine!   She came out on stage dressed as a witch since her presentation was on Halloween!  She had great projects!

Here she is with Brian Pilling.  He was the cat to her witch!  Too cute! :)

I got to do my 5 year march across stage this time!   That was fun!  Time sure flies!

This was from our Make and Takes!  Just 3500 of my closet friends...all crafting together!  Does it get any better than that?! :)

We went to the Distribution center in Riverton for the tour.  It is such a pretty building!

This is the foyer where the employees eat their lunches!

This is from one of the rooms in the museum there.  Love all the decorations!

This is where the boxes are made...

...and this is where the orders are filled!

View from outside of the building!  Just beautiful!

This is my very sweet and funny friend, Jackie!  We are in a blogging group together and I was so happy and excited to get to meet her!  

These are some fellow SUDSOL-ers!

This is Blythe.  We met online through SUDSOL also.  She and I have some things in common that created a bit of a bond between us and after exchanging several emails and chatting with her it was a pleasure to meet her in person.  She is a little ball of energy!

More SUDSOL folks! :)

This is Linda!  She was so nice and so much fun!  We ran into her a couple of times and then spent the evening of the Party with her dancing the night away! 

After a little bit of persuasion I was able to get Coleen and Julie out on the dance floor!  We had such a great time!! The music was great.  There were tons of little desserts all over the place and the energy was over the top!  Fun, fun, fun!! :)

Here is a picture of one of the lunches provided by Stampin Up!  They also provided fruit each day and an additional treat!  One day was candy and one day was ice cream! :)

The next several shots are of different displays they had:

They had board after board of cards displayed:

This one is for my sweet friend, Kaye!  (Hiya Kaye!!!)  I went and found it first and took it's picture for her!  (She loves green!)
Theme of this year's convention was "I am..."

So, I am...
I am...
                                                                   I am...

This is a picture of my roommates and I!  We spent most of  Convention together and had an absolutely wonderful time! :)  I chose this picture, but also have the ones of us doing the Charlie's Angel poses! LOL

This one says it all!  This is how we all felt on the last day!  LOL

It is such a wonderful and amazing experience to do something like this!  You get to meet so many fantastic people and it is just so much fun!  I started throwing my change into the bottom of my bag while I was there and plan to keep throwing change into a jar to save for next year!  I have already set my countdown clock and am making plans!!  

I managed to swap all of my cards, and albums and scrapbook pages!  I got some really beautiful swaps in return!  I made lots of new friends and tried new foods!  It was AWESOME!! Until next year...

I will be back soonest with more crafty goodness to share! :)