Convention Highlights

I have been home a few days from Salt Lake City and Stampin' Up's annual convention which they now call Inspire, Create, Share. The day before I left my laptop computer died. I could not get it to open so yesterday I went to the Apple store and they spent some time working with it only to discover the hard drive was gone … dead. So after I recovered the initial shock of knowing all of my photos and everything else were gone too I bought a new laptop, the MacBook Air. I do all of my computing on a laptop. The new one is so wonderful. Light weight and doesn't get warm on my lap. So I am back in business and wanted to share a few photos from last week.

convention calm before storm

This is the calm before the storm hit the hallways.

convention crowdAnd waiting for the doors to open … almost 4000 demonstrators!

The first opening session of course begins with Shelli Gardner, CEO and Confounder of Stampin' Up! She was announced not only with thundering applause, but with fireworks. And right off the bat she had an all attendee give-away. We all received a free stamp set. Woo Hoo!

convention fireworks

convention 321 groupThere were several of the demonstrators from Catherine Harwood's 321 Stamp Group who attended this year. Catherine is not only my upline, but a good friend and my traveling companion and roommate. Her encouragement was huge in my striving to earn a Stampin' Up incentive trip. And I did! I am so excited to be going to Washington DC in September. Earning an incentive trips is one of the awards I received.

DC PhotoAlong with the award it entitled me to have access to the Recognition Room during convention. This is a special perk for demonstrators who have achieved a special status. The room was filled with comphy sofas and chairs for relaxing and there was a never ending supply of sodas and chocolates. The room was all lit up with neon.

recognition room

And the best part was the photo op booth. Thankfully, Catherine and I did our photos the first day when there were only a couple of people in line ahead of us. Any time after that the line was quite long.


There are always great classes and presentations during convention along with new products to see and try. We received our copy of the upcoming Holiday catalog let me just say it is the best! My bank account is in big trouble there is so much I want. That catalog will be out in August with ordering available on the 28th. Here is a sneak peak:

xmas houses

Gotta have it!

Display boards are always a favorite at convention. They are filled with such wonderful cards from other demonstrators.

display board
There were a couple of more all attendee give-aways and there is always prize patrol during any Stampin' Up event. Every person has a particular color band and if that color is announced you receive something free. My color was not ever called however several of the demonstrators in our group did win something from the prize patrol.

After the Awards night there was a party with a Western theme. I didn't get any photos from this and I'm sorry I didn't. It was a fun night complete with a band, line dancing, and even a mechanical bull. It was fun just watching those crazy enough to try holding on, which wasn't long. And of course food … nachos, popcorn, ice cream, and more.

It was a fun filled four days and I am excited about many of the new products that will be coming out. I also have some ideas for some special classes so be watching for those.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by,



Lemonade Gift Set

Last week I got the nicest surprise in the mail from my friend Judy Shapley, who recently signed up as a demonstrator. Judy lives here in Florida during the winter months and then heads back up north during the summer. She does beautiful machine embroidery and made some coasters along with a card to match and then went one step more and stamped the box she put the coasters in. I'm not sure if machine embroidery is the right terminology for this. I hope I am at least close if not correct. Isn't this just the best gift!

judys gift
I have to say that years ago I did a version of a glass of lemonade card and it doesn't even compare to hers. I just love it! Thanks again Judy.

judys card




Patriotic Paper Pumpkin Fun

I've mentioned My Paper Pumpkin before … the monthly paper crafting subscription kits from Stampin' Up. I fell in love with the kit we got in June. It was all of the supplies to make 24 patriotic pinwheels. Now while I thought the pinwheels were really cute, I didn't know what I would do with 24 of them so I quickly looked for other ideas. The internet and a Google search can help you come up with some great ideas and I am always amazed at so much creativity. This is what was in the kit:


Here is the card we made using supplies from the kit:

pinwheel boat
And look what Terri Peabody made from the kit. She followed the instructions from demonstrator Mary Fish. It has a big Hershey bar inside.

terris pinwheel
And one more …. I used one of the pinwheels and created this door prize which Cheryl won:

Pinwheel Door PrizeCheryl with Door Prize







I filled a vase with red and silver wrapped Hershey kisses and put some punched out Glimmer stars on the bottom of some of them.

Part of the fun with a Paper Pumpkin subscription is the surprise every month. And now you can order prepaid subscriptions.

Starting with June 2014's kits, new subscribers will receive the current month's kit along with a clear block instead of the Welcome Kit SU! was previously sending all new subscribers. This means you'll be getting the latest and greatest kit and projects relevant to the time of year. The block that will come with your kit is a new thinner version that works perfectly with the photopolymer stamps.

Just order the subscription length of your choice, and you’ll receive a redemption code where you can use it to redeem your subscription on

Item Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858  1 month $19.95
137859  3 months $59.85
137860  6 months $113.70 — save $1 per month
137861  12 months $215.40 — save $2 per month

How It Works

  1. When your place your order, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to redeem the prepaid subscription.
  2. Go to and enter the redemption code.
  3. Start enjoying your monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit the very next month!


  • It is encouraged to enter your payment information when redeeming the prepaid subscription so you'll get to continue receiving their monthly kit after the prepaid subscription ends. (But you won't have to put in their payment information if you don't want to.)
  • This option IS available to current My Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.
  • Each Paper Pumpkin account can only use one redemption code at a time. For example, if you buys two six-month prepaid subscriptions, you'll enter the first code and then after six months you can enter the second code.


Q: Can a current My Paper Pumpkin subscriber order a prepaid subscription?
A: Of course! After they order and enter the code, the prepaid months will be used up before any future shipments are charged. When the prepaid months are over, the subscription will continue and be charged monthly to the credit card on file. Keep in mind that if a current subscriber is already attached to a demonstrator, the existing subscription will remain with the original demonstrator.

Q: Can I buy a prepaid subscription with hostess benefits/stampin' rewards?
A: Yes. A prepaid subscription can be added to either the free or half-priced hostess items.

Q: Can a prepaid subscription be ordered as a gift?
A: Yes. Although this isn't officially a gift subscription program, you or your customers can buy a prepaid subscription and give it as a gift. You'd just purchase the prepaid subscription and when you receive the redemption code, share it with the recipient of your choice who can redeem the subscription at One thing to keep in mind is that the redemption codes will not work across borders. (So, someone in Canada could not gift a subscription to someone is the US and vice versa.)

Q: What happens when a prepaid subscription is not redeemed?
A: Codes will expire after three years (two years for California residents). At that time they will be turned over as unclaimed property.



Off to Convention!

I wrote this blog post earlier today and then couldn't find it so I am rewriting it. Maybe I didn't save it. Who knows. I have been busy, busy getting everythig ready to leave for convention. I look forward to Stampin' Up convention every year. It's one of my favorite trips. I'm all packed and ready to go. There are 14 of us in our local group going. Us and thousands of other demonstrators. You all know I always take swaps. It's not required but it's such fun. You make cards or card fronts and then just swap them with other demonstrators. As many as you take will be how many different ones you will bring home. I love seeing all of the ideas and creativity. I have taken as many as 200 in years past but this year I am only taking 70. The good thing is most people will let you take a photo of a card when you see something fantastic and have run out of anything to swap.

For my card swap this year I made a double slider card and used a couple of new stamp sets. Flamingo Lingo is the new Ronald McDonald stamp set. Living in Florida, I especially love the flamingo. If you buy this set Stampin' Up donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The other new set is Flower Patch.

Slider card

The grasses were done with a stamp from Wetlands.

Here is the card after the tab at the top is pulled up:

slider open
Thanks for stopping by,



Family Visit

Last week my son and family were here from Kentucky. My granddaughter, Sofia, who is eleven, was in the Dance Masters of America National Competition in Orlando so I was back and forth every day watching the dancing. There were 1400 performances (no I didn't see all of them). Sofia was in several group dances from her dance studio plus two solo dances. On Friday awards were presented. It was the Best of the Best, 123 performances selected from the 1400. She won first place in one of her solos. So very proud of her. The top performances in each of the ten categories were then selected to go on to the grand finale and one of the group dances she was in won the top award. Her dance studio, Diana Evans School of Dance, from Lexington, KY rocked it this week with numerous Platinum awards too.

Sofia solo

Sof sailer

Sofia awards

We spent so much time watching dancing I just have to say what a trooper my grandson, Anderson, 7, was. He didn't complain and was just so good. Having games on an IPod certainly helped entertain him. But our last day we were there almost 12 hours and he finally gave up and fell asleep. Earlier in the day his mom took him to throw coins in a fountain. She asked him if he made a wish. He did … that he wouldn't have to watch any more dancing!

anders sleeping
We did manage a short trip to the beach, his dad took him to Legoland one day, and the day before they left to go home we took him on an airboat ride. He had an ear to ear grin on that ride.

air boat


anders pig

They left yesterday to head back home. And now I am getting things ready to head to SLC for Stampin' Up convention.


It’s All New

Lots going on today in the world of Stampin' Up. New stamp sets, new Weekly Deals, and new items will be added to the Clearance Rack on July 10th.





Wk. Deals


Don't forget the Clearance Rack on July 10th. You will be able to see items here on Tuesday.

Thanks for stopping by,



Happy 4th

USA Flag

Happy July 4th Everyone! This is one of the cards we recently made in class. The flag is done using Work of Art stamp set and I used the new Rotary Stamp for Bless the USA. You can create just about anything you want to say with this stamp.

rotary stamp

A quick and easy card. I hope you have a fun and safe holiday. I have plans to go to hear the Brevard Symphony in the park tonight followed by fireworks. Hoping we don't have rain.

Thanks for stopping by



What’s New?


Alcohol ink markers made for blending and shading. Use with Memento Pad (below). Acid free, lignin free. 3 markers (light, medium, dark, $11.95) per assortment except for the Skin Tone Assortment which includes 6 markers ($22.95).

Cherry Cobbler
Coastal Cabana
Daffodil Delight
Old Olive
Pumpkin Pie
Rich Razzleberry
Skin Tone Assortment
In addition, the following accessories are also available:

Memento Ink Pad $5.95 – Use with Blendabilities Markers. (Other black ink will not work)
Memento Ink Refill $4.95
Color Lifter  – Soften ink saturation by lifting color from paper.

Check out this Stampin' Up! video on using the new Blendabilities:


Designer Series Paper Special


BUY 3 DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACKS, GET 1 FREE:  Have you been waiting for a great deal on Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper? Well, wait no longer!  When you purchase three Designer Series Paper Packs during the month of July, you'll get one absolutely FREE (Paper that is $10.95 only). Don't miss out on this chance to stock up and save on our beautifully designed paper!   July 1 – July 31.


weekly-deal-500x500Happy Wednesday,