More Convention Highlights

I swapped about 150 cards this year so have come home with some pretty awesome ideas. One of the organized swaps I participated in was black and white with a pop of color. I've always liked black and white cards so this was a "have to" swap for me. I think the best cards came from this swap. I signed up for two groups in this swap so created two different cards.

B&W Butterfly

For this card I embossed the black piece of cardstock with the new Fluttering embossing folder. The patterened DSP is from Everyday Chic and cut into different lengths and widths. I stamped Just for You from the You're So Sweet stamp set and the butterfly is stamped from Watercolor Wings and cut out with framelits. It's a quick and easy card.

B&W Tree Swap

My second card also used Everyday Chic DSP. Notice how I ofset that piece and the stamped white piece instead of using the DSP as a mat behind the stamped piece? The sun and butterfly are from Kinda Eclectic stamp set and the tree, swing, and grass are from Sheltering Tree stamp set. Another quick and easy card.

B. LashBL candle








My friend Barbara Lash from Massachusetts made this adorable little tea light using the Circle of Spring stamp set.


C, B, and I with SaraCatherine Harwood, Barbara Lash and I with Sara Douglas. Sara is Shelli's daughter and the Interim CEO while Shelli is on a mission this year for her church. Sara did an outstanding job and gave a heartfelt talk during our opening session.

Rich JutkinsAnd here we are with Rich Jutkins, the President and COO of Stampin' Up! Every person from the home office is friendly and easily accessible for a photo or a chat.

Catherine duckThere were 11 of us from Brevard County, all part of Catherine's downlone. With almost 3000 people there it's not easy to keep up with each other so Catherine brought this duck riding on a shuttle to hold up in the air. It was so appropriate as her blog and team is called 321 Stamp: Launching Creativity. And of course we do live right in the Space Center's back yard.

Sandy SwapsSandy Mitchell finishing up her swaps last minute on the floor. You see a lot of that going on at convention.

Prize patrolWhen we check in and get our convention bag we also get a colored wristband which is used for the prize patrols. At different times they will announce a color and those people with that band win something. As time went on almost everyone in our group of 11 had won except me. And then they called it, Wisteria Wonder! I got this great new stamp set. This is the first event where everyone actually won something from the prize patrols. There were also a couple of all-attendee give aways. A new black ink pad and a package of holiday DSP.

C,M,C and ICheryl and Mike White and Catherine Harwood and I taking advantage of this cute photo op.

Download gift

I always make a special gift for any of my downline who go to a Stampin' Up event and for my upline. For this I used the Sketched Dots Tag a Bag GIft Bags and stamped the fern from Butterfly Basics directly on the bag. You have to heat set it to get it to dry. The butterfly is from Watercolor Wings and the "for you" is from the Mini Treat Bag thinlit set. I slipped a piece of Soft Sky cardstock inside the bag just to give some color and attached a Starbucks giftcard to the back. With activities going day and night a little caffeine hits the spot.

homeless meterThese meters were all over and I thought what a great idea. All money goes towards the homeless.

Another great convention …

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Convention Roaring 20’s Party

Day 2 of Convention ended with Awards Night followed by a 20's themed party. I'm always amazed to see the amount of sales and number of recruits some demonstrators have in one year's time. The 20's party was great fun. Not everyone dresses in appropriate attire and it's certainly not a requirment. I had not intended to but just a few days before going my friend and I were shopping and found this on a clearance rack. With some added pearls it was the Cat's Meow!

20's me

20's carCatherine Harwood and I.

20's PamWith Pam Morgan( from the home office), Catherine, Sandy, and Bev

Sandy & I carThe cars were amazing. With Sandy Mitchell


cake popsYummy cake pops.

The dancer's from Awards Night continued their dancing into the party giving instruction to those who wanted to dance.


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Convention – Day 2

Today started with seeing the street outside out hotel window lined with amazing floats for the Pioneer Days celebration going on here. I took this photo from my 8th floor window. There is suppose to be fireworks tonight but I don't think they are anywhere close to where we are staying.

Whale floatfloat

Our day was filled with classes, some stamping, and looking at new products. During any Stampin' Up! event there are occasional Prize Patrols and that means chances to win something free. Both Mike and Cheryl White in my downline have won.

CHERYLCheryl got a stamp set and a punch. How nice was that.

MikeMike with his prize.

One of our afternoon classes focused on some of the Christmas products and we made a Christmas tag which I will be redoing into a Christmas card idea. The decorations in the hallways certainly put us in the holiday spirit.Me & Xmas treeAren't the deer just the cutest. You'll be able to see them again in the Hoiday Catalog which you will be able to get mid to late August.

Here are some sneak peaks from the Holiday Catalog:

Window FramelitNotice the Framelit that matches the window stamp? I'm so excited for this.

Window cat


Our scheduled classes ended at 6:00 and since our hotel is right next door to a huge mall we walked over to find dinner. I was ready for something good and healthy and I was not disappointed in Kneaders. I had a great salad with turkey, cranberries, and sunflower seeds and then just had to have a cupcake since I had been hearing how good they are (and I love cupcakes!)

cupcakeSalted Caramel – Delish!

Just as I am finishing up this post we heard what sounded like fireworks so checked and sure enough we could see some of them off in the distance. Perfect ending to this day.


Convention -The End of Day 1

Each Stampin' Up event comes with a bag. This is the bag we received at check-in this morning. It is a super cute flannel bag and it came with a new stamp set inside along with some other goodies.

Convention Bag

Bag CharmCatherine Harwood made each of us in her downline this bag charm. Every person's charm had their initial on it and it also came with some of the new Stampin' Up pearls and nice note from her. Thanks Catherine. You are the best upline!


LanyardI recently ordered the Origami Owl lanyard from my friend Debi Stonewall. They now have plates that can be inscribed and so I have the actual name that convention is called, Inspire, Create, Share and I used some of Stampin' Up mini glue dots to attach the S and U rhinestone letters. If you are interested in Origami Owl let me know and I can have Debi contact you.

It's another very late night so I'm off to dreamland. Have a great weekend.

The Headless Swapper

Last night I had an organized swap that took place in the hotel. It was a swap in your jammies. I asked my friend and upline, Catherine, to take a picture of me in my zebra pj's with some of the swaps I received. The first picture was awful and didn't get the pants in it so I told her to get another one with the pants saying I didn't care if my head was in it or not. Just get the cute pants. So this is what she did:

Headless Stamper

This might be the best photo of me all week!  Just sayin'.

We had a great laugh out of the headless photo and then she did another.

PJ Swap

Here are just 3 swaps out of the 50 that I received from other demonstrators:

dragonfly pj spwa

Stamped by Judy Goodyear from Rochester, NY.  Images © Stampin' Up!


Ice Cream sundaeStamped by Vickie Mages. It's such a cute ice cream sundae. And she used that popular swoosh from Work of Art stamp set and stamped out ice cream scoops from Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Images © Stampin' Up!


cup of soupI wish I could credit this card but there was not any information on who did it. Such a cute use of the Hardwood stamp for the table and part of a doily for the table cloth. This is a single stamp and only $13.00. I don't have it yet but it's on my list. wouldn't this be a perfect card to give to a sick friend with a pot of homemade soup. Images © Stampin' Up!


Tonight's the Awards Night (no, I'm not getting any this year but it's fun to watch those who do) followed by a party with a 20's theme. It will be a late night so I'll post those photos tomorrow.

Oh and one more thing … we got the new Holiday catalog today. I can't post a picture of it yet per Stampin' Up policy but let me just say it is jam packed with some awesome new stamp sets and products. There are a lot of kits, new framelits, new punches. I'm going to be in trouble. My list just keeps growing.

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SLC First Night

Convention doesn't officially begin until tomorrow but because we have a full day of flying to get here we came a day early. It was a very long day beginning with leaving home at 7 AM to go to the airport. With a 3 hour layover in Denver we didn't get to Salt Lake City until after 4:00 (which was 6:00 FL time). Just enough time to regroup and go to dinner. We traditionally eat our first night at the Garden Cafe on the 10th floor of the Jospeh Smith Building in Temple Square. There is a glass retractable roof which isn't always open but tonight it was and the weather was just perfect. The photo collage below shows the mountains from inside the shuttle coming from the airport and the other photos are from the Garden Cafe. I had a yummy raspberry salad with chicken. The sun was starting to set as we were leaving so snapped the photo of the Temple from the 10th floor.

slc Collage

I had a swap tonight in the hotel in our pj's that didn't start until 9:30 and it is now 10:45 PM (which to me is almost 1 AM since I started this day on Eastern Time).  I am one tired gal and going to bed.

Up, up, and Away


Leaving today for the annual Stampin' Up convention in Salt Lake City. It's always such fun, connecting friends from all over who I have met over the many years I have been a demonstrator. There is always so much to do, classes, parties, demonstrations, and so much more. And of course swapping, trading cards or card fronts (just to save on paper). I have a total of 150 swaps so will be coming home with 150 different cards and ideas. This is just one of them I did last minute using leftover cut cardstock from a class last week.

starburst cupcakeIt's a little blurry but in a rush this morning to catch that plane so am just going with it. I used the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stampset, Sprinkles of life for the cupcake and the paper from the Cherry on Top paper stack. It was fun to make and I will come back with some instructions next week for you.

Have a great day,




Awesomely Artistic Dragonfly

So here's the swap I did for convention using the little dragonfly.

dragonfly swap

I used the stamp set Awesomely Artistic.

awesom. artistic

To create this card cut a piece of white cardstock 2" wide and punch the end with the new Banner Triple Punch. Then lay it on top of the white panel and stamp over the two pieces. You can use repostionable tape to hold it in place if needed but I found it quite easy to just stamp while holding down one side of it. Once you have the stamping done attach the banner piece to a mat  and attach to your card base. The stamped images line up. I put it on an Early Espresso card base which is a little hard to see since I took the photo on my wood table. I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the dragonfly. I'm a glitter girl. Love it on just about everything. I have a friend who cleans my house for me and she just told me the other day she loves cleaning here because she always finds glitter.

Stamps: Awesomely Artistic

Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzaz, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Early Espresso, White, Soft Sky

Misc: Banner Triple Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals

Check back tomorrow and I'll show you another convention swap. And I'll be sharing some highlights from convention while I'm gone.








Dragonflies & Butterflies



What in the world? It's a swarm of dragonflies and butterflies. I'm getting ready for convention and working on swaps. Swapping cards with other demonstrators is one of the highlights and I come home with some great cards and new ideas. Each of these cute dragonflies had to be fussy cut. That means cut out by hand. Thankfully, there is a die to cut out the butterflies with my Big Shot. Convention is next week and I'm still working on the swaps. So far I have about 100 done. I always keep some of the work to do on the plane ride to Utah. Makes the time go by faster and invites comments from other passengers and flight attendants and gives me the opportunity to talk about doing what I love. I'll be posting the finished cards next week along with highlights from convention.