Stampin’ Up Convention 2012 – Swap #2

Howdy, blog friends. Happy Monday — It always bothers me when I type that — I don’t know why I always say it!! Monday is by far my least favorite day. Anyway, I digress. I’m back today to share another one of my swap cards from Convention 2012. This one is pretty simple, but I like it — and it proved to be one of my more popular choices when I gave other demonstrators the option between this one and my other designs. Remember if you see anything on this card that you’d like to have for your own stash, feel free to visit my online store where you can shop 24 hours a day and have new goodies delivered right to your doorstep! I had wanted to get a photo of some of the ladies swapping cards when I was at convention, but my battery was dying the first day I arrived to convention and I couldn’t find my charger (in fact, I still can’t find it!) so I had to be very selected about what I took photos of and alas I forgot about the swapping photo. Actually, as I’m typing this, I think I had one from

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Convention Swap #1

Hi there… Happy Sunday! Can you believe I’m back two days in a row?? Here is the first of my convention swaps. This one was my favorite. It was inspired by the card on page 39 of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog. I made about 108 swaps this year for convention — a little less than last year’s 180, but I think it was a good amount. The first year I went to convention I think I made about 30 or so and they go SOO quickly when you are swapping with thousands of women and I was sad because it seemed like I was done with my swaps in like five minutes! Silly… I know. Anyway, for those of you that are demonstrators (or customers who would like to re-create this card), below is a list of the supplies I used: Ink: Versamark, 102283, $7.50 Cardstock:Pool Party, 122924, $6.95Basic Gray, 121044, $6.95Whisper White, 100730, $8.50 Stamp Set:Mr. & Mrs., 126663, $8.95 Accessories:Glue Dots, 103683, $4.95Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104430, $3.95Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Pack, 117155, $21.95Silver Embossing Powder, 109131, $4.75Brights Brads, 119740, $6.95Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 118309, $16.95 (three punches)Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, 119277, $7.95Big Shot, 113439, $99.95

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Finally… Some Convention Photos!

Happy Saturday! While I wasn’t able to charge my camera battery in order to get my photos off my camera, I was able to outsmart it! Without going into details – I now have all my photos and I’m working on several posts to update you on all my happenings over the past few weeks. This photo is obviously from the 2012 Stampin’ Up Convention… I was standing in front of the picture wall where the SU president and co-founder, Shelli Gardner, usually sits for meet and greets. While we didn’t get to chat with her on this occasion it did make a great place to pose in front of the theme of this year’s convention, which was “I am.” That was one of the directive’s that Shelli gave us right at the start of convention in the opening general session…. but yet, I still haven’t come up with my “I am” statement yet. Obviously, there are many things “I am” (a stamper, a wife, a sister, a daughter etc..), but I wanted to come up with a more abstract, meaningful statement – and alas that still eludes me! 🙂 Check out this lip dub video that Stampin’ Up made….

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Technology…. a love/hate relationship

Howdy, friends! So I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I’m having a little tiff with my camera right now. The battery died and I cannot for the life of me find the battery charger!! This means I can’t get all my photos filled with awesomness from convention off of it!! Grrr… I promise as soon as I am able to find a replacement… I will be running to the old blog-o to post some updates! I have so many things to share… pictures of my swaps, pictures of others swaps, display boards, main stage, project ideas, friends…. the list goes on and on! I’ll be back soon… in the meantime, Happy Friday (soon)!

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Back to Reality…

Boy, reality is not a fun place to be… especially after having sitting in this little spot for the past week or so — well actually there and then at the Stampin’ Up convention! Talk about polar opposites, though — the ultimate in soothing relaxation and then the complete craziness of 3,500 excited stampers in one location! I had a great trip and can’t wait to share more of it with you, but unfortunately, my camera battery is dead so I can’t turn it on to get the rest of my photos! Grrr…. I did post a lot of photos from convention on my Facebook page: By the Shore Stamping. Go check me out… and feel free to “like” me if you’d like! It’s always good to have a few more friends! 🙂 Well, it is rather late and I do have to return to the working world tomorrow so i think it is time for nighty-night. Check back often this week, though, as I have a lot to fill you in on!

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Happy Fourth!

Hi there… I just wanted to pop in somewhat quickly today to wish you a happy Fourth of July. I’m laying pretty low key today. (In fact, it’s 4:15 p.m. and I still haven’t showered!). I’ve been waffling back and forth between getting out and enjoying the day off and being really sad. It was one month ago today that I last saw my Mom alive. We were making plans to bring her home two days later (albeit in a hospital bed). Having been through this before with my Dad, I know that the first year is so, so difficult because everything is, “one year ago today…” or “this is the first xx holiday without….” I have gotten really good at pretending she is just at home… but then it will hit me hard that she’s not there. As I’ve said many times the last few weeks… every day is a new battle. Today’s battle is a toss up. One of the things that has helped me forget and even find a bit of joy has been crafting. I made this card a couple of weekends ago when I needed a distraction. I just started playing with some of my

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It’s Official…

Thanks to my wonderful team members and customers, I will be taking my first all-expense paid Stampin’ Up incentive trip to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina this September! I am completely amazed that so many people came to my rescue when I sent out an e-mail earlier this week saying I was SOOO close! Thanks to many orders (and a rather sizable order of my own) I will be sitting by this pool in about 3 months! Thank you all so, so much! I couldn’t have done it without you!

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Lots of Thanks

Hi there… long time no visit (well, at least I haven’t visited for a while). It’s strange how life has felt like it is in fast forward mode in some ways, but at the same time it feels like time has stopped. So, it’s been a bit of an adjustment time for me… but I’m doing my best to keep moving forward. Thank you to all of you for the many kind words I had on my last post. It was definitely comforting to know there were so many people who are supporting me. Thank you! I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to me. I decided to post one of my recent cards for you today. I’ve been making lots of thank you cards lately (not making much progress in getting them out, however). This is one of my favorites. It uses the new Everything Eleanor stamp set from the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog. I also used a bunch of new goodies, too, like the Patio Party Designer Series Paper, Apothecary Accents Framelits and one of my favorite new sentiment sets called, Sweet Essentials. Lots and lots of layers on this one. This is

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