Stampin’ Up Leadership 2014: Paper Pumpkin Craft Wars!

Hello everyone! Happy Monday… we’re getting ready for another snow storm here on Cape Cod. Are you ready? I’m really not, but perhaps I’ll get to work from home in my pjs on Wednesday… that would be nice! 🙂 So I hijacked the card to the left from the Stampin’ Up corporate blog. You want to know why? Well, I made it and it’s being featured on the SU blog along with 19 other cards by some amazingly talented demonstrators. At Leadership 2014 Stampin’ Up hosted “Paper Pumpkin Craft Wars.” They had a few tables set up in the Demonstrator Resource Center. One station had the pre-cut card bases, designer series paper and embellishments. The other table had all the exclusive Paper Pumkin stamps, ink pads and some Stampin’ Trimmers. They gave us 15 minutes and we had to create a card with what was on hand.                                                                                         I have to admit it was very overwhelming (most of the DSP was still in 12 x 12 size… it takes a lot of convincing on my part to cut into a new piece of 12 x 12 cardstock… something I struggle with nearly every day! 😉 Anyway, once I got going I was ok. I

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Stampin’ Up Leadership 2014: Overview

I probably should have posted this before my Manager’s Reception review, but, well, I’m kind of a backwards sort of girl… so be it. One of the things I love most about Leadership over Convention is that it’s a smaller more intimate crowd. There’s only about 1,000 people instead of upwards of 3,000 and 4,000 (Last year for the 25th anniversary there were almost 6,000)! Because it’s a much smaller crowd, Stampin’ Up actually provides us a plated lunch on two of the three days we are there. Now I forgot to take pictures of my actual meal on the second day (I got one of the salad and dessert, but not our chicken dish)… here was the line-up for Friday, January 10:  First up was the yummy salad to the right… I skipped the oranges or mangos or whatever it was… but I loved having the pecans on my salad… I do that at home, too! For our entree we had a roasted vegetable lasagna… I didn’t eat breakfast that morning so I was super hungry and ate the whole dang thing (but not before I got a picture!). Last up was the cute little apple tartlet thing… I love fruit, but not as part of

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The Return of Stamp Club & Stamp Club To Go!

So I took a little unplanned hiatus from my monthly stamp club here at my house and my newer Stamp Club To Go program late last year. Life just began to get in the way and I couldn’t keep up. But, I’m ready to re-launch both of these programs and I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve streamlined the process for me so it’s not so hectic (and time consuming). Therefore, no more hiatuses…  🙂 So here is how it’s going to work: It’s a six-month commitment. Club Members are required to place a $30 order each month during their six-month commitment. “To-Go” members will need to place their order in my online store by the 5th of each month (if that doesn’t happen, then I submit their “just-in-case” order for them on the night of my “live” stamp club). “Live” stamp club members can just place their order on the night of our meeting. The just-in-case order is required of all members. This is basically an order I can keep on file “just in case” you don’t get your order to me in time for me to place the order. I will then place the order you have on file. I would recommend

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Stampin’ Up Leadership: Manager’s Reception

Hello and Happy Monday! I am in a fabulous mood today. I just returned from an amazing Leadership Conference last night and I am so excited and raring to go! Is that how you spell that?? Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the highlights of my trip on the old blog and the best one to start with I thought was Manager’s Reception. This is only the second year that I’ve qualified for Manager’s Reception (Last year I got to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando) and while I was super excited to see Harry Potter last year, this year was truly amazing. I’m not sure if it’s because last year I was kind of solo for the trip or just because this year was better, but nonetheless… Manager’s Reception 2014 was awesome. Stampin’ Up rented out the Downtown Aquarium (in Houston) for us for the whole night — just us!   We were greeting by these two (on the right) when we got off the bus from the conference center… talk about feeling short! 🙂 They were really cool. That’s the Aquarium building behind them… so fun. Our first stop was the Shark Depot. It was a cute little train that made it’s way

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Stampin’ Up: 2014 Occasions Catalog

  Happy Friday! It’s still a snowy day here on Cape Cod, but it’s also a very exciting day (even though I’m breaking the news rather late today!). The brand new Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up goes live today, January 3rd. This one is a beauty (I know, I say that every time).  I thought I’d share with  you a few of the new products that I’m most excited about. First, be sure to go check the catalog out for yourself… don’t worry, I’ll wait. It’s good, right? Well, here (in no particular order) are the “must haves” for me (in fact, some of them I already do have!):  1. The Retro Fresh Suite – I know, this is cheating because that encompasses like eleven products, but really — I love the colors if this product line. My favorite items are the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (pg19, item#132993, $10.95) and the On Film Framelits Dies (pg.18, item#132969, $29.95) 2. Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (pg. 22, item#133191, $21.95) – this one is going to be so easy to stamp with. I am so bad at the whole watercoloring thing so this set is perfect for me. I also love the

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Goodbye 2013… Hello 2014!

Happy New Year! I tried to type up this post before 2013 actually ended, but blogger was just not cooperating! So I had a couple extra days to marinate on 2013 and what I want for 2014. I find it rather interesting that this year I’ve been really hesitant to make any plans/resolutions/goals for the new year. For those of you that have followed this blog, you may know that this is very uncharacteristic of me! I usually love a new year and am all about setting some goals and talking about the prospect of a clean slate. Interestingly enough, I’m also having a hard time recalling 2013. It’s honestly as if it went by without me realizing it! Strange. Nonetheless, I have come up with a few things that were highlights for 2013 (thanks to being able to review my blog) and I thought I’d share them with you (I personally love to read New Year posts — I find it fascinating to read other people’s highlights and goals… but feel free to skip to another post if this doesn’t interest you.) Anyway, highlights of 2013: Leadership Conference is always a highlight of my year — I leave for

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