Friday, July 31, 2015

Gen's Awesome August Special

I wanted to do something special to celebrate the unexpected amazing year I had in the Stampin' Up! world.  It's no fun to celebrate alone.  I want to celebrate with you!  
So, for the first time ever, I am having an Awesome August Special.  
I've got a box full of BRAND NEW Product that I am itching to give away.  
The box is full of amazing stuff:
envelope punch board, pansy punch, 2" circle punch, something to say stamp set and more! Everything is Brand NEW!

Here's how you get to pick something from my Awesome August Box:

Pick a prize for every $60 online order in August
Pick a prize when you pencil in a private party date with me
Pick a prize when you become a stampin4fun club member
(Club members enjoy monthly classes, at least $20 free product, access to hostess exclusive stamps, invitation to my annual hostess appreciation event and more! There is no membership fee. The commitment is simply to give a minimum $30 order each month. The membership term is 10 months.  It's a great way to enjoy learning stamping techniques each month while slowly building your stampin' supplies and getting some free product.  Long distance option is available) 


Earn raffle ticket for the prizes: (3 prizes available.  You pick from the box)
1 ticket for every class you attend in August 
2 tickets for becoming a paper pumpkin subscriber  (50% off promotion on now!)
3 tickets for every $40 order

First come first serve on the pick of the prizes. 

Have fun with my Awesome August Special!  I would love to give away everything in my box! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inspire. Create. Share. 2015 Highlights

So here's the truth.  It's kind of hard to come back to reality after being in a Stampin' Up! bubble last week.  Among stampin' peeps I can be myself and turn to whoever is next to me and tell them how much I love the glimmer ribbon in the holiday catalogue.  I can even wave my hands around in great excitement as I explain the plan to colour the glimmer ribbon rich razzleberry in color.  The person will probably squeal in reply and then discuss other glimmery products.

If I do that back home in reality people will think I am really really crazy.

The other thing is that in the Stampin' Up! bubble everyone smiles and is kind and happy.  Of course we are happy since we all have a common fun activity that we do to help us cope with the stress of life.  As we were flying home we encountered more than one airport staff member that really needed a more fun job.  They really did not seem very happy.  I had an intense need to teach them how to stamp.  :-)

Anyway, coming back home is great because I get to see my family.  I have been kissing and hugging my kids a lot.  However, I miss the stampin' up bubble just a little bit.  So, to help with the transition back to reality, I watch the convention highlights video.

Hope this video gives you a taste of the convention experience.  If you don't blink, you might see me!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Highlights from my heart

Well, I'm now home from what I felt was one of the best Stampin' Up! conventions EVER!  I was so tired at the end of each day I know I didn't blog much or explain very much so now that I am home I thought I would share a little bit more if you are interested.

There were so many wonderful things about this experience.  One was having so many Team S.T.I.C girls coming along this time. I could tell my dear friend Zahra was loving the excitment and energy of the atmosphere and since she had earned an annual award, she was eligible to go into a special little room for award achievers where we received a small bucketful of treats that included candy, stamp set, and embellishments.  The room also had snacks and a soda fountain where we could get unlimited drinks.   I was so excited that she qualified that I said we must go to the room together.  I'm glad we did because we bumped into Brandy Cox who is famous in the stamping world for her ideas and stamping videos.  I was able to introduce Zahra to Brandy and get a great picture.

Another wonderful highlight was awards night.  I know I briefly mentioned it before but my heart is full of amazement that in Canada I ranked number 1 in the leadership category and number 2 in both the sales and sr. associate promotions category.  Crazy right?  It's true! Nothing is impossible with God.  It was a thrill to be honoured and being one of the top three in any of those categories guaranteed me a spot in the coveted Founders Circle Retreat in September.  I was really wanting a spot in that pampering retreat because it is such a relaxing, luxurious getaway and especially because it's the perfect vacation with a few of my very special stamping friends.  Because Stampin' Up! is changing up their rewards program, this will be the last Founders Circle retreat.  This was the retreat two years ago that I met my friend Christi Beck.  (read some posts about our friendship HERE ).  We are so thrilled that we both get to enjoy the retreat.  

Awards night is also a time to celebrate achievements of friends so I spent a lot of time hollering and cheering for my fellow demonstrator friends. 

Other very special moments is hearing from my husband that he received a hand stamped card from Stampin' Up! home office staff member Donna Griffith.  I haven't worked with very many companies in my life but Stampin' Up! is the first to send my husband a card letting him know how his support for me is appreciated.  Yes.  He feels pretty great and it's true.  I was pretty busy getting ready for my stamping presentation at convention so Kevin definitely deserved that card. 

I have some new holiday catalogue product in my hot hands and I will bring it to class on Thursday to give you a tiny sneak peek. 
If you want to get the holiday catalogue product in your hands early, then purchase the starter kit in August because you can fill your starter kit with anything from the main catalogue and the holiday catalogue.  Yup.  That's getting the new goodies one full month before anyone else. 
Not ready to join the fun of the Stampin' Up! family?  Then be the first to see the new product by scheduling a party with me! I can't wait to show you everything! 
Thank you for all the fun and friendship you bring to my life! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Finished so fast!

Wish I could keep my eyes open to tell you more but here's the scoop:

Stampin up announced the next incentive trip to Thailand! It will be in July 2017. So exciting and exotic!
Prize patrol winners all over the place. 
Including me! I've got a cute Halloween set that will be perfect for my Halloween treats this year!

Since I was presenting this year I didn't have a lot of time to browse the display boards but I am super excited about this versatile wreath kit.

The highlight is always the friendships. Here is a picture with my friend Christi from Texas. 

And Brian
And all the awesome Team Stic girls.

Hope I can give you more details later! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What a day!

Wish I had more time to tell you every last detail of today but here's the highlights:
Part of the experience is lining up for general session. We chat and swap and wait for the doors to open,
Once we get in we are treated to an amazing stage show that highlights new products in fun ways (you are going to love what is in the holiday catalogue!!!)
Normally I would be attending different classes to help me learn new stamping techniques or business tips. This year I didn't get to do that because I was one of the presenters. It was quite an honour to be asked. It was easy...I just got to share what I love: I demonstrated how I do my home parties. So much fun!
Stampin up has a make up lady that preps you before you present. 

The evening was the awards night and after party. It was a roaring 20's theme so many dressed up in 20's inspired outfits. The joke of the evening for me was that the only thing I was wearing that I owned was my underwear. Everything else was borrowed!  I have such nice friends that loaned me jewelry and head pieces and a dress.
I'm so blessed to share that I earned many awards tonight. Thank you to all you of you who stamp with me! Please come and visit with me soon and I will tell you more!
Of course a highlight is celebrating friends achievement. I'm so excited my friend Christi earned founders circle with me. (A special pampering retreat just for the top 20 in Canada and top 100 in the U.S.). Here we are at the after party. (The party was amazing with so many things to enjoy like sweets tables, photo booths, a live band and dance instructors that taught us the charleston. 

So many more things to share about today but my eyes are droopy.  It was a great day! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It hasn't even officially begun

I'm here in Salt Lake City! Official convention activities haven't yet begun but there's still tons of fun to be had. 
First thing to know is that stampin up likes to do everything top notch. Nothing is mediocre. Everything is amazing. 

Here's some pictures! This photo area was in the convention hall.  

This is at the home office. Yes, those are paper flowers on the wall.  The team stic girls were blown away by the beauty and functionality of the home office. 

The next thing to know is that convention is the place to visit with friends and also make new friends! Handmade gifts are the perfect thing to share with friends. Here's a few of the gifts I received today.

Look! A cupcake holder that is holding a pair of socks!!' So cute!

Wonderful friendships and wonderful fun! Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow

July Paper Pumpkin: Watch it Wednesday

I love the Paper Pumpkin this month.  It's so cute!!! I love the little mug.  Enjoy today's watch it wednesday!  
If you've been wanting to try the Paper pumpkin monthly subscription then now is the time.  There is a half off promotion for the first two months for new subscribers.  So go ahead, jump in and give it at try!  You'll love it!  I know I do.   If you're already a subscriber, encourage your friends to get a subscription because it's a perfect gift or a good reason to get together! 
Contact me to get started!