Saturday, January 31, 2015

Final Day Leadership thoughts

The last day of a Stampin' conference is always a bit sad for me.  This time it was sad because Florida weather is much nicer than our current Ontario weather.  It was also sad because there were friends I wouldn't get to see again for many months.  On the other hand, there's also an eagerness in me to get back home to see my family and sleep in my own bed!
Here we are all set for the morning session. We received more giveaways and the keynote speaker had us laughing and crying throughout the session.  I would love to tell you more about what he spoke about so please ask me when you see me!

My roommate Vicki decided it was time to eat her Olaf candy apple that she bought in Disney world!

We had some afternoon classes then closed off the day with another general session and more freebies.  Boy, Stampin' Up! sure is generous with their gifts!
I went back to the hotel to try to do some packing as I'll be leaving in the wee hours of the morning for the plane ride home.
It was really hard to pack as I didn't want to crush the beautiful gifts I received from my friends and due to the generosity of the gifts from Stampin' Up!, I was definitely going home with more than I came with.

Well, I don't have to solve my packing dilemma right now.  I can figure it out later.  After a nice dinner with my friends.
Looking forward to coming home soon!  Make sure to come out to a class to see my new swap samples! 

The fun continues: day 2 leadership

What a full day yesterday!  Morning sessions focused on recognition and my friend Dawn Griffith was called to the stage to celebrate her million dollar sales achievement.  She is super sweet so I was very proud of her.  I was equally proud and pleased to cheer for team S.T.I.C girl Brenda who walked the stage for a promotion this past year.

After recognition, it was time for some stamping presentations.  There was so many super cute ideas my brain was boggled!

After the general session, there was a small window of time before I had to run off to the advisory board reunion luncheon.  I had planned some special swap cards for the girls at the luncheon but hadn't stamped them yet.  I ran over to an area where I knew there were some tables and I saw another girl stamping swaps so I asked if I could sit with her since I was in the same boat.  (I figured mad last minute stampers should stick together).  I pulled out all my stuff and started stamping madly.  Meanwhile my girlfriend Christi thought it would be a great time to catch up and chat so she was texting me.  I told her I would love to chat so she came to meet me and of course helped me with my swap.  Then her downline came and started helping me and then the girl I sat with started helping me too.  Stamping friends new and old are just so kind and helpful!   Yup.  Swaps finished just in time for lunch.

The advisory board reunion lunch was a special treat hosted by Stampin' Up!  It was perfect.  There was great food, great friends and even a beautifully wrapped gift at each spot.

It's become a tradition with my gang of friends that we do a shoebox swap at Leadership.  A shoebox swap is when you prepare all the pieces for a card and then get together and swap shoeboxes and stamp.  So although I prepared everything for 10 of the same card, I left with 10 completed cards

A perfect time to relax and chat and stamp!

We had a quick dinner and ran off to the evening stamping session.  More amazing, mind boggling stamping ideas. Brenda wins prize patrol!

Whew what a full day yesterday!  I'm off for today and having a great time! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Leadership highlights day 1

What a busy busy day yesterday!  It was full of hugging and meeting stamping friends.  It's kind of a tradition to bring a little handmade gift for your roommates and friends and their friends.  I have to say it's almost like Christmas with all the little gift giving going on!  It's super when all the gifts have the handmade touch!

Then of course there's swapping.  Even though I was so busy with sale-a-bration events before leaving, I made sure to make some swap cards.  Actually the truth is I cut the swap card paper before I left and I actually made the swap cards in the bathroom yesterday morning.( I was in the bathroom making them not because I was multi-tasking ha ha but because my room mate was still sleeping and I didn't want to wake her)
The good thing about making swap cards is that I can trade them for beauties like this one I received from my friend Sandy Carlson.

It was so fun to have some Team S.T.I.C girls enjoying the conference with me this year.  

Just because this conference focuses a little more on leadership and business doesn't mean we don't still get to watch stamping presentations and get FREE STAMPS!!!

The sessions and classes were kind of heavy yesterday because Stampin' Up! is going through some changes as they are becoming more and more global (did you know they have opened up market in Japan!???)  My brain was learning and trying to remember all the changes but I was pretty pooped by the end of the day but there was no time to lie down.
I had to get ready to go to Manager's Reception.  Manager's reception is a special event for those who are at a certain title and above.  It's always a special night.  This year Stampin' Up! bought out Hollywood Studios and we were treated to a private showing of the Fantasmic water and light show.

There were desserts and drinks lining the "hollywood strip" and we were able to ride Rockin Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror as many times as we wanted.  

Lots of fun and friends at Manager's reception.  Now onto another great day today!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Leadership Fun Begins:a little early

Yesterday I flew off to sunny Florida to attend the Leadership conference. I couldn't leave without letting my family know how much I would miss them and how much I appreciate their support in this crazy fun stamping journey.
Here's what I left for them so when they got home from school they would have ample snacks! I dressed it up a bit with some easy stampin product as you can see!

Arriving at the hotel and meeting up with good friends is always exciting!
I purposely flew in a day early in the hopes that I could hit my favourite vacation spot: Disney world!!
It was super fun to go with a couple of friends who hadn't really been to Disney before. Since I am a hard core Disney fanatic, I had my touring plan printed out and we arrived at the park early. ( can you believe the first hotel shuttle leaving the hotel wasn't until 8:50 am? Pfssst! What are they thinking? The park opens at 9!!! Clearly we passed on the shuttle and hailed a cab so we could get to the park before it opened and watch the opening ceremony)
There is something about Disney that just brings out the inner child in all of us!

After a full day at Magic Kingdom, we arrived back in time to check in for the conference and get our conference bag and make n take supplies. 

I am so thrilled to be here and I love being a stampin up demonstrator! So.Much.Fun. And the conference hasn't even started yet! 

Valentine treats

We are down to the wire!  I can't wait to head off to the Stampin' Up! leadership conference.  I wish I had more time to make more intricate gifts for my friends but time is out!
So, here's what I made.  So fast and easy.

I show you how to do it in this week's watch it Wednesday video! 

And here's the supply list.  Click on any of the images to shop for what you need!  (don't forget you get a freebie with every $60)

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Have a great day!  (and keep following my blog to see my adventures in Orlando!)

Saturday, January 24, 2015


A few things got me thinking about family love recently. First I went to a high school information night last week. ( i can't believe my oldest son is preparing to go to high school in the fall) I was totally unprepared for a wave of emotion that came over me as I watched a crew of confident young people performing as a part of the high school jazz choir. Suddenly I realized my son was growing up and wasn't it just yesterday I was watching him graduate from kindergarten? Crazy tears were coming down and it almost became an ugly uncontrollable cry. All while the jazz choir was singing! How embaressing! It made me realize how fast time with my children flies and I want to treasure every moment because I love them so.
For my daughter, loving her means helping her plan her My Little Pony birthday party. I suppose if I had more hours in a day I could have come up with some kind of punch art pony but instead I did a gateway fold card and glued a picture of a pony onto the bellyband.

My little pony has a lot of chevron images so since I don't own the chevron background stamp, I used the chevron image from the eye catching Ikat stamp set.

There's not just my nuclear family that I love but I also have grown to love my stamping family. 
It's such a blessing to be a part of such a caring and fun community. 
At the recent dinner one of the Team STIC girls brought this beautiful gift and card. 

Using the Irrisistably Yours designer series paper (only available and free during saleabration) to make a box and bow was  not something I would have thought to do but it's beautiful isn't it?

Soon I will be off to the Stampin Up leadership conference and will see many of my stampin up family friends. 
Of course I will be bringing some little handmade cards and gifts. 
Why not take a few minutes today to make something handmade for someone you love?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Butterfly Basics is Beautiful: Watch it Wednesday Video

It doesn't matter that it's been over 7 years since I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I still feel mighty pleased when I stamp something I like.
It's pretty easy to stamp nice things when Stampin' Up! provides amazing co-ordinating product.
Check out this card that uses crumb cake paper and crumb cake ink.
Then we've got gold glimmer paper, gold ribbon and gold embossing powder.
This was a card we made at a recent Diva Dinner.  It's a special evening for some of the Team S.T.I.C girls that was meant to be a fun and pampering event.  P.S. You can enjoy fun Team S.T.I.C events too!  All you have to do is purchase the amazing starter kit!  It's only $125 no tax no shipping and you can choose $155 of whatever product you want!  Yup.  It's that easy!

Here's the supplies to make the card.  click on any of the images to take you to my online store.  Then scroll down and check out today's Watch it Wednesday video where you can see me making this card.  

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Here's the video, enjoy!: