Convention 2010 ~ “Share What You Love”

Ohhhh, *happy sigh*, Stampin’ Up convention is such an amazing experience.  This was only my 2nd convention (since I have been a demo for about a year and 1/2), but so far I am 2-for-2 for a great and unbelievably awesome time. :)

So, you ask, what makes this “convention” so fabulous?

The creative energy bursting at the seams.  The “family” that is Stampin’ Up.  The staff that work so hard and so overtime to make each experience perfect.  (Trust me on this one.)  The inspiring classes.  The free stuff!  Shopping in Momento Mall (demo only goodies).  The generously shared ideas for my poor uncreative self.  The make & takes.  The new friends.  The laughter and tears.  The roommates!  The cheering for one another.  The “me” time.  The “convention attendees only” specials and promos.  Being a part of a company that centers on making a difference.  The “I never would have thought of that!” moments. The energizing spirit of building my business, making new friends, and bettering myself.

Should I go on? :)   I could!  It’s 4 full days of yumminess.  And exhaustion.  But mostly yumminess.

Okay, pictures!

A li’l shopping at Momento Mall!

This was the line to get in to shop.  I was happy to already be done. :)

Can you see the cute orange polka-dotted bags?  That is the convention bag this year (filled with some stamps) that I have yet to take a picture of.

Wednesday night there was a flower power party.  The corporate team wasn’t shy about gettin’ groovy.

(photo courtesy of Stampin' Up)

Aw, Carrie, I love you too. :) hee hee.

I was excited to have my hubby join me at Awards Night. :)

(Not that I won any awards this year, but STILL.)

I kinda like him. :)

These were my roomies.  Okay, if you know I’m from Salt Lake, you may be wondering why in the world I had roommates.  Last year I did the commuting thing, demo by day, mommy by night.  It was exhausting, and I felt detached from a lot of the demo happenings and convention experience.  So this year?  I decided, last minute, that I wanted to stay downtown for 2 of the nights.  I would do it again in a heartbeat!  Next year it may be 3 nights! :)   How did I end up with the best roommates?!?

Natasha, Kari, and Jenn — thank you again!  We laughed and laughed and talked and laughed.  I felt immediately welcomed and comfortable with these incredibly talented girls.  I was proud to be adopted Canadian for the week. :)

Oh dear, that’s not a very good picture with my li’l point-and-shoot. :)

*Side Note* I am having trouble typing because of the bandaid on my pointer finger.  I cut myself earlier today with my Stampin’ Up craft & rubber scissors. :)   At least we know those are sharp!  hee hee.  Moving on …

I have so many photos of samples.  So, so, so many samples and ideas to draw from!  Here are just a few of the great things on display.

Note the vinyl.  How cute is that chalkboard vinyl with the lists for each child?

These stencils are also from our Definitely Decorative line.  These were decorated throughout the course of the week.

Aw, Max!

To know Max is to love Max.  She is my upline, and she’s fantastic.

If you are hungry and trying to avoid sweets, stop reading now. :)

I warned ya.

How cute are they?!?  This whole area was full of “sweets” and color inspiration.

I am loving that little glitter cup and spoon.

My pictures don’t do this set-up justice at all.  Cute Becky has some great pictures — check those out here.

I could go on for a while. :)   I have a pile of swaps to go through still (yay!) and a whole bunch of motivation, goals, and ideas to put into effect!

I love this company, and I love what I do!

Laura :)

Want to join me at Convention next year?? I love what I do, and I’d love to have you join my team! The starter kits (2 options) are now cheaper! Click here or email me to learn more.

new product spotlight #1 – PUNCHES!

I’ve decided to spotlight the new products in the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog.  I didn’t have to think very long about where to begin here, seeing as how I’m a self-proclaimed punch-a-holic!!!  How can you not love them?  One little punch and  you have a difficult-looking, intricate creation!  With a dimensional?  *sigh* :)

Anywho …

There are 5 brand new punch designs in the new catalog.  (There are 51 punches total … yes, 51.  Yum. Phew, good thing I get a discount!)

Bitty Bat $15.95 #119279

Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border $15.95 #119275

2-3/8" Scallop Circle $16.95 #118874

This next punch is unique and fun.  The inside lines are actually score lines, and the outside is punched.  Make sense? :)

Petal Card $17.95 #119273

2-Step Owl $16.95 #118074

Having a hard time picturing that punch?  Oh boy, there are some CUTE ideas floating around the internet.  This is a sample photo from the catalog.  You can also get a peek of the new caddy there, too. :)   (There are 4 sizes of caddies.)

Okay, this next punch isn’t actually new … BUT it is “returning” from a holiday mini catalog, and I am thrilled.  I love this punch.  There are darling stamp sets that coordinate with it (and a fantastic one to come, *hint*!!), and it’s awesome for Christmas, making pots to stamp flowers in, yadda yadda.  Love it.

Ornament $16.95 #119847

Okay, if you would like to peruse the other kajillion (um, 45?) punches in the catalog, click here.

Contact me for your own catalog or to place an order.   Shop online here anytime, 24/7.

Ta ta!

Laura

Want to join my super cute little team?? I love what I do, and I’d love to have you join us! The starter kits (2 options) are now cheaper! Click here or email me to learn more.

August hostesses – earn EXTRA free goodies!

Get ready, my August hostesses — this is a great way to earn a whole bunch of free stuff! :)

Starting today through August 31st, hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!

(This is a hostess only promo, so personal online orders do not qualify.  Contact me to place your order as a hostess.)

So how much does this actually mean you’ll receive??

This is the hostess rewards chart.

When you have your $350 party during this promo, you receive:

* 1 (level 1) OR 1 (level 2) hostess gift

* $40 in free product, PLUS $25 more with this promo = $65 in any free product!

Not too shabby!

Click the link below to view a PDF flyer.

TODAY - August 31st

My August calendar is filling up, so contact me right away if you’d like to book your party for August!   Click here to view my calendar.

Tootle-oo,

Laura :)

Convention Swaps!

This will be quick — Convention is amazingly exhausting! :)

I want to post my swaps, in case anybody comes here to find out what supplies I used on them.  Here we go, quickety quick …

Stamps – sweet centers

Paper – rose red OR pumpkin pie, very vanilla, sweet & sour dsp

Ink – rose red

Supplies – sponge, Big Shot, scallop circle die, 1 ¾” circle punch, 1 3/8” circle punch, large scallop circle punch, very vanilla 3/8” taffeta ribbon, glue dots, circle scissor plus (w/glass mat), dotto, snail

(There were a few other variations of this dsp in my swaps, but these are the general 2.)

Stamps – word play, elements of style

Paper – sweet & sour dsp, pink pirouette OR pumpkin pie, whisper white, rose red

Ink – pink pirouette OR pumpkin pie, rose red

Supplies – sponge, dimensionals, Big Shot, beautiful wings embosslit, beautiful butterflies die, spiral border punch, basic rhinestones, snail

Stamps – word play, friends never fade

Paper – greenhouse gala dsp, daffodil delight OR pear pizzazz, pumpkin pie OR chocolate chip, pear pizzazz OR baja breeze

Ink – versamark, whisper white

Supplies – Big Shot, beautiful wings embosslit, sponge, white embossing powder, heat tool, powder pals, scallop trim border punch, dimensionals, crystal effects, circle scissor plus (w/ glass mat), dotto, snail

I know that was a quick run-down, so please let me know if you have questions on the details. :)

Okay, I’m off to get some sleep for Saturday at Convention!  Whee!

Laura

Want to join me at Convention next year?? I love what I do, and I’d love to have you join my team! The starter kits (2 options) are now cheaper! Click here or email me to learn more.

Still here …

I’m still here! :)   I’m getting ready for Convention (see the countdown ticking on the left side? hee hee!), my swaps are officially done, and as soon as I get my camera back from the hubby :) I’ll take some pictures of fun things to post.

I’m so excited for this next week!  Whee!

Laura :)

Want to join me at Convention next year?? I love what I do, and I’d love to have you join my team! The starter kits (2 options) are now cheaper! Click here or email me to learn more.

My Digital Studio (MDS) free upgrade

Stampin’ Up has released a free upgrade for My Digital Studio!  (this is a $50 value, woo hoo!)  You get all of the new colors (including digital card stock, ink colors and Patterns Designer Series Paper) from the recent color renovation.

It is important that you have the most recent version of the My Digital Studio software prior to installing the color updates.

Updating your software:

  • If you have installed the initial update (version 1.0.1), simply click Help and select Check for Updates in the My Digital Studio software. The update will be performed automatically.
  • If you have not completed the initial update, download and install version 1.0.1 first, and then complete the steps listed above to get the most recent update.

Once you have the most recent updates, go here (http://www.stampinup.com/us/enu/16011.asp) and you’ll be able to download the free upgrade.

If you don’t have My Digital Studio and are interested in learning more, click here and/or here.  It’s an amazing program, packed full of products and tools, for only $79.95.  Not bad, eh?  Visit my store here (click “shop now”) to buy or learn more.

And guess what??  More new downloads today, too!

Always Elegant kit, $9.95 #119839

Elegant Soiree, $4.95, #121433

paper daisies kit, $3.95, #121432

Wedding Sweet set, $3.95, #121431

Laura :)

I love what I do, and I’d love to have you join my team! The starter kits (2 options) are now cheaper! Click here or email me to learn more.

digital downloads – new punches

5 new punches (only $.95 each!) are now available. :)   Click here to visit my store (click shop now) to download them.

Happy shopping!! :)

Laura

I love what I do, and I’d love to have you join my team! The starter kits (2 options) are now cheaper! Click here or email me to learn more.

p.s. have you ever tried blogging with 2 kids sitting on you?  Typing 1-handed? Just wondering. Hypothetical, of course. :)   hee hee.

Hellooooooo new catalog!

Well, happy Stampin’ Up New Year to you!  new year

July 1st is the beginning of our brand new year and a brand new catalog.  You’ve seen some sneak peeks, and now the catalog is live and available to order from in my store!

2010-2011-cover

Click any of these images to view a PDF.  And trust me, there is good stuff in there. :)

You can also view any of our catalogs (annual, mini, and vinyl/home decor) online at my website — click here.

New vinyl/home decor/decorative goodness!

dd10-11

Of course our Summer Mini catalog is still live and fabulous!  You know, the one with my cute baby on the cover? :)   hee hee!

summer mini cover

You’ll notice the new declicious colors everywhere in the new catalog.  Yum.  If you are looking to buy just the new colors to add to your existing collection, this PDF (of the image below) is for you.

colorrenovationkits(click to see details)

So what other promotions and specials do I have going on? :)

Don’t forget this one for past demos!  If you or someone you know used to be a demo and misses the pure awesomeness, email me! past_demo_postcard_2010-2Haven’t been a demo before, but still want to?  Good news for you, too — the starter kit is now cheaper!  Check it out here.  I have the cutest little team, and we’d love to have you join us. :)

(to sign up online anytime, click here — my password is stampprincess)

Any of these products are available in my online store (click “shop now”) or email me. :)

Laura