Sunday, July 17, 2011

Convention 2011 SU! Video

I cannot believe Stampin'Up! has this on YouTube already but WOW! am I so glad they do!


We are home...

Exhausted, tired, and glad to be home...  :)

BUT we had a fabulous time!

I came down with a head cold on Friday so I haven't posted for a bit. I plan to download pictures tomorrow and (hopefully) post in the evening.

BUT to give you a heads up - Stephanie won Prize Patrol on Friday! That means Geneva won on Wednesday night, I won on Thursday, and Stephanie won on Friday! ALL THREE OF US WON PRIZE PATROL!  :)  That has just never happened for us! One year, there were something like seven or eight of us between upline, sideline, and friends - and only two or three won that year. This year - all three of us! Isn't Stampin'Up! just the greatest company?

AND they gave to EACH demonstrator the new Hostess set from the Holiday Mini (did I mention they gave EACH demonstrator an ENTIRE package of Hostess Minis?), along with an MDS (My Digital Studio) CD. Both are still packed but I have mounted the Hostess set. Cannot wait to play with those!

AND because the Make-and-Takes were just fabulous, albeit a bit labor intense, Geneva and hopefully Stephanie are coming over on Wednesday evening to finish those up. Geneva and I also took the "Every Last Detail" class on  Friday evening, but we will be waiting for instructions to come via email from SU! before we finish those. Two hours is just not enough for the awesome projects!   :)  I'd like to get those done before the next Dames meeting on July 30th.

And last, but not least, although several people mentioned that they would like to attend the "All Boxed Up" card class on July 30th, so far no one has RSVP'd. SO, that class will be canceled for now. If there is an interest for that class in the future, I will offer it at that time.

Check back late Monday evening for more pictures!

If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator so you can attend these fun functions, contact me and we will talk!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Downline's Post :)

One of the wonderful ladies I am rooming with is my friend and co-worker and downline member, Stephanie Gibson. Last night we ordered pizza and had leftovers. But the pizza box was too big for the hotel room frig.

So what does any good crafter do? Well, one crafter (that would be me) used my scissors and sticky strip (although I did try the SNAIL adhesive first) and I altered the box to fit! And what do the other two crafters do (that would be Steph and Geneva)? They both take pictures! Click here to see the pictures on Stephanie's blog. It's near to the end of that post.

And yes, feel free to laugh! We did!  :)

I'll be posting tonight too...

Today at Convention...

Today was a GREAT day! Here's us as we began our day:
Three Dames - Dawn, Geneva, and Stephanie (from left to right)

Then onto classes. We learned LOTS and had LOTS of fun! During one of the classes, it was announced that there was going to be a new item in Memento Mall for a new product. Here's the item from Memento Mall:
New Memento Mall item - for a NEW product! It will be in the upcoming Holiday Mini!
And when I was leaving Memento Mall, I saw the display booth for the Ronald McDonald House. As many of you may know, I am now the Lead for the Columbus, Ohio Ronald McDonald House. At Stampin'Up, they have a Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Coordinator. I have spoken with her via telephone and email and she is always so nice. Well, guess who was at the booth? The lovely Lana! She's on the left in this picture.
Lana is just so nice!

Geneva and I even saw a fellow demonstrator from New Hampshire that we had met TWO YEARS ago! (See this post here). How many other fun conventions have YOU been to that you've met someone two years previous and can pick up the conversation like those two years had never lapsed? Stamping is such fun! It was so nice to see Shannon!

Well fast forward to General Session. They did another Prize Patrol like when Geneva won? Well, guess what? They chose the Red Swirls this time and guess who had red swirls? You go it - ME! So my wonderful friend and downline Stephanie took my picture!
Yeah Me! I won! Thanks so much Stampin'Up! Geneva is on the right enjoying my happiness too!

Here's a close up of the product AND an idea that Sara demonstrated on stage.
Close up of my winnings!

Fast and Easy Cards using the Simply Scrappin' Kit - just like the one I won from Prize Patrol!

And then Stampin'Up! announced that we ALL would receive the Simply Sent Kit, Great Day (it's late and I think that's what it is called. I'll confirm that tomorrow):
Wasn't this so nice of Stampin'Up! to give one of these to EACH demonstrator at Convention! YEAH Stampin'Up!

All in all - a wonderful day was had by all!

Then in the evening, we went to the Awards Ceremony and Geneva was able to meet Tami White:
Geneva on the left, Tami on the right
So with that I will bid you adieu. I'll post more tomorrow. Hope you are enjoying these updates from Convention as much as I am enjoying Convention.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Pictures, People, and Geneva won Prize Patrol!

Here is Gwen Edelman, the wonderful woman who transferred her Leadership ticket to me in January. The picture just doesn't do her justice. How come the really tall people are also so pretty and so nice? (Can you tell I'm a little jealous of tall people? Not really, we each are made perfectly in His way...)
Gwen is the beautiful lady on the left!

And, since one in my downline (Hi Nina!) really likes sunflowers, this picture is for her:

And the highlight of the evening was Prize Patrol - Geneva won! And the stamp set was on her Wish List. She just saved money!  :)
Geneva won this stamp set and a spool of ribbon. Doesn't she look happy?

Hope to update more tomorrow evening. Remember we are on Mountain Time, which is two hours behind Eastern Time...

Convention, Memento Mall, and People I've Met!

This will be a LONG post - grab your favorite cup of coffee, cocoa, soda, or your choice and enjoy!

First, we arrived yesterday. Stephanie's plane was delayed (of course), but Geneva and I got here right on time. The hotel courtesy van was there within 20 minutes or so and we were on our way.

You will NEVER guess who was on our shuttle - Amy Celona (Amy is the one referenced in this posting. Although you wouldn't recognize her on my blog, you should know that hers are some of the buttons on the side. She is just as nice in person as she is in the techno-world!

We ate dinner out and then came back to the room. We were SOOOO tired! I think we all fell asleep as soon as our heads hit those pillows! But before we did, Stephanie gave Geneva and me each a wonderful lanyard that she made for us. This one is mine. Isn't she so sweet? (Disregard the red/white swirly paper - that is my "color" for the Prize Patrol!)
Ooops - turn your head to the side to read this one!

This morning, we had our complimentary breakfast and headed to the Convention Center to begin our day. Today is "Check-in Day" which means no "real" crafting, but lots of swapping and we get to pick up our Convention bag, which includes this really nice binder for our catty too. What do you think?
How cool is this bag?

The embroidery is just beautiful!

A Convention-attendee Catalog Binder! YEAH!

The catalog was already three-hole punched and we just had to place the right pages with the right tabs!

Each section even has its own little page pocket!

Then, because I'm a Make-and-Take helper, I got to go into Memento Mall BEFORE everyone else. We went through the back way and I was just waiting to be led into the Green Room (smile), but we came to the Memento Mall. And while I was in the back of the room checking out the polo shirt and sweater, I received a Text from Stephanie. Guess who else got into Memento Mall early? Stephanie and Geneva! While they were standing in line, an SU! staff member approached them and they were given buttons that said "You Crew" and they were led the same way into Memento Mall that I was. We spent about an hour there!

Here are some of the things we purchased (and yes, I think we purchased one of everything!
Yes, those baskets at our feet are all OURS!

A picture of the SU! photographer taking OUR picture!

SU! Sweater

Sorry, it's sideways - polo shirt

Reusable shopping bag and SU! collapsible tote (to be used as a trash can at the craft tables!)

All kinds of stuff - notice the SU! lanyard in the center?

SU! umbrella - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!

Umbrella Display at Memento Mall

Catalog Stickers

Close-up of the Catalog stickers

My new lunch tote and reusable cup

Laptop Skin and Mouse Pad

The laptop skin and my NetBook. Think I need a new one - what do you think? Nah....  :)

Workshop Pocket Boards - left is the front, right is the back. Notice the clear pocket on the front of it? VERY handy for your wishlist while at a card class!

Then I headed to the actual Make-and-Take Helper session. Here is the lovely Andrea Withers (she's the young, pretty one on the left!) Doesn't she have the prettiest smile? Until today, I had only met her via email. She is just so nice!

And then we made the make-and-takes. One of the wonderful ladies at my table, gave me this hint and I thought I would share it with you. I just LOVE that SU! is now offering the clear-mount stamp sets - and I know you are too! But, have you ever noticed that sometimes it just doesn't cling so well in the case? Well, she gave us this hint - the skeleton of the stamp set - KEEP IT - do not throw it away! Remove the white protective layer and place the skeleton into the case. It clings really well. And it also helps you to know when you are missing a piece or two of the stamp set.
See how nicely the skeleton clings to the case?

Now she said that she doesn't even use the labels on the individual stamps. She places the label sticker sheet in the back pocket of the case. I prefer to use the stickers, so mine have them.

Well, the party started at 6 pm and it is now 6:03 pm. The internet has been up and down continuously throughout yesterday and today. I'm using the business center's computer now. I hope to post again tomorrow with some more really cool things. Hope you have enjoyed this lengthy post!  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Well, in case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit behind in posting pictures of cards and techniques. Those will just have to wait until after Convention. Geneva, Stephanie, and I are headed to the airport this week for Convention!

We all had said we didn't think we had time to do swap cards and guess what all three of us are now doing? You got it! Hope to receive some FABULOUS cards in return... For those of you at the Christmas in July class on Saturday, I decided to do the Snowglobe card for my swaps. That one seemed to be popular with the group on Saturday - hope the people I'm swapping with like it just as much!

Ok, starting to pack and make sure I have everything ready to go. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Décor Elements

Aren't friends just wonderful? I have this friend (Teresa Jane) who is one of my dearest friends. Don't get me wrong - if we ever had to live together, we'd kill each other - we're that different! BUT if either of us ever needed anything, it would be given without hesitation. I'm very blessed - I have many friends who are wonderful!

The other day I mentioned to Tracy that I was looking for a table about so high and so wide, and guess who had something like what I was looking for? She was going to have her parents sell it for her at their garage sale this weekend.

Well, the boy and I stopped over there tonight. And, after petting the attack puppy dog (all 5 pounds of him!), we were allowed into the home and were able to bring home this great table!

So I have now added my Décor Elements to my wall with this GREAT table to set it off! Doesn't it look nice?

Now I just have to add my Joshua 24:15 Décor Elements and that wall will be done. I mean, what's the rush, right? I've only had these things since MARCH!!!  :)

The crafters coming Saturday will be the first ones to see it. Hope they enjoy it!

Two quotes that I like about friendship. Hope you enjoy them too!
Blessed is the man who has friends, but woe to him who needs them. - Czech Proverb

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. - John 15:13 (NIV)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

FREE template from SU - sample!

I have really GOT to stop playing with this My Digital Studio. You'd think I have a new toy (well, I kinda do, but...).

This is the template that is the FREE download from SU! and I've played around with it a little bit.

Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy! Enjoy!

My Digital Studio Downloads!

Check this out! Stampin'Up! has announced FOUR My Digital Studio (MDS) DVDs!

Here's the link: 2011/2012 MDS Catalog DVDs

If you are interested, go to my demo website and order any (or all!) of them! Just type in the item numbers and the download will come through!

AND SU! is offering a FREE download (I'm not sure how long this will last, so go NOW!) for the Fruit & Flowers Designer Greeting Card Template.  (Click anywhere on this sentence to go directly to the link!)

Enjoy! and make sure you tell Stampin'Up! "THANK YOU!!!!" (You can thank them by calling them at 1-800-STAMPUP or via email to: - either way works!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's Official - I'm going to Convention!

Like I really had a doubt, huh?  :)

Look what came in the mail today:
This year's theme is "Grow"
Some of the classes are "Bloom Where You're Planted", "Planting Seeds", "Filling Your Garden", and "Stocking Your Garden Shed". There are a few others, I just really liked those titles!

I'm guessing Stephanie and Geneva received theirs today also (ok, I received an email from Geneva - she has hers!). It is a week from TODAY that we leave! I know our families will miss us just terribly... but they are happy that we have this hobby/business to enjoy (or cult, as my husband calls it - jokingly, of course!).

Remember to check my blog next week; I'm taking the netbook and plan on posting throughout the week. I just LOVE Convention and all the GREAT stuff I get to learn!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

So, What Do You Think?

Thanks to the wonderful computer geekesses (Amy, Michelle, and Heather) who post fabulous buttons for those of us who are technologically challenged, I have updated my blog buttons (along with some help from my geek husband!). I've also changed my background and hope to work on my banner in the next couple of weeks.

What do you think?

OH - and did you notice? I've added the "follow by email". All you need to do is to add your email address and when I update this blog (however frequently or infrequently) you will receive an email! You don't have to follow any other way!


Card Classes updated

Crafters -

I have updated the "Classes" page through August. I start my MBA classes again on August 15th, so the listed classes will be the last classes for a while...

Of course, you can always schedule a workshop and make cards that way too - and you can earn GREAT hostess benefits by hostessing the workshop!

NOTE: I am planning a workshop at my home during October or November (during my break from MBA classes). Let me know if you want invited to that one and I'll add you to the list!

Friday, July 1, 2011

$99 Starter Kit

During July, you can join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator for only $99! This limited time Starter Kit--valued at $185--comes with the following high-quality products:
  • Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
  • Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
  • Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
  • Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
  • Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
  • Note Cards (20)
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Blender Pen (1)
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies
*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

Plus, if join in July, you get a FREE Christmas Keepsake project kit--a $40 value! This special kit is only available as part of this limited-time offer.

Join Stampin' Up! in July and receive brand-new products, including an exclusive project kit--all for just $99! Download the starter paperwork now!

When you go to my website, click Start Your Own Business and then "join now" on the left hand side. The password is "DAMES" (just the letters D-A-M-E-S) and you can sign up with me!

UPDATE - the $99 Starter Kit has to have the paperwork filled out. It looks like we can mail that in - get with me first!