Sunday, July 29, 2007

Day Four...Big News!

We can't believe it's over! We fly home tomorrow. We'll miss Denver, but we're excited to get home and start implementing some of the great ideas we're bringing back with us.
Tonight was the Achievement Awards Night. It was fun to get dressed up and spend the evening with the top demonstrators in the US and Canada. Congratulations to Ronda Wade, who lives just down I-69 from me, for being named Demonstrator of the Year!! Entertainment tonight was provided by Ryan Shupe & the Rubber Band. They were fantastic!
The big news tonight is that Convention will be back in Salt Lake City next year for the 20th Anniversary. The surprise was that there will only be one session. We'll all be there together...July 30th-August 2. We can't wait!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Day Three

WOW!! My head is exploding with ideas! Day three was even better than yesterday. To start the morning off Dev and I had our picture taken with Brent Steele, vice president of creative services. He did a great presentation yesterday with the new punches and pretties kit. After a preview of the 2009 incentive trip to Hawaii the male executives came on stage as the Stampin' Up! hula dancers.

The highlight of the morning was Shelli coming on stage to "welcome us into her home" that was on stage. She showed us tons of home decor projects that she uses in her house. She said that she has a buffet table that she changes the vignette design on near monthly basis. The projects were incredible, and some so much easier than they appear. I've included the photos that she shared with us here.

Thanks for checking back in. I hope you're enjoying what we're sharing from Denver!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Day Two

Day Two is in the books! Another great day here in Denver!! Dev and I were in line for General Session at about 7:15. We had a pretty good spot in line. The first picture is the line in front of us. Lots of swapping continued. We were both swapped out before main stage began. When the curtain opened at 8:00 it was a mad house. You've never seen ladies move so quickly so early in the morning! We ended up with GREAT seats... 8th row in the center of the stage on the aisle!!!
The morning started with dry ice on the stage and the singing of the 2007 theme song..."Dream Big". The energy was incredible. Shelli came on stage at the end of the song looking fabulous as ever. She had a great message about dreams and the importance of 'dreaming big'. The morning flew by with some great demonstrations of the new Style Watch lines and punches.

Pajama Stamp-a-rama

Imagine hundreds and hundreds of demonstrators dressed in their pjs walking through downtown Denver toward the hub, the mecca, ....the convention center. Some carried pillows, some had rollers in their hair, many donned their new 'Dream Big' pajamas . Let's just say we turned the heads of many driving by! I'm sure they thought we were part of a cult, or at the very least attending a Select Comfort seminar!

Four hours we spent together socializing, swapping, and completing seven make-n-takes...three cards, a brag book page, a 12 x 12 scrapbook page, a gift box, and a decorated tin. We got a chance to try out all sorts of new toys...the cropadile, build a flower die cuts, build a brad, jumbo eyelets, rhinestone brads, ribbon, and nearly all the new punches, not to mention our new stamps! We had a great time!!!

You can see how neat the tables were when we arrived, and what six demos can do to that sense of order when they're down to business!

And, yes I did walk through downtown Denver in my new jammies with my hair in pig tails!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Convention 2007!!! It doesn't seem like it could really be here yet! But, here we are in the Mile High City having a great time already. After a fantastic flight, getting in 45 minutes early, we checked in to our awesome hotel, The Curtis (I'll post pics later). We quickly walked over to the Convention Center, which is a short block away, and checked in. You can see everything that was in our bags! Can you believe I've already taken over 150 pictures???

We've jut finished mounting our new rubber, and will be headed to the Pajama Stamp-a-rama in about an hour. We've already collected a bunch of swaps (some great ideas ladies!). Our first swaps were done on the plane somewhere over Nebraska.

It'll really hit us tonight at the pajama party where we're making our make-n-takes. That's when the excitement will really be amazing. There are thousands of demos here. It's incredible.

I'll try to keep you updated on what's going one here and post some pictures. Come along for the ride with us!

Monday, July 16, 2007

A New Something

I've been tagged by Gail, and I promise I'll get back to that, but I'm not feeling well tonight (I will not be sick for Convention...I will not be sick for Convention...I will not be sick for Convention). So, for now, I'm just making a quick post from my club workshop last Friday.
This was for the Crinkled Inks technique (where you use Saran Wrap to apply the background inks), and it uses all (ok...almost all) new materials. It's hard to see in the pic, but the crinkled inks are done on the card base as well. A sentiment from Ste Sayings is down there too, but it's hard to see. At club we actually stamped it in chocolate chip instead.
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Stem Sayings; Card Stock: River Rock, Textured Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla; Ink: Groovy Guava, River Rock; Accessories: Saran Wrap, Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon; Technique: Crinkled Inks

Friday, July 6, 2007

Sneak Peak!

In an attempt to get you as excited as I am about Convention, here is a sneak peak at the 3D project I made for a flyer swap. I thought this swap was a great idea. We only had to make one project and a flyer to go with it. The swap coordinator is putting all the flyers together on a CD, so I'll have over a hundred project ideas with instructions and a picture of the final product. This is a Coaster Squash Book. It's like a mini scrap book that you can keep with you. The outside covers are covered chipboard coasters so they're pretty durable. I liked how this turned out so much I'm making one in blues for a friend that just had a baby boy.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs; Card Stock: Brocade Background DSP, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock; Ink: Always Artichoke; Accessories: Chipboard Coasters, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Fire Circles Rhinestone Brad