Friday, July 30, 2010

Pencil Holder Box

When you put something ordinary in a cute box, it becomes more interesting. Take pencils, for instance. How fun are pencils? They're not. BUT, put them into a decorated, embellished box, and you have something extraordinary!
Remember the feeling on that first day of school? You're kind of excited and kind of nervous? Imagine walking to your new desk and seeing this waiting for you there. Just starts the day off right. And, hopefully, you can hang on to those four pencils for a week or so before having to borrow one.
The pencil stamp is from the retired set called Elementary Essentials.
Cute. Cute. Cute.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Convention Buddy Gifts

It is a bit of a tradition to take your Convention buddies a little something to commemorate the event. Every demonstrator loves an excuse to stamp. And look what my buddies came up with this year.
How cute is this? Anita Konvicka made each of us one of these cute Post-It Notes tags. Every one was a different color. She even matched the little notes to our colors! Love it. It's going in my purse! Thank you, Anita!

Isn't this clever? This is a sampler of all our beautiful card stock, made by Kirsteen Gill. I was just tickled to receive it. A lot of work went into this.

Kirsteen labeled each piece of card stock for easy reference. This is going to come in so handy at my camps! Thanks, Kirsteen!

These little goodies were from Penny. You always need a little bit of chocolate in the afternoon to keep you going. That's what's peeking out from the little herringbone dp package. Thanks, Penny.

Every demonstrator receives a convention bag. They all look alike, so I made these little monogram charms for the ladies in our group to attach to their bags so we can tell them apart. Every demonstrator likes a little 'bling'!

Stampin' Up! Convention 2010!

The theme for the Stampin' Up! Convention 2010!

This is our view from the Marriott where we stayed. The Salt Palace, where the Convention was held, is on the left. It's huge! See the Rockies in the distance? So beautiful.
This is the General Assembly just before the start of every day. The oldies but goodies music is loud. Everyone is dancing. The beach balls are flying. Friends who have not seen each other since last year are hugging. And there is SWAPPING! Does it get any better than this? Just wait!

This is part where I brag, just a bit. It is always exciting to attend Convention, but especially so for me because my sister, Penny, received the title Demonstrator of the Year! She was #19 out of all the demonstrators in America! And deservedly so! I'm so proud of you Penny!

The Sweet Shop!
In the Gathering Place, there are rows and rows of sample cards, of which you can take pictures. I don't even know how many pictures I took. If you attend my Stamp Camps, you just might be making one soon!
What really caught my eye this time, was the display called The Sweet Shop. It was made to look like a candy store. Not one thing was edible. It was all done with paper and embellishments. Unbelievable!

Memento Mall! This is where all the Convention merchandise is found. All kinds of wonderful things to buy, such as charms, bags, apparel, laptop bags in our beautiful Greenhouse Gala prints. On and on! I might have visited this wonderland three times, but I'm not saying for sure.


The best part of Convention? Friends and Freebies! That's Penny on the far left, then Jackie, Kate, Anita, and that's Kirsteen's hair on the right. (Sorry I didn't get you, Kirsteen. Photography is not one of my strong points!) And Danielle is sitting behind us. Every single demonstrator in the convention hall received a package of the new Christmas Designer Paper called Deck The Halls, Glass Glitter, Cherry Cobbler ink pad, and the stamp set Peaceful Season! You can just imagine how the room erupted into shear joy!
We had such a good time. I cannot wait until next year. Thank you Stampin' Up! for being so good to us. Thank you demonstrator friends for making this such a fun, meaningful experience!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cased Myself And Love it!

I'm in love with the new colors, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz! And how could you not love this Designer Paper called Greenhouse Gala? I even love the different fonts together on the sentiment stamp from the Occasional Quotes. And don't get me started on the ribbon. Did I say already that I love it?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The New Stampin' Up! Catalog is HERE!

I am just loving the new, bright, fresh colors and designer papers in the new Stampin' Up! catalog. If you don't have one yet, let me know, and I will get one to you!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hang In There, Kermit!

I apologize for the grainy quality of this photo. But if you look closely, you will see a little tree (?) frog peeking in on my glass back door. I don't know how he was able to hang on, but he reminded me of the saying 'Hang in there.' He was so tiny and cute. I was just mesmerized by how he was able to stay on the glass. He was probably wondering how I could exist on the other side. Kinda looks a bit like.....Kermit.