1 Million $$ Celebration

Patty's Million Dollar Achiever Highlight Video

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I am excited to share my Highlight Video from last December when I visited Stampin' Up! to celebrate my $1,000,000 career sales milestone!

We had the most amazing trip visiting the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT, and being spoiled with a wonderful driver picking us up and taking us everywhere, a beautiful suite at the Grand America hotel - complete with A DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREE! in our suite - and wonderful meals, celebrations, tours of home office, packing orders on the pick line, and a highlight for me, stamping with Sara at Shelli's house!!

 You can see some of those highlights below in the video from Stampin' UP!, and I've also included a few photos below that of our wonderful trip!

 

It gives me goosebumps to think I was the 9th person in the 28 year history of Stampin' UP! to achieve this sales milestone! 

 

Watch the Stampin' Up! Highlight Video below from my million dollar trip!

 

  

 

 if you are unable to see the video in an email feed, click here to see it on my YouTube channel.

 

 As you can see in the video, my husband and son, Eric and Jason, were with me on this trip, and that meant so much to me!! They have been my biggest cheerleaders and supporters over my 21 year Stampin' UP! career!

Here are a few highlight photos of our beautiful suite at the Grand America, our walk around the Temple Square grounds, and our time at the home office.   Our first day there was beautiful and sunny and we walked for miles, then that night KABOOM, one of the biggest snow storms to hit Salt Lake City in years!! Everything turned into a winter wonderland!!

 

  Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!

Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!  in the photobooth with Sean, Sara, Eric and Jason

Having fun with Sara and Sean in the photo booth!

 

Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!  in the atrium of the home office with all the employees cheering!

The Stampin' UP! employees clapping and cheering.. what a moment... truly an experience of a lifetime!

 

Patty Bennett's $1,000,000 celebration trip to Stampin' UP!  on the pick line, packing Stampin' Up! orders

Above and below: the pick line - so much fun packing orders!!

Patty Bennett's trip to the Stampin Up! home office learning about the pick line for packing Stampin' Up! orders.

Patty Bennett and family meeting with Stampin' UP! designer Kathy Pitt to design my own stamp set!

Above: meeting with Kathy to design my stamp set!!  You will see it in the next annual catalog as far as I know!

 

Patty Bennett and family meeting with Spencer Willis at Stampin' Up! to learn about new products!

Above: meeting with Spencer to see sneak peeks of new products!!!!!

Visiting Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT in December with the Christmas lights!

Our first day in Salt Lake City was sunny and gorgeous.. we walked to Temple Square and all around downtown!

Our suite at the Grand America, Salt Lake City, UT for my 1 million dollar sales celebration with Stampin' UP!

Our suite at the Grand America was AMAZING!!!! complete with our own decorated Christmas Tree!

We went to sleep that night and when we got up ... BAM.. winter wonderland!

overnight snowstorm in Salt Lake City, December 2015

Snowstorm in Salt Lake City, UT viewed from the Grand America Hotel.

Jason, Eric, Patty, Sara and Sean at Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Salt Lake City, UT

Above:  Dinner at Ruth's Chris steakhouse with Sara and Sean.. truly a delightful evening with a most gracious and delightful couple!

 

Eric, Patty and Jason at the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City UT

Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass stamping and creating our Project Life album in Shelli's craft room!

Above: stamping day with Sara at Shelli's house!!  Click the links below to see more about THAT amazing experience!

 Usually, for a $1,000,000 sales celebration, Shelli is part of the celebration, but when I visited the home office last December, she and Sterling were serving on a mission in Hawaii for the LDS church, so I was able to catch up with Shelli and Sterling when I visited Salt Lake again in April for the OnStage convention event.  Shelli, Sterling, Sean, Sara, Cindee and I had dinner at the Red Iguana which was delightfully fun!!

Patty's $1,000,000 celebration visit to Salt Lake City, UT - dinner at the Red Iguana

 

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 Thank you for celebrating with me, thank you for your orders (if you are one of my customers) and for continuing to support my Stampin' UP! business! I love being your Stampin' UP! demonstrator!!

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Meet Tiffany! Stampin' Up! Designer!

 

On our trip to the Stampin' UP! home office last December to celebrate my Million $$ Sales achievement, I asked to meet with some of the super talented designers who create the Stampin' UP! stamp sets, big shot framelits and dies and the Designer Series Paper!   I met with Kathy, Jen and Tiffany - AMAZINGLY talented ladies!!!

See my meeting with Jen HERE!

Meet Tiffany.. she is the SUPER AMAZINGLY talented artist who designed the Into the Woods paper pack!  I loved hearing her talk about designing the artwork for the paper, and selecting the color palette!!

 

  Tiffany and Patty at Stampin' Up! - Into the Woods designer series paper original artwork samples!

 She and I are holding 3 of the ACTUAL painted original artwork pieces that Tiffany painted when she was designing this paper!!  I was so giddy!! Can you tell!? 

AND THEN.. WHAM.. Tiffany says, YOU CAN HAVE ONE!!  aaaaaaaaaaaah! What!? Have one!?  :)

This is the one I picked:

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 She said she knew I'd pick that one :)

Can you see that???.. you can see her actual brushstrokes from painting the leaves, acorns, and stems!!!

 

 

Did you love this paper pack when it was available last fall??  oh my gosh.. I loved that paper!!  I was so sad to see it leave us when the 2015 Holiday catalog ended.. but WOW.. guess what.. it's on the Clearance Rack now for a limited time only while supplies last.. so now you can get it for only $4.40 per pack!!

 

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Click to purchase yours today!!!  And I know you'll feel just a little more special about owning it now that you have met Tiffany!!! :)

Grab some now, and tuck it away for this fall.. you can't beat the deal!!

 

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Thanks again, Tiffany and everyone at Stampin' UP! who had a part in making our trip so special!

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Botanicals Card set in a Box with Patty & Sara - Video!

I am excited to share another part of my recent Million Dollar Achievers trip to the Stampin' Up! home office with you!! 

About a week before our trip to Stampin' UP!, I requested that the Concept Artists design a project using my Favorite Botanical Gardens Suite (pgs 26 and 27 in the 2016 Occasions catalog) for Sara and I to make when we were crafting in Shelli's stamp room! {yes, you read that right.. crafting in SHELLI'S STAMP ROOM!}  :)

The beautiful card set in a box (shown below and in the video below) is what they came up with .. wow.. they truly went above and beyond!!  Ben shot a video of Sara and I describing the project and the Botanical Gardens Suite and the 2 free Sale a Bration gifts that coordinate with this suite.. WATCH our fun video below for the details and how to make this fun box and cards and find all shopping info at the bottom of this post.

 

 If you cannot see the video above, CLICK HERE to watch it on my Youtube channel.

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens Suite Gift Card Set in a Box!  Botanical Builder framelit dies create gorgeous flowers and leaves for embellishing your project.  Created by Concept Art for Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass for Patty's million dollar achievers trip!

 

To create this gorgeous note card set in a box that is perfect for gift giving, you'll need the products Sara and I show in the video above. See the entire Botanical Gardens Suite (stamp set, framelit dies, Designer Paper, Washi Tape, cardstock and Garden Jewels), on pgs 26 and 27 in the 2016 Occasions catalog, or HERE online, then click Botanical Gardens suite.

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens Suite Gift Card Set in a Box!  Botanical Builder framelit dies create gorgeous flowers and leaves for embellishing your project.  Created by Concept Art for Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass for Patty's million dollar achievers trip!

Watch the VIDEO above in this post for all the details on assembling your box and cards!

I love all the layers of die cut Botanical Builder framelit flowers and leaves the artists put on the box and the cards!! They are stamped with the coordinating Botanical Blooms stamp set to really bring them to life!

SALE A BRATION!!  (that means FREE stuff) :)

As Sara and I mention in the video above, the stamp set and the beautiful printed vellum are both FREE selections in the Sale a Bration brochure... they are offered only through the end of March 2016, so be sure to select those with each $50 online order so you can make this great project!

Stampin' UP! Botanical Gardens Suite Gift Card Set in a Box!  Botanical Builder framelit dies create gorgeous flowers and leaves for embellishing your project.  Created by Concept Art for Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass for Patty's million dollar achievers trip!

I love how each card features a different pattern from the Botanical Garden Designer Paper pack and a different piece of the Free Sale a Bration Botanical Gardens vellum stack!

Thank you SO much to the amazing Concept Artists for creating this fabulous project for Sara and I!

Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass share a box with note cards featuring the Stampin' UP! Botanical Suite of products from the Occasions 2016 catalog!  Video tutorial at pattystamps.com

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Thank you to Dirk for photographing the project for me!! That was also part of my trip experience.. I got to spend time in the photo studio at Stampin' UP! and Dirk explained the process for photographing samples and products.. it was AMAZING!!!  I could have spent 3 days in there learning all the tips and tricks!

Stampin' Up! Photo Studio with Dirk and Sara - photographing the Botanical Gardens gift card set in a box! Amazing day on my million dollar achievers trip!

Yep, that's Sara Douglass helping with our photo shoot.. what a dream day it was.. Thank you again Sara for everything, and Dirk for all the photography tips and the fun photo shoot of our projects!

 

Below is the cutting and scoring info for creating the box using the 12x12 Kraft cardstock, #133674 and your Simply Scored board, #122334

 

DIY pattern for Botanical Gardens Gift Box. Fits 3 to 4 cards plus envelopes. Video tutorial with complete instructions by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

If you want to see MORE of our fun crafting day in Shelli's stamp room WATCH THE VIDEO here!

Anne-Marie made another smaller version to accommodate the Stampin' Up! Note Cards.. see her post HERE!

 

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Patty's Project Life Album pages

 

This is Part 2 of my Project Life post - if you missed ALL THE FUN Sara and I had at Shelli's house creating this Project Life album SEE THIS POST and VIDEO yesterday!

As I mentioned in my blog post yesterday, after we created all the Project Life pages documenting "day 1" of my visit to the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT, celebrating my Million $$ in sales achievement, we went back to the home office and Dirk took me to the photography studio where he showed me how they shoot all the samples and product photos for the catalogs, publications, blog posts, Pinterest photos, etc!

 

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

I never knew how much time and effort go in to the photography at Stampin' Up! and it was very fun to spend time with Dirk learning all about their techniques and learning great lighting tips!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

This is the Project Life by Stampin' Up! album Sara and I created on "day 2" of my visit.  Watch the Video here if you missed it yesterday to see all the details.

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

There had been a huge snowstorm during the night, so everything was WHITE and like a Winter Wonderland!! Perfect for the Christmas theme of my visit!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

Documenting my million $$ visit to Stampin' UP! with Project Life! Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

You cannot imagine the feeling, walking into the beautiful, huge atrium at Stampin' Up! and seeing every employee lined up all around the balconies... my heart was SO FULL - it took my breath away!

Patty Bennett's million dollar achiever trip to the Stampin' Up! home office in Riverton, UT with Sara Douglass

It meant the world to me to have my husband and son with me for this trip.. they have shared every moment of my 20+ year journey with Stampin' Up! and I am blessed to have them by my side!

Eric, Patty and Jason Bennett at the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT celebrating my million dollar sales achievement!

 

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

The Attention to Detail was amazing!  I had asked that they have Pepsi and Diet Pepsi for Eric and Jason, and they had that at every stop along our way!!  So sweet!  And check out the darling personalized hot cocoa cups they had for everyone!

Home office party at Stampin' UP!, celebrating Patty Bennett's million dollar achievement. Custom hot chocolate cups with the Wondrous Wreath image just for me!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

In between our visit to the Distribution Center (above) and the Demo Support Dept (below), we also had lunch with product specialists Darcy and Andrea, we met with Spencer to see sneak peeks from the upcoming catalog (!!!!), we met with the super talented Artist Kathy who will be drawing up my idea for my stamp set, we chatted with all of the Concept Artists, Eric and Jason got a sneak peek of the December Paper Pumpkin kit (see THIS POST), and I got to go stamp a card in the Concept Art Dept (see THIS POST).  We ended day 1 with dinner with the corporate team - fun conversation, great food and a wonderful time!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

Did you see Sara's Project Life presentation at the Brussels OnStage event last November? She showed a great tip to get MORE photos into one layout by doing a "pull-up" photo spread.. check this out.. the photos are on Project Life cards that were washi taped together, and they pull up with a tab!!!  I asked her to teach me how to do that, so we did it!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

Patty's Project Life by Stampin' UP! album documenting memories from my Million Dollar Achiever's trip to Stampin' UP!

Thank you again, Dirk, for the amazing experience in the photography studio and for explaining all of the amazing steps for getting the lighting just right!!  Thank you for all the photos of my Project Life album!

Stampin' UP! photography studio photo shoot of Patty's Million dollar achiever trip and my Project Life album with Dirk!

 Here is my check list for photos I still need to put in my album:

 

  • Dinner, night 1
  • our amazing hotel room at the Grand America
  • Temple Square the day we arrived
  • Day 2 at Shelli's with Sara
  • Dinner, night 2
  • My gorgeous and amazing "pillow gifts" from Stampin' UP!

I'll be sharing those pages after I get all the photos printed and slipped into more pocket pages.

 

BELOW you will find the products we used in this album.  Click on any item to see more info or purchase it in my online store.   CLICK HERE to see a full line of Project Life supplies.  Reminder: the Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection is ONLY available as a FREE Sale a Bration item until March 31, 2016 with your $50 Stampin' Up! purchase (it's noted with a $0.00 price below).

 

 

Patty's 2016 Project Life Challenge!

If you are willing to take my 2016 challenge and make this the year that you start Project Life, or get back to it, leave me a comment and let me know!  Let's do this together!  If you need Project Life by Stampin' Up! Supplies, click here or the icon below to shop online anytime!

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Patty's Million Dollar Memories - Project Life by Stampin' UP! Video with Sara Douglass

I am sooooo excited to share my "Project Life Made Easy" Video with you today!!!!!  brought to you by Patty Bennett & Sara Douglass, crafting in Shelli Gardner's stamp room!!!

When my family and I traveled to the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT in December to celebrate my million $$ in sales achievement, one of the things I requested was that Sara and I could work on a Project Life album on "day 2" of my visit, using photos taken by the Stampin' Up! photographers on "day 1".  And of course.. they made my dreams come true!!

See how easy it is to document your memories with Project Life by Stampin'  Up!, video tutorial by Patty Bennett and Sara Douglass

Seriously.. do you think we might have been having TOO much fun!?  (we did!) :)

This was an AMAZING day (ok the whole TRIP was amazing!) and I will never forget the awesome day spent with Sara (Interim CEO of Stampin' UP!) as we crafted, chatted, laughed, ate, and preserved memories in Shelli Gardner's craft room!  YES.. we were AT SHELLI'S house!! eek!! :)  I had asked Sara if we could do this at her house in her stamp room and she says, "Let's do it at my mom's house!" .... ummm OK!!! :)  Sara was the MOST gracious hostess and since Shelli could not be there, she called in with a FaceTime call!! Watch the video for all the fun we had that day!

Watch the Video below for all the details on our amazing day together and to learn all the basics you need to know to get started preserving your memories with Project Life by Stampin' UP!

 

 

(unable to view the video? see it HERE on my Youtube channel)

CLICK HERE for an update (Feb. 2016) on my Project Life crafting space!

Did you catch the 3 basic steps for getting started with your Project Life album in the video? 

Here is what Sara advised:

  • Step 1: get your photos printed, sort through them to find your favorites, then put them in order for your album (this might be chronological, or might be by subject, by event, etc.)
  • Step 2:  slip your photos into the pocket pages, leaving some pockets empty for the cards (see step 3)
  • Step 3:  go through the Project Life cards and pick out the cards you want in your album, slip them into the empty pockets in your album.  Journal on some, and embellish on others.  Don't forget to embellish ON your photos as well with the accessories in the accessory pack!

We used a 6"x8" Project Life album, and of course the 6x8 pocket pages.  You also have the choice of a 12x12 album which will hold a lot more photos and cards per page than the 6x8 album.   We used the 6x8 Kraft album (shown below) with the 6x8 variety pack pocket pages, and the Memories in the Making Cards, accessory pack and stamp set, all shown below.  The overlays I refer to in the video are from the FREE Memories in the Making Sale a Bration gift pack (free with your $50 order), found on pg 8 in the Sale a Bration brochure.

The Basic Project Life by Stampin' UP! Supplies that you'll need are:

  • A Project Life 3 ring Album (click here to see them all)
  • Project Life Photo Pocket Pages for your size album (click here to see them all)
  • Project Life Cards and Accessory packs for journaling, decorating and embellishing (click here to see them all)
  • Project Life Journaling Pens for recoring your memories (click here)
  • Additional Project Life cards, accessories and stamp sets (click here to see them all)

 So at a minimum, to get started, your list would look something like this... select your album size and order the correct pocket pages to go inside, then get a pack or 2 of Project Life Cards, an accessory pack and the journaling pens!

 

TUNE IN TOMORROW for photos of all of my Project Life Pages that we created together! 

Part of this amazing experience was that after we created this Project Life album, we went back to the Stampin' Up! home office, and Dirk took me to the photography studio and we shot all of the Project Life page layouts that Sara and I created!!  Yes.. professional photos of all the layouts of this book!! They really spoiled me with my trip to the Home Office.. I am working hard to sell my next million so I can go back! :)

  Project Life by Stampin' UP! made easy with Sara Douglass and Patty Bennett, documenting memories of my Million Dollar Achievers trip to Stampin' Up!

Thank you:

  • Sara, for being the hostess with the mostest and awesome teacher, crafting partner... :)
  • Merilee, for all of your help that day!
  • Ben, for your mad skills with the video camera!!
  • Jon, for the still shots!
  • Shelli, for letting us use your lovely home!
  • Dirk, for the amazing photos of our page layouts!
  • Concept Art Artists for the beautiful Project Life Album!
  • and to my faithful customers for 20 years of ordering Stampin' Up! supplies!

 

Patty's 2016 Project Life Challenge!

If you are willing to take my 2016 challenge and make this the year that you start Project Life, or get back to it, leave me a comment and let me know!  Let's do this together!  If you need Project Life by Stampin' Up! Supplies, click here or the icon below to shop online anytime!

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Stamping at Stampin' UP!

 

On my million dollar achiever's trip to the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT, I got to be a Concept artist for a few moments...  well, kind of... they asked me to look over a short list of stamp sets and pick out a set or 2 and make a card they could put on their Occasions Catalog Pinterest Board!!  Oh.. and... I had 30 minutes to do it!! :)

I selected Picture Perfect and Timeless Textures as the 2 sets, and combined them on this card:

Stampin Up! card created with the Picture Perfect stamp set and Timeless Textures stamp set from the 2016 Occasions catalog, by Patty Bennett on her million dollar trip to the Riverton Home Office!

It was crazy trying to think of a design, grab the supplies, stamp and finish up in 30 minutes.. I felt like it could have been a stamping game show!!  Can you imagine having every product right at your fingertips and trying to decide what to use!!?  eeeks!!!

They pinned my card to their Pinterest Board!! sweet!! :)  That gave me chills!

To get more ideas for your new stamps and supplies, follow my 2016 Occasions catalog pinterest board, CLICK HERE.

Here I am in Kasia's stamping space at Stampin' Up!... she is one of the AMAZING Concept Artists!! 

 

Stampin Up! card created with the Picture Perfect stamp set and Timeless Textures stamp set from the 2016 Occasions catalog, by Patty Bennett on her million dollar trip to the Riverton Home Office!

Thanks Stampin' UP! for the trip of a lifetime and for asking me to stamp something for you!!  It was an honor!!

You can see more of my blog posts about our trip here: Patty's 1 Million $$ Stampin' Up! Visit

  Patty Bennett stamps at the Stampin' Up! home office on her million dollar celebration trip to Riverton UT!

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2016 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks

 NEW CATALOGS start Tuesday, Jan. 5th... CLICK HERE for all the info!

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If you have already seen my Sneak Peek Video (here) or the 2016 Stampin' UP! Occasions catalog, then you have probably guessed that the Birthday Bouquet suite of products on pgs 8 and 9 are among my VERY favorite products in this catalog! 

When I was visiting the Stampin' UP! home office for my Million Dollar Trip, I got to sit with Jen Ward (a designer at Stampin' UP!) who designed this BEYOND GORGEOUS FABULOUSLY AMAZING Birthday Bouquet Designer Series paper and the OH MY GOSH GORGEOUS Birthday Blooms stamp set!!!!!  She showed me her design process and let me tell you, her talent is beyond my comprehension... she is so funny, talented, kind and sweet.. I loved meeting with her!!!

Patty Bennett and Jen Ward Birthday Bouquet dsp

I was like a giddy child on Christmas day meeting Jen and hearing how she designed this gorgeousness... I couldn't wipe that smile off my face all day!!!  :)  

So, it's no wonder that I wanted to share these amazingly gorgeous samples with you ... these were on display at the 2015 Founder's Circle trip in September!  Little did I know then, that I'd get to meet the amazing lady who designed these products!! wow!! yes, I'm still on cloud 9!

 Enjoy these ideas, and get that wish list ready for Tuesday!! :)

  • Birthday Blooms stamp set #140655 (wood) or #140658 (clear)
  • Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper #140557
  • Birthday Bouquet Cardstock pack #140558

Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower friend card sample by Stampin Up

Above and Below: Gold embossing and White embossing.. how elegant, classy and pretty!

Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower card sample by Stampin Up

Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower box sample by Stampin Up

Above.. so cool.. stamp this beautiful flower right onto the designer paper... um.. hello? Why didn't I think of that!?

  Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower card and box sample by Stampin Up

Above: create your own background paper by stamping hearts over and over, or, simply stamp flowers onto the striped paper for this cute birthday box!

Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower card by Stampin Up

Above: maybe my favorite... love the bold black and white with the beautifully colored flowers!

Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower card thanks by Stampin Up

Above: such gorgeous watercoloring and definitely amazing details with the Expressions Natural Elements wooden Thanks accent

  Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower card and bag sample by Stampin Up

Above and Below... these 3 projects just show the versatility of this suite.. from gorgeous and fancy to playful and fun!

Occasions catalog birthday blooms birthday card sample by Stampin Up

Occasions catalog birthday blooms flower box by Stampin Up

Above: adorable cuteness when you use the Baker's Box to create a fun gift box!

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Above:  an up close view of the Birthday Bouquet paper samples.. you can see how versatile this paper pack is.. you can create everything from elegant birthday and floral cards, to whimsical cards and projects to bold and graphic designs!

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Patty's Million Dollar Trip to Stampin' UP! - Stampin' Day with Sara Douglass

 

Million dollars stampin up pattystampsOh my goodness.. what a whirlwind, amazing, fantastic, fabulous 4 days in Utah!!! 

We have arrived home from our Million Dollar Celebration and activities at the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton, UT .. and our hearts and minds are so full of wonderful memories.. it was just the most amazing trip EVER!! 

 

Celebrating Patty Bennett's Million Dollar Sales Achievement at Ruth's Criss with Sara and Sean Douglass
Jason, Eric & Patty Bennett with Sara & Sean Douglass

 

Stampin' UP! allows the Million Dollar sales achievers to request whatever they'd like to do and I asked to tour several departments at Stampin' UP! as well as have a stamping day with Sara - Interim CEO of Stampin' UP!.  I have watched Sara grow up over my 20 years as a Stampin' UP! demonstrator and we have become friends through the Stampin' Up! incentive trips and Founder's Circle retreats.. she is one amazing person, sweet, kind, funny, adorable and one smart cookie!! (oh and she dresses super cute, too!) :)

So.. I asked to have a stamp day with her at her house..  she quickly suggested that we stamp at her mom's house, even though her mom, Shelli, and her dad Sterling, are away serving a mission trip for their church.  I didn't hesitate one second and said SURE! I'd love to stamp at your mom's house!!

(heart pounding with excitement.. stamping WITH Sara AT Shelli's house.. are you kidding me!?) :) :) :)

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I asked if we could create a Project Life album with the photos from the first day of our visit at Stampin' UP!... and of course they made it happen!!!  The amazing photographers at Stampin' UP! took tons of pix on day 1 of our trip to the home office and got them all printed for us... then together, we put them in an album the next morning as shown above!! 

While we were crafting... guess who Facetimed us... Shelli!! What a treat to say hi to her and also to Sterling, all the way from Hawaii!! ;)   Thank you Shelli!  It was so fun to have you "there with us" for a few minutes, and thank you for letting us use your amazing home!

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Ben shot a video of us while we crafted, and I'll be sharing that with you after the holidays!!  (sooooo excited!!!!)

Jon was there too, taking photos of us, Merilee grabbed my phone and took photos, so we have a very well documented time together!! (thank you, thank you!)

That afternoon, Dirk (one of the amazing photographers at Stampin' UP!) showed me how they photograph all the catalog samples and we did a photo shoot of all my Project Life album pages... I'll be sharing those with you soon!

I was so excited to see exactly how easy Sara made our Project Life experience as we created our album.. it was so fun!!!  I have been hesitant to start my Project Life journey, and I don't know what I've been waiting for!! I have multiples of all of the boxes of Project Life by Stampin' Up! cards, lots of albums, and tons of (empty!!) pages to fill (and 80 billion photos).. NOW I feel totally prepared to go forth and document our lives!!

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I will be sharing all the pages of our album as well as lots more photos with you over the coming weeks, but just wanted to get this post on my blog and encourage you to GET READY TO DOCUMENT YOUR LIFE with me... so grab your Project Life supplies in the online store, select some photos, and let's do this together in 2016!!

 

 Stampin' UP! offers several different varieties and themes of Project Life cards, albums, and pages to document your photos and memorabilia. (See ALL Stampin' Up! Project Life supplies here).  We used the 6x8 album and pages and the upcoming Memories in the Making cards and Accessory pack (coming Jan. 5, 2016 in the Occasions/Spring catalog).  I've listed a few supplies below that you may want to order soon if you'd like to take my Project Life Challenge in 2016 with me! 

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Our Million Dollar Trip to Utah!

 

Do you know what we are going to do!?

I'm so excited I can hardly sit still!!!  We are heading to Salt Lake City, UT to go visit the Stampin' UP! home office in Riverton for a few days!!! 

This amazing trip is to celebrate my milestone achievement of selling $1,000,000 in Stampin' UP! products!!

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Stampin' UP! celebrates all Million Dollar Achievers with a trip to the home office! There have been 10 demonstrators to achieve this milestone.. I was #9!  Read more about it here!

Eric and Jason are heading there with me and to say I am on cloud 9 would be a huge understatement!  I am so excited to have them by my side for this celebration! They have been my biggest supporters during my 20 year journey with Stampin' UP!

Stampin' UP! sent me a gorgeous travel wallet with our documents and itinerary and gorgeous luggage tags!  They have every minute of our visit planned out per my requests! 

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I'll be so excited to share photos with you when we get back.  I know I will be way too busy enjoying every second and soaking up every little moment while I am there, so I will download photos and blog later next week!

 Oh, and did I mention we get to fly first class!?  Um.. yep! Our first time ever!! :)

Excited? Me?  YES! :)

I might be posting a couple photos to my Facebook Business page here, while we are gone.

Thank you for YOUR support of my Stampin' Up! business! Without my faithful customers, I would not have achieved this amazing milestone!

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The Million Dollar Celebration .. continues!

 

Do you remember my exciting news back in mid-September when I reached the milestone of selling ONE MILLION DOLLARS in Stampin' Up! products?  (you can read the million dollar story here)... well, the celebration just continues!!

This week, my sweet hubby and son are traveling with me to San Diego, CA to the Stampin' Up! OnStage event!!  It's a new type of event for Stampin' Up! and I'm SO EXCITED to attend!! 

Stampin' Up! will be celebrating the million dollar achievers at this event, so Eric and Jason will be there with me to celebrate too!! whohooo!!! 

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The convention center where OnStage will be held is on the right and our hotel is on the left, and in between is a whole lot of wonderful shoreline to walk, explore, take pix, shop, oh and EAT :)

I have about a dozen wonderful demonstrators from our Luv 2 Stamp Group who will be there with me and a few hundred of my Stampin' Up! friends are attending too! :)

On the day that I reached the million dollars in sales, I was on a bus with several dozen of my Stampin' Up! friends, on our way from Founder's Circle 2015 in St. George, UT, to Las Vegas to catch our flights home... My sweet friends were all cheering for me, taking photos, taking videos.. I kept checking my phone to see if "THE" Million Dollar order had come through... we were going through the desert so the cell signal was sketchy.. so I kept checking my phone... Connie Stewart made the cutest video of me as this all transpired.. check it out..

  

Thank you Connie.. it is sooooooo cute!!!  And what a fabulous memory!

I was sad that the order that put me over the million dollar mark was from a customer who selected "no contact" from her demonstrator, because I was unable to reward that person with the $150 shopping spree!!!  ... if you have ordered from me and not received a thank you and catalogs, please check your account to make sure you allow me to see your info (see this post for instructions).

You can also see more of the Million Dollar Celebration here.

Our next celebration will be a trip for my hubby, son and I to Riverton, UT in December to spend 2 days at the Stampin' UP! home office.. I am soooooooo over the moon excited about that!! :)

I'll be posting San Diego updates this week on my BUSINESS FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.. so feel free to check back and follow along on our journey!

 

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Million $$ Milestone Celebration - Flowers and a Card from Stampin' Up!

 

OH my!! Look what just arrived!!!! Gorgeous Flowers and a STUNNING card from Stampin' Up!

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What a sweet way to say Congratulations on my million $$ sales milestone!!!

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Sara Douglass told me they would be sending flowers and making a special card for me.. she asked what my favorite DSP or stamp set was, and of course I said English Garden designer paper!!!

Look at this gorgeous envelope they created out of the English Garden designer paper.. I am sure it's sponged and spritzed to give it extra background color.. it is stunning!!! It's even sewn on a sewing machine!!!!

 

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Of course I couldn't even open it til I took like 20 pictures of it!! :)

Then I opened it.. STUNNING!! What a gorgeous card, with a sweet handwritten note from Sara inside!

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Isn't that the coolest how they die cut P A T T Y  and placed the raised letters on the card!?

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and look at this gorgeous butterfly.. wow.. it's partially embossed with gold embossing powder.. how classy, stunning and amazing!

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You know that "flowers are my thing".. I love my garden and roses.. and these are just stunning, from Olive & Cocoa in Salt Lake City!!

 

 I thought I'd share this with you, too.  This is a wonderful article that Stampin' Up! published last week when I reached my million $$ in personal sales! 

Congratulations, Patty Bennett!

posted by Stampin' UP! September 24, 2015

Patty Bennett got the official news that she crossed the one million career-to-date sales milestone while on a bus ride to the airport-heading home after the last Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle. She celebrated with about 30 of her dear Stampin' Up! friends. "The entire bus was cheering! Not only cheering, but taking videos and photos of me as I checked my phone to see if that order had been placed!" There must have been a whirlwind of emotions during that two-hour bus ride as she reflected about her 20-year ride at Stampin' Up!

She shares, "I think about all of the people who have purchased products from me, about how our catalogs and products have changed, about how many UPS deliveries that would be, about how excited I am to come to the home office for my two-day visit, and about my loyal customers, family, and friends who have shared this journey with me!" Well, Patty, as you imagine all of those UPS boxes, we hope you can see a big CONGRATULATIONS stamped across each and every one of them! We are so excited for you and this gigantic accomplishment!

There's no doubt that Patty couldn't wait to get home to California and share the moment with her sweet husband of 29 years, Eric, and their son, Jason. They have been her sounding board and support system all these years. "[They] know everything about my business and I am so blessed that they will listen to me hash out ideas and challenges. They always give me amazing advice. They are there to help me when I ask them to cut and bag up stamping supplies, put labels on catalogs, help me take loads of packages to the post office, but most of all to give me a hug with each and every accomplishment along the way! They are my biggest cheerleaders!"

Every demonstrator's journey is different and for Patty, things really started to accelerate about eight years ago when she started her blog. "I really just wanted to share what I was up to; then, when online ordering became available, I started to see some orders come along as a result of my blog posts. When I started to incorporate YouTube videos and social media my sales really started to grow. Back then, I spent many hours studying those who had a blog or did YouTube videos to try to learn tips and 'figure it all out.' It's a continual learning process and growing experience, and I look forward to creating and sharing each project on my blog! It truly feeds my soul and makes me happy to teach and inspire others through my sharing!" She admits that she has come a long way since the days of letting her fax machine redial all night to fax (yes, fax!) in her orders. Thank goodness we've come a long way together!

We always love to know what inspires our demonstrators and Patty didn't hesitate to answer: "God's handiwork in nature inspires me with color combinations, textures, and pattern ideas that I would never think of. . . I love to adapt what I see in the world around me to a stamped project! My fellow demonstrators and crafty friends inspire me all the time, as well!" She gives credit to her wonderful parents for her creative side saying, "My dad is an artist and architect, and my mom was a quilter and gardener, so art and design are in my blood." It shows in her beautifully stamped cards that she shares regularly on her blog and with her customers in person.

Patty has been blessed with the tremendous support of an amazing team leader, and says she will never forget what Sandy Hancock said to her when she called to sign up: "Praise the Lord!" Patty hadn't even been to an official workshop, but she had been stamping since the 80s, LOVED the products, and got going right away-teaching her first classes the very week her Starter Kit arrived. She not only feels the support from her team leader, but passes it on to her group, too. She shares, "I love stamping with my Luv 2 Stamp Group [team] members-that is truly my 'stamp for fun' time!" We're confident that they love stamping with her, too! How could you not?

In 20 years as a demonstrator, you're going to face some difficulties, but that hasn't stopped Patty. She shares, "all the technical stuff has been my biggest challenge, but also one of my biggest accomplishments." She's grateful for friends and family who have helped her along the way as she has learned all she can about technology and social media. "My advice is to take it one piece at a time. . .  don't try to tackle it all at once if it's also one of your challenges! (Oh, and make Google your friend.)" She also encourages new demonstrators to seek advice from those around them and to not try to do it all on your own.

Patty did not hesitate to thank everyone who helped her reach this milestone (on her blog, of course!) and celebrated with prizes for those who pushed her over the million dollar mark. She keeps on working hard and accomplishing her goals because of her love of the products and people. "I love that I can call Shelli and Sara my friends, I love that people at the home office care about me! I love to stamp!  And I could not imagine my life without the friendships I have made through my customers and my fellow demonstrators all over the world!" Well, the feeling is mutual, Patty. We absolutely love you, support you, can't wait for our celebration with you, and look forward to your next big accomplishment. Enjoy the ride!

 

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Million Dollar Countdown WINNERS!!!

 

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 Thank you to all of my customers, friends, demonstrators, family and to everyone at Stampin' UP! who was following my countdown journey to the Million Dollars in personal sales milestone!

 While I was with my Founder's Circle friends last week in Utah, we were counting down the totals each day and celebrated as I inched closer to the milestone!!  I was actually on the bus from St. George, UT to Las Vegas (to catch my flight home) with about 30 of my Founder's Circle friends when the order came through that put me over the mark to achieve my $1,000,000 in sales!  The entire bus was cheering!!  Not only cheering but taking videos and photos of me as I checked my phone to see if that order had been placed!!! 

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These were just of a few of my friends taking videos of me as I was checking for that order!!!

On the 2 hour ride, we kept going in and out of areas in the desert where there was no signal, and then finally we had signal and after a few tries, WHOHOOO!!!! CHEERS!!  Happy Tears!! and all that jazz.. the order came through!  My customers had ordered one million dollars in Stampin' UP! products from me!!!

O N E    M I L L I O N   D O L L A R S  in Stampin' UP! products!!! Wow!!

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You may have been following the countdown on my blog, so you know I'm giving away $575 in prizes!!!!

 Thank you to EVERYONE who placed orders to make this dream come true!  I have called or emailed them all so they already know they won, but wanted to share with all of you!

So without further delay.. here are the lucky winners of the $575 in prizes!!

WINNER #!: The person to place an order JUST BEFORE I hit $1,000,000 in sales:
CONGRATS to Julie S. !!!  She wins a $75 shopping spree and a 3-month Paper Pumpkin Subscription!

SAD NEWS... the person to place the order that actually pushed me over the million dollar mark selected "no contact" from her demonstrator... I am SO SAD!!!  I had posted in all my countdown blog posts that when you use that option I have no way to contact you... so for the $102.59 order at 10:23am MT with the "no contact" option.. I'm sorry.. you could have been the winner!! I hope you will change that option in your account so I can at least get in touch with you to send you a goodie!!  (see this post to see how to change your account)

WINNER #2: The person who wins the $150 shopping spree and 3-month Paper Pumpkin for putting me over that $1,000,000 sales mark is:  Kim T.! congrats!! So excited for you!!

WINNER #3: The person who ordered just after the million dollar mark is Patricia B. and she wins a $75 shopping spree and a 3-month Paper Pumpkin Subscription!! 

WINNERS #4 and #5: And 2 random winners from September will each receive a $50 shopping spree:  Cara C. and Collette K. !! Whohooo!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported my business to help me reach this milestone!!

 

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I think today might be THE Million Dollar Day!!

 

I am traveling home from the Founder's Circle Retreat in Utah to California today.. but I am sure that today will be the day we reach the million... I have been so excited to share this countdown with my friends here this week!!!!!  

I am so excited that it looks like today will be THE DAY!!  I will update you as soon as I get home to California tonight (it will be late when I get home) .. but I will let you know all the winners as soon as I can!!

 

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"No Contact" NOTE:  If you select the option for "no contact from your demonstrator" on your order, you are not eligible to win any of these prizes, because your contact information will remain anonymous to me.  SEE THIS POST for directions to change your preference to allow me to see who you are :)

(and yes.. there were already 2 "no contact" orders today.. makes me so sad I can't send you a card and catalogs!!)

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We are getting CLOSE to the Million Dollar Day!

 

I am so excited to announce that we are getting SO VERY CLOSE to that Million Dollar Milestone!

I am pretty confident it will be in the next couple days (maybe even today or tomorrow!!).. I really don't know when because sales fluctuate each day.... but I can tell you it's very very close.. If you'd like to be a part of the celebration and have a chance to win one of the prizes below, this is your chance ! :)

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you who has supported my business!!

 

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"No Contact" NOTE:  If you select the option for "no contact from your demonstrator" on your order, you are not eligible to win any of these prizes, because your contact information will remain anonymous to me.  SEE THIS POST for directions to change your preference to allow me to see who you are :)

(and yes.. there were already 2 "no contact" orders today.. makes me so sad I can't send you a card and catalogs!!)

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