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Eric's iPad Birthday Celebration

Eb bday wish big Ah yes, the iPad Birthday celebration.... thanks to my wonderful bonus from Stampin' Up! last week I was able to buy my hubby an iPad for his bday ...  he had a BIG WISH and I was so happy I could make it come true by getting the iPad for him! 

This was the card I made for him, inspired by the fabulously talented Mary Brown!

We had a nice casual day celebrating his birthday and capped it off with a nice dinner at Outback with friends... We didn't get a photo with all of us but we did get one with Mindy.  Mindy gave us all some great tutorials about how the iPad works and the amazing things it is capable of .. wow.. TECHNOLOGY is amazing ...

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We enjoyed a little celebrating and he loved his iPad.. whoohooo!

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Here is the inside of the card.... i actually printed the inside polkdot paper in MDS since I wanted it to be a lighter shade of Concord Crush... amazing how you can combine MDS and real live stamping..

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Yes, those are rhinestones on the candle flames.. I LOVE those little self sticky rhinestones! (see pg 188).

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend... see ya!


 

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Convention 2010, the Apple iPad and Eric's Birthday

Here's the Story of the Apple iPad, my hubby's birthday and the Stampin' Up! Convention 2010... yes.. they are related in a funny sort of way...

My hubby has wanted the Apple iPad for a couple months now.. unfortunately, we could not quite afford to buy one prior to the Stampin' Up! Cruise in April when he really wanted it... but.. thanks to Stampin' Up! I was able to buy him one for this birthday this week!

At the Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 last week I kept seeing ladies with the iPad.. finally I sat down at a table with about 1/2 a dozen delightful demonstrators and asked them to give me an iPad tutorial... they all whipped out their iPads and showed me the amazing things you can do on it, including placing your orders right online at a workshop.. ok,, HOW COOL IS THAT!?  Here are two of my new iPad friends Louann Fisher and Cindy Cort .. they had my blog bookmarked on their iPad, and brought up my blog post about my MDS Owl card, and displayed my Owl card that I had just swapped with them... how cute is that? :)

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So then the a couple nights later, when my hubby and son were still in SLC after Awards Night, I saw Dina with her iPad and asked her to give Eric a tutorial on everything it is capable of doing... here they are in the Marriott lobby..

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She even made sure he had some fun with a driving game!  I think Rose Ellen is entertained too! :)

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Thanks Dina, for helping convince Eric that he'd like one of these fun toys...  thanks to my Stampin' Up! bonus, I was able to buy him the Apple iPad this week for his birthday!!  :)  As I type this, we are getting ready to open his gifts and go out to dinner to celebrate, so I'll have pix of his birthday tomorrow... stay tuned.. and thanks to my iPad friends at Convention for your fun tutorials!  :)

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - sights, sounds, memorable moments

In no particular order, here are just some of my favorite photos and memories of our Stampin' Up! convention last week.. what a great week of special memories!

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Stampin' Up! Convention - random ramblings from Awards Night..

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Stampin' Up! does an amazing job making their demonstrators feel loved and appreciated!!  There are awards, prizes, marches on stage, flowers, gifts, ... you name it.. they sure know how to spoil us!  At Convention 2010 last week, I was recognized for ...

  • #5 in Demonstrator of the Year out of all the demonstrators in the US!
  • I placed 8th in the company with 13 Sr. Associate promotions in my 1st level Luv 2 Stamp Group
  • I recruited 16 demonstrators into my 1st level of the Luv 2 Stamp Group
  • Celebrated being in the Stampin' Up! business for 15 years!
  • Surpassing the $400,000 mark in career sales!
  • Selling over $60,000 in the last fiscal year!
  • Earning the upcoming 2011 Incentive Trip to Alaska! All expenses paid for TWO people!

Being in the top 100 "Demonstrator of the Year" category in Stampin' Up!, means I am in the Founder's Circle and get to go on a four day, all expenses paid trip to beautiful St. George, Utah with the top 100 demonstrators in the entire country!  I have been on this trip twice before and it is so much fun to hang out with my Stamping buddies and relax, eat, talk, swap, share tips and ideas, stamp, eat, relax, visit the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility in Kanab, relax, eat, oh .. ya..  I mentioned that part :)

Demonstrator of the Year status is determined by a combination of factors from the previous year: personal sales, personal recruiting, personal promotions, and promotions and sales of the demonstrators in the first level of your group.  I was beyond AMAZED and honored to have ranked 5th in the company.. that was a total surprise and was made even better by having my husband and son in attendance at the Awards Night ceremony!!! Bless them for driving all the way from the San Francisco area to be with me!!! 

As they called up the top 100 in groups of 10, starting from #100, I fully expected to be called WAY before #10 .. but when they got to #11 and I knew I was in the top 10, this was my reaction.. I could NOT believe it! Look at Stella's face (next to me).. she is so shocked too.... I still get butterflies thinking of that moment!

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Here is the top 10... THANK YOU to Nikki Rueth for sending me this photo!!

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This was my face as I exited the stage and was greeted by my fabulous SAM (service account manager) Terri... i was soooooooooooooooo stunned in case you cannot tell! :)

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Here I am with my friends Susie and Michelle as we walk the stage celebrating over $60,000 in personal sales last year!

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My friend Glad and I as we are about to walk on stage for our 15 year recognition march. 

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 Thank you Stampin' Up! for making us feel so appreciated!!!


 

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - FABULOUS FREE Stuff!

At each Stampin' Up! event, it seems we are showered with lovely gifts, presents, prizes, etc., .. last week at Convention it was no different... here are the amazing FREE GIFTS I received!

Our Convention bag, complete with free stamps sets and a wheel for our Make & Takes, a pen, a pin, a tag, free catalog and mini catalog.

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Free stamp sets and wheel for Make & Takes and other free sets for awards I received for sales and recruiting.

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Free Play Date "Quick Accents", and some of my swaps.

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This was the gorgeous free bag I received for achivieving Founder's Circle (top 100 in the company):

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Items I received on Awards Night:

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opening the big box....

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It's a Cole Haan purse, in recognition for being in the top 10 category for most promotions to Sr. Associate in my 1st level downline!

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and inside the small box was this gorgeous necklace in recognition for being in the Top 10 of the entire company!!  whoohooo! :)

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Nancy won a You Crew prize....  are you kidding me? this is WAY more than just a prize.. WAY to go Nancy!

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And on the last day we were all given an amazing free product bundle.. check this out!

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Thank You Stampin' Up! for EVERYTHING !  

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - some of my swaps

Wow.. I'm home from the Stampin' Up! Convention.. what a week!  I feel like I could take a reallllly long nap.. like for a week!! :)  BUT.. there is too much stamping to be done... so enough thought of that...

I hope you will enjoy these ideas using new Stampin' Up! products from the new catalog ... these are a few of the swaps I took to Convention last week:

Swap greenhouse 4x4

Swap flower stencil

do you just LOVE these new Vintage Brads!?  OH my gosh.. I love them!

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Swap el lines concord 

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 Flower Power Party

The night before our Stampin' Up! Convention officially started, we had a  FLOWER POWER party... it was fun to see demonstrators, staff, and even Shelli and her husband Sterling all dressed up!  Enjoy these fun photos from our GROOVY event!

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I have soooooooo many more photos and amazing experiences to share  with you from Convention!  Please stay tuned each day!

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 Make & Take projects

I had fun with Steph, Cindee, Kim and Melissa from my downline as we made several projects on Day 1 of the Stampin' Up! convention.. the projects were really cute and focused a lot on using markers.. our Stampin' Up! markers are amazing and produce beautiful results, making your projects look gorgeous! 

This was my fave project, using our wonderful markers, done on watercolor paper (#105019, pg 170) and one of my favorite new stamp sets THAT WE GOT FOR FREE!!! called Just Believe, (#116948, pg109).

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This was a cute little 4x4 card stamped with the same set - the circle is sponged, using a circle mask cut from the Big Shot circle die... how clever!  Colors: Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait and Early Esspresso.

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This adorable 3x3 project uses the versatile and affordable little"So Many Thanks" single stamp, item 120173, pg 18.

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It is a 3x6 envelope folded in 1/2 to hold the 3x3 cards and envelopes.. how clever!!!

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This fun new paisley stamp set and wheel will be in our Holiday Mini catalog - which BY THE WAY... IS FANTASTIC - the entire mini catalog is to die for !!!!

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another card with the paisley set:

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Here is Cindee and one of her projects and Steph and one of hers:

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I didn't quite finish my last project... this is what part of it looked like.. it's pretty cute..
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I have soooooooo many more photos and amazing experiences to share  with you from Convention!  Please stay tuned each day!

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Stampin' Up! Convention highlights - Founders Circle

Greetings from Utah!  I am at our annual Stampin' Up! convention and wanted to report in about my visit to the Awards booth with my friend Ruth....  we went to the Awards booth together on the first day to receive our free stamping sets as rewards for our recruiting and sales efforts, and we were both awarded with a Founders Circle bag, which means we placed somewhere in the top 100 of the company!!!

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It was so exciting to receive a bag and know that we would be going on the Founder's Circle trip together this fall!  Here is a close-up of the lovely bag...

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So, as I am typing this... we are awaiting the Awards Night ceremony tonight.. I'll come back and finish up this post with a report on how it went... can you believe my dear hubby and son are driving up here from CA just to be with me on Awards Night!?  Oh my gosh.. amazing!

OH MY GOODNESS>>>  I am AMAZED and still in shock.. just got back fromthe Awards Night as I am typing this on Thursday night...  I placed #8 in the company in the number of 1st level demonstrator Sr. Associate Promotions, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the HUGE SHOCK was that I placed #5 in the ENTIRE COMPANY for Demonstrator of the year !!!!!

Here are the TOP 10 DEMONSTRATORS OF THE YEAR, and I am right in the middle at #5 !!!

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Can you believe my DEAR sweet husband and son DROVE ALL THE WAY UP FROM San Francisco to be here tonight!!!???  It was such a thrill to share this evening with them!!!  Thank you guys LOVE YOU! :)

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And here I am with roommate and dear friend Stella, and LONG time DEAR sweet friend Jan Wakeland.. they both have big news too, but I'll let them share that on their blogs..  love you sweet friends!

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  I have soooooooo many photos and amazing experiences to share  with you and it was only Day 1 of Convention today!  Please stay tuned each day!

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Stampin' Up! convention highlights - check in day

Wow.... what a FULL day !!  Yesterday was check in day at the annual Stampin' Up! convention here in Salt Lake City, UT, and we had so much fun for over 12 hours !!!! 

First on my agenda was to go into Memento Mall early - it was a nice perk for the demonstrators who had recruited someone so far this month, so, I got to go in at 8am!  whoohoo! Thank you Stampin' Up! for letting us do that!

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These were my 2 favorite items, the Greenhouse Gala print tote and HELLO>> the AWESOME computer bag!!!!  whohoooooo!
  

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Darling keychains... aren't they adorable?

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Fabulous Christmas Ornaments..

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Here I am in line (to pay) .. watching over my stuff and Stella's stuff...

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It was non stop action with activites, photos, lots of friends, etc., so stay tuned for TONS more photos during the week!!!


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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - swap cards #2

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I hope to report in tonight with fun photos from Check-In Day at Convention, but in case I don't get a chance, I did want to post more of my Swap Cards for you here... enjoy!

I did this all in My Digital Studio !!!  Do you like it!?  I hope convention goers will swap for MDS cards... I'll let you know how it goes.

Swap mds owl hat 

At first I made the card like this one below... but then I just had to add the hat, bow tie and buttons... WAY too fun!!  I made the bow tie with 2 heart punches and an oval punch in the middle, and made the hat with 2 oval punches with a rectangle in between.. then a partial oval for the blue band... I was really tickled with this fun card!  I will try to do a tutorial on this when I return from convention! :)

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - downline gifts

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Well, today is the BIG DAY .. I'm off on the airplane with some of my wonderful demonstrators and we are flying to Salt Lake City, UT for the 2010 Stampin' Up! Convention !!!

I hope to be reporting to you each night from Convention, so if you want to see all the news, catch all the fun and get great stamping tips, tune in each day this week!!!

Gift boxes

This is one of the gifts I am bringing for each of my downline members... a Simply Adorned Chain and Charm, customized for our group !  :)  Too fun!!  (All Simply Adorned Jewelry can be found on page 189 in the Stampin' Up! Catalog).

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I packaged them up with some other goodies in our very own DARLING Play Date Gusseted Envelopes, found on pg 180, item #120434.. aren't they toooo cute!?   

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Yes, of course I made custom labels for the envelopes, too :)  You know I love MDS for stuff like this! :)

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Stampin' Up! Convention 2010 - swap cards #1

Well, tomorrow is the big day....I'm traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Stampin' Up! Convention!!  I've only missed one convention in my 15 years as a demonstrator, and needless to say, this is one highlight of my year every year...

here is one of the swap cards I am taking with me to Convention!

Swap wheel 1

I focused on the new In Colors (see pg 165) with these cards - Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait!

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I wheeled a whole sheet of Whisper White using the new BUILDER WHEELS (pg 121) and 3 cell cartridge (pg 193) inked in Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait, and then punched out circles using the new 1-3/4" extra large circle punch (#119850, pg 203), and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch (#118874, pg 201).  Too cute! Thanks to Cindee Wilkinson for this adorable idea!

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This card also features the gorgeous Elegant Lines Embossing folder and the Big Shot... just fabulous!


  

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Fabulous NEWSPRINT DSP from Stampin' Up!

This new pack of Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!  called NEWSPRINT is SOOO interesting to work with ... I love it!!  GREAT Job, Stampin' Up! coming up with this one !! ;)

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I stenciled the flower using the ELEGANT TRIO Stencils, found in the Definitely Decorative Catalog, pg 34.

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Newsprint DSP from Stampin' Up!, item 117166.  All images copyright Stampin' Up!

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Greenhouse Gala - LOTS of layers!

I kind of went a little crazy with all the layers in this card... just kept adding fun new stuff...

Greenhouse gala paper lace

I layered a punch with a die cut, 2 pieces of Greenhouse Gala DSP, a piece of embossed Very Vanilla, and some paper lace ... kind of a hodgepodge but I think it's fun.  Click for FREE Paper Lace Video Tutorial.

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