Convention 2015

Stampin' Up! Convention Sample Photos & Friends

 I wanted to share with you one last post from our FUN DAYS at the Stampin' UP! convention last month!!  Our Luv 2 Stamp Group had so much fun getting to know each other... we "meet" daily online through our exclusive Facebook group and email group, but it's so fun to actually sit with each other, chat, eat, share the excitement of the new Holiday catalog, cheer for each other on stage, take selfies, and more!

If you are interested in more info or joining the Stampin' UP! family and our Luv 2 Stamp group, start HERE, then contact me to chat! pattystamps@comcast.net

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Below: Cindee is my wonderful roommate and one of my very best Stampin' UP! friends.. so fun to share one-on-one time with her in Salt Lake City!!

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Below: a few of our wonderful "coast to coast" Luv 2 Stamp Group members and special visitor Alyse.

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Below: Melanie and Becky

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Below: Jo Anne and Lisa

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Below: Lynne and I at the Awards Night ceremony

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And what Convention sharing blog post would be complete without a few fun product sneak peek photos... here are some fun new things you will find in your 2015 Holiday Catalog ... If you need a catalog, please ask your demonstrator or contact me if you don't have a demonstrator.. I'll be happy to send you one!

Below: SNEAK PEEK from the 2015 Stampin' UP! Holiday catalog: Boughs and Berries embossing folder... oh my!

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Below: SNEAK PEEK from the 2015 Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog: Halloween fun!

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Below: SNEAK PEEK from the 2015 Stampin' UP! Holiday catalog: new pillow box Big Shot die created with Winter Wonderland specialty paper

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 Below: SNEAK PEEK from the 2015 Holiday Catalog: cute Baker's Box treats created with the Into the Woods Designer Paper and Thankful Forest Friends stamp set

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Stampin' UP! is adding MORE ITEMS to the Clearance Rack !!

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They Surprised me ... Big Time!

 

Wow.. it was a complete surprise...

My Luv 2 Stamp Group has been secretly plotting for weeks, and they surprised me at our "pre-convention Gala" with gifts, cards and a presentation in commemoration of my 20 years with Stampin' Up!

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Honestly I don't know what my strange hand gesture was about.. but I know I was so surprised and so grateful to my entire team for their part in this surprise!!

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Cindee called me up to the front of the room and Jan got everyone's attention, then Becky began to read a LOVELY 1 page tribute she had written.. as you can see, everyone was snapping pix and enjoying the moment as much as I did!

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Cindee handed me a stack of cards from our Luv 2 Stamp Group members, AND.. you won't believe what they did for me....

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Check out the amazing Gift Cards they gave me and the beautiful gift card holder made by Cindee with the Spiral Flower Big Shot die!  They had been planning this and collecting $$ and bought all these amazing gift cards for me!!  I'm so blessed and thankful to each and every person on my team!

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Our Luv 2 Stamp Group is truly amazing.. so kind and caring, so thoughtful and sweet.. I love each and every one of them!!  Thank you to EACH OF YOU who contributed to the gift and sent a card!!!

Below are most of the beautiful gifts they showered on me as well as a few other gifties from friends at Convention. I know that there were a few gifts that I had already put away and I'm sorry they didn't get in to the photo.

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 We had about 28 of our Luv 2 Stamp Group attend Convention this year and it was so neat to spend that time with them.. for the most part we tried to sit together, eat together, get photos together.. what a great bonding time it was!!  If you'd like more info about our amazing group and joining Stampin' Up! and the Luv 2 Stamp group, please read about it here!

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Watercolor Wash Background Video Tutorial

 

Birthday-blossoms-watercolor-wash-background-stampin-up-card-pattystamps-flowers Thank you for your kind comments about my Watercolor Wash background swap card!  I posted the card HERE during the Stampin' UP! Convention, and swapped it with my fellow Control Freak friends!! Their cards were AMAZING! I'll be featuring them in an upcoming blog post!

WATCH THE VIDEO below to see how to create this beautiful background using water with your background stamp!

  

If you are reading this in an email, click the image above, or click here to watch it on my blog, or click here to watch it on my YouTube channel.

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As I mentioned in the video, you don't have to use water on this Watercolor Wash background stamp.. in fact, it turns out beautiful without water, but I wanted to try it with a spritz of water and loved how it came out!

I love it when you can use a stamp in more than one way!

For more details about this card, see THIS BLOG POST.

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These are my amazing Control Freak friends who were at the Stampin' Up! Convention this year. These ladies are amazing!  I'm honored to be a part of the group!  You may recognize them from the Blog Hops we do each month!

 

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Samples and Great Ideas from Stampin' Up! Convention

 

One of the highlights of the annual Stampin' UP! convention is seeing stamping ideas, new techniques, and projects being demonstrated by Stampin' Up! staff and by Demonstrators!  I thought I'd share a few great ideas with you to inspire you as well!

All of these delightful projects were shared at Convention! I hope you enjoy them!

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Above and below.. SWEET little 2"x2" cards and envelopes.. wow.. adorbs!

The greetings are all stamped using the stamp set that comes in the Watercolor Wishes kit... this was presented as an idea of what you can do when you are done using the supplies in that kit!

The cute little cards feature the Pretty Petals paper stack.. don't you love these patterns?

Find the paper stack on pg 144 in the Annual Stampin' Up! catalog (#138442) or HERE in my online store.

 

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Above... wow.. what a great card featuring the Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set and matching framelit dies!!! 

Vintage Leaves set: pg 88 annual catalog #138802

Leaflet Framelits: pg 172 annual catalog #138283

BUNDLE AND SAVE 15%! pg 88, #140235

Expressions Natural Elements: pg 160 annual catalog #138395

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Above: beautiful paper flower corsage created with the new Cotton Paper, Metallic Foil Doilies, and Floral Frames Collection Framelits

Cotton Paper: pg 148 #138308

Metallic Foil Doilies: pg 148 #138392

Floral Frames Framelits: pg 173, #127012

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Above: cute, simple and clean cards featuring the Pretty Petals paper stack and the Pretty Thankful stamp set.

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See the 2 tables of ladies who are waving at you?

Those are a few of the wonderful Luv 2 Stamp Group members who attended the 2015 Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City last week!  They just wanted to say HI and hope you will be with us in April at the next convention!

Want more info on joining our Luv 2 Stamp Group!? CLICK HERE

And here are some of our Luv 2 Stamp group as we stamp our adorable Christmas project!

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How about some People Pix from Convention ..

Above: 2 of my dear friends from the Stampin' UP! Home Office, Craig Martineau and Karen Hauley!  So wonderful seeing you in the Awards Achievers booth!

Below: Selma Galloway (just recently retired from Stampin' Up!) and Million Dollar Mary!!! I just love them both!

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 Ok, hope you enjoyed those ideas from my trip to Salt Lake City last week.

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Stampin' UP! Convention 2015 Video & Photos

 

Have you ever wondered what the Stampin' Up! Convention is like!?

I've been attending Convention since 1996, so I can tell you that there are thousands of amazing demonstrators having a blast, learning new stamping tips, seeing new products, swapping cards, making new friends, reuniting with and hugging life-long friends... well, it's a BLAST and I just got home from Salt Lake City after spending 5 days with my bestest stamping friends!!

I thought you might enjoy seeing the official Stampin' UP! Convention highlight video and a few of my photos! Enjoy!

 

View the video above on my blog, or click here to see it on YouTube.

I also wanted to share some other highlights of my own with you ... EVERYONE in attendance won a Prize Patrol gift and here are a few of our Luv 2 Stamp Group members and their prizes!

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Did I mention that Convention is all about FRIENDS!?  (well, ok, and lots of stamping!!!), but I LOVE attending so I can see my friends from all over the United States and Canada!!  Below are my 2 very dearest "long timer" friends, Janice Weightman from IL and Jan Wakeland from PA! Love these ladies!!

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I was SO excited to have 28 of our Luv 2 Stamp Group attend Convention this year... I don't think we were ever ALL together at once, but here is about 1/2 the group!

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If you'd like to join us at a future event, you can read more about becoming a demonstrator and joining our Luv 2 Stamp Group here!

OH, and Convention isn't complete without an awesome roommate... my dear sweet friend Cindee was my roommate once again.. we have it all down to a routine and have the BEST time together!  Thank you Cindee for being Awesome!

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 Have you ever dreamed of seeing thousands of stamping ideas all in one place?  Well, Convention is the place to do that! Check out the awesomeness of these display boards!

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If you'd like to see some of the amazing cards from these display boards, VISIT MY Facebook Page HERE!

 One of the highlights of Convention is Awards Night with recognition of top achievers in Stampin' Up!.  Many of you asked about the awards I received this year, and I was very blessed to once again be in the Founder's Circle group, which is the top 100 demonstrators in the country. This will be the last Founder's Circle group and trip, and my 8th year in this group!

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I know it's a bit like Where's Waldo, but I'm on the left side about 2 rows up behind the lovely lady in the red dress. :)  I placed 3rd in the category of upper level promotions, 5th in the category of annual personal sales of over $162,000, and I achieved my biggest goal of earning the Achiever's Bonus 5 times. 

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The reason I mention this particular achievement is that the year before I earned this bonus award 3 times, and I thought perhaps I could earn it 4 times this year.  Part way through the year, I shared my goal with my friend Mary Fish, and she {gently} "challenged" me to earn it 5 times so we could walk the stage together!  Well, I was very blessed to have amazing customers who supported me with their generous orders this year, and a wonderful Luv 2 Stamp Group who have had worked hard and promoted to higher titles, and together, those two things allowed me to earn this achievement 5 times!  I am feeling so humbled and blessed and thankful to Mary for believing in me!!  Mary and I were the only ones to achieve this bonus award 5 times.. we are pictured above with Sara Douglass, Shelli's daughter, and interim CEO of Stampin' UP!

Thank you to Mary for sharing these photos with me... I think you can see our excitement as we walk up on stage for our award recognition!

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 So a big thank you to everyone who visits my blog, watches my videos, places their orders with me, and joins my Luv 2 Stamp Group!!  You are ALL amazing, I am thankful for each of you and feel so blessed to have had an amazing year!!

I have a WONDERFUL story for you all that I will share this week.. stay tuned.... lots more to come!

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A Happy Hello Convention Swap Card

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Yesterday was our Control Freaks lunchtime swap at the Stampin' UP! Convention and today I am sharing the 2nd card I traded with my Control Freak friends!

See yesterday's post for the other card I swapped with them.

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I used lots of fun new Stampin' UP! products on this card.. the Fluttering embossing folder on the tag, the Tin of Cards stamp set on the circle, new black and white striped paper from the Neutrals paper stack, new small Bold Butterfly framelit, and the fun little squiggle stamp image also from the Tin of Cards set!

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 One of my favorite touches on this card is the black pearls on the butterfly body. I just colored my Stampin' Up! pearl embellishments with a Black Sharpie marker!

Of course I also really love the embossed tag - I used the new 6x6 Fluttering Embossing Folder in my Big Shot to texturize it!

 

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CLICK HERE to watch the video with a QUICK TIP for die cutting these butterflies.

When I am stamping multiple cards, whether it be for a swap or lots of customer thank you cards, I always do all the pieces required for the whole card, then sit and assemble them.

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So I made all the little round stamped embellishments, die cut all the butterflies, embossed all the tags, applied all the designer paper, and then assembled the cards.

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Watercolor Wash Background Convention Swap

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Today at the Stampin' UP! Convention, I am gathering with the Control Freaks group that I swap and blog hop with, and we are swapping cards at lunchtime at convention!  We are trading 2 cards each. This is one of the cards I'm trading with my fellow Control Freaks!

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I used the super amazing Watercolor Wash background stamp on all of my cards and isn't it amazing how each one looks a little different? I used Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder ink pad on each one, spritzing it with water and then stamping it onto wet Watercolor paper!

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I think I'll do a video for you showing how I stamped the background.  Would you like to see that?

I did it!  Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

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 I stamped the pretty flowers from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set (pg 8 of the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP! catalog), punched them with the Pansy Punch (pg 167) and then just colored the centers with a Daffodil Delight marker.  The leaves are from the same set and I did a quick watercolor wash of Cucumber Crush on them before cutting them out.

I loved the pop of black from the layer of Basic Black cardstock AND the great 3/8" Stitched Satin Basic Black ribbon!

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Sketched Polka Dot Gift Bag - Convention Make & Take

 

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Last night I co-hosted a fun Stampin' Up! Pre-Convention party with my DEAR friends Jan Wakeland and Janice Weightman.  We've been Stampin' UP! buddies for about 15 or 16 years... amazing!!! I love them dearly!! 

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We each invited our teams to join together for the evening for fun, snacks, photos, networking, swapping, and creating projects. 

This is the project I designed and brought for everyone to make!

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I used the adorable Sketched Gift Bags found on page 151 in the Stampin' Up! catalog, and embellished them with banner tags, Metallic Foil Doiles and a fun "just for you" stamp found in the Watercolor Words stamp set and punched out with the 2-1/2" circle punch.

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The banners are punched with the amazing Banner Triple Punch (pg 165) and all of the papers are from the Neutrals paper stack (pg 144).  I have all the supplies listed for you at the bottom of this post so that you can see all the products and have an opportunity to order them online.

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Aren't these bags fun!? Can't you see them filled with some candy or little prizes at a party!?  Or maybe change up the colors and match a theme for a school or event! The possibilities are endless!

 

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Birthday Blossoms Convention Swap Card

 

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This week I'm away at the 2015 Stampin' UP! Convention in Salt Lake City and I'm sharing my convention swap cards with you!  I stamped 180 cards to take with me to swap with my fellow demonstrators!

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When working on designs for my Stampin' Up! Convention Swap cards, I knew I wanted to stamp this design but wasn't sure about the color combo... I ended up making the one in the center with Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight.

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I used the Birthday Blossoms stamp set for the stamped flowers.. to make it easy, I stamped them in black ink onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock and punched them out with my Pansy Punch.  I added a Daffodil Delight flower punched with the Petite Petals punch and then the super fun White Perfect Accent dots in the centers!

 The lovely Expressions Natural Elements wooden accents are glued to each of the punched banners.  Watch a video HERE for more info on the wooden elements.

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Not sure if you can see it well in the photo, but for the leaves, I stamped them with Cucumber Crush ink, and then colored them in with my Blender Pen.  It just spreads around enough green ink to give the leaves some color, without it being too dark.

You could also take some extra time and shade them in even more, but when stamping 80 of the same card, I didn't have time to do more detailed shading.

I will have a video tutorial for you soon, to show you a great tip on making the double banner with the Banner Triple punch.

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For each flower center, I used a White Perfect Accents and used 1 of each size.  These neat white dots come in 3 sizes and have 75 in each pack! See them on pg 161 in the 2015 catalog, or HERE in my online store.

Here are the 3 color combos I created, before deciding on the Wisteria Wonder version.

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Above: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder and Cucumber Crush

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Above: Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Wisteria Wonder

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