I’m attending my first Stampin’ Up! leadership conference in San Antonio, Texas. My trip started out with a quick visit with one of the most fun people I know. I met Karen within a week or so of moving to Maui almost 22 years ago with a 3 year old in tow and a baby due in 8 weeks. She took one look at me and said “You’re gonna need some help!” and a friendship was born.
She picked me up from the airport and we talked non-stop until she dropped me off at the Convention Center 24 hours later. I haven’t seen her in probably 8 years but it was as though we’d left off yesterday. Friends like that are precious gifts indeed.
When she dropped me off I hit the ground running: first order of business was my convention bag and Make and Takes. For the uninitiated, M&T is a Stampin’ Up! event tradition – projects and products for the demonstrators to make (and take home!) I never seem to finish all of mine – too busy gabbing – but I did manage to finish one:
Sorry -not such a great photo from my phone! I also snapped a shot of our special gift from Shelli – a fabric folio that could be used for anything from a junior legal pad to a Kindle – along with a fancy favor box full of white, milk and dark chocolate bark:
Our leadership tote bags are made from the same fabrics and we have gotten compliments as we have walked all over San Antonio – something tells me we’re going to see more of these cute fabrics 🙂
Last night was the Manager’s Reception – a fabulous performance by Chinese acrobats and a FREE NEW STAMP SET!! Can’t show you a picture but just as soon as I get home I’ll get some ink to that new rubber and show you what I’ve made! Those are the rules…
I did get a photo at Managers with Becky Evans, the #2 Rising Star last year and someone I look forward to seeing whenever I can. She rescued me from meltdown at convention last year – long story, but trust me, she was a true friend:
This morning Kay and I were up early – first timers at leadership got a set of Polka Dot brads for finding other first timers and checking in together. Our morning session was full of announcements including a DIAGONAL SCORE BOARD for the Simply Scored tool! I wasn’t sure what I would need that for, but Pam Morgan quickly answered that question with a whole bunch of projects. There was yet another NEW FREE STAMP SET – same rules, sorry my friends – and then an SAB give-away of One Big Sale-a-bration MDS plus loads of bling – good thing I filled with suitcase with stuff to give away here, because I’m gonna need that space to get all my goodies home!
After lunch – and at leadership, it’s sit-down – I went to my first session. Carrie Cudney talked about Why Women Buy – and I learned plenty but we laughed plenty too. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to brief but really useful presentations from everything from Express Workshops to using Google Analytics! Very very cool.
Now, if you’ve stayed with me this far I have a reward: one of the things I love about a Stampin’ Up! event is seeing all the samples, and I’ve got a few of my favorites to share:
Look! Little spools of Bakers Twine! So cute!
The color is off but you get the idea – a heart made from the Twitterpated buttons from the Occasions Mini.
I really love these little buttons, and that stitching is the perfect touch – but that new diagonal plate for Simply Scored would make those diagonal lines in a heartbeat!
Little flags made with our new Hatpin Embellishments from – yes – the Occasions Mini!
I loved the Vintage look of this Fancy Favor box…
This is brilliant – the Fancy Favor box turned into a gabled box-top!
Kay and I finished the evening at a RemARKable gathering – our upline Janet Wakeland invited 20 or 30 of her nearest and dearest demo friends to her room for pizza and swaps. I’m surprised the management of the hotel (and I won’t name names but it’s a very nice hotel) didn’t throw us all out on our ears. We were loud – and we were all sure the bed would crash down 2 or 3 floors when ALL of us piled on for a group photo. Don’t have one of those to show you, but here I am with Jan:
Leadership has been a great experience and there’s one more day ahead. I’ll just close by saying if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, this is something well worth striving for.