Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Baker's Dozen - Convention Swaps

The number of amazing cards you see at Stampin' Up! gatherings is mind boggling.  With swaps, display boards, classes and demonstrations there is eye candy everywhere!  I thought I would share some of the swaps I brought home - they are awesome!

The first group of five are from the gals I stayed with at The Monaco. We had a great time together in Salt Lake City!

                   My South Carolina partner in crime and fabulous roommate Dawn Tidd used the USA map beautifully by marking where we all traveled from!

                            Charline Lovell - who is so sassy and such fun -  made a delightful stack of animals for this baby card!

How about this beauty from sweet Sandy Ingbretson?

And that LeAnne Pugliese is as delightful as her confection!

This elegant creation is from Nancy Lempinen who happens to be Nance Leedy's oh so chic mom!

The fabulous Nance Leedy created this gorgeous burst of birthday greetings - and kept me entertained and on track throughout Convention!

The next group of cards are from fellow Pals under Mary Fish.

Pam Morris used a lovely array of colors to send get well wishes.  If you are ever ill, a visit from Pam will definitely cheer you up.   Just thinking about a visit with Pam makes me smile!

This CAS design is from the talented and wonderful Patti Carbonell!

My sweet friend Katy McGloin designed this beauty!

Who knew computer whiz and MDS pro Nicole Watt could also watercolor so beautifully?

And yes Mike Funke is as awesome as his card!

The last two cards are from my friends and teammates at Freshly Made Sketches.  They are an awesome group of gals and I am delighted they let me hang out with them!

Artisan Team member extraordinaire Jen Timko wasn't at Convention this year but managed to surprise me by sending along a card for me via Nance!

This gorgeous creation is from the amazingly talented and delightful Amy O'Neil!  So happy we got to meet in person!

                                 Nance Leedy, Linda Callahan and Amy O'Neill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Convention Rocks! FMS146

Stampin' Up!'s Convention this past week was terrific! Hanging out with all of those wonderful stampers who live inside my computer was wonderful!  This card is headed to Beth Klaumann who won The Ultimate Stamping Experience on the first night of convention.  

And what does this have to do with me you might ask?  Beth got to ask a few friends to join her for the adventure - and I was lucky enough to be included!

A limo picked us up at the Convention Center and whisked us away for a private tour of SU! headquarters in Riverton. 

We even got up close and personal on the pick line in the amazingly spotless warehouse.  That's my good friend Dawn Tidd learning how to pack boxes!

The next day we arrived early at the Convention Center for a private backstage tour and had a photo taken with Shelli (which I don't have a copy of yet) and got to stand center stage.

Dawn Tidd, Linda Callahan, Beth Klaumann, Ginger Toivonen, Eletha Suttey, Nicole Cronnelly

We were also given reserved seats waaaaaaay down front for each general session.  Wow it truly was the Ultimate Stamping Experience! Many thanks to all of the wonderful SU! employees who made it all so special!

I used the sets You Rock and Chalk Lines to create this week's card based on Amy's wonderful sketch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Celebrating! PPA212

My daughter requested a birthday card for a gal who works in her office so I immediately thought of the new Tap Tap Tap set and Typeset DSP. The double row of letters anchor the little reminder notes perfectly.  A few scattered sequins and my card was done!  As you read this I am in Salt Lake City at Stampin' Up!'s annual convention.  It is always fun....and inspiring.  This year we are also going to get a sneak peek at the upcoming holiday catalog and will get a chance to actually buy a few things from it.  Oh I do love Convention.......warming up the charge card.......

There's a fun sketch this week at Pals Paper Arts!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You're A Star.......FMS145

When this post goes live I will actually be in an airplane heading west to Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up!'s annual convention. So excited to meet up with friends and make some new ones......including Amy O'Neil! Our Freshly Made Sketch team is made up of wonderful gals and it is so much fun to meet in person!  I have been fortunate to meet Cindy Hall, stamp with Rita Wright and have lunch with Jen Mitchell. Narelle designed our sweet sketch this week.......not quite sure when I will be able to get to Australia to meet her.....but you never know~!

I used Pictogram Punches and Maritime DSP to create my card this week.  Hope you join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!