Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Convention Swaps

As promised here they are! I did 6 organized swaps and one general swap.

This first one is my wow swap. It uses a reverse soot technique. I made 100 of these. Ugh! All by myself because Tanya decided to go on vacation for a week. I missed her lots. I assure you!

The next one here is my Very Vintage Swap. It was my first attempt at vintage and I was impressed on how it turned out. I was going for gaudy and achieved vintage. Now you know why I'm not a huge vintage fan. But I actually loved the way this one turned out.

I participated in two differnt punch swaps. The first one was this poodle which was super easy. The next one was one of my favorite swaps. I used the squirrel and had to make an instructional sheet. Got some REALLY great ideas from both swaps. LOVE IT! :)

This is my Christmas card swap. Instead of Baja Breeze, I ended up using Wild Wasabi, so I would have enough to make them all the same. My awesome friend Monique helped glue all the bows on for me. It was her first attempt at anything like this and I really appreciated her help :)

This has not gone well today... First of all i couldn't figure out why the picture loader wasn't working... perhaps I shouldn't have so many windows open. And then I've been having issues with space between pictures. Sigh.

This next swap was called Bring Your Own Bling. I had to make jewellery with Stampin' Up! So I used shrink it -- do you remember making those as a child-- and the fancy flower punch to make a bracelet. Too cute!

And last but not least, we have my general swap. I LOVE the button buddies stamp set! Sooooooooooo cute!

Are you interested in joining a stamp club or my team? Email me or leave me a comment and we'll explore stamping together :)

Have a great day!

Love Lea

Monday, August 01, 2011

Convention Fun!

Back from convention! Plans for new stamp club are under way and a renewed look on life. :)

Convention was amazing! If you aren't sure what convention is, i'll TRY and explain it, as best I can. Convention is the Stampin Up! conference that is held in Salt Lake City, Utah every July. I was blessed to go last year with my upline and had a blast! My upline went to Europe for a vacation with her husband this year, HAPPY BELATED anniversary, Cheryl, so I wasn't going to go. I found out a friend, who lives very close to me, that I connected with a convention last year was going with her downline. Could I tag along? Sure!

So off we went. We drove down to Grand Forks on Tuesday and flew to Salt Lake City. I had been working crazy hours trying to finish my swaps, which, thanks mostly in part to Tanya, I did! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Tanya!!! :)

Wednesday, we picked up our absolutely adorable convention bags (so blessed they were a nice neutal black, instead of orange this year), did some swapping and then headed to the awards booth, where my dear friend Alanna, achieved Founder's Circle. She stared in shock, I screamed!!! :) I'm so glad I got to share the moment with her. She worked her A$$ off to get to that point, and really encouraged me over the winter when my mojo was gone. We mingled with some fabulous stampin' friends and swapped some more!

Here I am mingling with Kimberly Van Diepen -- her work is AWESOME!

The headache was starting (darn mountains), so I went for a massage, chugged some water and a Tylenol and then took off to Riverton! I missed it last year and was NOT missing it this year! The benefit of going by myself, without my group, is that I stood in line, swapped some more, and made friends with Amy and Kathy from New York! :) I love you guys! :) Beside the famous Stampin' Up Rock! :) That's Riverton in the background!

This is Amy and Kathy, AKA New York as I called them the rest of convention. :) It's okay, they called me Canada! :)The glorious production floor. This is where your order gets picked and shipped. I heart those people. They were on lunch when I took this pic. It's okay. I had already gotten my stampin order this month! :)
This waterfall is downstairs in the Riverton office. Imagine coming to work to see this everyday :)

After the bus ride back from Riverton, I headed to an MDS class, but my headache was in full force, so I left early (cheers to Stampin' Up for putting PDFs on this internet) and headed back to the room for liquid gold, AKA Advil Extra Stremgth Liqui Gels. Late dinner with the crew at Olive Garden -- one of my favorites, and then to the end of the Stampin Garden Party! WHEW!

Early morning (UGH) swapping and general session in the AM and classes in the afternoon.

Stampin Up! did things differently this year and I commend them! They let you pick your classes, so I got to go to what I wanted to. Awesome! I got a lot more out of Model Workshop then I would have of Growing Your Downline, when I'm just starting out.

All the talks were motivational and gave renewed encouragement and ideas to take this and build it into something awesome! :) To all the speakers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! It was awesome!

The new mini, which was unveiled during the first session, is fabulous and I hope to show you some great projects this month. It's a REALLY great balanced catalogue and I'm still trying to figure out which products I REALLY want and which ones I just sorta want! :)

Thursday night was awards night and then an after-party with dance music! I LOVE to dance! :) I walked back to the hotel in my bare feet, I admit! :)

Friday, more classes and then the Village of Cuteness that evening. :) It's still not finished.

Saturday, I went to my first class and then skipped a make up MDS class to finish taking pictures of the boards and card ideas :) Lunch with new friend Deb from New Hampshire and then one more session, which ended with a free stamp set and a disc of MDS downloads, which I was going to get last month, but needed to curb my spending :) I am blessed!

Did some shopping Saturday night and then we came back to the hotel to pack up four days of swaps, treasures from Memento mall, the Village of Cuteness, free stamps, and all our clothes into two suitcases, which had to be less than 50 lbs each. I learned last year, and at 1:30AM, was hauling my suitcase down to the fitness room to weigh :) My mother taught me well, I am a champion packer. And after my roommates finished making fun of me, they went down too. It's a good thing. But last year, i weighed at the hotel just fine and then was 2lbs over in the airport and she was going to charge me $90 for two pounds... it was not a moment I want to relive to open your suitcase in the middle of an airport to shuffle things around...

I started a new position at MPI on Monday after I came home, and have been running almost non-stop. I hosted an open house to show off my stamping goodies last Sunday and if you missed it, give me a call or drop me an email and we'll arrange a time for you to see things! :)

Here's Fran, at my open house, loving the DSP sampler and the three ringed binder catalogue we got.

Mel, Krisanne, and Tanya working on Make and Takes.The two make and takes I designed for the day. Nothing too exciting. :) But my theme was out with the old, in with the new. So we've got some old stuff, some stuff that's on it's way out, and some new stuff! :)
Fellow stampin' demonstrators: Lindsay and Charlene! We missed all of you guys who couldn't make it this year! :)

I am attempting to start a stamping club this September and there will be a Christmas and Birthday stamp a Stack coming soon. So watch for details to sign up and bring a friend too! :)

Love ya lots


Come back tomorrow to see the swaps I took with me! :)