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My Talented Team and their Fabulous Swaps and 3-D Creations

I want to share my teams swaps from our Christmas Party with you. The theme was gift packaging. Some of the girls made boxes and others did gift card holders. They were all very cute!

This adorable little gift box was made by Sue Brennan. She used the "Bella and Friends" stamp set to decorate the front of the box.

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This gift card holder was made by Tauni Caylor- its got a little surprise inside... wait for it...

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How cute is this?? (inside) Wait for it.....

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Ta Da! Love those mittens from the "Smitten Mitten" stamp set.

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Another cute gift box made with the Santa's Suit stamp set, by Teresa Fisher

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Birthday packages that I made with the new Silver Gable boxes from the upcoming Occasions Catalog 2018.

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This is the coolest gift card holder... Its a "zipper card" made by Lori Wiest. Pull the tab and it unzips the card to reveal a gift card inside. I don't have instructions, but I'm sure it can be "googled."

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We have so much talent on our #1 Stampers team. Speaking of talent, Heidi Carr brought some of her fabulous creations to share with us that night. Take a look at some of these over the top, amazing cards that Heidi made.

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Hearts Come Home stamp set bundle

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Christmas Stocking thinlit dies:

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Santa's Sleigh Bundle:

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This is the amazing and uber talented, Heidi Carr.

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That's all for now, folks.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'll be posting some more fun stuff this week so be sure to come back soon!

Until the next time...

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#1 Stampers Team Christmas Party & a Sneak Peek

We had such a great time last weekend at our #1 Stampers team party. I love getting together with my team and enjoying each others company. We also did a little bit of stamping and swapping as well as exchanged some amazing hand stamped gifts!

We played a cute grab bag game to determine who got which gift.

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Notice the little tag on Teresa's gift? Its a darling little panda from a new Sale a Bration set coming in January!

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Teresa received some chocolate and some beautifully stamped Christmas cards, made by Lori Wiest.

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These are a few of the cards that Lori Wiest made for her gift exchange:

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Kathy's gift came wrapped in this gorgeous stamped paper by Sue Brennan.

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The amazing work of art that was inside that pretty paper.... Sue Brennan really out did herself creating the awesome gift!

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Darlene Christian was the artist that designed these matching coasters and candles for the lucky recipient.

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I designed this gift bag with punched red glimmer paper circles and a tag made with the Tags and Trimmings stamp set. I didn't make a hand stamped gift, however, inside were stamps and goodies from the upcoming NEW Occasions Catalog!

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We played some super fun games and had a snowball fight to win prizes. I think this was the favorite game that night.

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I also had the girls tear a Christmas Tree behind their backs. The best tree won a prize. I also gave a prize to the tree that wasn't the best ;) Here are some of the trees. Unfortunately neither the best or worst trees are in this photo. Not sure where they ran off to...

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We also had a cool make n take with a new stamp set and accessories from the soon to be released Occasions Catalog 2018.

Lori is assembling her cute card before our next game.

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This set is called Bubble Over and you'll be able to order it in January. Check out the designer paper, the new sequin emboss folfder, the clear bubbles and the self adhesive sequins- yes, you'll be able to order those soon too!

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Such a wonderful night with these fun and fabulous women. I'll have the swaps and some amazing cards to share later this week, so be sure to check back.

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Until the next time...

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Christmas Party Favors and Gifts

I had our annual Christmas Party for my #1 Stampers team last night. I'll share lots of photos of the party later this week, but I wanted to share the favors and gifts that each attendee received.

I used the Stampin Up Pizza Boxes to package the party favors and gifts for each team member.

These boxes are small white pizza shaped boxes in the Holiday Catalog. However, I "painted" the boxes red to fit the Christmas theme. I got this idea from a gift I received at the Stampin' Up Convention, from my friend Lynsay Mahon. See Lynsays blog here.

This is the box that Lynsay gave me:

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I loved Lynsay's design and especially the fact that she colored the pizza box. Lynsay explained that she filled a Stampin' Up Spritzer with water and added 10-15 drops of re-inker. Then lightly sprayed the boxed before she assembled it, and rubbed in the color with a paper towel. So, I tried it and my boxes came out perfectly! Thanks Lynsay!

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I used a Stampin Blends marker in old olive to color the pearl. Did you know that our Stampin' Blends could color non- porous surfaces?

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I used the Christmas Around the World designer paper to decorate the boxes, as well as the mini tinsel trim in silver. A 2 1/4" circle punch was used to punch the sparkly red glimmer paper on the front of the box.

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Inside, I covered Ghirardelli Chocolates with 3" x 1 1/2" Christmas Around the World designer paper strips.

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But, that's not all- I also created a Christmas shaker magnet for each of the girls as well.

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Keeping with the red and green color scheme, I used the holly and berries from the Tags and Trimmings stamp set in the Holiday Catalog. I added some sparkle with red glimmer paper as well as the Stampin Up Metallic Sequins.

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I used Foam Strips and Acetate Window sheets to create the shaker. I also used the 2 1/4", 1 3/4" and 3/4" punches for all the circles. Then I simply glued a small circular magnet on the back with Multi purpose glue. Its difficult to see, but I also glued a piece of the real red tinsel trim around the circle to cover the foam strip around the outside of the circle.

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I loved making these Christmas magnets for my girls. I hope they loved them too!

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Here's a peek inside the box: The ink spots are a new item in the soon to be released Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog!

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I'll have more crafty cards and projects to share from the Christmas party, so be sure to check back soon!

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Convention- Part 4- More Swaps, Friends and Fun & Maybe a Sneak Peek

Attending the Stampin Up Convention is not only a great way to learn and create, but its also so much fun, hanging with my team and friends from all over the world.

This year, my team and I wore our Pink Pineapple Paper Crafts t-shirts to the opening session. Many groups do the same and dress in their team outfits. Gretchen, Lori and Kathy definitely look pretty in pink, don't you think?

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We loved hanging out with our friends from the Aloha state. They are always so friendly and fun and bring a ray of sunshine along with them.

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We of course enjoyed swapping with them and my friend, Linda Bauwins team- here's a look at all the gorgeous swaps from our Warm and Fuzzy Breakfast party.

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There are always tons of sample boards and such great techniques and art to absorb. Lori was blown away with her first Convention and all the amazing ideas and techniques.

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Catching up with my team and enjoying a dinner or two together is always a highlight. Here we are at The Roof Restuarant overlooking Temple Square in SLC, Utah.

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Meeting up with my demonstrator friends is something I really look forward to, as I only get to see them once or twice a year. This is my friend Robyn from Utah- we go way back- we are Stampin Up Advisory Board sisters.

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A fun group of friends from the East Coast to the Pacific - Me, Cindy, Linda, Mary Ellen and Tami.

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Of course there are always prizes and gifts. Check out the "all attendee" give away- hint: its a sneak peek from the New Occasions Catalog 2018!

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The excitement of the crowd and the energy is contageous. 

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There was also a special dinner, entertainment and training for some of us. Kim, Cindy, Meg and Missy are the sweetest!

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I was so happy that my downline Kathy was able to attend this special Centre Stage event with me this year.

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Gifts- did I mention all the gifts that I hauled home? Wow, its always fun to unpack all of this joy! Can you see the new stamp sets that are coming in January???

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That wasn't all. This year, after Convention, my friends, Lynsay, Meg and Cindy flew to NYC to celebrate Megs birthday. Here we are at the top of the Freedom Tower, tallest building in the country... 1776 ft high. It was a great ending to a fabulous Stampin' Up! friends trip.

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More sneak peeks of the upcoming Occasions Catalog 2018 coming soon!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

 


Stampin' Up! Convention - Part 3 Gathering Together to Give Thanks

One of the best parts of the Stampin' Up! Convention is getting together with friends from all over the country. Most of us only see each other once or twice a year, so its a big, fun reunion when we get together.

We have an awesome Stampin Up Advisory Board Alumni dinner for all of the amazing demonstrators who were honored to serve on Stampin' Up's advisory board throughout the years.

This year, top demonstrators gathered together to "Give Thanks" and enjoy each others company.

Of course we always have a swap, and this years theme was "Thank you" cards. We also had fall themed favors and one of our alumni, Julie Salva, blessed us with an inspirational message.

These are the favors that my friend Cindy Baughman made. Inside were delicious chocolate covered pretzels.

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Myself, Cindy and Linda Bauwin are AB sisters and great friends. We love this special event during the Stampin' Up Convention.

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As I mentioned there is always a special swap especially for this group. Here's a photo of many of the swaps from these talented women.

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I also received this special gift from my Advisory Board sister, Kay Smith from Canada. You can view Kays blog here. Its an Acetate Card Box, filled with beautiful "note" cards.

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Aren't they gorgeous? I was so excited with my special gift- thanks again, Kay!

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This is one event that I definitely look forward to. This is a photo of all the amazing demonstrators who attended this special dinner. So blessed to be a part of this group of women.

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I'm already looking forward to our next get together!

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Stampin Up Convention- Part Two- the Swapping

One of the most fun aspects of Convention is the swapping. There is swapping going on everywhere, from the time you land at the airport until the last day of convention events.

We always have a special team swap at our Convention pre- party that we host each year. As I mentioned in my last post, I would share some of our team cards with you this week. Swapping is making one card design and creating it multiple times- then trading with everyone else in the swap.

Our theme was to create a card using any "bundle" in the Holiday Catalog. Bundle, because of the Warm and Fuzzy themed breakfast and "bundling" up to stay warm.

I'll share a few of the great swaps with you today.

This one was made by Zeny Lucey from Hawaii. Remember Zeny, our amazing hula dancer? Zeny used the beautiful "Hearts Come Home" bundle. This card is stunning in every way. I love Zenys style, its so elegant and detailed.

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This swap was made by my uber talented downline and friend, Lori Wiest. She used the "Musical Season" bundle. I think these colors are perfect for the multi fold card. I love all the patterns and the texture on this gorgeous card. Lori is a master at creative folding.

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Here's a card by the creative Kathy Sullivan. Kathy used the cute Christmas Sweaters stamp set. This card would be perfect for invites to an ugly sweater, Christmas party- even tho this card is not ugly in any sense- its adorable!

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Kathy even made all of us a darling little bag tag for our Convention totes.

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This swap was created by the fabulous Gretchen Galiardo. Gretchen used the Christmas Quilt bundle for this intricate and amazingly detailed swap card. I appreciate all the time and love that Gretchen put into making the perfect card. I also love that this set isn't just for Christmas as Gretchen proved here.

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Here's a look at the inside. ... check out how Gretchen embossed over the designer paper. Fantastic!

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You can get measurements on how to make a z fold card like this on an earlier post HERE

That's all for now folks. I hope you enjoyed the talent of these awesome stampers!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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