Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stampin' Up's 25th Anniversary convention is in the proverbial books.

I suspected that Stampin' Up would pull out all the stops for their 25th anniversary convention and I wasn't disappointed!  It was a fabulous convention, there was so much information shared, projects created, milestones marked and prizes given!  Besides the fact that EVERYONE got a door prize (with values between $25 and $30 for the most part), we also got 2 other stamp sets each and a free Paper Pumpkin Kit.  More on Paper Pumpkin next week.  My head is so full of ideas that it might just explode all over my pillow if I lay down and relax!  It is nearly midnight after a long week of midnights so I reckon I should go to bed  but I wanted to share a couple of things first.  I thought I would have more time to blog this week but it has been a very full week. 

The green bicycle picture shows how a large city like Salt Lake City can help with transportation as well as keep the smog down.  I remember the past years it has been very hazy and I think smog was a bad problem here.  It didn't seem so bad this year.  I'm sure they have done more than the bikes to keep pollution down but I thought it was cleaver to have the bikes available to rent. 

This card is a card I made for a swap.  The Stampin' Sisters, mostly from the Nashville area and some other demonstrators from Wisconsin got together for supper Wednesday night before the convention officially started.  We had a swap with the 30 of us and this is the card I made for it.  I can't remember where I saw the idea for the band aid but I thought is was cleaver for a get well card.

Next is a card I made in a 3-D shoebox swap at the pre-convention events.  I love this step card, the DSP is called Venetian Romance, isn't it pretty?  The flower stamps are from a set called Stippled Blossoms, aren't they pretty!  The leaves are from the Secret Garden Framelits die set and a rhinestone is added to the center of each flower.  I wish I had written down the name of the swapper who created this for us to make so I could give her proper credit for this beautiful card.

I remember that this fun cookie card was in a shoebox kit that Kelly Mayou brought.  It features the fun Yippee-Skippee set for the sentiment.  That happens to be one of the sets that Stampin' Up gave all of the demonstrators today as a "party favor".  Isn't that fun!

Kelly's card is an easel card made with the scalloped circle framelit and a few punches.  The word "cookie" on the front of the card was made with one of our new polymer clear sets that has the small alphabets in it.  It is great to be able to spell out a word or name on your block and them stamp as many of them as you need to.  Wouldn't this card be fun for a birthday party invitation?

And last, a picture of our convention bag from this year, since it is our 25th anniversary then it stands to reason that the bag would have silver designs on it.  Isn't it pretty, cool, adorable, functional and just plain amazing???  I really like it!  The back compartment is padded so you can carry your laptop in it and one of the pockets has lots of dividers for papers and pens and things.  It is a great bag.

It's late and I reckon I better get to bed.  It's been a long week and I'm tired.  Happy but tired!

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