Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Leadership/Regional Notes

I just got back from the annual Stampin' Up! Leadership conference. It was my second time to attend, and just like last year...it was amazing! I traveled to San Antonio with my sister Barbara and her downline Laura; since we're in Texas, we drove.

The 3-day event included make-n-takes, swaps, business tips and classes, and lots of sharing! Step one at any Stampin' Up! event is to pick up your "bag." This year they gave us this cute tote.

The make-n-takes were the first day and they gave us NINE of them with two stamp sets. The bag they came in had a little disclaimer stapled to it. "...you won't be able to make all of them...save the rest for later." LOL
We also had gifts from Shelli Gardner (CEO and Co-Founder of SU!) on the table when we walked in!  Three kinds of CHOCOLATE and this little folio that matches our bag! Thank you Shelli!!!

The first project I did was a card they gave us double supplies for. One for me, and one to donate to The Ronald McDonald House. They had a basket set up so we could leave them for Stampin' Up! to make one big donation. Here's the one I kept, isn't it cute?
Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom Punch from the Occasions Mini

Here are pictures of some of the other projects I've completed since then. I only got one other card started that night. It was actually after I got home when I finished it and did these other projects! :)
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There were some gorgeous displays to see, so Laura and I walked around and took pictures of the displays before returning to the room. There were different themes showcasing the stamps, fabrics, and accessories in the Occasions Mini. Here is just a small sample of what we saw...

Everyday Enchantment  - earn it free with a $50 purchase

Day 2 and 3 both began with a general session followed by classes. We had colored wristbands for the prize patrol, but no one in our group won...although Shelli always gives us free stuff anyway! The first giveaway to everyone was a breathtaking stamp set called Everything Elanor...I can't even show you because it won't be available until the new 2012 catalog! They bundled it with some Large Basic Pearls. Shortly after that her daughter Sara gave out some Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinstones, the Sale-a-Bration Content CD for My Digital Studio, and a roll of Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon!!!
My sister Barbara and I with our stamps and pearls freebie
I want to give a shout out to Carrie Cudney Donna Griffith and Patsy Waggoner! Carrie's class was entertaining as well as informative, we did a lot of laughing in there. It was called Why Women Buy and it gave true insight into the female mind.
I also really enjoyed the class presented by Donna and Patsy called Retaining & Engaging Your Downline. She provided some great ideas for staying connected with my downline and providing them with motivation when they need it. Thank you ladies for all your hard work!
Laura, me, Barbara, and my friend Dee...we four hung out together through most of Leadership
Saturday was the San Antonio Spring Regional. We stayed for that too since it would be silly to miss it, right!? There were 2 more make-n-takes for the Regional. I think everyone was eager to make the little kite card...so precious!!! You can turn the wheel and change the kite image on the front!

It was Barbara's lucky day at the regional. She won a stamp set and paper pack from the prize patrol! Yay Barb!!! No free stamps for me, but you KNOW all of us got something that day prize patrol or not! We all got a 5x5 art journal with a challenge list of 15 things to do inside it. I'm excited about doing mine! The rules are (1) Don't go in order and (2) Don't compare yours to others.
Have a look at Carrie Cudney's art journal (sorry it's blurry, this is a photo of the big TV screen when she held it up), it says "create" on the cover. Love it Carrie! Oh and Shannon, yours is FABULOUS on the inside! ;)

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