Thursday, January 23, 2014

Creativity Delivered!

One of the cards from the January PP Kit
Hola! I'm posting today to let you know about a SWEET deal. If you haven't heard, Stampin' Up! has a monthly crafting kit by mail that is both easy to complete and inexpensive. It's the prefect way to get your feet wet if you are new to paper crafting or stamping. But even if you aren't, the projects are adorable and fun for everyone!!
Visit to join!
I have a subscription for my 12 year-old daughter, and I'm thinking I might just need to add another subscription, because why should she have all the fun!? You can have multiple subscriptions, just increase the quantity to 2 or more and add the names and addresses of your lucky recipients.

Sydney loves getting a new kit every month!
A new promotion is going on you won't want to miss. If you sign up by February 10th you'll get a bonus gift. A set of 5 Stampin' Up! markers.

These markers are water based dye ink and acid free. They are designed  with dual tips so you can write with them, color in line art images, and also use the brush tip to add color to your stamps in lieu of an ink pad or spot. It's a GREAT way to stamp an image with more than one color! Check out this quick video:

The color selection is the 2012-2014 In Color Markers. When SU! released these colors in the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog these were the HOT new trending colors...I still love them all!
Gumball Green * Midnight Muse * Primrose Petals * Raspberry Ripple * Summer Starfruit

126856 - $14.95
This particular set of colors will only be available until the release of our new 2014-2015 Annual Idea Book and Catalog. When it's released this Summer, we'll have 5 new trending "In-Colors."

Anyway, back to PP. Just this month existing subscribers were treated to a little something extra....

Cute, no!? Everything is better with buttons. lol And even though one of the taglines above says, "No craft aftermath" you will have the stamps and ink spots to reuse and many times you'll be left with extra stickers and such!

Make sure you don't miss the bus on this offer. We never know what the future holds, but you can be sure your Paper Pumpkin kits will be creative and fun!

And if asked, make sure you name me (Sally Saenz) as your demonstrator! :)

Stampy Hugs,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Saturday concluded our journey of learning and growing with the SU! staff spoiling us at every opportunity. The General Session in the morning was a hoot! We enjoyed a game show called

Loosely based on Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, the game had guest appearances where they each answered questions on random topics to help a demo (that shared an embarrassing story) win a $50 shopping spree. Later 3 "panelists" competed to earn points for the audience members with certain wristband colors.

It was a unique way to reward us with multiple prize patrols as well as share some stats about how SU! did in 2013. Being a part of this company is something I can be really proud of. I love being a demonstrator!!

The answer was B. Our host Brian said Festive Furry when he read these off and after that the jokes about it were endless! We were cracking up constantly, they picked the right staff members to play the game. It was awesome!

While at lunch we took a group photo. Someone took our picture with Barbara's camera, Laura's camera, Becky's phone, and my phone...well they tried to take a picture with my phone. lol

Also, guess what!? Today is the start of a wonderful promotion!!

...and look what I got to do. =) There were cute cute things behind that curtain!!

Closing session started at 1:30. We were given some taffy from Utah (where our home office is) and demonstrators  that have earned a new title got to walk the stage. My sister and downline, Barbara earned Senior Manager this past year, and my friend Suzie earned Senior Executive. Way to go girls!!!

I would love to attend Convention in July this year, it's a really really BIG party! 

After the recognitions Shelli really wowed us with some beautiful creations...

We had one last all attendee giveaway which means I'm bringing home 4 stamp sets, an individual stamp and the custom stamp I made yesterday. One of them is in the upcoming catalog that releases later this year. A pretty nice haul since I didn't win any prize patrols with my Wild Wasabi wristband.

What an awesome time I had at Leadership this year. It gets better and better every year! If you have ever considered ways to earn extra income, Stampin' Up! is such a great company to represent. They announced a new perk for Leadership attendees. Join my team and sign up by early April 2014 and you qualify for FREE Convention Registration!!!

Crafting is such a passion for me, earning a discount on my own purchases is a no brainer, and doing a few workshops help pay for what I buy and then some. The minimums are easily attainable, just $100 every month, or $300 by the end of the quarter. I would love to share this opportunity with you. Read more about being a demonstrator on my website.



Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday's Festivities

Friday was another great day in Leadership Land. Lunch was immediately after the general session and after we ate, there was plenty of time to finally get over to the Undefined Booth and make a custom rubber stamp. I had no idea what I was going to do at first, and then it struck me. imagine & inspire, DOH!

The helper on my side of the booth thought I was ambitious to carve the design I drew, and suggested I leave the centers of my letters like "a" and "e" filled in. I also kept hearing the others around me get praise for their work, and I was second guessing my ability to make it look good since my design wasn't real big. I didn't follow her advice though and in the end I was pretty pleased with how it came out.

It's really not too difficult to carve these stamps, eventually I'll do another one. I made a volleyball last year and have rubber left over to make something else too. I'm still brainstorming on what a good representation for Tae Kwon Do would be. This would fulfill a need for me since SU! doesn't have any martial arts stamp sets.

After finishing a carved masterpiece, we all put a sample on a board. Check out some of my favorites.

We each had specific classes in the afternoon we'd signed up for. After this we had a nice break to get dinner before heading back at 7pm for our "Stampin' Night Out."

This was a lot of fun. The SU! staff were lined up along the walkway when we approached and they welcomed us with a "wave" and a cheer when we walked through them. There was a pop corn maker
and we each had a bag at our place setting on the make-n-take tables.

We enjoyed three presentations during which we made three 3-1/2 x 5" cards from a kit of 15, one pretty watercolored card, and three fun tags. I had to finish my last tag here in the hotel afterwards because we ran out of time.

Tomorrow's the last day...

Spending the Day in Houston

Let me begin this entry with an apology. Apparently an iPad isn't ideal for writing a blog post. I hope tomorrow it runs a bit more smoothly.

After picking up our shiny new bags, we kicked off the day with a general session. We filled up the auditorium! 

Shelli challenged us to meet 4 specific goals by March 31st, and then Sara came out to dazzle us with some stamping. 

Here's a photo of them all on display in the Gathering Place.

She also shared a new Photopolymer stamp set, and teased us with the promise of an exciting new product...but I'm hazy on when it'll be available and when I can share the deets with y'all, but I promise to announce it as soon as I'm sure I can! It's SUPER exciting, I swear!

The best part was getting an exclusive Photopolymer set just for Leadership attendees. It's called Star Stamper, and it sure is cute. WOOHOO!! It's AWESOME to be appreciated! :)

After a nice boxed lunch we had some free time to spend in the Gathering Place. First I took some pictures of the display boards.

Then I stopped at a booth where if we shared a business tip we could play a game to earn tickets. The tickets are then tossed in a basket for a chance to win a stamp set. I wrote a tip which allowed me to shoot hoops with a mini basketball. I made 4 baskets from my 5 shots and earned 5 tickets. I wrote one more tip to spin a wheel. Most of the spots to land on were for chocolate, but I landed on 8 tickets!! I'll find out on Saturday if one of my tickets gets pulled.

The last thing I did was the Paper Pumpkin Challenge. I created a card using PP stamps and DSP from the Occasions Catalog. The cards are going to be judged and 20 winners will be chosen on Saturday!

At 1:30 the Share Fair started. This is where fellow demonstrators presented helpful ideas to empower us. There were 18 classes available, but you could only choose 6. I sat in on 5 and then completed a few birthday banners for the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital...this years service project.

 Oops, LOL!
Tomorrow will be another full day of fabulous classes, announcements, and more fun in the Gathering Place. I need to get to bed, so I'll see you then!

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