Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014–Day 3

By day 3 of Leadership, I’ve discovered that this was exactly what I was needing right now and didn’t even know it!  December was a wonderful time but I hadn’t realized that I so stressed and running so nonstop, that I was still stressed and worn out now even though the craziness of birthday and holiday season was over as of December 29th.

But being around some amazing men and women who were all there to support each other and cheer each other on, and were so generous in sharing their ideas and experiences with me… and the messages about supporting and empowering others, it all  really hit home for me.

And that is not the 2 hrs of sleep talking either! : )

Here is your recap:

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No seriously, I literally got 2 hrs of sleep Saturday night… ok, I guess sleeping again after the wakeup call makes it more like 3 hrs… but still.  I was running a little late in the morning.  So I missed the first couple minutes of the last session, but thankfully I didn’t miss much.

It was lots of game show style trivia and games with Brian Pilling as the MC and other corporate team members being put on the hot seat to win prizes for specific demonstrators. 

Lucky me, my Prize Patrol color representative, Cory, did awesome and so I won a prize patrol!

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How can you say no to cute ribbon and stamps?!

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Then we got one more delicious lunch before we got our last chance to look at (and photograph) the display boards.

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And, YES! I did get LOTS more photos of the display boards but I am going to post them on Facebook later today and then possibly give them their own blog post; ‘cause there are WAY too many to post in this recap.

I loved watching my new friends watch across the stage to celebrate achieving the title of Manager (Sarah Naber) and Counselor (Amy Jasper) in the last year.  (You go, girls!!)

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They announced the Craft War winners to….

LOOK –>  Ii’s ME!! 

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The card I made was a departure from my usual layout or design, and while I loved it, I wasn’t sure what they would think.  So it feels awesome that they liked it too. :  )

Then some simple stamping with Shelli Gardner.

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And finally, they capped it off with a gift from the city of Salt Lake (no seriously, they sent us Salt Water taffy!) and the dates of the 2014 Convention.

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Want to join me at convention for FREE?

You can!  Anyone who joins my group of Fun n’ Crafty demonstrators between now and when Convention registration closes later this spring, will receive a free admission to the big 3 day event in Salt Lake City this summer!! 

I had SUCH A BLAST with the group of Fun n’ Crafty girls and friends last year and would love to have even more people come join us for an awesome time of stamping, sharing, prizes, and new friends.

If you would like to know more or just want to raise your hand and say “me! me! me!”, let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll get you the full scoop!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014–Day 2!

Day 1 of Leadership was awesome – amazing product announcements, great presentations by top demonstrators, and lots of being just a little bit silly with friends at Manager’s Reception! So, I was excited and ready to go (even on little sleep) to head in for day 2. 

Here is a taste of what was in store for us on Friday:

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We started off with a talk from a Keynote speaker.  I wasn’t expecting a Keynote at this event, and especially not from someone who was a psychotherapist!  But it turns out Pat Pearson had some pretty good points to share – both for our business lives and personal lives.

For example, she talked about the cycles of change and how in every aspect of our life we are at one of these points on the cycle. It is a continuous cycle so you typically rotate through them as you go through life.

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But it led into a great discussion about handling being told “No”.  I wrote out and then deleted her whole story about the last pumpkin pie slice at thanksgiving and even if you wanted it but were too full, you’d have to say no.  So you weren’t rejecting or saying there was something wrong with the pie, you were just sharing that you were too full to be able to enjoy it.

Anyway, I swear it really was a great perspective on when someone tells you no, whether it is inviting someone to a card party, to join Stampin’ Up, or just to go out for coffee sometime.  🙂

If you are interested in the full story, let me now and I’ll share it with you!

Ok, so that was the kick off for more classes in the morning – this time with corporate team members or Pat.

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Then we got some yummy lunch and headed to the Gathering Place for more fun!

There was Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin:

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Basically we had access to 2 colors of card bases, past Paper Pumpkin stamps, half sheets of designer paper from the Occasions catalog, a few markers and inks, and some of the new accessories from the Occasions catty.  Everyone had the opportunity to pick whatever supplies they wanted and create 1 card.  Then SU would judge all of the cards Friday night and pick 20 winners to receive 2 past Paper Pumpkin kits (I think of their choice).

Honestly, I just loved the idea of the challenge to create something from a limited and slightly random pile of supplies! 

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Then it was off to play carnival games for a chance to win tickets to be entered in a drawing for more free stamps.  Games like Plinko, bean bag tosses, etc.

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We also got to carve another stamp – I knew exactly what I was going to make… sort of.  I knew I really wanted one that said “You Rock” because I constantly want to make cards that say that to send to the awesome girls who are part of my Fun n’ Crafty demo group.  Turns out as I tried to make it look “cooler”, I ended up making it WAY more challenging.

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Thankfully we had hilarious staffers who didn’t mind hanging out and lending support by taking selfies with our camera! ; )

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And did I mention that I was so stinkin’ slow that I managed to be the very last demo in the Gathering Place after it shut down and Shannon West and the other staff were super nice and hung out late so I could finish my silly stamp? So sweet, right?

Ok, moving right along!

Finally the night ended (after a dinner break) by a set of stamping presentations that were broken up by time to work on make and takes.  It actually worked out really well and was way more relaxing than usual!

We even got to see sneak peek stamp images….

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and get another new product announcement!

Brian Pilling shared with us that the Textured Boutique machine from Sizzix is coming back!  If you remember, this machine was out for a limited time about a year ago as a test run.  I guess it was a hit because it is not only coming back but it is now all black and says Stampin’ Up! on it!

It is a small light weight embossing machine.  There are no cutting plates to worry about or a long platform that you have to scooch piles of papers and ink around your craft table to fit (or is that just me?) because this machine is just for embossing folders.  You crank your embossing folder through by itself and you are done!  Now,don’t get me wrong, you will never get me to give up my Big Shot… but having a cute little machine that takes up less space when I need it and it most likely going to be only $30ish is pretty compelling to me!

The Textured Boutique was supposed to be coming out in June with the new catalog, but they got a shipment early so they’ll be selling some starting January 28th!  So if you were sad you missed it the first time around, mark your calendars and start counting down!

Next up – I’ve got more stuff to share in my Day 3 recap!

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Stampin’ Up Leadership Convention 2014–Day 1

Oh. My. Word.  I just finished the first day of Stampin Up’s Leadership conference and there has been so much great stuff that has been happening that I’m going to have to be super brief so I can try to share it all with you! 

That and the fact that it is almost 3am here in Houston and I really ought to go to bed soon before my 7:00am wakeup call.  ; )

If you are looking for lots more pictures – check out the albums on my Facebook page, these are my highlights reel and exciting news scoop!

Leadership Day 1 Highlights

This year Leadership is smaller in terms of attendance than last year (no surprise because last year was an anniversary year) but that meant I had an easier time finding friends that I was excited to see and catch up with!  I may not be the best about staying in touch, but everyone is so amazing when you see them again at an event like this!

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Hanging with the Seattle-based SBStamper crew!  And then quick pictures with two amazing gals I got to hang out with at Founder’s Circle this year – Tamra Davis and Julie Davison!

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Then session was ready to start.  I had the new snazzy bag they gave us and we waited to hear what new exciting things SU had in store.

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Let me say, they did NOT disappoint!  First up was Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up!  She was in a horse riding accident last August and was unable to walk due to fractures of her pelvis, clavicle, and wrist!  And check it out, not only is she walking now – but in HEELS!  What a strong and driven woman.

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After a great message from Shelli, her daughter Sarah took the stage and started sharing some stamping projects with us.  IMG_0020Little did we know we were going to be BOMBARDED with new product announcements

My poor seat neighbors probably go some ringing in the ears from my excited screaming as we saw and heard about new goodies such as:

Blendabilities – Alcohol based blending markers

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These markers will come in sets of 3 – with different shades (“light”, “dark”, etc) of the same color that will blend together to allow you to create gorgeously smooth colored images.  And it will only be $11.95 for the set which is a great deal for this type of marker!

The markers are currently in production right now so we didn’t get to play with them, but we saw them demo’d up close and I CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on some!

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See all 12 colors that will be released in the first quarter of this year

New Photopolymer Stamps & Update

Then she talked about photopolymer stamps – aka “completely clear stamps” – and share how they will be continuing to not only release a new photopolymer stamp set each month, but there will be photopolymer stamps in the June annual catalog!

Plus, they will start coming in CASES mid-year, yay!  And they will be picking designs for these stamps sets that are most benefited by the completely clear nature of the stamp (like alphas and outlines).

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Even new photopolymer personalized name stamps!

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After the initial sessions, we got lunch and a chance to check out the Gathering Place. It was full of great stuff including

Children’s Hospital Service Project

We were working to put together 500 Birthday Celebration kits (notebooks, banners, stamp, marker, etc) to give to kids at the hospital.  We all chipped in on assembling the kits and boxing them up.

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there were lots of resources for business building tips and tool training, but I didn’t get a chance to hit most of the booths on day 1.  So more on the interesting parts another day.

But there were lots of samples and project displays!

Like I love this lollipop decorated with the new Spiral Flower die!

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And of course, display boards!

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Then it was off to more classes for sharing all kinds of great ideas for projects, classes, ways of meeting new people, better using social media, etc.  Fun stuff!

We finally got a break, which I TOTALLY needed because my cell phone had died earlier in the afternoon.  But soon it was time to head back to the convention center to catch a bus to Manager’s Reception.

Stampin’ Up! sets up a special event every year for anyone who has grown their group enough to have earned the title of Manager or above.  They plan a fun activity and some snacks to eat while you are there.

So, our wild crew got ready and waited in line for our bus.  (Aren’t those sharks adorable?!?  They were our tickets to the event!)

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We headed to the Houston downtown aquarium and boy was it more than I ever expected!  We got off the bus and were greeted by staff, stilt walkers, and not just fish but amusement rides!

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Plus there was SO MUCH AMAZING FOOD!  I’m glad I didn’t eat dinner before I came!

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We rode a huge ferris wheel

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We had a chance to feed some stingrays. 

(If you want to check out the hilarious faces we all made when the stingray took the fish from our fingers, click and be ready for a laugh!)

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And generally wanderd, talked, and had a great time!  It was a full but super fun day and though I’m still up even though it is almost 4 in the morning, I can’t wait to get up and see what is in store for us tomorrow … err… later this morning.  : )

I’ll be back tomorrow with more details as I get them.

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