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:


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!


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


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!!)


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.


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 and I’ll get you the full scoop!


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A Christmas Card from Shelli Gardner!

I can’t believe I almost totally forgot to post this card I received at Founder’s Circle from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and her daughter Sara Douglas).  When we were swapping she gave us this card and even signed it on the back with her “bad” hand since she had just been in her horse riding accident and had injured her shoulder.  But I wanted to share it with you now before the holidays completely pass by.

But first, don’t forget about the Birthday Weekend Celebrations!  My birthday was on Wednesday and I’m sharing the presents all week long!  If you haven’t checked out day 1 and day 2, you still have time to get your name in the drawing for each gift since I’ll be drawing names on Sunday morning. 

So check out Shelli’s card and then leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway!

So Sophisticated Christmas Card

Shelli is known for her vintage and sophisticated style.  It always makes me laugh to see her on stage and start putting together a card and tell us that it is just a “stamp here”, “spritz there”, add a little fussy cutting, glue this and that, “add a stitch” just so… and you are done!  She makes it look so easy! 

Now, I guess the basic elements of this card are pretty straight forward.

  • Run the embossing folder across the middle of your card front for embossing on only part of your card front.
  • Heat emboss a single stamp (the O Holy Night set) in gold.
  • Cut out your stamped image with a framelit (from Apocathary Accents)
  • Add a Champange Glimmer paper punched star with the Merry Minis punch pack and placed a pearl in the middle (I would recommend using some extra adhesive to help hold it in place on the rough glimmer paper)
  • Spritz the card base with Vanilla Smooch Spritz to add some subtle shimmer to the card

But then you look closer at the top of the card and we start to get a little fancier!  : )

It looks like she took some of the Modern Medley designer paper and accordian folded a thin strip to allow them to shape it into a circle to go behind the star (I’m sure glued with hot glue!)

Then took some of the FABULOUS Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and (I’m guessing with starch spray) crinkle and folded the ribbon to this interesting look.  Add two more paper banners on the right and you are done!

It looks like a really fun card to make…. but one I would make for only a few special people. : )

Birthday Celebrations & Giveaway – Day 3!

Alright, I promised you gifts because birthdays are so much fun and I’m glad I can share mine with you.

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This and That Washi Tape (1 set = 3 rolls of tape)

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Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing whether you scrapbook your holiday pictures or just take and store them. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite holiday treat?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at and get 2 extra entries

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Stampin’ Up! Leadership–Day 2 Reveals!

Ok, so it is 2am Orlando time and I really should be sleeping because our wakeup call is only 5 hours away, but I had to stay up to share some of the awesome stuff I saw and heard at Leadership today (well, yesterday technically, but since I haven’t slept, I’ll call it today!

You can see LOTS MORE Pictures and details on my Facebook Page

But if you don’t feel like clicking just yet, here is a quick rundown of the day!

We started the day with swapping before the first General Session. Cute cards, right?!?IMAG1528

Then Shelli Gardner took the stage to share how the company got start and some excitement that was to come. But she left most of the announcements to the presenters… which meant we had to wait!


Announcement 1: A new kit for guys to use, designed by guys – “Dude, You’re Welcome”. It even comes with this sticker. Smile Check out this video for a quick preview of what is inside the kit.


This kit is available Monday for $24.95.

Announcement 2: Starting Monday (or maybe even now) you can sign up for a new subscription program called Paper Pumpkin. It is stamps, ink, and supplies in a box mailed to you each month to create new projects. Its only $19.95 and that INCLUDES Shipping! They start shipping in March, but you can get on the list to get one of the first kits by visiting –

If you decide to sign up, make sure you select your demonstrator’s name during the sign up process, or you can pick me – Jennifer Blomquist – if you don’t have a demo. Smile


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Then of course there were display boards, project demonstrations, lots of business sessions, and non-stop sharing!


Finally the night ended with our Pajama Party and Prize Patrol!  I even won a stamp set and punch this year!  So Cool!!



So, there are some highlights.  If you have questions about the announcements feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email to

And now I’m headed to bed so I can be back for more in a few hours!


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Quick Hello from Leadership!

Yesterday was travel and check-in day here in Orlando for the 2013 Leadership convention and I think I was going non-stop all day.  From the overnight flight that only let me sleep for about 3.5 hrs total to Manager’s Reception going late into the evening at Harry Potter World!  Its been a blast but I am so wiped that I went the easy route and decided to post my initial pictures up on Facebook.

So check out my Facebook event photo albums here

Today I’ll be taking my camera and having my cell phone charged and getting a ton more to share with you tonight!

In the meantime, this is the summary of my day Smile

Check in at our hotel that is next door to the Convention center


Pick up our event packet and check out some previews of some cute projects!


Have dinner with some “old” and new friends


Catch a bus to Manager’s Reception at Harry Potter World and say hi to Shelli!


My feet are killing me but it was a great start to what I’m sure will be a fun and productive trip!


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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012–The Final Days

Jeepers!  Thanks to extremely flaky internet access at the hotel, I wasn’t able to get these blog posts written up and posted in the evenings of Convention.  But I wanted to post my summaries of the last two days at convention since I know a lot of you out there were interested in seeing what went on.  For those of you interested in the Display Boards – for the sake of space, I’ll be posting them tomorrow in a separate post.  But here is the final run down of a great convention:

Inspiring Stamping Presentations:

There were so many great ideas this year.  I’m definitely going to use some in my classes over the next few months (scented embossing powder anyone?!) but here are a few highlights.

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***Did you notice the Keep Calm hostess set???  It is coming back shortly!!  Shelli couldn’t promise that they wouldn’t have to pull it in the future, so if you love it, get it now! ***

New Momento Mall Items!!

I figure that you can never go to Momento Mall too often. Smile  There is always something cute to look at, a gift to buy, or your 2nd Day surprise!  (Stamping themed cookie press stamps, garden flags, and a My Digital Studio 2 sampler)IMAG0002 (4)


Hispanic Night and Prizes!

Friday night they hold Hispanic Night, which is a great event to learn about the differences and desires of the Hispanic market.  Its actually super interesting to learn the cultural differences that I didn’t know about (like when someone would send out a card).  And we were given the Quinciera stamp set to use for our make and take!!!!  I LOVE this stamp set even though I don’t know anyone who is having a Quinciera anytime soon.  But so pretty!


And I won a prize during Bingo! Christmas stamp set, Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, and Real Red glimmer paper!


Great Classes:

I went to lots of great classes.  This sample was from a class by Tami White and Ronda Wade.  They talked about what has helped them run successful businesses and it was great to hear different ideas and strategies from these great women.

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Socializing and Relaxing at Lunchtime:

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And did I mention Free Stamps!!!

During lunch on the last day, we received our convention incentive stamp set (provided you attended you classes and got the “secret word”.  Then during closing session, we were given TWO more stamp sets!!  Not to bad, huh? Smile


Other Announcements:

There were also a number of announcements made including the following:

–  The grand vacation is a Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean

–  The getaway vacation is to San Diego

–  Stampin’ Up! will be donating $3 (instead of $1) from each sale of the stamp set “Moving Forward” to the Ronald McDonald stamp set

–  and an August special when you sign up to join Stampin’ Up!  If you are not a demonstrator but are interested in learning more about this program, let me know and I’ll fill you in on all the details!

So there you have it!  Convention is over but it was such an awesome trip!  I hope you can join me next year for Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary.  I’d love to have you join my team and come celebrate with us next year!  Curious?  You can learn more about what it is like to join Stampin’ Up! and my team.


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Get Inspired With This Great Video

So, today was going to be a post sharing a project I did recently; but then Stampin’ Up! released a video by Shelli Gardner talking about creativity and Stampin’ Up! and almost the entire video is the camera panning around some AMAZING sample rooms.  Yes, rooms! 

See, in the home office, they have this area that is kind of like a museum where they have set up different spaces like rooms in a house.  Then, they have decorated the walls, the furniture, the surfaces, etc with décor and projects made using Stampin’ Up! materials.  So, there will be Décor Elements (vinyl) on the walls and cards on the desk.  Wall hangings and organization containers…you name it, they probably have it and have it looking like the showroom in a Pottery Barn type catalog.

When I was in town for convention a couple years ago, I got to wander through and it was awesome!  Here is are a couple pictures of what it looked like at the time:


As you can see, lots of inspiration to be found!  So, after watching this video from Shelli, I found even more inspiration and I knew I had to share it with you.

  I’m going to watch it again and write down more things to try.  First up is the pinwheel card that I really want to make.  So, check it out and let me know what projects and ideas caught your eye. 


Stampin’ Up! Regionals and Free Sneak Peek Stamp Set – Eat Chocolate

Man, yesterday was the Stampin’ Up! regional seminar in Portland, OR and I attended with my mom and my friend Sue.  I flew into town late Thursday night with the hubby and Nicholas.  I was very behind on getting ready and ended up not making swaps until 12:30am the morning of regionals.  I ended up getting too tired and so I took my last few pieces and raced to finish my swaps before everything started. 

Imagine my surprise when I heard “is this the last minute finishing of swaps?” and I started to respond and looked up to see the speaker was none other than Shelli Gardner herself!  So, of course I had to get a picture (and how does she always take a perfect picture and I always look just a little goofy?)  Anyway, this is me, Shelli, and my friend Sue.

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That was super cool to chat with Shelli before things got started (we were actually on the path between the stage and the staff table so she stopped and chatted with us a couple times.  She is a really cool lady).

I have tons of cards and techniques to share with you over the next many blog posts but today I wanted to share with you the AWESOME recruit promotions that Stampin’ Up! is offering for anyone signing up to be a demonstrator in the next two weeks.

Super Awesome Bonuses for Joining My Stampin’ Up! Team

If you have ever thought of turning your crafting hobby into a business or getting a
20%+ discount on all your stamping supplies, now is the perfect time to join.  As if the amazing deal that the starter kit is wasn’t enough,  Stampin’ Up! has provided some extra bonuses for anyone who joins the team of a demo who attended a regional event.

So, between now and November 7th, checkout everything you get for the $175 starter kit price (almost $400 value!)

  • 4 stamp sets
  • 1 stampin’ around wheel
  • 1 clear block
  • Pack of designer series paper
  • 2 packages of cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • 5 ink pads
  • 2 markers
  • ink refill
  • Snail adhesive
  • Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub stamp cleaner
  • A decor element item
  • Stampin’ Around ink cartridge
  • Stampin’ Around handle
  • Blender Pen
  • Sponge
  • Stampin’ foam Dimensionals
  • Decor elements applicator tool
  • Business tools
  • BONUS  Craft Tote
  • BONUS – Sneak Preview Stamp Set called Eat Chocolate

Interested in learning more about this opportunity?  Email me at and I’d be happy to send you more information.

So, you get all of this:

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I can’t show you the Eat Chocolate stamp set, but I can share with you these samples:

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