Friday, January 20, 2012

Dinner with Friends

After a wonderful day at Leadership, I am so sad that it is over. I am going to dinner with some friends tonight at the Lonestar Cafe.  Cowboy Up! and Chow Down!
I had a Margarita to drink with my steak, baked potato and salad. (I gave the roll away)

I had so much fun with this group of friends!!

We all did some shopping, and found a great little ice cream shop for dessert!  
Another day has come to an end in San Antonio and I am exhausted!!
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Leadership Final Day

I can't believe it is the final day of Leadership. Today was jammed packed and I want to share a few highlights with you.
Rhonda Smith and I - Love seeing my friends!!

 After the morning session and a class, it was time for lunch......
Salad and Dessert

Lunch Entree

Melissa Davies and I finally catching up with each other

I finished with my organized swaps during lunch, then attended classes and then it was time for the closing general session of Leadership 2012 here in San Antonio.  I have had so much fun over the past 3 days.  Stampin' Up! has given us so many new ideas, also pointing us in the right direction for changes that are forthcoming and have given more all attendees giveaways than ever before.  It is definitely "my way" to do things.
Laura, Linda and Pat love getting another all attendee giveaway
See all my friends in July at Convention 2012 in Salt Lake City!!

Time flies by so fast when you are having fun!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dinner and A Boat Ride

After the conference was over for the day, we went down along the Riverwalk to have dinner.  We found this great little place, Paesanos, offering Mediterranean and Italian cuisine.  The food was delicious!
  I had the Spinach & Cheese Tortellini!!
 We loved seeing the Riverwalk all aglow that evening.
Me with Laura and Linda

Sara, Laura and Linda

Taking a boat ride

I had a wonderful evening enjoying time with my special friends and walking along the Riverwalk. After a delicious dinner, we went on a guided boat tour and learned about the Riverwalk area of San Antonio.

Check back soon to see what's happening.
Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Leadership - Opening General Session

Linda Rodenberg walked across the stage, this is her first Leadership Conference and she was being recognized for her promotion to Supervisor!

Pat Brannin walking across the stage for recognition of her promotion to Manager!

Me with my upline Janice Weightman

The morning general session was packed with so much information my head is spinning. Shelli talked about some upcoming changes to the Stampin' Success Magazine. Donna Griffith did a wonderful demonstration using a new product...Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  After her demo she gave away a few via the Prize Patrol and I WON!!!!  I was so excited...this awesome new accessory will be available for pre-order to demos on Feb. 20th and for customers on March 1st.  Cory Hancock talked about upcoming changes in the catalog program including both main catalog and mini catalogs.  The session with Sara and Shelli on stage and a free giveaway to everyone.

A lovely salad and dessert was waiting for us for lunch!  I enjoyed the rest of the afternoon swapping, attending class and taking in all the information from the Share Fair.
More to come later on ...........

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Leadership Roomie Gifts

Sara arrived safely this afternoon.  We left the convention center and made our way back to the hotel.  After a few drinks and some delicious appetizers we are ready to settle in for the night.  But first things that everyone is here we have to give each other our roomie gifts.   I love this part so much......Are you ready to see them?
  From Linda Rodenberg:  Vintage Decorated Wood House
 From Sara Mattson-Blume:  Framed Heart Art
 From Laura Fernsler:  Goodie Bag w/Chocolates and Beautiful Note Card
My Gift for each:  Initial Journal, Swankie Tissues, Initial Framed Art, Starbucks Gift Card
Thanks so much for stopping by.  It is so late and we have to get up early in the morning for another day of Leadership fun.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

People and Pillows

I look forward to seeing my friends that I usually only get to see when I attend Stampin' Up! events.  These friendships are very special to me and are possible because of being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! I have meant so many wonderful ladies over the years.
Me with Shannon West

Me with Carrie Cudney

Donna Griffith poses with me ...she is always smiling!
Back Row:  Pat Brannin, Sara Douglass; Front Row:  Me, Carrie Cudney, Laura Fernsler


Patty Bennet and I

Me with Carrie Cudney & my friend, Pat Brannin

I absolutely love these pillows!!

And these as well!!!

Thanks so much for peeking at the fun I am having while at Leadership!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Stampin' Up! Leadership Day 1

I had an exciting day today, the Leadership Conference has started.  I began the day picking up my bag at the Registration Table.  So cute don't you think? And I loved all the things inside too. The theme this year is "MY WAY"! 

This adorable gift was waiting at each place around the table where we we sat to do our Make & Take projects.  Shelli hand-signed the tag on the front and also there was a little box which held three chocolate white chocolate, one milk chocolate, and one dark chocolate.....I can have chocolate "MY WAY"


 Here it is open, 3 pockets on the inside!    

I have to show you all the Make & Take Projects later, as I didn't finish them.  I had so much fun talking to friends and checking out all the cool stuff in the Ballroom.

Check back soon for more excitement!!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday in San Antonio

We woke up, had a nice breakfast and were ready to see some of the sights of San Antonio.  We walked along the Riverwalk which was so relaxing and absolutely were in bloom, the sun was shining and the air was crisp.  We ended up at the Rivercenter Mall to do some shopping. While there we ran into Joyce Feraco...she is the sweetest lady.  She joined us in our shopping adventure and then we went to lunch along the Riverwalk at Casa Rio, a wonderful Mexican Restuarant and the food was delicious.

Laura Fernsler, Me, Linda Rodenberg

Me and Joyce Feraco

I had the grilled chicken tacos...yummy!!

Having lunch at Casa Rio on the Riverwalk

We enjoyed music while having our lunch

 No stamping to share today, I really had a great day hanging out with my roomies and Joyce and her downline.  Tomorrow is Day 1 of the Leadership Conference, so it is an early wake-up call.  Hope you will come back to see what is happening.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Leadership 2012 - Arrival Day

SAN ANTONIO OR BUST!!!!  I am so excited to be attending the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference this year. Linda Rodenberg and I arrived here in San Antonio and met up with our friend, Laura Fernsler, from Kansas.  And the fun begins!!!!  
We arrived at the Drury Plaza Riverwalk Hotel.
Our hotel was once a bank in Downtown San Antonio and has been renovated to this fabulous hotel.
   Look at this gorgeous lobby of the Drury Plaza Riverwalk

Welcome to our suite on the 12th Floor............


We have this beautiful suite and will be very comfortable here for the next several days.  Sara arrives on Wednesday morning and will share our suite.  So for now Linda, Laura and I will be enjoying San Antonio!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!


Travel Day and More Swaps

Today I am on my way to San Antonio, TX for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference.  I am looking forward to seeing my long-distance friends that I usually only get to see at Convention and Leadership.  I have made some great friendships while attending these events in past years.

I have created two designs for general swapping and hope to have time to get those finished on the plane or once I get to my hotel.  I have everything cut, stamped and ready to assemble.

Tea Shoppe Stamp Set and NEW Doily Die both are in the Occasions Mini Catalog which can be viewed HERE.

Stocking Die, Four Frames and Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets.
 Thanks for stopping by today to see what I have created to take to Leadership for swapping.  I will have more to share once the event begins.  I hope to see you back here soon.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Simply Adorned Charms Swap

My friend, Laura Fernsler, is hosting a swap at Leadership for all sizes of inserts for the Simply Adorned Charms.  I love these charm inserts and it is a great conversation starter for potential customers.
                       Front views: Top left is 1" x 1"; Bottom left is 1" x 1-1/2"; 
                                          Bottom  right is 1-1/2" x 2"

                        Back views:

You can check out the complete line of Simply Adorned Items on page 200 of the Idea Book & Catalog or check it out HERE

I will try to post all the inserts I receive from this swap, so check back to see all the ideas.  I am considering having a class where we make several inserts for each size or one size and you can pre-order the chain and charm of your choice.  Sound like something you would like to do, please leave a comment with your name and email and I will contact you after I get back in town.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!!