Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You Rule - Masculine Valentine

Do you have a tough time creating masculine card designs? 
I think it's an area we all struggle with a bit. I mean, let's face it, we send more cards to our girlfriends and our female relatives than we do the men in our lives. 
Why do you think that is? 
Ha! Maybe it's because our bff's all oooh and aaah over our carefully crafted piece of love a whole lot more than our guys do. (That wouldn't be manly, dontcha know.)

Anyway, there are a few times a year when we need to send a guy card and when we do, it should be just as gorgeous as any other card we make. Even if we are the ones who appreciate it the most! 

Here's the masculine valentine that I created for my Very Valentine class last Saturday. And yes, it does use one of the envelopes from the kit. Here, take a look:

I cut a piece of paper out of the center of the envelope to make the Designer Paper layer - it's cut at 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" and layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. 
The card base is Real Red cardstock and I used the Measuring Stick Builder Wheel across the bottom of the card front. 
I unmount all my wheels to use them as regular flat stamps. It's SO EASY to do with the Clear Mount Cling Foam that Stampin' Up! offers in our catalog. It creates a great, cling mount stamp that will work on your Clear Blocks. I've had so much success with this and I <3 more="" much="" my="" now="" so="" span="" wheels="">
This one was stamped with Versamark, then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. 

Here's another view of the card:

The focal image is that awesome crown stamp from the You Rule stamp set in the Spring Mini Catalog. It too is embossed with Gold Embossing Powder then hand cut with Paper Snips. I mounted it on two Stampin' Dimensionals. 
The greeting was stamped in Real Red ink then punched out with the Modern Label Punch. I adhered it directly to the card front with SNAIL, then added two Basic Rhinestones for some bling. 

I love this card SO much - it's going to be my valentine for my hubby. Shhh.......don't tell!

Here's a few of the products I used on this card:
#124236 - Clear Mount Cling Foam  $10.95

#126923 - Sealed With Love Simply Sent Kit $7.95

#126935 - Measuring Stick Builder Wheel  $4.50

#129264 - You Rule Stamp Set $13.95 clear mount

As always you can find these great products and more in my Online Stampin' Store. Here's the link:
Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to go shopping and fill your cart! 
Don't forget - every $50 you spend right now gets you a FREE Sale-A-Bration Exclusive Product!

Have a great day everyone - go stamp something fun!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Here's My Heart - Mini Album

So, scrapbooking is on my mind today - what about you? 
Have you gotten crafty with any of your photos lately? 

Tonight is my Oh Scrap! It's Tuesday class here in the studio and it's hands down one of my favorite classes to do. Want to know why??
It's because my samples are MY scrapbook pages - so I actually get something done too! LOL! 

This past Saturday, I was focused on another form of scrapbooking - Mini Albums. 
I love doing little albums because it's easier to focus on just one event, or one theme, or one person. And they make fantastic gifts as well. 

Here's the album we made in class on Saturday:

This uses two of the envelopes from the Sealed With Love Simply Sent kit that I've been highlighting over the past few posts. I also used the two pieces of cardboard that came with the kit for the album covers. The inside of the covers are done with Calypso Coral cardstock. 
All of those pieces were cut out with the large scalloped heart from the Hearts Framelits set and my Big Shot. They were glued together with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. 

The cover heart is another Framelit from the set, I simply stamped my image from the Feel Goods stamp set first then cut it out. Pool Party ink made a great contrast to the Calypso Coral and Real Red of the cover. 
I sponged the edges with Calypso Coral and then glued it to a Doily that I'd colored with Calypso Coral ink and my Brayer.


There are two scalloped circle reinforcements around the hole punched for the book ring - one is with Red Glimmer Paper and another is with a scrap of the envelope I used to cut one of the hearts. 
(Believe me, we used almost ALL of those pieces in this class!)
The book ring is a larger one - 1 1/2"- to accommodate the hole that's deeper into the album. I tied it with three pieces of ribbon - Calypso Coral Ruffled Grosgrain, Real Red 3/8" Taffeta and Pool Party Ruffled Grosgrain. I love the frilly look this gives along with the doily. 
One other thing I did that's not shown is to punch out a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the 2 1/2" Circle Punch and glue it to the back of the doily. This just gave it a bit more heft and that cover piece won't be quite so delicate.

Here is a look at the inside pages:


These were cut with another heart from the Framelits set and I did 8 of them - 2 each in 4 colors. Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White and Real Red. That gives you 16 surfaces plus the inside covers for adding photos, mementos and journaling. 

This is really a super simple mini-album and you can do it with ANY Designer Paper. Plus with the extra large book ring, you can add as many pages as you need to. I hope this project has inspired you to try a mini-album of your own, but watch out, they can become addictive! 

As always, you can find all the supplies I used here and so much more in my Online Stampin' Store. Here's the link for you: 
Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to enter the store! 
Don't forget your FREE Sale-A-Bration product gift for each $50 you purchase - now through March 22nd!

Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you get to stamp something fun today!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Easy Envelope card

In just a few short hours, my studio will be filled with my awesome stampers - all of them with love on their minds.
Today are my two Very Valentine's classes and I can't wait to make these fun projects with everyone!

I'm going to share them with you through the week next week, you've already seen the LOVE Banner, here's another one:

All of my projects for these classes began with the Sealed With Love Simply Sent Kit (still available in my Online Store). I just used the color scheme and other supplies to turn the kit supplies into completely different designs that what the kit was intended for. LOVE doing that, don't you??

For this card, I took one of the pre-scored envelopes and folded up the two long sides, trimming off the point of the one on top. Then I folded up the short side and used my Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere them into my envelope. I love the elongated envelope this made. 

Next, I stamped the Valentine sentiment from the Delightful Dozen stamp set with Versamark on Real Red cardstock and heat embossed it with the New Pool Party Embossing Powder - it simply pops on the red background!
It was punched out with the Decorative Label Punch and then I added a heart shaped punch of Red Glimmer Paper to cover the embossed heart for contrast. A Basic Rhinestone Jewel was added to the middle. 

Using one of the dimensionals that came with the kit, I adhered the greeting to the top envelope flap, securing one end of a piece of Red Baker's Twine between the dimensional and the flap. To make the twine long enough to go around the envelope, I had to tie two of them together, but it actually looks really cute that way. The string is wrapped around the envelope and just wrapped around the dimensional behind the greeting to close it.

The kit comes with pre-printed love notes, so for this project, I trimmed the note down to 3 1/8" x 4 3/8" so it would layer on a piece of Pool Party cardtstock cut at 3 3/8" x 4 5/8". Just an easy added touch to bring more of that color into the project.

Here's a few of the products I used today:
#126923 - Sealed With Love Simply Sent Kit - $7.95
120907 - Decorative Label Punch - $16.95
#122652 - Delightful Dozen Stamp Set - $24.95

You can find all of these products in my Online Store - here's the link for you:
Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right of my homepage and you can find all you need and more. 

Remember to claim your FREE Sale-A-Bration products too for every $50 you purchase!

Well, I'm off to get ready for my stampers - have a wonderful day and remember to stamp something fun!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rain or Shine Flower Shaped Card

It snowed here yesterday! 
I know for some of you that's not such big news - you get snow all the time. 
But my daughter was lamenting the fact that they hadn't had a snow day all. year. long. 
Poor baby. 
Well, it came at just right time because it gave her an extra day to study for her Pre-AP Geometry Mid-Term. 
Yeah, that's just the way I'd want to spend my snow day! LOL!

So, my card today is a little more Spring than Winter, but the sentiment is pretty close - maybe we should have a stamp that says "Thoughts of you...snow or sun." And the Designer Paper could have snowflakes and mittens!  HeeHee!

As you can see, it's another one of my shaped cards that I've been having so much fun with. This one actually fits in a standard A2 envelope - the ones that Stampin' Up! offers in our catalog. 
I created this card for yet another swap at our Leadership conference in Orlando and I think the other swappers liked it very much! 

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Sunshine and Sprinkles and to be perfectly honest, when I first saw it in the new Spring Catalog, I didn't like it. It reminded me too much of high school and those crazy 80's color combos - all rainbows and unicorns. 
BUT, once I got my package and actually opened it, the colors and patterns just grabbed me and I could not stop using it. In fact, I went through almost my entire first package in a week! All I had left were scraps - seriously! 
Thank goodness I knew where to order more and I now have TWO packages so I don't run out again. Ha!

This card is cut out with the Floral Framelits Dies. I embossed the front with the Polka Dot embossing folder and layered it with a piece of the Designer Paper cut with a smaller die in the floral set. That piece of Designer Paper is sponged with Marina Mist ink.

The sentiment and focal image are from the stamp set Rain or Shine and I mounted them on the same Clear Block for easier stamping. I used Stampin' Write Markers to color the images - Melon Mambo, Marina Mist and Old Olive. Once it was stamped, I punched it out using my 2 1/2" Circle Punch, then added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the edge with a 2 Way Glue Pen. 

The little bow is made with the new Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon and adhered with Glue Dots. 

Such a bright, fun card - and really super easy to make too! 

Here's a few of the supplies I used:

#126777 - Rain or Shine Stamp Set (clear mount)  $15.95

#126922 - Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Paper - $10.95

#127012 - Floral Framelits Dies - $26.95

Everything I used to create this card and more can be purchased in my Online Store!
Here's the link:
Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right and fill your cart! 
Don't forget your FREE Sale-A-Bration Exclusive Products for each $50 you purchase. 

And when you purchase $150.00 you get an additional $25 in FREE products of your choice, plus a BONUS pack of Silver Glimmer Paper to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Awesome!
Silver Glimmer Paper - FREE with a $150 order!

Happy stampin' everyone! Have a sunshine kind of day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vintage Heart-Shaped Valentine

Do you love cards that are different? 
Shaped cards, square cards, easel cards, elongated cards - I love them all! 
What about you? 

Lately, I've been making a lot of 'different' cards and today I want to share one of my favorites with you.

I created this card for a Vintage swap I participated in during our Leadership Conference in Orlando. It uses lots of fun products from all across our catalogs - which just goes to show how versatile our stamps, inks and supplies really are!
My color combo is Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla.

The card itself is made with the largest of the Hearts Framelits Dies and my Big Shot. I also used one of that set to make the heart from the key patterned Designer Paper from the Fan Fair package.
The smaller scalloped heart is also from the Fan Fair Designer Paper, and it's cut out with the Hearts-A-Flutter Framelits Dies.

I used the Sweet Floral Background stamp to add some interest to the card front. Layers don't always have to be layers, but an illusion of one works just as well sometimes.

Everything on this card is sponged with Crumb Cake ink except for the ribbons, the embossed key, the doily and the Vanilla flower.  I added more texture by crumpling the blue paper heart then adding more sponging to the top. The hearts are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The doily element was done by cutting a Paper Doily in half and scrunch pleating it with my fingers. I held it together with one hand and sponged a bit of Primrose Petals ink on the lacy part. It's attached with SNAIL to the Riding Hood Red heart.

The banner was stamped with a greeting from Loving Thoughts in Primrose Petals on Very Vanilla. To cut it out, I simply used my Paper Snips and hand cut it, snipping the ends into flags with one of my square punches. It's attached with a few Glue Dots.
For you wonderful OCD stampers, this might be painful, but, when you curl it and wave it with your Bone Folder like I did here, you'll never be able to tell if it's not perfectly straight so my feeling is, why stress over it?

The little vanilla flower is from the Artisan Embellishment kit and is attached with a few more Glue Dots.

Lastly, the little key is from the Established Elegance stamp set and is stamped with Versamark on Basic Gray cardstock. I embossed it with Silver embossing powder then cut it out with my Paper Snips, using a small hand held hole punch to punch out the hole in the top. I tied a piece of Linen thread around it then adhered it to the banner with a Glue Dot.
The bow of Baja Breeze Seam Binding is adhered behind the key with Glue Dots and it appears that the key is tied to it.

Hope your day includes some plans to stamp! We have a snow day here, but I still have my Techniques class tonight, so I get to stamp all day!!

Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Easy Valentine's Banner Decoration

It's the season of "Love"! 
So why not decorate for it - all the hearts and flowers are just the thing to chase away our winter blues. Once that Christmas tree goes down, my house looks a little barren, what about yours??

Here's an easy and fun project you can make in a jiffy with the Sealed With Love Kit. We're making this in my Very Valentine's Classes on Saturday along with some other "love"ly things! 

The color combination is Whisper White, Real Red, Pool Party and Calypso Coral - so bright and cheerful!
Here are photos of each section close up:

I used the envelopes in the kit for the banner pieces. One of the short side flaps is folded over to wrap around the ribbon. The other short side is left hanging down to create the point of the banner. I simply trimmed off the two long sides with my Paper Trimmer. Those pieces were large enough that I was able to use my 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to punch out pieces for the bottom of each banner piece. They are simply flipped over to reveal the floral side instead of the polka dot one. 

The white panel on each banner piece comes with the kit as well and is actually pre-printed with the floral design. I've just trimmed it down with my Paper Trimmer as well to layer on the Pool Party background.

All the stamping was done with the My Little Valentine stamp set that was a limited edition special earlier this month. You can easily substitute another stamp set though.

The letters were cut out with my Big Shot and the new Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies. I layered them on pieces of Real Red cardstock that were punched out with my 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. The Real Red Baker's Twine comes with the Sealed With Love kit so it was easy to incorporate it into the design. 
The kit also comes with Stampin' Dimensionals - you know I love that! 
Each top corner of the banner pieces has two Basic Rhinestone jewels on it for a little bling. I didn't add any Dazzling Diamonds glitter, but you certainly could - and should!


The scalloped accents at the bottom are layered and adhered under the Pool Party cardstock. I used 1/2 of a Doily from the new ones in our Spring Mini Catalog. They are easy to cut in half and use liberally on a project. They really add a nice touch too. 
The Pool Party Satin Ribbon and the Pool Party Button are part of the Madison Avenue collection that you CAN'T BUY!
That's right, you can't buy them! 
BUT - you can get them FREE! 
They are part of the Sale-A-Bration Freebies you can choose with any $50 order now through March 22nd. 
And for each $50 you spend - you get another FREE choice from the plethora of products offered! 

If you are a Hostess, it's even better - you can earn the Madison Avenue Stamp Set, Designer Series Paper AND the Ribbon and Buttons package - all FREE with a qualifying party. AND you also get a package of Silver Glimmer Paper because we are celebrating our SILVER Anniversary! WooHoo! 
All the details are on my Stampin' Up! Website - so be sure to check them out.

This last panel shows a little flower accent popping out from behind the scallop circle - there is also one behind the "O". These are from the New Pop-Up Posies Kit that's also in the Spring Mini Catalog. 
So many cool things in there!
I used the Modern Label punch to punch out the stamped image on this panel. It's just folded over the twine and tied onto the letter - cute!

Here's the info on the Simply Sent Kit I used:

#126923 - Simply Sent Sealed With Love Kit  $7.95
This kit and all the other products I mentioned here can be found in my Online Store at this link:

Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Simply click the Shop Now button at the top right of my home page and you'll be off and running in the store!
Don't forget to choose your Sale-A-Bration items when you shop and best of all, if you spend $150, you get:

- 3 Sale-A-Bration products of your choice
- a package of FREE Silver Glimmer Paper
- $25 in FREE Stampin' products of your choice

That's a value of approximately $75 in FREE product! How awesome is that? 

So, what will YOU choose for FREE? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Happy stampin' everyone!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Flower Fresh 12 x 12 Layout

I am so ready for SPRING, aren't you?
When I created this layout for a 12" x 12" swap at our Leadership Conference, the colors just made me long for sunshine and warm weather. 
Thank goodness we were in Orlando, Florida for conference - I got a few days of that at least!
We're headed up to Lake Placid, NY next Wednesday for Emma's team's Eastern Sectional Skating Championship - I'm gonna need all the warm springy thoughts I can get. It's currently in the negative numbers at night. Brrrr.....

My layout is a 2 page spread and it's based on a pretty Christmas layout my friend Selene Kempton gifted me with in December. I used her layout as my "sketch" and took it from there, using a few products from the new Spring Mini Catalog and some of our soon retiring In-Colors. 

Here's page 1 (left side):

The color combo is Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade. Springy, right? 

The large flower accent on this page was made with the Floral Framelits Dies and my Big Shot. After I cut it out, I folded it in half across every dip of the petals, then folded it in half across every petal point. This gave it definition and by sponging the peak folds, it really made it pop out. 
The Calypso Coral Flowers in the center are from the Pop-Up Posies Kit and I layered them with a 7/8" Scallop Punch of Pool Party Designer Paper and a Wisteria Wonder Brad. 

The little flower accent in the bottom left corner is made with one of the cool Sale-A-Bration Buttons in Calypso Coral, which matches the Ruffled Ribbon on the right hand side. 
The strip of Designer paper across the bottom is from the Summer Smooches pack. 

Here's page 2:

The leaf die cut is from the Secret Garden Bundle which includes the stamp set and the matching framelits. I stamped the leaf on Whisper White with Lucky Limeade and used the framelit to cut it out - so much easier than handcutting!
It's adhered to one of the kraft labels from the Pop-Up Posies kit which makes a great journaling block. 

This was such a fun layout to put together - I hope all the gals in my swap enjoyed it. Hey, we can put photos of ourselves at Leadership on this one and actually be in our own scrapbooks for a change! LOL!

Here's a few of the products I used:
#127012 - Floral Framelits  $26.95
#131099 - Secret Garden Bundle (Clear Mount stamp set and Framelits)  $36.95

#131395 - Pop-Up Posies Kit  $12.95

As always, you can find these awesome Products in my Online Store. Here's the link to make it easy to go shop there: 
Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Tomorrow is the BIG day! 
Sale-a-Bration Begins!!
For each $50 you spend, you get a FREE Limited Release Product! 
All the details are on my website starting tomorrow, so go check it out! 

Happy Stampin'!, 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Awesome Ovals - Shaped Card

It's official, I love the new Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Paper and the Cloudy Day embossing folder! 
Ok, well, I love the new Ovals Collection Framelits, the Feel Goods stamp set and the gorgeous new Striped Organdy Ribbon too. 

Yeah, I pretty much {{{heart}}} the whole new catalog! 
Have you SEEN it yet? It's fabulous, really. 

Here's a card I made with the few products I listed above:

This was for a special swap a Leadership and I loved it so much that I repeated it for my stamp classes this month. 
It's super easy to make, just take a folded piece of Whisper White cardstock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded) and run it through the Big Shot with the largest Oval from the Ovals Collection Framelits - it's the scalloped one. 
You need to allow the edge of the Framelit to hang over the folded top just a teensy bit, so when it goes through the Big Shot, it leaves a slight piece of your fold. 
Otherwise, you end up with two very lovely scalloped oval pieces......
and we don't want that. 

Once you've made your oval shaped card, then place the top half into the Cloudy Day embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot again, adding that super cute cloud texture to your card front. 

For my card, I took a sponge and lightly rubbed Marina Mist ink on the surface, just enough to bring out the texture. I told my stampers to start sponging in the middle so if it started out too heavy, it would be covered up by the other layers.

The other two layers were created with two more of the Ovals Collection Framelits. I stamped the greeting on Whisper White cardstock and just centered my oval around it - so easy. It's like a big punch for your Big Shot. 
The little scalloped Circle was made with the 1" Scalloped Oval Punch. All of those pieces were sponged with Daffodil Delight ink before they were adhered together and popped up on the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 
As a final touch, I added a bow made with the Striped Organdy Ribbon in Melon Mambo.

It's been so cloudy for the past two weeks here where I live, this card just makes me smile and remember that there is sunshine beyond those clouds. It will come peeking back again - soon I hope!

Here's a few of the products I used on today's card:

#129293 - Melon Mambo Striped Organdy Ribbon  $9.95

#129381 - Ovals Collection Framelits Dies  $26.95

#126922 - Sunshine and Sprinkles Designer Series Paper  $10.95

#127022 - Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  $7.95

As always you can purchase these products and more in my Online Stampin' Store. Here's the link: 

Robin's Online Stampin' Store

Just click the Shop Now button at the top right corner and you can make all your purchases there.

Have a great day everyone - and I am hoping you have Sunshine instead of Sprinkles today!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

$1 Spot Treasure!

If there is anything I like, it's a bargain. 
I especially LOVE a crafting bargain so when I spotted these 5" x 5" canvases in the One Spot at my local red dot store, I scooped them right up. 
They have a picture on them of a cute little frog that's meant for a child to color in, but I knew I could do better than that.......

So, I created this baby:

It uses a plethora (that's a really big word for me, I know!) of products from the new Spring Mini Catalog. Which is a good thing when you love it all so much you can't decide what to use first.
I did start by covering the canvas face with a piece of Pool Party Designer Series Paper, sponging the edges with Crumb Cake ink. And I'll go ahead and say it here - everything is sponged in Crumb Cake ink, so just assume it, ok? 

I cut four squares of Crumb Cake cardstock for my art panels and pulled my colors from the More Amore Designer Series Paper. Pool Party, Real Red, Very Vanilla and Primrose Petals.

The greeting is from the Occasions Alphabet from the Idea Book and Catalog. It's cut out with the Hearts - A - Flutter Framelits and I punched a heart from the Red Glimmer paper as an accent for it.  

The new Hearts - A - Flutter stamp set was used on the top two panels along with the new 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Large Pearls and bow made from the 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon. 

For the bottom left corner, I used the Honeycomb embossing folder on Pool Party Co'ordinations cardstock then added a new Designer Builder Brad. I punched a hole with my Paper Piercer through the canvas so it would stay secured from the backside.

These were created for my GoDivas swap group's 3D swap and I think they loved them. At least I hope so, because I sure do!

I'd love to know what YOU think. Comments are ALWAYS welcome, it lets me know that someone other than my Mom is reading my blog! LOL! 

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fun Times at Leadership!

Like I said on Monday - Leadership Conference was Awesome! 
I enjoyed all the training, creativity and inspiration - 
But, mostly, I enjoyed my stampin' peeps. 
A lot. 

I have some of the most wonderful friends because of Stampin' Up! And I mostly only get to see them at events, which is why I'll never miss one if I can help it. 

Anyway, here's a bunch of us on our first night in Orlando, enjoying dinner OUTSIDE at the Taverna Opa. 

L to R front row: Julie S., Me, Tara B., Michelle T. back row: Wendy H., Georgia G., Linda B., Tiffany B.
So, I roomed with 5 other gals - some of my bffs from Colorado, Connecticut and Indiana. We rented a car - that well, was a teensy bit smaller than we needed. 
I call this the clown car shot:

Fun times, that. Well, not for them - I was driving the whole time!

Here's a photo of my peeps Lyssa Zwolanek and Georgia Giguere. They are part of my GoDivas swap group - really fantastic stampers. 

And me with my buds Tara Bazata, Michelle Thieriault and of course Tiffany Bauer.
Don't know what I'd do without these fun friends!

GoDivas Swappers - Leadership 2013

After our swap, I went and met up with Janet Wakeland, my 3rd level upline, Advisory Board buddy and friend.

I also got to see my friend Tamra Davis. Tamra and I got to know each other better at Jan's RAD 10 retreat in December - such a fun lady - love her sense of humor!

And her creativity! Check out her cool nametag:

Yep, she's pretty talented!

So, that evening we had Manager's Reception. SU! rented out the Harry Potter park at Universal Studios just for us. I'm not a HP fan at all, and didn't understand any of the story, but it was a really well done park. The food and rides were outstanding!
Here we are before getting on our bus to the park:

And at one of the special signs that sported our Logo around the park - cool, huh?

The next morning we headed back over to the convention center for a days worth of classes and training.
Don't we look good?? haha!

SU! announced the new My Paper Pumpkin monthly creativity subscription and guess what? We ALL got the Try-It Kit AND the Welcome Kit! WooHoo!!


Dinner that night was pretty quick since we had to be back at 7 for the Pajama Party. We hit Senor Frogs and had appetizers. 
I'd never eaten there before but my sliders were pretty good. 
The balloon hats apparently are a tradition so we all were sporting them when we left the restaurant.

Tara said we all had to wear our hats to the Pajama Party back at the convention center - so me being the sheep I am, I obeyed.
Don't we look lovely?

There might be something to this balloon hat thing - I won Prize Patrol for the FIRST TIME EVER!!!
No, I didn't save my hat, but I might have to find another one at Convention in July. 
Just sayin'.

Here we are all rested and ready for our last day of Leadership fun. We took iPhone self portraits before the first General Session.

And what a fun surprise when we ALL got a Silver Anniversary Gift from SU! 
It IS there 25th Anniversary dontcha know......

Ok, here's something pretty to break up the endless photos of all the FUN I had in sunny Orlando. 
Not that I'm rubbing it in or anything. 

This is one of the panels of the banner Shelli is creating for their cabin. She showed us the banner from her Main Stage presentation as a work in progress. 
I love what I see so far!

Here's one more panel. LOVE the chalkboard look. 
I'll be duplicating this for a class you can bet your bottom dollar. 

Here's a photo I actually like of me. (Orlando humidity and my hair do NOT mix well.) My buddy Kimberly VanDiepen took this of me at our Advisory Board luncheon. Our menu was in the cute little folder I'm holding. 

We were treated to a fabulous meal at the Cuba Libre restaurant. It was FABULOUS!
Here's a photo of the centerpieces. 
The bright flowers in the vintage cans were super creative and so fresh looking. 
The pulled pork filled empanadas were pretty fabulous too. 
But you know me and food.
I do return to Weight Watchers tomorrow. :)

This little cutie-patootie box is a BIG secret! 
It contains a Sneak Peek of an upcoming *thing* from Stampin' Up! 
I can't show ANYONE - Shelli came around to each table to make us promise not to tell. 

I know you really want to know, but ya gotta wait. Ok? 
Pinky Promise that I'll make some cute samples with it and show you those. 
Anyway, the package was too cute not to show you. 

Had to show the Mock Mojito. 
It was super yummy!

Here are my 1st year Advisory Board ladies. 
We're missing two - Christy Harsch and Kim Peck who couldn't make Leadership this year. 
Love these gals! 

L to R, bottom row: Me, Tara, Martha A., top row: Kimberly, Jan M., Ann C.
And one last fun shot for ya. 
These are our fun-tastic Business Coaches. 
Yes, they are all in pj's and yes, their boss is wearing my hat. 
Don't ever let anyone tell you we don't have fun. 
Yeppers, that we do. 

Have a great day, everyone! I'll be back with something pretty tomorrow.:)