Hello again, stamping friends!  As promised, I’m back today to share with you more pictures – and inspiration – from the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Convention last week.

Before I get into the picture sharing, a bit of business sharing first – the new Weekly Deals!  These special product prices are available for 1 week only, starting today Feb. 3rd to next Monday, Feb. 9th; so make sure you get your order in soon!

Here are this week’s deals:

SU weekly deals feb 3

Look at the amazing price break on the Hamburger Box die!!  Of course, I ordered mine ages ago – but you can take advantage of this super sale price!  Just remember to get your order in before next Monday, Feb. 9th to get these great prices – click HERE to go directly to the Weekly Deals page in my online store.

Now – for more pictures 🙂  Would you like to see where I stayed?  Okay, I don’t have many pictures of the actual hotel – the Rosen Plaza, which is located beside the Convention Centre – but the grounds are lovely, so that’s what I focused on (the room was nice too, but I’m sure  you don’t care as much about that).

Rosen Plaza pool


This is the pool courtyard – some days it was more chilly than others, so attendance there was usually low.Rosen PlazaThis is the ‘tower’ part of the hotel – my room was up on the 13th floor.  I know, right?  I thought hotels didn’t have 13th floors, either!

Rosen Plaza - front fountain

At the front of the hotel was a lovely fountain with a seating area (not that I got to use it – I was too busy!)

The Orange County Convention Centre is gi-nor-mous!  Our functions were held in the West Hall; even though our hotel was *beside* the West Hall, it was still a very brisk 15 minute walk to get there – so of course we had to allow time for the coffee line-up before we left the hotel each morning 🙂  (never try to get between me & my coffee – just sayin’! 😉 )


In this shot, I’m standing near where we entered the West Hall – you can’t even see the hotel from here!

Convention centre

This photo was taken from the overhead walkway that connects the West Hall to the Hotel; you can’t see the entrance where we would enter for our functions!

convention centre fountain

There was a lovely fountain at the front of the Convention Centre, though! 🙂  (the centre is to the right of the fountains)

So – enough about the buildings!  I’m sure you want to see some swap pictures, right?  Well, okay; we’ll get to those now 🙂  There are A LOT of pictures, so I’ll just wait here while you go grab yourself a snack & a beverage….

All ready?  Here we go!!

This first set of pictures are cards I received from my first swap, which was on Thursday night – some of us demos who did not go to the Manager’s reception got together for dinner, and swapped cards.  It was a great time, and as you can see, I got some awesome cards!  (if the swapper has a blog, you can click on their name to check it out)

1st swap 1

These cards were created by:

Back row, left to right: Michelle Hornback, name not included :(, Liz Roberts, Pat Smith

Front row, left to right: Hetty Jones, Jennifer Crosby, Nancy Klein

1st swap 2

These cards were created by:

Back row, left to right: Rose Conley, Diane Browning, Diane Kendall, Tamara C. Price

Front Row, left to right: name not included :(, Lisa Harvey-Reber

Aren’t those swap cards gorgeous?  Talk about a lot of creativity within a group!

The next day, I took part in 2 swaps during our lunch break; the first one was the SUDSOL group who swapped using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die.  First, here are the swaps I received, and who they were created by:

mini treat bag swaps

Left to Right: Catherine Black, Leanna Kerr, Jean Addis, Debbie Dutchess

You probably want to know what’s tucked inside these little cuties, don’t you?!  Well – here ya go!  (I couldn’t wait to see, either 🙂 )

treat bags contents

As you can see, Catherine is from Canada as well, so she included a Canada key chain!  Yummy treats from both Leanna and  Debbie, and a set of lovely note cards with envelopes from Jean.  I feel truly spoiled! 🙂

This is the treat bag that I swapped; I opted to make the extended version (a bit bigger even than the one that Jean made).

mini treat bag & tag

For all the details on my bag, please see yesterday’s post by clicking HERE.   I couldn’t resist filling my bag with yummy treats 🙂

After swapping our Mini Treat Bags – did I mention how much I love this die set?  Well, I do! – we re-grouped for another SUDSOL swap; this one being for card fronts.  It was  a much bigger group this time – 31 cards!  So let’s get started…..

sudsol swap 1

Back Row, left to right: Christine Josti, Karen Bernhardt, Beverly Farmer, Gloria Plunkett

Front Row, left to right: Mary Davidson, Nola Burkhard

sudsol swap 2

Back Row, left to right: Alison Anderson, Angie Brailsford, Betty Kincannon, Catherine Black

Front Row, left to right: Cherie Hunt, Ann Lohmeyer

sudsol swap 3

Back row, left to right: Pam Staples, Phyllis Jachowski, Maria Pobre, Liz Haddon

Front Row, left to right: Roxie Nitti, Linda Pugh

sudsol swaps 4Back Row, left to right: Sharyn Bouck, Eldonna Epp, Barb Stencel, Blythe Klipple

Front Row, left to right: Sharon Ayres, Jayne Hansen

sudsol swap 5

Back Row, left to right: Kathy McDowell, Sandy Carlson, Janet Holmes

Front Row, left to right: Leanna Kerr, Sandy Riopelle

Can you see why we love swaps??!!  So much creativity!  Plus, although it seems that, as a demonstrator, I own just about every stamp set made, it’s just not possible, so swapping cards & projects gives us a chance to show you, our wonderful readers and customers many ideas for how to use the stamp set, papers embellishments and tools that Stampin’ Up! has to offer.   Meeting all these awesome demos rocks, too! 🙂

This was a super-long post; I hope you’re still with me!!  I’d love it if you would leave me a comment – maybe tell me which swap card(s) or stamp sets you liked best, or colour combination.  I always love reading your comments, and it lets me know that I’m not just typing away into the ether-world…

I  hope you’ll come back again tomorrow; believe it or not, I still have lots more pictures to share!  Yup – each day there were on-stage stamping demonstrations by both demonstrators and staff from the home office – you’ll want to see them 🙂

Until tomorrow – Happy Stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to stamp and create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a 3D item, or a card, or scrapbook page - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you stamp and create with me! :)

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  1. Thanks for sharing all the inspiration! You are not typing to the air. Read your blog from Seaside California every day.rrc

    1. How wonderful to read your comment, Rosemarie!! I hope you’re enjoying some good weather in California, and I’m glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed my blog post! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me a note 🙂

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