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:
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).
This is the pool courtyard – some days it was more chilly than others, so attendance there was usually low.This 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!
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!
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!
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)
These cards were created by:
Front row, left to right: Hetty Jones, Jennifer Crosby, Nancy Klein
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:
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 🙂 )
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).
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…..
Front Row, left to right: Mary Davidson, Nola Burkhard
Back Row, left to right: Alison Anderson, Angie Brailsford, Betty Kincannon, Catherine Black
Front Row, left to right: Cherie Hunt, Ann Lohmeyer
Front Row, left to right: Roxie Nitti, Linda Pugh
Front Row, left to right: Sharon Ayres, Jayne Hansen
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!