January 12th, 2011

Stampin’ Up goes way beyond our expectations each year organizing a special event for demonstrators who are Managers and above. There is usually tons of speculation (although no hints given) about where they are taking us.

Of course we are thinking Country music capital here in Nashville so we are all assuming it is a show of some sort!  Tonight we got on a big bus that took us to the Wild Horse Saloon for a SU Manager’s Night.

Spouses can attend for a fee so Matt, Darrell, Kevin and Tom were able to join Jan, Deb, Patsy and me this year!

Shelli Gardner, in her cute duds, addressing the crowd

This is a big place with a live band and huge dance floor!

Can you see Jan and Deb kicking up their heels line dancing? I'd say look for the little gal in the hat but we got hats before the event!

While the girls were either dancing or chatting about stamps (big surprise) the cowboys found some games to pass the time

Deb Valder, Patsy & Tom Waggoner, Kevin Valder, Matt, a horse with no name, Jan and Darrell Burnett and me

At the end of the evening, SU gave us each a wrapped up stamp set with this memento flyer on the front. The stamp set is from the new catalog in July so we can't show it yet but you will like it!

Off to bed and tomorrow will be a FULL day!  We have a bagel meet and greet from 8-9 and then our classes begin.
At 12:30, the General Session starts and we are all excited to hear what is new and maybe see some stamping on stage, too!
Then more classes, dinner and at 7 pm, MEMENTO MALL!  (That’s a stamper’s paradise where we are tempted to buy all SU logo goodies). So far, no one has been able to see what awaits us in there so we’ll have to wait til tomorrow night.   There will also be Demo Booths and Product Showcase things to see and learn!
It’s really wonderful seeing everyone here.  We lost one of our own as Emily wasn’t able to fly out of Atlanta because of the weather and couldn’t get another flight.  We are hearing of many stampers stranded who couldn’t get here so I am grateful to have made it.  We will miss you, Emily!
JANUARY 13TH, 2011

2011 Leadership Convention Bag

Wednesday night, 10 om

We just got off the bus coming back from the Wild Horse Saloon where we had our Manager’s reception event.  Stampin’ Up surprised us with our convention bag early! (check in isn’t really until tomorrow morning.)  They really WOW’d all of us this year:

It is Espresso and white!  Recognize the pattern?

Leadership Convention:  Jan 13th Thursday am

This is our first big day! Patsy and I are heading over to the bagel meet and greet (sounds like we are meeting bagels). The card swapping is going on everywhere! Here is my first one from my friend Rhea Hughes:

Memento Mall won’t be open until 7:30 this evening so we have to wait somewhat patiently for the doors to open.

Thurs after lunch…

Our General Session is just underway! Shelli is addressing all of us and talking about exciting changes with SU for demonstrators. (she also said she is not retiring any time soon)

She showed us some great projects she created but it was tough to get pics without the heads and cameras in front of me. We don’t have risers this year and the screens were low. I’ll get better photos once we can see them on display.

I have classes scheduled for the rest of the day but hope to come out to air out my brain.

Here are a few swaps I got today!
Remember they are from my phone and taken on the seat next to me so quality isn’t exactly perfect but I know you want to see some stampin’ and not just me talkin’!

Dinner tonight and Memento Mall, product demos and displays tonight at 7 pm! I’d better get some coffee….


Angie Juda

Elaine Paget

Jan Burnett

Megan Wheeler

Sandy Hancock

Christie Harsch

Susan Nygaard (sewing card-isn’t that adorable!?)

Diane Going

Deb Valder (white and crumb cake)

Memento Mall Thurs Night 7pm

Leadership Friday, January 14th

This is a box that Shelli showed onstage. It holds a cupcake!
More of Shelli’s projects
By Shelli Gardner

Really ‘sweet’ invite Shelli created for her workshops

Here are a few pics from yesterday’s meeting.  Have to run to classes this morning!  Linda

Roadies on my Team of demonstrators – Login to the Roadies page to see a slideshow of 200 pics and info!


simply adorned insert AND they gave us the charm and chain, too!

The Fabulous Millie, showing off her pin

The rest I have to make once I get home!  i’m stamped out!

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