by Nola Burkhard, Artistic Guide
Once again I had the honor of being able to attend Stampin' Up!'s annual Leadership event. This is the 3rd one in a row that I have been to. Each time they are held in a different Southern Location of the United States with Orlando, Florida being the city for this year's event. Sun, warm air and most of all for me...No SNOW! Here is what we saw every day when we came and left the convention center...
Lots of Palm Trees that reached the sky. It remimded me quite a bit of California, but it was more humid then I've ever known it to be in California. I live a good ways outside of Boston and there was 3 inches of the white stuff on the ground when I left so this was very nice--very nice indeed!
Most of us make lots and lots of card fronts that are all the same so we can SWAP (Share with a Pal) them out and bring home new ideas to show our customers. This year I made a total of just under 100 swaps. I had 3 different ones. I made more than forty of this first one I am sharing with you. It was made for an organized swap with a membership group I belong to, SUDSOL, which stands for Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing Online. The requirements were that the card had to have at least 2 layers and then either bling or ribbon. I went with ribbon since I have tons of it! Since it was a Stampin' Up! event all the things on my swaps come from SU! The stamp sets I used on this one are Decorate a Daisy and Curly Cute. I like that the birds are all tone on tone.
The other two I have for you were from my General Swaps. I swapped these out with anyone who also had swaps. I came home with some amazing card fronts and many I know I will be CASING (copy and share) with all my stamping friends. Again, everything on them comes from Stampin' Up!, with the set on this next one being Word Play. What I love most about this simple card front is the little butterfly punch. It's by EK Success and was just released in our Spring Catalog.
This is the last swap I made. I like it the least, but I had lots of the Calypso Coral paper and wanted to make sure I used at least some of it up. Here again I used tone on tone and created my own background for that paper using a set that is called Mixed Bunch. I even stamped one of the flowers from the set onto some patterned paper just to give it a bit more definition. The words "for you" and a little wrapped gift were stamped from a set in the Sale-A-Bration flyer called Pretty Petites and then punched out with a new Petite Curly Label punch. It layers nicely on top of the basic Curly Label punch.
I know all my cards were very basic, but still I made almost 100 of them and that's a lot of supplies and time.
I have a couple more photos to share with you. The first is a new product called Paper Pumpkin and will be sold as a kit that you get in the mail directly from Stampin' Up! I call it a Surprise Party in Every Box as you never know ahead of time what you will be getting. They handed us all the very first box that comes in the kit and it even contained a big clear block for stamping with. Most of the products in each kit will not be from any of the catalogs, so the only way to get them is to sign up for the kit (through MyPaperPumpkin.com). This first kit has enough supplies to make 4 cards and it comes with everything you need to make them except adhesive. It even includes an ink spot and envelopes. Here's how mine look after I put my cards together. I could have made them all the same, but that's not my style--each of mine had to be a bit different. And I do need to tell you that I did use a few things from my SU! stash to "step them up a bit."
The last picture I have to share with you is of me in front of the Welcome sign. Again, it was an honor to be able to go to Leadership three years in a row. Leadership is for demonstrators who have downlines, and while I'm not big in the Stampin' Up! world, with 8 under me, I do qualify to attend, and so I go.
Already looking forward to next year's event. I sure wonder where it will be!
Thanks for coming by. Hope you enjoyed my swaps and other photos. Come back again soon and try to . . .
Stamp, Create and Play . . . Everyday, Nola
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