Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!

 

Friday
Jun062014

South Pacific Projects--Batch 2

These projects were created using our clear mount stamps (the first two) and the Undefined Kit--love the creativity and imagination that kit offers! Check out these one-of-a-kind images

Wednesday
Jun042014

South Pacific Projects--Batch 1

Thought I'd share the projects I showed during my stamping presentation at the South Pacific Inspire.Create.Share 2014 event. I focused on stamps (my favorite thing!). . . these projects were made with photopolymer stamps. 

Friday
May302014

Counting Down to North America Inspire. Create. Share. Event 2014

A quick video message from me to you--hope to see you in July!

 

Wednesday
May282014

A Marvelous Convention in Melbourne

Sorry it's taken me so long to blog about our South Pacific convention. We returned on Sunday but it's taken longer than expected to gather the photos. . . they were worth waiting for though!

It was another great event with great people! I know, I know, I could say that about every Stampin’ Up! event (and usually do), but it’s true. . . what a wonderful opportunity to gather with amazing people who love what they do—it’s inspiring and uplifting!

Our annual convention (now called Inspire. Create. Share. event) was our largest event so far in the South Pacific, with almost 700 people in attendance. Woo hoo! We’re renaming our annual convention events to shine the spotlight more completely on what we’ve always done—inspire people (in lots of different ways), create fun projects, and share what we love with others.

It was fun to see a few faces that I had just seen about two weeks ago—several of our South Pacific demonstrators had earned the incentive trip, so we were able to reminisce about the incentive trip. We had a half-day leadership training for the first time (we’ve had shorter leadership classes, but this one was several hours long), topped off by a terrific Managers’ Reception at Myer Mural Hall.

We also loved seeing so many first-time attendees—we invited them to stand and be recognized, and it was wonderful to see how many demonstrators were discovering the magic that is a Stampin’ Up! event.

The rest of the event was packed full of inspiration, creating, and sharing. I think our new event name (which is our tagline, so it’s definitely not a new idea) is a perfect description for what we do at this event. Several demonstrators mentioned that they felt it was perfectly paced. . . they didn’t feel rushed but there was always something new to see or learn or try to keep them interested and excited. I totally agree! As always, kudos to our amazing events people who make these incredible events happen!

Besides spending time with great people and truly being inspired by what I heard and saw, the other thing that I enjoyed about this particular event was the weather. Of course, we were indoors most of the week, but still. . . I’ve never seen it so warm and gorgeous! It rained one day, but other than that, the entire week was amazing.

That’s probably plenty. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. But thanks to all who attended!

 

Saturday
May172014

Our Kanab Family Party

 

Last month we had a party for our Stampin’ Up! Riverton family, and this month we had a fun party for our Kanab family. Sterling and I drove down and back in one day—we’re leaving tomorrow for our South Pacific convention, so we didn’t have much choice. We weren’t really looking forward to the drive, but we knew once we arrived, it would definitely be worth it.

And we weren’t disappointed. Our expectations were met—and exceeded! 

What a fabulous evening. The weather couldn't have been better, and things began with a catered dinner. Once everyone’s tummies were full, they settled in for the evening, visiting and enjoying the activities that were planned.

And there were definitely fun things planned. Several games, water balloons, a blow-up slide, and—my favorite—a rubber dig, for both children AND grown-ups. Not at the same time, of course! The kids dug in the rubber for candy and treats; the adults dug for gift cards. And they really got into it! It was great fun to watch.

We ended the evening with a showing of Disney’s Frozen on a blow-up outdoor screen. My only regret was that Sterling and I couldn’t stay—we’re driving back as I post this.

But you can see by the photos that a great time was had by all. So glad we could make it, and thanks to everyone who came! We appreciate our Kanab Stampin’ Up! family so much—we work with some amazing people!