8/11 I'm Back from Convention!

One of the coolest things that I did at convention was go to a Stampin' Addicts Meet and Greet. I signed up for an Artist Trading card Swap hosted by Barbara Welch and this is what I did for it. I used the set called Kind and Caring Thoughts. The flower is inked up in Versa Mark first, then inked up with Rich Razzleberry before being stamped onto the Whisper White. Then, I poured clear embossing powder over it and heated it up with the heat gun to give the flower a shiney raised look. I used a Rich Razzleberry marker to ink up just the "thanks" portion of the sentiment before stamping it onto a scrap of Whisper White. Then I punched it out with the small oval punch and edged it with a dauber also inked with Rich Razzleberrry. The size of an ATC is 2.5"x3.5" so they are a cute little size to work with. However, one of the things I like best about ATCs is incorporating them into a full size card after all the trading is done. This next picture shows just that.

I went back to a sketch that I did in this post. I love that sketch and it works perfectly for incorporating your ATC into. Isn't it fun? I love the way that white jumbo brad minics the big white circle.

Here are all the supplies:

Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts (Level Two Hostess Set)
Paper: Melon Mambo (115320), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Whisper White (100730), Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (115675)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658), Versa Mark (102283)
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Circle Scissors (112530), Photo Corner Punch (109042), Small Oval Punch (107304), Jumbo Brads (112533), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercer (116631), Dimensionals (), Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon (115613)

Talk about being in SHOCK! I went to get my convention bag . . . and went to the awards booth to collect my stamp set for $20,000+ in sales and look what they handed me . . . a Founder's Circle Bag!! Yes, it is true, I am going to St. George, Utah on the Founder's Circle Trip! Of course, I had absolutely no idea why . . . but later found out it was because I was a Rising Star. Notice the dorky banana sticking out of the pocket of my fanny pack? I put up with more than a few . . . "Is that a banana in your pocket . . . or are you just happy to see me?" jokes all afternoon! I don't even like bananas so this makes it even funnier. Now my husband is teasing me that I probably eat bananas on the sly all the time. (I don't!) The banana went to my room mate . . . I ate the apple.

I was able to bring a guest with me to the reserved seating area so I took along my biggest cheerleader and picture taker, my room mate Mary Haugen aka DramaQueen.

Shelli Gardner, co-founder and CEO of Stampin'Up on Awards Night.

Here I am on stage, Rising Star #14!!

Here are all the Rising Stars that were at Convention getting their pictures taken. Mary Fish, in the front row next to Shelli was our Number One - no surprise there!!
I skipped out of the Make and Take session early so I could take some pictures of the displays and who do I run into? Ms Rene Watson, the #14 Rising Star from Convention 2008. How amazing was that? And, we both have degrees in accounting! We had a great time visiting. Rene earned the cruise this year . . . not so sure that I will manage that . . . but who knows?? Anything is possible with Stampin'Up, right?
And, here I am on stage for the $20,000+ sales march. Do I look like I was having a little too much fun? I think so!! I have a lot to be grateful for - thank you to all of my customers, my awesome supportive downline and upline. And most of all, a heartfelt thanks to Stampin'Up for making such an opportunity possible.

My room mates at Benihana. L to R is Margaret Mead, Mary Haugen, and Kim Bolzenthal. And, of course, convention also provides an opportunity to meet in person people we have become friends with online. Below is a picture of my online stampin' friend Vera Schoeters.

Vera has a style of stampin' style that I've always admired . . . never cluttered, but always a sweet detail or two that just MAKE the card if you know what I mean. You can check out her awesome art work at her blog called Vera Stamps. We had such a nice visit first at the Stampin' Addicts Meet and Greet and then the following night at Benihana's. Thanks so much, Vera, for a delightful time getting to know you in person!


Vera said…
Meeting you was one of the highlights of Convention 2009 for me, Kay! Congratulations again on making Founder's Circle; I'm sure you're destined to earn cruise as well! Oh, and what a cute card you made with the ATC. I think I just might do the same with the one you gave me. ;-)
Margaret said…
Kay, you are the bestest roommate!!
I'm so glad we had time to hang out together and share the happiness of your Founder's Circle Award!! If Mary was your bigest cheerleader, I had to come in a close second!!
MaryR said…
{{SCREAMING!!!}} so happy for you Kay! you deserve it and I was SO excited to hear/read your name on the Founder's Circle list - great company there! And hurray for Mary Haugen as a great roomate, too - you're a lucky woman - and I'm lucky to call you friend! Congrats Kay - can't wait to hear and read more about your Stampin' Up! success!
Britiney said…
Congratulations, Kay! What an accomplishment. I was so thrilled to meet you and have a minute to chat at convention. I can't wait to hear all about Founder's Circle and your trip! Congrats again.
Caroline said…
big congrats to you, Kay! Can't wait to meet you at FC next month :)
Nancy Riley said…
What a fabulous time you had at convention! Look at all the cool people you got to hang out with! CONGRATULATIONS on all your outstanding honors, Kay! You're AWESOME!!!!
TannyP said…
Oh congratulations!!! That's so fantastic. With creations like you make and the personality, it's no wonder you're a rising star! This ATC is gorgeous and fits perfectly on your card!!
Teressa said…
Congrats Kay! I'm so excited for you!
Dawn said…
Congrats on your Rising Star! I was the one who was behind you who started cheering for you & I loved that you had no idea what the "bag" ment!!! Too cute! I'm #2 Rising Star in Canada!! I didn't put two and two together that I haunt your blog! haha
Way to go and congrats again!
Anonymous said…
MOM!! this is Kari and you need to answer your phone because Kasey is done with her testing at CVA. Anyway we knew you were at Caribou somewhere with the laptop so we thought that you would be on your blog, but I am going to email you too! ♥ The Girls
Beth M said…
Fun pictures! Congrats on your Rising Star award!
Kay - Haven't stopped by your blog in quite a while, and I'm thrilled to see your good news! Congratulations!