Hi all!  I came home Sunday from San Antonio, TX.  Most of the week was taken up with Leadership activities and I stayed an extra day to attend the Regional Conference too.  It was such a wonderful week.  I loved the location – I enjoyed walking every day (or night) along the Riverwalk.  Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones is always a ton of fun!  I took lots of pictures and have many, many new ideas to share and use for my upcoming classes and workshops – I can’t wait – the hard part is what should I start with.  It seemed that this year we got SO much free stuff.  There were lots of giveaways for everyone, plus prize patrol for those that were selected.  I got a few bonuses – first I was able to attend the Manager’s Reception this year – my first time – and those that attended got a brand spankin new stamp set.  Then I was a Make&Take helper – my first time for that too – and we got a special thank you gift bag for that.  In my Retaining & Engaging Your Downline class with Donna Griffith and Patsy Waggoner I was asked to be a volunteer, it turned out to be a little game (I wasn’t very good at it) but Donna still gave all the contestants (there were three of us) 3 stamp sets!  That was a big Surprise! And then the most exciting part was the card contest that Stampin’ Up! had this year – they chose winners for all the different stamp sets in the Occasions Mini Catalog – everyone put their entries – either cards or scrapbook pages – on these clothes lines that were set up in the Gathering Place.  Then the SU staff picked their favorites.  And guess what I was picked not once but TWICE!  and when I went to claim my prize they another another one of my cards in their hand – but I couldn’t get picked 3 times she said.  Hmmm I think i’ll send that one in for the magazine contest since they loved it soo much.  Anyway I got a little prize pack for that – the Sweet Shop Designer Series paper, Designer Stickers and Jelly Bean Brads!

Oh and one more super exciting thing is at the Manager’s Reception I got to chat with Shelli Gardner (CEO and cofounder of Stampin’ Up!) and I was carrying around my Holiday Mini catalog (the one with my picture in it) so I could get her autograph and I did!!   There is so much more to tell you but I’ll have to spread it out over time or you might get tired of reading and miss something.  Let me share some pictures with you now that I rambled on about so much.

These are all my Leadership gifts/prizes/take home goodies!

How do you like our cute bag?  New fabric – coming soon!  At the Make&Take session the tables were set with a matching folio for everyone and a cute little box filled with homemade chocolates.  I’ll share more about Make&Takes on another day.

My two winning contest entries were these –

features Loving Thoughts stamp set

This is the Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set - an 8x8 scrapbook page

Click  here for the post on the scrapbook page. I must not have posted the card yet so I’ll put up details later this week.

These are the lists of the contest winners - the "M's" are on the third page.

My friend Linda was also a winner - here we are together with our prizes.

It was a super fun trip – now I can’t wait for convention to get here!  I’ll have more to share with you this week and probably next week too – including some announcements from Stampin’ Up! that you won’t want to miss.  So stop by again and don’t forget to say hi!