Ah, the breakfast of champions… plus dessert. Yesterday began with a breakfast reception for all the current and past Stampin’ Up! Advisory Board members, and that breakfast ended with fabulous caramel-drizzled blintzes. (Don’t tell my kids that I had dessert with breakfast–that’s a no-no at our house!)
Really though, it was a great chance to catch up with friends that I only see a couple times a year–at Stampin’ Up! events! (yup, one more fun reason to become a Demonstrator 😉 Here I am, visiting with my friend Lynsay Mahon and Amy Swartz, the marketing director at Stampin’ Up!.
The morning started out with 1000 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gathered in a big hall. Shelli Gardner (co-founder of Stampin’ Up!) shared part of the story of how Stampin’ Up! was started, and she encouraged us all to share our own story. Guess I’ll need to blog about that soon 😉
The morning also included fabulous demonstrations of new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog (yay for all the new goodies–check out some of my recent Occasions Mini project posts!) Here are two projects that Pam Morgan shared with the Eggcellent Eggs Kit (117179). If you like these, don’t wait too long–they’re only available while supplies last.
The kit is definitely not just for decorating eggs — these are napkin rings for any occasion, although they’d be perfect for a baby shower! The baby shower invites below also use the egg kit–the little tiny flowers, and of course the sticky-back rhinestones for a little ‘bling’ on the girl invite.
The morning also included Prize Patrol, which is where we have a chance to get FREE stamps (or other goodies) that have been demonstrated during the session–and Mary Ellen Stites and Laurie Stiegelmeier won from our group–hooray!!
The Sweet Treat Cups were also shown– with HEART cups!! These little guys are so cute, plus they have a new matching stamp set and you can use the big Full Heart Punch to make the hole for your heart-shaped cup. And the little confetti is the punchie pieces from the new Pinking Hearts Border Punch.
And speaking of food, we had dinner as part of the Manager’s Reception that evening. We were taken to a ranch on the edge of Phoenix for a Mexican Rodeo, dinner, and wonderful entertainment from a dance troupe that shared heritage dances from around Mexico. Here’s us sitting in the bleachers, shaking our maracas!
And this is the gorgeous table setting– complete with gerbera daisies (my favorites were the Melon Mambo ones 😉 We also each received the new Love Bandit stamp set (so cute!) and a brightly colored re-bo-zo, a traditional Mexican shawl.
And for dessert (are you seeing a theme for today?) we had empanadas stuffed with pumpkin, lemon or apple filling, plus cinnamon whipped cream. I had to include a picture because we decided that they must have cut the dough using a Big Shot and a Scallop Circle Die 😉