Leadership Summit: what a whirlwind!

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well time sure flew by during the 4 days I spent at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Summit. About 80 demonstrators were there to listen, discuss and learn. Although I signed a non-disclosure agreement, there are a few highlights that I can share with you!


The setting was beautiful. At home it was 85 degrees when I left…and in Utah it was 45 degrees. The crisp cool air was perfect though–and snowcapped mountains are something we don’t see often in central Illinois ;-)


It had snowed the day before our arrival, so we made the most of what was left and had a mini snowball fight.

Check out this fabulous notebook! Shelli Gardner (CEO of Stampin’ Up!) and Pam Morgan (VP of Demonstrator Development) had lovingly hand-stamped and assembled these gorgeous On Board Books for everyone. I loved the Top Note Big Shot die, and the “M” is chipboard covered with the Haiku Designer series Paper (my favorite!!). The shape was cut using the Serif Essentials Big Shot die.

My favorite touch though, is the Tangerine Tango Striped Grosgrain Ribbon–it’s just a little accent piece tied through a hole punched in the front of the notebook. Leave it to Shelli and Pam to come up with a perfect accent like that! Oh, and don’t forget the Spiral Punch that they used to put the holes along the left edge of the cardstock to make the cover. I love that it matches our chipboard books perfectly!

This is me with my friends Lynsay Mahon and Cheryl Flynn. One night we participated in a very special activity: we each created a 20 page 6×6″ new baby scrapbook. The albums are being donated to two places–a YWCA home for pregnant teens and a battered women’s shelter. My eyes were teary when Pam explained who would be receiving these gifts. And amazingly, we were able to complete these albums in less than 2 hours–gotta love those Simply Scrappin Kits!

The final highlight (other than visiting with friends who I only get to see at Stampin’ Up! events) was a trip to Dear Lizzie. Suffice it to say that there are NO stores like this where I live in central Illinois! If you’ve been to a Stampin’ Up! event you know that Shelli often talks about her favorite store…and since we were so close to the boutique, it would have been sad to miss a chance to shop. And really, how could I miss any chance to shop? ;-)


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