Saturday, July 30, 2011

My team!

This is the best group of ladies! I love my team members and they are amazing women. Each of them did something to make the event go smoothly and I could not have done it without them.

From left to right:

Elizabeth Jennings, Jackie Barfield (me), Jeannette Abee, Brooke Ingram, Francesca Mata, Laura Minton and Barbara. Wait! Barbara is technically not a turtle. Yet. LOL. But she did help tremendously and I would love for her to join my team officially.

Here's a group shot of all the croppers, vendors and helpers.

Have a blessed day and make sure to check on my blog often for more inspiration and ideas.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pictures from the Crop for the Cure

I want to start this post by saying how much I appreciate my team. They really came together and helped me out so much. In fact at a team meeting when we were going over some details and finalizing some to do items I said, "My event." One of my turtles corrected me and said, "Our event." Totally agree. I was able to spend time with those who needed me and focus on the time line of the event.

Before the big day I had several ladies come over an help me with the Goodie bags. Here they are on my kitchen counter.

Laura had helped me stamp the tags. So did Elizabeth and Francesca.

I was so pleased with the turnout for the crop. Here's a view of the room.

I hope that everyone that attended the event enjoyed it and got a lot of scrapbooking done. My friend Carla got a lot of her Disney album done. Here she is scrapbooking away in her own little scrapping spot.

I was also amazed by the vendors at the event. A new scrapbooking store in Gulf Shores came to it and had a mini store set up. Here is Anne with one of the croppers.

Panera Bread donated some delicious bagels and pastries. Here's Amanda enjoying a bite.

We also had coffee, cream and cups donated by Starbucks. What an amazing city I live in. So generous!

I have to say that the classes that were offered were fantastic. Here's one of my turtles learning to etch on glass.

The cool part was how Marcie used the negative to do the etching and then the positive to make a cute framed monogram.

Barbara with the finished product.

I have a feeling that Barbara will be a turtle soon. Just a feeling. Hee hee. That shirt she has on isn't a clue.

The food that we had was delicious. Santa Fe Grill in Mobile donated the tacos. Many of you thought they were homemade and not from a restaurant. They were so yummy. And the pizza was donated by Papa Johns. Dinner was specially made by my husband Steve. Jambalaya is one of his best recipes and he did not disappoint this crowd. The ladies from Louisiana kept asking him where he was from since he could make a Cajun dish so well. LOL.

Here's a page that someone scrapbooked.

I love turtles. I never did explain the whole turtle thing. I have several real turtles in my back yard and I'm know for stopping to move turtles out of the road. I love my pet turtles a lot and care for them as much as I do my furry pets. When I was thinking of a name for my team I realized that Totally Turtles would be a great name because if we go at this business like a turtle we won't get burned out but we'll still win the race. Plus the word turtle could be a great acronym for what we do and who we are.


So that's why we are turtles.

Here's a lovely lady that would be a great turtle. Perhaps this is the month she says yes. What do you think Carmen?

Your friend Debbie could be your very first customer. LOL.

A picture of Ashley working on her winning entry for the page layout contest.

I don't think Ashley sat down the entire time. She usually was using some tool to create brilliant embellishments on her pages.
Scrapping Frenzy was there too. Here's the group. Two ladies were cropping too.

Marcie from Kutitup:

I also had Close to my Heart, Creative Memories and ScrapHappy as vendors. A lot of ladies said I had a better vendor turn out then most crops they go to. I'm glad that everyone enjoyed having them there. Its good to support each other and share our ideas with each other.

Well that's it for now. I'll post again soon.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Crop for the Cure! Tomorrow!

It's almost here! I should be sleeping but who can sleep when they are this excited! I'm really amazed by everything happening here. God is working a miracle and He's touching our lives. So many things to tell you but I think I will just wait until tomorrow to give you details because then I'll have pictures too.

Hope, Strength, Faith

We can beat this. Everyone working together. Saving lives.

God bless.

P.S. My little girl lost another tooth today. It's her 6th one. She asked me if I put something under her pillow. I said no. The tooth fairy does. She had more questions that I answered truthfully. Needless to say I'll be curious what the toothfairy leaves for her.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Convention was great!

Hi everyone,

I got back from Convention on Monday, did a downline meeting that night, prepped for my Mystery Hostess class for Tuesday, did some planning on my Crop for the Cure Fundraiser on Saturday, cuddled with kids, dog and husband and I'm still ready to do more.

Can you tell I had some sugar? LOL. 

I want to share a blog that has all the pictures of the display boards from Convention. She did an awesome job and had a way better camera then I did. Check it out here: ustamp4fun

If you didn't get to follow along with me on facebook I'll give a quick recap.

I got to Salt Lake City a day early. So while I kept annoying Dina saying, What's going on today? and her saying, "Nothing." we toured the Temple, ate delicious food, drank some beer and enjoyed getting to know each other better. Part of Convention is connecting with fellow demonstrators in person. I love getting together with my upline and friends from all over the world. Especially Canada.

On Wednesday I enjoyed shopping Memento Mall. That's where I can pick up some products that people might want to entice them to book a workshop. Some things I got are tabs for catalogs, pop up scrap bags, umbrella, pens, and more.

I also did a tour of the home office in Riverton. What a great place to work! It's really neat to see how the shipping operation works. I think I may have been there when one of my boxes was packed. They told me that two huge UPS trucks pull up everyday and are filled with boxes. Sometimes during a busy season they have to get a third one.

I enjoyed going to the Melting Pot for dinner. If you have one near you I recommend it.

The days are all a blur but the most exciting thing for me was when they told us about the new Simply Scored scoring tool. It's a stylist, board, pegs to mark on the board and large storage bin in the back all in one. It's available starting September 1.

I enjoyed my first march across stage for having 4 or more recruits promote to Senior Associate. I feel very proud of this accomplishment. Not for myself but for my team. The four ladies that promoted have been an inspiration to me. I learn from them hopefully as much as they learn from me. I have enjoyed watching them grow their own Stampin' Up! business. Some have done classes, some clubs, some have just shared what they love with others and some have done workshops. All of them make me proud.

Here are some amazing things that Convention provided: (taken from Shelli's blog).

■Idea Book & Catalog binder, included in the convention bag (You just gotta see it)

■VIP Room (awesome room, great place to put your feet up and enjoy treats)
■TWO new marches (First-Timers March and Recruiters March)

■First-timers breakfast!

■See-Or Hear-It-Here-First Announcements (can you say Mini Holiday Catalog)

■Dates and locations of TWO incentive trips (Getaway and Grand Vacations)

■All-Attendee Giveaways, we had THREE, more than ever before

■+ Fun classes (a new convention offering of great projects to make) I went to bed instead of doing this.
■Hispanic Night event (demonstrators interested in growing their Hispanic business met, got to know each other, and shared ideas)

■Treats—we had more treats this year than I can ever remember having before!

■ Announcement of the Surprise & Delight Stamp Room Makeover winner

Shelli forgot about the after party for awards night. Dancing, dessert, music, friends.
She also didn't mention the kick off party that had three prize patrols. I may be wrong but I think everyone left with a prize.
I have a huge stack of new rubber and I can't wait to ink it up.
The swaps I got were over the top. I know we have talented ladies but I felt like some of the swaps I got were worthy of being a class. In fact I may do this one for the Christmas Stamp a stack on Sunday, July 31.
If I could show you all the awesome swaps I got I would but I actually had to give a lot of them to Laura, Jeannette and Flora. They made me some swaps to take and I had fun swapping for them. It's always nice to hear the compliments on cards from others. I always thank them and say, My friend made these.
Some other highlights of Convention:
Swapping with Tami White, Number one Demonstrator for the year.
Meeting Mary Ellen Byler was fantastic! She's so funny on stage too. She did a workshop start to finish on stage and that was inspiring. She's telling jokes, knows the page numbers of everything, sponges everything, smooches everything and completes 5 cards start to finish in less than an hour. Amazing.
In case you don't know who she is here's a little background on her. She's Amish. She's in the top 100 demonstrators in the country. She has sales over 100K a year. She has to hire a driver to take her to workshops. She does a workshop every night Monday - Friday.
I don't think I want to work that hard but I would like to do more private classes for people.
So here's what my goal is. To earn the trip to Fiji. Yep. I need some amazing women to become part of my team to do it. I want to help them earn it too. I have an amazing new downline who is ready to start doing workshops. She's really into scrapbooking so if you are interested in learning that she'd be perfect to talk with and arrange a class.
That's it for now. Time to start my day.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Holiday mini!!!

Let me just say the new mini is full of must have items. Want to see it? I'll let all hostesses this month take one home with them. Don't forget mystery hostess night. The hostess gets one too.

Since I'm typing on an iPad I think I'll go. But check back soon.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Here's my swap

Just thought I would show you some of the stuff I'm swapping.

I hope everyone likes them. I'm also swaping other cards that my downline and friends made for me to take. Can't wait to see all the creative ideas at Conveniton. Woo hoo!

Here's a picture of my girls. I'm totally missing them.

I hope they are being good for daddy. Hugs!!!

See you all when I get back.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Christmas Card

Here's what we did last month. Nothing fancy really but fun to color with the pastels.

Next class is on July 31st. It's going to be awesome because you actually get some ribbon to put on it. LOL. Can't wait to show you what it is.

Have a blessed day and keep checking back for more cards to post.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I wish I had some samples to show you

Unfortunately I've been working too hard on Girl Scouts, Crop for the Cure, Workshops, and more. I could show you the make n take we did at the workshop last week. Really cute idea that's a matchbook scrapbook. I would love to do it at your workshop so contact me today and we'll pick a date.

I've been placing orders and doing a lot of interacting with people.

Don't forget that my crop for the cure is July 23rd. I've been getting emails, phone calls and bumping into people around town who are asking if there's still spots available. There are but act quick! I need to have goodie bags and more ready for the event and a final head count by the 18th would be nice. :)

I'm leaving for Convention on the 11th. I'll be gone a week but would love to hear from you. Friend me on Facebook and you can see what I'm seeing.

I also wanted to let you all know that I'm having a class on July 19th. It's Mystery Hostess Night and I can't wait to show you the awesome card we are going to do. Check back tomorrow and I'll give you a sneak peak.

That's it for now. Talk to you soon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Join for only $99!

I woke up this morning and logged onto Stampin' Up! like I always do and this is what I see:

Wow!!!! Only $99 gets you started in this wonderful world of crafting and meeting new friends. Yeah!

Contact me today or come to my Open House tomorrow, Saturday, 10am-2pm.  I'll give you all the details when we talk.

Have a blessed day!
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