And Boy! Was it ever fun and inspiring! This may take a few posts for me to get everything in, so bear with me and keep checking back.
I arrived on Wednesday and met up with some friends from Denver who arrived right around the same time. We shared a cab and caught up a bit. It's so nice having friends from all over the country. We don't get to see each other very often, maybe twice a year if we're lucky, but when we do, it's like we've never been apart. I've made so many dear friends thru Stampin' Up! I wouldn't trade these relationships for anything!
We went to the Rosen Plaza, where we were supposed to have a room (we booked way back in October) and found out that we had been bumped to the Doubletree. They said that they had overbooked 50 rooms and that we were one of the rooms. Hey Rosen Plaza - poor service and so not nice! They should have let us know before we arrived as I'm sure they knew way before we got there. Oiy! Lesson learned - call before we go and double check to make sure we really have a room.
Anyway, we went to the Doubletree and got checked in. Then we met some of my lovely team mates and their friends and went to Tommy Bahamas for dinner. YUMMO! Was the food ever tasty!
The next day, I attended a Leadership shoebox swap with my teammates. It was very well run and the cards were fabulous! Here's my card. It features some of the Sale-A-Bration paper called Sycamore Street and one of the Vintage Verses stamps.
After that, I headed over to the convention center , checked in then met my roomie Marjie and we set up for another swap. Oh, do I have samples for you! Can't wait to get them up on my boards and to post some here on my blog so you can see. Here's my card for this swap. It feature the Sycamore Street paper again and the Just for You stamp from the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit in the Spring Mini.
We went back to the hotel and got ready for the highlight of the evening - Manager's Reception! This year, Stampin Up treated us to Harry Potter World at Universal! We left on the buses from the convention center and went to the Wonderful World of Harry Potter! We had the park all to ourselves! How often does that happen to you? Yet another great reason I love being a Stampin Up demonstrator!
Here are some photos of this fun evening.
I went to take a photo of the train, but had a tough time. The conductor helped me get the settings on my phone so I could take some decent photos. Of course I had to get a photo with him in it. He never did break his wonderful accent.
Here's a photo of us that the Conductor took. It captured the steam from the engine. In this photo are from left to right are Marjie, Maria, me, Susan and Claudia.
Of course, Stampin Up had some "light" ho'rderves for us. These things were HUGE!
A fuzzy, but fun photo of me and Claudia enjoying those Turkey legs!
Standing in line with Marjie and Maria because, well, Maria LIKES to stand in line! This was for Ollivandar's Wand Shop
Inside the shop. Look at all of those wands!
Our friend Susan finding the right wand.
And of course, there was Hogwarts School
Well, I hope you've enjoyed this little journey with me. Want to come with me on one of these trips? Contact me and I'll help you get there. It's one heck of a ride and a fun job at that! Make sure to check back. I've got LOTS more to share!