Yesterday, I shared some pictures from our 2015 World Card Making Day event here in Atlanta. You can see those pictures here. I’m so happy I can share a little bit of the fun we had, but there’s no possible way to share it all.
The morning events were capped off with an amazing Southern-style meal. Barbecue chicken, brisket, macaroni and cheese, salad, potato salad, veggies, cornbread and biscuits. All of that was topped off with a variety of desserts – including fried bread pudding bites. This meal was designed to get us through an afternoon of more fun!
When I say that the attendees enjoyed the lunch, I don’t say it lightly. This is a picture of Mom’s table (she’s the third one over from the left). She and Linda were watching football on Linda’s iPad.
When Mom agreed to come (as if I had to do a lot of persuading), she had no idea she’d be greeted with such warmness. Although she’s not a demonstrator, lots of the people in the room already knew her. She’s become quite a star with the videos she’s filmed for me (you can see her Banner Triple Punch video here).
Phyllis Shepherd asked Mom to sign her A Little Something stamp set – Mom didn’t know that she was THAT popular. 🙂
Pam’s mother was there, too, and it was wonderful to share this day with them. When we made special introductions of our teams and presenters in the morning, we also recognized our Moms. We asked them to come to the front and showered them with gifts. My Mom was given an opened, but not dry, pack of Stampin’ Up!’s retired Simply Pressed Clay. Pam’s Mom was the lucky recipient of a pack of pom-poms and clips from an old Sale-a-Bration banner kit. We treat our moms right!
I grabbed a quick Selfie to capture their joy in the moment.
During the afternoon session, Pam gave a great presentation that included some great ideas for using Project Life – for documenting life, card making and gift giving. She gave a brief history of the product line and offered great tips for using it.
We were also fortunate to have a brief panel discussion with some really great leaders who are certainly experts in many fields. We were so fortunate to have these folks at the event. I asked each to speak about specific topics – Mary Fish (building team community), Lisa Pretto (training and supporting teams), Lynn Kolcun (custom orders and craft fairs), and Phyllis Shepherd (striving for longevity).
We also played some really fun games – for one game, I gave clues (in the form of riddles or rhymes) about current Stampin’ Up! colors. The players had to run to a pile of boards with colors on each to find the color I was describing. By draw from a hat, Lisa Pretto was pitted against Brenda Stallings. Wendy Ellard and Lynn Kolcun were brought in to assist. Fun was had by all.
We also challenged the tables to make beautiful paper airplanes with some of the materials I brought in from my “retired stash.” Tables worked really hard to add lovely details to the planes. What I didn’t tell them at the time, was that they’d be tossing their planes to see whose would travel the farthest. Some anticipated this additional challenge and built beautiful AND flight-worthy planes. Here’s the winning table’s plane – flown by Mary Fish:
After the fun and games, it was time to get to stamping. I walked everyone through the five make-and-takes we planned for them. We had two Halloween, two Thanksgiving and one Christmas themed projects. Everyone received A Little Something stamp set when they entered the room, and everyone received a pack of Spider Web Doilies in an all-attendee giveaway. What fun!
The room of stampers did not waste time getting to work on these projects. Here’s Donna Griffith, who attended the event as a demonstrator (not as a representative of Stampin’ Up!’s home office), assembling a banner for the top of her Halloween Treat Bag:
It didn’t take long for these tables to fill up with supplies and drinks and phones. See anything else I missed?
The day was truly magical for Pam and me. We are so glad we were able to share this day with so many wonderful people. The day ended with a big drawing for a set of Many Marvelous Markers – AND we were able to give each person in the room a handmade notecard to celebrate World Card Making Day. The inside says “Thank you for celebrating with us.”