This weekend was a blast in Atlanta, Georgia! Pam Morris (my Stampin’ Up! upline) and I hosted the FIFTH year of our World Card Making Day event. Along with 70+ Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the United States, we enjoyed engaging presentations, inspirational presentations and lots of fun stamping. The event is no small task to pull together, but we enjoy every single minute we get to share it with our awesome attendees.
Today I am sharing some fun pictures to give you a wrap-up of our weekend event.
Friday Night, before the stamping event, we invited attendees to join us for dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy. We scored a banquet room and an amazing dinner for the add-on event. Here are some pictures from our delicious kick-off dinner:
Here’s a peek at the group who joined us for this year’s event:
Our day was filled with some really great presentations and discussions. Here’s a look at our fun group of inspiring presenters:
Julie shared some incredible 3-D projects. Debbie gave great pointers for creating a balanced card layout. Pam shared some great ideas for holiday gift-giving. I presented some great ways to use and be inspired by Designer Series Papers. Jennifer shared great tips for demonstrators to differentiate themselves from others. Donna inspired us with great Smitten Mittens bundle projects. We are so fortunate that these ladies shared their talents with us!
Games & Giveaways
Between presentations and swaps, we were happy to host some fun games and giveaways during the day. We played to fun games – a Stampin’ Sponge toss (one player tossed a sponge, and the other had to catch the sponge in a bin on their head) and a “know your colors” game (I gave clues to a color, and players had to find that color in a bag of balled-up cardstock). Both were super-fun. Here are some (kinda blurry) pictures of the games in action:
We had 12 bags of goodies – a mix of bundles and products we love. Winners were drawn at random and picked a bag to open in front of everyone (they didn’t know what was in each bag, which made it more fun). Laurel has one of the best reactions when her name was called!See that cute, little cup on the desk in front of her? That was one of the table gifts we left for attendees at our event. The day started with little chocolates in a popper (made with Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper), and the afternoon kicked off with peppermints in a tiny coffee cup (wrapped in Be Merry Designer Series Paper and adorned with a tiny bow). A special thanks to Julie DiMatteo and Jackie Beers for helping to pull these together. Here’s a look at those projects:
We hosted two swaps during the event – a one-for-one 3-D swap and a traditional card swap. The cards were amazing (as always), but we had a lot of fun with the one-for-one 3-D swaps. Participants walked around the room, meeting one another and showing off their creations until we sounded the alarm for them to pick a partner and swap. What fun! Swaps were everything from tiny treat holders to home decor. Look at the gorgeous project Karen and Deb made:
Who doesn’t love a good selfie frame? Pam decorated this frame with burlap ribbon and some festive Fall leaves. You can’t help but smile when standing behind a selfie frame. Here are some great shots!
We asked attendees to bring cards that can be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (our team member, Sharon Walker, is a nurse there). The cards will be for the children and their families so that they can (they will be the recipients of some and will be able to give others). We spent time after dinner creating cards – this is the supply that was simply brought to give. What a joy!
The entire day was filled with joy. I’m so glad I was able to spend it with this special group of awesome people!
Save While You Celebrate World Card Making Day. World Card Making Day is October 7. To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! is kicking off a 10-day sale. Until October 10, you can:
- earn a 15% discount on Whisper White and Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes
- earn a 15% discount on select stamp sets from the Annual & Holiday Catalogs
- To see all of the items in the World Card Making Day sale, CLICK HERE.
Coffee Break Designer Series Paper is one of the papers that’s on sale in October (buy 3, get 1 free) – you don’t want to miss this deal! What fun! Click this banner to see all the papers that are a part of this special:
One-for-One Card Swap. I’m hosting a 2017 Holiday One-for-One Swap. For information about the swap and how you can participate, please click here or on the picture below: