Injured Cowboy in AZ

At each Leadership Conference, those with the Stampin' Up! title Manager and above are treated to an all-out event during one of the evenings we're there.  This year was no exception!  It was a wonderful evening at a nearby Mexican ranch featuring lots of wonderful food, authentic costumes, traditional dancers and a rodeo!  it was certainly a night to remember!  Especially when one of the cowboys was injured badly while performing a stunt for us.  In true Stampin' Up! form, there was an immediate call to action.  Several of the demonstrators there began taking up a collection for his family.  There were around 500 people in attendance, and if everyone gave just $1, we could help the family out during a very rough time.  And then, of course, someone got the injured cowboy's name and address, and well, you guessed it, we're all sending our get well wishes Stampin' Up! style!  Below is the card I made for him:

I knew that to get both a masculine and a Western feel, I needed to use Wanted stamp set.  I knew the horse in motion would appeal to this cowboy who makes his living by galloping his horse around an arena and jumping onto the back of another unsaddled horse!  Sounds crazy, I know!  I began the card with Soft Suede card stock and stamped tone-on-tone using Sanded background stamp.  Next came a layer of Dusty Durango card stock–this color name just conjures up images of cowboys, doesn't it?  I added a layer of Creamy Caramel card stock and stamped my main image on Very Vanilla card stock.  The image in the right corner is made by stamping that image found in Wanted twice — once in Dusty Durango Classic Ink (then punched out with the Scallop Circle Punch) and another time in Creamy Caramel Classic Ink (punched out with 1-3/8" Circle Punch).  I added a Designer Circle Brad to the center and a luscious piece of Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to finish it off.  Get Well Soon, Poly!

Item No. 115106 Wanted   $23.95
Item No. 115609 Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon   $9.95
Item No. 112571 Designer Circle Brad   $5.95
Item No. 109043 Scallop Circle Punch   $15.95
Item No. 104401 1-3/8" Circle Punch   $15.95

Want to see some of the fun we had at Manager's Reception?  Here are just a few pictures:

Here's my upline and daughter, Aly, and me by the fountain.  Such beautiful grounds!

We were welcomed by some wonderful musicians!

Here's Aly and her upline, Missy Shipman, enjoying root beer and the rodeo.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get good pictures of anything going on in the arena.

These two women were making salsa fast and furiously — how fresh and tasty!

Stampin' Up! provided us with beautiful wraps for the chilly evening.

Here's the fabulous table settings at dinner.  The colors were spectacular!  Notice the little gifts wrapped up in brightly colored tea towels at each place.  They contained a brand new stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog – Love Bandit!

Don't Forget!   

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Leadership Conference 2010 — Phoenix, AZ

I had hoped to post while at the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference, but it just didn't happen.  Then I took a few days' vacation to visit my sister who lives in nearby Fountain Hills, so I'm just arriving home!

In fine Stampin' Up! style, the Leadership Conference was amazingly well done.  I learned so much and had such a terrific time.  Here are some pictures of my most favorite memories.

We started the first day out by going to Memento Mall.  Stampin' Up! has logo merchandise for sale just for those who attend.  Here's Stampin' Up! flip flops–do you recognize the print as a designer paper from Pink Flamingo?

Next is a beautiful display of shopping bags with Stampin' Up! artwork.

Here's a 3/4 sleeve black cotton sweater with rosettes made from Stampin' Up!'s black 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.  I just had to have this!

Stampin' Up! Decor Elements took center stage with this impressive "display"!

Here's Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!, on Main Stage.  The stage was beautifully decorated by the home office with very large frames.  The theme was "Love What You Do" and I certainly do!

Lunches were amazing–here's Aly with yummy food!

We took an opportunity to get together with my third level upline, Missy Shipman, and some of the other members of the Glad Heart Stampers.

More another day!

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