Card Basics

Card Basics ~~ One 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock will make a base for 2 cards. Cut it at 4 1/4 portrait and score at 5 1/2. Or for landscape cut at 5 1/2 and score at 4 1/4.

Here is a list of some of my favorite tools: BIG SHOT die cutting machine ~ Grid paper ~~ Stampin' UP! Stampin Trimmer (cutting and scoring) ~Bone Folder - this little tool is a MUST! ~Multipurpose Liquid Glue ~ Glue Dots ~ Stampin' Dimensionals, Score tape, Stickles. BLING, BLING AND MORE BLING.... If it sparkles, I love it!

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Sorry I've been "missing in action" for a bit. I was at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.   What an experience!!  My next few blogs are going to be sharing that experience with you. I had so much fun and have lots to show you!  I don't normally blog in this fashion... I usually keep it about the cards etc... but thanks for letting me share       :)

Ladies and gentlemen,  please fasten your seatbelts and keep your chairs in an upright position. We are departing Tampa International Airport and will arrive in Dallas, Texas very shortly.  (am I the only one that gets the tune of the TV show Dallas stuck in my head?)

I do love to take photos out of the window!  It was a beautiful day for flying.  
We have arrived in Dallas, please locate your carry-on from the overhead sections or from under the seat in front of you,  and depart the plane quickly and safely.
Now I must find the gate for my connection flight to SALT LAKE CITY!!!
Not only did I find my gate, but lots of other STAMIN' UP! demos all headed for the convention!
I felt like I was in the midst of  Stampin' Up! Royalty!
 Do you know who this is with the yellow bag??

If you said CHERIE HUNT - you are correct. This retired school teacher from Ohio, knows her stuff!! She did a presentation on the main stage from the items in that yellow bag.   Her personal sales for 2012 were $40,000 - $49,999  Stampin' Up! is working to update their site for us, so I'm using 2012 stats. She's just the sweetest person ever!! 
Can you believe this?   DAWN GRIFFITH!!!  You have to watch some of her YOU-TUBE videos!! She was so willing to share her success building information.  She won several prestigious awards at convention - AND she was named to the Advisory Board!!  Her 2012 personal sales were over $100,000! 
**one thing I will say is, I can spot a "fake" person a mile away.... one thing that rang true with everyone I met - including Shelli Gardner, is they are all down to earth, friendly people that are always willing to help others.   Service projects are very important to Stampin' Up! and I'm proud to have had the opportunity to meet these people and participate in the service project at convention**
NEXT UP...ERIN COOK  my Facebook friend!!  

We were all sitting in the corner of the airport in Dallas (there goes that theme song again)... Dawn Griffith asked me to repeat my name, and I told her "Tonawanda". I was sitting on the edge of my chair.. (who wouldn't be!!)  and the girl sitting next to me said... "excuse me, did you just say TONAWNADA??"  I turned and said "yes..."  and we realized "who we were" and we both started screaming like little girls because we were so happy to finally meet... Erin is the sweetest person in the world and I'm so happy that we got to chat for a bit.... big hugs Erin!   You are a Stampin' Up! QUEEN as well!!

Ladies and gentlemen,  please fasten your seatbelts and keep your chairs in an upright position. We are departing Dallas International Airport and will arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah very shortly.   SERIOUS excitement is building amongst us all!  And please... stop humming that Dallas TV show tune!

We're here!! WE"RE HERE!!!!
  You would not believe how fast that flight emptied!
They didn't have to ask us twice!
OH LOOK ~~~~~   
Mr. Brown is meeting us here!!!  (for those that are wondering... many of us call the UPS delivery men, Mr. Brown.)
Made it to my room on the 18th floor of the Salt Lake City Hilton..... There is the convention center on the right side of the photo. 
Yes.... I'm here!  It's real!!   I'm so excited!!!!!!!
But you will have to tune back in tomorrow to get more of the scoop!
Thank you for taking the time out of your day
to spend a few minutes with me on my blog.  
Have a BLESSED Day!
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  1. Tona, can't wait to read about more of your adventures. I'd have been so excited to meet Dawn!

  2. thank you! I didn't want to bombard everyone with daily posts... but check back you never know when I'll put something else on !!

  3. I loved reading about your adventure....can't wait to hear the rest.