Come Play at the Fall StampFest!

Sometimes you just need to run away to play for a day and come home with glitter in your hair! And I’ve got the perfect event(s) to help you do that:

Fall StampFest with Dates

Along with my Sprinkled Ink team (and friends), twice a year we offer a day filled with crafting, food, card swaps and friends…and as our name implies, we sprinkle plenty of prizes, glitter and gifts throughout the event!

Here are a few highlights from our last few StampFest days:

I hope you’ll join us for a day of crafty fun in Utah!

View details for the St. George event HERE. Registration closes September 18th, so hurry to register!

View details for the Spanish Fork event HERE. Early bird pricing ends October 1st, so you’ll want to get your tickets ASAP.

 

Life Happened (& Card Class)

Sometimes life comes at you all at once! That happened to me last week: A death, a birth, a visit from my daughter, a trip to southern Utah, a card class, a shoebox swap, a stamp day, a funeral, an emergency family council and a red-eye flight to send my girl back to D.C. on the same night as Daylight Savings, followed by early morning church!

I should have snapped a pic at the funeral, but didn’t think of that 😦

All in all, it was a great adventure and one I won’t soon forget!

I’ve learned to stop saying, “When life slows down, I will _______” because life isn’t about to slow down anytime soon! Instead, I make time for the things that are important to me, including creativity. If you need a creative escape this weekend, come on over to my Stamp-a-Stack card class!

(card cased from Andi Potler)

Sale-a-Bration Stamp-a-Stack Card Class
Saturday, March 15th at 1 p.m.
Loni’s House~Spanish Fork, UT
Create 8 lovely greeting cards for $15! Bring scissors & adhesive (SNAIL refills will be available to purchase). Crafting is more fun with a friend and first-timers can attend for 1/2 price, so invite your neighbor, mother and BFF!
Reserve your spot by Thursday, March 13th:
And FYI, click below to check out the newest deals, stamps and downloads:

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In Case You Need A Reason, Here Are 12 Good Ones (of 25)

It’s no secret I LOVE WHAT I DO as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator…but it’s not an exclusive club: I also love sharing the opportunity with everyone else because it has made a difference in my life.

Co-ordinating with the 25th Anniversary of SU! I’m sharing 25 reasons you may want to join my Stampin’ Up! family over on my Facebook Page, but today I’m listing the first 12 here, in case you’ve missed them. Stick with me, ‘cuz there are a few priceless ones!

1. Anytime is a good time to join SU! and for just a few more days (through August 31), you can pick one of these kits from the Holiday or Annual catalog FREE when you become a demonstrator:

2. You would make a great demonstrator if…you refer to colors in Alliterative SU! lingo, i.e. Coastal Cabana, Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding…You may be over the top if you paint your fingernails in said colors…

3. If you love creating and swapping cards, that’s something demonstrators do at every event!

4. Where should you go for summer vacation? Wonder no more: Come with me to Convention next year as a demonstrator?

5. Never be bored at a sporting event: As a demonstrator, there is always a project you can take along!

6. Combine work with play and avoid being homicidal.

7. You would be a wonderful Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator if: You’ve ever served glitter for dinner.

8. Kids are expensive.

9. Raise your C.Q. (Creativity Quotient)! You’ll be amazed at the things you learn from Stampin’ Up!

10. The demonstrator starter kit is only $99 and you can choose $125 in product you want! It’s the best bargain we have 🙂

11. Don’t let your ship pass by…SU! can help you swim out to meet it!

12. Stampin’ Up! can change your life. You can change the lives of others. Share the love!

…the other 13 reasons will be coming to FB and I’ll share them here in October. MEANWHILE, to find out more about starting your own creative journey with Stampin’ Up! come on over to my Opportunity Night tomorrow, August 29th at 7 p.m. Too far to travel? Most of your questions can be answered by reading about the opportunity HERE, or pick up the phone and call me 801.376.8685

JOIN THE FUN NOW!
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Dodgeball, Trampolines and Tournaments

We’ve often joked that we live in a community where baseball/softball are HUGE and yet not one of our kids has ever swung a bat on a team. My husband was very athletic in school and argues that playing a team sport teaches some essential skills. We have encouraged (maybe even forced) them to try other team skills. Each child has tried something; soccer, basketball or swimming are the ones that have been most successful.

Then along came Dodgeball.

Let me back up a few years. When my oldest children were in high school, they discovered a gymnastics place that had some trampolines to train on and a huge foam pit. Once or twice a week, the place was open for anyone to come play. Being a natural leader, Kayson gathered his friends and took them with him. As parents, we went a few times to observe and even held a few birthday parties there. We were grateful to have a place where people of all levels of athletic ability (or none at all) could do something fun. We could see that there could be opportunities for injury, but not any more than playing on a sports team…and since our kids tended to spend more time on the computer than doing any kind of physical activity, it was a risk we were (and continue to be) willing to take in exchange for some good-old-fashioned EXERCISE.

Here is an early video my son made of their early shenanigans at PPT:

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Open Gym was so successful for the business, the owners went on to create Lowe’s Extreme Air Sports where it is open gym most of the time and where we have spent many happy hours.

Fast forward a few years and there is a new gym in town: Get Air Hang Time in Orem, Utah (similar to Lowe’s) and includes a dodgeball “arena” on trampolines. Guess whose kids work there now? Yep, that’s my boys!

With the addition of the dodgeball arena, Kayson and Braden are now pretty darn awesome players and I’ve found that I really love watching this sport! The games are short and sweet and the players are incredibly talented: Is all that eye-hand co ordination from video games paying off in real life after all?!?

Last weekend, the boys took us to Las Vegas where we celebrated Kayson’s 21st birthday by watching the Hang Time teams (Kayson was on team Hang Time and Braden played for The Misfits) compete in a tournament at Sky Zone. Because they needed 10 teams to participate to be able for the winners to qualify for the National tournament (and when we arrived there were only 8 teams registered) we rousted up a few bystanders (including dads, sisters, cousins, coworkers) and created two more teams: The Autistic Avengers and Meat Shields. The team names explain the ability level and purpose, and those two teams ended up 9th and 10th, but the fun was priceless.

How did the other two teams do? AWESOME. And the Hang Time Team won the tournament!

(yes, I know I spelled “shield” wrong in the video, but after 2 hours of editing, I’m not going to fix it)
Here’s the whole group from Utah who participated on the 4 teams:
If you are reading this before August 12, 2013, you can vote to help the Hang Time Team get invited to play for the National Championship next month by clicking here: http://bit.ly/13AR7Qr 

It’s not where we ever expected to go, but we are enjoying Trampolines and Dodgeball right now!
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Making a Difference…for 25 Years & Counting!

It’s an honor to be a part of something that brings joy into so many lives in so many different ways. At Stampin’ Up!, making a difference is part of who we are and what we do. While I can’t completely describe the way salt tastes to someone who has never tasted it, I doubt I’ll be able to convey the feeling that surrounds me when I am enjoying convention…but I’ll try to share a little in this post.

We started out on July 18th (my birthday!) with a visit to the SU! Home Office in Riverton, UT. While I’ve been there many times, it was fun to be with friends who were seeing it for the first time. As we were waiting in line, we looked down and discovered that we all had toenails painted in Stampin’ Up! colors 🙂 Can you name them?

Next we held our annual Stitched Stampers Awards Luncheon & Shoebox Swap at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. This was one of the funnest stamping events we’ve had together and we look forward to re-connecting with our sister Stitched Stampers each year. The swaps were AMAZING and the company was delightful! 
The next few days was filled to overflowing with classes, demonstrations, awards, product announcements, Anniversary parties and prizes galore! 

If you had a chance to step back from the display boards (and IF you were lucky enough to view them without a thousand people crowded around), you could see the samples spelled out the SU! tag line:

At the party after the awards night, we played games, ate cupcakes, took pictures and really rocked out with the Spazmatics who were a hilariously entertaining and surprisingly talented 80’s cover band, so I could sing and dance along, as that is my era! My friend Kelly even won $100 shopping spree at the party, so it was a huge success 🙂 
If this wasn’t enough for you, you can actually watch the opening and closing sessions of convention as well as the highlights video on YouTube! Here are the links to the sessions, and the highlights below. You see that Ryan Innes from The Voice sang our theme song during opening session!
Opening Session (1 hr 41 min)
Closing Session (1 hr 34 min)
I am inexpressibly grateful for the difference Stampin’ Up! has made in my life and would love to share the joy with you. When you are ready to join me in this amazing company, please come join my Stampin’ Family and come to convention in July 2014 with us!

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Shoebox Swap: Fun for All

All for Fun and Fun for All!

That’s what happens when stampers get together: We enjoy the company and the creativity! Last week a few of the Stitched Stampers (my SU! family of demonstrators) met in St. George, Utah for a few days of FUN. Friday evening we held a shoebox swap and here is the result:

What is a shoebox swap? Each person brings one finished sample and all the supplies cut and prepared to allow everyone else to make the same project!
Anne is our resident dressmaker/seamstress, so this is her fitting card:
 
 Pam lives on land with animals, and we loved her masculine card using the pennant punch and boot:

Sue is clean and simple…with a little bling:
Angie is lighthearted and whimsical, matching the card she made:

You should see some of the beautiful cards Sally has created with the Secret Garden set…this is a cheerful one (and I smeared my ink, darn it!):

Then we put our cards into this card keeper I brought for the swap…and you can make it at the Spring Card Buffet on April 25th 🙂

We love expanding our circle of friends and if you want to join us for more fun as a demonstrator, NOW is the perfect time to be part of the family! During Sale-a-Bration, you get 25% MORE free product in your starter kit (that’s over $150 for just $99…includes shipping!!). Why not try it?

Join my Stampin’ family HERE.
There is no obligation, but I suspect that if you try it, you’ll discover that sharing your passion for paper, stamps and ink is addicting and you’ll LOVE IT!

After all, Stampin’ Up! is All for Fun, and Fun for ALL!

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It’s Always MORE Fun with Friends!

There are many excellent reasons to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, but I can tell you that the BEST reason is that you make life-long friends! This photo is from SU! Convention last July with Sally, Sue and Kristi…some of my dearest friends in the world whom I would never have met with Stampin’ Up!

Of course, there are a million other reasons to join my Stampin’ family, but now through March 31, there are 2 excellent motivations:

If you would like to know what is in the Starter Kit, check it out (over $345 Value!!):
Ready to join my Stampin’ Family and make new friends?  
Click here to go to my website and push the “Join Now” button!

If you would like more information or just have a few questions, please come to one of our Group Gatherings where your questions will be answered and you can get a taste of what being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is like!

Saturday, February 25th
Lion’s Head Clubhouse
Washington, UT
10 a.m.
Saturday, March 10th
Down Spendlove Lane
Spanish Fork, UT
2 p.m.
Drop me an email for more details or to RSVP for either event: loni@sfcn.org

My Fabulous Escape!

When I moved into this house in 2005, my goal that first autumn when the kids went back to school was to stay home and catch up on their scrapbook albums. Scrapbooking is therapeutic for me and my children love looking through their books and sharing them with friends and family. Alas, I have finished very few pages or books since then!

So when my friend Beth said that she was planning a casual scrapbook retreat in Salt Lake City, I invited myself and my dear friend Kelli 🙂 It was time to do something personal I wanted to do…that didn’t have anything to do with my business.

When my husband went into emergency surgery for kidney stones the day before the retreat began, I rationalized: The funeral could wait until Monday, worst case scenario. Judge me, dear reader: I *did* get him situated at home (with painkillers) 2 full hours before I left!

AND even when Kelli had to drive 4 hours home during the middle of the retreat to open her son’s mission call (he’s going to Paraguay), then drive her daughter all the way to Park City the next morning, she CAME BACK the next morning.

We worked through the wee hours of the night/morning, laughed heartily at Beth’s entertainment (she’s a master storyteller!), bared our souls to one another, ate well (Buca di Beppo and Cafe Rio along with plenty of snacks), and even managed to squeeze in a little exercise. We passed the “I-finished-a-page” crown around, shared ideas and did whatever we wanted when we wanted (which explains why we don’t have makeup or hair done…and possibly not many supporting undergarments…in many of the pictures above) Pure bliss! Thanks Beth, Kelli, Vicky, Jennifer, SaraJane, Helen & Nanette…you were just what I needed.
I finished over 50 pages and it felt so good! I’ll try to share a few in the next week or so (when I’m not working).
P.S. Husband survived and even had Superbowl dinner ready when I came home! He’s a keeper 🙂
P.P.S. Will announce Blog Chocolate Winner soon!

Top 10 Reasons to host a workshop with ME in August:

10. Celebrate the beginning of Mother’s Vacation (school starts!)
9. You’ve ignored your friends all summer long to cater to your kids.
8. Get the brand-spankin’-new 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalog FREE!
7. You can serve root beer floats ‘cuz it’s still hotter than blazes 🙂
6. We can giggle, laugh and share like we are 13 again.
5. Give your husband a chance to bond with the kids at McDonald’s!
4. CHOOSE what you want to learn!
3. Get a FREE Stampin’ Up! Shopping Tote (when you have 8 guests I’ve never met in attendance)
2. Earn FREE hostess gifts that aren’t available for purchase
1. Earn an EXTRA $25 in merchandise (with qualifying workshop*)

Ready for some fun? I only have 5 dates left in August, so call 801-376-8685 to schedule your party (anywhere in Utah County) ASAP: 12th, 17th, 18th, 25th, 31st

The Fun Theory

Borrowed this gem from my sister’s blog this morning: Pure Genius on the part of Volkswagen!

It’s the Tom Sawyer mentality: Make a chore (painting the fence) fun and everyone wants to do it!
How do you make everyday events or chores FUN? Do you whistle while you work? Play the matching game when folding socks? Dance while you vacuum? Post your ideas in the comments, please!