Happy Mail this Week!

Isn’t it great to get HAPPY MAIL?  Not bills, not insurance quotes, not even claims that I’ve won a million dollars.  I’m talking REAL LIFE HAPPY MAIL!  Well, this week, I got some fantastic mail!
Founder's Circle 2014 - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comThis beautiful package came from Stampin’ Up.  It’s my special invitation and travel documents for the 2014 Founder’s Circle Retreat.  This is a special retreat for the Top 100 Demonstrators in the USA and Top 25 Demonstrators in Canada.  I will spend a week being pampered with my OWN hotel room (heaven!!!), pillow gifts every night (ahhhh), and spending the days at the pool, shopping, and visiting with other demonstrators.  This will be my 5th Founder’s Circle Retreat and getting my invitation and travel documents is a highlight for me.  These were hand stamped by Stampin’ Up to fit our theme this year, “Home for the Holidays”. 
Founder's Circle 2014 - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Founder's Circle 2014 - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
Inside the folder were the cutest luggage tags, my agenda for each day, a dolled up packing list, and tags with other special info on it.

This retreat is my favorite Stampin’ Up trip for me.  5 days with other demonstrator sharing, laughing, and learning.  It really is fabulous!

Could the week get any better?  YES IT CAN!  Another package from Stampin’ Up arrived on my doorstep.

Tiffany's Bracelet Tiffany's BraceletIs this fabulous or what?!  All my life I DREAMED of owning something from Tiffany’s.  Because I was in the Top 10 in Sales this year, I got to choose a gift.  When I saw one of the options was in a GORGEOUS blue box, I knew what I wanted!  It’s just the most stunning piece of jewelry I’ve ever owned (next to my wedding ring, of course).  I gotta be honest, I thought the box was so beautiful I wasn’t sure I wanted to remove that bow!

Well, speaking of that beautiful blue box, it did inspire me today.
Tiffany's inspired 20 cards/envelope box - www.SimplySimpleStamping.comChristina is leaving tomorrow to fly off to Chicago for Labor Day to spend time with friends.  I created this box, filled with 20 different hand-stamped cards and envelopes for her to bring to the hostess, Sharon.  Sharon has pulled out all the stops for this trip – tickets to a Broadway show, Second City, and all the sights and sounds of downtown Chicago.  She’s going to have a blast.  I’m just jealous that I’m not going.  That’s okay.  I’ll just stay home and mow the yard or something fun like that.  <sigh>
Tiffany's inspired 20 cards/envelope box - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com Tiffany's inspired 20 cards/envelope box - www.SimplySimpleStamping.com
The box was created with the Box Maker Shim (you can find the video on the shim by doing a search in the left sidebar – “Box Maker Shim”).  I just made a simple tag with the Scallop Tag Topper punch, stamped with Lots of Thanks and Stippled Blossoms.  The satin white ribbon was what made the box look very Tiffany & Co.

No video today but I have a good reason!  I have been busy working on the SEPTEMBER STAMPIN’ GALS GONE WILD monthly tutorials.  Josee is finishing up hers as well so we can’t wait for September 1st to hit so we can share them with you.  You’ll just have to wait until September 1st for a sneak peek.

Well, I guess that lawn won’t mow itself and Christina’s leaving so she won’t do it.  C’MON RAIN!!!!  Do something so I don’t have to mow!!!

Have a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend my wonderful stamping friends!  See ya back here on Monday!

25 Responses to “Happy Mail this Week!”

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  1. Debbie Coleby says:


  2. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Connie, I love the color of this box and bag you made for your daughter to take to her friend, what is it? on my lap top screen it looks like maybe Lost Lagoon or Costal Cabana, am I correct? It’s beautiful. I love the Stippled Blossoms set, it’s one of my very favorites. Your gift from Tiffany’s is gorgeous, enjoy it, you deserve it.

    • Maria Rodriguez. says:

      Oh Connie, I was so focused on that beautiful box that I neglected to congratulate you for being one of the top SU sellers, I bet you can’t wait to get there, have fun and enjoy it, you so deserve it!!!

  3. Connie says:

    It’s actually Pool Party although Coastal Cabana is actually closer to Tiffany’s blue but I didn’t have it in 12×12. My box is 12″ x 10 3/4″, scored at 3″ on all 4 sides.

  4. cindys123 says:

    Connie. even if there is not a card on your blog I LOVE seeing your email in my inbox! You are always so uplifting and you bring a smile to my face! Now, go mow that lawn!

    • Connie says:

      I got so excited last night. It started to rain….and then just stopped. Mother Nature was messing with me!!!

  5. Jeanne says:

    I am excited for your trip too! Awesome! And you deserve as I’m sure they all do. Thank you for inspiring me and all your hard work. I’m always amazed! I get so excited for Tuesdays and Wednesdays to roll around. I scan the rest of the website in the meantime. Have a wonderful time!
    PS: I have to mow today too. 🙂

    • Connie says:

      Jeanne, well, at least we’re in the same boat (I would rather BE on a boat this Labor Day than mowing though… just saying’)

  6. mg balaskovits says:

    Dear Connie, Congratulations! I love your videos and all your creative ideas and helpful hints on how to create great cards and goodies! Thank you for being my demonstrator for Stampin Up!

  7. Gay Ferland says:

    Stampin’ Up! sure knows how to spoil you and others!!!! They do it with style!!!!

    • Connie says:

      Yes they do! This trip is so good for me – not just to be with demonstrators who share the same business with me but they are my friends. There will be some newcomers there this year and I can’t wait to meet them! One thing I love about Stampin’ Up demonstrators, at this level, there COULD be some deep-seeded competition but there isn’t. We ALL share with each other – ideas that we have tried, whether they worked or not, we brainstorm new ideas and get a fresh perspective on things. We talk about our families and how we balance it all. You can see why I love going so much. 🙂

  8. Valerie says:

    Congratulation Connie! I know that being in the top 10 is A LOT of work but you did it girl! You go and have fun and enjoy every minute of it. BTW, you are right! Only something GORGEOUS comes in a little light blue box with a bow on it! It is beautiful and even more special since you worked so hard to earn it! I can’t wait to see you wear it in your videos…yup, I’ll be looking for it. Don’t you for 1 minute think that it might be to pretty to wear everyday…No, No, No Mam. I am here to tell you that I have worn mine everyday for the last 11 years! I have only taken it off when doctor required it for a scan or surgery. As soon as I am a wake, my husband puts it right on (and my wedding ring) b/c he KNOWS how much I love it. (It was a 10 yr anniversary present.) I wash dishes wearing it, I scrub toilets wearing it, I MOW the lawn and pull weeds wearing it! I have even spilled straight bleach on it and it is still perfect! I am telling you, a work horse is this gorgeous beauty. What else can you ask for?

    • Connie says:

      Valerie, loved your comments! Yes, I do wear it everyday! I just love it! Did yours get really scratched or anything? Did you just take it in to a jeweler to get it buffed?

  9. Patti Rogers says:

    Congratulations Connie on your award and your getaway! I am happy to say that I was part of your total sales for the last year!! You are definitely my go-to gal when I need a shopping fix. Thanks for sharing your wonderful news, my Oklahoma friend. Keep the good news coming. We can all use a little!!!

    Your New Jersey friend,

  10. Pat Jandacek says:

    I’ve only recently ‘discovered’ you on You-Tube so naturally migrated to your blog, also. With all the energy, enthusiasm and talent you exude through all your published material, I’m not at all surprised you’re on your way to a glorious Retreat with like-minded folk…well-deserved! When you receive news like that plus a gift, and then realize you have to mow the lawn…oh, what a “back to earth” fall. (Hope to take to heart Valerie’s comment.)

  11. Karen Halterman says:

    congratulations on a year well done, Connie! I agree that you have worked hard and earned every award, every trip and gifts galore! You serve SU well and your passion for stamping shows in your blog. I just recently got connected to you when at a SU party and boy, am I ever glad I did! You are the “shot in the arm” that we all need. I just wish I had a home PC so that I could check out your site and all your videos more often.
    God has blest you for your well earned successes along the SU journey. Agian, a BIG congratulations to you, Connie! Enjoy the pampered trip with the other SU demos..what a fun time.
    Karen Halterman-Iowa

  12. keryn2014 says:

    Congratulations on the rewards that have come due to all your hard work. I get so much inspiration from your blog posts and videos so it’s no surprise you’re up there with the best.

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