Monday, April 20, 2009

So blessed!

Oh my. Where to begin? I don't even know how to describe the amazing experience that I had this past week. Spellbinders Paper Arts flew the entire design team to Phoenix where we were trained, loved, spoiled and RAK'd big time!! Seriously, we would return to our hotel room on a quick break and find the most adorable and thoughtful 'presents' from Stacey on our bed. She didn't have to do that! But, she surprised us with things like; lipgloss, picture frames, lotion, purses, Dr Scholl's fuzzy socks, foot cream and foot bath fizz. I think she knew how tired we'd be at the end of the day after all the excitement! We were also welcomed to our tables with these enormous baskets full of treats and the cutest ever little place cards with our names on them.

Meeting all the other gals on the DT was just a blast! Everyone not only got along but really bonded in such a short time. We giggled so much my face and my stomach hurt! We played really hard and learned so many things as well. I can't wait to share some of the very cool techniques that were taught to us.

I feel so honored to have been chosen to represent this outstanding company. The owners, Jeff and Stacey are incredible people and have surrounded themselves with the best of the best.

Much to our surprise and because of the hard working people at Spellbinders, we were also blessed with an abundance of product. A big thanks to these companies for sending us products to work with. You can't even imagine how excited I am to start playing.

My Minds Eye
Hero Arts
JustRite Stampers
Crafty Secrets
Upsy Daisy Designs
Chatter Box
7 Gypsies
Magic Mesh
Cosmo Cricket
Robin's Nest
Flower Soft
Glue Dots
Copic Markers
Crate Paper
Fancy Pants
The Paper Company
Stampers Anonymous
Taylored Expressions
Creative Impressions
Janine Blackwelder

Doesn't this seem like a big list? I kid you not, it covered the whole entire surface of our bed. Check it out! (You can't even tell from this photo...our paper stacks where thick, thick, thick!! I'll never have to buy paper again! LOL!)

It was so exciting to see which die templates we were going to get. All a surprise of course. They just kept coming and still can't believe all the different ones we got. After time, we were surprised with the very cool bag to haul our cool new Wizard machine AND the Binder that fits inside, which has pockets to hold all our new dies. Amazing!!

Below is the basket and goodies waiting for us in the meeting room. Our wonderful Cathy, made us these cool books so we could have a place to hold all our new techniques and instructions.

Another treat for us was the fact that Marianne from Copic came out to train us.
Can't wait to play!!

Here are the bags that I was creating for all the girls. We each brought something to represent 'us' or the town we came from. I made these bags and filled them with salt water taffy. Then, the first night we traded everything we brought. It was so much fun to see the variety of that everyone had! The second photo shows some of the things that the other gals gave to me.

Of course, I have a ton of photos and I wish I had time to upload them all but here are just a few of me and some of the girls from the gang!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my excitement! I'm anxious to do some posts about all things I have learned in the weeks to come.


valken said...

I am anxious for you to post what you learned too. You certainly were blessed but I know you will do a awsome job for the company and be a good promoter for the other companies that gave you all that product. Have fun and don't get overwhelmed.

Juliana said...

OKAY!!!! Not jealous!!! Not one little bit!!! LOL!!!
You are so blessed Julie and they truly have an amazingly talented lady on their team! So well deserved! Can't wait to see what you create for them!

Ingrid said...

OMG.....Julie, you and the other girls got really spoilt! Wow! Kazan told me about it, but I didn't know you had this MUCH! Enjoy all your new goodies. Can't wait to see what you will be creating with the Spellbinders products. I just {heart} their Nestabilities.

Karen Taylor said...

AWWWWWW! It was so nice to see your face!! I miss you already!
It is great to be home. I am going to get busy and get something done today!!

See you soon!!

Leslie Ashe said...

WOW!!!! You sure had ALOT of fun girl!! I LOVE all the pictures!! :D I'm not jealous either..nope, not even an itty bitty bit! LOL! :D

I love they spoiled you and the team like that! How fun!!! :D So excited for you....enjoy your new goodies!!

Have a lovely day!

Holly said...

Hi Julie! Love all the pics on your blog! I miss you already! :)

melita said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! That's amazing Julie! And I couldn't be happier for you!!! I can't wait to see what you create!!! =)

Linda Beeson said...

So jealous of your fun and learning and all of the great experiences!

Danielle said...

OMG, sounds like a wonderful company, wow!!! How fun! You look so cute in all these pictures, Julie!

Daniela said...

Wow, how fun and exciting!!! Enjoy your new products and all your dies. Can't wait to see some awesome creations!

Chrys said...

Oh how wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see what you create with everything!!!!

patty w said...

Hi Julie !

Congratulations! I just checked into the Spellbinders blog and saw your name ! Wow! I only have a few nesties but I love , love, love the ones I do have!

I'm so happy for you, they seem like a great company ! What a fabulous time you had!

Patty 2832

Jenifer said...

Julie this is fantastic and well deserved you are the best. Im so glad you had a great time. I cant wait to see what you come up with

Heidi Blankenship said...

Julie, it was so wonderful getting to meet you at the Spellbinders retreat! What an amazing time, I know this is going to be a Fabulous year!! Miss you & (((hugs)))

marla said...

Wow Julie - I cant believe all the wonderful goodies you got to play with. I would LOVE to try some of those impressionablities in my CB. I will have to check them out.

Renee Dowling said...

I am just soooo jealous, lol!,when I read this post I thought I was in some scrapbooking heaven, please if you feel the need to suggest internatonal scrappers feel free to name drop anyday!but truely I am soo glad you had a great time !!!!!


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