Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

Chicago, Chicago, What a Wonderful Town!

I recently had the good fortune to attend Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator get-together at the end of July. To say it was awesome is not an exaggeration. I had a  great time meeting other demos whom I recognized from their blogs – I felt starstruck, believe me! There were people there from all over the country, and we also had time to chat via Zoom (similar to Skype) with people like Patty Bennett (Patty Stamps), one of Stampin’ Up!’s million dollar sellers, Sam Hammond from across the pond in England (Pootles Papercrafts), and Kylie Bertucci (Crafty Kylie) from Australia. Amazing women who very generously shared tips, inspiration, and their precious time with us.

I don’t want to forget our fearless leaders, Lisa Mayer Pretto (Ink Big Academy) and Janet Morrow Wakeland (remARKably Created). Look up fun in the dictionary and you’ll see their pictures – right next to awesome, inspiring, and talented! Oh, and did I mention hilarious?

One of the big highlights of the weekend, though, was taking a road trip with my sister-in-law, who is also my downline. We’ve known each other for decades, and we travel very well together. It was so much fun to sit in the hotel room at night and discuss all things stamping and papercrafting. Even better, we get to do it all over again in November when we go to Atlanta for World Card Making Day with Brian King (Stamp with Brian) and we attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage, where we get to see what is coming up in the new 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration 2017. Cannot wait!

Gorgeous Swap Cards

One of the things you can usually find at any meeting of demos is a swap, and this Gathering for Greatness was no exception. Our task: to make full cards using current Stampin’ Up! product only, and then, at some point over the weekend, swap out our projects. I gotta tell you, the talent in that group is amazing! And there were also displays set up throughout the room with projects made by demos from all over. Beautiful, amazing stuff!

So today I want to share with you a couple of the swap designs that I really like. This first one is from my sister-in-law, Linda Droege:

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I love how she uses the Botanical Blooms to such good effect, stamping on the die cut leaves, using vellum, and the way she uses several stamp sets to really make this card pop! (Can you name which ones she has here)?

This next one I thought was outstanding, partly due to its simplicity and due to the color choices, I think.  I’m guessing this is Marette Passero’s card:

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This next one is from the Seaside Shore collection. I can picture the face of the demo who made this very clearly, but she didn’t put her info on the card anywhere, so I’m not sure of her name. I do remember we laughed together about how she had to stay up into the wee hours in her hotel room the night before the swap to finish up all her cards. 😉

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And last but not least, here is one from Valerie Malkus, who really blinged up her Moroccan Nights card:

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

So there you have it, in a nutshell, my fab trip to Chicago for Gathering for Greatness. Hope you like seeing the work that other demos are creating!

See ya when I see ya!     Amy 🙂

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  1. Thank you for the gracious shout-out. I’m honored to be part of your blog post! Can’t wait for Brian’s affair and November’s On-Stage~here’s to more road trips!

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