Saturday, January 31, 2015

DAY 1 GERMANY show begins- I'm teaching in UTAH too!!!!!!!


We are here at the Messe Frankfurt convention center. It is day one. I am pretty excited for the show to start. This is a dream come true to be here as a company again. 


My papers arrived yesterday to the hotel and I could not have been more relieved and excited. Yes, my new travel collection WANDERLUST is by far my all time favorite travel collection ever. Black, bright white and GOLD... it's simple and chic.


Last night, we decided to go out for Thai food. The food here has been amazing and I am loving the German chocolate. I know my kids will love that I will bring them some home.


My friends from Craftwell- Paul and Brad are here with us. I have loved partnering and designing for them. I have my TC cut n'boss machine, embossing folders and complete collection of dies. I love designing with them and have been so thankful for the success of our collaboration. 


At the booth right now... I am holding my catalog.


New paper collection- GLAM FACTOR- Yellow, White, Gray and GOLD. It is about documenting memories and capturing life.


LOVE working with Fiskars. I love my tools, punches and trimmer. I also have stamps with them. Again, I love working with them. 


Who does not LOVE blush pink and GOLD???? This is my all time FAVORITE pink paper collection ever. I am telling you these photos do not even do these beautiful papers justice. 




WANDERLUST- my new travel line. Oh my... can't wait for you to see these papers.


This is PROJECT PINK and COLLECTORS EDITION and GLAM FACTOR. (some of them). I can't wait to teach with these new papers. 

That reminds me- I will be at the Let's Create Expo in Sandy Utah with a Teresa Collins Booth (all my new products will be there) and teaching ONE workshop only. This is my first time ever at this show with a workshop and booth.  March 27th & 28th.






This is the GOLD memory book that I will teach and you can take. There is only ONE class. Sign up now. If you are coming from out of state, I will be hosting a warehouse tour during the show too. Craftwell will be there with me as well as The Original Scrapbook with the NEW TC Studio Box furniture piece. Yes, it's a BIG show in Utah and YOU are invited to come to Utah. SIGN UP now for the workshop here: 

http://www.letscreateexpo.com/classes/home/43-life-is-gold-6x12-album-w-teresa-collins-sat-1000-1200.html

Then I will be teaching at EMI Scrapbooking Event in Cumming Georgia- March 20-21st.

I will be in New Zealand at the Autumn Escape event April 9-12th as well. Whew... so much fun!!!!!!


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Friday, January 30, 2015

We are here... FRANKFURT GERMANY


Well we are HERE finally. We are definitely having some major time issues. Our body clocks are in full mode shock. We were up at 3:00 am wide awake after three hours of sleep. Still it's so much fun to be sharing this with Bridget. She is an amazing sales director and friend. I keep reminding her that she has TEN more days with me. ha!


Last night, we walked and explored. It was rainy and a bit windy/cold but we had a great time. We are right by the train station so we had dinner there. 



This is the view from our hotel room balcony. We are loving the location and they staff and owner here are amazingly friendly and helpful.


Being silly here at 3:00 am with PHOTO BOOTH. We embraced the lack of sleep and just decided to relax and get online. 

We had so many bags that the two of us needed a mini van to get all our luggage to the hotel. It was a quick trip from the airport to our hotel.


This is the MASSIVE shopping center that we went to today. It has so many stores. We could have stayed there for days but I was not in the shopping mood. Too much work to focus on.

Paul and Brad are here with Craftwell. They have the TC cut n boss machine, my folders and the die cuts here to showcase. 


Super nice guys and they are sweet to look out for us here too.


We walked and walked last night and then today around the city. It was so fun to get to explore and soak up the culture. Everyone has been so friendly and nice to us.


This is our hotel room. Bridget has bags everywhere. LOL Actually we both do. The rooms are super nice but small.








Other than the time difference and adjustment, we are doing GREAT! Of course, missing home is always so hard. I keep thinking about them and how everyone is doing. I am always home sick when I go away. 

The show starts tomorrow. I am THRILLED to show my products here. This is a dream to be here. xoxo



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GOING TO GERMANY

It is CRAZY busy here. It's been a fabulous whirlwind of nonstop meetings and product design. BIG huge amazing things are happening and I am running nonstop. So tomorrow I am headed to Paper World in Frankfurt Germany and then to Scrappies in Munich. I am going with this sweet girl Bridget. How grateful I am that she works for me? 


This brave girl will be stuck with me for 12 crazy days. Good thing I make her laugh. Yes, I am so excited about life and I get a little excited about EVERYTHING. So watch out Germany... here we come!!!! We fly to NYC, then Amsterdam and then finally Frankfurt. 


Life is CRAZY good. I get to travel and go to meetings with amazing people. This is Brie and she and I had a great day last week shopping after two days of meetings. Who does not LOVE gold heart sunglasses? PS- I did not buy these. You can find them at Urban Outfitters though.





I was in quite a few states last week and the final was shopping to just relax. I am always inspired by things like the walls, displays, furniture, colors etc. This was Anthropology. I am addicted to their candles. 

I met with my friends at Fiskars and feel incredibly blessed to design my line of tools and trimmer and punches, and stamps with them. 

I truly am feeling so thankful. I loved Gentry's new artwork. She has opened her Etsy shop back up. She could not keep up with the demand. #youaremyhappyshop. I loved this one that she wrote. It's soooooo TRUE!!!!!

Zach was darling and asked Kenadee to JR PROM on Saturday night. Yes, he enlisted me to make this surprise happen. He did 30 balloons and hand wrote 30 THINGS to her and attached to each balloon. He gave her two dozen roses too. It was so sweet.


This is her room all done. 


 This was where they were when I decorated the room. They went to Midway to the Ice Castle. They are adorable and I love them.
She loved the surprise!!!!


So today before I go, I am working on my notebook with photos. I am printing out photos at the office. This is the most fabulous printer by Canon the Pixma ip8720. I am loving this printer.

Okay... time to pack more.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's NONSTOP... and I love it!!!!

I am sitting in my seat on a long flight today. I am on the way to a few different places (states) for some meetings. I am simply just the most blessed girl ever to be able to have found my passion and design my life, company and dreams to do what I LOVE.

*next week Bridget and I will be in Frankfurt Germany for Paper World. I will be teaching only TWO workshops in Munich Germany that following Friday at Saturday at Sandra's store again. I would LOVE to see all of you again. 
Scrappies - Eching - Germany
www.scrapppie.de




I have been given the opportunity to DREAM BIGGER than I ever thought possible. I have set no LIMITS and so these meetings are a testament to dreaming bigger in life. 

Not everything if life works out as planned. I never thought I would be doing what I do- IT never was my life plan.  I never thought I would be widowed. I never thought I would have a stroke at twenty nine years old when I was pregnant. Life will and does throw us curve balls. I visited Ty's grave on Sunday after church. I know that I never thought I could endure the pain of seeing him dying and leave us. That time watching him fight so hard to live made me realize more than ever how each day is precious and should not be taken for granted. He struggled and wanted to live. 

I realize that it's all through God that we have to put our faith and trust in knowing we can FACE hard things. We really are NOT alone during this REALLY hard times. I realized that I am not alone ever as life has changed for me and our family. I know that Heavenly Father knows each of us. He knows our hearts and I have felt his love as I have found that life goes on and happy times are still happening. It's really AMAZING!!!!! 



There are countless women just like me. We are just trying to do the very best we can at SO many things. We all struggle with balance-  raising children, self worth, relationships, jobs, etc. It's part of the plan and it's often hard to see the JOY when it's really hard and we feel hopeless. Somedays it seems we just need to take it minute by minute. I can honestly say that I have felt the saddest than I ever thought possible during the past couple of years and then when I focused on the GOOD. It was the LITTLE simple GOOD things in everyday moments that helped me to know that I am going to be okay. 


I wanted to share the blog post that PSA Essentials did about our journey together at CHA. I simply ADORE working with Libby and PSA. I met Libby years ago when I was going on HSN (home shopping network) and we chatted. She is fabulous, beautiful and kind. This is her recap from their blog post. 


CHA Recap 
What a week! We started Sunday at the Craft and Hobby Association's Annual MEGA Show in Anaheim, California and I ended in Dallas for Dallas Market Center's Gift Show. (And in between, I was in South Carolina at home in the office and with my babies!) A whirlwind but incredibly exciting for PSA Essentials. We just have so many things in the works for our customers.

At CHA 2015, we launched our new line of PSA Essentials Personalized Stamps and Switchable Middles by Teresa Collins. The response was fantastic! People just love Teresa's personality and it seems that anything she touches, she makes her mark on it and puts her enthusiasm into that product wholeheartedly. She genuinely loves PSA Essentials and the product she has designed and so do we!  These products will be available to our retailers mid-February and customers shortly after. So stay tuned. 

We planned a "Bubbly and Bites" party on Monday and served up cupcakes and fizzy soda! Attendees enjoyed the cupcakes and the cupcake toppers that I designed using the Switchable Middle stamps by Teresa Collins! (Easy to make: stamp on card stock using your PSA Essentials Switchable Middle Stamp and stamp body, punch out with a 1" punch, adhere to 1.5" scallop punched glitter card stock. Use glue gun to adhere to lolipop sticks. Voila!) 


We just SO enjoyed being part of Teresa's show and thank not only Teresa, but Bridget, Mike, Teresa's daughters, son, and son-in-law.  (Note: Devon win's the award for most enthusiastic about our product but what really sold him was our inks!!) We are excited to be a small part of the Teresa Collins family company-- it's filled with great energy and I really look forward to a long relationship ahead. 

Stay tuned for more!  


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