I never EVER miss convention, but I did not even try to go to OnStage this year due to health issues, and wouldn't you know... I won a big award and wasn't there to get it!
Yesterday the numbers were released and I discovered to my utter shock that I'd been named #38 for overall demonstrator performance in the United States, and ranked 80th total worldwide. WOW!! You could have knocked my socks off. I had NO idea at all.
I'm just over here playing with stamps, people! It still surprises me they pay me to do this job. I love it so much! And I couldn't possibly work it at this level without all of you. I did not wind up on this exclusive list by myself. I was borne there on the backs of crazy stampin' ladies all over the United States, and carried there on the shoulders of teammates and friends all over the world.
Yeah, that's not me on the jumbotron in the top pic, btw... but look at the adorable luggage I won! Isn't that the cutest thing ever? Almost too cute to actually use!
So what do you say we have
a BIG GIVEAWAY to celebrate the occasion?
I feel so blessed to be a part of this company,
I want to give someone a taste of how spoiled rotten I am!
I'm thinking someone needs the entire Stampin' Blends Collection, what about you??? All 24 colors of Stampin' Up's new alcohol markers, Ivory and Bronze skin tones, a mistake-fixing Color Lifter and the required Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad. Yeah baby! Let's do it!
I'm not going to ask you to do anything but leave a comment on this post in order to enter. No order necessary to win--although I never turn down an order : ) A random number generator will choose the winner on the morning of November 28th and the winner will be posted in my Tuesday e-News (don't forget to subscribe!) You must live in the United States in order to win.
Leave a comment and share what stamp set you'd pull out first if you won the Stampin' Blends Collection!
Congratulations Lyssa! I love following your blog and getting inspiration from you! I have the Blendabilities (old version) and would love to win the new Stampin Blends Collection! Hope you're feeling better!
Posted by: Lynnette | 11/14/2017 at 08:18 PM
Congratulations! I would use various Christmas stamps.
Posted by: Donna | 11/14/2017 at 08:33 PM
Congratulations on your achievement. You earned it. I would use the new Christmas stamps with the little dog and the staircase.
Posted by: Janis | 11/14/2017 at 08:57 PM
Sooooooooo happy for you!
Posted by: Jana T | 11/14/2017 at 09:07 PM
I would love to play and create w/blends and crafting forever.
Posted by: gayla noel | 11/15/2017 at 12:40 AM
Congrats! What a great accomplishment. The first set I would use the Blends on is Best Birds, I love this set! Thanks for the chance to win.
Posted by: Lin Peterson | 11/15/2017 at 05:55 AM
Congratulations on your award! So sorry that you had to miss the big announcement. Feel better!
Posted by: Linda Spengler | 11/15/2017 at 06:40 AM
Wow - congratulations! I'm a faithful blog follower and look forward to seeing the inspiration you'll share next. Would love to try the new Blends collection!
Posted by: Tracy | 11/15/2017 at 07:38 AM
I'd have to bust out the wallet and buy Cookie Cutter Christmas. It'd be super fun to colour loads of little Santas then die cut them all.
Congratulations Lyssa, well deserved. That suitcase is just fabulous!
Posted by: Bexx | 11/15/2017 at 07:57 AM
Conrgrats! You deserve it!
I would have a difficult time choosing which stamp set to use first! It would be between Country Living, Remarkable You, and Beautiful You!
Thanks for the generous offer of a prize!
Hope you are feeling better!
Posted by: Deb Meek | 11/15/2017 at 07:59 AM
Congrats Lyssa.............The luggage is just FANTASTIC (so jealous lol) Looks like you had a blast.
Thank you for all of your sharing
hugs to you
Posted by: deborah essay | 11/15/2017 at 08:07 AM
Congratulations! Your cards are beautiful. Thank you for offering such an awesome giveaway.
Posted by: Carrie Naley | 11/15/2017 at 09:07 AM
Congratulations Lyssa! You truly are an inspiration. Your writing style is so warm and friendly, you are a natural! As usual one of your posts made me take a second look at a stamp set I would never have considered. I'd opt for coloring 'This Little Piggy', you make it look like fun!
Posted by: Kathy Bakken | 11/15/2017 at 09:35 AM
WOOHOO! Way to go Lyssa! I read your blog all the time and love all the inspiration I get from your gorgeous projects. I would LOVE a set of the new Stampin Blends Markers. The first set I would pull out would be Best Birds and then any set that has flowers in it.
Posted by: Shellia | 11/15/2017 at 09:38 AM
I am so beyond excited for you!!!! (Although I'm not the least little bit surprised!)
Thank you for encouraging me, and for bringing beauty into my life every single day!
Posted by: Brenda B | 11/15/2017 at 10:25 AM
Congratulations Lyssa!! I was in SLC when they announced your name, and I cheered loudly for both your amazing accomplishments. I am utterly jealous of the cute little suitcase you won, and was so excited that your hard work paid off this year. Thanks for sharing so freely, and for all the amazing inspiration you post every month. I hope this next year brings you even more achievements!!
Posted by: Deepa M. | 11/15/2017 at 11:03 AM
Congrats Lyssa on being number 38! The set of stamps I would color with alcohol markers if I won would be Count My Blessings .it the newest set I have purchased andI love the images for coloring.
Posted by: Carol C. | 11/15/2017 at 11:45 AM
Oh my gosh! Congratulations. That is huge. I would need a really special set to try them out on. I would order a brand spankin' new stamp set to go with my new markers!! How fun would that be?
Posted by: Amanda Magnan | 11/15/2017 at 01:50 PM
Congratulations on your accomplishment! It's hard to pick just one set I'd use the blenders with but I know I would use them on any of the wonderful flower stamp sets I have. Thanks for offering this wonderful prize!
Posted by: Linda | 11/15/2017 at 01:54 PM
Congrats! I don't know what stamp set I would use to color first. That's the problem, I don't color now because it is so difficult to not have streaks in the images using our markers. I would have to learn all over how to color again! Thanks for the opportunity. PS. I love reading your blog; it is like you are sitting right there talking to me.
Posted by: Gale S. | 11/15/2017 at 04:24 PM
Congrats Lyssa on your accomplishments and thanks for all you do and share! I would start with Best Birds or any of the beautiful floral sets I have.
Posted by: Linda D | 11/15/2017 at 05:16 PM
I would use the stampin blends to color Simply Sketched or Wetlands. Congratulations on your award!
Posted by: Sheresa Kelley | 11/15/2017 at 06:10 PM
Congrats! If I won the markers I would use them with "Beachy Little Christmas". I love that stamp set!
Posted by: Kathy West | 11/15/2017 at 06:15 PM
Congratulations! You as a demonstrator really offer a lot of inspiration for us in making cards. Thank you! I probably would bring out 'Bloom with Hope' stamp set if I 'won' the blenders set.
Posted by: Jean | 11/15/2017 at 06:41 PM
Congrats on your achievement! I would love to use the new stampin blends on the blended bloom stamp set.. I think that flower is just beautiful and shading with the markers would take it to the next level of beauty.
Posted by: Phyllis Werner | 11/15/2017 at 06:43 PM
Congratulations! I️ love your ideas and your site. Thanks so much.
Posted by: Desiree | 11/15/2017 at 06:47 PM
Congratulations, Lyssa! I think everybody recognizes what a great person you are :) BTW, don't enter this in your giveaway...
Posted by: Betsy Z | 11/15/2017 at 06:49 PM
Well a big CONGRATULATIONS! And love your new luggage, it's awesome! You are too generous to offer such a great prize!
Posted by: Jackie | 11/15/2017 at 06:50 PM
Congratulations, can't wait till tomorrow to order something new to all of us. Have so many stamps I would try the blenders on. Thanks for this chance
Posted by: Sally Schneider | 11/15/2017 at 06:50 PM
So happy for you! Well deserved for all the hard work. Love your blog and so many wonderful ideas. I would have to choose the Butterfly Basics set for coloring it is one of my all time favorites.
Posted by: C. McK | 11/15/2017 at 06:53 PM
Isn't that just great.....what a wonderful luggage set!
Posted by: Connie | 11/15/2017 at 06:53 PM
Congrats! What an awesome award! Thanks for all the inspiration!
Posted by: Sue | 11/15/2017 at 06:58 PM
Posted by: Jo | 11/15/2017 at 07:04 PM
I would love to use them with the crafting forever set. I love that one! The colors of the blendables are so pretty!! Congrats on your wonderful achievement!!
Posted by: Fanny | 11/15/2017 at 07:17 PM
I enjoy all you do on your blog, you make coloring so EASY!
Congratulations, and thanks for allowing me the chance to enter.
Posted by: Betty Brotzman | 11/15/2017 at 07:24 PM
Congratulations Lyssa, you deserve this award. You are a wonderful & dedicated
SU Demonstrator. You put so much time into your Blog & I love reading it & seeing the new cards. Hope your health improves soon.
Posted by: Renee Hughes | 11/15/2017 at 07:26 PM
Woo hoo!!! Congratulations, Lyssa!!! And that luggage is absolutely gorgeous! Hope you
Posted by: Li P. | 11/15/2017 at 07:40 PM
Wow how exciting for you! Congratulations! I like ve your blog and stamping advice!
Posted by: Claudia Gassett | 11/15/2017 at 08:06 PM
Congratulations on your achievement. My current “favorite” set would be to use the blending on Flirty Flowers.
Posted by: Linda Dixon | 11/15/2017 at 08:22 PM
I love to read your blog and am grateful for the advise you have shared with me.
Posted by: Charity | 11/15/2017 at 08:27 PM
Oh yeah I would also pull out Merry Little Labels for the stamp set.
Posted by: Charity | 11/15/2017 at 08:30 PM
I'm so sorry your health issues kept you from attending. What a fun surprise! Congratulations! And that luggage? So cute! Enjoy it, and thanks for a chance to win!
Posted by: Patti J. | 11/15/2017 at 08:35 PM
Congrats on your wins! That’s wonderful! I would love to be a winner too, so I’m hoping for the Stampin Blends Collection. Thanks for the chance!
Posted by: Kate | 11/15/2017 at 08:36 PM
Congrats Lyssa! I'm thinking I would be a coloring fool with these new markers. I probably would start with morning cup as it's one of my faves for work cards. nice small images to start with.
Posted by: Dee | 11/15/2017 at 08:42 PM
Wow, just wanted to say congratulations, and way to go Lyssa.
Love your blog, and the classes in the mail I have ordered from you.
Stay healthy so you can keep on doing SU and getting more very deserved awards.
Posted by: karren Olaveson | 11/15/2017 at 08:48 PM
You may not have been there, but believe me, when they called your name, I screamed (out loud) in happiness for you! You deserve it my friend!!! Congratulations
Posted by: Sharon | 11/15/2017 at 08:51 PM
Congrats, Lyssa! That is a wonderful way to be recognized for all of your hard work and the effort you put in to promoting SU! You should be spoiled!!!!
I would love to use the new markers with the Crafting Forever stamp set. A perfect match, 😉
Posted by: Barbara M Ross | 11/15/2017 at 08:51 PM
Congratulations! Thanks for all that you share. I would use them on Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps.
Posted by: Kathy | 11/15/2017 at 09:03 PM
Congratulations Lyssa! This is such a special accomplishment! I love the things you share and all your helpful tips! Thanks!
Posted by: Pam Hodges | 11/15/2017 at 09:05 PM
Congrats!!! You did it!!! Great job!!! If I won, I would pull out the Christmas stamps first. I make Christmas cards all year long!
Posted by: Denise Doan | 11/15/2017 at 09:10 PM
Congratulations Lyssa, You have worked hard and deserve the wonderful award
Posted by: JoAnn | 11/15/2017 at 09:14 PM
Congrats!! Love Flirty Flowers stamp set.
Posted by: Michelle | 11/15/2017 at 09:34 PM
Congrats. So sorry you weren't able to go this year. Love your blog.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Posted by: Phyllis Z | 11/15/2017 at 09:36 PM
Congrats!!! You deserve it. . I love your blog. Such an inspiration. I would definitely use anything RED first. What a generous gesture on your part!!!!
Posted by: Gayle Lambert | 11/15/2017 at 09:36 PM
Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person!
(no need to enter me in your giveaway - just wanted to say congrats!)
Posted by: Nancy Smith | 11/15/2017 at 09:39 PM
Posted by: Michele Maas | 11/15/2017 at 10:09 PM
I'm really happy for you Lyssa! And the luggage is just too cute! So sad that you weren't able to attend Onstage though.
I would love to try the Stampin' Blends on A Little Wild or Count Your Blessings stamp sets.
Posted by: Gale Rice | 11/15/2017 at 10:09 PM
Congratulations! You've earned it!
I would love the complete set of bendable markers!
Delightful Daisy or any other flower set would work for me. I love flowers!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Feel better quickly.
Posted by: Paula | 11/15/2017 at 10:21 PM
Lyssa, congratulations. You are so deserving of this award. You are so generous and share so much. Thank you,
Posted by: Karin Braxton | 11/15/2017 at 10:22 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to you! So sorry you couldn't attend to accept you awards, but I know all about health issues disrupting life. That luggage is stunning. Thanks so much for the chance to win a set of markers. You are VERY generous.
Posted by: Vicky Blackwell | 11/15/2017 at 10:34 PM
Congratulations on the achievement! I am so glad I found your blog. You've helped me get my scrapbooking mojo back!
Posted by: Carolyn Challoner | 11/15/2017 at 10:47 PM
Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. Love your blog and inspiration. Thanks for slurs chance to win!
Posted by: Catherine DeWaal | 11/15/2017 at 10:51 PM
Congratulations, Lyssa! I am a fairly new follower of your blog, and you always have something inspiring to show or say! Keep up the good work!
The Blends seem amazing! I would choose a floral set to tackle first!
Posted by: Elaine Willcox | 11/15/2017 at 10:55 PM
Congratulations! This is so awesome. I hope you get to go someplace really fun with that cute luggage! If I had the new Stampin Blends I would use the Best Birds stamp set, probably. Hope your health is improving, by the way.
Posted by: Jeanne Johnson | 11/15/2017 at 11:45 PM
WOW!! What an accomplishment! Congrats!
I'd use the new blends on the Merry Patterns saying to start!!
Posted by: Linda Iovenitti | 11/15/2017 at 11:49 PM
Wow and wow--so nice to hear your news and so sorry you were not there but YEAH you won. Thanks for offering such a nice gift to a lucky winner---is nice to have a chance to win.
Posted by: Donna Sicafuse | 11/15/2017 at 11:49 PM
Lyssa, congrats to you for the top 100 this year... so well deserved!
Posted by: Molly | 11/16/2017 at 01:18 AM
Congrats to you on your fantastic achievement. I am truly thankful for this opportunity to win these new markers. Good luck everyone. I think I would like to color some Christmas florals.
Posted by: Sandra Schroeder | 11/16/2017 at 03:10 AM
Lyssa, Congratulations! I love opening my song of my heart email to see what you have posted!
Posted by: Jackie McCaffery | 11/16/2017 at 05:26 AM
Congrats on your accomplishment!!
Posted by: Andi Nolen | 11/16/2017 at 05:30 AM
Congratulations!! What an accomplishment! I would pull out my Butterfly Basics set if I won the markers!
Posted by: Linda Peterson | 11/16/2017 at 06:54 AM
WOW! Congrats! You deserve the honor as you work hard bringing up new ideas for the cards. What stamp set would I use--there are two many I like to select one--but sure would be happy to win this set. Thanks.
Posted by: Shirley Bock | 11/16/2017 at 07:00 AM
Congratulations!! Well deserved!! Love love love your blog!! I would use This Little Piggy.
Posted by: Sandy Bate | 11/16/2017 at 07:39 AM
I would use my favorite set - the pigs..... after all, I am from Iowa.
Posted by: Chris R. from Iowa | 11/16/2017 at 08:14 AM
Congratulations to you!!!! I enjoy your ideas on the blog and am about to go try the acetate technique.. What an amazing gift-away. Thanks for the chance to win.
Posted by: Karen Andrews | 11/16/2017 at 08:34 AM
Congratulations, Lyssa! Wow what an honor for you to receive. But you earned it!
Thanks for the opportunity to earn a set of the new Stampin' Blends. My favorite past time is coloring and I have several choices of stamps I could use!
Posted by: Sharon C. | 11/16/2017 at 09:17 AM
That is so exciting, you go girl! I love your blog Lyssa, you are always so fun and positive. Keep up the good work.
Posted by: Nancy Garratt | 11/16/2017 at 09:32 AM
Congratulations, Lyssa! What an accomplishment! You make beautiful things with paper and stamps.
Posted by: Audra Bonner | 11/16/2017 at 10:43 AM
CONGRATS!!!! #38 and 80 world wide!!! WOW! That should be in the newspaper! You do a awesome job at playing with cards and then coming up with big surprises of beautiful cards.
Im so happy for you! Sorry you werent able to make it but the luggage I would like myself :)
What a surprise give away your giving, totally great!
Posted by: Barb Pohl | 11/16/2017 at 10:51 AM
Congratulations Lyssa. That is wonderful new, top 100 demonstrators global. Enjoy your success, and I sure hope you continue as a SU demonstrator for a long time to come, as well as continue offering your Cheat Sheets. You are wonderful.
Posted by: Linda Fisher | 11/16/2017 at 11:33 AM
Congrats on winning your awards!!!
I would used the pens with the flower in You Got This stamp set.
Posted by: Betty Hanneman | 11/16/2017 at 01:36 PM
Wow......who wouldn't love to win a set of Blends? I'd use them on some gorgeous SU flowers. Congrats on your award!
Posted by: Kathy Manchester | 11/16/2017 at 02:30 PM
Congrats on the big announcement on a very well deserved and hard earned achievement....I was with the screaming hordes in SLC when they announced the Top 100 and delighted to see your name on the list. And that bag/suitcase is adorable!!! I wish they would sell them outright so I could get one too....but what a great incentive, right?
Anyway, don't draw my name....I will be doing a preorder soon and would hate to get a duplicate...ha, ha! But seriously, I buy my own so reserve the drawing four your customers but put me down as one of your biggest fans! You have been an inspiration to me for years and I'm sorry you didn't make it to OnStage this year but I understand why you needed to stay home. Be safe and healthy....hope to see you in Orlando in November 2018!!
Posted by: Jan Hoyt | 11/16/2017 at 02:41 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am one of your biggest fans and was so happy to hear your name at OnStage, but didn't want to spoil ! Enjoy that beautiful suitcase. It was the envy of all the ladies who attended and got to see it. Lots of Oooo's and Ahhhhh's everytime they showed a picture. Wishing you renewed health.
Posted by: Judy Gummo | 11/16/2017 at 04:57 PM
Congratulations! I love the cards you post. The first stamp set I would color would be Birthday Blooms. I love that flower.
Posted by: Sherry Downing | 11/16/2017 at 06:55 PM
Congratulations Lyssa! What an accomplishment. There is nothing better than loving your job!
Posted by: Mary Fortune | 11/16/2017 at 08:24 PM
Congrats! I would use anything floral and turn it into Christmas because I should be working on those right now.
Posted by: Cindy Leis | 11/16/2017 at 10:28 PM
Congratulations.. Thanks for all you do for the stampin' community. If I were to win the blendas, I would pull out the daisy set while waiting for a new set to arrive, maybe A Little Wild.
Posted by: Patty | 11/16/2017 at 10:55 PM
SO happy for your accomplishments, you work hard and it's paid off! LOVE your suitcase too! The first stamp set I would pull out would be Bella and Friends. I think the Stampin' Blends would be perfect to color her in! Thanks for the inspiration, you're the best!
Posted by: Karen | 11/17/2017 at 03:35 AM
Congrats Lyssa! I would use the markers on the Piggy set.
Posted by: Laura Smith | 11/17/2017 at 05:36 AM
Congratulations! Your hard work is paying off. Thank you for a chance to win.
Posted by: Crystal VanWassenhove | 11/17/2017 at 06:11 AM
So happy for you and the work you put into your business. It is hard to juggle so many things at once, but the Lord is always there to back you up. Just don't try to take on more than He wants from you.
May there be many more awards and achievements in the future, but know you always make so many people happy with your inspiration and thoughtfulness.
Stampitup and carry onward.
Posted by: Seletta | 11/17/2017 at 07:59 AM
Congratulations on such a great success. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing gift. I follow you on Facebook and I love your inspiration. I forgot to add what stamp set I would pull out first. I believe it would be Bella and Friends. Again congratulations! Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted by: Angie Brewer | 11/17/2017 at 11:01 AM
Congratulations on your achievement! You’re amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. I’d love to use the Blends on Rose Wonder.
Posted by: Jacque Alvernaz | 11/18/2017 at 02:15 AM
Congrats Lyssa! All of your hard work and dedication are paying off! I am envious of this so-called hobby job that you started as a way to fuel a passion. What an amazing journey you are on! Bravo!
Posted by: Ginger Giese | 11/18/2017 at 05:31 AM
Congratulations, Lyssa! What a special honor to add to all the others that you’ve earned. I am always looking forward to your contacts with me—lessons, new products, etc. Thanks.
Posted by: Constance Hildebrand | 11/18/2017 at 01:40 PM
Congratulations Lyssa! I follow your blog it has such great inspiration. Your award is well deserved.
Posted by: Caroline | 11/18/2017 at 02:35 PM
You are so generous. Thank you for the great opportunity for the blends.
Posted by: Ruth Stadler | 11/18/2017 at 04:28 PM
Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off. If I won the Blends I would pull out Bella and Friends. So cute!
Posted by: Pam Droll | 11/18/2017 at 06:16 PM
Lyssa, Congratulations!!! WOW! I would pull Lovely as a Tree out to color. Loved your October samples. Thank you for the chance to win!!!
Posted by: Doris Mikolajczyk | 11/19/2017 at 08:18 AM