Making Memories with the Pals in Orlando

L to R:  Vicki Lozier, ME, Michelle Quinno, Marlene Welch

One of the most incredible and unexpected outcomes about joining Stampin’ Up! back in 2007 would be that my circle of friends would grow exponentially.  The Stampin’ Pretty Pals (plus their team members) are my cherished gift.  Over 100 Pals attended the Stampin’ Up! 30th Anniversary On-Stage Event this past week in Orlando.  We had a delightful time . . . filled with hugs, tears, joy (especially over the new products) and a big dose of nuttiness.  

A “sea” of Stampin’ Up! 7000+ demonstrators.  This is how we began our mornings waiting for the doors to open.

L to R:  Sara Stuart, Diane (Dee) Luth, Sharon Peretz

EVERYBODY WINS!  Prize Patrol is always a highlight of Stampin’ Up! events and this was an ALL attendee giveaway of the new (Occasions Catalog) Humming Along stamp set!

Pal Ann Schach wins Artfully Aware stamp set (Occasions), Janet Wakeland’s $1 million in sales stamp set.  Mike Funke couldn’t be more excited for her!

Michelle Quinno & Marlene Welch getting nutty at the make and take!  Marlene needs to flip that “30” around.  Shhh!

Pals celebrating the Stampin’ Up! 30 year anniversary!  L to R Pals Frenchie Hum, Venessa Torres, Debbie Reemtsen, Nancy Gleason, Karen Bell

SALUTE!  Stampin’ Up! recognizes our military demonstrators, including Pal (and veteran) Nicole Watt.  

A Pals “original!”  Almost 10 years of having Pal Mike Funke as part of the Pals and in my life.

AN EXCELLENT YEAR FOR MY STAMPIN’ UP! BUSINESS!  Recognition time on the jumbotron.  See more about my rewards and recognition for the Stampin’ Up! 2018 year here.  I love seeing my friend, Patty Bennett, smiling in the background.

Another Pals recognition moment (level 2) for Stesha Bloodhart.  She was selected to be on the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team, too.  So well-deserved.  WOW!

The perfect ending to a great Stampin’ Up! On-Stage.  The Pals and guests (over 80 of us) dined in a private room at Maggiano’s Restaurant.  Four hours of food (and more food), friendship and fun!

Pal Debbie Dean was nothing but mischief as she drew winners for our prize patrol.   The Pals surprised me with a reminder that my 60th birthday is this month (hence, the crown) and and gave me a gift card to my favorite Tucson spa!  I have already booked my first massage, manicure and pedicure!

Friendly faces at the Pals event:  Kat Chancellor, Brian King and Kathryn Murray

More Pals’ smiles:  Tricia Chuba, Julie DiMatteo, Nancy Gleason

Huddling up for a photo!  L to R:  Patti Carbonell, Paula Butler, Marlene Welch, Tricia Chuba, Jackie Roberts, Michelle Quinno

I received these beautiful handcrafted birthday cards created by Pals Kathy Hendrey and Windy Ellard.

THANK YOU!  I can never wrap up a Stampin’ Up! year or event without thanking my Pals Stamping Community, my administrative assistants, Kris Kilcoyne and Stesha Bloodhart, customers, blog followers and Stampin’ Up! for your support, kindness and passion for Stampin’ Up!  products and paper crafting. You all play a vital role in my success and how precious this Stampin’ Up! experience has become

I love hearing from you!  Please leave me your questions or comments below.

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  1. Marlene Welch

    Thank you for sharing so many wonderful memories! I am so lucky to be part of your Pals. Thanks for letting us be part of your special celebration.

    P.S. I still don’t see that custom card posted. LOL

  2. Nancy Farrell

    Great photos, Mary. Thanks for sharing. Thank you for putting the Pals names, everyone love to put a name to a face.
    Have a blessed day.

  3. I just wanted to congratulate you, was there but it was so big I didn’t get a chance to meet you in person

  4. Sylvia De Jong-Simpson

    Mary so many congratulatory wishes coming your way! Thank you for all the sharing you do! Love your daily blog!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I LOVE seeing everyone. It is always nice to have a face to put with the names read about. It looks as though you all had a divine time. Happy Birthday, and make it a great one. TFS.

  6. Virginia aka: “Gigi”

    Thanks for sharing the pics! Simply beautiful to see the love that is being given/shown between you and your Pretty Pals team. I especially like the one of you and Mike Funke. History between people is friendship at its best! God Bless you and your Loving Pals. 😇❤️

  7. Mary-
    Thanks for sharing the pics! Simply beautiful to see the love that is being given/shown between you and your Pretty Pals team. I especially like the one of you and Mike Funke. History between people is friendship at its best! God Bless you and your Loving Pals. 😇❤️

  8. Congratulations on two more achievements – #5 and a very HAPPY BIG 60!. As always, your blogs are so helpful . Thank you so very much for all you do for so many of us.

  9. Roberta Mezenski

    I so appreciate your posts as they are so helpful to me. Thank you so much.

  10. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the latest Stampin’ Up event in Orlando. Congratulations to you fo your achievements and a very Happy Birthday soon!! i look forward to your daily blog and love all the ideas you give us. Thank you = thank you.

  11. Michelle Quinno

    Oh my! Had such a fun time with all of you. Hope your birthday is amazing! So glad we were able to celebrate it with you.

  12. Carole Anne Patterson

    Looks like a wonderful group! I love your cards. Congratulations Mary from a fan ❤️ Happy Early Birthday!!

  13. I loved seeing all the pictures of Pals, Mary. What a great celebration of Stampin Up’s 30th, but also celebrating all your milestones this year. I love this group for the upbeat outlook, creativity, inspiration and community. Enjoy your spa gift.

  14. Congrats on your #5 ranking, well deserved. And a very Happy 60th Birthday” to you!!

  15. Happy 60th! All the best to you on your birthday Mary. What a great celebration you were given at On Stage. Love seeing your wonderful photos. Great memories!

  16. Such a great post that can only begin to share the excitement of our time in Orlando! Such familiar and wonderful faces. I’m so happy I could spend so much time with so many friends (and that includes you!). <3

  17. Thanks for sharing a terrific journal with photos of OnStage for all of us!

  18. So glad everyone had a great time. It was wonderful that you shared your experience with us and congratulations on all your accolades. So well deserved. And happy birthday on the 29th. Just curious though, who was #1 in all the categories?

  19. Kadie Labadie

    CONGRATS my friend on your birthday milestone. Turning 60 is the BEST!!!! And a big thank you for sharing all the fun you and the rest of the Pals had in Orlando.

  20. Congratulations Mary. You do a terrific job and I love all your cards and posts. Well deserved.

  21. Maria Rodriguez

    Mary, what a phenomenal group of smiling faces, love seeing all of your amazingly talented Pals members together and having fun.
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with us.
    I’m sending a very Happy Birthday wish with love my dear friend, hope you have a wonderful day.

  22. Happy Birthday Mary! Thanks for sharing all the fun. Cindy

  23. Susan Phillips

    Happy birthday

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