Then we drove back to Minneapolis to the Mystic Lake resort to teach classes at a retail event put on by Erickson and Associates. Here we met store owners and reps and were able to give tips and techniques for working with our products. It was great to talk to the store owners because I got to hear things from another perspective.
I showed how to make a badge holder from the Index Card box die by cutting off a flap and adding two Business Card boxes to the inside. I put my cards in one box and other people's cards in the other. You can also fit a few dollars for lunch and a tiny pen. On the back of the box you can put your badge. It's a great way to carry all you need in one place, especially at trade shows!
We did a Make and Take the first night and the next day I taught a class called Stacking Candy Drawers. I made stamps from my Borders and Hydrangea die and fun foam. Stephanie Barnard's inks were used to stamp the flowers on the box. Loving these nice and bright colors! The flowers were outlined with black marker dots for a little extra touch. Adhesive pearls were added for the flower centers and a matching ribbon tied it all together.
We received some coupons when we checked into the casino- if you put $10 in the machine, you'd get it back when you cashed out. So each night we would go down and play the quarter slots... the first night we won $82, next night $38 and the last time $25. Since I didn't have my ID with me the first night, we decided to play on one ticket and split the winnings- lucky lucky me- Karen has a way with those slot machines!
We visited a very cool paper store called Anchor Paper when we got to Minneapolis (thanks to June, one of our students). So all of my purchases there were covered by the money I won! Almost like it was meant to be...
On Saturday, I head up to NY where I'll be visiting the National Stationery Show, on the lookout for cool stuff. Will let you know know what I find!