Monday, 19 May 2014

Coffee morning with Perfect Blend

Good morning – and what a glorious day it is here.  The weekend was fabulous, too, and although I spent the whole of Saturday indoors, it was worth it because I was at a Stampin’ Up!® training day. These events are always exciting because we get to meet up with demonstrators we’ve not seen for ages, we get to see sneak peeks and try out brand new products. We also learn some great tips for running our businesses. Oh, and there are prizes and presents, too!

In fact, the only part of the day I didn’t enjoy was when I was summoned to the stage for the announcement of the Cards for Keeps auction total. As you probably know, my card was chosen to be auctioned alongside those made by proper celebrities, to raise money for Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity. While this was a great honour – and I was delighted that my card raise £26 for this worthy cause – I could have done without the awkward minutes (which felt like hours!) standing on stage feeling like a lemon and looking like one, too. The whole auction raised over £8,000 which was amazing, and I was proud to be part of it. 

I always like to make a little something for my team when we go to these events, and this time I fancied something a little different. Inspired by UK demonstrator Val Moody, I bought these cute little coffee cups from eBay and filled them with little edible treats. Some had chocolate coffee beans, others had a little pack of biscuits with a sachet of coffee. They are wrapped in a 2" strip of cardstock cut from 12"x12", scored at 5" from each end. Very simple. 

Attached to the ribbon is a glass bead –team members receive a keyring on reaching their first promotion, and I give them a bead for every subsequent promotion and, appreciating that not everyone will (or wants to) rise through the ranks, another for every SU event they attend. 

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