Sunday, January 6, 2013

An Invite for Stampers in Wisconsin Area

I am again the co-chairperson of a fun stamping weekend getaway in Madison WI and am inviting all stampers in the Wisconsin area to join us! Please let any stamping friends or relatives know of this opportunity too. 

2013 Madison Mingle Announcement 

The holidays are over and it’s cold and snowy in Wisconsin. It’s time to plan a fun getaway for you and your stamping friends!

How does a 3 day weekend away from home and work and daily chores spent stamping, laughing, shopping and sharing ideas with new and old friends sound to you? Perfect, right? Come join us at the 8th Annual Madison Mingle from March 22-24th, 2013, and be a part of a celebration of creativity and stamping friendship!

If you have never been to a Madison Mingle, we are a gathering of stampers who each bring a shoebox project for the others to complete. We also have demonstrations, a huge rummage sale of great bargains, fantastic door prizes, contests, trades if desired, lots of laughter and sharing of great ideas. You will go home with as many projects as there are participants and many fond memories.

The 2013 Madison Mingle will be held March 22, 23 and 24, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1801 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53562.  This location is in Greenway Station within walking distance of Archivers and Michaels, as well as many other stores and restaurants. We will open our doors at 10:00 AM Friday March 22rd and the gathering will end Sunday March 24th at noon. The cost is $55.

We have room for only 50 stampers so it is recommended you register as early as possible. There is a registration form available from either Christine or Karen (email addresses at the bottom) or go to Files in the Madison Mingle Yahoo Group and get one there.  Once the registration fee and form is received, you will be emailed more details and assigned a project number. The deadline to register for the 2013 Madison Mingle is March 8, 2013.

Hotel  Info:   We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn. Their phone number  to reserve a room is 608-831-2220 or go to our private page on their website at:   to reserve a room. The Madison Mingle rate for a King room is $94 and for a room with 2 Queen beds is $114 (plus tax per night.) We suggest reserving your room right away once you decide to come as the number of available rooms at this rate is limited and the rooms will be released on 2/22/13. (If you are told our rooms have all been booked, please let us know and we will try to reserve more at the reduced rate.)

Make & Take Info:  Every attendee is required to bring a project with the supplies for everyone else to make the project (usually a card.) Please put all the stamps, inks and accessories necessary to make the project as well as the cardstock pieces cut and placed in an envelope or plastic bag, in a plastic container or box of some kind. You must also include a completed sample of the card or project and one set of complete directions as to how to make the card or project. Be sure to label everything in your box with your name in case it gets separated from your box. You will also be asked to email the instructions and a picture of the completed sample to Christine Bedford at:   as soon as you have it ready. The deadline to get your instructions and picture to Christine is March 10, 2013.

This year to save money and much work, we have decided to give every attendee a CD of all the instructions including a color picture of each project. You can take this CD home and print all the instructions and a picture of each project if you wish to do so. This CD is being provided in your $55 registration fee.  IF you cannot print your own at home from the CD, and want to have the printed instructions and picture of the projects provided to you, that service is available for an additional $10. You will be given all the printed instructions and pictures ready for you to place in a binder (that you will provide), if you choose to pay the extra $10 for this service. 

Please feel free to post this information to your Facebook page or blog or online stamping group and forward to all the stampers you know. We would love to see you all in Madison in March for a fun weekend of stamping and laughter!

It is highly recommended you join our Madison Mingle Yahoo Group to keep on top of any important news and updates even if you are just thinking of coming. Please email Karen at for an invitation to the group, if not already a member.  VERY IMPORTANT:   Messages sent by any member of this Madison Mingle Yahoo Group MUST be about the Mingle only and relevant to  everyone in the group. If directed to just one person, please send an email or response to that person only, so as to not crowd everyone’s email boxes with unnecessary emails.

The 2013 Madison Mingle is being organized by a group of volunteers who are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact the Chairpersons of this group, Karen Hasheck at or Christine Bedford at

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