Convention 2012

Outsiders Take on Convention

Stampin’ Up! invited an amazing writer Connie Myers to our SU! convention and this article blew me away! She totally captured the essence of our Stampin’ Up! community. Go and grab a cup of coffee and  take a trip inside our Stampin’ Up! convention experience through the eyes of someone who is not an SU! demonstrator and believe me if you enjoy crafting and SU! products, projects and classes you will love this article.

Read it here.

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Convention: Make & Takes

I attended the optional class called “I am inspired”.  We made an adorable pin board and if you get bored with the accents, we also made a flag and banner to change out the large 3-d flower.  I really enjoyed this class!

This year Stampin’ Up! offered a make & take session each day along with classes.  It was such a nice way to relax during the day and not feel so much pressure in the years past trying to get all the projects done.  Each make & take day, we received a favor (basic rhinestone jewels, primrose petals ribbon, and in color dahlias) – what a nice little treat!

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Convention: Day 3 (last Day)

My final day of convention started off by attending the class “I Am Making Money”.  Pam Morgan did not just talk about the usual career plan but used other demonstrator’s tips on how to take advantage of the performances bonuses.  What struck me was focusing on your strengths.  Then I was off to the “I am Doing Business “My Way”.    Bonnie Thurber as always was funny and introduced the two speakers – Tami White and Ronda Wade – who both shared some great business tips and class ideas.  I can’t wait to work some of those into my business.

We picked up our lunches under these canopies of ribbon and white lights.  I love all the little detail that Stampin’ Up! puts into these events.

Here is our photo op with the chalk board backdrop.

During the final closing session, we all received a free stamp set to help us go out and sell the cute set that benefits the Ronald Mc Donald House Charities. Three dollars from every set sold go straight to RMDH! Check it out on the back inside cover of the new catalog.  If that wasn’t enough, we also received another free stamp set right in the closing minutes–Mixed Medleys, which goes with the new small scallop circle punch in the 2012 Holiday catalog.

I love Convention!!  You will have to join me next year for Stampin Up!’s 25th Anniversary!  It’s going to be out of this world!!

After heading back to the hotel for a bit we capped off our final evening with dinner at Squatters Pub.

Cindy and I had a drink called the stumbling missionary!  It was a very yummy drink with rum.

Then we had to have our gelato from the best place ever.  Settebello has the best pizza too (the gelato place is connected next door)!

I couldn’t make up my mind, so I chose two flavors – coconut and lemon biscotti.  So delicious!

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Convention: Day 2

Here are a few pictures of day 2!  Waiting for the main doors to open for general session.

Cindy and I during general session.

During General Session, Shelli announced a few new items that were available in Memento Mall, so I went and purchased a few things (garden flags, cookie cutters, and the business sweet pressed cookie press)!

Today’s classes were “I am Having Fun” lead by Shannon West, her presentation was a brilliant reminder that above all, our stamping events need to be FUN! She had us on our feet and dancing (literally), laughing, and smiling. I think I snorted when she showed a clip on exercising your facial muscles.  Followed by “I Am Reaching Out” taught by Emily Montoya.  I also really enjoyed Emily Montoya’s “I am reaching out” class. It was a little based on our keynote speaker Jason Dorsey but I did relate to much of what she said. If you simply look at birthdays, I fall into “Generation Y”, but I definitely relate more to Gen X and especially when it comes to technology, I was happy to get some advice on how to better communicate with some of my customers!

Tami’s team dinner at Macaroni Grill.

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Convention: Day 1

Here is this year’s main stage decorations.

Jason Dorsey was a guest speaker on Gen Y and he was AMAZING!  Everyone I spoke to today loved his presentation and thoroughly enjoyed it.  His book My Reality Check Just Bounced is now on my must read list.

First I attended the class called “I am Savvy” lead by Donna Griffith and it was inspiring!  I particularly liked the cards by Dawn Griffith.  She used the “leftovers” of ribbons we all have.

My second class was “I am Open for Business” with Carrie Cudney.  I found some great tips to implement in my business when I get home.

The evening ended with Awards Night, it was fun to see my up line Tami White be recognized on stage for all of her achievements!  We all got dolled up and enjoyed a fun after party!

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Convention: Memento Mall

This year since we headed up to Park City on check-in day early in the morning, we lucked out as we skipped the crowds and long lines into Memento Mall.  We arrived at the convention center around 4 pm and walked right up to get our bags.  Then went into the ever so popular Memento Mall.  I will say that I was pretty restrained in it all.  Some reusable shopping bags, incentive stamps, fancy pens and a new SU! shirt!  I love this years logo shirt!  Here are some of the displays available to us at Memento Mall.  I did go back twice more!!

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Convention: Check-In Day

This year marks my 7th convention and while I have always stayed at a nearby hotel (Marriott, Radisson, Hilton or Little America) this year I choose to stay at The Plaza Hotel.  It is located on the north end of the Convention center and they offer free airport shuttle and in-room internet connection.  Here is a look at the new City Creek Center Mall from our window.

I had THE best roommates for the 2012 Stampin’ Up! convention.  Hey, Cindy and Dawn!  (Two of the sweetest people I know).  We had a great time enjoying the convention together.  These were the gifts I received from them – each of them gave me a notepad (love them!) Aren’t they just beautiful?

The theme for this year’s Stampin’ Up! Convention was “I am…”
And I have come home with many “I ams”.  I am inspired, re-fuelled, re-energized, and invigorated; I am also a wee bit tired! Sleeping is never high on the priority list at Convention!

We arrived at the convention center about 4:00 pm and picked up our convention bags.  I love the large print pattern and how it has an adjustable handle so it can go over my shoulder sling back style.  Inside was the Convention booklet, some pins, a great pen and my stamp sets for make n’takes.

After getting our bags, I met my adopted group the WooHoo Stampers led by Michelle Halleen in the lobby of the Marriott to do a group swap and take this years group photo.  We had demonstrators spread across the country – California, New York, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota, Florida and Canada.

Then we headed over to the Gathering Place. They had Product Showcases all set up and it was very inspiring to see the catalog samples up close and personal (yes, close enough to touch, but my mom taught be better than to actually touch and feel)!

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Park City Trip

This year marks my 7th consecutive convention and I have never been to Park City, so why not go this year!  I wanted to visit Olympic Park too and discovered that they offered ziplines among other fun activities.  While we were there, we watched the aerialists practice and land in the pool as well as the ski jumpers.  Such an amazing sight to watch.

Here is our fancy rental car!

Dawn going up first!

Here she comes!  Look no hands!

One happy (and brave) rider!

A look from the ski lift while I was going up.

Here is Cindy at the top of the K120 ski jump.

The Extreme Zipline is the steepest in the world and starts at the K120 ski jump, at which point the force of gravity takes over and you are traveling close to 50 mph.  Here Cindy and I are coming in.

I am…adventurous!

After finishing at Olympic Park, we headed up the hill to Park City.  Look what Cindy and Dawn ran into!

We lunched on the patio at Bandit’s Grill.  It was a perfect day to dine outdoors.

The city reminds me of a quaint little town in Northern California called Nevada City.

Heading back down from Park City, there is a beautiful and very large barn flying an American flag.  Just beautiful!

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Road Trip to Idaho

Last Tuesday when I arrived in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention, my friend Cindy and I had arrival times pretty close to each other.  We rented a car and a nice car it was (we had to wait over an hour to get one, so they upgraded us and threw in a GPS) ~ Woohoo, thanks Budget Rent a Car!

Cindy’s bucket list is to visit all 50 states, so she found a fun place for us to visit in Idaho…..ready for this?  The Idaho Potato Museum!  So we drove roughly 400 miles (round trip) to visit the museum.  It was a very scenic drive and holy cow, I got to experience my first Sonic!  So I tried the diet cherry limeade ~ yumm-o!

Welcome sign as we entered into Idaho.

Not a lot of cars on the road, but a very peaceful and serene landscape.  Look at those puffy clouds…just gorgeous!

Welcome sign in Blackfoot, Idaho.  The home of the Idaho Potato Museum.

Not something you see everyday!

The largest potato chip (“crisp”) according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  This crisp measures 25″ x 14″ and it is 920 calories (equivalent to 80 regular Pringle’s potato crisps).

A burlap dress worn by the rodeo queen and a burlap tux!

One of many fun facts about potatoes!

In front of the museum with a gigantic potato!

Leaving Idaho and entering Utah again.

Look, when you visit the museum, they give you a real potato or a free gift…this day was hash-brown’s in a box.  I also picked up a magnet and check out the gift bag!  Too funny!

Hope you enjoyed this fun road trip experience because I sure did!

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Happy Hour General Swap

Here is my other general swap card.  I wasn’t sure of I wanted to do another general swap card but I am thrilled with how it turned out.  My friend and fellow demonstrator Corie was the inspiration for this creation!  This is sure a fun stamp set and I will be using it a lot!

Look at the “salt” rim on the glass!

The inside pocket holds a gift card, here I just used a piece of card stock to give the recipient the idea of what it can hold.

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