Convention 2013

Convention: Make & Takes

This year Stampin’ Up!’s make & takes were a casual experience.   On Day 2 (Stampin’ Up! Expo) we only got through 3 of the projects and took the box home with us to make/assemble.  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 on site.

Hello, Lovely Card

You Make Me Happy

Want to see the 5 note cards that are in this cute pouch?

Tag a Bag Gift Box

Tag a Bag Gift Bag

To see a video of how this bag is made, check out the following link

Convention 2013

Convention: Final Day (day 3)

The third and final day of Convention 2013 was absolutely filled with memorable experiences, fun, instruction, recognition . . . and lots and lots of prize patrols. In fact, everyone at convention this year won a prize patrol gift–to thank them for coming to this very special Silver Anniversary celebration in Salt Lake City.

My final day of convention started off by attending a morning General Session then the class “Living a Creative Life”.  Carrie Cudney showed us how to explore many different elements of creativity and how to incorporate them into our lives.

After I picked up my lunch I made it over to the Product Playground and saw a live demonstrator by Karen Burniston.  Amazing!!!

Then I was off to the “Converting Contacts to Customers”.  Emily Montoya discussed that we meet new contacts all the time.  The key is just to plant the seed everywhere we go and soon these contacts will become customers and friends.

My final class was “Marketing Your Stampin’ Up! Business”.  Brandi Barnard has such a fun personality and discussed proven marketing strategies that can help grow our customer base and increase profitability.

This year there were also 4 all attendee giveaways!  Check all of my loot!

Tami’s team dinner at Macaroni Grill.  It is always fun to see these girls and catch up with each others lives.

I love Convention!!  You will have to join me next year for a fun filled adventure!!

Convention 2013

Convention: SU! Expo (day 2)

Team Stamp It officially has a group t-shirt and here is our group photo!  We sure got a lot of comments about our stinkin’ cute shirts!

We started off the day with a General Session in the morning then it was off to a brand new experience – Stampin’ Up! Expo.  It was their version of “choose your own adventure” and our opportunity to get exactly what we wanted out of convention!  This option was great as it was relaxed and we weren’t rushed to do anything.  We worked on our make & takes, made 2 bonus mini projects facilitated by SU! concept artists, went to the demonstrator theater and saw 3 demonstrators share some projects, tips and tricks, and we finished our afternoon with a little retail shopping over at the City Creek Center Mall.

MDS Thanks Card Mini Class

Thankful Sack Mini Class

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!  The 25 Year Celebration included treats, street performers, games, photo opportunities, and live music from Utah’s own Spazmatics.

Check out these beautiful table performers!

Aerial silk performers wowed the crowds high above the party.

Delicious treats adorned with 25 Year Celebration decorations.

Convention 2013

Convention: Opening General Session and Social (day 1)

Stampin’ Up! has officially taken over downtown Salt Lake City!

Ryan Innes (as seen on NBC’s ‘The Voice’) kicked off general session with a live performance of this year’s convention theme song!  OMG, was it great!

Shelli, Sterling, and family take main stage to welcome everyone to the 2013 Be the Difference SU! Convention.

During the Opening Session, we all received our official convention bag with a bunch of goodies inside.  Each one of us in attendance (5,800…yes, that is the correct number of attendees this year) received their bag in under 15 minutes!

Here is Dawn putting together a birthday kit for the children being treated at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It felt great to give back and really live by the Statement of the Heart!

We’re making a Guinness World Records official attempt for the most greeting cards sent from a single location at one time!

Here is the cute postman posing for photos with us.  He had no idea how huge this event was!

Stampin’ Up! made a Guinness World Records official attempt to send the most greeting cards at one time from a single location–and we did it! 2,984 cards sent and a new Guinness World Record for Stampin’ Up!

Convention 2013

Convention: Park City Adventure

Last Thursday we got up early and grabbed a quick breakfast before heading up to Park City.  Last year we did the world’s steepest zip line at Olympic Park and this year we did something just as fun!  We did some research before the trip and saw what Park City Mountain Resort had to offer.  Let me just tell you that you could spend the entire day here having a blast!  Park City Mountain Resort was home for the snowboarding and giant slalom venue for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Thrill seekers, meet your match with Utah’s only Alpine Coaster. The elevated track winds you through more than a mile of loops, curves and hair-pin curves at speeds up to 30 mph. Just like your favorite roller coaster – but with the refreshing mountain scenery of Park City.

Here comes Cindy and Dawn slowing down to come to a stop back at the station.

To commemorate this adventure, we each bought our photos from the Alpine Coaster.  This ride was awesome!

Then we made our way up a chair lift and hauled sleds to the Alpine Slide.  It is one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of gliding and sliding down a luge-like track. With four tracks to choose from, you can experience a different ride each time!

Convention 2013

Convention: Road Trip to Moab

Last Tuesday when I arrived in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention, my friends Cindy, Dawn, and I had arrival times pretty close to each other.  We rented a car and headed to Moab in southern Utah.  It was just over a 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City.  First on the agenda was lunch at Cracker Barrel.  I had the chicken dumplings and it was delicious!

On the way down to Moab, I took some photos from the car.

Here are a few photos from Arches National Park.

Here is the Park Avenue Trail overlook.  It was spectacular!

On Wednesday morning, we were up early and had breakfast then headed back to Arches NP for an awesome hike at Devils Garden Trail to see the Landscape Arch.  The parking lot was packed!

Look we met a little friendly critter on the trail.  We named him Archie (appropriate, don’t you think?).  I have no idea what type of lizard he is and will have to Google his photo to find out.

Here we are at the Landscape Arch.  We drank a lot of water on this 1.6 mile hike.

Here is the Fiery Furnace.

Then we headed up the road a bit to Canyonlands National Park.  While the scenery was different than Arches, it was still gorgeous and I cannot fully describe the beauty and of what I saw.

First stop was the Island in the Sky visitor center and check out the Shafer Canyon Overlook.  Canyonlands is quite large, and actually has three separate regions. Island in the Sky in the north, Needles to the south, and the Maze to the west. Each has its own distinct personality and types of land formations. Just a few miles past the park entrance, it provides stunning views. In the picture, the overlook is in the very center of the picture. It’s unbelievable to me that there aren’t any railings along the edge of the overlook because it’s hundreds of feet down in some places, and you can walk right up to the edge of the drop-off.

Next stop was Mesa Arch. People climb up on top of this arch. From this view, it’s only about 25 feet above the ground. But on the other side, it drops down hundreds of feet.

Driving back to the main road, we stopped at Green River Overlook. From here, you can look down into the plateaus above the Green River, which eventually flows into Grand Canyon. It’s hard to describe the other-worldliness of being up high on a plateau or mesa, looking down hundreds of feet at another layer of plateaus that are hundreds of feet above the Green River. It’s a little mind boggling, but gorgeous. We experienced this phenomenon throughout the day, and it’s really something I couldn’t get enough of.

Cards, Convention 2013

Convention: Six-Sided Sampler 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.  A fellow demonstrator Amy Storrie was the inspiration for this creation!  This is sure a fun stamp set and I will be using it a lot!

All Supplies Stampin’ Up!
Unless otherwise noted
130956 Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set $18.95
131297 Coastal Cabana Cardstock $6.95
131298 Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock $6.95
100730 Whisper White Cardstock $8.50
131175 Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
131176 Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
131177 Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
126889 Stampin’ Trimmer $29.95
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
103683 Glue Dots $4.95
103579 Paper Snips $9.95
108360 Craft Scissors $29.95
126877 1/4″ Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95
130919 Hexagon Punch $15.95
118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack $16.95
120908 Small Oval Punch $12.95
113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine $99.95
129378 Honeycomb Embossing Folder $7.95
Birthday, Cards, Convention 2013

Convention: Chalk Talk General Swap

This is one of my general swaps for convention.  Swapping is totally optional while at Stampin’ Up! events and I try to get a nice variety of swaps in return to show customers and friends.  They are also a great source of inspiration too!

All Supplies Stampin’ Up!
Unless otherwise noted
130634 Chalk Talk Stamp Set $18.95
131298 Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock $6.95
119686 Early Espresso Cardstock $6.95
101650 Very Vanilla Cardstock $8.50
130140 Soho Subway Designer Series Paper $10.95
126974 Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
126986 Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad $5.95
126889 Stampin’ Trimmer $29.95
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
108360 Craft Scissors $29.95
120999 1/2″ Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon $6.95
119247 Pearl Basic Jewels $4.95
118402 Scallop Trim Border Punch $15.95
113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine $99.95
129983 Chalk Talk Collection Framelits $24.95
130916 Alphabet Press Embossing Folder $7.95
3-D Items, Convention 2013

Convention: Roommate Gifts

This year I am rooming again with Dawn and Cindy at the Little America Hotel.  I have seen these little drawstring bags on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try.  This is only my second sewing project and I am thrilled with how it turned out.  I sure hope they like them.  Then I filled it with Kleenex, lotion/hand-sanitizer, lip balm, gum, mints, notebook, pen, and a pokey tool to pick up small pearls/rhinestones (great tool).  I sure hope that the girls love their goodies!

Here are some close up photos of the gifts that I made!

At Stampin’ Up! events you always need to have a special bag tag to separate yours from the sea of 5,800 others just like it!  I am in love with the colors of this DSP (Eastern Elegance).