After my first Stampin’ Up! Convention last year, I was certain I would never experience a more wonderful event. I was wrong! There’s so much to celebrate and so much to love about this year’s Convention experience that it’s impossible to capture it all in one blog post. Still, I’m excited to share some of the highlights with you today. Woo hoo!
Around 4,000 demonstrators converged on the Salt Lake City Salt Palace Convention Center. Can you find me in the crowd? Here’s a hint: I’m wearing a brown shirt and am positioned right behind Mary Fish’s banana:
Holiday Catalog. Stampin’ Up! revealed the 2014 Holiday Catalog during the opening session at Convention this year. What a thrill to be there when the cover of the catalog was revealed, when several catalog products were demonstrated and when the books were handed out! We were also able to purchase several items from the new book – and I couldn’t be happier!
Here’s a picture of the front cover when it was flashed on the screen:
One of the most exciting items in the catalog is a gift box punch board. Mary and I were able to play around with this new tool – SO COOL! I was super-skilled at following the super-simple instructions. So was Mary – she’s proud of the box she made:There are lots and lots of framelits in this new catalog – I can’t wait for you to see them.
My Presentation. A couple of months ago, I was asked to give a short presentation during a breakout session at Convention. Without hesitation, I accepted the offer. Do you recognize this person in the Convention book?
My presentation was about Stampin’ Up!’s Career Plan – a business-themed presentation that lasted about ten minutes.
I tried my best to infuse humor and stories into my talk. It looks like I’m serenading someone here, but I’m only talking…
Awards Night. Friday night’s Awards Night is a formal event where the top demonstrators are recognized for achievements in sales, recruiting and leadership. I was so proud to sit with the other Pals as Mary Fish (I’m a second-level member of her team) was recognized over and over. Such a lovely woman!
I was recognized for earning Stampin’ Up!’s Incentive Trip to Hawaii (woo hoo!) and for recruiting and leadership. I was also thrilled to be included in this year’s Founder’s Circle (the top 100 demonstrators). What a thrill! I’ve had a wonderful year, and I’ve worked really hard to get there. While I was thrilled to be recognized multiple times, I was completely excited to see so many of my friends recognized for their hard work.
Check out this silly picture that was taken in the Recognition Room:
Here’s Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle picture. You might not be surprised to see that I am in the very back – at 6’5″, it wouldn’t make sense for me to stand anywhere else.
All of the demonstrators who earned Founder’s Circle were given a beautiful, quilted purse. I was fortunate to receive a gorgeous quilted backpack with a Stampin’ Up! red-rubber emblem. Here’s a picture of my walk across the stage with my bag:
And here’s a fun picture of my group in the awards photo booth (Lisa Pretto, Mary Fish and Ann Schach and me):
Awards night also allowed me to take some great pictures with Pam Morris, my wonderful upline and friend. OK, so I posed with Pam, but these pictures were snapped by Pal Amanda Merrill:
After the Awards Ceremony, Stampin’ Up! hosted an amazing party – a county fair/hodown themed party with a mechanical bull. I didn’t have a chance to get on the bull, but I did have the opportunity to hang out for a bit with my good friend Shelli Gardner and her husband, Sterling. If there was an award for grace and class…
Backstage Tour. You already know Justin Krieger, right? Justin is my best stampin’ buddy – we met when we roomed together last year and have been great friends since. Justin won a VIP Backstage Tour – so cool! He took Wendy Weixler, Maggie Mata and me with him. On Saturday, Donna Griffith met us to walk us backstage. We toured the Gardner Family sitting space, sat at the makeup table, viewed all the backstage monitors and met a lot of the behind-the-scenes magic-makers. Here are some pictures from this awesome experience:
Look who we ran into backstage:
Here we are at the makeup desk. Several of the people pictured here got makeovers, but those pictures we accidentally deleted from my camera:
Some shots from backstage (that’s Carrie Cudney presenting on the mainstage):
Donna Griffith took most of the pictures with my cell phone. She left this surprise selfie for me on my phone, so I figured I should share it with you:
InKing Royals. Stampin’ Up! groups get to pick fun names for themselves. My team of demonstrators is called InKing Royalty. When I attended last year’s Convention, I was with my upline and the Pals, but I had none of my team members with me. This year, I was happy to have six InKing Royals along for the ride. Woo hoo!
Pictured below are Liz Kent (PA), Robin Myren (PA), Kelly DeTomasso (PA), September Gray (AL) and Pam Morris (my upline from GA):
This is Karen Browning (GA):
And Candy Ford (GA):
I was so happy to have them in Salt Lake City with me this year. What a thrill! I brought gifts for each of these ladies – and Pam helped me to tie bows on the gift bags. I love this photo of Pam, which has been zoomed in so that you can learn from her amazing bow-tying technique: Other Fun Photos. Here are some more pictures I thought you’d enjoy. Most are pictures of me with friends. Enjoy!
Lisa Pretto (InkBig Academy) and my up-up-upline:
One of the only pictures I have with Justin this year. I photo-bombed his headshot (going for “totally creepy”) in this picture. I think I succeeded nicely, don’t you?
With Sam Donald (Pootles), Lisa Pretto and Tami White. Quick story – Tami White (recently honored by Stampin’ Up! for reaching $1 million in sales) said to me, “You are a rockstar.” Then she took back her words. Then she said I could quote her on it. Then she said she wouldn’t allow it. Then she OK’d the quote. I’m not really sure where we ended on it, but I can forever say that she once called me a rock star. Here I am with Heather Cooper, Julie Skotzke and Janet Holmes (four of last year’s five Rising Stars); with Cindy Brumbaugh and Linda Heller; with Ashley Christensen: With Lisa Curcio, Maggie Mata, Ann Schach and Sharon Armstrong (recipient of this year’s Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award for being an amazing and wonderful person, which she is):With Becky Roberts, Brandy Cox and Krista Frattin (all three of these gorgeous ladies walked across the stage a lot this past weekend):This has truly been the highlight of my time with Stampin’ Up! I love the art of stamping, I love the products we sell and [more than anything] I love the people.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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