You always ask for pictures and tales from my Stampin’ Up! Convention experience – and I’m still excited to share with you. Yesterday I shared some pictures from Convention’s Awards Night (you can see them here), and over the weekend I shared my Convention swap cards (you can see them here and here). Today I’m going to share more pictures from Convention – many of these come right off my cellphone, while others were swiped from Facebook and texts from friends.
Convention is a wonderful opportunity to hang with other demonstrators from all over. Today I want to share some pictures of my amazing friends, my new friends and some cherished experiences. I hope you enjoy this collection of pictures and the stories they tell.
My Convention experience started early, early in the morning on Wednesday. After I made my way through security at the Atlanta airport, I found this woman, applying her makeup on a bench:
I only share that picture of Pam Morris, my beloved upline, because I promised her I wouldn’t. With that out of the way, here are some pictures from Convention.
My new friend this year is Shawn de Oliveira, a super-talented guy from Massachusetts. Shawn was a customer of mine for about a year and decided to join Stampin’ Up! in April. Shawn’s calm, quiet energy was a great match for my almost-manic energy.
One of the highlights of Convention was the reveal of the 2015 Holiday Catalog. Who doesn’t love new product?! We were so excited to get our hands on these books and spent most of the three days playing around with and watching demonstrations with the new items inside these pages. The catalog is titled “Handmade for the Holidays” – and is filled from front-to-back with bundles. Lots and lots of bundles. What fun! Here’s your favorite Stampin’ Up! demonstrator holding his very own copy of the new catalog.
People flipped out over this new catalog! Not everyone was happy, though. After Lydia Fiedler and I flipped through the catalog for a bit, we knew we were in trouble – the entire book is filled with “must haves.” Here’s our artistic interpretation of how our credit cards viewed this awesome, new catalog:
But things quickly flipped for Lydia and me – once Stampin’ Up! started giving away awesome prize patrols! There were paper packs and stamp sets and punches and new ink pads (the new Archival Basic Black ink pads are INCREDIBLE!). As presenters called out wrist band colors, we all eventually won something new. Yippee!
Every time someone won, we jumped up and danced with excitement for them – Julie DiMatteo won the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set – yay!The anticipation of our name being called, though, sometimes got the best of us. I tried my very best to cheer her on when Susan Itell won a super-fun new stamp set and Ornate Tag Topper punch that I really, really wanted. See how happy I am – that kind of happy comes right from the heart.
I eventually won a wonderful stamp set of my very own – and a natural smile was returned to my face. 🙂 We were able to see and play with lots of new products in the Product Sandbox and demonstrations – I’m really excited about this catalog. I even finished a card (not a usual experience for me in a group setting like this – when I could be socializing) with a new stamp set. Look closely, and you’ll see that I have a strip of Glimmer Paper on my card – what’s going on?
Brandy Cox is one of the kindest people I’ve met in my Stampin’ Up! experience. I was rooting for her at Awards Night – and she delivered in all three major categories. She’s had an amazing year – and everyone wanted to chat with her! This wonderful picture of great friends was ruined by a photobomber – that cameraman just HAD to insert his knees into our picture and ruin everything. 🙂
Speaking of kind, wonderful people, Linda Heller and Mary Ellen Byler posed with me in these Stampin’ Up! windows for a fun photo opportunity.My incredible team member, Deb Cozzone, had a stellar first year. Not only did Deb promote to Manager inside her first twelve months, but she also earned the Getaway Incentive Trip. It was nice to travel all the way to Salt Lake City to hang out with Deb who lives 20 miles away from me.
I always enjoy running into Judy Prahl and her sister Mary Polcin. The two are so very sweet and absolutely distinctive – even when they wear the same shirts at these events. I’ve never once called one of them by the other’s name. It’s just never happened and never will, so there’s really no reason for me to talk about that here – I guess talking about it makes it seem like maybe, just maybe, I have goofed up and called one of them by the other’s name. Since that has never happened, I’ll just move on – but first, here’s the picture (I’m the one in the middle):
I enjoyed meeting Dianne Keough, my demonstrator friend from Delaware:
Tami White is known in some circles as “The Woman Who Takes No Bad Photos.” It’s true. When I was feeling overheated, my Diet Coke felt amazing pressed against my cheek. My Diet Coke made Tami look beautiful and perfectly photogenic.
Lisa Pretto, Shawn de Oliveira and I spent a few evenings at The Vault in the Monaco Hotel. It’s important to drink lots of water so you can stay hydrated on these hot Salt Lake City days.
Late nights couldn’t stop me from early mornings. Here’s a picture of Mindy Backes and me – I was enjoying a cup of coffee in the hotel lobby when she returned from an early morning run.
Every year, Wendy Weixler likes to get her “Could I appear any more petite than I already am?” picture, asking me to just stand straight and tall. In summary: Wendy is tiny, and I am large.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of Convention is seeing “my people.” The InKing Royals are an incredible group of people, and I love them all. So many were able to attend Convention this year – makes me so happy. I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos (not everyone was ever in one place at the same time). On the last night, we gathered those who were still in town together for a quick, unplanned dinner – I think I was the last one invited. What fun we had! Here’s the group who joined us Saturday night:
Back row: Pam Morris (my upline), Jackie Beers, Lynn Kolcun, Brian King, Deb Cozzone, Bonnie Bake Front row: Kelly deTommaso, Candy Ford, Julie DiMatteo, Cheryl Ann Campbell
With all the things I have to be thankful for in my first three years with Stampin’ Up!, I am most grateful for the wonderful relationship and friendship I have with my upline, Pam Morris. The woman is amazing – not only does Pam know everything there is to know about the art of stamping, but she offers me a wonderful support and balance. It’s silly to travel to Utah to spend time with her (just lives just up the road from me), but I always enjoy every minute with her.