There’s nothing more exciting than gathering with a couple thousand of your favorite people to celebrate the joys of cardmaking, rejoice in our successes from the past year and plan for the future. This past week’s Stampin’ Up! Annual Convention (called Inspire Create Share 2015) was just that – a lot of reuniting, a lot of celebrating and a lot of new stuff. 🙂 Over the next two days, I’ll be sharing pictures and short tales from my experience in Salt Lake City this past week. What an amazing week!
We all love to see new products and hear about new techniques for our businesses. We love papercrafting and sharing wonderful ideas for new projects. Still, at the heart of it all, Convention is all about the people. I love the opportunity to gather with friends from all over the U.S. and Canada – and I love the chance to hang out with members of Stampin’ Up!’s leadership and staff. What fun!
Today, I’m focusing on Thursday’s night’s Awards Night. What a wonderful chance to get together with our friends to celebrate each other’s successes! So you aren’t totally caught off guard by these pictures, Awards Night was themed this year – we were challenged to dress in “The Roaring ’20’s” outfits.
Here’s Shawn de Oliveira, Mary Fish, Lisa Pretto and me – don’t we look amazing? I already know how I look, so I guess I should say, “Don’t Shawn, Mary and Lisa look amazing?” Shawn is a talented, new member of my InKing Royalty team – and I am a proud member of Mary’s Pals team and Lisa’s InkBig team.
Again, I’m looking good – we know that. I love that Jackie Beers and Julie DiMatteo joined in on all the fun with lots of beads and sparkly headbands. Both are new members of my InKing Royalty team. Aren’t they adorable?
The room was filled with great outfits. Perhaps the most elaborate, persona-changing costume of the Awards Night event goes to Candy Ford, a member of my InKing Royalty team. Candy sewed her very own 1920’s outfit and outfitted it with gloves, glasses and a hat that made it very difficult for me to hug her.
Although we already knew that Candy had achieved the status of Rising Star (based on meeting certain sales and recruiting goals in her first year), it was SO EXCITING to watch her name pop up on the jumbotron and to watch her take the stage to receive her award. Candy had a banner year and deserves every bit of the recognition she received. Go Candy!
I loved cheering on my team members. What a proud Papa! It was also a big night for me, and I felt all that love and respect returned to me. For the first time, I found myself in the Top Ten for two of the three main categories. Pam Morris, my upline, was beside me to cheer me along – and Mary Fish, her upline, sat behind me to beat on my back with excitement. I was THRILLED!
Here’s a quick rundown of what I was recognized for this year:
- 10th place in the U.S. for Recruiting (24)
- 5th place in the U.S. for Leadership (9)
- Achiever’s Bonus for sales, recruiting and leadership (I earned it twice)
- Founder’s Circle Recognition as a Top 100 Demonstrator
Here’s a picture of Sara Douglass and the demonstrators who earned the Achiever’s Bonus twice:
And here are Founder’s Circle (Top 100 Demonstrators) Achievers who were in Salt Lake City for the festivities – do you see me hidden in there?:
The Awards Night Ceremony was followed by a super-fun party. Stampin’ Up! hosted a big band, lots of delicious food and Shirley Temples for everyone. Amidst the dancing and celebrating, there were several photo opportunities. Here’s a bunch of folks from our group – we could only rally those who were in the area when we decided to play along. What a fun photo!
These are just the pictures from Awards Night – when we were dressed to the nines and lookin’ fine. I’ve got more pictures to share with you tomorrow, so please make sure you come back.
Thanks for stopping by today!