This year, I had three of my downline attending Convention with me: Robin Wilbur, Vicki Schulz and Beverly Bilger. This was Beverly's first convention and we enjoyed showing her the ropes! This year, Stampin' Up! went back to a one session convention and Robin and Vicki had not experienced that before! There were so many people, it was unbelievable. The first morning we walked into the convention center, you could actually hear the roar of 1000's of women! Most men would think this would be a nightmare, but for me, it was music to my ears! We scurried down to The Gathering Place so we could pick up our bags and get our new catalog. My wonderful downline immediately went to the line for Memento Mall, while I sat and devoured every single page in the catalog! Are you wondering just what in the heck is Memento Mall? It is a place where they sell logo items for Stampin' Up! demonstrators! You know, we just love to buy things, especially if they have that awesome logo on them because we know its a great product! We ended up waiting 2-1/2 hours to get in and in less than 30 minutes, we were substantially poorer, but filled with riches in our arms!!!!
We also went to visit the Stampin' Up! headquarters in Riverton, Utah, where we showed Beverly the picking line, where our orders are packaged and shipped, as well as the offices. The facility is absolutely beautiful and I certainly wish that Stampin' Up! had a distribution center on the East Coast because I would love to work there!!!! In the Creativity Room, we had someone take our picture -- don't we look happy!!!! We were on a natural high for sure!!!
As we went to the General Sessions, which we had each day, we continually were fed with information, techniques and surprises!!! First of all, Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up!'s co-founder and CEO, is starting her own blog! You can find it at http://www.soshelli.com/! Be sure to visit and bookmark this as a favorite! I'm sure her energy, enthusiam and, well, her many outstanding qualities, will show through in her blog. She's genuine and everytime I listen to her talk, I realize how great her passion for stamping and creating really is! It's hard not to be inspired by her!
We also were thrilled at the announcement that Stampin' Up! has partnered with Sizzix and will be carrying the Big Shot, exclusive Stampin' Up! dies and other Sizzix dies! We were all "die-ing" to get our fingers on this machine and dies! Don't worry -- mine will be here next week as convention attendees were able to purchase the goods!!! Isn't it beautiful!!! You won't believe how many things you can create with this machine ... and it cuts through over 50 materials!!!!
Shelli even wore an apron that was created using the Big Shot, Stampin' Up! exclusive dies and fabric. Hum, let me see if I can find a picture of the apron . . . looking . . . . looking . . . . looking .. ah ha! I FOUND IT! Isn't it gorgeous!!! We were all dumbfounded when she said it was created using the Big Shot and dies!
Another announcement was Phrase Two of the Decor Elements product line. Stampin' Up! will be offering the vinyl in different colors and they showed us how to layer them on top of one another for a dimensional look!!!! Check out this flower!!!! Isn't that gorgeous! Can't you just picture that on a wall -- oh wait. This picture is of the flower on a wall! What was I thinking!!!!
During the last General Session, we were definitely provided with a treat -- by UPS!!! Yes, there was an actual UPS man who had a package in his hand. He came on the stage to Shelli and said he needed some help in delivering the package! When Shelli asked who the package was addressed to -- he said "everybody"! You can't imagine the excitement that filled the convention center. Oh, what was in the package you ask? A new stamp set called Say It With Scallops. This is also the new Ronald McDonald set and $2.00 from each set goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities! Oh goodness, it gets even better! We then found out that UPS purchased these stamp sets for the demonstrators. I think all demonstrators have a truly admirable (for lack of a better or incriminating word) relationship with their UPS delivery person and now it is even more. So remember, support UPS!! We love them -- they bring us stamps and also contributed to this worthwhile charity!!!!
Can you tell that I can go on forever!!! But, the time has come for me to slumber. All this excitment is wearing me out!!!! Oh, speaking of excitment -- my August Stamp, Play and Create session is this weekend! We'll be using new products and stamp sets and ordering from the new Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog! There are still spots available so email me if you would like to attend!!
And ... I apologize in advance for any typos .. he he!!!!! My eyes are getting very very heavy!!!