Of course I have lots to share but it's time to pack and think about coming home. Here's the highlights video. If you don't blink you'll see me!
Please come and visit with me. I'd love to sit and chat and share all the fun with you!
The day opened with a general session where they first announced the next Stampin' Up! incentive trip. To give a little background to help you better understand, Stampin' Up! rewards demonstrators with an all expense paid luxury vacation for two to a predetermined destination when the demonstrator earns a set number of points. (varies depending on country). In my opinion, earning this amazing incentive is not easy and involves commitment and hard work but it is achievable. Ever since I sort of accidentally earned my first incentive trip a few years ago, I realized that this trip was a wonderful reward to myself and my family for working hard at something I love to do and share. The earning period for the next trip runs from July 1st to June 30th. So we are currently right at the beginning of a new stampin' up year.
We were waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the new destination. Stampin' Up! shared a video to help announce the destination. Here's the video of what happened yesterday morning.
Pretty much pandemonium erupted in the auditorium when the words Mediterranean Cruise showed up on the screen. You can hear all of us screaming. I'm almost embarrassed to share the video but it was too funny to not share with you. I do feel like I need to let all of you know that I appreciate all the support you bring to my business and please know that I work hard at my Stampin' business because I truly believe that each person I meet has worth and value and I choose to serve you wholeheartedly with my time, creativity and stamps, ink and paper. I would continue to work hard whether an all expense paid trip was offered or not but since a trip to Europe is there for the taking, I will be aiming to earn it! :-)
I bumped into my friend Christi Beck right after the general session. We just spent a wonderful week cruising the Caribbean on the most recent Stampin' Up! trip in May and when she saw me she was squealing and shouting that we needed to go on this trip together. We headed over to a special photo booth that Stampin' Up! had set up for us to celebrate our past year's achievement and we chatted and laughed and generally enjoyed the thrill of the possibility of going on a luxury cruise with ports in France, Spain and Italy.
Here we are with another friend Megumi.
It's been absolutely spectacular to enjoy this convention with my Team S.T.IC girls. My roommate Brenda actually has been providing me with pillow gifts each day just for fun. Isn't she sweet?
Here we are dressed up to head to awards night.
It's always a mystery who will be in the top 20 in Canada and earn the coveted Founder's Circle retreat. I was humbled and honoured to have been one of the names called last night. Here's a blurry picture of my walking the stage and receiving the traditional Founders Circle purse.
A sweet farewell to us: outgoing advisory board members. What a year! We were a bit teary thinking that our special term of service was over but so blessed to have gotten to know my advisory board sisters so much better. They are a great group of kind hearted women.
This journey would be nothing without the people that are involved along the way. My dear friend and fellow Team S.T.I.C girl Marian has been a bright light to me. She talks to me regularly and supports me in an emotional way because it's not unusual for me to feel a bit overwhelmed with my life and Stampin' business but after talking and praying with her I always feel uplifted. So special that she was able to come to convention with me although she misses the last day since she's going on a service trip to Honduras today.
After awards night was the after party. We had a bit of fun. :-) I even did some line dancing!
And I'll end this post with a pretty card I received last night from Stampin Up!. I love this card. You might see it at a future sweet and simple class. Come create with me! I love sharing stamping and friendship with you.
Alright! Day 2! Up and at em! It's tradition to go early and line up for the general session. The energy is electric. Thousands of women chatting and swapping cards. Swapping card ideas at convention is worth every bit of energy I spent at home stamping and getting ready. If you want to see the different ideas, make sure to come to an upcoming class because I'm updating my card display boards!
Here's our gang wearing our matching team shirts that we had made just for this event. Don't we look spiffy?
One of the perks of being on the advisory board this year is that I got to sit in the very front row in reserved seating with my advisory board sisters. Here I am with Lyssa Zwolanek. (check out her blog. She's such a talented stamper!)
The general session opened with the home office staff coming out on stage to music and fireworks.
Then we all got free stamps. Yup. That's a great way to start a stampin' up convention! Nothing like free to get us all cheering and taking selfies!
Then a few words from Shelli Gardner. Her words always inspire and bring me back to the roots of why I'm a stampin' up demonstrator. Even though we love stamps and paper, those things don't keep me in business. It's the people.
I was in an organized Vintage christmas card swap. It was my friend Brenda's first ever organized swap so we took a picture to commemorate the event.
Of course lots of samples and demonstrations. Here's a few punch art cards I saw during the day to inspire you.
Isn't it cool how the banner framelits were used to make these cute animals?
The moustache framelit used to make hair...
A special part of meeting with friends at convention is receiving small gifts. Here's a few I received:
Off to bed! Another full day tomorrow! Don't forget to shop on my online store for all your crafting needs.
Been waiting all week for today...at 3:30am I left home in the dark to go to the airport to head off to Salt Lake City for the annual Stampin' Up! convention. This year they've decided to not call it convention. It's actually called: Inspire Create Share 2014. (but everyone still calls it convention.)
Anyway, as usual, I've been busy up to the last minute and didn't finish all my little gifts and swaps. What does that mean? Stampin' in an airplane. If you look closely you can see I was forced to stamp on that little fold out tray on the airplane. Not the best environment but I was still pleased how everything turned out. Fortunately there was no crazy turbulance!
What makes convention super special is the people of course. This year, three Team S.T.I.C girls are here to enjoy the fun.
The evening started out with check in and bag pick up and little welcome party that had desserts and drinks. The party was themed all around My Paper Pumpkin. We got to learn more about this awesome crafting subscription program, got September paper pumpkin kit to play with and we just generally visited with friends new and old.
Can't miss a photo and chat opportunity with Shelli Gardner (CEO)
Here's a couple of cards I've already received.
Official events start tomorrow. Stay tuned to hear all the news!
There are no words to express the intensity of craftiness that has been going on these past two weeks. The Kids Can Craft Camp was exhilarating, fast paced, fun, and challenged my creative side. Every day I was designing and cutting and thinking how to up the cuteness factor and fun for the kids. At the end of this first camp week my partner Zahra and I were so proud of all the kids and the awesome projects they made. After such a busy week, there's no rest for this stamper...I will be heading off to the annual Stampin' Up! convention this week and I wanted to make sure I was ready for Christmas in July and Sweet and simple class on July 24th before I left.
Now some of you may be wondering how I can do a Christmas in July class when the holiday mini doesn't go live until September 1st.
Well, you'll have to come to the class to see how I used the regular catalogue sets to make Christmas themed cards. Come to the class to see the versatility of some stamp sets that can be used for everyday occasions and Christmas ones too! RSVP today.
I did make one card using a set that Stampin' Up! released this month as a sneak peek from the holiday catalogue. This stamp set is called Beauty of the Season. Purchase it now on my online store. Check out the flyer for this stamp set HERE.