So you ask what did I bring home from Convention? Between all the goodies they gave us, we swapped & we bought at Momento Mall. This is what I brought home. That does not include all the ideas floating in my mind. Hope I can remember them all.
Couldn't get everyone together at the same time but some of us were able to quick grab a couple pictures before we went to our classes. Diane is my friend I traveled with from Colfax, IA. Stephanie is from out East & is my new friend, Lisa is also a new friend & was another roommate from the South, Monika from Georgia is an old friend, Elizabeth is an old friend from out West. Told you I make friends from all over.
Diane Workman from Colfax, IA was picked to be a Make & Take Helper this year. She was one of my roommates.
Monika, her sister in law Stephanie, myself & Lisa doing our Make & Takes.
So the same card I find on the wall at a desk at the Stampin Up office was also on one of the boards at the Convention Center. It was my pear card I made last year. It is always a nice surprise to see your card.
My friend Monika Davis & her upline Wendy Randall. Wendy's group has somewhat adopted me at Stampin Up events. Thanks Wendy. Much appreciated. They are walking across stage for have $20,000 in sales.
I went to Momento Mall 3 of the 4 days. Each day I had one of the same guys check me out. I feel so bad I do not remember his name. The first 2 days him & another guy were teamed up & just made it so much fun.
The last day I went he was teamed up with Rich Jutkins, President & Chief Operating Officer. As you can see they all help out.
Here is Shelli Gardner on stage right before she did some stamping for us. Shelli is the co-founder & CEO of Stampin' Up!.
At the end of this day at the Convention Center we decided we better get any pictures we wanted from the boards. They normally close the doors on our gathering place early the last day as they start tearing down. I was the last one to get done & found my friends relaxing at some tables there.
This is a swap card made by Judy Robello I received that was the cutest. It uses the Embedded Embossing Technique & also the Perfectly Preserved stamp set with the matching Cannery Set Framelit Die. Just love it.
I received this swap from Sami Brown, a First Timer at Stampin' Up! Convention. It is the most beautiful card. I was not going to buy the Holiday Collection Framelit Dies from the new Holiday Catalog as I was trying to save money. I did put my order in for it as my Christmas Card event might have this card included. You can order it also come August 1st.
Besides all the fun we have meeting other demonstrators from around the United States & Canada we get stamping ideas & watching demonstrations. We also take classes to help us help you. The titles of these classes fit our theme this year... I am. I will tell you a little about the classes I took this year.
I am digital (taught by Holly Linford) - This was an extra class held the night of Check In where we learned 11 of the 75 new features of My Digital Studio 2 which will be available soon. We can actually color in a stamp using different colors. Awesome!
I am savvy (taught by Donna Griffith, Meg Wheeler, Dawn Griffith & Laura Milligan) - This class was to show us how our products work together. Each of the 3 demonstrators took 1 item to demonstrate (ribbon, fabric, Simply Sent & Simply Scrappin Kits).
I am doing business "My Way" (taught by Bonnie Thurber, Rhonda Wade & Tami White) - In this class Rhonda & Tami explained a couple events they hold & something both of them mentioned was to keep the stamping simple so your customers do not get overwhelmed. I might have to try a Stamp a Stack in the future using simpler cards & see how it works for everyone.
I am having fun! (taught by Shannon West) - This class talked about having fun at your events & using the 5 senses.
I am reaching out. (taught by Emily Montoya) - Emily went over how to include Generation Y in your events. I found though that some of the information given could help with some Generation X & Baby Boomers. Very interesting class that just added more to what our Guest Speaker Jason Doherty went over. This has even made me think more about relating to the younger generation at my daytime job.
I am a leader. ( taught by Brian Pilling) - This class talked about us being an influencer for our downline and how we needed to be balanced to not only help our downline but for ourselves.
I am open for business. (taught by Carrie Cudney) - This class advised us further on what Stampin' Up! will be doing to make more people aware of the company. Their presence will be felt in Better Homes & Gardens, Family Fun, Parents Magazine, Creative Keepsake, Paper Crafts & Cardmakers Magazine along with Cafe Mom & Martha Stewart to name a few. Then then went over a few things we should do when someone is interested in finding out more about Stampin' Up! and its awesome benefits.
Next year they are going to try to make it easier & cheaper for more demonstrators to come to convention. Will you be there with me?
For those who have seen the Holiday Catalog already this might look familar. This is Lisa's take on the ornament pictured on the cover. The catalog product is not available until August 1, 2012 but has beautiful things inside. I know it has hurt my pocketbook a bit. I met Lisa this year at convention. She was one of my roomies. She had already given us a roommate gift but showed us these beautiful ornaments she made as a project for her uplines retreat. We ooed & aahed & she gave us her samples. Wait until you see if in real life. Thanks so much Lisa
Home trying to get some things ready for my blog and working on getting classes scheduled for all my wonderful customers. Michele Schmidt, Waterloo, IA
Isn't this box the neatest. Some of my friends know I am a little challenged sometimes when trying to do boxes at convention events anyway.
This is called a Surprise box I found on another demonstrators blog. Loved it & tried it. I used the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper. Added a little chocolate wrapped in DSP & then a Washer Necklace made with some of the same paper.
I know quite a few of my girl friends like a glass of wine so I thought of them when making this girly card. I personally would have to change one glass up to a beer mug or margarita glass. LOL. Well I am hoping to have one of each a couple different nights while at convention.
Stampin' Up! Product used: Happy Hour stamp set, Raspberry Ripple, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White cardstock, Basic Rhinestones, Fancy Fan Folder, Big Shot, Delicate Doilies Sizzlet L, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponging.
Having fun in Salt Lake City, Michele Schmidt, Waterloo, IA
Start of day one began with General Session & our new I Am theme.
After General Session I had classes that I will talk about in another post within the week. We then listened to one wild & crazy guy by the name of Jason Dorsey. He shared a lot of good information with us but was just hilarious.
We ate lunch, went to afternoon classes & then attended Awards Night. Afterwards was the After Party with wonderful desserts.
There was much more happening but just not enough time. Hope to have more for you tomorrow. Michele Schmidt