Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Convention - Day 3

Day 3 – Friday

Kari and I started the day off early to have breakfast with Shelli for all first time convention goers. As I was a first timer since I re-uped I got an invitation. It was a nice get together with 100s of your closest friends! We got a continental breakfast and a chance to get our picture taken with Shelli (if you wanted to wait in line).

Kari and I took the opportunity to get our picture taken with the set decorations.

I then headed off to my first class of the day which was a Garden Tour with Mary Ellen Byler. She demonstrated a workshop for us and she was amazing! I learned a lot of techniques from her, here are a few:
  1. When using wood blocks, use StazOn and window sheets with the stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it permanently then keep in the box with your set.  When you want to stamp with them you already have the first few steps to getting your image perfect already done!
  2. Use a clothes pin on a sponge to act as a handle so you don't get your fingers dirty.
  3. Clear buttons rubbed on a sanding block give is a frosted look!

Here are the projects she demonstrated for us.

My second class was Bumper Crop with Chad Williams. He taught us how to optimize our use of the DBWS. If you are a demonstrator and have the DBWS you should definitely go through some of the online training they have for it. Especially with the new updates, I just had no idea all the ways to use it. The coolest thing is how the calendar directly links to facebook, twitter, and more! I got picked to volunteer as a “hostess”.

And for it I got Designer Printed Brads!

Here is some tips when creating a Event:
  1. Spend time to write a good description that is complete
  2. Make it eye catching - "New", "Free"...
  3. Have a Call to Action - RSVP, Share with your friends, Join us...

After that it was finally time for Make-n-Takes!  We got all the materials to make 4 make-n-takes which included the new card box!

As we were leaving the make-n-take session, we were given a bag that was called a "workshop in a bag".  I didn't open it until I got home and all this was inside!

There were three projects.  The first project was a gift to give a hostess.  There was enough in the bag to make one ahead of time and one to demonstrate.

The second project was a card to demo.  Again there were enough materials to have one to make ahead and one to demonstrate.

The last project was a make-n-take.  There were enough materials for one to make ahead, one to demo, and 8 make-n-takes for guests!

After fun with Make-n-Takes and lunch we headed in to general session. We had the Yearly Personal Sales March. Incredible! 5 Demonstrators reached over $100,000 in personal sales this year! Then Shelli and her daughter Shalae took the stage.  Here are a few tips I learned from them:
  1. Pearls fit perfectly in the middle of the button brads in Vintage Trinkets.
  2. You can make paper look leathery but spritzing with water and working it with a bone folder and krinkling over and over
  3. Making a French Knot in paper.  Thread needle with linen thread, feed needle up through the paper, wrap the thread around the needle twice, and go back through the same hole.

They were a lot of fun and made so beautiful projects. Check them out!

When they finished there was another Prize Patrol! We then had another march of recruits promoted in the first level. Amy Fish had 81 recruits promoted in her first level downline, incredible!!! One final march for today and that was the leadership march, promotions in first level to supervisor or above. Denise Sullivan had 14 promotions! After the marches Donna Griffith took the stage. Here she is with one of the projects she did.

She had some GREAT ideas for Christmas classes and gifts.  Here are a few thing I learned from her:
  1. Attach bells to paper almost the same way you make a French knot, except, instead of wrapping the thread around the needle you thread the bell on.
  2. To make a paper medallion you use the new Simply Scoring Tool and score paper every 1/2" and the accordion fold.
  3. "framping" - stamping with friends!

When Donna wrapped up she did another prize patrol with items from the Holiday Mini. I didn’t win again.  I had a short down time after Main Stage session and my +fun class, so I headed to dinner. I ended up at J. Wongs and joined three demonstrators there. They were lots of laughs. Afterwards they taught me how to use the non-light crosswalks in SLC.

The +Fun class that I signed up for was Village of Cuteness. The houses were really cute and we got lots of product included! I didn’t finish my houses there as I was afraid I would ruin them in the travel home. These are pictures of the houses they had out to look at.

After my class I got a call from Kari who hadn’t eaten dinner yet so we found a Mexican place to get her food and head back to the room.

After a long day we were both wore out but still talked and played with our stuff until late.

Last day of convention coming tomorrow, stay tuned!

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