Thursday, July 21, 2011

Convention - Day 4

Day 4 – Saturday

Note:  Pictures of projects from the main stage presentations will be a little yucky as they were never put out for display and it was the end of conventions.  I took these from the big screen video.

Now we come to the last day of convention, SO SAD! I started my day off with a class with Bonnie Thuber called Bloom Where You’re Planted. This class was about Transcending Change. She was an excellent speaker!

She introduced us to the BONNIE way to GROW:
  1. Bend with change
  2. Open your eyes to potential
  3. Nurture yourself
  4. Nudge yourself to change
  5. Invite positive friends to help
  6. Establish a vision
My second class of the day, last class of the conference was Stocking Your Garden Shed with Shannon West! Love her! She talked to us about using the reporting tools to build our business. I learned of reports that I didn’t even know existed! So glad I attended this. Here she is ready to garden!

I then headed to lunch. They had a program this year where, if you attended 5 or more classes, you got a FREE stamp set exclusive to the conference! It is a cool set AND one of the stamps is a LOGO STAMP!

I visited the demo boards one last time to finish my pictures. Wore my camera out! An Kari and I took one more picture together at conference.

The time went quick and found myself at Closing Session way to fast! They had a band of Stampin’ Up! employees playing for us. What was really cool is they were also all family!

Shelli took the stage and announced they were adding smaller events to the Fall regionals so to have more locations! Check out the Demonstrator site for a list if you are a Demo. They also announced that this year they will have all the supplies on hand so we don’t have to bring anything! We then had the Anniversary march. Five ladies have been with the company for 20 years: Lisa Sheperd, Jill Drennan, Sam Slimak, Sherrill Graff, and Kandis Kilgore!

After the march completed, Shannon West took the main stage with Christmas ideas. Did I mention how awesome she is? Here are a couple of tips I learned from her:
  1. You can run felt through an embossing folder. First spray with starch and then emboss. The starch will hold the image.
  2. How to make your own pom-pom. Using bakers twine, wrap it around a pencil A LOT. The slide it off. Tie the end that is inside into a knot. Cut all the loops apart. Too Cute!
Check out her cute projects.

When she was finished she invited Santa to the stage! And of course, another Prize Patrol!

Our next presentation was by Rich Jutkins, President of Stampin’ Up! His presentation was fabulous, not a dry eye in the house. It is hard to describe his presentation if you were not there but at least you can take this away:

How to find happiness
  1. When someone is in need, help
  2. Stay in the moment
  3. More important to be loving than right
  4. Become a spectator to your own thoughts
  5. Each morning write down what you are grateful for and read it aloud
He also explained through a personal story how to truely understand the Satement of the Heart.  I have gained a deeper understanding of it for sure.Thank you, Rich, for sharing such a moving personal story with us.

We went from Rich’s amazing story to the Heart of Stampin’ Up! award. It went to Jean Fitch! Well deserved!

We then had our last march, Career Personal Sales march.

For our last presentation Carrie Cudney comes to the stage. Another GREAT presenter! Love her too! She did a candy presentation. Here are a few tips I learned from her:
  1. To make a candy wrapper longer, take a piece of DS and cut it at 8” one way. Turn it and score it at 3-1/4” and 5”. You can then cut this in half to make two (at 6”). Fold on the scores accordion style and then lay on the Candy Wrapper Die. Run through the Big Shot. When unfold it will be long enough to put a regular sized candy bar in!
  2. ¾” Circle Punch fits perfectly on the bottom of a Hersey Kiss.
  3. Build A Blossom makes great turkey feathers.

Check out her projects.

We Carrie was finished she brought out the candy man himself, Willy Wonka!

And of course, this was followed by the final Prize Patrol. And I WON! I got a stamp set from the new Holiday Mini, Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon, a pack of 3” x 5” Cellophane Bags, and a pack of a new Cellophane Bag that will be in the Holiday Mini! Great Prize! Get to check two things off my “to buy from Holiday Mini” list.

As the wrap up talks started all the Demonstrators gave Shelli and Stampin’ Up! a standing ovation for a excellent job done! Convention was truly fantastic. The Shelli turned around and gave every demonstrator another gift, the Hostess Set in the new Holiday Mini! Everyone danced and celebrated.

As it was time to leave Kari, Jan (Kari’s upline) and I hung back for some pictures.

We all then headed out for one last meal in Salt Lake City. My husband did some research and found us a restaurant called the Cooper Pot. The food was absolutely incredible! I will definitely be going back there on my future trips!

Thank you again Stampin’ Up! for an absolutely FABULOUS Convention! Can’t wait for next year’s. Contact me today to learn how you can go with me!

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