Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012

Affection Collection Make & TakeNow that I’ve unpacked and finished all my Stampin’ Up!  Convention 2012 make & takes, I thought I’d give you a quick synopsis of my week.  Some of our make & take projects were boxes and other 3-D projects, and I didn’t want them to get smooshed, so I didn’t put them together until today.

Wednesday morning, we picked up our convention bags (see the picture in this post), and then Joanne, Kathe and I toured the Riverton Campus.  What a great place to work!  Joanne’s husband, David, picked us up, we ran through McDonald’s drive-thru, and then headed back to the Salt Palace to work on Make & Takes.  It was so nice to get a head start on these, because I never get them finished.   We had four whole hours to stamp and chat.  There were extra classes demonstrators could take on Wednesday night, but we opted for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory instead.

Thursday morning started out with all the Stampin’ Up! staff greeting us as we entered the Main Stage.  Talk about feeling special!  Those guys and gals made us feel like royalty every minute.  They’re an incredible group of people.  Then the General Session opened with this year’s theme song, I Am…

After the opening session with announcements and a stamping presentation by Shelli Gardner, Cofounder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!®, we had our keynote address by guest speaker Jason Dorsey, “The Gen Y Guy.”  Jason is the author of Y-Size Your Business and My Reality Check Bounced, and he took us on an entertaining tour of the “Generation Y” mindset.   It was very eye-opening, and a huge help to the majority of demonstrators who are “Baby Boomers” and members of “Generation X.”

Classes were next, and I chose I Am Savvy, with Donna Griffith.  Fellow demonstrators showed us how to use Stampin’ Up!® products in cute projects for workshops and classes.

Next was a great lunch, followed by another class, I Am Making Money, with Pam Morgan.  Pam showed us how to adjust our businesses to take advantage of our Career Plan and performance bonuses.

The last official event of the day was our Daydream Medallions Make & Take.  We were surprised and delighted to find a pack of Basic Rhinestone Jewels as a favor!  I love those and the pearls.  Here’s the project that used the Daydream Medallions stamp set.

Daydream Medallions

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Isn’t this adorable?  It’s a box with 3″x3″ note cards!  I love the new Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons.  You can make them look fresh and funky or antique-y.  The instructions didn’t call for this, but I really thought it looked like there was an image under the button.  So I stamped a piece of a medallion with Primrose Petals and Early Espresso and adhered it to the button with Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive.  I don’t like seeing button holes, so I added one of the basic rhinestone jewels to the top.  Cute, cute, cute!  Here’s a picture that shows it a little more clearly.  (The instructions said to use the bone folder to distress the card stock for the “faux bow.”  I went a little overboard.  Mine is very distressed indeed.)

Vintage Faceted Designer Button

After make & takes (which, fortunately for us, we had almost finished the day before, so we did get finished by the time they kicked us out politely asked us to leave so the next class could get in), we had dinner and then Awards Night, when top demonstrators were recognized for their achievements.

This is really getting long, so tune in tomorrow for the next two days!  Just know that if you want to get in on the fun, you can be a member of my stamping team for only $99!  See my web site for deets and to sign up.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012

  1. Pingback: Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012 – Part 2 | Stamping with Buffy

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