8/4 Convention Highlights!!

My head is still spinning from the fantastic days I spent at Stampin' Up's Celebrate '08 Convention in Salt Lake City. I was so excited I couldn't even sleep the night before, at least not very much. I hadn't been on a plane in forever and I kept thinking of things I should maybe pack. I wondered if I shouldn't just get up and make some more swaps! I kept "resting" but my mind was NOT!! Finally, off to the airport we went and before I knew it, we were in Salt Lake City. A shuttle bus dropped a big group of us off at the convention center and off we went to get our special SU convention bag containing our THREE FREE STAMP SETS and the fantabulous NEW CATALOG inside!! We immediately sat down at a nearby table and started paging through it, ooohhhing and aaahhhing at every turn of the page. Finally, I decided to catch a cab and go to my hotel. But, as I cross the hallway . . . WHO do I run into??? None other than Kristina Werner!!! I gave a shout and she was so gracious to give me a hug and pose with me for a picture all the while I gushed how excited I was to meet her!! You can see her blog HERE. Kristina does these awesome color challenges that I started participating in about a month ago and they are soooo much fun. I just LOVE a challenge!!

That night was the SCS Dinner and Swap at the Red Lion Hotel. I was super excited about this swap because I heard it was one of the best . . . I was not disappointed. But, even better than the cards was meeting long time SCS friends in person. And, who do I get to sit right next to?? None other than Chat Wszelaki aka Nitestamper on SCS. I have many of Chat's cards marked in my favorites folder. She is a FABULOUS stamper and you definitely want to make sure that you check out her great blog HERE called Me, My Stamps and I. Our table was rockin' with talkin' and laughter the whole night. We even got a group shot. Unfortunately, I don't know everyones' names, but I'll remember the faces and the fun times that we had.

The next day we started out the day with an awesome general session. We were introduced to Phase II Rub Ons. I was lucky enough to WIN the Season of Thanks Rub On that SU pictured on stage as part of a fall shadow box.

The home decor line is quite fabulous. I really
liked learning that Rub Ons in LOTS of different colors will be coming our way. I learned that rub ons don't have to go on just a wall. I saw displays where they were used on canisters to suitcases to kitchen appliances to tables and chairs. You name it . . . if it has a smooth surface, it's good for a rub on!! I also learned that you can rub them right on top of each other! How neat is that??? I love this picture to the right because it shows them layered over each other. Wouldn't this look great in a teenager's bedroom? I'm thinking my oldest daughter, Karel, is about due for a new look.

Above is a picture of me with my room mates. My upline, Shanna McLaughlin, is in the middle and her very good friend and stamping buddy on the far right is Sheryl Rafferty. We had such a lovely time. Shanna said she loved watching convention through my first-timer eyes!

There were so many big announcements at
convention that I can't begin to relate all of them here. But, one that the whole world seems to be buzzing about is that Stampin'Up teamed up with Sizzix to offer demonstrators and customers yet another way to get creative!! The Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine!!! You should have heard the crowd go wild!! Even I was whooping a bit! (Being a conservative Minnesotan, it takes quite an announcement to get me to whoop! lol!) In addition to being able to cut just about every die on the market, SU will be launching a line of dies exclusive to SU and you just know it is going to coordinate beautifully with our stamp sets and rub ons. We are going to make the whole world such a cute place to be!!

Above you can see a cute party pennant made with die cuts and look at that lacy panel!! That is made with the sizzix snowflake die . . . many, many snowflake dies all stuck together with mini glue dots! Here it is a curtain . . . but I'm imagining it as a background on a 12x12 scrapbooking page. Ohhh - la - laa!! Won't that be so much fun!!

Below are some more examples of projects made with die cuts. I am just LOVIN' this!! What a fun and easy way to add some sweet charm to the holidays!

Look at me!! I'm in the idea room at Stampin'Up headquarters! Big poofy chairs, comfy couches, loads of craft stuff and the views are spectacular. I could brainstorm in a place like this!! Too much fun! While I was in the Riverton facility learning about how they make our stamps, ship them out and support our demonstrators . . . I ran into another SCS friend of mine. Becky Carafa!! Here is a picture of us.

Becky has a fabulous blog HERE, called The Lakeshore Stamper. Her style is Clean and Simple . . . something I am still working on!! She is also our main go to gal for the Great Swaps Girls Blog that you can check out HERE. Some people just have a knack for doing it all and making it look easy. That would be Becky for you!! What a joy to meet her.

I didn't get any up close and personal pictures of Shelli Gardner, our calm and fearless leader, Cofounder and CEO of Stampin'Up. But, I did get this cute one of Shelli on stage!! I love her vintage/cottage style and her sincere, sweet and super fun personality. Shelli is starting a blog!! I am so excited about this. You can find it HERE. At the end of convention, closing ceremonies was to give each and every demonstrator in attendance another FREE stamp set!! The fun truly never stopped!! Thank you Shelli and Stampin'Up!!

And, in closing . . . another picture of Shanna, Sheryl and me. The last day. Happy. Excited. Bursting with ideas. Full of plans. But most of all - grateful. Have a wonderful day, stampers, and thanks for stopping by!


Nancy Riley said…
Looks like you had an incredible time, Kay! (I'm sooo jealous!). I see you met my upline, Barbara ... and Jean and Chat! Aren't they great?!
Oh Kay I love all the pictures. It sure does look like you had a grand time! Thanks for sharing with us all.
LeAnne said…
I wish I had been able to find you at convention! I met Kristina too but was too shy to ask for a picture! With all that fun how could anybody NOT have a fab time!!