convention – Miriam Thomas
 

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Well it is about time I updated my poor neglected blog…..and what better way to end a blog hiatus with a bit of an update on the fabulous time I had at Stampin’ Up! Convention in Canberra.  At the beginning of this month I excitedly made the trip to meet with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators including some gorgeous members of the team I don’t get to see very often.  It is so lovely to just touch base with everyone, share ideas, be inspired by fabulous presentations and be reminded of why I love Stampin’ Up! so much. Ok- I’ll admit it- it was also nice to have a bit of a break away from my four little darlings.

One of my favourite things about Convention is touching base with other demonstrators- although I didn’t take nearly enough photos of those lovely people.  I guess it is tricky when you are trying to manage “hellos” and big squeezes while also juggling Convention bags and goodies from Memento Mall

(Tina, Me, Kathryn)

(My lovely upline, Claire Daly and me)

There was a “Product Playground” to try out the lovely products and there were gorgeous swaps and samples everywhere.

This years theme was “I am” with the sub theme of “My way”. I’m sure I had the theme song stuck in my heads days later!   Many presentations took place on the large ‘mainstage’.

I always love hearing from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and Co-founder)

There were always flashing cameras catching photos of the fabulous ideas presented by talented fellow demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand as well as U.S. and Australian Stampin’ Up! staff

Main stage was also the place we had Prize Patrol.  There’s nothing like the offer of “FREE STAMPIN’ UP! products to get a room full of demonstrators excited.

I was fortunate enough to score some lovely brand spanking NEW products that will be available when the NEW catalogue is officially released in September. I’m a lucky gal!

Of course a Stampin’ Up! event would not be complete without a bit of creating.  I can’t understand why but I didn’t manage to finish my projects.  It may have been the fault of the crazy lady on the table

Who- me? Never! 🙂

Each year those who are Managers+ with SU have a special Managers’ Reception.  This year it was an extra special treat.  We jumped aboard a bus with ID and strict instructions not to carry any dangerous objects- not even paper snips.  Our bus driver was intent on keeping the mystery and drove us around in circles trying to confuse us before we eventually arrived at Parliament House. I must have still been seedy from the bus trip as I was pulled aside and checked for explosives.  I was either looking particularly dodgy that night or perhaps I was selected due to my ‘explosive personality’ (boom boom)  For fear of being rugby tackled to the ground by security I do not have any photos of inside Parliament House other than some lovely happy snaps with some Managers from the “Art with Heart Team”

From left to right Sue (my lovely ‘roomie’), Kathryn, Genna, Claire and myself

We even managed to snap a photo with the gorgeous Shelli

….and before heading back to our hotel rooms we were given a lovely gift each

The three day event ended with the Awards Banquet

It was at this time that the announcement was made that the next Grand Vacation will be in Salt Lake City- Home of Stampin’ Up! Swoon!  I would so dearly love to go!  Who knows! If enough of my lovely customers book workshops and place orders and fabulous people jump on board my team then I could experience the trip of a lifetime.   Every little bit makes a difference and you know how to find me if you would be kind enough to help me get me a few steps closer to getting there!

Lastly if you’d like to see a short video of highlights from the Stampin’ Up! Convention- I’ve linked to the highlights on my facebook page (click on the facebook image below) Please head on over to check it out (and please don’t forget to ‘like’ my page while you’re there!)

Well I’m back from Convention…. I haven’t been away all this time of course- Just limited computer time since my return…..but I know you don’t want to hear any excuses about how busy I’ve been- You just want to hear about Convention- don’t you?

For those who are unaware- the Stampin’ Up! Convention is a once a year gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  There are social and training opportunities as well as an awards night.  This year I believe there were about 500 demonstrators in attendance for the Convention in Sydney.

Before Convention began I had a full day in Sydney for a bit of much- needed rest and relaxation.  I had a very cruisy day with my upline, Claire Daly and a late lunch with some other members of the team. 

On the Thursday night before Convention officially commenced there was a special Reception for Managers (and above)  It was nice to meet with the US and Australian staff in an intimate setting and mingle with other Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  As a special gift we were greeted with the most enormous mugs.  They were filled with a big scoop of melted chocolate and frothy milk- the most delicious hot chocolate! Just divine!  These mugs were SO huge that rather than being concerned about a ‘milk moustache’ I was concerned about getting milk froth on my forehead.    See what I mean!!!

All Managers in attendance received a mug to take home.  It was gift wrapped with the Matching “Share a cup” Stamp set from the Autumn- Winter Mini.  Stampin’ Up! are such a generous company!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gifts didn’t stop there.  All demonstrators who attended the Convention received a bag containing yet to be released stamp sets. We received three stamp sets in total as well as some yummy rub-ons.    Now I wish I could share those stamp sets with you- however I can’t show them until the release of the new catalogue on the 1st of September!  One of the things I really love about being a demonstrator is being able to see the new products that are available before they are released to everyone else!  🙂  (If this is something that sounds appealing please be sure to ask me for more information about becoming a demonstrator too!)

One of the great things about getting together with other Demonstrators is the opportunity to share ideas with each other.  One of the ways this happens at Convention is through “swaps”.  We all make some samples using Stampin’ Up products and “swap” these with other demonstrators.  Most people make a card but I tend to make ‘mini scrapbook layouts’.  Originally I didn’t think I would have the time to make any swaps before I left but at the last minute I chopped up some designer series paper and ran some dies through my bigshot and decided I would make some swaps after all!   In the end I sat in the hotel foyer assembling my swaps and enlisted the help of my roomie Sue Madex to secure the ‘project recipes’ on the back.  It was all a bit of a rush and to be honest with you- I was not competely happy with how they turned out.  I wish I had the time to add a bit more detail- at the very least sponge around the edges of the cardstock but alas things didn’t work out that way…but at least I was able to share in the buzz of swapping at Convention.  Here are the 6 x 6 layouts I created….

DESIGNER SERIES PAPER: Cottage Wall

STAMP SET: Cottage Garden

CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Rich, Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Whisper white

BIGSHOT and DIES: Stampin’ Up! Top note die, Sizzlets Lots of tags, Stampin’ Up Little leaves

Over the next couple of days we watched talks and demonstrations and participated in ‘make and takes’ Here is Shelli Gardner (CEO) during one of her presentions on stage.  

There was also lots of eating and drinking and chatting.  One night at dinner we were even treated to fireworks.

Now although the fireworks were a ‘blast’- the biggest ‘bang’ for me was the Dinner and Awards Banquet on the final night.  When the doors opened we were greeted by the paparazzi as we walked the red carpet. (Thanks for the pic Sue- I wasn’t prepared for this kind of welcome and didn’t have my own camera handy!)

 

The table centre pieces were to die for.  Beautiful glass bowls filled with tulips and a candle.  The photo really doesn’t do them justice.

I was so thrilled to be able to share in the night and witness my upline, Claire Daly and also my sideline/ fellow team member Sue Madex walk the stage to receive their awards.  I was so proud to be sitting next to Claire when it was announced that she was Australia’s Top Demonstrator of the Year.    How amazing is that!? It was so lovely to see all of their hard work recognised like that!

I got to ‘walk the stage’ to receive a sales award and also a ‘recruiting’ award.  I was absolutely blown away when it was announced that I was Australia’s first “RISING STAR”  (Top NEW Demonstrator of the year)

It was so nervewracking having to stand on stage for a photo- I was so blown away I didn’t even think to turn sideways for a more flattering photo LOL!   I will share the pic if you promise not to laugh.    This is me on stage with Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up Co-founder and CEO), Emma Parker Wilson (NZ Manager) and Aaron Scott ( Regional business development manager, Australia)

Here is the gorgeous Sue and I after the Awards night with our roses, certificates, pins and goodies (Yes more yet to be released STAMP SETS)

As I’m sure you can imagine I had such a wonderful time away and I have so many great ideas to share with you.  If you are keen to book a workshop and see some of the products in action then please be sure to get in touch!

Cheers!

Miriam

miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

(08) 90917655

0419 947 047

In a few short hours I will be boarding the plane headed for Sydney for the Stampin’ Up! Convention.  I’M SO EXCITED!

There is so much to look forward to- but one of things that is high on my list is attending the Manager’s Conference that is tomorrow night.  I received a special invitation in the mail from Stampin’ Up!

I’m sure I will have lots to tell upon my return….but right now I need to jump off this computer and finish packing my bags!

If you would like to place any orders while I am away- the best way to get in touch will probably be via E-mail.  I am unlikely to have access to my E-mails while I am away but I will be happy to process them when I return.  miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

 

Cheers!

Miriam

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