Tuesday, July 24, 2012

#Convention 2012: "I am..." addicted to stamping!

Hey there!  I just got back from Salt Lake City, Utah where I attended the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention!

I arrived into SLC late Tuesday night.  Wednesday morning my roomies and I got to the convention center right around 9am so we could get into line for the buses over to Riverton (SU headquarters).  The ride over took about 30 minutes and I sat with a sweet demo named Cindy, who has become a friend now (after running into her several times throughout the weekend).  Let me just tell you, Riverton is AWESOME.  It's set in the middle of nowhere, but it seems to be an up and coming area.  We got to walk around the distribution center, idea room, call center, etc... we received many hugs and words of appreciation from all the employees there.  We even received a "fan" from them because they are our biggest fans!

Product Showcase:
We got back just in time for my "secret" focus group early that afternoon- what fun it was sharing my thoughts about SU!  :)  After that I enjoyed walking around the product showcase, trying out new products SU has in their two catalogs!

  • Stampin' Trimmer!  Let me give you a few highlights: you get about 500 cuts with this new trimmer, you can now cut a 5.5x4.25 card using the surface (not extended), the measurements are UNDER the plastic (which means the numbers will NOT rub off), the blades have a stability bar so they don't rock and you can now keep both your cutting and scoring blade on the track at the same time!  Oh, I almost forgot the you can "lock" it so it doesn't open up in transit!  Wait til you see it!  It is high on my list and is my fav new tool!
  • Silicone Craft mat (you can put hot glue or crystal effects on it, let it will dry and you can pop off whatever you glued)
  • New ink pads (great tip: hold ink in one hand and stamp in the other - gently and lightly clap together twice to cover stamp - NO more smashing stamp into ink to get it covered)
  • Simply Scored: we learned how to use the diagonal plate to make a CUTE project (see below)
  • Heat Tool: two heat settings to dry things and emboss
  • Jumbo Sticky Rounds: you can make adorable ribbon and fabric flowers using the rounds
  • Paper-Piercing Tools and Templates: the new mat is large enough for a full card, etc...
Opening Ceremonies:
....were simply awesome!  All of the SU! were there to clap us into the main stage area.  What an overwhelming feeling it was to have them clap and scream for us!  The opening video and song (special "I am" song) was awesome!  I swear I still have the song in my head.  Jason Dorsey presented to us about the different generations and how we can reach them.  I was able to apply this not only to my SU! business but also my teaching career.

  • Daydream Medallion Make-n-Takes : I love this stamp set.  I will post the examples and a few more in the next couple days.
  • "I am open for business" with Carrie Cudney.  She is soooo sweet!  We learned the basics of having a SU business.  Everything from following up with leads to customer contacts was covered.  This refresher course was a great way to kick off my day!
  • "I am... having fun" with Shannon West.  Shannon talked about all of the ways we can make workshops or classes fun.  My big take away from this was that I need to spend a little more time focusing on the "fun" aspect.  I get so flustered with the projects that I forget to prepare a snack, etc...  She also suggested doing an ice breaker, two awesome questions were "What is on your nightstand?" and "What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?".  These questions help the group or class open up to each other and feel comfortable.  She also mentioned hitting all 5 senses in a class, which is a great way to think about it!  :)  I'd love to attend a class at Shannon's house, I bet it's a blast!
Closing Session:
Holly Linford presented about the new MDS coming out August 1st.  I am not into MDS yet, but I am so excited about the possibility.  I look forward to working with it during the free 30-day trial!  Some of the highlights: being able to change the colors of stamped images, changing / deleting items from images, and TONS of free templates.

Wow, this was so long and I only covered two days.  I will be covering Friday and Saturday tomorrow...

New Project:
I learned how to make this cute little pouch from one of the guys at the Product Showcase.  Isn't it so cute?!  Guess what?  It's soooo easy too!

I made the little double-sided pouch using at 6x6 piece of Pool Party cardstock.  Using my Simply Scored Scoring Tool and SS Diagonal plate, it only took 3 score lines!  Watch for a VIDEO coming soon on this super easy project.  As you can see it holds a chocolate, or a tea bag, or even a couple flavored water packets.  The other side can hold a small mini card!  :)  The stamp set I used is Lacey and Lovely (free in my "I am... Creative" class.

Supply List:
Pool Party and Whisper White card stock
Pool Party and Midnight Muse ink
Simply Scored with diagonal plate
Vintage Faceted Designer button
1" and 1 3/4" circle punches
Modern Label punch
Pool Party twine
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stamp Set: Lacey and Lovely

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