Monday, July 27, 2015

Kicking off Stampin' Up!'s Convention 2015

I'm home from Stampin' Up!'s Convention Inspire.Create.Share 2015, and I had such an awesome time!  So, just where do I begin?

Over 2,600 Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the U.S. and Canada descended on the Salt Palace Convention Center in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, for three days of pampering, sharing, learning, and name a few.

Waiting for us inside the Hilton Hotel lobby, we found signs welcoming us to the big event.

Carol presented Cindee with a beautiful basket of flowers Stampin' Up! style.  Didn't she do a fabulous job?!

Convention started on Thursday, July 23rd, but most of my Luv 2 Stamp Group members, including myself, arrived the day before.  That Wednesday evening, our director, the amazing Patty Bennett, and two of her director friends hosted a gala for us at the nearby Hotel Monaco.

Melanie & Becky greeted us as we came in.

The gala gave us all a minute to match names with faces we've long seen on our team Facebook posts.  We also got a chance to swap cards and make three fun projects that the directors designed for us.

Luv 2 Stamp members:  Carol, me, Patty, JoAnne, Cindee & Alyse

This year marked Patty's 20th Anniversary with Stampin' Up!, so our Luv 2 Stamp Group member, Becky (pictured above), arranged for us to surprise Patty with gift cards to her favorite stores. 

Becky reading her speech to Patty.

The crowd looking on.

Patty & I with her 20th anniversary present from the Luv 2 Stamp Group.  Boy, was she surprised!

Patty had no idea that we were planning to surprise her at the gala, so she was totally surprised when the room hushed and someone told her to stand at the front.  Becky was a little nervous as she read her speech, but she did an excellent job letting Patty know just how much we all love and appreciate her.

JoAnne (my roommate) and I taking a picture with this oversized Polaroid frame.  Fun!

JoAnne and I called it a night after making our projects and mingling with the crowd, and finally retired to our room with great anticipation of what was to come on Day 1 of Convention.  I'll be sharing more pics tomorrow of opening day, so be sure to stop by!

Until next time, happy crafting!

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I was a demo twice and I regret that I never went to a Convention. Have a ball.


I'm sorry you never went, Erica. Have you thought about rejoining? We had a blast!

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