Convention ’08 – Day 3

August 25, 2008 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Convention 2008, Stampin' Up! | Leave a comment

I’m back!  I’ve finally recovered from a week-long camping trip with my brothers & sisters.  And I have a lot of catching up to do!  First, I’ll finish my convention report.

I woke early enough to be one of the first 20 or so in line to get into the General Session.  And believe me, that’s early!

Once inside the Main Stage area (with front row seats next to my friends, Dina & Rose-Ellen!) we were surprised by the debut of the Stampin’ Up! All Star Band.  Every one of its members work at the Stampin’ Up! home office.  And they were incredible!  Boy, they had the place rockin’!

  

There were even special guest singers, Jaron Windor, Spencer Willis, and Linda Hansen & the S-U-premes (each famous Stampin’ Up! staff).

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Once the General Session started, our president, Dale Filmore gave us the company stats. 

Here are flags representing the countries that Stampin’ Up! is in now.

 

I really enjoyed the blast from the past that morning, celebrating our 20 years.

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Then Shelli gave us the big news about the Sizzix Big Shot.  We will begin selling these on September 2nd!  Everyone was excited to hear that we would be carrying the awesome die-cutting machine.  You should have heard the screams!

 

Shelli showed us how to use the Big Shot.  Then she showed us some cool things you can make with it!

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Sam is a lucky boy!

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How about these invitations to a pizza party?

   

And these Christmas decorations

   

A “quiet book” for children made out of felt, to help them learn simple skills like lacing & buttons.

   

   

These decorations are for the baby shower and bedroom of Shelli’s latest granddaughter (Phoebe was just born last week!).

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This decorative flourish is made by cutting a vinyl sheet with the Big Shot & one of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive dies.

   

Next, Shelli gave a huge check to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

   

After that, we were treated to Linda Hansen, one of my absolute favorite presenters!  She started with this Chex cereal box.  She liked the way it looked, so she measured it and made some cute bags from it’s dimensions.  Linda encouraged us to get inspiration from everyday things around us.

 

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Some other cute projects from Linda, made with chocolate!

   

And this super-stinkin’-cute bag Linda made that we all went wild for!  It is made with Designer Series Paper & the paper can be changed through slits at the top.  Oh, the possibilities!  We all wanted one for ourselves so bad.  lol.  Linda is so nice- she wrote up directions for all the convention attendees!

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After the General Session, we had another delicious lunch (I’m always pleased at how they put lots of healthy & tasty snacks in the boxed lunch).  In the afternoon, I had a couple of business-based classes.  The only photo I’ll share is one that shows a happy baby playing on the floor while mom attends convention.  

Then I did my first set of Make & Takes.  I love them!  I think this year’s were particularly good.  That might be because the free stamp sets that we use for the projects are so great!  I’ll share the Make & Take projects in a separate post later.

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