Wednesday, August 6, 2008

2008 Stampin' Up! Convention!

From the time we landed at the airport and saw this welcome sign

until the last afternoon Main Stage gathering after the UPS "man in brown" made his appearance with....

FREE STAMPS FOR EVERYBODY!! (insert WooHoo!, jumping up and down and confetti canons here), the Twentieth Anniversary Celebrate '08 Stampin' Up! Convention was wonderful fun and a great success! Not only did we get to greet friends from all over the USA and Canada, but we got to swap, attend interesting classes, see great samples and do fun Make and Takes. But the biggest surprises were the Phase 2 Decor Elements (wonderful) and the greatest of all, Stampin' Up! is now carrying it's own exclusive Big Shot die cutting and embossing machine and exclusive Stampin' Up! dies and embosslits!! WOOHOO! You should see (and you will!) the wonderful samples that were shown...amazing! Everyone was so pumped when this was announced...imagine about 6,000 screaming demos! Yep, it was something! : )

And, oh, yes, THE CATALOG!!! We each received a copy of the new Fall/Winter Idea Book and Catalog on check-in morning! YOU WILL LOVE IT! Great new stamps, gorgeous new Designer Papers, yummy In Colors and multitudinous beautiful samples! : )

And a lovely scalloped edge on the front cover! So pretty! For my friends/customers that ordered them, they should arrive here in a few days! If you haven't ordered yours yet, contact me now to get yours while I still have some available in this shipment, or you'll have to wait for another order : (

The picture above is the spectacular stage design which changed colors with different lights.

The free stamp set that we all received is Say It With Scallops which coordinates with our new SQUARE SCALLOP PUNCH! WooHoo!! Fantastic! This is also our Ronald McDonald set for the year; $2.00 from the sale of each set is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Foundation, such a worthy cause. In fact, Ronald McDonald himself (he-he) was at convention and Shelli Gardner, the Co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, presented him with a check for over $126,000 for the previous year. Stampin' Up! itself donates $100,000 annually then adds the funds from the sale of the stamp sets for the grand total.

There was so much more and perhaps I can share some of that with you in the following days. It was an energizing, refreshing and rewarding experience! If you sign up, you can go next year yourself!!

Happy Wednesday,

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