Monday, August 17, 2009

Stampin' Up! Convention 2009

From August 5th through the 9th I was in Salt Lake City having a blast at the Stampin' Up! Convention.

The first day, I invited my sisters to some see Stampin' Up!'s headquarters in Riverton, Utah. We toured the building and then met my mother for dinner and went out shopping.

Ann, Beth, Nancy, and me

Even though I went to the Convention last year and had a blast, I wasn't sure I'd be attending again this year. Some of the sweetest ladies ever that I met online actually convinced me to go! They call themselves the Sparkle Sisters and completely welcomed me into their group!

This is me with my new friend Julie, and we're proudly wearing our Sparkle Sister tiaras, lovingly made by another new friend, Comeka. Lots of people we didn't know stopped us and wanted to take pictures of our lovely crowns. (Seriously, wearing this kind of stuff is NORMAL at a Stampin' Up! Convention, I promise!) What a fun idea for a princess party, huh?

The second night of the Convention we attended the first annual Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet. Stampin' Addicts is a website that's all Stampin' Up! all the time. People share photos in a gallery and discuss projects they've made using Stampin' Up! products.

Here's the group of Sparkle Sisters on the last day of the Convention. On the back row is Cheryl, Comeka, and Holly, and the front row is Jess, Me, and Julie. I had so much fun hanging out with these ladies!

A big part of the convention are all the awesome ideas on display. There are cards, scrapbook pages, and home decorating ideas everywhere you look. I didn't know it until later, but a card I submitted last year was up on one of the display boards!

Here we're all listening to the the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, Shelli Gardner.

This is Cheryl. She decorated a name tag for me for the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet, and made some gorgeous earrings in a darling little paper purse for me.

Here I am after the Convention was over.
Whew! What an event! I was tired for days afterward!

And this is what I found when I got home. You can't know how truly relieved I was to know that nobody starved while I was gone.


JulieA said...

LOL, looks like your boys won't mind if you go to convention again! :-D Thanks for posting all of the wonderful pics! It was wonderful to finally meet you and to hang with you at convention. Let's do it again!

M&m said...

Ha ha ha! Zach and Noah are going to want you to go away more often so they can get all the junk food they want! Sounds like a fun convention! I didn't know there were SO many people that would go to that convention!

Raejean said...

I loved going to conventions! It's hard to find time like that where you're not the mom or the wife - just you. I'm glad you got to go!