Monday, July 22, 2013

Convention 2013 Wrap Up

We are back from Convention and once I convince Callie I'm not leaving her again, I might actually separate her from my hip and get my goodies put away in my craft room.

We got amazing gifts this year.  Our bags were the best I can remember in 9 years being a demo.  Mine is already filthy, the downside of a white bag, but we'll see if Mr. Clean's special sponge will help that!  I love the my sister and my mom are both demonstrators and that I get to share this experience each year with them as our annual girl trip!

We also got more giveaways than any year before.  I ended coming home with 7 stamp sets, a stamp to design myself, a goodie bag kit, a pack of Winter Designer Paper, silver taffeta ribbon, both sets of washi tape from the Seasonal Catalog, and the May Paper Pumpkin kit that was the mini book that I fell in love with and was so sad to have missed out on!!!

While I loved the free stuff and all the surprises, I have to say that the on stage demonstrations were fantastic this year and the samples were much more my style than years prior.  I felt truly inspired as these amazing women demonstrated for us!  As for classes, I also left all three of my classes feeling like I learned something I can immediately put into play for my business.  The classes were "Turning Contacts into Customers", "Teaching MDS", and "Living the Creative Life."  Emily, Kimberly, and Carrie did such a good job with these topics!!!

There appeared to be two themes at Convention.  One was Be the Difference and there was a real focus on how Stampin' Up! is able to reach out in the community and make a difference.  The other theme seemed to be Innovation and what the company will be doing to try new items and reach new customers.  This is what brings us product lines to try out, great promotions, and changes like the Color Refresh.  Some are afraid of change but I think it helps us make sure that we have products for you to fall in love with like we do.

There are several new products coming out of Convention.

Starting August 1st, you can order the Thinlits Card Dies.  These framelits work with the big shot and create both the pull out from the image above but also the words and embellishments unlike any of our current framelits. 
For the artist in all of us, Stampin' Up! has introduced a new line called Undefined.  These stamps need to come to life by your hand.  You get tools, rubber, and wood blocks to sketch and carve the stamps that you have been missing from your collection.  I cannot wait for this product to get into my hands and am stalking my email for the UPS notification saying they are on their way.  This product may not be for everyone but for those that know they are artistic or just need to realize they are artistic, this product line could be the best thing for you since dimensionals!!!

Through August 31st, you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin and receive the first two months for only $10 each!  Usually the kits run $19.95 per month.  You will receive a kit that is designed to give you a 30 minute escape from the world and a way to create cards or 3D items that are on trend.  Kits usually include 4 cards or a 3D item, 2-4 stamps, and 1-2 ink spots.  You just have to provide the adhesive.  If you would like to try out this product offering, click the header above.  When you sign up, click Add Promo Code and enter PUMPKINDEAL.

Another perk of Paper Pumpkin is joining my Pumpkin Princesses.  Once you have 3 kits under your belt, you qualify for this free event as a thank you!  The next time you hit 3 kits, you win it again for that quarter.  The Princess Party is free and will involve projects using the supplies from the kits you received during that 3 month period.

Click here to sign up or email me with any questions you have! 

Tomorrow I will be posting the newest digital downloads and some information on my digital classes.  I hope you are all well and had as good of a time over the last four days as I did!

Have a craftastic day,


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