Thursday was Day 1 of the Stampin’ Up! 2012 convention.  And it feels like we fit two days worth of stuff into just this one day.  Our morning started early with a quick to-breakfast from the hotel and then swapping and waiting to enter the Main Stage area for our first General Session.

Thousands of demonstrators waiting on the doors to open to Main Stage


part of the Main Stage set


We were greeted by a fun video ( a lip dub video) – it is posted on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page but let’s see if I can link it here –


Hmm- not sure that is working – maybe the connection here at the hotel is just slow.  So I’ll move on.  We had a nice welcome from Shelli the CEO of Stampin’ Up! and then a quick stamping demonstration.  The Keynote speaker had us all laughing in our seats talking about Generation Y.  Then we headed off to our breakout classes.  My first class was I am Savvy.  We saw to-die-for stamping projects.  Dawn Griffith showed us fun ways to use ribbon, Laura Milligan showed us some sewing (and no-sew) fabric projects, and Meg Wheeler demonstrated the Simply Sent and Simply Scrappin’ Kits and some new ways to use those.

That was all before lunch!  After lunch  a quick run back to Memento Mall for some more shopping and then I went to my next class – I am Doing Business “My Way”.    Bonnie Thurber as always was funny and introduced the two speakers – Tami White and Ronda Wade – who both shared some great business tips and class ideas.  I can’t wait to work some of those into my business.  Then off to Make-n-takes we went working with the Day Dream Medallions stamp set.

working on Make & Take projects

Then we went back to the main stage for our closing general session.  Holly Linford showed us a demonstration of My Digital Studio 2!! and at the end she announced a release date of August 1st (with most of the new features but not all of them are completely ready).  It is going to be so awesome!  And then we had PRIZE PATROL – and guess what the winning band was?  Look at my band in my picture – it’s yellow stripes and the winning band was Yellow Stripes!  Cindy and I both won a prize (I just don’t have a picture on my camera to share with you right now).  But yeah!!

Thursday night was awards night – where they award the top demonstrator achievers in various catagories.  And to my surprise the Getaway Trip winners were included in the Awards night presentations.  Now we didn’t get called by name and we didn’t any flowers or jewelry or cute bags – but we were recognized on stage.  I’ll have to get a better pictures – several of my friends took some on their cameras – but I don’t have those now.  This was the one Stephanie took with my camera – but I looked down and she took the picture.

On stage at Awards Night for earning the Getaway trip.

A busy day with an after party once the awards were complete.