I made it home from Salt Lake City on Sunday – it was my wedding anniversary.  We did not do anything special though – I was tired and so was Greg from working in the yard while I was away. The bushes and trampoline in the backyard are gone!

So enough about my uneventful anniversary and instead I wanted to share about the last day of Stampin Up! convention 2012.  Saturday morning began with classes – and another M&T session, then lunch and we ended with our final General Session of convention.  Before the day got started some of us met at the “chalk board” to get a few pictures.

our Chalkboard Photo Op

Stephanie and Monika

My first class of the day was called “I am earning an incentive trip”  taught by Karen Hauley.  And she had three demonstrators that shared their experiences – Cynthia Millan, Meg Holland, and Jill Hilliard.  They all said the best part of every trip are the Pillow Gifts. Those are the special surprises that Stampin’ Up! leaves on your pillow every day of your trip.  I’m so very excited that I earned the Getaway Trip this year and in September I’ll get to experience the pillow gifts!  They said this year 183 demonstrators earned the Getaway Trip.  This is actually the first year Stampin’ Up! has offered this trip.  And they announced next years trip which will be to San Diego, CA.  The Grand Vacation was earned by 263 demonstrators this year (that’s the Fiji trip).  And the next Grand Vacation announcement was made in our last general session.

Our make&take class featured the new Affection Collection stamp set from the Holiday Catalog that starts August 1st.  I’ll share M&T posts later on.  Right now I have unpacked everything and it is on my kitchen table waiting to be organized.  I can’t believe how much I came home with.

My last class was Open for Business with Carrie Cudney – #convention2012 – one of the things she talked about (which Shelli also mentioned earlier in the week) is a new customer awareness campaign with magazine advertising (BH&G, Family Fun, Parents, and crafting magazines) and online website advertising (Rachel Ray, Martha, Cafemom, Family Circle).

For the closing general session the first portion was shown via live streaming to demonstrators all over the world.  If you missed you can see it on the demonstrator website.  Look under the convention tab or under the Grand Vacation 2014 current update.  The big announcement came via our Richtar.

Richtar helps reveal the 2014 Grand Vacation

Announcements include that the 2014 Grand Vacation is going to be the first Global Stampin’ Up! vacation – demonstrators all over the world will be on this one trip together.  Then they announced that the trip is a cruise to the Western Caribbean.  A whole city on water how fun!  Then we had stamping presentations and prize patrols with two all attendee Giveaways!

RMHC Moving Forward stamp set – all attendee giveaway

The Statement of the Heart award was given to my friend Lee Conrey – congratulations to her!

Some of the fall regionals were announced – and there is one in Chattanooga, TN which is the closest one to me.  I hope to take my team and go have a fun day with them.

Convention next year will be July 18-20 in Salt Lake City.  I’ll see you all there next year!

We had one final give away – everyone received the Mixed Medley hostess stamp set from the Holiday catalog.  Diane and I had fun being silly and we made a little “exercise” video during the Prize Patrol giveaway.  I tried last night to make a little movie – now to see if I can add it here.

Be nice – it’s my first attempt at making a movie/video – I’m practicing so I can actually start making some stamping videos to share.  That is my goal for this year.   We’ll see how it goes as I learn more about doing this.

That’s all for today.

Monika Davis