Tuesday, August 20, 2013

25 years of Stampin Up catalogs and our 2013 Convention what happened on Day1 Day 2 and Day 3

I have really enjoyed my 22 years as a Stampin Up demonstrator
It's not just about selling stamps
it's about touching lives in a positive way.

A special Thank You to my family and friends for their love 
and support all these years.

You have made a difference in my life


July 19, 2013
The first general session began with an emotional, heartfelt welcome by CEO and cofounder, Shelli Gardner, who was thrilled to kick off Stampin' Up!'s historic 25th anniversary party by welcoming demonstrators from all over the globe--some of whom joined the event via a live streaming broadcast on YouTube. 

our first catalog

Shelli began the session by sharing how Stampin' Up! started--with her sister, Vonna--and the incredible way it went from a small start-up based in Shelli's living room to a multimillion dollar business spanning the globe. As Shelli said, "It all began with a genuine desire to meet our needs and offer the same opportunity for others  . . . whether those needs were social, financial, creative . . . [or the need for] recognition."

From the very beginning, Stampin' Up! was founded  to make a difference--and it has--including with their philanthropic Make a Difference program. Over the years, Stampin' Up! has raised money and donated to many worthwhile causes worldwide. Shelli was especially happy to announce during this session that Stampin' Up! is now a global sponsor of  Ronald McDonald House Charities. (Ronald McDonald himself made an appearance, to the delight of all!)

Shelli also spent a few moments distinguishing between making a difference and being the difference. Shelli explained: "Making a Difference looks back at our history--the things we've done and the legacy we've created as a Stampin' Up! family. Be the Difference, on the other hand, embodies where we are right now and where we are going. Moving forward, how are we as a group and each of us individually going to be the difference?" Over the next few days, Shelli said that we would explore the possibilities together--how we can make--and be--the difference in peoples' lives.

Pam Morgan, vice president of demonstrator and employee development, followed Shelli with a fun stamping presentation. She gave tips on gorgeous cards demonstrators could make using the free stamp sets they received at convention.
After the session, demonstrators participated in an Opening Social which included a Guinness World RecordsT challenge--with the goal to send as many cards from a single location as possible. They also had the opportunity to put together special birthday kits for children who are patients at Primary Children's Medical Center.

During the Opening Socal demonstrators also enjoyed Learning Labs, including a Social Media Lab, a Recruiting Lab, a Booking Lab, and a Paper Pumpkin Lab. Award recipients had exclusive access to a brand new Recognition Room--where they mingled with other achievers, met with corporate team members, and participated in building an achievement display. Finally, the karaoke stage was a big hit--where demonstrators absolutely wowed one another with their musical talent.
What a fabulous first day of convention. We can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! Be sure to check out Stampin' Up!'s Facebook page for updates throughout the day.


July 20, 2013
Convention 2013 in Salt Lake City was in full swing on Friday--with thousands of demonstrators thronging the Salt Palace Convention Center for one of the biggest events Stampin' Up! has ever held--celebrating its twenty-fifth year anniversary in fabulous style!
This year Stampin' Up! also welcomed demonstrators from all parts of the globe--some of whom were joining us on their way to Grand Vacation 2013 in Park City, Utah. It was a delight and an honor to have so many of them here in Salt Lake City for convention.

The Friday morning general session began with Sara Douglass reminiscing about the first convention she ever attended in 1993, when she was twelve years old. Growing up as she did--with Stampin' Up! being such a big part of her life--Stampin' Up! conventions just seemed  "like a family reunion--a very LARGE family reunion," said Sara. "Who else can say they have 50,000 family members spread around the world?"

During this session Sara announced a change in the way Stampin' Up! recognizes demonstrators for their wonderful achievements: "Based on feedback we received from surveys . . . we found that the marches felt a little long for many of you." This resulted in several innovations this year, including a gorgeous Recognition Room for demonstrators who attained certain levels in recruiting, leadership, and sales. "They are able to mingle with other achievers, take photos, meet with corporate team members, participate in building an achievement display, and grab something to drink," said Sara. These achievers also enjoyed a "stand and wave" moment in the spotlight during general session instead of a march.

Stampin' Start achievers were honored in the Friday AM session, as were annual personal sales award achievers, recruiting and leadership achievers, and Getaway and Grand Vacation earners.
Shelli Gardner followed Sara with a stamping presentation featuring 25 projects (for 25 years)! She introduced two new products, the Label Card Thinlits Die and the Circle Card Thinlits Die, and demonstrated exciting, innovative ways to use these fun new products.

Shannon West also introduced two new products--the Envelope Punch Board and the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit. Both of these products were greeted with much enthusiasm--as were Shannon's fun stamps--which she carved herself using the new kit!
Due to changes in recognition, Friday evening's Awards Night was short and sweet but just as fabulous. Also, a new way to honor Performance Bonus achievers with recognition mementos was announced. While past years' performance mementos were pre-selected, Performance Bonus achievers will now be invited to select from an online memento collection.

This year's Awards Night achievers were also presented with gorgeous Hawaiian leis--and little did they know--those flowers were a hint of good things to come! Scott Nielsen announced that for North American and South Pacific markets, Grand Vacation 2015 will be held in Oahu, Hawaii.
Awards Night was followed by a truly exciting 25-Year Celebration which included aerial ballet, photo ops, live music, interactive activities, and delicious refreshments.
Day Two of Convention 2013 could not have been more exciting. We can hardly wait for tomorrow!


July 22, 2013
The third and final day of Convention 2013 was absolutely filled with memorable experiences, fun, instruction, recognition . . . and lots and lots of prize patrols. In fact, everyone at convention this year won a prize patrol gift--to thank them for coming to this very special Silver Anniversary celebration in Salt Lake City.

The convention day began with Chad Richards' announcement regarding one of the most innovative and exciting projects Stampin' Up! has ever undertaken: the In with You Contest. This competition allows demonstrators to help Stampin' Up! design and choose new stamp sets. It began with an employee challenge, won by Emily Montoya with her adorable Spread the Joy Stamp Set--available now for purchase through January 2, 2014. (Convention attendees save 15 percent on this set through August 15!) 

Doris Denman won our first public challenge with the Halloween-themed Monstermaniacs Stamp Set, which will be available sometime in September.
Sara Douglass gave an inspiring presentation on Stampin' Up!'s exciting, new Simply Created Kits--that include everything you need for a monthly party--and are the perfect way to introduce new customers to stamping. Using the Simply Created Kits from the holiday catalog, you now have a readymade workshop for every month--August through December.

The morning session also included fantastic commercial contest entries. In fact, there were so many great entries that four winners were selected instead of three. Our winner for fourth place was Carolyn Helder; third place was Jill Olsen; second place was Deb Snyder--and the first place winner was Amy Jasper. All four of these talented demonstrators won fabulous Stampin' Up! shopping sprees!

After a full day of enjoying classes (and all of the fun activities at the Demonstrator Resource Center!) demonstrators met for the final session of Convention 2013. Amy Swartz announced that any customer who places an online order with a demonstrator, regardless of where she shops (including Google Catalog or via Stampin' Up! Interactive)--will qualify for Stampin' Rewards beginning at noon, Mountain Time on Tuesday, July 23. The change does not affect deferred income, so demonstrators with a DBWS will continue to earn the full 20 percent and demonstrators without a DBWS will still receive 10 percent.

Amy Swartz also introduced demonstrators to Professor Penny--a brand new business resource! Professor Penny will provide an advice column on the demonstrator website--so she will be like another upline . . . for everyone! Professor Penny already has a Twitter feed--so be sure to follow her for great business tips.
Bonnie Thurber showed demonstrators how to use the Epic Day This and That Journal (and coordinating products) in a new and different way--and gave tips for holiday organizing with the Season of Style Album.
President and COO, Rich Jutkins, discussed our need--as a company and in our individual businesses--to be innovative . . . a critical skill for growth and improvement. Rich asked: "How do we innovate in such a way that we keep people who know and love Stampin' Up! excited . . . while we introduce Stampin' Up! to the millions of women around the world who have never heard of us?" The answer? By offering and trying different things, through networking, by experimenting and finding the new, and by making things you offer simple, affordable, and convenient. He advised demonstrators to ask questions about what people want and need--and to try to provide solutions for them.

Shelli ended Saturday's afternoon session by affirming her commitment to innovation. Said Shelli: "If you're one of those personalities who are comfortable with the familiar and are a little hesitant to change, hold on tight! We love you, we're committed to you, and we're going to rock your boat--in a very good way! And if you're one of those personalities who love innovation and change, welcome aboard! We're going to have a lot of fun together in the coming months and years!"

Shelli closed the session with a very emotional Heart of Stampin' Up! award presentation to a very surprised Susy Miller. Susy received a standing ovation. She is a very special demonstrator who makes us all want to be a little better and try a little harder to really make a difference in the lives of those around us.

It was a moving ending to an outstanding convention . . . and Stampin' Up! is grateful to everyone who joined the company in celebration of this very special twenty-fifth year milestone. We are already looking forward to seeing what our twenty-sixth year--and Convention 2014--has in store!
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for images of this amazing event!

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To see the videos of how to use all of our new products click here

May God bless you and your family, 
Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com 702-293-1386
Try My Paper Pumpkin!
"if God is your co-pilot, switch seats"

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