Convention 2014

Since I discovered Stampin’ Up! 7 years ago, I’ve dreamed of going to their convention. The company has an annual convention where they show the latest crafting techniques, supplies and materials, samples, hand-on classes, I can go on and on. A few months ago, my amazing husband told me this is MY year to make my dream a reality. (He also wanted to take a trip of his own this year. I’m so glad he went on his trip to New York. He had an amazing time and I hope he does this again!)

It was hard for me to leave my kiddies (age 6 and 4) but they were FINE. (Tim says they behaved even better then usual. I’m thinking this means I can do this again?!)

The neatest part of the trip was . . . everything! I had a room to myself (no roommate!), swapped cards with so many women, saw amazing presentations, did fun hands-on projects, and best of all, made some great friends.

As soon as I walked into the convention center, I was greeted by this beautiful sign:

inspirecreateshareThe energy was infectious.  Everyone was so excited see what surprises we had in store!

I made several different cards as swaps.  The green was my favorite!

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There was room FULL of display boards that showed card after beautiful card.  I was overwhelmed and took lots of pictures.  I later got to go on a tour of the home office. It was a beautiful building.

home officeThey let us peak just about everywhere.  I loved their conference room. The walls were floor to ceiling white boards.  Us visitors left thank you notes over the walls.

confroomWe also got to see the packaging.  This was thrilling — we saw where all the goodies are gathered and sent into boxes.  I was amazed at how large the facility was — and how well organized!

homeofficepackagingAnd finally, the Statement of the Heart.  It was a trip of a lifetime and I’m so glad I got to go.

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