Convention re-cap, part 3

Now, onto Day 2 (Friday) of Convention 2012. Woo Hoo!

We started the day with a general session. It’s always fun to see what kind of projects they will show us, and they didn’t disappoint this year.

Shannon West showed us some great Halloween and Fall projects. One of them was a cute container made with the Petite Purse die. I already had a request from Janine to show everyone how to do it at our post-Convention meeting!

Bonnie Thurber showed us wonderful Christmas projects. Gee, thanks, now I have even more items on my wish list. 🙂

The day’s classes didn’t disappoint, either. Carrie Cudney had a class called “I am Open for Business”. She told us about the new Stampin’ Up! awareness campaign that will run in magazines and on craft sites online. Can’t wait! I actually get some of the pubs so I’ll get to see the ads for myself. The ads will not show any projects, but will have cute phrases and artwork meant to grab interest and for people to want to look for more info. They will not directly generate inquiries to demonstrators, but hopefully we’ll eventually see results from it. (Just in case, we talked about what happens when you get a lead.)

The second class of the day was hosted by Bonnie Thurber and was called “I am Doing Business My Way”. The class featured Ronda Wade and Tami White and their innovative approaches to doing business. Ronda talked about the Private Class concept, which what the “workshop” really is about. Call it what it is! (Plus, Jason Dorsey said not to use anything with the word “work” in it if you want it to sound attractive.) 🙂 Tami talked about how to have multiple stamp clubs in a more efficient way. I really will have to think about those ideas.

We ended our day again with the Make and Take sessions. The goodie bag for this day was a pack of In Color Dahlias. Oh, happy day! I wanted to use these, but I got into hoarding mode (there are only 5 per color in each pack). Now, I can play more. (Plus, on the last day, Carrie Cudney gave us some ideas on how to build a class around 2 packs per person.)

Wanna see another swap? Today I had another organized swap during the lunch session. This one was TRULY organized (by Lyssa Zwolanek). There were a total of 120 cards, but we were broken into 6 groups, so it went faster. Actually took longer for us to all show up than to actually swap.

Here’s my card:

Stamp set: Moving Forward (Ronald McDonald charity set), Simply Serif mini alphabet

Ink: Real Red, Midnight Muse, Whisper White

Paper: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Whisper White

Accessories: Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Fancy Fan textured impressions folder, Bitty Banners framelits, White baker’s twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Isn’t that so fun? I just love this set. As you can see, I went to town with this card (compared to the simpler card I made for general swapping). Fussy cut the sailboat and blimp. Added dots to the banner after cutting (but keep in the framelit until done with the dots). Embossed the background (requiring 2 passes because the design is in landscape orientation, not portrait). Inked the embossed Midnight Muse with Whisper White craft ink (cheating with my spot, rather than a dauber). Phew, but I like it!

Oh, I almost forgot! We also took an optional class called “I am Creative”. Oh, wow, this was fun. They had prize patrol during these sessions, too, and Janine won the last one! Five concept artists from Stampin’ Up! talked about different topics:

  • Miscellaneous techniques: notched circle flower, brayering tissue paper, barn door technique
  • Color inspirations: making a rainbow of the In Colors, using color blocks from Catalog samples, color challenges
  • MDS: printing on fabric and tissue paper, adhering tissue paper to a canvas (with beeswax)
  • Spritzing and splattering: use reinkers and alcohol in the Aqua painters and Stampin’ misters for different looks
  • Chevrons: different ways of making them with stamps, punches, striped DSP, and window sheets

I’m sure you’ll see projects from me in the future that were inspired by what we saw…

The supplies packet was awesome as well. We got a stamp set (Lacy & Lovely), a pack of Vintage faceted buttons, a SNAIL, the chevron embossing folder, and a full pack of Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (worth way more than the $35 we paid for the class if we were to buy them on our own). Since we were on the last day of optional classes, we also got to take home some of the used Aqua painters.

One more thing (I’m loving that I figured out how to do this!)… wanna see the theme song for this year’s Convention? (They do one every year, matching the theme of Convention, and usually with dancers and such on stage.) This year, they did a “lip dub” with Home Office staff. It’s a catchy tune, so here you go!

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