July 30, 2008

Reporting from Covention! Day 1

Well, here I am in Salt Lake City, Utah for Stampin' Up's annual convention. This is the 20th anniversary of the company and they have a lot planned for us. It is very exciting. I am going to give you some specific information about the new catalog. If you don't want to know, don't read this post!!!
I flew out yesterday and arrived in SLC at 11:10 and had to wait a LOOOONG time for my shuttle to the hotel. I got in after 1 to the hotel that was about 10 minutes away. But, a few hours later, Angie and I were up and at 'em and headed to the SALT PALACE.
Our first decision was which line should we stand in. We chose the "get your bag and new catalog" line. We had to wait until 9 when the doors opened but that line was hardly any wait at all. We got the cutest messenger style bag and 3 new stamp sets from the catalog. One cool thing is that the catalog we got is spiral bound. Very cool. I did have to give a squeel of delight when I saw Tart and Tangy and the Summer Picnic Designer Paper in the Catalog!!! I was also thrilled to see Full of Life, the sentiment set, from the Occasions mini. From the fall mini the Autumn Harvest made the catalog and so did Season on Joy (thank goodness), and Snow Burst.

Holy Triptych was also included. I'm sure others were too but I can't remember without comparing to the mini catalogs which I don't have with me.

I am also really excited about accessories! There are 5 new punches. We have had clues about 3 of them, the scallop edge punch, the wide oval and the lovely label punch (which is in a punch box with 4 stamps that fit it...a pretty good deal at $16 for the punch and $18 for the stamps, plus the tin), but the new exciting punch is a square scallop! The other new punch is a large 1 3/4 inch circle, my guess is the scallp circle fits nicely inside it. If you enlarge this photo of an ikea closet changed into a craft closet, you can probably see the punches and some of the new ribbon. You can also look forward to vanilla hodgepodge hardware
By 9:15 we were in the line for the memento mall. About 2 hours later we headed into the much anticipated Memento Mall. This is the line as we got close to the door - only about 30 minutes left at this point. They had some great things but I was really trying to be frugal. (I want to have money left after convention to be able to buy some of the AWESOME new stamp sets in the new catalog).
As you can see, Angie wasn't quite so frugal!
What did I get? An apron with a pattern like the Bella rose designer paper was my biggest purchase. I also bought some key chains, some pens, and some lip balms. I haven't had an apron and loved this one. I couldn't resist it!

They had some convention critters for sale too and I wasn't going to get one but Angie insisted on getting this one for Zoe. She'll love it. (She is doing fine so far without me by the way!)
After we left the mall we rested a bit and took another browse through the catalog and had a look through the new SPANISH catalog as well. It is so cool. I am excited about it.

We had lunch at a German Deli, it was yummy, and then we headed out for a tour of the Stampin' Up! main office, the Riverton Campus. It is a beautiful place. I realized I didn't get any photos of the outside. My feet were killing me at this point and we were very tired and my camera skills were dwindling. We started in the idea room It is a cool "living room" type area with a ping pong table, cork on the walls for articles to be posted, and walls with whiteboard and notes about things to be done and such. Here is a picture of Angie and I on a bean bag. It was great.

We also got to see where the fabulous demonstrator support personnel works. We met several and got to take pictures of the cute cards on their desks. (I asked them if they felt like they were in a zoo! One girl said, "no, not really, but don't feed us!" - it was so funny) The distribution center was amazing. It is mostly automated. I won't bore you with the details but I was fascinated. I will save the pictures for another time. Finally we got to go through the museum that tells the Stampin' Up story and shows some of the household scenes we see in the catalog. Does this children's room look familiar from the Decor Elements Brochure? It was a fun tour. One of the areas was full of (what I am convinced) are sneak peeks from the winter mini catalog! After the tour Angie brought me to the hotel and she was going to the SCS dinner. I am sure she will have a blast but I am tired and glad to be off my feet!

I have to leave you with one fun sneak peek. I can't wait to order this little guy!


  1. Oh my gosh that looks like so much fun. I would have went broke and I don't even know what I am doing. You guys have fun, I feel like I went shopping with you!

  2. I wish I were there! Enjoy it and thanks for blogging to share with the rest of us!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us! What fun it is to relive a first convention through your eyes! Keep on having a wonderful time...

  4. Hey baby, thanks for the update. It's fun to see some details of the convention.

    Hopefully you'll post some more info and pictures about the conference.

    Love you and see you soon!!