Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Convention 2008

Stampin' Up! held their annual Convention on the 11th and 12th of April in Brisbane at The Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southbank. Approximately 280 demonstrators around Australia attended, with 13 demonstrators from Paper Angels representing our demonstrator group. In the US between 5 and 7 thousand demonstrators attend Convention, so we are really lucky in Australia as we are still small enough to be able to have an Awards Dinner as well as chatting to Shelli Gardner (Co Founder and CEO) and Aaron Scott (Australian Manager). Pictured L>R are Helen, Jenny, Belinda, Colleen, Loren, Kathy, Aaron, Shelli, Liz, Julie, Amanda, Kate, Orrell, Bec and Ursula.

Upon arriving at Convention, we all received our registration bag, which included 2 stamp sets 'Fast and Fun Notes' and 'Happiness'. We used these stamp sets to create some fabulous make & take projects and are looking forward to sharing these with our hostesses and customers. Pictured during our first workshop, after the general session; are Amanda, Colleen and Bec.

Helen, Kathy, Loren and Julie

Jenny, Belinda, Ursula, and Kate

With Southbank at our doorstep, a few of us stayed back for a Chinese meal. Afterwards myself, Helen, Kathy and Bec; stayed back for some extra training.

Swapping is a huge part of Convention. Demonstrators make a quantity of cards, which they then swap with other demonstrators. This is a great way to meet more people and share ideas. Seen here is Kate busy swapping her cards with other demonstrators.

Kathy and I made some Dichroic Glass pendants for Paper Angels Demonstrators, as a momento of attending Convention. We also gave these pendants as gifts to the US presenters, including Shelli, and also to Bernadette Gamo from our Sydney Office.

Pam Morgan loved her pendant and chose to wear it at the Saturday night Awards dinner as incredibly it perfectly matched with the jacket she had chosen to wear.

Loren and Julie

Bec and Amanda

Julie, Helen, Ursula and Colleen

Shelli at the Saturday evening Awards Evening

Kathy and Simon

Bec and Matt

Ursula and Amanda

Colleen and Patrick

Orrell and Kate

Belinda and Jenny

Congratulations to Helen Muller from Griffith on the outstanding effort of receiving a sales award at Convention. Helen had the opportunity to be recognised accross stage as well as being awarded a special pin and free stamp set - always love those free stamp sets!

Helen and Shelli

Congratulations also to our wonderful Kathy Van Gool, who was amongst the first demonstrators to join 'Paper Angels'. Kathy received an award for recruiting and is pictured here with Shelli. Well Done! Kathy also walked accross stage and received a pin and free stamp set.

Lastly, I will mention my awards because I know I will get a 'dressing down' from our group members if I do not! I received a sales and recruiting award as well as qualifying for the Incentive Trip to Palm Cove in August. Additionally, I was named one of the top 25 'Demonstrators of the Year' for the second year running, which was a great thrill. In the above photo, you will find me on the left of my friend Robyn Lawnton, who is dressed in white slacks.