I’m back from 10 days of fun, excitement, we have laughed, cried, been thoroughly spoilt, met new friends, hugged old friends and I think I now need a holiday !  Over the next few days I shall share all about my Stampin’ Up! USA trip, the North American convention and the European and South Pacific incentive trip.

I will apologise now the next few posts will be very picture heavy.  Although I don’t have that many I can share with you from the actual convention.  There is a very good reason for that, I took loads of pictures of new products, stamps, dies and projects none of which have launched yet in Europe, so until they do I am honour bound not to share them, I can tell you though that there are some awesome things coming…….

So the flight to Salt Lake city was long but uneventful, after a good night’s sleep, Brian and I set out exploring before convention started at 5pm.  It was about 36-38 degrees, gloriously warm and we were so amazed, Salt Lake City is so quiet, very little traffic, no litter or graffiti, everyone was lovely, helpful, it was just an amazing place to visit.

One of the most beautiful and tranquil places was Temple Square, the domed building in the left is the Tabernacle, we listened to an organ recital, the building has the most amazing acoustics and is the venue for the sunday recordings of Mormon Tabernacle choir.

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Brian and I love mexican food and from the research I had done it seemed the the Red Iguana was THE place to go, we weren’t disappointed, the ‘Mole’ was wonderful.

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Then it was off to get checked into convention, we had pre-ordered convention t-shirts and I was thrilled that the gifts I had bought for my 2 team members attending were in the same Pool Party/Bermuda Bay colour.  You can see a picture of me and Kerry on Shelli’s blog click here.

I met new friends.

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And had chance to catch up with old friends too !  First up Annette Jensen an honorary Inspiring Inkee, whilst she lived in the UK…….and she also provided me with the wonderful My Thirty One bags, so ladies if you love the bags I was carrying during convention, the scarves and my team gifts she is the lady you need to see, email me for her details.

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This is the lovely Ronda Wade, Ronda is a friend, business coach and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, she was a big influence on me and my business when I first started as a demonstrator, it was wonderful to finally meet her.

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I can’t describe the number of people, almost 6,000, if you look at this picture and then imagine you are surrounded by that many people on all sides……….  you will probably get the picture.

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It was when we moved that it got interesting, this is one of the official photos………a sea of demonstrators……..

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I took part in several activities over the convention, one of my favourites was helping with a service project, packing birthday kits for a local children’s hospital.

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Here are Rhoda, Tami White, Me and Kerry we had the opportunity to meet many demonstrators and they all shared great business tips and it was an honour to meet them.

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I took several business classes, got to play with lots of new products, a new bow die, and envelope maker, new framelits and thinlits, a carve your own stamp set and received a HUGE amount of goodies ! Everyone won in prize patrol, yes all 6,000………….there were loads of all attendee give aways, parties, Karaoke, cupcakes and even a balloon flight……

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Okay well I think that is all for today, I shall share my swaps tomorrow, so come back soon!

Please note : Less than 1% of all demonstrators earn the incentive trip each year.

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