Convention 2010

by cathy on June 7, 2010

I’ve finally managed to get this post together ready to upload! I’ve had endless trouble re-sizing the photos, but I’ve managed, so finally…. here’s my news of Convention and some photos of my fabulous time in Sydney to share with you…

The Stampin’ Up! Convention is over for another year…….. and what fun it was! My friend Wendy attended Convention in Sydney with me this year, and we arrived to a very wet Sydney on the Wednesday morning. It fined up later that day, and we managed a trip on the monorail, stopping off at the Queen Victoria Building where we discovered the Pandora shop! The QVB is such a picturesque building, with mosaic tiled floors, stained glass windows and domes in the roof. I put my new digital SLR camera to good use, and I’m delighted with the results of the photos!

Shopping in the Queen Victoria Building

The next day saw us heading over to The Rocks to start our adventure on the Bridge Climb. Yes, I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge! I was a little nervous at first, and tried not to look down too often, but once we got going and reached the top it was amazing to be able to look down and see the traffic passing below! We had the Army training overhead in helicopters too, and got friendly waves in return! It was an awesome experience, and unknown to me Ngaire’s team “The Stamparoos” from Perth were also booked in on the same climb, so that made it extra special that I was climbing with fellow demonstrators and friends I have known for 4 years! After the climb, some of us set off together to catch a bus back to Paddy’s Markets to have a very late lunch/afternoon tea and a browse around the market stalls.

View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Paddy's Market building

That night I attended a special Manager’s Reception at the Convention Centre, for those demonstrators who have reached Manager or above level. We were greeted by Shelli Gardner, the CEO and Co-founder of Stampin’ Up!, and her husband Sterling. After a friendly welcome and updates by Shelli, we were ushered into another room for a scrumptious supper! Real melted chocolate was being drizzled down and around the sides of specially designed SU! mugs displaying the SU! logo and the image from Share a Cup stamp! The mugs were then topped up with frothy hot milk, and we were given one each and a spoon to stir and slurp to our heart’s content! So yummy and devine! It was a lovely occasion to catch up with everyone before the actual start of Convention, and when we departed we were each given one of the mugs (large enough for several shots of coffee or hot chocolate!) beautifully presented with a Share a Cup stamp set! 

Share a Cup mug & stamp set

Convention was well underway with everyone meeting in the Convention centre foyer at 7am to busily swap cards! I managed to make about 80 swaps this year, and received some fabulous swaps in return! Not forgetting to mention a visit to Memento Mall where I purchased this gorgeous card tree! I’ve clipped up some of my swaps to show off…..

My decorated SU! card tree with some of the swaps I received

Then we had a creative morning of making 4 projects for the Make & Takes, with demonstrations and workshop training over the remainder of Friday and Saturday. We also had a special demonstration from Shelli on “vintage” style.

My swaps ready to go!

Tulips for the table centres

Saturday night was topped off with the awards night anddinner. As we entered the room, we were greeted by the paparazzi and the staff of Stampin’ Up! – and we actually got to walk the red carpet! The dinner was sumptuous! I love this time of Convention, where we get to recognise fellow demonstrators and their achievements over the last 12 months. My achievements this year landed me in the $20K Sales Award bracket, and I was also recognised for the Milestone Award which is $100K in career sales!

$100K Career Sales Achievers

And then came that extra exciting part of Convention where the next Incentive Trip is announced – 2011 Incentive Trip Achievers are going to FIJI! It was announced with a little help this year – Fijian dancers and music added to the excitement! Convention 2011 will be in Melbourne from 12-14 May – that’s right – 3 days!

2011 Incentive Trip Announcement - Fiji

Stampin’ Up! make their demonstrators feeI very special, and I feel privileged to be a part of the Stampin’ Up! family!

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