I scarcely know where to begin. The Stampin' Up! convention was AMAZING! I was 3 weeks post surgery, feeling fine (mentally) about going but unsure how my stamina would be. Overall, it was easier than I expected though tiring of course. Seeing how much love and care Stampin' Up! put into every detail, seeing the smiling faces of so many demonstrator friends and feeling humbled by honors bestowed on me during convention just made it a pretty flawless few days for me.

One of the first treats was getting VIP entrance to our Memento Mall logo store for recruiting a new member of my team from July 1-19. Thanks Tina for rejoining my team while I was in the hospital so I could get the VIP treatment!


Shopping at Memento Mall is always crazy! I met up with my roommate Patty Bennett while in line to pay. Uh, ya think we have enough stuff between the two of us? Thank heavens we both had cars to carry things home for us.

And after a wee bit of shopping, I made my way to the Awards Booth to see what I earned in awards this year. The brass ring is always to be handed the Founder's Circle bag which indicates entry into the Founder's Circle group and exclusive retreat hosted by our CEO Shelli Gardner in Utah in September. I had a bumpy year so I really was holding my breath……… and I got the bag!! That also means I am somewhere on the top-100 list!


Along with the bag, we earn free stamp sets for some of the other awards that are subsets of the big Founder's Circle designation. I got all this FREE from Stampin' Up!

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My #1 priority and joy at convention is being with downline. I had 5 demonstrators in my group with me at this convention. Here I am with Stacy Kuzanek (left) and Cathy Williams (who is a saint and drove the two of us 10 hours to get to convention).

Jennifer Huehl and Mandy Dohe drove together from Kansas.

Here I am with Christine Bellow who lives really close to me in California.


And one other priceless benefit of attending convention is reuniting with salt-of-the-earth "real" demonstrator friends like Rose-Ellen Eastman from Virginia and Dina Anker of Toronto. These two ladies are beyond compare! Met them 2 conventions ago, in 2008, and they are blood sisters to me for life 🙂