Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stampin' Up! Leadership 2015: Day Two.

Back again today with more about my awesome experience at Leadership 2015! Day two was opened with another General Session... This morning was about recognition for accomplishments and, of course, more stamping! 

I couldn't get enough of the Main Stage -- awesome from every angle! :)
Susan and I walking the stage this morning in recognition of our promotions to Manager in the last year!
More stampin'! One of my favorites from this session :)

My absolute favorite from this session! So cute and simple to make! :)
In-between sessions and breakout classes, we get to go to the Gathering Place. At this event, it had display boards of Demonstrator projects (there was a contest for credits towards free products!), a community service project we could participate in, product displays from our current catalog, product demonstrations, a few stampin' stations where we could use the products, a booth showing us sneak peeks of upcoming Paper Pumpkin kits, and a booth for us to talk to someone about the upcoming Compensation Plan changes. A lot of great stuff packed into a huge hall! 

Here is one of the display boards... LOTS of awesome stuff! This one features the Painted Petals stamp set

They also display the items they demonstrate in General Sessions afterward -- a better photo of my favorite card I shared earlier!

One of the many product displays from our current catalog - this one is of the Build a Bouquet Project Kit. The product displays are always awesome -- they show all the coordinating products along with all the kit contents!

The awesome part of the displays is that you can get right up to the display and touch it if you want! I don't but it's awesome to see items pictured in the catalog in person! :)

Another great lunch today -- an awesome veggie pasta roll!

The afternoon had us attending a Share Fair -- quick 30 minute presentations by fellow Demonstrators! 

Photo from Gloria Helmbrecht!

There were six sessions that I attended: 
  • Will it Blend? (Yes, it Will!) taught by France Martin
  • Becoming a Social Media Guru taught by Erica Cerwin
  • You've Got Talent: Identifying Up-and-Comers taught by Gloria Helmbrecht
  • Making Friends, Building Teams taught by Winona Semler
  • Staying Sharp: Honing Your Leadership Skills taught by Julie Davison
  • Shake Up Your Sales with Paper Pumpkin taught by Bonnie Allers-O'Neill
So much good information packed into that afternoon, which I will be sharing with my own team this month! I missed out the Demonstrator Theater -- lots of stamping demonstrators from colleagues -- lots of great ideas from what I could see later in the Gathering Place too! :)

We took a break for dinner... of course, another great meal and photo to share! My full review is here.

Borrowing Beka's photo -- we split this dinner in half too! It kinda became our "thing" along with us both taking and sharing photos of our food!! :) 

After dinner we were back for Stampin' Night Out! Which was so much fun! Four focused presentations of stamping by the training team. First up was kits, then presentations focused on stamps, then paper, then ink! Here were my top 5 favorite projects that were demonstrated:

This is the Hooray It's Your Day Card Kit again... instead of sealing the edges with glue as instructed in the kit, she closed the edges with washi tape! So cute! 

This was a wow moment for me personally.... using the "back" of a photopolymer stamp to outline your stamped image - genius! :) This is using one of my favorite sets in the Occasions catalog, Sheltering Tree.

Such a pretty and feminine card! So simple too! I intend on CASE-ing this card soon that uses the Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamps!

I love the Adventure Awaits Photopolymer Stamp set! And that striped background? It was inked! :)

What a fun birthday card this is! So simple too. Hoping to CASE this one soon too.  It also uses the Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp set.

On our way out of the Convention Center afterwards, I ran into one of my favorite bloggers I met for the first time last July at Convention, Diana Gibbs.  She's so much fun! And she did some awesome samples during her Demonstrator Theater presentation (which I missed... darn it!)... my favorite cards she demoed are her walking dead and her photobombing lumberjack cards. So creative and awesome! :)

Hi Diana! Go check out her cards... so awesome! :)

When we got back to the hotel that night, we hung out at the bar for a bit to have some dessert... because our new friend Angela from dinner last night had posted a photo of them. And all I have to say is it was worth the 15 minute wait for these Raspberry Filled Shortbread Cookies! WOW! They bake them fresh when you order them and come with a chocolate bowl filled with raspberries that are topped in whipped cream. It was so good I wanted to lick the plate! :) I also accomplished a first (maybe a Guinness Book of World Records worthy?) of ordering a milk at the bar to go with said cookies. The waitress was quick to tell me that it was a first.... Only me! HA! :)

Unintentional photobomb by Susan... sorry Susan, I couldn't edit you out... I will when I scrapbook it! ;)

I want another plate or two of these RIGHT NOW! LOL :)

Whew! Another busy day with LOTS of great information, stamping, ideas, friends, and good food!

Okay, so that's a wrap for Day Two! Check back tomorrow for Day Three... the last day! :)

1 comment:

  1. This sounds incredible! So glad you were able to go. Eager to read about day 3...


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