Estella Banks
Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Friday, August 1, 2008

News from Stampin' Up! Convention "Celebrate 2008"

Dear Stampin' Friends!

I am so excited to be able to report to you from sunny Salt Lake City, UT. We've been here since Tuesday (traveling with my Mom and daughter). I'm in Salt Lake City because I'm attending my second Stampin' Up! Convention, entitled "Celebrate '08."

Stampin' Up! is celebrating its 20th year of stampin' fun in October 1988. This convention has been a fun reminder of how far we have come in 20 years, me included [if I were brave enough, I'd post my high school graduation photo, but I'm in SLC! :-)]. There are so many awesome things that Stampin' Up! (SU!) is doing that I am soooo very excited about.

Allow me to recap just a bit...

Last week, SU! announced that we will soon (in the fall) be able to offer online ordering!! That means, you can shop from the comfort of your favorite slippers and armchair. This announcement made dance, since I know that my own comfort level with online ordering has increased over time as I've had successful transactions. I look forward to offering another method for you to get your hands on your favorite products! (Just remember how much fun the hands-on make and take workshops are though! Have you scheduled your Totally Hands-on or Girls Night Out workshop yet?)

Wednesday (July 30) was check-in day. I received a copy of the new Fall-Winter 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalog and three new stamp sets from the catalog!!! Each convention attendee receives stamps sets that will be used in the demonstrator make-n-take sessions during convention. I think that is the coolest!

Yesterday (July 31), we received a few new product announcements but nothing like what will knock your stampin' slippers off like the announcement we received today (August 1). Okay, so here goes...

Would you like to discover how SU! makes home decorating fun and easy? ... with Decor Elements, of course!! These exclusive coordinating images are a super simple way to add flair to your walls. Available in Chocolate, White, and Kraft, coming this fall the line will be expanded and various other colors will be offered as well. When you have a chance, I invite you to view a short video about the current Decor Elements offering on my website.

Shelli Gardner, the CEO and Co-Founder, announced the launch of Shelli's Signature Collection, a line of products that span the entire Stampin' Up! product line, including stamp sets, home d├ęcor, and accessories. "These will be products that I either personally love or, in some cases, even played a part in developing," Shelli explained during the announcement.

For the second time, Stampin' Up! will partner with Country Living magazine to offer an exclusive holiday kit. The Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit will include exclusive stamps, a combination of Designer Series paper, and coordinating accessories that will only be available by purchasing this kit.

Today (Friday, August 1) was super awesome as well! The most amazing announcement this morning was that I get to offer you more fun and time-saving tools like the Sizzix BigShot made for Stampin' Up! This die cut machine will be available on September 2, for those who already know what this baby can do. I was amazed as I watched the demonstrations this morning. Shelli showed us several samples of projects done using the BigShot, which can cut over 50 different types of materials including thin sheet metal, felt, chipboard, etc.

Photos and more to come later!

So are you as excited as I am? I hope that you will find that the new toys and tools will make you smile, either because you were able to complete a project that made someone else smile, or because you deserve it!

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