Friday, 24 October 2014

Convention Day Two - Part 2!

So after lots of fantastic business classes and presentations during the Friday afternoon we headed back to the hotel and had a couple of hours to chill out and get ready for the Awards Night and the Awards Night After Party! 
 We got out glad rags on and seeing as I am into the selfies at the moment I will show you my pre-Awards Night selfie! I am having to wear my glasses most of the time now but usually I don’t wear them on nights out. I have, however, got so used to my face with them on that I don’t think I looked right without them! Plus they matched my frock!
 And another selfie of some of our amazing team and my friend Teri who was staying at our hotel
 I was so so thrilled to see 3 of my girls walk the stage at Convention this year. Sarah-Jane walked for her 5 year service. She is in this photo, you just cannot see her!!!
 The lovely Alex and Kylie walked for a Leadership Award each, they are the 2 girls waving back at us! Was so so proud as I haven’t had anyone walk the stage since the Paris Convention in 2011.
I had no idea if I was up for any awards this year, they are never an expectation at all, just an amazing surprise and bonus if you do win one. I was so so thrilled to come 5th in Recruiting and Leadership in the UK. The funniest moment of the night was when they said “in 5th place with 5 promotions” and my bestie Jane let out the loudest scream you have ever heard!!! We all looked at her (including the presenters on the stage) and wondered how she knew it was me as they hadn’t said my name! She had read the auto-cue on the screen behind us!!!! Imagine my surprise when I was announced as being 2nd in the UK in sales! I was absolutely made up and so so grateful to all my wonderful customers, hostesses, supporters and club ladies! I got dared to take a selfie with Shelli on stage, aka the “shellfie”.  Shelli was more than happy to help me out with my request!
All the top achievers were given these lovely corsages, Unfortunately most of them dropped off on stage or on the way back from the stage but luckily mine managed to stay intact and even made it home in one piece!
 After the high of the Awards we headed to the Awards Night party. It had a Moroccan/Arabian theme to it and there had been lots of effort put into decorating the venue. The band that played were amazing and the dance floor was permanently packed out with people dancing.
 We were served gorgeous crepes and beautiful desserts! I really enjoyed my plateful of desserts!!!
There were lots of opportunities for photos and a few photo props! Here are a few of our team.
 Our feet were certainly throbbing that night and we went back to the hotel at about 11pm. I couldn’t get to sleep for ages as I was on a high and reflecting on this amazing adventure. I never imagined 6.5 years ago that I would be doing this and achieving what I have. I am so grateful for my wonderful team and all the new friends I have met since I joined the Stampin’ Up! Family! 
Julie
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October Offers

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Oh my goodness Happy 1st October to you dear blog reader! Where do I start today, so much to tell you, so many offers!!!

First up we have a JOINING OFFER. LOVE PAPER? Well if you join up in October you can take advantage of a FREE PACK OF PAPER for 6 months!!!
You get a FREE pack of paper each month (starting November) for 6 months and the great thing is, I get it too - for being your upline! That's a Win, Win!
Here's the low down
  • To take advantage of this you need to sign up via my site www.juliekettlewell.stampinup.net during the month of October 2014. The papers are redeemable from November 2014 until April 2015.
  • The paper must be ordered via a Demonstrator Order each month. If you are not ordering anything else at the same time then there will be a postage charge but this would still mean your papers were half price.
  • You must remain an active demonstrator to redeem this paper. Signing up during October would mean that your first quarterly target spend of £270 in products would not need to be met until the end of March 2015! Lots of time to get sorted and how about Stampin Up Christmas presents for people? 
  • No speciality papers, only the £9.95 packs
  • The Starter Kit is £99 and you get to choose £130 worth of freebies. Any questions, just message me on julie.kettlewell@ntlworld.com 
I have welcome packs ready to go out to any new people taking me up on this offer

OK so that's an offer for the joiners! What about an offer for the spenders too?

To celebrate World Cardmaking Day we have a splendid offer from 1 - 6th OCTOBER ONLY!!! Save 15% on ink pads, card stock, envelopes and some adhesive. Why not stock up on your favourites? Also we have 5 stamp sets with 20% off too!!!! These are available by ordering direct with me on the phone, email etc... or via my Online Store, www.juliekettlewell.stampinup.net . Click on the photo below to see in more detail
We also have our Wednesday Weekly Deals!!! 
PHEW!!!! I am ready for another coffee after all that!!!

Julie
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Convention Day Two - Part 1

Hello there! I am a little later this morning as I am taking things slow as I ache like mad after a day of dancing practising at Blackpool Tower Ballroom with my dance partner Paulo! 

Today I am sharing part of Day 2 as there is just too much to share in one blog post! The Convention officially began on the Friday morning although attendees could check in on the Thursday evening and collect their bags. It started with this really cool video featuring the Stampin Up staff but I was too engrossed in it and too busy cheering and clapping along to take many photos!
 We were so excited for the start of this wonderful experience! I apologise now for the huge amount of photos in this blog post! I do hope you enjoy seeing them all!
 Here is Shelli Gardner our CEO. Unfortunately Shelli couldn’t make the Convention last year due to an accident so it was so emotional for her to be here this year and it was also the first time many of my team had met Shelli and watched her on the stage. They all commented on what a natural she is and how they loved seeing the CEO of this huge company sit down and craft in front of us all!
 We then had a wonderful and humorous presentation from Pam Morgan. I must admit Pam is one of my fave presenters, I just love her humour and how natural she is. She showed us the new Many Merry Stars set that you can now order and you can see from the photo of Pam on the screen that the largest star is very big!
Here are some of the stars made up.
Before Convention we had been sent a secret email about Shelli’s birthday which was a couple of days before Convention. We were invited to bring a surprise birthday card for Shelli and we did a “Card bomb” which she was so surprised about! Look at all the cards that were collected for Shelli!
 Unlike previous years, this year I was determined to complete my Make and Take cards! I have never made everything at Convention since the very first one 6 years ago. I really enjoyed making these cards with the Kinda Eclectic stamp set which we will be using tomorrow night at my Stamp a Stack.
 Another thing I was determined to take part in was this years Service Project. We packed kits for children who were spending their birthday in hospital. The kits contained a stamp and marker pen, a birthday banner and various other things to help make the situation a little happier. Here I am with my team member Fiona before we packed our kits
 I also packed my kit with my wonderful friend Silvia from Germany. I love catching up with this wonderful girl, she is amazing! I feel blessed to have met her through Stampin Up!
 One kit packed.....
 .....and lots more. In total over 300 of these kits were packed.
 I thought I would leave you with a couple of crafty makes for you until I come back tomorrow with the next instalment! Here are some of the projects demonstrated by Donna Griffiths, another lovely lady!
 One of my favourite displays at Convention was this amazing Christmas table display by Lisa Cornwall! I think it’s just awesome!
Hope you enjoy todays post! If you would like to come with me to Convention next year just send me a message and we can chat!
Julie
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