Stampin' Up! Convention Day 1 - Inspire Create Share 2014

It is annual Stampin' Up! convention time again... Woohoo. This year I am attending with my friend (and downline) Paula Hogan. Her personal blog is here.  It's so much fun to experience convention in front of the curtain and to see so many familiar and friendly faces. I am lucky to be demonstrator. I love my hobby and love to "support" my hobby. 

While I am passionate about my SU hobby, I cannot compete with the passion of this guy. Impressive!

I attended convention last year with Joellyn (so much fun). You can read posts about that here.  Last year I did not make card swaps and regretted it. This year I came prepared with swaps, not to actively trade but to have on hand just in case. Below are the swaps I created. I made about 30 cards total (15 each) and after day 1 I've depleted over half and I wasn't even trying. I know 30 swaps small potatoes for many but totally been worth it for me. I've gotten some cool cards in return but mostly have enjoyed the social nature of a swap. 

Primary sets used are: Flower Patch, Watercolor Thank you and Work of Art.

There is so much to capture with an event like this. Here are a few random phone shots from the day.

Blendabilities markers (new 'copic like' blending markers) that I got to help with packaging design (freelance, last summer). Look how pretty these colored peacocks are? 

I applied and was invited to be a convention stamper again. Yeah for me. I'm a dork but I love to stamp with a purpose and this fit that need perfectly. More fun stuff! I'll share the samples I created in the coming days, once convention is over.