Last Friday I was in Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up!'s annual convention, and enjoyed another day of classes, make and takes, shopping and looking at displays. Convention really is a fun thing. Today's main excitement for me was attending the dinner with Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up!'s president, as well as others fro Stampin' Up! and the rest of the 2012 Artisan Design Team. We had dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse, which is a very nice steakhouse right in Salt Lake City.
When we got to the table, I found this at my place setting. I also discovered that I was able to sit right next to Shelli! I was a little startstruck at first, but I managed to make some decent conversation afterwards.
We had scallops and mushtroom brushetta for appetizers, I had salmon in a barbeque glaze with mashed potatoes and asparagus as my main course, and there was even cheesecake with raspberry sauce for dessert.
I think it's funny that the sun shone on my dessert when I was taking this picture!
Here is a picture of all of us after the dinner. In the front: Erica Cerwin, Cindy Beach, Wendy Wexler. In the middle: Heidi King, Jane Lee, Marisa Gunn (that's me!), Heather Summers, Jeanna Bohanen, Sarah Sagert. In the back: Holly Lunsford (Concept Artist for SU), Amy Yingling (SU Concept Artist Coordinator), Shelli Gardner, Amy Schwartz (VP of Sales for SU), and Amy Bollman.
After that, I went back to the hotel, and hung out with everyone from my group: Susan, Connie, Patti, Vicki, Anita, Lois, Stacey and Dorothy. I looked at their swaps, and they looked at all of my Artisan goodies. And we got a little punchy near the end! Too much fun.
Also, here is a picture of all of the coordinated pieces I received for being an Artisan: the invitation, the menu, the napking ring, the box with a personalized Artisan stamp with my name on it. Even the contract was delivered in a fancy, matching pocket! So cool...still pinching myself.