Hi Stampers!   I arrived in St. George, Utah after a long travel day from Orlando.  After a few nights of less than 3 hours sleep, I managed to get here sleepy but excited all at the same time.   Matt got me up at 4 am to be at the airport by 5:30  only to sit for over an hour (on a hot plane, crying and kicking children behind me) because they needed to change the tires.  (funny, even I look at my tires before getting in the car – you’d think they might have noticed before we ALL got on!)  Anyway, I tried to finish my card swaps (had to make 135 holiday cards for Founder’s) and gave up since I was still getting a kick from the seat behind me just when I was trying to put my brads in and I’d drop them, never to be seen again.    So I landed in  Las Vegas where Stampin’ Up picked me up for a 2 hour drive to St. George.  There was only 2 of us who arrived  that early, so Joey (one of the Rising Stars this year) and I had a great chat as we drove through the gorgeous scenery.

Once we arrived at this beautiful hotel, look what was on my door:

Isn’t that sweet?  They always go the extra mile to make us feel special.  There are 122 of us here and we all have one on our door.

My first stop was to visit the hospitality room, where I picked up my name tag and a  Get To Know You game.  I was given a bow stamp from a stamp set (which name escapes me – it’s in the Holiday mini and has word images in the shape of a stocking, ornament, etc….Ah yes, Deck the Halls)  Anyway, I was to find the 4 other people who had the stamps that go in that set.  Once we found each other, we went back up and they gave us that stamp set! (wrapped in our new wide striped  Riding Hood Red holiday ribbon)  So I now have Deck the Halls and have to find something fun to do with it!

(all images copyright Stampin’ Up!)

The Hospitality Room was So Shelli, in pinks and cream.  The pillows on the sofa matched the lining in our purse, which is one of our designer papers.   Below you see one of the 2 tables with candy in glass jars!

If you look closely, there are little silver pails with pink ribbon to fill with candy!

Stampin’ Up also gave everyone a yearbook, with all of our pictures in it.  So the room was buzzing with “sign my yearbook!”

I’ll fast forward to dinner, since the hours in between were snoozing and a bath, both were wonderful.  I met up with Jan Burnett and we headed in to the Welcome Dinner.  Look at the beautiful table!

And at each place setting, a note from Shelli:

The dinner was wonderful and dessert, too!

And just when you thought dessert was the best and last thing, I went back to my room to find this hanging on my shower!  (gee, now I wish I wouldn’t have left things a mess on the vanity if I would have know they’d be in my room!)

AND inside (it is AWESOME!)

Isn’t it fabulous?!   I don’t know when it will be available – maybe in the next mini catalog or next catalog but wow!   This is probably what we will be using for our make-n-take session.

Oh, and these were in the top part of the bag:


p.s.  I forgot to tell you:  After dinner there was a pow wow with this year’s Rising Stars (demonstrators who were the top achiever’s in their first year of being a demonstrator) .   Anyone could join in and some of the past rising stars were there, too.   It was so amazing and refreshing to me to hear how they achieved cruise and Founder’s Circle their first year.   So many of them said they had no idea how they did it;  they just had fun stamping with their friends!   It just reinforces why I started this 10 years ago – to have fun sharing what I love…Stamping!


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