2014 Founders Circle Day 1&2

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I’m having a relaxing time here in St. George, Utah, at the Stampin’ Up Founder’s Circle retreat!

  I’m grateful to have earned it again this year and it’s a way that SU rewards those in the top 100 demonstrators in US and Canada.

The theme this year is Home for the Holidays and it feels like 30 degrees inside (even though it’s 93 outside here!)

Lots of decorated pine trees and wintery displays!

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LOTS of treats, a mug to choose and of course stamping!

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My good friend and up, upline Karen Titus catching up and showing off our prize.

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Quite the spread SU put out for us while we were stamping!

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We do have permission to share these sneak peeks from our pillow gifts last night!  These 4 word thinlits and the photopolymer stamp set will be in the next mini catalog (about 3 months from now)

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Here are our make and takes today.  The 3 tags are in little pouches 🙂

The THANKS is cut with the thinlit from white cs, then under it is another white cs that I scribbled with 3 colors of the Blendies, so the color pops thru.

Tonight was our PJ party and Swap night!

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After the swap we all got sugared up on cookies and milk, then we sat around and went through our 113 swaps!

Swapping in our PJs is a tradition.  Jill Olsen and I obviously have great taste in PJ’s:)

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Good times, good friends….Thanks for the laughs Frenchie!

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And yes, our first guy at Founders, donned PJs too! I’ve already gotten 2 texts asking what Brian wore so he struck a pose:

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113 swaps all piled on my bed.

I can’t wait to really look through them all again!  Just gorgeous, each and every one!

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Tomorrow we tour the Kanab manufacturing plant.  It’s always a treat to see how stamps are born from start to finish.  I never get tired of seeing the magic happen!

Go stamp something!

Linda

Founder’s Circle Day 3

Before I go into day three, I need to back up about 12 hours and update you on the pajama party last night along with our swap & share event.
We lined up in a string of about 115 people, Winding up and down the hotel halls to swap our creations.

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I can’t wait to spend some time to go through each one and look at them more closely!
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Oh my gosh, these ice cream sandwiches were amazing! Salted caramel ice cream with red velvet cookies….yep, amazing.

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I love this pic (thanks, Dena!) since we are in our pjs, probably on a sugar high, and reminding me of why I’m still doing this after 14 years. Mary Ellen, Robin, Dena and Susan- you girls are awesome.

Ok, on to Day 3, which began bright and early with our Annual Trip to Kanab, which is Stampin’ Up’s manufacturing facility. All of the employees Look forward to us coming over for the day and wave us in!

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We load us 2 big buses for a 2 hour trip filled with lively ‘discussions’ with corporate team. Great time for us to tell them our ideas and feedback!

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For the first time ever, they allowed us to take pictures of what happens in the facility to get all of the product to us. It’s so much fun to see how the ink pads are made, how the stamp sets are burned and created and all of the hard work that goes into getting everything we need to stamp ready for us.
See the huge mountain of pool party card stock? After they cut it to size, there are huge bins of large scraps that I know we would never throw out but they do recycle it. I wanted to dive in the bin and save them from certain demise:)

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Brandy Cox got a lesson on burning the rubber images, cutting them apart and peeling them out of the molds. She did a proper job and has a good back up plan if her demonstrator gig doesn’t work out lol

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My Florida buddy, Lisa Curcio, worked the line assembling stamps in their cases. She wasn’t as fast as her neighbor on the line who had been there 16 years. She was going so fast I couldn’t believe how many she made in just 5 minutes!
They were so generous and gave us many gifts as we walk through the different departments. We are always just happy to be there and gifts aren’t necessary but thank you Stampin’ Up for the extra goodies!

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This year they even had 2 cute little make & takes for us, two easy cards with washy tape:

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(Since there is usually no professional photography studio in a dimly lit hotel room at these events, so you will have to pardon my iPhone pictures)

Lunchtime was at the facility with
grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken along with potato salad, baked beans and a really nice salad. Then we headed outside to the Rock, a place to get our picture each year. It’s a tradition as long as I earn the trip!

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20130920-224532.jpg We always stop on the way back at the Kanab Park where the playground is filled with our recycled rubber chips!
I believe that Shelli and Sterling donated the funds to renovate the park in memory of Sterling’s father. It’s really pretty there and I can’t help taking off my shoes and feeling it barefoot!

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This picture doesn’t even come close to experiencing the park but the confetti looking stuff in the air is really rubber bits I was throwing around.

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Great hanging out with old and new friends like Brandy today!

After a 2 Hour bus ride home and a short nap, a few of us went to a lovely Italian place called Piccolo Mondo’s.

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The food was wonderful but lots of laughter was the best part! Chef Alfredo (yes that is his real name) was quite a charmer! Thanks Tami, Mary and Dawn for the entertainment:)

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And to top off an amazing day, I came in to my hotel room to find this pretty package!

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It’s a pretty corduroy pouch and a brand-new pair of craft scissors!
This was a long one today- if you read all the way to the end, well done!
Tomorrow will be a lazy day of finishing my make and takes and a surprise dinner event! The only clues they have given up is a dress code of ‘cowgirl optional’, pet dander and dust. Hmmm…… Petting zoo? Horses?
I’ll find out tomorrow night!
Linda

2013 Founder’s Circle Day 2

This morning they opened up the hospitality room so we could work on our make and takes. It’s always a delight to see how they do the displays.

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They have a granola station this year:

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Here’s a peek at our make and takes using our pillow gift from last night. See if you can spot the new stamps and accessories coming soon!

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I just finished my swaps thanks to Susan and Dawn’s assistance- thanks, girls!

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Stampin’ Up has some fun little vignettes around the room:

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I’m saving bunches of the other ideas for classes so I’ll resist posting all of it now:)
Off to stamp my projects. Hope you find time to stamp today!
Linda