2013 Founder’s Circle Day 1

I arrived in St. George Utah this morning for the Founder’s Circle Incentive event. (Stampin’ Up honors the top demos each year for 5 days of rest, inspiration and a little spoiling:)
After just getting home from San Diego the day before yesterday, I wasn’t too excited to get back on a plane again.
Once I got here and visiting with friends, I’m getting my energy back!

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This cute little chalkboard plaque was hanging on our hotel room doors with our names. Stampin’ Up always decorates the doors in some way and now we can leave each other notes!

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There seems to be a burlap-country kind of theme this year. Usually they reveal more as the event goes on.
They had a little horseshoe pit in the hospitality room and surprisingly I got a ringer and won all three prizes! Let’s see if I can do that again tomorrow.

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The three prizes I won included the season of style journaling tags, Which I was wanting to get and play with anyway so I will have fun using those.

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The red vines candy is my team name and I had to find my other teammates so we could get a prize. We also sat together at dinner and enjoyed getting to know each other better.

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Angie Juda, me, Karina, Catherine Pooler, Mary Polcin, Natalie Travis and Tina Weller. We had a nice dinner and the tables were beautiful.

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If you were wondering what was on the charger plate wrapped up in the burlap ribbon, it’s a jar of homemade peach jam.

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After a wonderful dinner like that I wasn’t expecting to find a pillow gift when I got back to the room!

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Because this gift is all new product that’s not available till the next seasonal catalog, I am not supposed to post what was inside but I can tell you that I squealed with delight and truly love love love it all! I’m hoping we will use the stamp set for our make and take projects so I can show you a few of those.
Many demonstrators were working on their swaps today for our big 120 card swap tomorrow night. I still need to assemble mine but added some silver glitter glue to the insides before dinner so they could all dry!

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Even the window ledges are full of cards! Tomorrow will be a lazy day of assembling swaps, chatting with friends and relaxing a bit before our pajama party tomorrow night!
Thanks for stopping by
Linda

2013 Stampin’ Up Fiji Days 6-7

Bula! I’m posting from my phone so pardon any ‘less than perfect’ photos and fonts.

As we finally made I back to the US, 3G Internet is such a treat! We have 8 hours in LA before finally boarding a plane to get back to Florida. We had to leave our friends at another terminal and while I’m ready to go home it’s hard to say goodbye.

Thursday night we were treated to a Fijian reception on the lawn with entertainment and dinner. Jan saw the hotel workers cutting leaves off of trees for our dinner placemats. 20130504-145227.jpg
The next morning we picked up our swaps (will post those later) and Stampin’ Up organized a Share hour with 10 demonstrators showing fun projects. It was a little packed to get to all the tables but here is a sampling:
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Diana Gibbs is always adorable and so are her cards:
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Look at all the extra details she adds to make it extra special.
Stampin’ Up displayed our swaps on boards so we could see them all. We swapped in groups of 25 so we didn’t get to keep them all. Here are a few favs and I don’t know who stamped them since we could not see the artist’s name. (If one of these is yours, let me know):

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Classic and Simply pretty
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Sharp color combo

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Lots to look at on this one- fun use of the little accessories

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I met a wonderful stamper, Gail Lowe, and she had decorated her This n That book cover just so cute! Here is one of the inside pages:

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After the 9.5 hour flight from Fiji, Matt and i still had a 8 hr layover in LA. We decided it was too pretty here in California to stay in so we grabbed a cab to Santa Monica Pier. Gorgeous weather and breeze, a ride on the Ferris Wheel, funnel cake and of course, Zoltar!

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7 more hours and home!
Linda
Ps- don’t forget to check out the new Best Of stamp set for May called Brides and Babies.

2013 Stampin’ Up Fiji Incentive Trip Days 4-5

Bula from Fiji!

The weather was a bit rainy but that didn’t stop anyone from seeing the local offerings. Shopping, eating, shopping, ice cream….it’s certainly not a healthy vacation 🙂 We bought a Bula Bus pass and rode around the city, getting off here and there. It’s pretty pricey to eat here but we found Mama’s pizza and it was freshly handmade & delish!

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Wednesday we rented our driver, Kit Kat again. He drove us out past Suva, about 45 minutes away, to a gorgeous white sand beach. We had a private cabana hut and patch of paradise. There was a camera crew in view filming Beauty and the Geeks reality show, supposedly on a deserted island lol
After the beach he dropped us off at a Chinese place where we had an amazing feast!
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We had our General Session meeting last night. Stampin’ Up Arranged a lovely welcome reception in the breezy lobby with live music. As our session began, Fijian dancers entertained us.
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The guests/husbands received a thank you gift in one of the new wood mount stamp cases. A Survival kit, and Matt was most impressed that a Snickers bar for in there!
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The guys/guests also got a “Dude, You’re Welcome” boxed stamp set.

The demos were thrilled to get the new catalog and a 12×12 paper stack of the new Prints patterns! Then we listened to the corporate team giving company updates.

When we got back to the room, another Pillow gift arrived!

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The hat for me, the backpack for Matt!

Today we went into town for a service project at the local hospital here in Fiji. This will take the place of our make and take time this year. I’ll admit when they first suggested it and I knew we would be giving up stamping time, I was a bit grumbly. It was optional to go but I’m so glad we did.

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It really helped me to appreciate our hospitals in the states. The waiting room was filled with people and no air conditioning. Even though 200 of us invaded their area, every person smiled as we worked.

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We split into teams of yard or painting. We had to remove all the blue paint off the poles with sandpaper down to the silver metal, then repaint them. ( that was the team I was on, team Grit:). Lots of poles!
Shelli and Sterling and family were right in there, working just as hard as anyone.
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Matt was on the Green Team, grabbing a weed wacker. No mowers, so very tedious to get the grounds looking good. Lots of rakes, weed pullers and garbage pick up.

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A team also painted the front of the hospital!
It touched my heart that so many of the demonstrators took time from their vacation to work so hard. As I write this, many are still there working right up til the last bus brings them back.

No stamping to show you yet, we turned our swaps in but haven’t gotten them back yet. On Saturday we have a share event and 10 demos will be presenting ideas!

By the way, if you tried to call our toll free Stamping School line, it’s not transferring here. We had forwarded the lines but it won’t connect here in Fiji. So email us if you need help at Info@stampingschool.com

I’m off for now, switching to vacation mode!

Linda