Founder’s Circle Share & Swap Party

125 women in pajamas, bearing boxes and tote bags filled with handmade cards, smushed together in one room for one reason….stamps! Who woulda thought that when Shelli
and her sister started this company 25 years ago it would lead here!




As we entered our gathering area, the smell of roasted cinnamon and sugar nuts was amazing! Look at the cute cones they put them in! We each received a nautical tote bag and swatch book with submitted business ideas! I love the bag with the logo and year on it.

There were pajamas of every style and slippers, too! These little piggies of mine came with me to the party:


We listened to business ideas shared by our fellow demonstrators and some fun announcements. Then headed to start our line swap. 120 swappers standing in a long line as we exchanged our cards. Look at my stuffed bag full of swaps!

Don’t you wish you were here in my room tonight going thru them all? I wish you were here, too! (course maybe we wouldn’t all fit in the room ūüôā

Here is ONE and then I’m going to bed.
Tomorrow is a BiG day! Manufacturing tour in Kanab, picnic lunch with the employees and a surprise event that we know zero details except to bring water shoes and sunscreen. Yikes!

This card is by Deb Valder and shows what she named the Moonlight Technique! Love the sponging detail and champagne glimmer paper!

Happy Stampin’! Linda

Founders Day 2 Make and Takes

Having a hotel room all to myself feels a bit strange but I managed to sleep in and then saunter down to the breakfast buffet by 8 am. Matt will be surprised that I skipped the waffle maker this morning but I’m still full from dinner last night!


They expanded our hospitality room today! They take down the walls and then add a lots of sofas and chairs for us to lounge around in.


We can work on or make & takes any time today or tomorrow at our leisure. There is a display board with our projects, which I’m allowed to share with you since they are completed projects (can’t show the raw product like sets that are not available until next Occasions catalog)

I don’t have any details yet on what the techniques are or how the projects are put together since I have not made them yet. But I’ll share ’em with you for your visual enjoyment!

***update! These are NOT our projects, just samples using our new set. We actually are making a whole 8×8 scrapbook! More later ūüôā











Tonight is our pajama party and share night. It’s my favorite night since I get to see 125 of the swaps and also get to chat about business ideas and hear about what other people are doing. Have a great day and go stamp something! Linda

Founders Saturday: Golf?

¬†After a day of shopping, talking, eating, ¬†more talking and more eating, we got ready for our surprise night out.¬† Stampin’ Up arranges something wonderful on our last night and we don’t know what it is until we arrive!¬†

Backing up a bit, SU started something new last year to help us get to know eachother.¬† When we arrive, our nametags have a special team name on it and we are to find our 6 other team members.¬† Our ¬†team was called the White Gloves!¬† So Janet Wakeland (one of our white glovers) ¬†in all her “resourcefullness”¬†,¬†¬†brought us all white gloves and pearls!¬† So if you see white gloves in the pictures later, you will know why.¬† We had dinner together that first night.

Since the theme this year is Tea Party (and I don’t think I posted our dinner pictures from that first night where we all had a tea cup with roses at our place setting so I’ll insert a quick pic here)

So when the bus arrived to take us to our secret location, the White Gloves were to get on the same bus to go to an activity.  We pulled into the golf course and wondered if we would be golfing but of course, SU had another idea for us. 

Good grief, what do they have in store for us?

Our team of 7 had 4 golf carts, a map and a bottle of water and off we went!

We had the BEST time working through crazy games and challenges as we sped through the golf course!

The view was incredible as we drove around the course!

Fellow White Glovers, Patty Bennett and Janet Wakeland

I love this picture of Jan Wakeland with our shadows cheering her on!There were bunnies everywhere! (and we didn't hit one, but we missed a few by a hare..)

We decided that we would just use a few cameras and share pictures so we didn’t have to have other teams wait on us.¬† So I don’t have our group pics to show you yet!¬† My White Gloves team:¬† Patty Bennett, Judy Garza, Kristin Kortonick, Janet Wakeland, Patty¬† Chenail, and Cindy Baughman.¬† We laughed a lot and although we didn’t win, we had a blast!

There were bunnies everywhere! (and we didn't hit one, but we missed a few by a hare..)

Shelli was running the marshmallow relay, where we had to balanced a marshmallow on a golf club, run around the flag and bag without dropping itThere were bunnies everywhere! (and we didn't hit one, but we missed a few by a hare..)

A roadrunner!!



After we made it through all the challenges, we sat down to a lovely dinner: At our dinner table, we had a trophy filled with markers!

Our centerpiece with our team name….

And after full tummys and a bus ride back to our hotel, we ran up to our rooms to see what SU left us as our last pillow gift! 

It was a sparkly fob of sorts to hang on our purse or whatever we might want to use it for!¬† It has a tea cup with an FC and Founder’s Circle 2011 on the bottom:

Thanks for following along my trip!