Day #3 of the Stampin’ Up! Founder’s Circle retreat

Rise and shine! We were on the bus at 6:50 AM and we returned to the hotel at 9:30 PM. We went from St. George to our beloved Kanab, Utah manufacturing facility (1 1/2 hours by bus), we had lunch there then another 1 1/2 hour drive to Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. We rafted down the Colorado River in the most breathtaking scenery. It was a full but perfect day! (even when you factor in the sweet but goofy raft guide who stopped twice to strum his guitar that he whipped out of nowhere while singing… it was a wee bit unexpected).

This is how we get welcomed by the amazing staff at Kanab who say they wait all year for us to come. Trust me, it's a love fest when we're there as we love these hard-working folks too!


Patty Bennett and I toured together.


Love seeing our CEO, Shelli Gardner's, private family quarters on the 2nd floor of the manufacturing plant.


Six of us from our Advisory Board 2010 posed at the rock sign at the entrance. Check out the blue skies!


Stampin' Up! surprised the 120 of us with a 3-hour float trip down the Colorado River starting at Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.


Gorgeous scenery.


And even a stop to see some petroglyphs!


Dinner in our own bag was waiting for us on shore.



And upon our return, after having been gone 14 1/2 hours, we had this striking framed photograph of our float destination today waiting on our bed. It was a great day!


Day #2 of the Stampin’ Up! Founder’s Circle retreat

Day 2 was pretty light and easy. After returning the rental car and a trip to Dillard's, I pretty much sat in the Gathering Place all afternoon working on our Make & Take project which is a 20-page 8×8 album. While in there, my 5th level up upline, Jill Olsen gave me the two gifts below. Super, super cute! The fabric gift is a shoulder purse.



I sat at a table with our CEO Shelli Gardner and her lovely daughter Sara Douglass. The two most photogenic people ever.


After dinner, we walked back to our hotel. We have the whole place!


Always love spending time with one of my very dearest Stampin' Up! buddies, Patty Bennett.


There was a guy making Cinnamon Almonds and they were served in these. How cute!


Our pajama party is just beginning. We go from snacks and gathering to hearing 5 business tips from fellow demonstrators then we swap.


For the 1st time, we were gifted special totes to collect our swaps. Some vignettes of business tips were compiled into the cute little My Digital Studio sampler.


And here's the loot! Here are my 120 swaps that I am just about to savor and look through, one by one. At first glance, though, this is the best bunch of swaps I've ever received at a Founder's. What's sort of ironic is that we were asked to focus on a "2-layer" card rather than the WOW cards many tend to bring. I think it was challenging for high achieving demonstrators to scale it back but, I think it was brilliant. I see more truly demonstratable cards than I've ever seen in a swap. I'm so excited from what I have seen so far and now back to business…. Good night!


Stampin’ Up!s RETIRING STAMP SET LIST for the 2011-2012 catalog is here!

Available now through May 31 – stamp sets have limitless supply so don't worry about them selling out.


Accessories that are retiring will be announced April 25 and those ARE "while supplies last" and DO risk selling out.

Here are 3 files with the RETIRING STAMP SETS plus photos of the list:




Retiring 1
Retiring 2
Retiring 3
Retiring 4
Retiring 5
Retiring 6
Retiring 7

Sharing a darling Halloween card from my Stampin’ Up! team member Marsha

A member of our Stampers for Others team, Marsha Stehle, sent me the cutest Halloween card! It is very much my style. Cute elements everywhere but not too much. Love it – thanks Marsha!


Marsha used the following products in her card all by Stampin' Up!:

  • Wicked Cool stamp set (#118738 wood or #120600 clear)
  • Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper (#117400)
  • Rich Razzleberry card stock (#115316)
  • Old Olive card stock (#100702)
  • Basic Black card stock (#121045)
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch (#119882)
  • Scallop Oval Extra-Large Punch (#119856)
  • 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch (#119855)

Happy Halloween the Stampin’ Up! way

Gosh it feels good to stamp again after my illness! I created a simple but (I think) cute Halloween greeting that I sent to a few customers as order thank you notes and all my 1st level downline. Because I was making a lot of them (90?), I had to keep it simple and with few embellishments. I'd rather send a more plain card to more recipients than a blingy card to fewer. And I did not copy this idea — thought of it myself!


I used two base colors of card stock as I started with Old Olive then ran out: Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.

Stamped focal point with From the Crypt (love this image!).

Put a rhinestone in spiders legs as though he were holding it.

Sponged edges with Old Olive.

Bottom Designer Series Paper is a huge obsession with me right now – it's from our new Designer Series Paper Stacks that have every color we have in a 12 x 12 paper. I can't get enough of that as I love matchy-matchy and tone-on-tone sorts of color schemes.

Oh, and I used Teeny Tiny Wishes and my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for the greeting (I really love the SAMJ too – made accurate placement of the greeting a snap!).

Sorta odd to say for a Halloween card but, "in person", I think this card looks elegant!