Atlanta Regionals – Day One

Because we are having our Atlanta Regional this weekend, I’m on a one-day time delay.  By the time you are reading this, the entire full-day event is over, and I’m probably passed out in bed, recapping all the amazing things we did yesterday.  Today, though, I’m going to fill you in on my Friday events and share my super-simple swap card.  By Monday or Tuesday, I should be able to share additional pictures and tales from our event.  You don’t want to miss those.

I spent most of my Friday at the airport, waiting for six of the weekend’s guests who flew in.  While they were all scheduled to arrive one-right-after-the-other, we know it doesn’t always work that way.  My phone was constantly abuzz with “late leaving the terminal” and “flight delayed.”  That was fine with me, though, because I was content with the fact that all these lovely women were traveling to Atlanta to partake in the fun that Pam, Katy and I had planned for them.  Linda Callahan was the first to arrive, followed quickly by Debbie Crowley and Martie Hillyer.  Patty Carbonell was close behind, followed by Cheryl Campbell.  Most of the ladies headed to the hotel, where Pam was anxiously awaiting their arrival.  Linda, Cheryl and I waited for Mary Fish who arrived a couple of hours later (and about 7 hours after she was originally scheduled to arrive).  No matter to me.  I had a wonderful time chatting it up with these wonderful women.

The four of us hopped on MARTA (Atlanta’s train system) late at night to head to the hotel.  My favorite moment was when we got off the train.  Mary announced that she is extremely claustrophobic and wanted me to verify that we had not traveled underground or through any tunnels on our trip.  It was dark out, so I just said, “No, not at all.”  I am a good liar when I need to be.Atlanta Get Together with Pals - Mary Fish, Brian King, Linda Callahan

As part of the event, folks came with swap cards.  I want to share mine, a quick-and-easy card with the new Map It Out Photopolymer stamp set.  Here’s my card:

Map It Out Photopolymer, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

The addition of the “welcome” sentiment from Sweetly Framed (hostess set) turns this textbook map into a hospitable welcome note.  I framed the map with a thin layer of Gumball Green and then mounted it on a card base of Island Indigo.  Not only do these colors look fantastic together, but the blue is representative of the ocean.  Incidentally, I realize the ocean doesn’t surround the U.S. on all sides, but I wasn’t a very good sketch artist when I tried to add in Mexico and Canada with my Stampin’ Write Marker.  I decided to just let that go.  🙂

Stamp sets:  Map it Out Photopolymer, Sweetly Framed (hostess)  Inks:  Gumball Green, Island Indigo  Papers:  Island Indigo, Gumball Green, Whisper White  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Doh! I was up late to get this post finished and then scheduled it to post at 5:00 PM. 🙁

  2. Maria Rodriguez.

    Good Sunday morning, Brian. WOW, what a day you had but it was all worth it just to be in such amazing company. Love the picture with Mary, I wish I could have been in one of those airplanes traveling to meet you and her and all the other wonderful demonstrators this weekend. Well, enjoy each other and I can’t wait till you show us more of the fabulous pictures I’m sure you took of this reunion. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Oh this is so exciting!!! The posts are here the posts are here! Ah I wish I was a fly on the wall. No, I guess I wish I was a Pal for the weekend! (even better than being a fly!) So, omg I need this stamp set, I just love maps! Love your swap card Mister!

  4. WOW-it sounds so exciting. Have a great time! Please say Hi to Mary Fish for me. Have Fun.

  5. Charlotte Coombes

    I had no clue what I would ever do with this stamp set, and now it’s one I’ve just GOT to get, this is genius! I know you had an absolute BLAST this weekend, and can’t wait to see the pictures and share in the stories!

  6. What fun! Wish I was there. what a cute and perfectly appropriate card for the occasion! Hope you are having a great weekend Brian!

  7. You sound like you are having a fantastic time! So jealous! Great swap card! 🙂

  8. This weekend was perfect weather for a great gathering in a great city. Hopefully everyone had a blast and returns home with lots of new ideas. I am definitely jealous. We have lots of quilting retreats but I’ve never heard of a stamping retreat in this area. Boy, that would be so much fun. I’m sure you folks did a fantastic job putting this gathering together. Your card will be a great reminder of the weekend.

  9. Sounds like so much fun. Can’t wait to hear more! : )

  10. Ooh so much fun Brian !! I’m sad , so close and yet so far for me .. Sigh , maybe next time you all come east ,I can be with you all !!!! And what a perfect card ..
    Have a nice Sunday ….
    Hugs frenchie ,

  11. Pure fun card Brian! From the facebook pics, I’d say that it looks loke the Atlanta Regional was fabulous. So wish I was there!

  12. What a perfect card! Sounds like such a fun weekend! And all I did was weed all day Saturday! 🙁

  13. Have a great time,live in the present!
    don’t worry about tomorrow .Wish I was

  14. Love the simplicity of your card, glad you had a wonderful time, but if you lied to Mary about the train, will she find out on the trip back to the airport by train?? Please Brian, use your influence and get SU to make a map of Canada, they wouldn’t have as many provinces or territories to abbreviate as they did states!

  15. This is one fabulous swap! Thanks for everything……it was wonderful! And Georgia is definitely one h@$& of a state!

  16. Just one perfect event, Brian, Pam and Katy! Your swap card was absolutely perfect. Now on to update my blog. Thanks for all the awesomeness I experienced. Georgia is definitely one h@$& of a State!

  17. A priceless picture. Even better your ear to ear smile. You are simply beaming. Can’t wait for the rest of the story and pics. Probably won’t be able to sleep! LOL Great swap card!

  18. Wish I were there 🙁 I hope you all had a terrific weekend. I hope to join you next year 🙂

  19. What a great idea for a swap!! Especially when so many people are coming together. Can’t wait to see all the fun things you guys do!

  20. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    The ultimate apropo card for an amazing event!! Looking forward to more Brian!! 🙂 (as usual!)

  21. You’re certainly right about this color combo! They really are beautiful together! Love the map – so glad to know about this new set! But I am still trying to recover from the shock of seeing a Brian King card with “only” three layers!! 😉

    I’m extremely envious that you had the opportunity to spend a weekend working side by side with Mary Fish – she’s my other favorite (along with you)!! I know you had a fabulous time, and I’m looking forward to hearing more of what you share with us in coming days. And who needs sleep? You can always do that next weekend.

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