I’ve shared quite a bit with you already about my wonderful trip to St. George, Utah for Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Founder’s Circle – a retreat for the company’s Top 100 demonstrators in the United States and Canada. What a trip.
- On Sunday, I shared my swap card for this wonderful retreat. I was so happy to share this card with some of the elite stampers in this company. If you missed it, you can see it here.
- Yesterday, I shared Part One of my Founder’s Circle getaway. I shared some pictures from the Welcome Dinner, our trip to Kanab and some general tomfoolery. If you missed those, you can see them here.
Today, I’m sharing some pictures from our Goodbye Dinner and Final Event, along with pictures of friends I already miss dearly. I’m also sharing some new products we received and some projects we made with those products. What fun!
Who doesn’t love to receive and play around with new products? On the first night, we received our Founder’s Circle Make-and-Take products. We received a pack of Designer Series Paper and stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. What fun! Here are some beautiful projects with these new products:
While I don’t normally gravitate toward floral stamps and images, I’m really happy that these flowers are so versatile – as you can see from the samples above, they can be formal or casual or modern or vintage. And the sentiments in the set are sublime.
Goodbye Dinner and Final Event
On our last evening in St. George, Stampin’ Up! surprised us with an amazing dinner in the gardens of The Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education. What a beautiful night with amazing food and friendships!
This is our table (before any of us sat down and messed anything up).
I was willfully sandwiched between Angie Juda (who I absolutely adore, y’all, and loved getting to know on this trip) and Linda Heller (does it get any sweeter than Linda?).
After dinner we were shuttled down the street to the St. George Musical Theater’s production of West Side Story. The show is presented “in the round” which means that the audience is in a circle around the show. It was great!
This is just one side of the theater – there were four walls of this. We were so close. There I am in the top, left corner of the risers. I don’t like for people to come up behind me, so I thought I was safe and comfortable there. What I didn’t realize, though, is that people would come down to the stage from the curtain directly to my right. The first time that curtain ripped open and people charged out, I almost jumped over this collection of people. Scared. Out. Of. My. Mind.
While Founder’s Circle is a great opportunity to catch up with “old” friends, it’s also a wonderful time to form connections with “new” friends. I never got a picture with some of my “old” favorites because it doesn’t occur to me. It doesn’t mean I don’t love them just as much. Here are some fun pictures of me with some of my Founder’s Circle friends.
I spent most of my time at Founder’s Circle with Linda Heller – partly because she roped me into that really long Phase 10 card game (the one that went on and on and on) but mostly because she’s a real joy to be around. Linda had a hard time, though, making it into pictures. Here we are sharing a make-and-take from our trip to Kanab.
I also shared a bit with you about my encounters with Ronda Wade – she’s the one who created a fire hazard by tying my door shut with jute ribbon (not really much of a hazard since I wasn’t in the room at the time). I loved getting to know Ronda on this trip – it’s hard to believe she’s been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator since the late 1940’s. That’s just not true. My point is…she’s amazing.
And then there was Angela McKay, who I just adore. Every time I made eye contact with Angela, I felt the urge to laugh. She’s such a talented artist with a sweet and kind charm about her, but there’s also an intelligent naughtiness there.
I wanted to hug Karen Duke every time I saw her. This kind, funny lady has a streak of blue in the front of her hair and a streak of naughty to go with it – gave a new meaning to “blue hairs”.
Ann Schach and I posed for a picture at the park in Kanab.
Connie Steward, Michelle Zindorf and I had a quick picture at the same park – Jodi Reinert didn’t know she was in our picture (just beside Michelle), and Linda barely made it into the snapshot – see I told you she had a tough time. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by today!