World Card Making Day: Part 2

Yesterday, I shared some pictures from our 2015 World Card Making Day event here in Atlanta.  You can see those pictures here.  I’m so happy I can share a little bit of the fun we had, but there’s no possible way to share it all.

The morning events were capped off with an amazing Southern-style meal.  Barbecue chicken, brisket, macaroni and cheese, salad, potato salad, veggies, cornbread and biscuits.  All of that was topped off with a variety of desserts – including fried bread pudding bites. This meal was designed to get us through an afternoon of more fun!


When I say that the attendees enjoyed the lunch, I don’t say it lightly.  This is a picture of Mom’s table (she’s the third one over from the left).  She and Linda were watching football on Linda’s iPad.

lunch at mom's tableWhen Mom agreed to come (as if I had to do a lot of persuading), she had no idea she’d be greeted with such warmness.  Although she’s not a demonstrator, lots of the people in the room already knew her.  She’s become quite a star with the videos she’s filmed for me (you can see her Banner Triple Punch video here).

Phyllis Shepherd asked Mom to sign her A Little Something stamp set – Mom didn’t know that she was THAT popular.  🙂

Phyllis ShepherdPam’s mother was there, too, and it was wonderful to share this day with them.  When we made special introductions of our teams and presenters in the morning, we also recognized our Moms.  We asked them to come to the front and showered them with gifts.  My Mom was given an opened, but not dry, pack of Stampin’ Up!’s retired Simply Pressed Clay.  Pam’s Mom was the lucky recipient of a pack of pom-poms and clips from an old Sale-a-Bration banner kit.  We treat our moms right!

I grabbed a quick Selfie to capture their joy in the moment.


During the afternoon session, Pam gave a great presentation that included some great ideas for using Project Life – for documenting life, card making and gift giving.  She gave a brief history of the product line and offered great tips for using it.

Pam Project LifeWe were also fortunate to have a brief panel discussion with some really great leaders who are certainly experts in many fields.  We were so fortunate to have these folks at the event.  I asked each to speak about specific topics – Mary Fish (building team community), Lisa Pretto (training and supporting teams), Lynn Kolcun (custom orders and craft fairs), and Phyllis Shepherd (striving for longevity).

panel discussion

We also played some really fun games – for one game, I gave clues (in the form of riddles or rhymes) about current Stampin’ Up! colors.  The players had to run to a pile of boards with colors on each to find the color I was describing.  By draw from a hat, Lisa Pretto was pitted against Brenda Stallings.  Wendy Ellard and Lynn Kolcun were brought in to assist.  Fun was had by all.

color game

We also challenged the tables to make beautiful paper airplanes with some of the materials I brought in from my “retired stash.”  Tables worked really hard to add lovely details to the planes.  What I didn’t tell them at the time, was that they’d be tossing their planes to see whose would travel the farthest.  Some anticipated this additional challenge and built beautiful AND flight-worthy planes.  Here’s the winning table’s plane – flown by Mary Fish:

Plane - Mary

After the fun and games, it was time to get to stamping.  I walked everyone through the five make-and-takes we planned for them.  We had two Halloween, two Thanksgiving and one Christmas themed projects.  Everyone received A Little Something stamp set when they entered the room, and everyone received a pack of Spider Web Doilies in an all-attendee giveaway.  What fun!

The room of stampers did not waste time getting to work on these projects.  Here’s Donna Griffith, who attended the event as a demonstrator (not as a representative of Stampin’ Up!’s home office), assembling a banner for the top of her Halloween Treat Bag:

Donna swaps

It didn’t take long for these tables to fill up with supplies and drinks and phones.  See anything else I missed?

dirty tablesThe day was truly magical for Pam and me.  We are so glad we were able to share this day with so many wonderful people.  The day ended with a big drawing for a set of Many Marvelous Markers – AND we were able to give each person in the room a handmade notecard to celebrate World Card Making Day.  The inside says “Thank you for celebrating with us.”

wcmd card Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Wow, that’s my kinda party…all about Stampin, topped with a yummy meal! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am happy your event was so successful Brian. Congratulations to you and Pam!

  3. That was AMAZING Brian! Wow you and Pam did so well. I would have LOVED to have come to your event – you can see how professional and fun it was. How cute that your Mum was treated like a celebrity – so she should be – she is! I’d like an autograph too please – I can pay in Tim Tams? Congrats Brian and thanks for the blog update on your WCMD.

  4. You captured and recapped the day perfectly! Except you forgot to mention that you did a project with glimmer paper! It was so much fun working with you on this mega event. You are the peas to my carrots, the yin to my yang, the real red to my old olive… get the point. Love you to pieces Brian!

  5. Brian – thanks again for such a wonderful day! I’m so glad I got to come and am already looking forward to next year. You did “AWESOME”!! 🙂

  6. WOW ! You and Pam knocked it out of the ball park with this celebration !! Also you have covered so many great details to make us feel like we were there ! Thank you again for sharing ….love the messy table…the food…the football (my kinda gals ) Such fun !!

  7. I can’t wait for next year! Hurry, hurry!

  8. oh no . . . not that photo of the airplant and me! Such fun for all. Still dreaming about the bread pudding!

  9. What a fantastic celebration of the craft we all so love. You and Pam really did a phenomenal job and I so wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing it all with us Brian. I bet your Mom was just bursting with pride (in between the plays of the game that is)! LOL

  10. Maybe next year I will be able to make the 8 hr. drive down I-75 to attend your fabulous event {fingers crossed}. Thank you for the wonderful photos and play-by-play. You and Pam did a fabulous job!!

  11. WOW! How wonderful to see all these happy faces. I have no doubt that you all had a marvelous time. Hope to make it next year. Super great job by you and Pam! It’s like a mini SU Convention! Whoo hoo!

  12. Brian, your re-cap is so wonderful, I can only imagine how the day was in person.

  13. What a FUN time. Thanks for sharing, Brian,

  14. Best.Day.Ever ?

  15. It was a great day, and I am glad to have been a part of it. I learned a lot, and I enjoyed your mother. She was a great football-watching pal, and the Iowa Hawkeyes won! Thanks to you, Pam, and everyone that worked so hard to make the day a success.

  16. It looks like a great time was had by all, but who won the markers????

  17. Brian, Pam and everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this event super FANTABULOUS! I had so much fun and collected absolutely beautiful cards during the SWAP. Food was outrageous! This was my first WCMD, but it will not be my last!!! Happy Stampin and thanks to everyone again for hosting this fun event!

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