WCMD2016 – A Recap of an Amazing Day

As many of you  know, Pam (my amazing upline) and I have hosted a World Card Making for the past three years.  This past weekend marked our fourth.  While World Card Making Day is the first weekend of October, we pushed back our event a month to coincide with Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event here in Atlanta.  Almost 200 demonstrators showed up to our event – today I’m sharing a quick recap in pictures.

Atlanta WCMD

Let’s start with a cute shot of Pam and me in our Selfie Frame:

Brian King and Pam MorrisDemonstrators came from all over the United States to attend our event, and we couldn’t be more grateful to welcome them.  Guests were introduced to lots of great stamping tricks and techniques by a panel of hand-picked demonstrators (an incredible crew).  Here’s a picture of our amazing presenters:WCMD presentersfrom left to right:  Pam Morris, Candy Ford, Lynn Kolcun, Shawn de Oliveira, Linda Heller, Kimberly Van Diepen, Susan Nygaard, Brian King

Pam and I kicked off the event with introductions and fun announcements.  We had lots in store for the day, so we hit the ground running.  Pam shared some great ideas for working with the Merry Medley stamp set, along with some really fun techniques.  She also had a lot of fun with her presentation:

Pam Morris

I shared a quick demonstration of the Diaper Fold technique to create a little pouch for candy (you can read more about that technique here).

Brian KingIn my little pouch, I stuffed a 100 Grand candy bar.  That led to our celebration with Mary Fish, who would be honored the next day for reaching $1 million in career sales.  Incredible, huh?  Ten 100 Grand candy bars = a million, right?  We asked Mary to come up and presented her with a special gift – a picture frame she can display in her new craft room:

mary-1 Mary FishWho wouldn’t love such a sentimental and beautifully crafted gift?  🙂

Candy Ford wowed us last year with her ideas for wrapping and sharing Halloween candies.  This year, she shared some amazing ideas for holiday gift-giving and decorating – from crazy-awesome ways to wrap candy to creative ways to dress up items from the Dollar Store, Candy shared some amazing ideas.  Candy brought a bottomless box of amazing ideas, and we loved each and every one.  Here she is (very seriously) showing us some ways to dress up inexpensive Christmas ornaments:

Candy FordCandy’s blog is stampcandy.net.

Linda Heller shared some amazing ways for finding inspiration for the layout of a card.  She showed us, step-by-step, how she made a card with an idea from gift wrap paper.  She shared tips for CASEing with thoughts about “copying” someone else’s cards vs. being “inspired by” their work.  Such great perspectives on the layout of cards!  Linda shared some really great techniques, too!  I could watch Linda all day long.

Linda HellerLinda’s blog is WhereTheRubberHitstheRoad.com.

Kimberly Van Diepen is such an artist!  She shared her amazing tips for adding texture and dimension to cards.  Kimberly adds so much texture to her cards with beautiful ribbons, paint specks and washi tape.  She shared some great ways to accent a card with doilies and embossed images.  AND she maintained an energy level that kept everyone on the edge of their seats.  What a thrill to have her with us for this event!

Kimberly Van DiepenKimberly Van DiepenKimberly’s blog is StampinByTheSea.com.

Lynn Kolcun shares some great insight into finding color combinations in our “language of colors” around us every day.  From needle points she has created to trees by the road to an abstract painting, Lynn sees Stampin’ Up! colors everywhere.  She showed how she pulls inspiration for color combinations from all of these places and how they translate into a card.

Lynn Kolcun Lynn KolcunLynn’s blog is Avery’sOwlery.com.

Shawn de Oliveira is the master of clean-and-simple with a graphic edge.  I asked Shawn to talk to us about creating backgrounds and to offer some tips for quick-and-easy watercoloring.  He delivered.  This was Shawn’s first time stamping in front of a large group – I have a feeling it won’t be his last.

Shawn de OliveiraShawn de OliveiraShawn’s blog is ShawnStamps.com.

Our final presenter was another treat for this room of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  I asked my dear friend Susan Nygaard, a Stampin’ Up! Million Dollar Achiever to share her story of how she started small and worked to way to large parties and classes and themed get togethers for her customers.  Not only did Susan leave the room wanting more of her wit and charm, but she left us inspired and feeling like we could tackle the world.  At one point during her presentation, Susan donned a Mardi Gras outfit to show us how adorable she is.

Susan NygaardIt might seem like our World Card Making Day event was just one presentation after another.  What would be wrong with that when you have such amazing people to share, right?  Well, we also had some fun games and swaps with the group.  We hosted a 3-D Holiday Gift Swap where each person brought one item – I’ll be sharing my project with you soon.  The swaps were amazing!  We also hosted a card swap with some of the best cards I’ve ever seen.  There was a lot of talent in that room.

WCMD2016Oh!  There were also games.  The most memorable?  Two people held a collapsible trash bin on their heads while their teammate tossed Stampin’ Sponges.  After 30 seconds, we counted the sponges in each bin.  It was quite a super-fun 30 seconds!  Here’s Linda Callahan, trying to catch the Stampin’ Sponges that were being hurled at her head:

Linda Callahan

The day wrapped up with a really fun Make-and-Take (I’ll share more about that later), and several people returned the next day for a Shoebox Swap.  What an incredible day!  It was so wonderful to catch up with friends and to make new friends.  I love to entertain and was “in my element” for so many hours that day.  Thanks to all who helped make it so very special!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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flyer-for-stitched-and-saleTomorrow is the last day for me to receive cards for the Holiday One-for-One Swap – if you haven’t mailed it already, you’ll need to just drive over and drop it in my mailbox.  🙂  I can’t wait to share these amazing cards with you.



  1. Oh how I loved reliving WCMD hrough your post and photos. This event is the bomb and Pam and you are the ultimate hosts!

  2. What fun!!! Was so nice to see all of those smiling faces :0)

  3. Hi Brian,
    Have a great day.

  4. It looks like you all had tons of fun! Thanks for sharing all the photos!

  5. It was a ton of fun!!! I’m still floating on cloud 9! Awesome recap!

  6. Wow what a gathering, that’s living the life!

  7. Love to see the pictures and read about the presentations with the most creative people. TFS, Brian. Can’t wait to see some of the projects and ideas.

  8. Thank you and Pam for a fabulous day! The recap is great. I hate we have to wait a year to enjoy it again.

  9. Your post has me grinning from ear to ear…such fun!!!

  10. Fabulous, fabulous Day!!! Thanks to you and Pam for everything!!!!! ?

  11. Such a wonderful day…..even though people were throwing things at me…..you and Pam are amazing!

  12. It was an A-MA-ZING day. I learned a lot and had soooo much fun!

    Um, couldn’t you have caught me in a better facial expression? ?

  13. AND, congrats to you #34!

  14. You and Pam created such an awesome, fun and memorable day for all of us that were so lucky to attend! I am already counting the days until next year! ?

  15. WCMD2016 was amazingly awesome. The presentations were so informative, it was like a mini-OnStage. I can’t thank Pam and Brian enough for putting together this phenomenal event. This event is what SU is all about bringing us together to have fun with ink, paper and stamps.

  16. Wonderful Day!!! So Great to meet so many Awesomely talented people in one place!!

  17. You and Pam did a spectacular job!! I had so much fun learning new things, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones, seeing all the fabulous 3D swaps and the incredible cards everyone made for the swaps! I can’t wait for next year!!

  18. Pam and Brian did a fabulous job with this event. There was so much learning, stamping and fun all packed into one incredible day! And I took away a bag full of goodies which was an unexpected and nice surprise. This is an event you don’t want to miss next time it comes around!

  19. What an incredible event put on by two incredible hosts!!! Thank you for all of your hard work in creating such an inspiring and fun time together with other demonstrators. Can’t wait for the next one! And you can count me in to make the centerpieces every year! 🙂

  20. Congratulations Brian!!! So happy for you! #34 out of all the demonstrators in the country? Amazing! You do beautiful work! So excited to have you as a guest on our blog hop next month!! ?

  21. I’m so jealous. And no one received their Tim Tams from me this year! I’m such a slacker. Looks like you all had a fabulous, creative and fun day. Maybe one day I’ll get to make it to one of these. xo

  22. Oh Brian , what a fun day and a BEAUITFUL turn out, the only bad thing , is that I wasn’t there ???, and I’m still sad about !
    But enjoying every bit of photos I see, thanks for sharing ,
    Hugs Frenchie !!!

  23. Lots of fun, you guys did a lot of work to make it a wonderful event!

  24. Oh Brian – you put so much of yourself into these gatherings and it certainly pays off. It looks like you all had such a fantastic time and I bet next year you get 500 attendees. It was also such fun to see the video of you supporting Mary Fish. I’m sure everyone was so excited for her and that excitement was generating even more excitement. So glad you got to be there and be part of it. You are amazingly wonderful. Thank you for all you do!

  25. Such an amazing day! Many thanks to you and Pam! I can’t wait for your next one. Your singing Happy Birthday to me made my day!

  26. Brian, ditto to Frenchie. I experienced the fun through your blog post and it brought back memories from last year. You and Pam simply are magnificent hosts and I am a bit sad I didn’t make it, but am glad you all had such fun. Also, kudos to you on your recent accomplishment. To be in the top 1% at SU is truly amazing, and so are you. Congratulations to you, my friend.

  27. Brian…..Seeing your recap of the day makes me feel honored that I was there to experience such an amazing day. You, Pam and your crew did a fabulous job of making us feel welcomed. The presenters were marvelous at bringing us their business and creative expertise. In reflection, I am reminded that the best part of stamping is the many wonderful people we meet along our way and the memories we make that last a lifetime. Thank you so much!

  28. This what the best day EVER! You and Pam did a wonderful job. And I learned so much from the presenters. Thank You so much all the hard work

  29. This was my first WCMD and I hope not my last! My mind is still on overdrive with all the great ideas. Presentations were over the top! Lots of fun and laughter! Meeting “My People” and making new friends…Priceless! You and Pam knocked it out of the park! Thanks so much for all the time and effort you both did to make this such a fun and memorable event! When can I sign up for the next one?

  30. LOVED IT! You guys do a great job – thank you so much for all the hard work and thought you put in to making it an amazing event.

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