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2014 Founders Circle Day 4

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The last day is a sad one…..but I made the most of it!  I slept in from the 1 am bedtime the night before.  Then a wonderful breakfast out by the pool with friends.

Later in the day, just a lot of lounging and chatting SU stuff with the corporate team, lunch, more chatting, snacks, more chatting…it’s a rough life:)

In the late afternoon we headed on a bus with our teams (I was on team Snow Balls) to a secret activity and dinner.  We ended up at a convention center to decorate trees for a charity auction!  There were about 3 teams per tree and 3 trees that needed to be spectacular!

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SU provided all the trimmings and then the teams needed to craft some also.

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Patsy on glitter duty. SO glad that wasn’t my job but she managed to keep it off her.

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Here is our tree before embellishing

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I stamped and punched circles and Leeann got them in order for Angie to sew garlands.

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Comes in handy to have a tall guy on the tree team! Go Brian!

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Diana had to run silver snowflakes, Melissa had to make the shaker bits for inside our ornament globe.

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The finished tree was amazing!!

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another tree had a natural, burlap theme

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Then an amazing dinner and table set for the holidays!

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A white elephant game with an unexpected present…

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LOL, Angie was not thrilled with her buggy lunch bags!

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But then of course we came back to our rooms to find a nice gift

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(this was Patsy’s, I haven’t opened mine yet but I’m assuming the wreath charm is the same!)

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And thank goodness I learned from previous years to bring an extra suitcase to haul it all home!

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Wanted to show you a little detail on some swaps!  The one above is by Becky Roberts, who embossed just the back of the circle layer and doesn’t it make a big difference?  Those little touches….

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Turkey punch art by Lorri Heiling!  Can you tell what 3 punches were used?

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Kay Kalthoff had a great color combo that was non-traditional with the coral and red glimmer paper & Nordic Noel DSP.

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Brian King used his signature clean, balanced style on this great card.  Loved the pops of white and simplicity.

Off to my last breakfast buffet then on to Denver then finally home at midnight tonight.  Will be a long day but I do have swaps to look at on the way!

Linda

2014 Founders Circle Day 3

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Day 3 Friday of the Stampin’ Up Founders was a FULL day!  I had to be down to breakfast at 6 am so we could leave the hotel for the annual Kanab tour.  That’s the place where all the stamps, ink and paper are made.  The employees all stand outside and wave us in and it’s a real welcoming.  This year some of the demonstrators decided it was time to shower the employees with treats, thank you cards & signs and I could tell they were really touched!

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Seeing the massive stacks of paper being cut down then sorted is always fascinating to me!

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from this to this:

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We see the whole process of stamp, from start to finish.  At one point the rubber has to be cut before it’s burned and made into a stamp. This guy’s blade was cutting SO fast!

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This is a huge vat of Stampin Mist before it fills the bottles!

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Below you can see the rubber coming out of the oven with the images on it.  They have to cool and then be cut.

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Connie Stewart gets put to work cutting the extra rubber off the stamp sets to make ‘em pretty

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I think if I chose a job there, I’d like to assemble the ink pads.  She puts in a special glue and adheres the inked foam to the case.  There’s a machine that puts on the stickers so I wouldn’t have to do that part:)

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SU had a make and take area where we made pages for a holiday Project Life kit.  I’m going to try to finish that today and show you later.

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Shelli is always on hand to chat at  Kanab. (my good buddy Patsy Waggoner is on the right) Shelli sat at our table at lunch and it was great to catch up. She is feeling great, almost good as new and happy to be here this year.

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Taking a pic at the rock is an annual thing and this year we had a surprise visitor from SU photo bombing our pics!

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Then of course we have to visit the SU park with all the rubber chips!

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Gorgeous place, isn’t it?

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Getting to know Brian King has been an extra fun thing this year. He is truly a gem of a guy as well as a talented artist.

I had some other photos with friends but the sun was not cooperating and they didn’t turn out so well!

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Then in the evening, lots of us headed to the Tuacahn amphitheater to see the Wizard of Oz

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The setting is spectacular but it was a bit warm this time and quite long…could have been the long day at the factory but it was tough keeping my eyes open once it got dark!

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I know you love to see some swaps so here are a few!  The one above is by Kelly Acheson. Lots of you have the Scattered stamp set in the Holiday catty. I like how she cut off the edges of the love stamp here.

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Patsy Waggoner did this cute card with the Holiday Home set

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I liked the way Jennifer Cotton stamped the wreath in Smoky Slate light gray and then embossed just the top layer of leaves in Silver!

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That’s it for me!  I hope you find time to stamp today!

Linda

2014 Founders Circle Day 1&2

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I’m having a relaxing time here in St. George, Utah, at the Stampin’ Up Founder’s Circle retreat!

  I’m grateful to have earned it again this year and it’s a way that SU rewards those in the top 100 demonstrators in US and Canada.

The theme this year is Home for the Holidays and it feels like 30 degrees inside (even though it’s 93 outside here!)

Lots of decorated pine trees and wintery displays!

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LOTS of treats, a mug to choose and of course stamping!

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My good friend and up, upline Karen Titus catching up and showing off our prize.

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Quite the spread SU put out for us while we were stamping!

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We do have permission to share these sneak peeks from our pillow gifts last night!  These 4 word thinlits and the photopolymer stamp set will be in the next mini catalog (about 3 months from now)

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Here are our make and takes today.  The 3 tags are in little pouches :)

The THANKS is cut with the thinlit from white cs, then under it is another white cs that I scribbled with 3 colors of the Blendies, so the color pops thru.

Tonight was our PJ party and Swap night!

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After the swap we all got sugared up on cookies and milk, then we sat around and went through our 113 swaps!

Swapping in our PJs is a tradition.  Jill Olsen and I obviously have great taste in PJ’s:)

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Good times, good friends….Thanks for the laughs Frenchie!

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And yes, our first guy at Founders, donned PJs too! I’ve already gotten 2 texts asking what Brian wore so he struck a pose:

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113 swaps all piled on my bed.

I can’t wait to really look through them all again!  Just gorgeous, each and every one!

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Tomorrow we tour the Kanab manufacturing plant.  It’s always a treat to see how stamps are born from start to finish.  I never get tired of seeing the magic happen!

Go stamp something!

Linda

Label Flip Card and Heart punch on sale

Great choices this week for the Weekly Deals!

The Label flip card die is a great deal at $8 off.  I know a lot of you have the circle flip die so this is a less expensive way to add another to your collection of those.

And Yippee Skippee is on sale, too!  Don’t miss your chance to have a stamp that says I Freakin’ Love You  (someone must love that saying somewhere because it’s a big seller!)

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The new heart punch is on sale, the Sweetheart punch, was added in this year’s catalog.  It’s a little more curvy than the regular heart punch. There’s a coordinating stamp set (not on sale) that you may like with the punch:

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Tomorrow I’m off to the gorgeous St. George, Utah for the SU Founders trip.  I’m grateful to have earned this Top 100 trip again this year and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!   I’ve made 113 of the same card and on the PJ night, we’ll swap with each other so I’ll come home with 113 different ones.
Here is the packet that came in the mail from SU with my luggage tags and agenda.  The theme for this year, Home for the Holidays, sounds like hot cocoa in a lodge:)
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I’ll be posting once a day from there and probably more often on my Stamping School Facebook page, so if you are on FB, pop on over there.
Go Stamp Something!
Linda

Swaps to Share!

I’m a lucky stamper to be able to swap 10 cards each month with a group of demonstrators around the states.  I love getting my box each month to see what they created! Here are a few from this month.  (I love them all but have a full day ahead of me and have to limit today!)

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Kimberly Allen is a master at the coloring with any medium and now here with the Blendies, just perfect!

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See how she used the light gray for shadows around the flowers?  Adds so much.  She used Corner Garden, which looks like nothing when you see it in black and white in the catty :)

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I love this bird because it’s so realistic! This one was stamped by Carole Gilmore using the stamp set, An Open Heart:

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I tried to use the SU Stencils to create a plaid using this set, but I don’t think it was too successful.

What do you think?

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A few new item from SU and the weekly Deals:

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Another Photopolymer Set, You’re Wonderful, is just too sweet!   You can print the flyer for true to life size!

18 stamps, 23.95  It looks like the words are curved to fit in the banners.

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A new Photopolymer set called 25 Days popped up today!  #135041  $25.95. 

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 The description says “Make the holidays count by counting down the days with this creative photopolymer set. Perfect for stamping advent calendars, it’s sure to be a centerpiece of your season. Set quantity: 25.”  We needed a current one for people who want to make advents this year, so this is a nice addition!

The Weekly Deals really have some Deals this week! 

That 2″ punch is new this year and it fits nice and snug into the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch!  So does the 1-3/4 but this is a bit larger and looks nice! And the glitter….we are heading into the holidays so glitter will be upon us soon….literally!

Wondrous Wreath Tips Video

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The Wondrous Wreath is a new photopolymer stamp set in the Holiday catalog.  I was going to make a quick video to show a few tips but then Stampin’ Up beat me to it!

Here Brandi from the corporate office shows how this set comes with a new alignment tab feature, which really helps us from turning and turning the framelits to cut out our images!

The tabs are a brilliant addition to these stamps!  Really helps to line these up, which only makes our projects look better.

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Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set  #135047

Price: $25.95  Set of 9

You will want the bundle for the framelits, too!  # 137624  $ 43.25

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Lots of reinkers on sale this week!  To see them in full size and detail, go to my store HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Go Stamp Something :)

Linda

It’s Alive! Holiday Catty

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It’s ALIVE and ready to order from!

I already went to my shopping cart and all the numbers are working!

The cover is all about crafting together and the inside is FULL of stamps, paper and accessories.

I counted….

42 new Stamp Sets

7 new papers

5 new ribbons/cords

7 new framelits/thinlits

3 new punches

and LOTS more including accessories and even a box maker! (did you see my video of that HERE?)

Yup, it’s pretty good and it’s filled with lots of inspiration, too.

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If you planning on a large order or you have some stampin’ buddies to buddy up with on an order,

there is a special stamp set you get free when you have a $300 order.

It’s really a good greetings set so I guess that why they named it

GOOD GREETINGS!

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Set of 19, wood mount or clear mount, FREE with a $300 party or order!

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Go Stamp Something!
Linda

 

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