Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Circle Card

Celebrate Card  using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die to cut out the card base.
I made this card for a sketch challenge.
The following Stampin' Up! supplies were used to make this card.

Stamp Sets:  Four Seasons
                     Embellished Events Stamp Set

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
                      Baja Breeze
                      Pink Pirouette

Ink:                Baja Breeze
                       Pink Pirouette

Other:           Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Bitty Banners Framelits, Paper Piercer, Fancy Fan Embossing            
                      folder, Frost White Shimmer Paint, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dazzling Details, Basic Pearls,
                      3 1/2" Circle Die, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Aqua Painter, Big      
                       Shot, Bone Folder, Sponge Daubers,

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Still Thursday of Founder's Circle

I left off at the business share.  Here is a little photo of us gathering around to listen to some tips.
On the way into the pyjama party we were all given a very cool swap bag for after the business share.
Inside the bag was a really cool swatch book with business tips.
After all the business sharing it was time for my favourite activity.  Swaps.
This is my swap card.  I made 121 with the help of my best friend/sister in law Diane,
My brilliant, handsome husband Irv, my dear friend Catherine Sanders and about half the ladies at my table at the Olive Garden.
The challenge for the swap was a "2 Layer card"  This was definately a stressful challenge for me.
I love layers on a card.  I did the two layer but this is certainly not easy.
After swaps we sat around sharing the cards we got with each other.
Then we headed to our room to change for the hot tub.
I open my door and there is tonight's pillow gift.  Those of you who know me closely will know that
this pillow gift is definately perfect for me.
A gorgeous blanket.  I love blankets.  I even take a blanket when I go to the movie theatre.
I am going to keep this one in my car.  The blanket I got on the Alaska trip is on my couch
and I cuddle with it every day.
We go off to the hot tub and as I go to bed on Thursday night I am wondering where we
are going on Friday.
We know we are going to Kanab for a tour of the facilities but we are being taken somewhere afterwards.  We are told that we need the following items.
Dress comfortably and in layers.  Short, capris or khakis are highly recommended, along with a light shirt and jacket or sweater to throw on if the wind picks up.
Flip Flops, sandals or water shoes
Sunscreen, lip balm, hat, camera.
I already owned flip flops but I forgot my closed toed shoes for the factory tour so here are the
items that I had to buy for Friday's trip.
I am set for the Kanab tour and the mystery tour.

Thursday of Founder's Circle

Thursday morning we had a breakfast buffet in the lobby.  There was lots to eat including "made to order" omelettes.  Yummy.  Not only is the food good but the atmosphere is fantastic.  There are lots of tables and everyone just grabs seats together and the focus is more on socializing and chatting with each other.
After breakfast it was back to the hospitality suite to play plinko for a prize, eat more food, and work on make 'n' takes.
Check out the ice cream freezer full of novelty treats for us to just help ourselves to.

The night before they had served this fabulous seafood in a really cool dish.  They washed out the dishes so we coulde is candy all around the room again so I may have saved a candy or two for later in my special bowl.
There was no need for lunch that's for sure.  I spent the day in the hospitality suite working on my swaps.  My dear friend Catherine Sanders helped me as she downloaded My Digital Studio 2 and got tips from others on the program.  Everyone is willing to help each other here and share their
knowledge and business tips.  It is one of the best things about the trip.
There are some stores within walking distance so we went to do a bit of shopping for some necessities we needed and then we went to the Olive Garden for dinner.
After dinner it was time for the Pyjama Party and Business Share and Swap.
I love meetings where the dress code is "Pyjamas"  
As we came down the hall toward the Hospitality Suite there was a scent of cinnamon in the air.
Oh, how I wish I could take a picture of the scent.  Imagine the smell of "Cinnabon"
It smelled so good.
We enter the room and to our left they are making  Hot Candied Cinnamon almonds.

Look how cute the containers are.
 But of course there is more food to the right of that.
I really will need to lose 100 lbs after this week.
Here is a picture of my favouite square.  You are probably thinking, "how could you
be hungry?"   I wasn't but I just thought I would have a little nibble.  Just a taste.
It is so good that a little taste turned into two squares.
Again I wish you could smell this photo and taste it.  They are to die for.  It's like a
rice krispie but way better with lots of peanut butter goodness.  I can taste them
just writing about this.
So the room is full of ladies eating sweets and meandering around and chatting.
Then we settle in for the business portion and a few demonstrators speak
on some topics like making you tube videos, making webinars, etc....

To be continued.......   It's time for a few minutes of sleep again......

Friday, September 14, 2012

Founder's Circle 2012

Finally a chance to catch up on my blog.  I am having a super time.  As you know a few weeks ago
I moved my studio to my basement and I love my new Stampin' Up! Studio.  I love it so much that I
hated to leave it.  However, I earned the Founder's Circle trip which is a huge honour.
This was my picture at convention with my new purse that each Founder's Circle recipient receives.

Even better, I left a few days early and Irv came with me so we could spend a few days in Las Vegas.
Now, I know I said that it was hard to leave my new studio behind but I still insisted on being at the
airport 3 hours before our flight.  To be fair that is what it said on our itinerary.  Irv said that we
didn't need to be there that early but I insisted we needed to follow the instructions.
Well, apparently we were there before the staff.  They were kind enough to turn the lights on for us.
And of course in the hotel at Las Vegas I was making swaps.  I swore I wouldn't do this again but....
There are so many shows playing in Vegas and we were lucky enough to see O the Cirque show.
It is amazing.  We also went to see Penn and Teller.  They do a magic trick.  We saw them 10 years ago and loved it.  They leave you saying, "How did they do that?"  They are also really kind people and they come out after the show for photos, chatting and autographs.  This is Irv in front of the
gift shop.
And I'm sure you are wondering if we gambled.  Yes, in fact we did.  Luckily we were winners.
This is one of my lucky payouts.  I like the Wheel of Fortune game.
One of the other things to do in Vegas is to walk the strip and see all the beautiful hotels, casino's and shops.  This is one of my favourite pictures that Irv took.
Now it is Wednesday, September 12, 2012 and it is time for Irv to fly home and me to go to Founder's Circle.  I have to admit that I wanted to stay with Irv and I wanted to go home with him.  I was
very nervous about the trip.
My nerves were quickly forgotten as I found the Stampin' Up! staff at the airport welcoming us.
They even had bottle of water for us which at the airport is $4.00  
We boarded the bus and left for the one hour ride to the Courtyard by Marriott in St George, Utah.
The hour flew by as I chatted to all the awesome Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
When we arrived I went straight to the Hospitality Suite.
This is the room where we gather to chat, and win a prize, and do our make 'n' takes.  Everyone
is greeted warmly and made to feel at home.  Bonnie Thurber gave me my name tag.
The theme is "Beach"   The room is full of food like this cooler that we can help ourselves to.
Inside this cooler is Fruit and Dip, Veggies and Dip and bottles of cold water.
There are cupboards around the room with candy and decorations that are just gorgeous.
These are the bags that you can fill with candy.
I may have filled two bags.  lol
We had a lovely lunch and then I went up to  check out my room.  I even had a lovely note
from my cleaning lady.
I just realized I forgot to take a picture of my name on the door.  I will have to do that tomorrow.
Of course I love it.
I dumped out the candy on the bed to check out my loot.
The room key is cool too.  It says "wandering is encouraged"
We have the whole hotel to ourselves so we can actually walk around in our p.j.s
all day if we want.
I was only in my room for seconds and then it was time to go to the pool reception.
Our name tags all have what group we are in and what bus we will be traveling in this week.
At the reception they served delicious lemonade in glasses we got to keep.
We were challenged to find the fellow ladies in our group.
Then we had to find out their answer to a question.  We each had a different question.
This was mine.
Some of the other questions were...
What is the #1 item on your bucket list.
What activity would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail?
Reveal a secret that noone else knows.  (impossible for me as I tell Irv everything)
If you could relive a year in your life which one would you relive?
What is your idea of  a perfect romantic date?

Introducing the York Beach Group
From left to right.  Kim Cook, Carol Payne, Kelly Acheson, Myself, Amy Storrie, Lee Conrey, Candy Michael
I am the only Canadian in this group.
Then we went off to dinner.
Again the decorations are beautiful.  Look at how they wrapped our napkin.
We each got a personalized stamp.
When I got back to the room I was excited to see this pillow gift.
Here is what is inside.
Sweet!!!!  I am so lucky.
All that was Wednesday.  I will have to catch you up on Thursday tomorrow as I need to get
a few hours of sleep.  It's 2am and I have to be up at 515am for another exciting day.