For those of you who might have wondered if I had a good time last week I thought I would show you a picture that I captured from Shelli's Blog!  I guess it was taken by Dan ~ Stampin' Up!'s photographer ~ who attends all of Stampin' Up!'s events.  Anyway it was a surprise to me!

LaughingThe picture was taken at the closing event ~ always a fabulous time (and it changes every year).  This year we all went to a ranch and spent the afternoon playing games, eating dinner and listening to two cowboys sing and play their guitars.  I promise lots more pictures soon ~ I have some classes to get ready for ~ tonight, Saturday and Sunday!!!

Shelli's Swap

Gathering PlaceThis is the Gathering Place at the hotel ~ a large comfortable room for stamping, sharing, treats, lounging and playing Plenko (a prize a day is a super extra!).  This is Jennifer ~ I caught her refilling the candy jars.

Gathering Place staffWonderful Stampin' Up! Events Team members ~ they plan every last fabulous detail of our trip to St. George, including our Business Share and Swap.  Shelli and her daughter, Sara, were working on their swap card in the Gathering Place (the day of the swap ~ it is so hard to find time to make 120 cards!!).

Shelli and her swapShelli tying little bows with Natural Linen Thread (#104199).

Shelli and Sara and the swapSara spraying GOLD GLOW SMOOCH SPRITZ (#118770) on their project ~ in the box to prevent the smooch spray from floating around the room!  You can find the Smooch Spritz on page 158 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  And, the gorgeous swap card ~

Shelli and Sara's swap card

Rock Art

Petroglyphs 1

Petroglyphs 2
This is something I have always wanted to see and never really thought I would but on our trip down the river we pulled over and took a short walk, up, to this site.  The rock art, or Petroglyphs, were amazing.  Images carved in the rock by native Americans years and years ago provided a feeling of continuity along this beautiful trail.  It is amazing what my Stampin' Up! opportunity has provided for me ~ what a celebration!

Petroglyphs 3

Q and A
Q and A session at Kenab ~ part of our tour was to spend time with staff for an opportunity to ask questions.  The picture includes Josh, HR (in the center), Darren, Production Floor Supervisor (right), and Richard, Facility Manager.  Some of the things you might want to know ~

  • The best selling product in the Holiday Catalog ~ Ornament Keepsakes
  • Stamp sets produced in a day ~ 16 to 17,000!
  • % of wood to clear ~ 60 to 70% clear
  • It used to take 3 1/2 days to produce and send stamps ~ now, 3 1/2 hours!  The staff is always looking for how to do something better.  I have seen many changes in the five years I have been visiting Kenab.  I saw lots more changes this time ~ no pictures ~ top secret!

Julie Daley
Julie Daley, Kenab Tour Guide

Back on the bus and our next stop was the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.  The dam created Lake Powell.  Here is our tour guide, Brad.

Boat tour dam
Come back tomorrow for more fabulous pictures of this part of my trip to Founder's Circle!  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

Let's start in the middle of my trip...

Kenab welcome Kenab welcome 2 We Love our DemonstratorsMy trip to St. George, UT for Founder's Circle was fabulous!  And, who wouldn't feel terrific about the welcome we received when our bus pulled up to Stampin' Up!'s manufacturing plant in Kenab (north of St. George)!  The pictures show the employees who all came out to greet us!  These same employees are responsible for producing 4,152,638 stamps in 2011 ~ all made in America!

The RockThis rock is out front of the facility so we all had our picture taken by it.

Lunch at KenabWe toured the manufacturing part of the plant and then had lunch with the employees.  We were treated to a picnic ~ they cooked hot dogs, hamburgers and yummy chicken over the grill and then we ate in this gorgeous great room.  Tomorrow ~ Shelli's apartment in Kenab.  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

120 swap cards!

120 swap cardsAs some of you may know, I am in St. George, Utah at the wonderful Stampin' Up! event, Founder's Circle.  Founder's Circle is a relaxing four days when the top demonstrator's in the company are treated like princesses by SU!  And, I want to thank you, all of my fabulous customers for making it possible for me to be here!  THANK YOU!  Thursday night is our Business Share and Swap ~ it's a pj only event!!!!  The bag above holds 120 swap cards ~ all designed with the kitty, Frightening Feline, on page 26 in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog.

1 swap card
Stamp set:  Frightening Feline, #128105, $8.95 (w)

Ink:  Versamark and Jet Black StaZon

Card stock/DSP:  Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP (#126906, page 24 Holiday Catalog)

Accessories:  Tangerine Tango embossing powder, Apothecary Accents Framelits and Window Frames Collection Framelits

This is a quick and easy card for Halloween.  If you would like to make some for your friends and family you can place an order online or email me.  I will be back on Sunday night and will take care of your order on Monday morning!  Susan Elise

Shelli's swap

One of the really fun things that Demonstrators do is swap cards!  So, if you and four of your friends make 10 cards and if I and four of my friends make 10 cards when the ten of us get together we can swap our cards.  Each one of us will have 10 cards but they will all be different!  It is a great way to get new ideas!  Demonstrators swap at convention, leadership, regional meetings and even at my team meetings once a month!

At Founder's Circle, which was in September in St. George, Utah, ~ even Shelli Gardner swaps!!!  And, it is a BIG swap ~ 125 of us are all together and we all swap ~ in our pajamas!!!!  I thought I would show you Shelli's pretty swap.  You might like to use her ideas in making a card for your friends or family.  I know they would love to receive this card from you!

Shelli FC Swap
Stampin' Up! Stamp set:  You Are Loved, Holiday Mini Catalog, page 40

Shelli's apartment in Kenab

I have been showing you pictures of our trip to Kenab during Stampin' Up!'s Founder's Circle this month.  Above the manufacturing plant, Shelli and her family have an apartment so that they have a place to stay when visiting and holding staff meetings.  It is a lovely space and I thought you would like to see pictures (great ideas for your own home!)

Shelli's apartment guest room 
Guest Room

Shelli's apartment guest room 2


Shelli's apartment kitchen


  Shelli's apartment laundry


Shelli's apartment bedroom
 Great Room

Shelli's apartment great room

Shelli's apartment great room 2

Shelli's apartment & sem