Founder's Circle 2009

Swap Cards from Founder's Circle Trip - 2009 - part 3

It was sad to say goodbye to everyone at the end of our Founder's Circle trip in September, but we have so many great photo memories... this is the group shot on the last night at the lovely golf course they took us to:

Final Dinner group photo-1
It looks like they painted in that sky, doesn't it??  It was real! :)

Here are more of my favorite swaps from that week... enjoy!

Below: by Susie Wood


Below: by Cindy Peterson


Below: by Kim Peck (for info on how to do this embossed background, click HERE)


Below: by Shelli Gardner


Below: by Meg Loven


Below; by Jane Wike


Below: by LeeAnn Greff


Below: by Kelly Acheson


And lastly, and possibly my most favorite card, by Angela McKay - using our stencils from the Definitely Decorative Catalog:

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Founder's Circle Trip 2009 - PJ Party and Swap

One of the HIGHLIGHTS of the Founder's Circle trip is the PJ party, business share and SWAP!! Aren't we so fun in our PJ's!?

FC Business Share Photo

I took 125 Swap Cards to swap with everyone.. we had a blast swapping...


I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you ... it's REALLY DIFFICULT to narrow down 125 swaps to a few faves... but here are some of my faves and I'll post a few more tomorrow and Sunday.

all images © Stampin' Up!

Below: by Joann Weimers


Below: by Cheryl Flynn


Below: by Beth Ann Wilson


Below: by Laura Barto


Below: by Caroline LeBel


More fave swaps tomorrow and Sunday.. stay tuned!

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Founder's Circle Trip - 2009 - GIFTS !!

Stampin' Up! REALLY spoils us with so many wonderful treats at the Founder's Circle retreat... I thought you might light to see a few of our goodies ...

Before the trip, we got this nice "Thoroughly Modern" Gusseted Envelope (catalog pg 169) with our plane tickets and these CUTE CUTE luggage tags:

Luggage tags

Then when we arrived at the hotel, we had a "get to know you game" and we had to collect colored paper butterflies from fellow demonstrators.. when we had all 5 that we needed, we got this cool stamp set that will be in the upcoming mini catalog in January!  Here is my butterfly net with my paper butterflies and my free set!

Garden set

Then that evening when we returned to our rooms from our FABulous dinner, we had these gifts on our pillow - they were for our Make & Take projects!!

Set gift

MT supplies

The 2nd night we received "The Secret Garden" autographed by Shelli on our pillow!!


Inside book

Then, on night #3 we got these adorable Garden Boots... sooooooooooooooo fun!!!  I came home and cut flowers from my garden, put a vase inside the boot and filled them!! :)

Boots flowers copy

On the 3rd night, we had our business share, swap and yummy desserts... and the staff gave us this fabulous notepad and pen to take notes during the event:


On the last night, we had our final dinner and were given a cute little box with live butterflies inside.. we opened the box and let them go:






And that evening when we returned to our room, we had this beautiful butterfly charm on our pillow;

Gift butterfly

So these were all the extra goodies I had to take home... we also got the HO HO HO glitter chipboard and red polkadot ribbon when we were on the bus to Kanab!!!


Did you notice the GARDEN / BLOOM theme!?  Perfect for me, huh? :)

Thanks for joining me today! Have a great one!

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Founder's Circle Trip 2009 - fabulous room and fantastic food!

It was hard to say goodbye to my wonderful room at the Marriott... so luxurious to have this huge room all to myself!!!  ;) THANK YOU Stampin' Up! for a wonderful week at the Founder's Circle trip!

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

And how fun to have this custom Decor Element sticker on my door!!!!  yes, I took it home.. need to find a fabulous place for it!

Gift door sticker

I felt like all we did was EAT.... and snack... and then eat again.. :)  How about some pix of the wonderful food they fed us last week?

Dessert cups 2

Dessert cups

Pizza lunch


Fruit cups

Fruit drinks

and on our final night we had the yummiest dinners...

Chicken dinner

Pork dinner

the best pear salad...

Pear salad

and not one, not 2 but 3 items for dessert!!

Final night dessert

and so... as if all that isn't enough... they made sure we took some snacks home with us...  you know... just in case we were hungry... LOL

Purse snacks

More sharing from Founder's Circle tomorrow... until then, have a great day!

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Founder's Circle Trip 2009 - Final Dinner

WOW... what a memorable night... fabulous fellowship and food and AMAZING scenery in St. George, Utah tonight!!!!  I will miss all my dear friends until we meet again!!

Dinner group table

Check out this AMAZZZZZZING sunset!!!!!!

Sunset 1

Sunset 2

I took about 40 pix of the sunset and storm that was on the horizon!

Sunset 3

Sunset 4

Sunset 5

We had a lovely dinner in a covered outdoor patio on a golf course.

Dinner 1


I will be posting more pix of all our fun times, swaps, gifts, etc., when I get home.. until then, have a lovely weekend....

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Founder's Circle Trip 2009 - Day 3

Oh what a FUN Day we had today.. what a FULL day... today the Founder's Circle participants took a 2 hour bus ride to Kanab, Utah to see the Stampin' Up! manufacturing facility!!


We had the BEST time on the bus - especially when the SNACK BASKET came up and down the aisle !! :)



I was thinking about applying for the receptionist position at Stampin' Up!... but thought my hubby and son might miss me....


Here is part of our group getting ready to chat with some of the staff in Kanab:


In Shelli's apartment upstairs at the Kanab facility we took some photos:


I was delighted to have my photo taken with Shelli's mom Pat.. she is SUCH a lovely lady!


and how fun to take a photo with Shelli in her apartment... we all love her!


After our tour of the manufacturing plant and seeing how they make all our stamps from beginning to end (which we cannot photograph), then we got to go the park in Kanab for lunch - such a gorgeous lunch in a darling pail, hello... complete with CREME BRULE for dessert!! :)





I just love all the scrap rubber that Stampin' Up! donates to the play space at this park!



My friend Dawn and I:

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My friend Angela and I:



I have sooooooooooooooooo many more photos to share... our FUN PJ party and swap ... but I'll save those for another post :)

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Founder's Circle Trip 2009 - Day 2

It's been so fun to catch up with friends and chat and eat and laugh and do Make & Takes and of course play on My Digital Studio! ... the Founder's Circle trip is truly wonderful!  Here are some photos from Thursday:

The gathering place where we can hang out ..


Of course there is lots of candy snacks everywhere...




Here is one of the cute Make & Takes we made today using the Flower Folds die and Bitty Box and Envelope die:





We got to take a My Digital Studio certification class.. it was wonderful, thanks to Bonnie and Corie for teaching us some great tips!



Enough for today.. stay tuned for more tomorrow! :)

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Founder's Circle Trip 2009 - Day 1

I am here in St. George Utah at the Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle retreat - this is a wonderful reward from Stampin' Up! for the top achievers in the company. 

I know you are anxious to see what we did today... so here are some photos for you ! :) 

After landing in Vegas, and taking a nice  2 hour shuttle ride to St. George, we were greeted by the wonderful Stampin' UP! staff and these FABULOUS decor elements on the windows!


I visited with friends for a couple hours before it was time for dinner - the room was decorated just so elegantly!!  Yes, I know my camera was on the wrong setting.. sorry this one is blurry....


The settings and gifts were so lovely:

Table card

Table flowers

It's always FABULOUS to chat with friends...  the fabulous Kimberly Van Diepen and Stella MacKay

Kvd pmb SM pmb

and dinner.... OH MY.... FABULOUS fruit salad, turkey dinner and to DIE FOR chocolate cake!


Turkey dinner


and back in my room... a fabulous free stamp set and In Color Markers and 3 rolls of In Color ribbon!

MT gift

MT supplies

Tune in for more tomorrow... I get to take the My Digital Studio Certification class tomorrow and then spend the afternoon doing Make & Takes and playing with MDS on my laptop! :) whooohooo!

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Founder's Circle 2009 Swap - by Patty Bennett

Whooohooo!! Today is the Big Day .. I'm travelling to Utah (via Vegas) to attend the Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle retreat!!  Founder's Circle is for the top 100 demonstrators  in Stampin' Up! plus the top 10 in several categories (US and Canada).  I was #18 in the company last year, and #8 in one of the top 10 categories, so I get to attend this fabulous event again!! 

I will be posting all week from St. George, Utah, with updates on what we do, what we stamp, what we eat (of course!) and of course, the wonderful gifts Stampin' Up! showers us with!!

One fun thing we do is to swap cards.. all 125 of us!! 

Here is the card I will be swapping.. it uses the TECHNIQUE shown HERE in case you missed it last week.

FC swap card 09

FC swap close up


  • Patterned Pines hostess set (Holiday mini catalog)
  • Always Artichoke ink and cardstock (pg 157)
  • Bravo Burgundy ink and cardstock (pg 157)
  • Shimmery White cardstock (item 101910, pg 159)
  • Big Shot and Petals A Plenty embossing folder (item 116824, pg 21 mini catalog)
  • Bravo Burgundy 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (item 109028, pg 183)
  • Word Window Punch (105090) and Modern Label punch (116630) pg 187 

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