Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Great Weekly Deals at Stampin' Up! Announced today!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

For All Things with Autumn Accents & Video Plus the last of the Founder's Circles Pics

This card was inspired by our trip up to Duluth, MN yesterday to tour The College of St. Scholastica. The fall colors are coming out in a big way all around MN. This card uses the stamp set called For All Things from the Holiday 2014 Mini Catalog and the Autumn Accents Die. Below is the How To Video.

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I thought I would share a couple of pictures from yesterday. This is my daughter, Kasey in front of Tower Hall, a beautiful Blue Stone Basalt building quarried on site.

Kasey and her friend, Danielle, who also took the campus tour yesterday.

Tower Hall from down the street. It's quite the landmark in the city of Duluth.

And now on to the last day of Founder's Circle 2014. We worked creating ornaments and decorating Christmas Trees that Stampin' Up! will be putting in an auction for the Festival of Trees fundraiser in Salt Lake City to benefit the Primary Children's Hospital. 2014 will be the 45th year of this auction that has raised over 35 million dollars. Wow!! It's a joy to be a part of something that has made such a difference through the years. Above, Plum Pudding buds: Catherine Sanders, Meg Loven and Jill Hilliard.

These are some of my table mates . . . Ann Clemmer, Kay Schwab and France Martin. 

We were part of the Plum Pudding Team and put together these ornaments for one of the three trees that Stampin' Up! is decorating.

Here is a closeup of one of the ornaments. 

Shelli strolled around the tables and would stop every once in a while to craft with us. Here she is working with Alanna Warf us on a kit that will soon be available for us to order. It is a Simply Created Kit called Many Merry Stars. 

Of course, I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to get my picture taken with Shelli. She has that million dollar smile that never fails to light up the room!

An example of one of the star ornaments. (They look like boxes, but they are truly ornaments as they do not open up.)

Here is how we topped our tree. I was impressed at how awesome the star ornaments turned out. You will be, too!

This is our tree and the groups that decorated it. I didn't crop this photo because I thought it was so cute seeing Shelli in the background completely absorbed in crafting the star ornaments. She was really getting into it! So fun to see our leader creating and crafting right along with us!

After the tree decorating, we went to supper. The tables were again so beautifully decorated. The gifts that you see in this picture were part of a white elephant gift exchange that we did. So cute and fun. I got "taco trucks," which turns out will be fun to "gift on" to my nephews!

And, when we got back to our rooms, we had another pillow gift. Almost or maybe all of our pillow gifts this year were wrapped in Christmas Tea Towels. I am looking forward to using these in December . . . another way to add a little festivity to our season. 

And finally, a final card to share from our Founder's Circle Swap. I loved this card created by Gail Lowe that uses the four feathers stamp set and coordinating framelits. I just love everything about this card from the sparkly feather in with all the heat embossed feathers to the woodgrain embossed background to the vintage button with the swirls of Gold Baker's Twine. So, so pretty!

I hope you've enjoyed the Founder's Circle recap, too. Thank you so much for stopping by. Today is the last day to get the deals that were posted last week. Tomorrow there will be a new group of Weekly Deals.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Decorated Petite Cafe Gift Bag with Merry Everything with How To Video & More Pics from Founder's Circle 2014

I love the Petite Cafe Gift Bags in this year's Holiday Mini. They are like mini coffee bean bags of the likes that you would find at Caribou or Starbucks. The inside has a non-toxic food safe liner. They come ten to a bag and you can do so much with them. I decorated them quickly and cutely! Check out the video below for measurements and the step by step.

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On our third day at Founder's Circle we went to Kanab for a visit to the Manufacturing Plant. This was something I was very much looking forward to because I wanted to see how Photopolymer stamps were made.

When we arrived, the employees were standing outside waiting to give us cheers and high fives! We divided into groups and my group went to the make and take area where we worked on Project Life pages.

When we started our tour, one of the first things we saw was the big box of chipped up rubber. All the excess rubber is donated to places where children might be in danger of falling. You will see one of the parks in Kanab where we stopped to this in action.

We watched ink pads being made. 

And we got to see HUGE stacks of paper waiting to be cut!

After the paper is cut, it is packaged here.
It's pretty nifty to see this action! It's very fast!

Here's the Photopolymer area. After the polymer is put over a negative of the stamp image, it is followed up with another image for the "backside" of the stamp. That is what you see above.

When the polymer has hardened in the "open" areas, the rest of the liquid is drained off to be re-used. This is a picture of the draining process. 

When the stamps are completely drained and rinsed off, they have to pass "inspection." Stampin' Up! is very, very picky about making sure each image is perfect.

When the stamps pass inspection, they are cut up and put into cases ready for us to use. The whole process was very fascinating. I definitely enjoyed learning about this process!

After out tour, we had a BBQ with the employees and then it was on to the park for a bit of fun. This is my friend Sandy Carlson from ND. We are in a Leader's Group together and I was so excited when she earned Founder's Circle for the first time this year! Congrats again, Sandy!!

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We had a great bus ride back to the hotel. We played Bingo and I couldn't stop winning!! So much fun. But, I gave some of my prizes away - when you are blessed, you will be doubly blessed by sharing those blessings!! (A life tip from my parents!)

When we arrived back, we walked into the Gathering Area to a great big pile of Christmas stocking! The stockings were filled with candied popcorn. The perfect afternoon treat.

Some of the goodies from our fun day in Kanab.

The employees at the hotel's front desk were in the Holiday Spirit, too! I loved the "elf" and the ugly Christmas sweaters were a hoot! That evening, I went with friends to see the Wizard of Oz at Tuacahn Theater. It was awesome. LOVE that part of our trip to Founder's Circle!

And finally, another sweet Pillow Gift to wrap up our day. And guess what . . . it was a pillow!! So cute for the couch in December.

And here is another of my favorites from the Founder's Circle Swap . . . a cute Halloween card created by Tami White using the Tee-Hee-Hee stamp set. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I truly appreciate you!! 

Tomorrow, I will be taking the day off from blogging so I can get ready for an upcoming event. I'll be back on Monday with more to share! Have a great weekend!

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