Founder’s Circle: An Amazing Finish to the Weekend

Well, I made it home and am still processing everything I learned, experienced, and was moved by over the last few days.  Founder’s Circle was an amazing experience that I can’t believe I was able to be a part of but I’m so grateful for the opportunity. 

For anyone reading my blog who is a demonstrator or has considered becoming a demonstrator, I wanted to take a minute to tell you that it is totally possible for you to make it here too!  I always thought you had to be hitting incredibly high sales or building a team of 50/100/200 demonstrators to be able earn an award like this, but I’m here to tell you that you don’t.  Have a passion for what you do, share it with others and help your business grow.  If you have questions about how you can have an experience like this, send me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com (or chat with your upline if you are a demo) and I’d be happy to share with you how you can do it too!


Saturday was our last official day of activities.  Most of the day was on our own, and so after a few late nights, I got to sleep in and then headed downstairs to eat and spend some time chatting with the other talented and savvy ladies here.

I started working on our Make & Take projects but kept chatting too much and ended up only finishing 3/4 of one!

Founders Circle make and take tables

I also hung out with some of the fabulous Stampin’ Up! home office staff, like the super sweet Andrea Withers!

Finally, in the afternoon we all boarded the buses to head to the final event.  We had no idea where we were going or what we were doing.

Turns out we were headed to Staheli Farm.  The buses dropped us of and we got a hayride through the farm.

Founders Circle farm event

We broke back up into our teams from the first day and had the first couple hours to do a bunch of activities for fun and prizes!

We visited the petting zoo:

This rooster was fine when we were in groups, but he totally chased me when I came back on my own!  Who knew roosters were so territorial with people. Smile 

We petted goats (well some of us did anyway):

Jumping on the “jumping pillow”.  (That is Julie Davison, me, and Mary Fish flying all over the place!)

We played Bingo, milked a pretend cow, played horseshoes, wandered a corn maze, and got to lasso a “cow”!

I caught mine!!

Then we headed into the barn for dinner.  At each place was a horseshoe with a note from Shelli Gardner thanking up for being there and wishing us luck for the coming year.

Awww… I know, isn’t that so sweet?

Founders Circle final dinner

Then we hung out and listened to the cowboys play a concert as the sun set.  It was super cool and about that time I discovered my phone could do panorama photos and so I had to play with that. Smile 

Founders Circle 2013 Farm and Final EventFounders Circle 2013 cowboy concert

As a special gift while we were there… we were given a new product that is hopefully going to be released later this week.  It is the Everyday Occasions kit and it is aimed for someone who hasn’t stamped before.  It contains a thin clear block, a stamp set, 2 ink spots, and the paper, die cuts, and accessories to make 20 cute cards.  They may sell these in retail locations but I think they will be available online as well.  I’ll share pictures later this week with the cards you can make – and they are pretty cute!

Everyday occasions Stampin Up kit

So we got back to the hotel and I thought the Everyday Occasion was our final gift but to my surprise, there was one more pillow gift waiting for me. 

They started a tradition last year where when you attend Founder’s Circle for the first time you get a bracelet with a charm.  Each time you make it back you will receive a new charm for that year.  It is such a sweet touch and I hope with hard work I’ll be able to be back in the future and earn another charm for my bracelet.

And then instead of packing, a large group of us congregated at the hot tub and sat outside for hours chatting and sharing about our lives, our businesses, and our experience here.  It was awesome.

I tried to pack when I got back to my room around midnight but after an hour I realized that I wasn’t going to fit!  See, I came to Founder’s Circle with only a carry-on bag and a purse.  But look at how spoiled we were (not including the new product I can’t show in a picture)

The gifts were great, but honestly the conversation and the people were even better.  So, I encourage everyone to work at building your Stampin’ Up! business in a balanced way and hopefully you too can make it here soon! 

Sunday it was a crazy morning –

  • heading to Target to buy an extra bag (Smile),
  • missing the bus to the airport (thankfully the hotel was kind enough to give me a ride so I could catch up with my suitcase that was on the bus)
  • making sure my carryon bag wasn’t overweight (which it thankfully wasn’t)
  • and spending a little more time with the girls I had gotten to know over the last 5 days.

I spent all of my time on the airplane taking notes, writing down the perspective I had gained on this trip, how I had become passionate about helping the girls in my Fun n’ Crafty stampers group feel empowered and recognized for all the little ways they work and make ground in their business – and helping other demonstrators feel that way too! 

Then, when we landed in Seattle and I was getting excited to see my husband and kids, I looked out the window and saw a rainbow coming through the clouds to greet me at the airport. 

It was the most perfect way to end an amazing weekend!

Rainbow at the end of Founders Circle 2013

So, thanks for visiting and sharing my experience this week at Founder’s Circle!  I still have more ideas, projects, and inspiration to share over the coming weeks, but I’m glad you came by now to see a little of what this adventure was like.

If you have any questions or need a little encouragement, don’t hesitate to reach out and say hello!  You can find me on Facebook or shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com.

 

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Founders Circle 2013: What a Way to Start the Week!

Well, yesterday was my travel day to St. George, UT for the Founder’s Circle retreat getaway.  I was like a 6 yr old headed to Disneyland for the first time!  Seriously, I was trying not to bounce off the walls. Smile  And once I got here, it was even neater than I expected.  So, I wanted to share with you some of the fun I’ve experienced all ready so you can live the experience with me.

Are you ready?  Here we go!

One unexpected side effect of the retreat being held in St. George, is that most people fly into Salt Lake City and then catch a puddle-jumper flight to St. George itself.  That meant that our flight was at least half full of demos all headed to Founder’s Circle at the same time.  Can you say party plane?!  And check out the scenery from when we landed:

St George Airport for Founders Circle 2013View from St George airport

After picking up our luggage, we were bussed to our hotel where I discovered that we get the whole place to ourselves!  So, we were greeted by Stampin’ Up! staff and this cute decorated entryway

Founders Circle 2013 hotel entrance

Once inside I quickly found another first timer – Brandy Cox – and she and I stuck together as we took some pictures and checked everything out.  We headed to the Horseshoe Lounge (the themed hospitality suite) to play horseshoes for prizes and to pick up our yearbook and name badges.   Can you tell I’m excited to be here? Smile 

Founders Circle 2013 Jennifer Blomquist yearbook and badge

I’ll admit I had a bit of stamping celebrity jitters when I saw all these people who I’ve followed online or listened to their videos and webinars.  We had a few hours to relax before dinner and I had no idea what to do.  But then I saw a table where Angie Juda and a couple other folks were working on finishing up their swaps for the Thursday night event.  I decided to dive right in and offered to help Angie assemble her swap boxes.

As we kept working and gabbing, more people stopped by to chat and then started helping.  Soon we had a table full of folks crafting and chatting.  It was like an old fashioned quilting bee!  So fun!

Working on swaps with Sandi MacIver and Angie Juda

(our group – Tamra Davis, Sandi MacIver, Angie Juda, Franci Martin, Karen Trelfa, and Brena Keenan)

Finally it was dinner time and they continued spoiling us here!  The tables were so cute!  And the lemonade with peach slices and blueberries was delicious!

Those little jars on our plates were local Raspberry Jam from a nearby farm… decorated, of course, with Stampin’ Up! ribbon and a digitally designed label.

Oh, and did I mention my tablemates??  They had us grouped by candy names and so we were the Chick-o-Sticks! 

That is right! I was sitting with Jackie Ross, (me), Julie Davison, Sharon Armstrong, Ronda Wade, and Mary Fish!!  What an awesome group of ladies!

I also have to share a funny story.  Last weekend in San Diego, I was asked if I had presented at convention.  I said nope and the person decided she had probably just seen my blog.  Well, earlier in the day at Founders, I had twice been either asked if I was Julie or someone thought I had done a webinar for Stampin’ Up!  Well, when I saw Julie Davison, I realized that she was the person I was being mistaken for!  She has presented at convention and done a webinar, and after being a demo for 11 years has the title of Executive.  What a great person to be mistaken for!  Oh, and did I say she is the sweetest person to boot!

What do you think?  Think we could be twins?

Oh my, this post is getting long!  Ok, so I’ll try to finish up quick!

After dinner was a meeting with some Stampin Up execs for all the first time acheivers… aren’t we a fun looking bunch?

There were first timers who had been demos for 2-1/2 years to some who had been demos for 18!  So anyone can do this!

Then back up to my room – yup, I get a room to myself!  And the cute chalkboard name plate on all of our doors.

Founders Circle door name tag

And on our bed was a pillow gift for the first night.  I wish I could share with you the insides but they are all brand new, not even in a catalog yet, stamping products!  But there is some cool stuff and if you are a fan of gold, you will be really happy with what will be coming your way in the future!

And finally, I had to share a close up of the tag – I think this is a motto I need to start living more by:

Do what you love & do it often

What an amazing first day and such inspiration to be around all these ladies who love stamping, love creating, and love sharing it with others.  It is a reminder how much this is a way to reach out to other people and touch their lives when you send a card, preserve a memory, or create a handmade gift for someone. 

So, I hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll be back tonight with more to share!

Don’t forget!  Founder’s Circle Specials this week!

**Receive DOUBLE your reward punches for each purchase!
That is right! For every $40 you order, you will receive two punches on your punch card and be that much closer to receiving a free stamp set of your choice!  See how Northwest Stamper Reward Punches work

and as an extra thank you,
**Everyone who places an order by 9/22 will be entered to win a free Christmas Star stamp and package of rhinestones!

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I’m back!

Sorry for the long lag in writing!  This whole cross-country move thing has been much more complicated than I thought!  🙂  My whole house has been packed up and in a truck for the last week, and my DH, myself, and our 3 cats have been staying at my MIL’s house until it was time for us to move to our new home in Portland.  I managed to set aside a small bag worth of stamping supplies thinking I was going to have lots of time to use them but boy was I wrong.  It wasn’t until last night that I was able to really start pulling them out.  It was an interesting challange to see what I could make with the limited supplies I had.  However, in the end I think I have a number of simple cards that I’m pretty happy with.  I’ll be posting them over the next week as I finish my transition to Portland and unbury my craft room.  Hope you like them!

My new goodies have arrived!

My new order is in and boy am I excited.  Sadly, it showed up just before the packers and movers showed up at my house so I only really had time to mount my stamps and gawk at all the goodies before most of it went away.  However, I was smart and kept aside a bag full of stamping items so I will be able to play with some of my new supplies while waiting for the movers to deliver my craft room to Portland. 

Coming soon – projects with the new filigree brads, awesome rub-ons, some new stamps including Baroque Motifs (I’ve been eyeing it forever and can’t wait to try it out!), and the scallop square punch.  I’m sure there is more, but I know I won’t be able to keep away from those items.

Sorry for the quiet

Hi all,

Just wanted to post a quick note to say sorry for the delay in posts.  Sorting our house in anticipation of our move has taken longer than I thought and has taken up my last few nights.  However, check back this evening…I promise to post new card ideas!

Trying out a new blog

After years of attending Stampin’ Up! workshops, I’ve finally taken the pluge as a SU demonstrator! They gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse – meet new people, share your love of stamping, get discounts, and even earn money while doing it. I have to say, I loved scrapbooking and card making before, but after looking at all of the examples and experiencing the support and enthusiasm of the SU family, I’m even more excited.

My plan is to use this blog as a place to post my samples, experiments, and let you know all of the great promotions as I hear about them from SU. I’d love to hear your thoughts about how I can make this blog better or anything else that is on your mind. For the next couple weeks, I’ll be here in Tulsa but then starting in September I’ll be moving to Portland, OR. I’m excited for the change and to start meeting the crafty folks in the Pacific Northwest.