I had an absolutely fabulous time at my first Stampin’ Up! Founder’s Circle Retreat in St. George, Utah last week! It’s a retreat for the top 100 demonstrators and boy do they pamper us!! I actually earned the honor last year as well but couldn’t attend. I didn’t know what I was missing!
When you take a Stampin’ Up! trip they totally take care of you. I mean totally. I flew in, was greeted at the St. George airport, boarded a bus with a number of other demonstrators and we were given our room keys before we even got off the bus!
We each had a gorgeous name sign on our door. Yes, we each had our very own hotel room. That was a real treat!! My family wondered what my room looked like, so I took these photos to show them…
I had a king room with a couch, a fridge, a microwave, a nice desk area and a beautiful view of the pool area. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott and we had the entire hotel to ourselves. That was so nice! It was just demonstrators and Stampin’ Up! staff everywhere you looked. Every morning we had a breakfast buffet and every afternoon there were special treats like frost your own sugar cookie and fresh fruit, raw veggies, crepes and I can’t even remember the others but I can tell you they were yummy.
The first night we had a Welcome Pool Party that was loads of fun! That chocolate caramel cake was sinfully delicious. We each had a little canvas painting on an easel at our spot and a fun bottle of lemonade with a little ice breaker game card attached. Here are the lovely ladies I dined with…
So fun to get to know different demonstrators from around the US and Canada! I think I met and spoke to just about everyone there, if only for a minute.
One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to go to Kanab to see how the stamps were made! They even let me use some of the machines…
Here are a few more highlights from the tour…
1 – Photobombed by our tour guide
2 – This is what makes the rubber stamp images!
3 – Everyone there was SO nice! Very patiently told me how things worked & let me try!
4 – FREE STAMPS! We each got a Winter Wishes stamp set.
5 – Boxing up stamp sets
6 – Photopolymer stamps! Really cool to see how they were made.
7 – This dear lady checks the photopolymer stamps for defects. Her eyes are much better than mine.
8- The die that cuts out the rubber stamps
9 – They let me try the HUGE die cutting machine!! (Are they crazy?)
Gifts, gifts & more gifts! Every day we could go to the Gathering Place and do a bean bag toss to win a prize. Every night there was a pillow gift on our bed. My absolute favorite was my new blue Stampin’ Up! jacket!!! Fits like a dream and it’s my favorite color. We were also given more gifts as we toured the facility in Kanab and at other random times! Super fun.
The last night they had a surprise outing for us which turned out to be a beautiful garden party and a trip to the local theater to see West Side Story. I had such a great time on the entire trip! I have so many more photos and memories, but I’ll leave it at that for now. Let me just say that becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator 16+ years ago is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Are you ready to join me?