Founder’s Circle 2014

Never, ever in my wildest dreams did I ever believe I would earn Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle.  For those of you who are not familiar with Founder’s Circle, it is an exclusive event for Stampin’ Up!’s top demonstrators in St. George, UT.

St. George is a beautiful location.  Its rock formations and desert clime are so opposite of green and mostly flat Iowa.  On the bus ride from the Las Vegas airport to our hotel, I drank in the views.

From the moment I departed the bus and stepped into the Marriott, I felt pampered, spoiled, and appreciated.  

Of course, one of the highlights of Founder’s Circle is the trip to Kanab, where our stamps are made, ink pads are put together, and paper is packaged. 

I even got to trim and cut apart one of the new Hostess sets…

and the Bright and Beautiful set.

I was in awe watching our photopolymer sets being made…and I am still not quite sure how things work.  But I know I love using them!

One of the highlights was the tour of Shelli’s apartment.

Of course, no trip to Kanab is complete without a picture in front of the “rock”. 

There were gorgeous centerpieces…

…plus opportunities to meet new friends, like Jen, the concept artist behind Endless Wishes.  The sentiments are written in her handwriting.

And let’s not forget time spent with old friends, too.

There were  gifts galore…

…and a decorated door.

I was off to see the Wizard at the Tuachan Center for the Arts.

And in the end, I helped decorate a tree for charity.

It was a glorious time, and one that I will cherish forever.  As I sat and talked to Shelli about showing dogs…it had been on my Bucket List…she asked if Founder’s Circle had been on my list.  Sadly, I told her it had not.  I never believed it was something I could achieve.  In her wisdom, she said to write it down and cross it off.  Isn’t that wonderful piece of  advice?  I LOVED it!!!

And so, as my routine returns to normal, I want to thank all of my loyal customers and the members of my Stampin’ Up! family, The Schach Pack Pals, for making this all happen. I truly love and appreciate you all.  Until next time…


  1. No one deserves it more! And just for the record, if I do something not on my to-do list, I put it on there and cross it off. After all, one must get “credit” wherever that comes from : ) Glad you had so much fun and thank you for being you.

  2. Ann, we’ve been through St. George and it is beautiful country! It was fun looking at your pictures and smiling at all the fun you must have had as well as the fun expressions you had in your pictures. 🙂 So happy for you that you got to have the experience!!!

  3. Congratulations on your BIG Achievement, what an honor. This was a well deserved honor.

  4. Congrats Ann! Glad you were able to enjoy.

  5. Congrats Ann on such a wonderful achievement….

  6. Congratulations, Ann, well deserved

  7. Congratulations for a well-deserved honor and thank you for sharing all your beautiful pictures. You are an inspiration!
    Cheers from Maine, Dawn

  8. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time! You inspire so many of us all year long and you worked so hard to achieve this blessing! You deserved to be apart of the top group of demos. Is next year on your list of things to shoot for?

  9. Ann, I still remember your face when they called out your name at Convention for Founder’s Circle!! Thanks for sharing this fantastic experience with us. Loved all the pictures! You will be back there to share with us again, Pal!!

  10. HI Ann, Wow I was feeling your excitement throughout the post as it must have been so much fun. I wish you many more to come as you deserved every moment. Nicole xx

  11. You so deserve this! And I agree, this will not be your last time attending Founder’s Circle! Congratulations!

  12. Well-deserved, and it won’t be your last time to Founder’s Circle. 🙂

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