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Oh my everyone! Yesterday was the big arrival day for myself, almost all of the Fun n’ Crafty stampers group, and a few friends who would be hanging out with us.
Mom and I got up way too early for my liking to head to the airport But we were happy to be on our way!
As expected, I didn’t have my swaps anywhere near ready to go, so I through amazing luck, I had the only open middle seat on the plane next to me! Which meant it was time to set up a swap making factory!
Most of our group arrived in the morning, so we hung out in our hotel room (or at least the one hotel room we could check into early) and worked on finishing swaps.
And can I say, I LOVE my stamping team and friends and they TOTALLY saved my bacon! Everyone was so nice and offered to help assemble my swaps that I was silly in thinking I could pull together in a reasonable amount of time. <3 Them!
After a yummy lunch, we boarded the bus for the pilgramige to the Stampin’ Up home office for a tour and to say thank you to the awesome staff hanging out there, working hard to keep everything running smoothly!
Of course Mom and I had to get our picture taken in the atrium….
We explored the Idea room and their fun conference room that is wall of whiteboard. I had to leave my graffiti while I was there
Then checking out the distribution center where they were packaging and shipping orders while we watched!
And of course we had to say hello and an extra big thank you to the demonstrator support team… who were answering calls while we walked.
And they had cute card samples on display too! (PS – I have more samples posted over on my Facebook page here)
These two were designed by my fab friend Michelle Suit! Isn’t she talented?
There were even new projects in the Legacy Museum too!
Finally, in between bouts of crazy rain, we ran out to the rock for our obligatory rock picture!
(L-R: Monica Van Tassell, Kathy Thisted, Carla Branton, me – Jennifer Blomquist, Nicole Flournoy, and Beatie Bucy)
Afterwards, I scrambled to finish getting goodie bags ready for the crew before we headed out to dinner.
Inside each bag we had
- A team t-shirt (saying on the front and our team name on the back!) made by my friend Tamra Davis for us.
- A name bag tag
- Treats that were supposed to have a cute poem with them but I wasn’t that on top of things… but it went something like this:
”When convention feels like a circus (animal crackers)
and you just need to chill (wintergreen life savers)
get smart (smarties)
Stay smooth and have fun (fun size milky way candy bar)”
We walked to dinner at Red Rock Brewery and though we didn’t have all one table, we still had fun and swapped for some cute cards!
So, now it is time to get ready for Day 1 – lots more swapping, bags, prize patrol, and lots and lots of fun! Make sure you are watching my Facebook page for updates throughout the day!