Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spellbinders Design Team Retreat

Once again, I cannot thank Stacey, Jeff, Kim, Cathy, Eli, Terre, and everyone at Spellbinders for such an amazing experience! We had so much fun, learned so much, ate too much, and were completely spoiled!! I borrowed a couple of these first photos from Lesa Rapp, because of course, I didn't have my camera with me when I needed it most. :)
Here is all the product we received from many generous paper crafting companies. Can you believe it? I fear to mention them all, in case I forget one! Talk about being blown away!!
We packed what we could in our suitcases and still shipped home large boxes-unbelieveable! I consider myself so fortunate!!

Here we all are in the conference room. When we got there, we all had baskets overflowing with chocolate, chips, crackers, and anything else you can think of to munch on. Just one of the million wonderful little touches that happened during the whole weekend.

GETTING THE WIZARD! Handing us The Wizard is Kim Hupke, the education director. I have wanted a Wizard for two years! Why did I wait?! What a remarkable machine!! The person sitting next to me is Heidi Blankenship, my table partner and fellow Minnesotan. What a sweetie whose talent and creativity is astounding!

The book. Our design team coordinator, Cathy Chlebana, made each of us these books to keep all the techniques we learned in one place. Its a gorgeous book and my new favorite tool! We filled that book to the brim with all the possibilities!
The cute little name tag was made for each of us by Christy Farneth-Kerr. We all made things for each other in a little swap.

Yes, that is Marianne Walker, from Copic Makers, and the blog I Like Markers. We are now all Copic certified!!!!!!!!! Copic was SO generous with the team! Marianne is unreal! What an artist to learn from! Here we are playing with re-inkers and Purell. (more on that later)

Now I have photos of the team, here is Christy-Farneth Kerr and Mary Farneth.

Debbie Seyer, Jennifer Davis, and a very excited Terre Fry

Karen Hunsacker (AKA chauffer :)) showing off reverse stenciled flowers, Janine Blackwelder

Karen Taylor (my roomie, AKA Betty Boop), Julie Overby, Lesa Rapp

Mary Pfaff, Kazan Clark, Holly Simoni
I will get you linked up to these ladies as soon as I can get myself back into the swing of things! You really and truly will want to see what they are up to! Spellbinders put together an amzing team!! There are more photos and stories at Spellbinders blog, so check those out too. And yes, I really am that giddy about the Crate paper in the photo...I am such a dork!
thanks for stopping by!!!

Check out Timeless Tuesday at Flourishes. Don't forget about the Paper Crafts 225 Cards and Gifts week going on at Moxie Fab and Paper Crafts Connections, and I promise cards and other tutorials will be coming soon!! :)


Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

Thanks for all those pictures!!! It sounds like you had a FABULOUS trip! Girl, that is A LOT of loot you got! Can't wait to see some new projects with all you've learned.

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Yowza Kim!! So glad you had a fab time - you deserve it cutie!! Happy creating!!
--Big Hugz, Becca

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Holy Hanna, that's a load o' loot! Dannnnng, girl, I'm so jealous!!

TanishaRenee said...

Wowzers, I am drooling all over my keyboard!

Great stuff, looks like a ton of fun! Can't wait to see what you create with your new stash!

mamichelle said...

Oh my word!!!! That is a lot of schlock!!! You are so lucky.

Amy said...

oh. my. word. What an amazing company they are! You must have to pinch yourself every few minutes!

kristie sessions said...

this looks absolutely AMAZING! Congrats again!

Tracey said...

Oh my goodness, what I would do for all of those goodies. how lucky are you?!!? So awesome girl!!

Beth M said...

Love the photos. Can't wait to see some projects. And so jealous of the photo of the bed of goodies! Can I come over and play? : )

Deanna said...

Wowzers Kim, this is awesome! Again... congrats!

Jen Tapler said...

I am soooo stinkin' jealous!!! Holy crap girl! You scored!!! (well, so did Spellbinders when they picked you for their DT!!!). Thanks for sharing this!!! And congrats again!

Kristy Vernon said...

Awesome! Congratulations and I'm so happy for you. I think that Spellbinders has to be the best thing since sliced bread. I can't wait to see what you make for them.

The Wired Angel said...

I am green with envy.. you are so lucky and blessed to be part of such a great event. You go girl!!

Gina said...

WOW!!! Kim, you were spoiled indeed! Congrats again . . . I can't wait to see more of your creations! :)

Heidi Blankenship said...

Kimberly, what an amazing time we had at the Spellbinders retreat!! I am so glad that we were table partners and we were able to spend so much time chatting and getting to know each other better! You are so talented and I can't wait to see all of the beautiful things you will be creating over the next year! miss you & (((hugs)))

stamprgrl said...

holy CRAP!!!! omg.... congrats!!!!!

-- dalis