Hello and welcome to my blog. Today, I am going to share with you a card that I made to send to some friends that I made back in August. I was selected to go to Utah by Stampin’ Up! for a Story Retreat. Each of us were hand selected by doing a survey they sent out months before. After the survey we had to do a follow up exercise were we had to create a timeline of our lives before Stampin’ Up! and during our time as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator along with a personality quiz. After that we had either a in person or Skype interview. Where they asked us questions based on our survey and just general questions. I spent almost an hour in my interview. Basically we were sharing out stories during this process. At the end of the interview we were asked if we would be interested in coming to Utah and being part of this retreat. There was 10 of us, we all flew in the same day. Ten demonstrators that didn’t really know each other very well, but was open to coming and being open to this new experience. I had never been to Utah and never thought that I would ever get to go. But I boarded the plane early on a Sunday morning in August to have my life changed forever.

I meet nine fellow demonstrators and the Story Team including Sara Douglass. The first night there we went to dinner at Sara’s house. While there they explained to us why we were there. During dinner we had questions posed to us that was drawn from a bowl of questions to see how we interacted. My personality quiz listed me as a introvert and I prefer to set back from the crowd and watch and listen. Which is actually very true, I don’t do well in a crowd but if you put me on the stage I am fine. Which was one of the reasons I picked videos to do a lot of my demonstrations. While at dinner each of the team members shared their stories with us. The next day we had a round of questions and answers and sharing. There were a lot of tears, laughs, and bonding.

The night at Sara’s home we had a group picture taken and one of the girls (Zahra) had worn shorts and when we looked at the picture, the way she was sitting looked like all she had on was a shirt. It was a very funny night. So on Tuesday night we all went to dinner together. It was just us demonstrators, we had been out with the entire group a couple times to dinner and was went them together most of the day. So you can see how we all kind of bonded really well. Anyway after a wonderful Sushi dinner we went back to the hotel and was laughing and talking and someone had the bright idea to do a group photo and recreate the picture our first night but in just a little different fashion. We all pulled up our pants so that it looked as if we only had on shirts. Well all but Zahra, she left her pants in place and it made for a fun photo and night. I am sure that people walking through the lobby thought we had lost our minds. But this is the story behind my Christmas photo card.

Each demonstrator that was part of this experience has forever had their lives changed. We became a little tribe. I have nine sisters after the few days that we spent together. Stampin’ Up! took 10 people that had either never met or had only spoken a few times and we became so much more. Back in November at OnStage our Stories was shared along with a few other demonstrators. It was a very moving experience to see and hear the others’ stories for the first time. You can get a little sneak peek at those by in my posts about the event, if you missed them. You can see both of the here and here.

This experience was what made me want to use this image to create a photo picture card for each of them. It was really easy to do each card is from one half a sheet of cardstock and only scored at 3″. I added a 2″ x 7″ strip of designer series paper. My sentiment came from the Making Christmas Bright Stamp set. I thought it was a perfect match to the image with saying Friends make the season shine.

After creating my cards and went to mail them I realized I didn’t have the right size envelopes. So what to do what to do, well I made my own. I used my designer series paper from the Holiday Catalog and my Envelope Punch Board and created my own prefect envelopes that worked way better than anything I could have gotten at the store. Here’s the video of how I created them.

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