Day three at Founder’s Circle was a big day! We got up super early and loaded the busses for Kanab, Utah. This is where Stampin’ Up has it’s manufacturing facility. All the stamps, ink, and paper are made here. I was so excited to go!
The spoiling didn’t stop while we were traveling. This giant snack basket was brought through the isle several times!
We enjoyed visiting and checking out the scenery as we traveled the two hours. It went be really fast!
When we arrived, all the Kanab employees were standing outside waiting for us. They gave us a hero’s welcome!!
We broke up in several different groups. Our group got to do the Make and Takes first. This is Rose Coleman and Allison Okamitsu… my Krazy Kanadian friends as I call them! “Don’t ya know!” 😉
It was neat to be sitting among the “products” creating!!
Here is the cute card we made with Watercolor Words.
I had to take a picture with my lovely friend Pam Morgan. She is a Vice President at Stampin’ Up. My husband and I were invited to have dinner with her and her husband last year on the cruise and I just fell in love with her then! She is so great to talk with. She is so kind and so smart, very refreshing in a world where not everyone is! She is so good at communicating things is such an intelligent manner. I really admire her so very much. I hope to be like her when I grow up! 😉
Next we walked out to the “big rock” to take the traditional SU picture!
Look closely at this picture…. DO you see the photo bomb?? He just kept randomly popping up… creepy!! LOL!! I don’t know who he was, but he kept doing it!
Next, we took a tour of the manufacturing lines. These are the molds and dies they use to create out rubber stamps.
The rubber comes in the really LONG sheets!
And look at me!! They let me trim down a sheet of stamps! Yeah… you know those ended up in the damaged bin!! LOL! It actually cut like butter! So easy!
Here an employee is putting the boxes, labels and stickers together. It was amazing to see how many times our stamps are touched before they are actually in our hands!
The line to add the wood blocks….
The photopolymer section was so different! It really is a big chemical reaction that creates these stamps. They are cured for a few minutes here.
They are then given a bath and hung up to be inspected. This employee was looking for any traces of lint or bubbles that might have cased a damage to the stamps.
Next was the ink pads This was so cool! They are hand built! And we were shown how to snap those babies back together when they accidentally come apart. They were pros!
At the end of each station, we got a free product! We were like kids in a candy shop!!Kay and I went with Christmas colors of course!
This is where they spread the left over rubber. They use it for playgrounds all over Utah!
That is a GIANT slab of Smokey Slate cardstock. They move it over to this really cool machine that cuts it and then packages it.
After a yummy lunch with the Kanab employees, we headed over to the local playground that has the shredded rubber under the equipment. We had to take the obligatory photos of course! LOL!
You could kind of see some of the images from the rubber that had been stamps. The purple rubber is form the hostess sets we used to have. They used to always come in purple rubber.
We had fun showering each other with rubber pieces! We were like a giant group of children! LOL!
This is my friend and mentor Ronda Wade. I love this picture because we don’t have a good one together and we even look like we’re matching LOL! Ronda has been my rock this past year really helping me to grow my business. I wouldn’t have earned Founder’s Circle without her guidance for sure!
It was a really fun day! Look at al the goodies I came home with!
And look at this!! We stopped at a little store called The Wigwam. I found a Pink Buckaroo Shirt!!! I almost cried!
That evening, we received this beautiful package on our bed!
Inside was this awesome jacket. I LOVE it. This is my favorite Pillow gift ever!!!!