Last Saturday, I was able to attend the Bi-Annual Stampin’ Up! convention which was held at Hi-Sense arena convention centre, The day started at 4:15 am (yes, us crafters are a keen bunch) as the doors opened at 7:30 am. My wonderful upline Bec was so kind to drive me, Marla and Delani off to a fun filled day. We had registered for this event back in August so we were pretty excited.
On Stage is a chance for demonstrators to get together, make new friends, recognize each other’s achievements, get the first look at the new catalogue, see and create projects with new products.
This was the first event where the spoiler alert policy had been lifted so we had seen some sneak previews from demonstrators who were attending On StageLive in Orlando and we couldn’t wait to see what was on offer. We in turn could share with others what we had seen except the inside pages of the catalogue. So it was pretty exciting that I could share what went on at On Stage with you as soon as it happened which I did via my Facebook page.
One of the fun things demonstrators do during On Stage are ‘Swaps ‘. If you choose to participate, you make a card or 3D item and swap items with others who have done the same. You could come back with a swag of great items and ideas. Due to time constraints I didn’t participate this year in Swaps. However, while we were waiting in the queue waiting to get in, lovely Amanda Walker from Ulverstone, Tasmania gave each of us a card she had made even though none of had anything to swap with her. She was truly representing the values of Stampin’ Up and sharing what she loved.
Here is the beautiful card Amanda made.
Once we checked in, we received our name tags, achievement stickers and those of us who had ordered special 30th anniversary logo wear got to collect them. Then we settled ourselves at a table which was decorated with a ‘30’ in the centre, sprinkles, photos, a box with things for our make and takes and a stack of pretty blue boxes- 1 for each person at the table.
We were all keen to see what was in those boxes but we waited until given the go ahead, which didn’t take long. We got a Stampin’ Up! tote, stamp set, logo pens and note books.
The much anticipated Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogue were passed out and left us all drooling over the goodies inside. Prepare yourself as Stampin’ Up! have done it again! Great suites and products to help every type of crafter.
Don’t the colours on the front cover look pretty?
Then there was prize patrol where we all got various stamp sets, a tool case, another tote – we were spoiled. The tool case is on the extreme right of the photo and will easily hold a stamp case.
Through the day we had make and takes using the new products so here are my samples to give you a bit of a taste. There is something for everyone.
If you would like a copy of the Occasions Catalogue please contact me and I’ll get one out to you. I would love to help you with product selection, projects or queries you may have.
I’ve got 2 cards to share with you using basic sketches and incorporating the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper. This has got to be one of my favourites in the Holiday Catalogue. With it’s beautiful colours and copper accents it’s so luxurious and has some lovely patterns.
I wanted this card to showcase the lovely DSP so I used it in different ways.
Embossing folders are a quick way to add some texture and depth to your card and I’ve used 3 on this card. The Woodland folder tied in with the deer and the Corrugated folder is one of my favourites. The deer itself has been embossed and looks quite regal in Merry Merlot. Even simple layouts can be brought to life with Embossing folders.
The next card has the same deer but I used the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle to enhance this card. The leaves are the offcuts from the border die in that set. I also used some elements from the Soft Sayings card kit – label and leaves.
You will notice that I have heat embossed the sentiment in gold. This was a sentiment I already had made and thought it looked good on the card. When I think about it now, copper embossing powder would have probably worked better but it looks ok and I’ve gone with it. So that’s how the card ended up.
The popularity of the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper is such that it is on low inventory and may not last the entire Holiday Catalogue sale period. So, if you want to get your hands on it, order some today so you don’t miss out.
Don’t Miss Out
Due to the popularity of the products in the Holiday Catalogue, the following items are available only while stocks last. They have exceeded forecast and might not be available for the entire Holiday Catalogue sales period.
If you were looking at purchasing these items, order them ASAP as stock will not be on back order and you don’t want to miss out. Some great products here.
With the end of the school year not too far away, a lot of us think of what gifts we can give those awesome teachers who teach our children daily. Today I have made a teacher appreciation card. A handmade card would be a lovely addition to a thoughtful gift and I’m sure well received by many a grateful teacher.
The stamp I’ve used is the Picked for You stamp set which has a 4 step apple and some lovely sentiments. I ‘picked’ the one for a teacher.
Stamp the Apple using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo stamped off once.
Add the stem and sentiment in Soft Suede, matching the strip of cardstock behind the Whisper White panel.
To add extra texture to this card, emboss a panel of Whisper White cardstock with the Layered leaves embossing folder. Adhere this to card base. Mount the stamped panel onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock and mont with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Stamp another apple, fussy cut and layer over the other one on the base.
This card can be enhanced by adding 4 sections of Whisper White cardstock which have been stamped with Bokeh Dots stamp in Pear Pizzazz.
To make the apple look juicy and shiny, emboss it with clear embossing powder 3 times.
I wanted the Sofy Suede strip to show more so I put it above the embossed cardstock and the Bokeh Dots. Layer some ribbon on this.
Your card is now complete to give a special teacher who is part of your son or daughter’s life.
Have a great rest of the week.
This Top 5 list is in no particular order and there are so many products I love in the Holiday Catalogue I would have had quite a list if I didn’t narrow it down. So I made a list with the 5 products that first caught my eye when I opened up the catalogue.
Have you noticed a common theme? I like country charm and a homely feel so stamps and Designer Series Paper that create that feeling really appeal to me.
Over the next week I hope to share with you some projects using these products so you can enjoy their beauty and create more with them.
Are you a keen paper crafter and love all the coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! offer? Does Designer Series Paper make you go just want to buy it all? This offer is for you.
The Starter Kit that Stampin’ Up offers is in itself great value. You get to choose $235 worth of products for $169. Check out the Starter Kit details on the Join My Team page.
The regular Starter Kit is still available. However, Stampin’ Up! have added a Ready, Set, Starter Kit to the mix and this will be available until 31st December only for us in the South Pacific. This is a fabulous offer because it has some added extras. This kit contains all the suggested items from the regular Starter Kit which takes the guess work from deciding what you need to get. It also enables you to get straight into creating and holding a workshop with some friends.
This deal gets even sweeter with the inclusion of a Stampin’ Up! apron, a Stampin’ Up collapsible bin and a $50 coupon code. You have 30 days to use your coupon code to buy necessary supplies or transfer it onto someone.
I would love to help you take your Stampin’ Up! journey to what you would like to achieve in it’s business potential. It’s great for you to work around your family and commitments. For more information contact me on Ph: 0404-255-001.