Stampin’ Up! OnStage Part 2

I suppose expecting up to 8000 demonstrators registering for OnStage was part of the reason they held it in Orlando. I heard that there were about 7000 there and from all over the world. When you have that many it gets pretty crowded and noisy at times.

I’d say try to find me but that would be like looking for the needle in a haystack! And this isn’t even all of the crowd.

Handling that many people and their needs is easier with converted restrooms! #urinals

I was so happy to have these downline demonstrators and friends there with me. It was the first OnStage for four of them. Here with Connie Chandler, Judy Shapley, Karen Knox, Betty Herring, and Carol Hall.

I just recently named my downline team Indian River Stampers and used this in my gifts for them.

The tag was for their convention bag since there were thousands that all looked alike and the copper tea tin was full of snacks.

Everyone gets a numbered pin in their convention bag which is used for Prize Patrol. Over the 3 days everyone will win a stamp set but they are not all the same.

Carol and Betty with their Prize Patrol stamps.

Colette and Judy with their new set.

Karen, Laura, and Christina just won Prize Patrol.

And finally on the last day we won Prize Patrol. And I must say it was worth the wait. It is my favorite stamp set in the occasions catalog. Here I am with Diane Baxter, Connie Chandler, Mary Wesche, Mickey Roberts, and Suzy Flores.

So of course there are framelits that coordinate with the set and the most beautiful DSP. I will showcase that tomorrow.

There were several times during the 3 days that there were all attendee give-aways. This tool case was one of them.

Catherine Harwood and Debbie Easley were my roommates and none of us even snored! At least no one said I did!

After lunch one day we had some free time and it was fun just chatting with my team. One of the things I enjoyed the most while there.

2004 – the year I signed up as a demonstrator. There were boards with photos and information for each of the 30 years.

There are several recognitions during OnStage. Some are simply “stand and wave” while others are a walk across the stage. I was surprised that I had earned 3 of the stand & wave’s and 2 walks. I was most proud to have reached $200,000 in my career sales thanks to my many loyal customers. You may think a walk across the stage isn’t much of a recognition but it’s surprising how exciting and special it makes you feel. And it did come with a nice monetary bonus.

The 2nd walk was for reaching 15 years as a demonstrator. Sandy Mitchell, who did the all day retreat with me, and I joined the same year so we decided to walk out together.

As I mentioned before, this is a good opportunity to meet new people and I met this gal who just happens to be named Beth AND she is from Iowa! I grew up in Iowa for those who may not know that. Small world isn’t it! We had such a lovely chat.

The doors to the main stage presentations with all 7000 of us open at set times but people get in line up to an hour before to get in first and get a good seat. This particular morning top demonstrator from Canada, Genevieve Ko, hadn’t finished her 50 swaps and they needed to be done by that afternoon. So I sat down and helped her. It was a good way to pass the time and that’s what stampers do, support each other.

This is the group from that swap. All 150 of us. It was a closed swap with 3 groups of 50 people. I am in the 2nd row on the right. We are all members of Rhonda Wade’s Creating Success group. She is one of the top demonstrators in the US and just reached 1 million in career sales. That is almost hard to believe that anyone can sell that much. But there are a few now who have. And when they do they get $10,000 plus a trip to the home office in Utah and they get to create a new stamp set with the help of the concept artists. When their stamp set is put into the catalog it is marked with a special emblem and their name. Look for them in the catalogs.

I can’t believe that I didn’t take a photo of my swap. I will have to try to borrow one to get the photo. After making 50 full cards I was tired of it. (smile)

I couldn’t miss out on getting a photo with Rhonda.

She was the inspiration for even trying to do an all day retreat.

All of the goodies I received. Woohoo!


The event ended with all of the Gardner family up on the stage.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 3 where I will be showing you much of the new products that will be available in January.


Stampin’ Up! OnStage Part 1

Most of you know that I was in Orlando last week for the 30th anniversary OnStage celebration Wednesday through Saturday. Old habits are hard to break and I still call it convention. Either way, it is always fun to get away, see old friends and meet new ones. It started out on Wednesday for those of us who are titled Silver Elite and above. There is always a special event for those who have reached that title and this year it was admission to Epcot with a fun get together that evening for music, karaoke, and the most amazing dessert bar. It was unbelievably hot that day and unfortunately the heat got to me and I didn’t feel like eating any of the dessert. Oh well, calories saved.

By this time I had pretty much melted from the heat but couldn’t miss getting another photo with co-founder Shelli Gardner. She must have stayed out of the sun and heat as she looked great.


Another great perk of going to Centre Stage is that they gave us the upcoming Occasions  and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. My shopping list is already way too long! You’re going to love it!

I really should have taken a photo when I first got this catalog. As you can see I have worn it out with looking through it so often already.

You know that during Sale-a-Bration there is always a special for anyone who joins and becomes a demonstrator. And this time there are 2 different options for signing up. The 2nd option includes this “gotta have it” tote.

Of course I will have more information on this as we get closer to Sale-a-Bration which begins January 3rd and runs through the end of March.

We also received a stamp set and a bone folder that night. We stayed for the fireworks and then caught the bus back to our hotel.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2. I will share more photos and info.

Catch a Snowflake – Limited Time Offer

Stampin’ Up! has added a new suite of products available now and only as long as supplies last. From all of the simply beautiful cards I have already seen online I know these have the potential to sell out quickly.

  • 2 new stamp sets
  • 1 set of framelit dies that works with BOTH stamp sets!!
  • snowflake embellishments
  • white velvet 12×12 paper


You can order these products and more through my online store HERE. As my thank you for online orders I will give you a FREE package of the new velvet paper for any online orders placed by Monday, November 12th.

Stamp & Scrap Creative Retreat

Saturday was the first retreat I have ever done and I am happy to say I survived. This all began a few months ago with my dream of doing a day long retreat for card making and paper crafting. I have so many friends who go to scrapbooking retreats but I had never seen any locally that focused on card making. Knowing it would be too much to try to do alone I asked my friend and fellow demonstrator Sandy Mitchell if she wanted to do it with me. She said YES! When we started planning we thought if we could just get 20 people to register we would be happy. Imagine how very happy we were when we had 41 people sign up.

You saw the photo a few days ago of the mound of boxes and bags packed up and ready to go. Retreat stuff took over my home for weeks. It took 3 SUV’s packed full to get everything to the venue. And then countless hours to get it set up.

When guest arrived they were greeted by fellow demonstrators Carol Hall and Catherine Harwood where they got their bag tags and kits if they ordered them.

Goodie bags at the tables contained $25 in Stampin’ Up products along with kits to do 7 Make & Takes.

This acetate card box cut in half was one of the Make & Takes and decorated to hold a gift card and treat.

 We had 8 display boards with cards and scrapbook pages along with many different 3D projects. These are just a few of them.


Sandy and I striking a pose.

My daughter, Lynn Ann, and I. She was a huge help.

Robin, Mary and Jackie

With my downline: Terri, Judy, Carol, Tara, and Jan

Silliness.  We couldn’t resist!


Our friend Catherine Harwood, who happens to be our upline too, did 2 demos on the new Stamparatus.

Speaking of acting silly, Susan was imitating the little Angry Bird that was one of the table gifts. Thanks to Susan Campfield for the design of this little guy.

Packages of rhinestones were another table gift during the day.

Table gift #3 was this wreath made using the sprig punch. It was sprayed with shimmer paint diluted in alcohol but that isn’t showing up well here. It took about 1000 punches to make about 45 of these.

The last table gift of the day was a lemon cake.


One of the stamping stations.

Big Shot stations

Yum! The Candy Bar

We had stations where they could borrow our stamps, punches, embossing folders and other tools throughout the day.



 Prize Patrol was throughout the day. Here are just a few winners. We gave away a Stamparatus, the Holiday Punch box, DSP, an adhesive package, Take Your Pick tool, 2 stamp sets, and embossing folder. I wish I had gotten photos of all of the winners. Hopefully others may have.

There were 2 games during the day. What’s in Your Phone and a Holiday Trivia game. This table won the trivia game. Each of them won a mason jar with twine with a daisy top lid that has holes in it for the twine to come through. Another missed opportunity for a better photo because they really are cute.

No matter how tired we were it was such fun and I’m sure there will be another one next year.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.


Tomorrow’s the Big Day!

After months of planning the day is almost here for the first Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape. My friend and fellow demonstrator, Sandy Mitchell, and I are so excited to have 41 people signed up to attend.

While I can’t show any photos yet (don’t want to spoil the surprises) here are a couple I can show.

If you’re coming to the retreat you’ll see what these turned into. And if not, check back later in the week for photos from the day.

This is only part of what has to be transported to the event. It has taken over my living room.

41 goodie bags decorated and ready to go. Each one with $25 in Stampin’ Up product and kits for 7 Make & Takes.

That’s it for now. Heading out to start setting up.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back later for event photos.

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale – Only through 10/10 at 11:59 PM

PAPER PUMPKIN FLASH SALE!!!  $5 for New Subscribers Only

If you have never subscribed to Paper Pumpkin before this is the perfect time to try it. You get your first kit for $5 ($19.95 value) and whether you keep it for your self or gift it to someone there’s a whole lot of fun and creativity in that box.

Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at this special introductory rate. The flash promotion starts today, October 8, 2018 and will continue until supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on October 10, whichever comes first.
If supplies run out of this fall-themed kit before October 10, Stampin’ Up! will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features our one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).

Paper Pumpkin October 2018 Flash Sale for new subscribers!…#stampyourartout #stampinup - Stampin’ Up!® - Stamp Your Art Out!

  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first month of a new subscription. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95(USD)/$26.95(CAD).
  • New customers must enter promo code FLASH1018 at before the sale ends to receive the introductory price of $5
  • This offer is for new subscribers only.

Give this a try. For $5 you can’t go wrong! 

Product of the Week – Merry Christmas to All

Christmas is just around the corner and evident in every store you go into lately. It won’t be long before the radio stations are playing carols. And for those of us who make cards and paper craft it’s time to be working on our Christmas cards and scrapbooks. I chose the Merry Christmas to All bundle as my Product of the Week because of the many options for sentiments and also for the thinlit dies which include the most beautifuly scripted holiday words.

Christmas is just 78 days away.

Frosted Floral Card

I have been super busy with prepping for our all day retreat which is less than 2 weeks away. So busy that I just realized I never shared the card I said I would last week using the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the color combination of Rich Razzleberry and Soft Sea Foam. The DSP has so many different colors in it that when I realized I didn’t have enough Razzleberry cardstock for all of my classes I easily substituted Blackberry Bliss which looked just as good together.

I used the dies from Stitched Labels Framelits and Stitched Framelits for the sentiment focal point of the card with a few leaves punched out with the leaf punch.

Speaking of punches, I was working on a retreat project yesterday and punched out almost 1000 pieces. Can’t share yet what. It needs to be a surprise.

CD Calendar – October 2018

October already!  Yikes, and it’s still so very hot here in Florida. Hopefully this month will bring some cooler temperatures.


I do have classes coming for next year’s calendar. November 2nd at 9:30 AM and again November 3rd at 1:00 PM. Let me know if you are interested. It is $16 for one calendar and $6 for each additional calendar. Space is limited so reserve your space now.

World Card Making Day Special Sale

Do you know about World Card Making Day? It’s our very own day to get creative.  In honor of this day Stampin’ Up! has announced select products on sale 10% off. This sale is only from October 1 – 7.

Click her to see the flyer

I am putting in an order on Friday, October 5th if there is anything you would like me to order for you. You can also order online through my store here.