Michelle Last

Stampin Up Convention swap video

I promised I would share a video of the beautiful swaps I received at convention.  The video is posted below and after I had filmed the video I went through the swaps again and opened them and I got the most wonderful surprise when I opened two of the swaps from members of my Dutch team….
convention swaps

This is what you will see in the video but when I opened them up……………….. oh my!
marianne valks swaps convention 2014

Anne-Maries-swapHow kind and thoughtful, look at the little angel charm and also the snip charm with brussel 2014 written on it.  The scissor charm was made with shrink plastic and even the packaging is a work of art!
Thank you Marianne and Anne-Marie and everyone else who swapped with me :)

Enjoy and pop back on Monday as I will have a give away on my blog and on my business facebook page….

Have a great weekend x


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Stampin’ Up! Convention swaps, awards and lots of fun……

I just got back from the Stampin’ Up! European convention and it was a wonderful weekend filled with amazing people and so much fun!
We really did have a blast!  We travelled by Eurostar, it was the first time I have been on the Eurostar and I would definitely recommend it.  It was 2 hours from St Pancreas to the centre of Brussels, easy, clean, efficient and a very relaxing way to travel!

Whilst we were on board I was super anxious as my son was taking his driving test, I’m gutted to say he failed and it was hard not being there with him but his Dad was and I am delighted to report he has another one soon, so keep everything crossed :)

We stayed at a beautiful Sofitel hotel in the centre of Brussels and within hours or arriving we had our very first waffle! It was so light, nothing like the waffles I had before!
convention belgium waffle

It was then a quick wash and brush up as I was headed to the Silver 2 reception to spend the evening with my fellow demos who were at the title of Silver 2 and above.  I had organised a gift for all my silver 2 downline to thank them for all their enthusiasm and hard work over the last year and I was so excited to give it to them, that is what was in the pretty packaged packages shared on my blog before I left…. and this is what what inside………
convention swap bags from michelle last


At Stampin Up events we made card swaps and it can be a bit cumbersome to carry them around and accept the swaps back in return and so I sourced a perfect swap bag which was comfortable to hold, sturdy enough to hold your cards and folds flat for travel.  Of course it had to have our name on as there were about 14 of us with these bags and I also wanted them to have something unique and with some Pink to reflect our team name the ‘Pinkies’.

They loved them, it was the highlight of my night to see them all opening them and using them over the weekend…
team swap bags

We also got spoiled too with some lovely gifts from Stampin’ Up!
stampin up silver 2 gift

This was a notebook and pen set to commemorate the evening and look at how pretty it was wrapped! After a fun time at the reception was wandered in the Grand Place for a nightcap, it was so warm in Brussels and we sat outside and shared our excitement for the next day…
pinkies at convention

This is most of our team of Pinkies, not all direct to me and a mix of demos from the UK and the Netherlands but we are a big supportive team and our team motto is ‘a good pinkie never leaves a man behind…’ I am so proud of this group of women, they are bright, enthusiastic and such a caring supportive group and I loved spending time with them, albeit far too brief.

We had classes and presentations, one of the classes was from our very only Pinkie, the very talented Caroline Hallett, she was so inspirational, funny and so confident especially as she was presenting to 600 people!!
caroline hallett

There were displays and inspiration, just look at this wonderful Christmas table display made by Lisa Cornwall also a fellow Pinkie…

christmas table display by lisa cornwall

Two of our team also won the design contest!  They made such beautiful projects and each country had a winner and a runner up.  Helene den Breejan won for the Netherlands and Lisa Cornwall won for the UK group! Pop along to their blogs by clicking the links to see what they made!
convention design contest

This is my haul of Stampin’ Up product given to me for attending convention! I will be having a giveaway on my blog and my business facebook page to be sure to check back and enter to get a chance to win!

stampin up convention goodies

My teamies also lavished me with gifts which was totally unexpected but a lovely surprise, I need to report that the godiva box of choccies is now empty!!

convention gifts


Here are some of my favourite swaps, but come back tomorrow to see a video of all the swaps I received….


convention 2014 swaps


On Friday evening we had the awards night.  It is a special time to celebrate people achievements over the last year.  We all get dressed up and have our moment on stage and so many of my team had a walk across the stage this year, I am so proud of them and it made my night to see their excitement. The ladies below were recognised for sales over £10,000……



This awesome group of women reached Rising Star, an achievement for new demonstrators in their first full year with Stampin Up.  Two of our team Janneke de Jong and Sam Donald were recognised in this category and Sam Donald (aka Pootles) won this category three times over!! WOW just WOW!!


rising star


I was recognised in the top 5 of the UK for leadership.  This award recognises your downline/team who have promoted to Bronze 3+.  I was honoured to grace the stage with all these ladies and to be able to call them friends.

convention leadership


The photo below are the Top 5 recruiters in the UK.  Again some wonderful ladies and friends and Sam blew us all away with her figures for this award.  I am so proud of her….


convention recruiting award


Below are the top 5 achievers for sales in the UK, Sam is not in this picture as we were all waiting for her to join us on stage as she had the top sales of over £50,000.  Julie took a selfie on stage whilst we waited…


on stage selfie


And we also had to walk the stage for earning the incentive trip to Madeira in 2015, here I am with some of my team, I cannot wait to holiday with them next year!

incentive trip acheivers


This lady stole the show, Sam Donald from Pootles.  She showed us all what is possible with hard work and determination and not only am I lucky enough to have her in my team but to call her a friend…

pootles sam donald

We had a team photo whilst we were all in our glad rags…

pinkies group shot

After awards night there was music, dancing and general frivolity including some silly photo opportunities….


awards night fun




And on the last morning before heading back we celebrated with a Champagne breakfast, what a way to finish a fantastic time at convention!
champagne breakfast

And since I have been home I have had the chance to reflect and set some new goals.  I dug out all the badges I have received since becoming a demo back in 2007 and it was great fun to see how far I have come and how my business and confidence have grown.

Michelle Last badges


So why not join me on this amazing journey, you can join Stampin Up and my team and enjoy being part of something amazing!

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Stamping&Blogging Sketch Challenge using Stampin Up products

It is that time of the week when I am inspired by a sketch from Stamping&Blogging and share what I made and we hop around to see what the other design team members have also made.
Open Heart from Stampin' Up by Michelle Last

You may know I recently got back from convention and saw the one of the lovey Stampin Up staff, Brandi,  sharing some cool techniques using the Stampin Up Blendabilities. It inspired me to make this card using the sketch below from Stamping&Blogging and I have this set sat here unused and thought I would try colouring the bird and the leaves.

I am by no means a master colourer, in fact I watch most other people and persuade myself not to even try as my attempts are sub-standard but do you know what I enjoyed it and not only that I like the result! I added some crystal effects to the berries to make them stand out too. I inked the edges of the stamped card and tag in early espresso ink which finished it off perfectly.

Open Heart from Stampin' Up by Michelle Last

I hope that some of you may consider giving colouring using the blendabilities a go and that you may be inspired by my simple efforts. I know so many of you will create way more beautiful colouring but I am challenging myself not to quit just because its not as good as everyone elses.  It takes practice so that is what I shall do….. practice!

Here is the sketch from Stamping& Blogging

And shall we see what the other wonderful design team members have created using the same sketch?

Sandi MacIver -USA

Amy Koenders - USA

Lee Conrey - USA

Claire Daly - Australia

Caroline van der Straatan - Netherlands

Marine Wiplier - France

Shelagh Freemantle - Canada

Kerstin Kreis - Germany

Patrice Halliday – Larsen – New Zealand

Here are the products I used to make my card, simply click any of the images below to be taken direct to my online stampin up shop….

Thanks for stopping by, come back tomorrow for an update and photofest of convention :)

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New Christmas Products from Stampin Up including Many Merry Stars kit

I am back from convention but still unpacking and coming back down to earth from an amazing weekend with my fellow demonstrators and teamies.  I have lots to share and will upload lots of photos and new in the coming days but I needed to let you know that there are some additional new Christmas products which have been launched from Stampin’ Up! including the gorgeous Many Merry Stars kit.

Christmas supplement from Stampin Up

One of the items in the supplement is a new kit to make 26 stars which can be used as boxes or decorations, it is so lovely and is only available whilst stocks last so please don’t hang around as I think they may sell out fast……….

Many Merry Stars kit from Stampin Up

If you would like to see what is inside the new supplement simply click the cover below to download the pdf version…
2014  Supplement from Stampin Up

So please do pop back in the coming days to see all my news from convention so I can share all the photos and great times with you.

Have a great evening x

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Stampin Up European Convention swaps

Here are some of the swaps and gifts I made…
stampin up swaps convention 2014

Whilst we are at convention we get the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for free and because I am impatient I already own it and wanted to make my swaps using the stamps to inspire people on how to use it.  I made a variation of my Kinda Eclectic Notecard Wallet Class using different colours.  I used very vanilla and baked brown sugar cardstock and whisper white, baked brown sugar and soft suede ink.  The butterflies are punched out of Champagne glimmer paper and the sentiments are from Six Sided Sampler and also Remember This.  I had some team personalised pens made to commemorate the event and inside the petite cafe gift bags at the back are some stampin  up goodies and some sweets.

I have more to share but I don’t want to ruin the surprise of my team attending so what was all wrapped up in the previous post and below will have to wait to be revealed when I get back :)Stampin Up Downline gifts


Here are the supplies  I used to make the goodies….

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