Michelle Last

Stampin’ Up! regional event in Telford

I spent last Friday and Saturday at a Stampin’ Up! regional event for demonstrators only.  It was a blast.  We get to see lots of new products, spend time with our fellow team members and also demos from across the land, as well as have a great laugh and get a chance to win a prize or two!

It really is all about the people.  It is the most marvelous thing to be in a room full of other stamp, paper and ink enthusiasts sharing their excitement.  I met some new friends and said a huge hello to some old friends. The presentations were fantastic, I always learn lots and have a laugh along the way too (thanks to Pete & Paul, yes we have some men there too!).  And Chris the catalogue was a highlight too!

Here are two of my extended team, the lovely Em and Yvonne.

stampin up telford eventOur lovely Chris from Demo Support in Germany who bends over backwards to help me to help you was there and he was wearing a copy of the new catlaogue and a cape, hilarious!

On Friday I arranged for some of my leaders of my own team to get together. We had afternoon tea and a natter.  It is so nice to catch up with these ladies as they are all busy with their own thriving teams and businesses that we don’t often get a chance to catch up.  We had dinner together in the evening too at a lovely pub in Walcot (close by to Telford) where they served the most amazing steaks on hot stones!
leadership gathering in Telford with Michelle Last & Pinkies

Then on Saturday it was the grand event with over 350 demos from across the UK.
stampin up telford event

So much inspiration and so many lovely people.  You may be able to see some new products in there if you look closely!
stampin up telford event

My energy levels were depleted but my brain was buzzing with ideas and my love of Stampin’ Up! and the new catalogue are overflowing.  Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

Not long till the new catalogue is out, if you would like a copy please get in touch or if you wan’t to be part of something amazing and join Stampin’ Up! then please get in touch, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks for enjoying these photos with me, have a great day!

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Sketch challenge card using World of Dreams from Stampin’ Up!

I made this card in a snap, seriously super quick and easy and I have just made my to do list today and I definitely needed quick and easy today!

I am gearing up for the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue launch and labeling and posting catalogues left right and centre, so if you wan’t one also make sure you get in touch to request a copy.
world-of-dreams from Stampin' Up!

I used a sentiment from a new stamp set and embossed it in gold with my heat tool.  I stamped the birds and the nest using Early Espresso Ink (this set is carrying over into the new annual catalogue) and then topped the top and bottom of the card with paper from the new 12×12 Neutral paper stack.  I love the hand written font on the paper>

Here is this weeks sketch….
SB105 stamping&blogging sketch challenge

Did you join in last week?  You can now join the sketch challenge, just pop on over to the Sketch&Stamp page and click the arrow.  There were some beautiful entries last week and each week we vote for our favourite.

Don’t forget if you wish to place an order via my online shop to use the hostess code shown on the right hand side (details of what to do are shared just below the code).  The hostess totals are stacking up nicely and I cannot wait to chose a lovely thank you gift for all of you who have ordered this month using the code.

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More using Butterfly Basics from Stampin’ Up!

I promised something completely different from yesterdays card using Butterfly Basics, so here you go….
Butterfly Basics from Stampin' Up!

Look at this bright beauty!  We used the long thin pattern stamp to create a multicoloured background using the subtles ink.  The ladies at the class loved creating this technique.
Butterfly Basics using subtles ink

You can bend the wings to the butterfly stands proud of the card front or just leave it flat.  There is nothing grunge or vintage about this card!

I will post the other card we made too which is lovely and bright and uses the other butterfly in the set.
Here is what I used to make this card, make sure you use the hostess code if you place an online order for £20+ and you will receive a free thank you gift from me, more details here.


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Card making class using Butterfly Basics from Stampin’ Up!

I just love Butterfly Basics from Stampin’ Up! It is a very fine detailed set with matching framelit dies and I suspect when you first look at the stamp set you see vintage, grunge and perhaps that is not your style.  Well I hope to challenge your initial thoughts by sharing the 3 cards we made at my monthly card making class.

We always focus on one stamp set and I design 3 cards in very different styles to show the versatility and value of the stamp set.  Here is the first one made using all my first thoughts and preconceptions.

butterfly basics from stampin up

As I said grunge, vintage and more grunge :)

butterfly basics from stampin upI do love the framelit butterfly in newsprint.  I looks like it has just landed on the flowers.

But wait till you see tomorrows card!

This set and matching framelits are making their way into the new annual catalogue too so its a great investment as you will see lots of ideas and samples in the coming year too!

If you wish to place an online order, don’t forget the hostess code, see more details about adding the hostess code and receiving a thank you gift here.

Here are the items I used to make this card. So have a great day and pop back to see tomorrows card!

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Sneak Peek product from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue

For today’s sketch challenge I have used some brand new product from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  I was able to preorder from the soon to be launched new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

You are not going to be disappointed by what there is in store and I am pretty certain that this stamp set is to be one of the best sellers. If you would like a copy sending in the post to you please get in touch with your details so I can reserve a copy for you.

You've Got This from Stampin' Up!

Isn’t it lush?  I love the font and the sentiment and you won’t believe  how quick it was to colour in too!
I used Watermelon Wonder one of the new In Colours.

Stampin’ Up! has a regional event for demonstrators at the weekend in Telford and I have made a variation of the card as my swap.  That means you make several cards the same and swap them with other demonstrators for their swap cards.  That means by the time I come home I have lots of samples in various styles and stamp sets for inspiration and also samples for my business. And the sentiment was perfect as I am pretty sure good things are going to happen at the event :)

You've Got This from Stampin' Up!

This is the sketch which inspired me and the design team members.  I couldn’t bring myself to cut a flag shape out of one of the flowers so I left it and guess what you can now join in yourselves as Sandi and Heather have launched Sketch & Stamp!  Check out the details here Sketch&Stamp new weekly sketch challenge!
sketch challenge from stamping&blogging
Amy Koenders – USA

Lee Conrey – USA

Claire Daly – Australia

Caroline van der Straaten – Netherlands

Marine Wiplier – France

Shelagh Freemantle – Canada

Kerstin Kreis – Germany

Patrice Halliday – Larsen – New Zealand

It is so exciting that you can now join in the fun. So come on lets, see what you make too! And if you place an order with me this month via my online shop (for £20+) please do not forget to use the hostess code – 3XDUXHXW to receive a free thank you gift from me.  More details of my Online Order Thank You Gift click here.

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