Michelle Last

Team Gifts for Stampin Up OnStage

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend.

I promised I would be back with more gifts which I shared with my team at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Amsterdam.

I had a gift for my direct team members who went to the OnStage event.  I was given this bag by one of my friends and team members Nicole and it planted a little seed at what a lovely gift this would be to share with my team.

I purchased the initial bags from Next and then added sweeties, pens and highlighter as we were to receive a copy of the brand new Annual catalogue whilst at the event.

Statement of the Heart from Stampin Up

I included a swap inside the bag and also handmade a magnetic closure bookmark for their new catalogue which had the Stampin Up Statement of the Heart on it.

Statement of the Heart from Stampin Up

It is such a lovely reminder as to why we do what we do and perfectly represents Stampin’ Up!

I used the layering squares framelits and a little heart from the Enamel Shapes.

I also organised a team dinner at a very swanky restaurant near the conference centre call The Roast Room.

I wanted to create a table plan and rather than make name plates for each place I decided I would make a frame with a personalised quote for each person unique to them.

I slipped them inside the little glassine gift bags and cello bags and made a matching tag and added their names.

Birthday Blossoms Gift Tags from Stampin Up

I had a real near miss as I had two Lisa’s at the dinner and realised shortly before they looked at their gift that I had them the wrong way round!  It was seriously a close shave when you know that one of the frames quoted
‘If anyone breaks your heart, punch them in the face, seriously punch them in the face and go get ice cream’.

Table Gifts for Stampin Up OnStage 2017

We had a lovely evening and got to hang out and meet our fellow US demo’s Janet Wakeland, Lisa Pretto and Georgia Giguere who had travelled from the US to enjoy OnStage in Amsterdam.

Pinkies Team Dinner in Amsterdam

And finally we had a celebratory event held by Stampin Up at a local hotel which included a Michelin * dinner and dancing along with a lovely gift of a new stamp set and apron.

Centrestage Dinner at OnStage Amsterdam

I gave a gift to those who attended, they work hard to reach the title of Silver Elite to be invited and I wanted to know I really do appreciate them.  Inside these gift bags were some planner goodies as we are all planner geeks.

Centrestage Goodies for Stampin Up OnStage

And finally we managed to organise a team photo, nearly everyone made the photo and I really enjoy working alongside all these wonderful ladies from across Europe.Pinkies Team Photo with Michelle Last

I hope you enjoyed a little insight into the Stampin Up events, why not join me next time?  Simply buy the starter kit and join my team of demo’s, I know you would love it!

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Jar of Love from Stampin’ Up! – FREE tutorial!

I have been playing with my favourite new stamp set called Jar of Love from Stampin’ Up! I designed this project for a team event I held at the weekend in Birmingham.  We had a whole weekend together crafting and it was bliss!

I am now giving away the tutorial to anyone placing an order or joining my Stampin Up team in June, July & August!

Jar of Love Free Tutorial from Michelle Last

We used the NEW Jar of Love Stamp Set and matching Everyday Jars Framelits to make a card box which holds 3 envelopes and 3 beautiful handmade cards.

Each person placing an order with me (in person, via email, via phone or via my online shop) in June, July and August 2016 will receive a FREE copy of the instructions to make the Jar of Love Project shown above.

There is a wonderful joining offer on in June too and you pay £99 to purchase the starter kit, you then choose £130 worth of any goods of your choice and ALSO and ADDITIONAL TWO FREE STAMP SETS OF ANY VALUE to add to your kit (offer ends on 30th June at 22.50 GMT).Join Stampin' Up! Now with UK Demo Michelle Last

That means you could include the Jar of Love in your starter kit as one of your free stamp set choices and add the framelits to your kit contents and as a thank you from me I will also send you the tutorial so you can get creating right away!

I am offering the free tutorial to anyone ordering with me or joining me as a Stampin Up Demo (that just means purchasing the starter kit) in June, July & August 2016.  If you have purchased or joined already the tutorial will be sent in the next few days.

Here are some close ups of the cards and box and also my teamies who attended my team event in Birmingham at the weekend…

Jar of Love FREE tutorial from Michelle Last

Jar of Love Confetti Card by Michelle Last - FREE tutorial

Hello Jar of Love from Stampin Up

Jar of Love Shaker Card using Stampin Up Supplies

Birmingham Pinkies Team June 2016

Here are the supplies I used to create my cards and the storage box.  If you will be receiving the free tutorial you might want to add any of the items below so you can get creating as soon as the tutorial arrives!   If you click any of the items listed below they will take you direct to my online shop and if you order any items from me including any of those listed below you will receive the free tutorial!

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Join Stampin’ Up! and buy the Starter kit for £99

Saleabration is still on and you can still take advantage of the wonderful starter kit offer.  Join Stampin’ Up! today and buy the starter kit for £99 and choose £160 worth of current goods of your choice from the annual or new seasonal catalogues.

You are going to think I have been slacking recently with my lack of posts.  Let me reassure you that all is OK, just super busy with Saleabration and lots of events.  I am so lucky to have wonderful support from my customers and they are really excited about Sale-a-bration and that is keeping me busy.  Added to the fact that I have a very large team of demonstrators to support means that sometimes something has gotta give!

And that my friends has been my blogging and todays Global Design Project post. Please pop on over to the blog to see the cards the wonderful design team have created and we would love you to participate this week also.

A few weeks ago I went to the Netherlands to attend two team meetings.  I have a team of demo’s across Europe and was invited to go along and meet with some of my Dutch team members.  It was a whistle stop tour as I arrived Friday evening and finalised our plans for the team event the next day with Caro & Helene and her team of Creative Hearts.

They love to get my up early and with the one hour time difference it meant it was super early for me 🙂

I was so proud of Caro and Helene, they put on a splendid event with lots of fun, prizes, training, crafting, ideas and lots and lots of cake.  That is one thing you can guarantee there will be at a Stampin Up event – CAKE!

I took a little gift along for Caro & Henny and found these cute little tags in my local florist.  I had to make a gift box to house the pretty soap and used my envelope punch board to create the perfect sized box to hold the handmade soap.

Envelope Punch Board Gift Box

The soap smelled divine!
Envelope Punch Board Gift Box

Caro & Helene held an full day filled with class ideas, training topics along with some cool projects, here is a little snapshot of what we got up to….

Stampin Up team meeting in the Netherlands with Michelle Last

Stampin Up team meeting in the Netherlands with Michelle Last

Stampin Up team meeting in the Netherlands with Michelle Last

So much inspiration, fun and laughter and I enjoyed every minute with this awesome bunch of women.  I was then whisked off to the train station by the lovely Ilse (still giggling now Ilse about getting out of the car at the traffic lights 🙂 and headed off to Lemmer in the North of Holland to meet with the wonderful Henny another team member of mine.

Henny and her husband collected me from the station and took me to my hotel where we had a lovely dinner and got to know one another better.  It had started to snow and we had a fine layer the next morning but it did not stop Jan from collecting me from the hotel and taking me back to their beautiful home where they made me very welcome. I was captivated by the view from their beautiful apartment.Stampin Up team meeting in the Netherlands with Michelle Last

It is so lovely to see more of the Netherlands.  Simon and I did live near Eindhoven many many years ago but I can honestly tell you I have seen more of the Netherlands since I have been a Stampin up demo and had team members there!

Henny, Febe & Henriette spent the day getting to know one another better.  It was a wonderful chance to answer their questions and do some crafting together.  We had a fabulous lunch and before I knew it, it was time for Henny & Jan to take me to the airport so I could head home.   I arrived home, tired, happy and very grateful for the opportunity to spend time with these wonderful women and get to know them all a little better.

The brief list of supplies I used to make the boxes for the soap are shown below.  We have a new hostess code launched today so if you place an online order for £20+ (and less than £150)  simply add the code to receive a free thank you gift from me.

And if you want to be part of our wonderful team and buy the starter kit for £99 read this information and click the sign up link and grab yourself £160 worth of stampin up goods and be part of something wonderful!

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Stampin Up OnStage Live in Brussels

I promised I would be back with all my news from the OnStage Event last weekend in Brussels.  Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get the chance to meet every 6 months and share their love of Stampin Up! and at our recent live event we celebrated for 3 days and saw what product will be arriving in the new seasonal catalogue which launches on 5th January 2016.

It is a chance to spend time together, make new friends and get inspired and ready to face the next 6 months with all the tools we need to make it count!

We are used to getting together but this event was a re-jigged style event with lots of changes and surprises.  I love hanging out with my team as we don’t always get the chance.

Here are some of my highlights.  I was recognised in the top 5 of all three award categories.

I was 1st place in the UK for Leadership, 2nd place for recruiting and 3rd place for Sales.  I also hit my £200,000 career to date sales milestone too!  It is thanks to all you lovely people who have purchased from me, joined me and supported me.  I would not have earned these awards without my customers and my team and for that I am truly thankful.

I was also SO SO proud that so many of my team were also recognised for their accomplishments and walked across the stage for the first time.people

We have a wonderfully supportive crew at Stampin Up HQ who help keep everything ticking along smoothly and we all made cards and gifts to show them how thankful we were.  Chris is in the photo above (Andre didn’t make the photo) and was totally overwhelmed.

Stampin Up also lavish a special evening on anyone with the title of Silver Elite and we were taken to a party boat and we have canapés and nibbles all evening whilst mixing and mingling with our fellow demos.  I had 11 of my direct recruits on this little jolly and it was lovely to spend the evening with them and be appreciated.

We get prize patrol throughout the event and get super excited to win free products, I just love the look of happiness on Katy’s face (bottom right) and the bottom left was the last evening and needless to say that there was a little wine involved and I loved spending time with Clare and Nicole 🙂

Below are some of my favourite people, my fellow team members. I am blessed to know so many wonderful demonstrators and get to share my Stampin’ Up! journey with them!

teamies

Here are some lovely samples of some of the new products coming in January.  Which one is your favourite? They are ALL my favourite! samples from onstage

And lastly, at these events I get to recognise, thank and reward my team for all their hardwork and determination.  We swap cards and I received so many gifts and treats that I almost had to buy a new bag!

gifts

Brussels was amazing, what is not to like – Waffles, Beer, Frites and Chocolate!  I think it may be a good job I don’t live there, can you imagine?

Our trip was marred by the tragic events in Paris and my heart went out to our fellow French demonstrators.  Sara Douglass handled this perfectly with her beginning address.

All in all, it was a pretty wonderful few days, exhausting but wonderful.  I seem to have come back with a raging cold but am just thankful I did not have it whilst I was there.

So we get to do it all again in 6 months in Telford, it will be the abridged version but still loads of fun so why not join Stampin Up and come along too?

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Stampin Up Swap using Fluttering Embossing Folder

The party is in full swing, we have laughed, shared and swapped will be dropped.  I am having so much fun and have lots to share with you.  If you pop over to my business Facebook page there are more photos and posts from the event and now that the first day is done I can share my swaps with you.

Us demos like to swap when we get together at Stampin Up events.  What that means is we make a card front, not a whole card and replicate the design as many times as we can (depending on time and supplies)  Every time we meet someone, we give them one of our card designs and they give us one of theirs.  So you go with 100 of the same card design and come back with 100 different ones.  Lots of ideas and the chance to meet lots of new people and say ‘Hi’

It is such a fun tradition and as there will be 600+ at this event I won’t get a swap from everyone but will try and photograph some of my faves to share with you.

Here is mine –

Fluttering Ombre Swap by Michelle Last

I used the Fluttering embossing folder and stamped the embossed image in 4 different shades of ink to create an ombre effect.

I had a lovely friend come and stamp with me.  Chantal was having a play with my stash and feel in love with the fluttering embossing folder and I showed her my video on how to create the stamping on an embossed background technique video but she took it to the next level as she used multiple colours and I knew I had to replicate her design.

Thanks Chantal for the inspiration, love the pop of sparkle, let’s hope everyone else who received one liked them too!

 

 

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