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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Stampin’ Up! OnStage Swaps & Gifts

Happy Easter to all my friends and blog readers.

I have recently returned from Stampin’ Up! OnStage in Amsterdam.  Demonstrators gather together every 6 months to share new catalogues and products, celebrate and swaps.  At these wonderful fun events we meet with team and I get the chance to spoil my team members.

Swaps

We give out ‘swaps’ which are card samples.  We make as many as we wish all in the same design (because its easier to make lots of the same design) and swap them at the event with other demos.  So that means I arrive with lots of the same card and come home with loads and loads of card ideas and samples in different designs and varying stamp sets. I will be sharing a Facebook live on my business page in the coming week showing you all the goodies and swaps I received so be sure to have liked my page to see the live or watch it back at your leisure

My sister Carolyn is my stamping helper and she helped me make 160 of these swaps as I also used these cards for my thank you gifts to anyone placing an online order with me in March 🙂

Birthday Blossoms from Stampin Up

I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set which you may have overlooked in the annual catalogue on page 13. I was inspired by Erum Jasmeem.  I used the gorgeous grunge stamp set which has been retired and has already sold out but the splatter stamp in Touches of Texture would work just as well and the hello lovely stamp is from the Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory pack (page 163).

I added some sequins in the centre of the flowers which really sparkle, shame the photos does not do it justice.

As I mentioned I continued the theme for my thank you cards and gifts for anyone placing an online order with me in March.  These have been posted out (on Tuesday) so I feel I can finally share the surprise gift that everyone will receive this month.

Online order thank you gift from Michelle Last

I sent an archival gray ink pad and a 6×6″ silver and gold foil sheets and some whisper white envelopes.  I really do appreciate everyone who supports me and my business 🙂

I give a little something to my team members who attend OnStage and have a swap and a little bag with a pack of lace doilies and a handmade reminder of the Statement of the Heart which is Stampin’ Up’s mission statement.

Team Swaps & Gifts OnStage Stampin Up

I am so lucky to have a large team and it was so nice to get a hug and share the OnStage experience with them.

I was a little laden down with bags though on the first day!  It is no wonder I suffer with a bad back!

Team Swaps for OnStage Stampin Up

And finally some of my team give me presents and I am so thankful for their kindness and generosity that I took along a little supply of Easter treats to give out to my extended team in return for their lovely gifts.

Easter Bunnies from Stampin Up

Am gutted that this little bunny from Basket Bunch has now sold out.  It proves you need to be quick and snap up your favourites from the catalogue.  There are still lots of favourites left so check out the retiring list by clicking the image on the right hand side to go direct to my shop and see the lists or click the link to my retiring list blog post to download a pdf or excel spreadsheet.

Here are the supplies I used to make my swap, click any of the image below to go direct to that item in my shop and don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code if you place an online order for £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

Be sure to come back on Sunday when I share more of the gifts I made for my teamies from OnStage

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Stampin Up Cruise – Team Gifts

So whilst on board the Stampin Up Cruise around the Mediterranean I am lucky enough to be joined by 6 of my team!  That makes me super proud and I love being able to spend time with them and their partners/guests too.

I take along a little gift as a token of my appreciation for all the hard work they do to make this trip a reality and this year I chose to give them mini jewelry boxes.  As they progress with Stampin Up and promote in title I give them a bracelet and a bead to commemorate their achievements.  For the trip I have given them a little anchor charm to remind them of the cruise.  Below is my bracelet with all my charms..

Stampin Up Cruise with Michelle Last

Stampin Up Cruise with Michelle Last

And of course I had to take Cadbury’s chocolate for all my US friends, that is what my tags came in handy for!

Stampin Up Cruise with Michelle Last

I think my suitcase was at the maximum weight limit and after seeing this little lot you may appreciate why 😉

Have a wonderful weekend, nearly time for me to head home.  I cannot wait to share more with you on my return.

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Petite Petals Swap Cards for OnStage Local with Stampin’ Up!

It is our Stampin Up OnStage Local event in Telford today and I am super excited to spend the day with my team and lots and lots of demonstrators from across the UK.

When we meet we make swap cards to swap with one another.   It consists of making several of the same card to give to another demonstrator.  It is a great way to meet people and also to come home with swaps in different styles, using different products to share in your business.

This is my swap which was inspired by Mercedes Weber.  Mercedes is a super talented Artisan Design Team member and I love the cards she makes. I pinned her card a while back and then when I was scrolling through Pinterest for swap ideas I just knew I had to recreate her card almost to the letter!

petite petals swap card cased from Mercedes Weber

I made (with some help, thank you to my sister) over 150 of these.  Some of them were a slightly more detailed stepped up version as shown above.  Then there were 70+ slightly simpler ones and then another 30+ smaller versions using notecards which are thank you cards for my online order customer this month.

Petite Petals Swap Card cased from Mercedes Weber

You may think I would be sick to death of this card now but I’m not I still love it 🙂  Hope everyone else does.

Wising you a great weekend, will have lots of photos to share of the event next week.

 

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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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