Michelle Last

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.


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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Sketched Dots Gift Bags

I adore these little sketched dots gift bags.  They are beautifully translucent so it gives a little sneak peek of what’s inside and are so easy to add a little decoration to make them pretty for those times when you need quick gift packaging.  (You will be seeing lots of these as I have lots of little gifts to give in the coming week!).

Sketched Dots Gift Bags from Stampin Up

These were little prizes for my customer day.   I gave out prizes to random people throughout the day by calling a number which was on the back of their name badges.

The sentiment is from All Boxed Up and is perfect for those sweet treats you make and share.

I am flying to the Netherlands today to spend the weekend with my Dutch Stampin’ Up! team so just a quickie today, have a great Friday everyone!

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StampingandBlogging Sketch Challenge

This weeks card for the Stamping&Blogging sketch challenge was made using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set.  I love the little doughnut images and simply stamped them in 3 different colour ways and left room for the sentiment.

Sprinkles-on-top from Stampin Up

Doughnuts should always have sprinkles as the stamp set name suggest so I added some glitter using the two way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds.

sprinkles-on-top-from Stampin Up

We also need some detail in the top left as per the sketch below so I added some Blushing Bride Sequins and the little stars banner from the mini treat bag thinlits along with some lined thread.

The patterned paper is from the Cherry On Top paper Stack.Stamping&blogging 116Let’s go and see what the other wonderful design team made using the same sketch….

Sandi MacIver  Canada

Amy Koenders – USA

Lee Conrey – USA

Claire Daly – Australia

Caro van der Straaten – Netherlands

Marine Wiplier – France

Shelagh Freemantle – Canada

Kerstin Kreis – Germany

Patrice Halliday – Larsen – New Zealand

All the items I used in my card are shown in the table below, simply click any of the images to go direct to my online shop and please use the hostess code if you wish to receive a free thank you gift through the post.  Please do not select the no contact box otherwise I will not be able to send your gift when placing your online order.

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Stamping & Blogging Sketch Challenge using Feels Good and Tape it

sketch challenge card made using Stampin Up productsToday’s card was made using a sketch from Stamping&Blogging.  It is sketch #61 and the sketch lent itself to using the Tape It stamp set which is deigned to look like washi tape.  I knew I had to own this set when it was launched in the catalogue last year and it has been sitting waiting for me to use it.  And do you know what, I wish I had picked it up and used it sooner, it is great!  I created a quick and easy background which made this card come together so quickly, I will definitely be going back to this card design again when I need a card in a hurry!
stamping and blogging sketch #61

Here is the inside……
sketch challenge card using the itty bitty accents punch pack
This also gives you a close up of the daisy.  I adore daisies and had a play with some new punches and created this little beauty! I have created a video to share how I made them and will post it next Tuesday as one of my tuesdays tip videos to launch the new annual catalogue so tune back in then to take a look.

I love how the gold sequins really sets the card off beautifully and now that we have alcohol markers I cannot stop colouring in the pearls and rhinestones! So lets pop on over to see what the other ladies have made –

Sandi MacIver’s blog
Amy Koender’s Blog
Lee Conrey’s Blog
Claire Daly’s Blog

Stampin Up Supplies



Cardstock – Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding & Soft Sky
Ink – Staz On Black, Pool Party, So Saffron
Stamps – Feels Good & Tape It
Tools & Embellishments – Sequin trim, oval framelits dies, rhinestones, Itty bitty accents punch pack

Thanks for stopping by x

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