Michelle Last

Team Promotion Gifts from Stampin’ Up!

I have an amazing team of demonstrators around me.  I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for nearly 10 years and there is nothing I like more than to reward and recognise my team.  All my team are valued and play a role in our team and when its time to make something pretty to reward them that makes me happy.

I recently took a trip to Frankfurt which is where the Stampin Up European head office based.  I have been holding a team training program to help people reach a specific title and the reward for reaching that title whilst being in the program was to visit the Head Office and Warehouse with me and Sam Hammond.

Silver Elite Pillow Gift

I had never visited the head office before and it was a treat for me as much for the lovely Katy, Amanda and Sophie and we had a blast!  I wanted to give the girls a pillow gift and a memento to remember their achievement and I decorated the boxes with the Labels to Love stamp set in the seasonal catalogue.

Silver Elite Pillow Gifts

I stamped the green flourish using a stampin write marker so that I did not stamp the ‘Give Thanks’ greeting.  I then stamped ‘Celebrate a wonderful year’ in the centre.  I heat embossed the word celebrate in silver embossing powder and cut around it and raised it up with small dimensionals.

The keyring had a star on the front because all the girls are little stars and on the reverse is says ‘ you are capable of amazing things’ because they truly are!

And finally I added a little note with Best Decision Ever on it and a personal message on the back from me and Sam.

So do you want to see what we got up to on our trip to Frankfurt?

We all flew in from different airports to Frankfurt and arrived at our hotel for a lovely dinner and a few cocktails before what was supposed to an early night!

Early the next morning we headed our to the Stampin Up warehouse which is approx 15 minutes from the offices of Stampin’ Up! and had a look around and saw how they pick pack and deliver our lovely Stampin’ Up! goodies.

Silver Elite Frankfurt Visit

We had a chance to sign any packages going out to fellow demo’s and teamies which was lovely when a couple of days later people were saying they loved receiving their goodies with a hand written note.

There were rows and rows of products and it was incredible to see how they orders are picked.  Check out the bottom right of the top collage to see several orders being picked on the automated picking line.  The staff were lovely and very patient with us whilst we kept getting in the way. The lovely Silvana was our lovely warehouse host and did a wonderful job.

Next stop was the head office where the demo support, accounts, support staff and business development managers are based.  I have spoken to demo support lots in the last 10 years but never have I actually seen where they work and its so much nicer now that I can picture where they are!

Stampin Up Head Office Visit

At the head office there is a whole room dedicated to being creative!  In those tall cupboards there are rows and rows of supplies and stamp sets, it was like being a kid in a sweet shop!  Our three little achievers went mad for the door mat!

We had a lovely lunch and made a lovely little album so we even got to craft too!  Such a lovely experience and such a fun reward.

PS Don’t tell anyone but this is supposed to be ‘work’!

It was a whistle stop tour and over far too quickly but the memories will last a long long time!

The products I used to make the gift are listed below, if this set takes your fancy there is a matching punch available too – happy shopping!

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Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

I am sharing one of the first Christmas Cards I’ve made.  I have used the ever so gorgeous Hearts Come Home Stamp set and matching Hometown Greetings Edgelits from Stampin Up for the sketch challenge with the Global Design Project.

Hearts Come Home from Stampin' Up!

You are absolutely going to love this bundle including the dies as there are so many house/building combo’s and limitless possibilities.

I wanted to go bright and cheery and had a blast using lots of colour, ink, ribbon and paper.  I still had my sewing machine out from last weeks card so I added some stitching too!

The trees are from the Card Front Builder Thinlits and add some height to the background.  I did ink the trees with the Old Olive Ink and a sponge brayer to add a little texture and the greeting is heat embossed in white.

Global Design Project #GDP106

I added lots of texture and dimension using ribbon, stitching, patterned paper and dimensionals.

We would love to see what you can make using this sketch challenge and enter your projects to be in with a chance of being selected as one of the 3 winners!

Let’s go over to the Global Design Project Website and see what the other design team members have made using the same sketch.

All the items I have used are shared below and if you click any of the images you go direct to that item in my shop and can place your own online order.  Be sure to enter the hostess code if you spend £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift as I really do appreciate your business.

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Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!

This week at the Global Design Project we are casing the designer Tanja Solar from Germany.  I have used the Butterflies Thinlits Dies as Tanja using the dragonfly in her beautiful card.    You must pop over to take a look at her lovely blog as she is super talented.  We are currently both in Thailand enjoying the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip together 🙂

Watercolor Wings from Stampin' Up! case of Tanja Kolar

I kept my card pretty simple this week and added lots of layers and textures.

How I made my Card
  • I cut a rectangle from the Foil Frenzy Speciality DSP and die cut the detailed butterfly using the Butterfly Thinlits.
  • I punched a piece of Pool Party card with the Ticket Tear Border Punch and layered it underneath the foil frenzy rectangle.
  • I cut a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and glued and stapled it to the foil frenzy rectangle.
  • I stamped a greeting from the Watercolor Wings stamp set onto white cardstock in black ink and cut into a rectangle.
  • I die cut a fancy strip from the Flourish Thinlits in Island Indigo cardstock.
  • Everything was layered up onto my whisper white card base.
  • I then added glue to the body of the butterfly and secured it into the die cut space to hold it to the card but left the wings to move freely.
  • A few rhinestones and it was complete.

Here is the lovely card we are casing this week from Tanja Kolar.


Please join us this week and make a card based on Tanja’s card and enter the Global Design Project challenge and you could be selected as one of the weekly winners 🙂 Pop over to the blog to see what the other design team members have made too!

All the items I have used to make my card are from Stampin’ Up! and available from my online shop.  Please use the monthly hostess code when shopping with me to receive a free thank you gift.

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This Little Piggy went roller skating!

My heart is full…..  I have just had the most wonderful team weekend and only got back Sunday evening and had yet to make my Global Design Project card.  Just before I left for the retreat I received my delivery and got my long awaited for This Little Piggy Stamp Set.   I don’t think I could love a stamp set more.

I could NOT wait to get this stamp set inky and when I saw the theme for this weeks challenge I was stumped for a moment as it was Wheels, yes wheels!!!! But having spent the weekend with a incredible people and really being so thankful to have a fantastic team and for Stampin’ Up! I wanted to use the greeting in this set and of course use the colour pink as our team name is the Pinkies and so I just had to use the piggies, wheels or no wheels.

This LIttle Piggy from Stampin' Up!

I used some artistic license and added some roller skates using a marker pen and the new mini sequins for wheels.  I hope the lovely GDP organise Louise forgives me 🙂

There are so many lovely new elements on this card and I could not be happier after spending the weekend with team members who I adore to get stamping.

This Little Piggy #GDP091

I am filled with inspiration after seeing so many samples and projects.  I received amazing swaps, attended some fabulous classes including how to get the blue on the background using watercolour pencils (thank you Sarah Berry) and laughed until my jaw hurt.

I love my team, they are inspirational, kind, supportive and great great fun!  I am truly blessed and they truly make me happy.

Now don’t be afraid to think outside the box and find a way to add wheels to your crafting projects and join the Global Design Project challenge this week.  We would love you to enter!


Simply pop on over to the Global Design Project to see what the other design team members have made and come and join the fun!

If you would like to get your hands on the This Little Piggy stamp set, the stamp set and price is shared below, simply click the link to place an order via my online shop and please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift when your order is £20+.

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