So – if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – then you know this weekend is our OnStage events. The live this time around is in Auckland. I have been there. Well – in the airport, lol, and I can tell you it’s very nice. It’s a stop on the way when we go home to Oz, but it’s also on my bucket list. Due to the time difference, OnStage has started and we are starting to see our first sneak peeks of what’s coming down the way in the 2019/2020 Catalog. To make sure you get one from me – all you have to do is be a ‘regular’ customer (ie, have purchased from me in the last 3 months via my online store or attend my camps!). If you want to get one mailed directly to you – then make a purchase this month and you will be added to that list!
I love going to ONStage. Last November we were in Orlando – a huge group of us from Indy. Last April, my family had just been home for a couple of days from Ireland and I was off to Atlanta for OnStage. The November before that my husband joined me for his first time ever to Salt Lake. The April before that – well – it did snow in Denver and we got stuck in Salt Lake some extra time. Except for Orlando we had been in a loop of Salt Lake and Atlanta.
This year there was no OnStage in Atlanta and we could not find any flights less than $600 to get us to a location. The closest drives were over 11 hours driving time (and now there is the blizzard coming to Minnesota, which we had thought about driving to!)
So – for the first time in forever (isn’t that a Disney song?) I am missing ONStage. Sadness.
Then why I am still making swaps? We decided to host our own little event here in Indy – called INStage (get it? INdiana!) on Saturday. We have run events before and had been talking about doing it again – so this seemed as good as time as any!
Saturday we will have so much of our own fun with other area demonstrators (and then later via the online version with those not local to us as they participate in our mailed classes). We have 15 projects, lots of classes, food, prize patrol (a Stampin’ Up! must!) and of course swapping!
One of my presentations is on die cutting. So my swap ties into two of the projects that they will make Saturday.
Today’s video is more along the lines of the actual card being made and some tips and tricks for when you do multiples of one card (like for Christmas or invitations) – one tip – I rarely (if ever?) stamp words ON to my cards when I am making them for a swap. I give the reason why in the tutorial!
There are a couple of steps that are left out of the video and you will need to check back later to see how they were done. They are included for the girls coming to the event – and we don’t want any spoilers!
It’s hard to capture in the pictures, but I used Shimmer Paper for all of the stamping and the die cutting. It give such a rich look. You can see it a bit better in the video tutorial.
We will be announcing the dates for our Fall event on Saturday. The next INStage will coordinate with the Holiday Catalog. We will need a couple of weeks to evaluate how this event goes and what we may need to change and then watch for information on our Facebook page if you would like to join us in the future. If you are a demonstrator you can find us on Facebook under Creating and Sharing the Life You Love. We will be live a couple of times during the event!
We are also doing a service project Saturday. Everyone is bringing cards for the Indy Honor Flight for our area vets. When designing my swap, I kept that in mind and chose a Thank You – double duty – and got it all done at once!
Check back early next week for more about how the event went. Tuesday I will have some UNBOXING videos with BRAND NEW STAMPIN’ UP! product!!!! You won’t want to miss that!