OnStage Day 3 Highlights and Products

I am officially home from my trip to Orlando.  It was a fun five days, and I couldn’t be happier that I went!  The OnStage events are SO much fun!  This was a live event, which means it was a multi-day event.  This one was Thursday, November 8th through Saturday, November 10th.  Each day is filled with crafting, new products, training, and lots of fun!

For today’s post, I wanted to share some new products and gifts I received on Day 3, as well as some highlights from the day!

One of the first things we did when we got started on Saturday was to honor our veterans.  There were many, many of them in the crowd, and I loved that we took the time to do this.  They received a standing ovation for their service, and Stampin’ Up! lit up the stage in red, white, and blue in their honor!

As the day went on, there were two all attendee giveaways.  One was the new stamp set above, which will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog, and the other was the very cute tote bag shown below!  This bag is amazing, and completely saved me on the way home, as I needed some extra space for all of the extra stuff I went home with!  And the best thing about this bag is that it folds up and zips inside itself for easy storage!


One of the highlights of EVERY OnStage event is when our CEO, Sara Douglass, and her mom, Shelli Gardner, stamp together on stage.  It is always hilarious, and they are both incredibly talented!  In case you don’t know, Shelli was one of the founders of Stampin’ Up! 30 years ago, and was the CEO up until a few years ago when Sara took over.  Shelli is still very much a part of the company, and is always at OnStage events.  They are both genuine and real, and such a pleasure to watch and learn from!

Here are a couple of the cards they shared in their presentation:

The card on the left was created by Sara for her daughter, Stella, who loves horses and the color purple!  Shelli created the two samples on the right.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Some big news for me personally was that I got to walk the stage to celebrate my 5 year anniversary with Stampin’ Up!  (A big thanks to my upline Stella for getting pics for me!)  🙂

At the very end of the event, there was a HUGE amount of confetti released!  It was a total surprise, but was a nice, festive way to end the event!

The first picture above is what the confetti looked like as it was coming down.  The second is what the floor looked like after it was all over.  (I feel bad for whoever had to clean that up!)  And the third picture is the pieces that fell out of my bag when I emptied it back at the hotel.  My bag was under a chair and I still ended up with a bunch!  It was EVERYWHERE!

Even though I am sad that this OnStage event is over, I am already looking forward to the next one!  If you would like to attend an OnStage event, all you have to do is sign up to be a demonstrator!  ANY demonstrator is eligible to attend.  I would love to have you join me at the next one!  Here is a pic of the date and locations for the next event:

The next US events are only one day events, as opposed to three days.  I will most likely attend the one in Atlantic City, as it’s close enough to drive, but there is a possibility I may go elsewhere.  Not sure yet!

If you sign up as demonstrator after January 1st, you will be eligible to attend!  And just to give you the head’s up, there is a GREAT sign up special coming for new demonstrators during Sale-a-Bration, which starts in January!  It’s definitely a win-win!  I REALLY hope you’ll think about it!  Click HERE for more info about joining Stampin’ Up!  (And let me know if you have any questions!)

Beginning tomorrow, I will be back to sharing my own projects.  Please check back for a Merry Monday project (one day late) for tomorrow’s post!

Thanks so much for checking in today!  🙂






OnStage Day 2 Highlights and Products

Today was Day 2 of OnStage in Orlando, FL!  It was a day full of crafting, presentations, recognition, and FUN!  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite moments/products seen today!

In the two pictures below, there are two card kits, both available in the upcoming Occasions Catalog!  They are so elegant and beautiful, I an sure you are going to want these kits so that you can always have a card on hand for when you need it!

We also made two make and takes with new product!  They can be seen below:

I also won two new products:

And finally,

Here’s a picture of my friend, Lisa, and me.  We were very excited!

There is probably more that I can share, but I am literally falling asleep as I write this!  I will be back very soon with Day 3 highlights!




OnStage Day 1 Highlights and Products (plus check out the NEW Catalog!)

The first day of OnStage is over.  It was a long, but FUN day!  For my post today, I will share some of the pictures from the event, as well as the goodies we’ve received so far!  (Including sneak peeks of the covers of the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure!)

The picture above and the one below are pictures of the main stage.  There are literally over 6000 demonstrators here!   It’s quite the show, with flashing lights, loud music, and lots of cheering and dancing!


Wednesday, we checked into the convention center and registered.  At registration, we received this beautiful box:


Inside the box were the following items:


Today, we also received the NEW Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  There are some AMAZING new products in here that I KNOW you are going to love!!!  While I can’t show you the inside of the catalog, I can at least show the covers:


We also received this gorgeous zippered tool case:


And I won this new stamp set called “Part of My Story”:


And here’s one of the projects we created using one of the NEW product suites from the Occasions Catalog:


I also just remembered that I got a super comfy hooded sweatshirt that I forgot to take pictures of!  I will try to remember to add it tomorrow’s post!  All of this so far, and this was just the first day.  We have two more days to go!  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!  🙂

FYI:  IF you have EVER considered joining Stampin’ Up!, you are going to want to do it during Sale-a-Bration!  There is going to be a fantastic sign up special that you are GOING to want to take advantage of!  More details on THAT as we get closer!  And if you join, you too could attend OnStage events!  Just something to think about!

Thanks for visiting today!  Please check back tomorrow for Day 2’s highlights!



It’s Going to be a Party in Orlando!

I just landed in Orlando for Stampin’ Up’s 30th Anniversary OnStage Live event for demonstrators!  I have been looking forward to this trip for MONTHS!  I will probably not have too many original products to share this week, but I will still try to post as much as I can.  While I am here, I will get to see the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I will give updates and share as much as I can with you as the week goes on.  I am 100% positive that I will have lots of exciting news to share!

Enjoy your day!


Coming Soon: The 2018 Online Extravaganza!

It’s almost time for the 2018 Online Extravaganza!  (And just in time for Holiday shopping!)  This sale has taken place for the past few years, and it has always been full of fantastic deals.  I fully expect this year to be as well!  I do not have any details other than the dates, but as soon as I get more info, I will post it.  For now, please plan to check back as we get closer to November 23rd for more information!

Also, with the Holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to download and print my holiday wish list!  You can access it HERE.  Just print, fill it out , and give it to whoever you think needs to know!  Orders containing products as gifts should be placed no later than December 5th to ensure delivery in time for Christmas!

Thank you for visiting today!  Please let me know if you have any questions!


It’s Merry Monday: Time for a Festive Wood Ornament!

For this week’s Merry Monday project I made an ornament!  We have so many gorgeous Designer Series Papers this year for the holidays, that I wanted to showcase them in ways other than just cards.  I was browsing for craft supplies on Amazon, and I came across these 3 inch wood circles.  They are perfect for what I had in mind!  I also purchased the small screw in eyes for the string on Amazon as well.  I will share the links for both items at the end of this post!

For now, let’s take a peek at the Stampin’ Up! products used on this.  I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut a piece of polka dot Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  Before doing that, I applied a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of the paper, then ran it through the Big Shot.  This made it so that the entire back of the DSP piece was covered with adhesive for a very strong, uniform hold!  (Plus there’s NO MESS!)

Once the DSP was adhered to the circle, I used the Big Shot to cut the tree from the Joyous Noel 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper.  The tree was cut with a die from the Sweetly Stitched Framelits.  I also cut a small star from gold glimmer paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch.  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set, and the ends were punched using the Triple Banner Punch.  Colors for this project are Real Red, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, and Gold!

Just a note about the string on the top: it is actually a piece of Gold 1/8 inch Cord.  The cord was too big for the opening in the eye hook, so I unraveled the metallic thread, and pulled out the inner core of the cord.  There are actually TWO cords together inside, and they have a really pretty gold color to them that made them perfect to still use on this project!


Measurements for this project are as follows:

Real Red Polka Dot DSP:  2-15/16 inch in diameter

Green Glimmer Paper tree:  1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches (approximate)

Gold Glimmer Paper star:  1/2 inch

Whisper White sentiment piece:  1/2 x 2-1/2 inches



As promised, here are the links for the non Stampin’ Up! products used on this project (wood circles and screw eye hooks):

Wood circles: find them HERE.

Screw eyes: find them HERE.

This project would be a good beginner crafting project, or even something fun to make with kids!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today.  🙂


A Bright and Fun Thank You Card

I don’t know about where you live, but the weather here in CT has been absolutely miserable!  It has been super cloudy and cold and rainy, and honestly, it’s starting to get depressing.  So I sat down to make a card on Saturday, and I really wanted it to be bright and fun.  Green is my favorite color, and I bought the Bee Thankful stamp when it was on sale a couple weeks ago, so I decided to put something together that combined those two things.  I looked at my Stampin’ Blends and I realized that there are six greens in the Blends, and there are six letters in “thanks”, so I decided to make each letter a different shade!  (In order, they are Soft Sea Foam, Call Me Clover, Granny Apple Green, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, and Shaded Spruce.) I went with Granny Apple Green cardstock for the base, and accented the image with Daffodil Delight Blends on the bee, as well as the backing layer of the image.  I added some small flowers from the Wishing You Well set in the corners with VersaMark ink, offset the main image a bit so it’s not completely straight, and was left with a pretty cute and fun card for that I plan to send to someone special!

After the card was assembled, I needed to embellish a bit.  I added some Wink of Stella to the leaves and wings and antennae of the bee.  I also added 1/2 of a Pearlized Doily behind the main image.  The Wink of Stella and the shimmer of the doily add just a hint of shine to this card, for just a perfect amount of added detail!


Measurements for this card are as follows:

Granny Apple Green card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 and folded in half)

Daffodil Delight middle layer:  3-3/16 x 5-3/16 inches

Whisper White Top Layer:  3 x 5 inches


I really love the combination of all the different greens on this card!  It definitely brightened my day to make it!  (Now if the sun would just come out for a bit, all would be well!)  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy Sunday!


The Snowflake Showcase is Now Available!

The Snowflake Showcase products are now available!  Create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products. With two stamp sets, paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit is your creativity!

Here’s a look at all of the new products available:

Happiness Surrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set


Snow is Glistening Photopolymer Stamp Set


Snowfall Thinlits Dies


Snowflake Trinkets


White Velveteen Sheets


Aren’t these new products gorgeous?  All of them are available for a limited time only.  They will be for sale through November 30th or while supplies last, whichever comes first, so don’t delay!

Here are a few completed samples:


And here’s a short video that shows them in even greater detail!

You can find this entire line of new products in the online store.  Just click HERE to browse!  (Or click the links below to go right to each product!)

Please let me know if you have questions!  Have a great day!



A Spooky Treat for Luca’s Bus Driver

At the end of the last school year, I made these cute treats for the bus drivers at my son’s school.  Each one has five Hershey Nuggets, each wrapped in a cute school bus wrapper that I purchased and downloaded on Etsy.  He now goes to a different school, and I wanted to make a little something for his bus driver.  So I whipped up another one of these just for her, (and since he goes to a different school this year, it’s not something she already got in June!)  🙂

For this version, I used items from the holiday catalog, including the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper, the Spooky Sweets stamp set, and the Spooky Bats Punch!  Colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Gorgeous Grape, Real Red, and Whisper White.


Measurements for this project are as follows:

Basic Black topper base:  2-1/4 x 5 inches (scored at 2-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Toil & Trouble DSP layer:  2 x 2 inches

Whisper White sentiment piece:  1-3/8 inches

Whisper White piece for moon and bats (cut from same piece):  4 x 4 inches

Real Red tray for nuggets:  2 x 5 inches (scored lengthwise at 1/4 inch and 1-3/4 inches)


I hope Miss Lisa likes it!  This is a great little gift that can be made for anyone, for pretty much any occasion, just by switching up the sentiment and DSP!  It would also make a great favor for parties, showers, and more!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!



Snowflake Showcase Meets Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper

My card today combines the soft, shimmery Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper with the NEW Snowflake Showcase product line, available November 1st!  The main image on this card is a large, detailed snowflake that has been spritzed with White Shimmer Paint mixed with water so that it also has a shimmery finish to match the background paper.  The Peace & Joy sentiment comes from the Christmas Traditions Punch Box, and is hand colored with Stampin’ Write markers in Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow.

If you love snowflakes, then you are going to LOVE the Snowflake Showcase products!  Here is a picture of the cutting die set! There are multiple snowflake dies in different shapes and sizes, and can be used alone or with the coordinating stamp set that will also be available November 1st:

There are also some leaves, twigs, and more!  This is truly a very versatile set to add to your collection!


Measurements for this card are as follows:

Blackberry Bliss card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Shimmery White middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Frosted Floral top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Blackberry Bliss snowflake piece:  3-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece:  1-3/8 inches in diameter


You can find the whole product list for this card below.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for checking in!