On Stage 2017!

Last Saturday was one of the most exciting days in the Stampin’ Up calendar, one of the twice-yearly gathering of demonstrators at On Stage. It’s a mixture of previews and demonstrations of new products ahead of the next mini catalogue realease in the new year, a chance to catch up with fellow demonstrators from across the country, make new friends and swap samples of their creations to inspire each other !

This was my swap to share with others, using the terrific Cat punch, Hometown Greetings framelits, Embossing Paste with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and the Hearth and Home framelits.

I hope you think it’s cute? It works as a Christmas card, but could be adapted and used for any occasion for a cat lover!

We usually add our contact details and the ‘recipe’ of materials we’ve used, as it’s an opportunity to share a new idea or our own personal twist on the products.

These are the swaps I received in return, I think they’re awesome:-

I also made up little gifts for my fellow team members, it’s all in the packaging!

Some plain metallic business card holders, with an added cup of coffee, wrapped up in autumnal gift bags made from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper with a sparkly tag 😁.

Attending On Stage is available to all current demonstrators whether they are running and building a business, or purely a hobbyist enjoying the discount on products that being a demonstrator offer’s.

Places are limited and much in demand and apparently we are as enthusiastic as Americans when we get excited about new products or techniques that we see!

Just let me know if you’d like to know more about joining up as a demonstrator, it’s such a fun opportunity to share craft time with other enthusiasts! X

Which camp are you in for Christmas?

Do you like to be super-organised and have a schedule of things to be ready, or are you a last-minute rusher?

I know some Crafters are thinking about Christmas and are making their Christmas cards during their summer holidays, others are having a last minute panic!

Having my birthday at the end of November, I’ve always tried to not think about doing any Christmas preparation until after my birthday, so that I can enjoy my special day properly. With a family to plan for, I’ve now started to think a bit earlier and have a schedule of things to prepare for!

Making your own Christmas cards can be so rewarding, and with the trend heading away from big spending, it’s often appreciated to receive something handmade and thoughtful.

They don’t have to be time consuming and complicated, all of the stamp sets we use can create something clean and simple, or stepped up to make something special

If you feel like having a try at making your own Christmas creations, just get in touch; there’s some gorgeous simple kits available to help get you started without a big outlay on materials, just to wet your crafting appetite!