At the beginning of 2020, I had planned to travel to Utah this month to attend OnStage. OnStage is a semi-annual celebration of all that is Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over the world attend this event where achievers are recognized for their accomplishments over the past year, we are all spoiled with swag and gifts, and we get to see the upcoming catalogue before anyone else. There are business presentations, product demonstrations, and opportunities to use brand new products and even take them home.
Then, of course, Covid threw us all a curveball, and travelling to Utah was out of the question – but Stampin’ Up! wasn’t about to let that stop them. Instead, they figured out ways to offer the whole event in a virtual format. So instead of travelling, I got to stay at home in my comfy clothes – with no airplane or hotel costs, no worry about childcare, and no lineup to my own private bathroom – and enjoy an amazing three days of learning, laughing, creating, and celebrating together with over 10,000 other demonstrators around the world!
The fun started on Thursday evening with a wonderful performance by rock legends Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, who performed several of their classic hits and had us all dancing around our respective rooms. Pat’s voice was as strong and flawless as ever, and she gave us an amazing performance to kick off an evening of celebration!
I was honoured to be recognized in three categories for my achievements over the past year (October 2019 – September 2020).
As my name was called, I blew a kiss to all my fans, followers, team members and customers who have helped me reach these goals! (By the way – if you’re reading this, THAT MEANS YOU!)
It was also very motivating to see the higher achievements from all over the world be recognized and applauded! It was wonderful to cheer and give shout-outs in the online chat to all the names I recognized; I have made a LOT of friends through Stampin’ Up! When the recognition event ended, we were all given access to the beautiful new upcoming January-June mini catalogue, and the upcoming Sale-a-Bration brochure. As always, they are packed with great stuff that I can’t wait to show you!
Day Two began with some demonstrations with terrific new products from the upcoming Mini catalogue and SAB brochure. Here are some of my favourites:
Then it was time for the session I was most excited for! Had our event been taking place in person, we would have enjoyed a “Make and Take” project with brand new products. Stampin’ Up! wanted to give us this opportunity, but had to do it a little differently and even give it a new name: Stamp and Share! All demonstrators who registered for OnStage were given the opportunity to purchase a variety bundle of products to use in the Stamp and Share. It was a little nerve-wracking to order product sight unseen, but I took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did because I LOVE these products!
Clockwise from bottom left: the Dragonfly Garden stamp set + punch, Mossy Meadow 1/4″ braided trim, cardstock and DSP prepared as per the instructions for the Stamp and Share, tiny ladybug charms, and Dandy Garden 6×6″ Designer Series paper. (BTW: I LOVE this paper.) Along with thousands of demonstrators from all over the world, I stamped, punched, and assembled as instructed (not so different from the Mystery Stamping events I hold!) and created the three beautiful cards below:
I had so much fun playing with this suite of products and was absolutely tickled that for my Pop-Up Prize, I won the second stamp set from the suite! This wonderful stamp set, Garden Wishes, co-ordinates with a very charming set of dies, including one that embosses a curvy little dotted path to indicate where the bee is flying. I love sweet little touches like that!
And if you’re wondering what a Pop-Up Prize is? Every demonstrator who attends OnStage is given a prize number, from 1-6. The numbers are drawn throughout the day, and everyone with that number wins that prize. By the end of the day, every demonstrator has won a prize! Here are the other prizes won at the event:
Another presentation I loved was when Shannon West introduced us to “Choose Your Own Adventure” stamping as she held interactive polls for the audience to choose the paper, ink colour, and embellishments – then she used the winning items to create her cards. I’d love to include something like this with my future videos and classes!
Here are some more amazing projects we saw in the product demonstrations from Day Two. All of these are from the upcoming January-June Mini Catalogue, which starts January 5.
Ice Cream Corner
Sand and Sea
Love You Always
One of the amazing traditions that Stampin’ Up! has created is that when a demonstrator reached one million CSV in sales, they get to work with a professional designer to design a stamp set in their honour. The demonstrators who achieved that goal this year got to present their stamp set to us at OnStage, and show us amazing projects they’d created with them. Which one is your favourite?
Treasures of Life – Gail Murray
Pretty Perennials – Deno Rekow
Hey Girlfriend – April Lopez
Happy Thoughts – Jackie Bolhuis
Two other highlights of the event were the amazing business presentation by social media strategist Brenda Ster, who gave us invaluable advice about how to define our social media presence in order to help our business reach the next level, and the delightful stamping session with Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass and her mother, Stampin Up! co-founder and Board Chair Shelli Gardner. It’s always fun to watch these two stamp and giggle together! At the end of their session, Sara and Shelli gave away one last prize, and they gave it to every demonstrator at the event: a 25 CSV product credit to be used on our next demonstrator order!
Here are some of the cards Sara and Shelli created, with the upcoming Fine Art Floral suite:
Can you spy the gilded leafing embellishment in the card above? It’s gorgeous!
As OnStage drew to a close, we got to learn where the next event would be held – and it’ll be a hop, skip, and a jump away from me! Provided that it is safe to travel by then, I’ll be so excited to attend OnStage Local next year in Vancouver, BC!
The final perk of attending OnStage is that while all demonstrators will be able to order from the upcoming January-June Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration brochure starting in December, OnStage attendees get to place an order THIS WEEK from a select list of upcoming products. As always, the hardest part is deciding which products to choose! After reading through this post, what would YOU choose?
Thanks for reading about all the adventures I had during OnStage @Home! I’m really glad that Stampin’ Up! found a way to make this event happen despite the challenging circumstances – and in many ways, it was even more fun and accessible than an in-person event. I love being part of a company that invests in their demonstrators this way, making sure we have the training, networking, and recognition we need. If you’re interested in being part of my team – and part of the global Stampin’ Up! community – let’s talk! I’m always looking for new team members who want to work their own hours, have fun, meet new people, and craft their heart out!
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