What is On Stage and why did I go?
On Stage is a Stampin’ Up! event where demonstrators learn what’s going on in the company. We hear about the development of the newest catalogs and practice using new products. It’s like a convention, but for most demonstrators, it’s only a 1-day event. Because of the time and cost to travel from Hawaii to anywhere on the U.S. mainland, I’d never gone to one until this past November. This On Stage, though, was the same weekend that my grandson was going to perform in his first college play. And his college is only an hour or so away from Portland, Oregon, one of the On Stage sites. How could I NOT go?!
You get to craft at On Stage!
One of the problems that I have at On Stage type events is that, more than anything, I want to make sure I get to see all my friends that are there. In many cases this time, I did “see” them – but across a large room with no chance that they’ll be in the same spot by the time I get there. And all that time trying to socialize meant that I couldn’t finish the event’s projects. In one case, I didn’t even open the kit!
How I finished one project
This is that project. What comes in an On Stage kit are the papers and embellishments. In this case the new Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon were the new products. Also on each table was a box with the stamp sets and inks to use to complete each project. With the stamp sets and inks I have at home, I decided I could figure out a way to complete the card. And I did! For one thing, instead of the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, I used the outline flower from the Beautiful Promenade Stamp Set. And darned if there wasn’t a perfect sentiment in that set, too. Along with the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and an Old Olive Stampin’ Blends marker, I was finished!
Yes, there are more projects!
I finished two more projects from On Stage and I’ll share them with you in a later blog post. It really is a lot of fun to go to a class or event like this and have a kit all made up for you and all you have to do is craft! Don’t forget, that’s what I do in my classes!