Last Friday I attended my friend Brian King’s Spring Stamp A Long the day before Onstage.  And, I had a blast we laughed so hard, watched some great presentations, and stamped a little.  I am going to share with you some of the pictures from that day and my swap I created.  Everyone that attended had the chance to say if they wanted to swap during the event.  What swapping means is when demonstrators and customers go to a event sometimes there is a part of the event called a swap; basically it’s you create a card that you want to share with others, and you give a card and then get a card in return.  This is a great idea for demonstrators and customers because you get cards that may contain stamp sets or items you don’t have and you get some great ideas to use for your card designs.  Sometimes card swaps have rules and sometimes they do not.  So I created a card using the Waterfront stamp set and the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (the Designer Series paper will be retiring and is on the retirement list; so if you want this paper and love it as much as I you better grab it now before it’s gone.

After we got all checked in we had a little time for a selfie or two.  Because there’s always time for a selfie or two or maybe even three.  I attended the event with some members of my stampin’ family.

We are all members of Phyllis Shepard’s Stampin’ Flock.  And I must say I do love her and my Stampin’ family.  I am building my own family now.  Phyllis was unable to attend this event she just found out she has stage four breast cancer and had a lot of test that week.  We are all praying for her and a quick recovery from this battle.  As I said before we all just adore, respect, and love her deeply.  Here’s a couple family pictures for you.

This was a packed event with 160 attendees.  I believe everyone were Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, but Brian’s Mom who was there to stamp along with us and to support her son.  How sweet I know.  Our table had some table decor on it and we each got a little gable box with goodies.  They did such a great game using them where the last man standing got a prize.  Here’s my box.

As we got started Brian got on stage and welcomed everyone and gave us a little talk about the rules for the day and then we got started with the fun.

Brian’s Welcome

A Coffee Break at the Waterfront:

My swap card featured the retiring Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, a little Soft Sky ink, and the returning Waterfront Stamp Set.  I had to create 51 cards using the same design for the swap that day.  Here’s a infinite shot that I took of all my cards laid out on the hotel bed the night before to make sure I had the right number.  This was my fourth time checking to make sure my numbers were correct.  Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to check and check again, to make sure everything was correct and I had everything ready to go.

Waterfront stamp set, Coffee Break designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Tranquil Tide Cardstock, Soft Suede Classic Ink, Tranquil Tide Classic Ink, Soft Sky Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Old Olive Classic Ink, Early Espresso Classic Ink, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

As I mentioned I paired the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper with the Waterfront stamp set, to me these were a perfect pairing because coffee grows in the mountains and it the water reminded me of Coasta Rico, well that’s what I was going for anyway.  I am sure I didn’t spell that correctly.

Waterfront stamp set, Coffee Break designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Tranquil Tide Cardstock, Soft Suede Classic Ink, Tranquil Tide Classic Ink, Soft Sky Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Old Olive Classic Ink, Early Espresso Classic Ink, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

I used all the paper from this designer series paper pack for my card so each one had different dsp (designer series paper) on them.  Here’s another one showing off the different paper.

Waterfront stamp set, Coffee Break designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Tranquil Tide Cardstock, Soft Suede Classic Ink, Tranquil Tide Classic Ink, Soft Sky Classic Ink, Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Old Olive Classic Ink, Early Espresso Classic Ink, Stamparatus, Stampin' Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

Games, Tacky Name Tags, and So Much More:

At Brian’s event there were games, presentations, meet and greet, and a Tacky Name Tag compaction, as I’ve mentioned.   The Tacky name tag and meet and greet were both at the same time and it was such a fun way to get to know someone.  I laughed so hard when Jane Stull (a sideline of the team I am on Actually we are cousins in the stampin’ family is what sideline means) put on her name tag.  It actually lite up but I could never get a picture of the lights when they were on.  Here’s Jane wearing her name tag, and before you ask I didn’t get time to make one with my other commitments.

Her tacky name tag was so good it got her picked as a finalist in the contest.  Sadly she didn’t win because there were some tackier than her’s.  Votes were done by audience yelling for whom they thought had the best sign.  She may have won had she not started yelling “Roll Tide” at an event in Atlanta, Ga with a lot of Georgia demonstrators there.  Just a tip for next time Jane.

After that we had a few presentations from members of Brian’s team.  The theme for the event was all things party related, so each presenter showed how to create different items for parties, from invites, to party decor, to well you think of it and they shared it.  Here’s a few pictures of a couple of the presenters.  I didn’t get to stay for all the presentations due to having to go and practice for my Onstage presentation the next day.  But, there were great presentations done by Julie DeMatteo (the Paper Pixie), Candy Ford, Brian King, and Amy Koenders.

They all did a great job, we even had one of the concept artists from the Home Office come and do a quick little talk.  I missed that, and Amy’s presentation because I had just gotten back in from practice.  I was told they all both were fabulous.  I hate that I missed them both but you have to do what you have to do.  One thing that I am glad I didn’t miss was one of the games that were played.  Names were randomly selected and they had to play Sponge Toss for a chance to win a prize.  It was so funny I think I laughed almost as hard as I did when I saw Jane’s tag.

So as I mentioned before there were 160 of us there that day and I am pretty sure almost everyone swapped.  Here’s a picture of the swap line.  Brain, Pam, and the other’s did a great job organizing how the swap was done.

We just went down the line swapping when you where out you went to the back of the line to get cards from the others.  Everyone ended up with 50 different swaps than what we took.  Here’s a look at all the swap cards done that day.


There were a lot of great cards designed for this swap.  I’ve not even been through my swaps to see which ones I got.  That’s on my to do list today.    I think I got a picture of each display board.  One of the 51 cards went to be put ont he display board so everyone could see all the cards made for the card swap.  This was great since we only had to make 51 and brought back 50 new cards.

I also got to hang out a little and take a selfie with fellow Paper Craft Crew Design Team Member Pam Staples.  We had a great time talking and getting to know each other a little better since most of our interaction is online during the weekly challenge.  Some people my say that this was a dangerous thing and it probably could have been if we had more non stampin’ time to spend together talking .   Pam is actually the team leader so she comes up with a lot of creative work for us to do.  If you haven’t visited this weeks challenge please do so.  You can check out my card for this weeks challenge here.  This week I gave a little sneak peek of some of the new products coming out in the upcoming Annual Catalog.

So in closing it was a very fun event and I look forward to going again soon.  If you would like to go to events like this that are demonstrator only events or you would like to get new products from the upcoming Annual catalog before the June 1 release date it’s super easy to do so.  All you have to do is join my team of Kinsmon Crafters and come along with us.  Remember I mentioned that the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and all the inks that I used is on the retiring list now so if you want to get any of these items you can pick them up in my online store 24/7.  The items in the retiring list will not last long so jump over and get them now.

Happy Stampin’

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