Last week I spent Wednesday till Sunday in Orlando attending Stampin’ Up!’s convention OnStage.  There were about 6000 demonstrators from all over in attendance.   During OnStage a lot of demonstrators swap cards with each other, plus we attend stamping presentations, get prizes, and have a wonderfully fun time.  This was my first big event; I have attended Local events in Atlanta (twice) and in Savannah in the last couple years.  This years event was very special for me not only because it was my first big event but because during the summer I attended was recruited by Stampin’ Up! to take part in a four day retreat in Lehi Utah were myself and nine other demonstrators were picked to share our story.  The entire retreat was about sharing our stories as demonstrators we cried a little, laughed a lot, and we each filmed videos that segments were used during this event.  

I will share more on the retreat in another post later on in the week.  But for now I want to share some photos of the events from the first day of OnStage.  We started out the day really early and headed to the Orange County Convention Center to start our day.  When we arrived there were already a line starting at the Main Stage Doors.  

It didn’t take very long for the 6000 demonstrators to arrive and start swaping, talking, sharing, and having a good time.  The doors didn’t open until 8:30 so we had plenty of time to get the party started.  And we all had a great time.  The day opened with Sara Douglas our CEO giving the opening address and she introduced the story project.  She also asked her mom and co-founder and board chair of Stampin’ Up! Shelli Gardner to share her story.  It was very moving and and tearful.  

Image by Stampin’ Up! 

She talked about their “year from hell” when her father had hired a consultant to exam the companies books and they were told to file for bankruptcy.  Her and her sister decided that that was not an option due to the way they were raised so they contacted their suppliers and asked to still have products sent to them but they would have to pay over time.  This news was announced at that years convention in Las Vegas, and over half of the demonstrators at the time walked out and quit, because they were going to have to raise prices to cover their costs.  Thankfully they didn’t quit and give up because here we are at the 30 year anniversary having a blast.   

Opening Ceremony and the Our Story Videos

After the video presentation Shannon West presented the first products of the day.  She introduced use to some wonderful new products featuring Butterflies.  And I am just saying you will love them. 

Butterfly Gala 

Not only did Shannon present but I got to meet her before the opening ceremony along with Tami White and some other wonderful demonstrator friends.  

At every Stampin’ Up! convention we get a bag filled with goodies this year was no exception.  You may also see the button in my pictures with a number on it, well during the event they will call a number and if your number is called you win a prize.  Usually new products from the upcoming catalog.  

One side of the bag
the Reverse of the bag when turned inside out.  
Set of Notebooks to take notes in
a set of pens 
We got the Amazing Life Stamp Set in our bag
a Take&Make to take home and create
My name badge, prize button, title & achievement ribbons

Demonstrator Development Manager (DDM) and my friend Natalie White did a wonderful pretension that was both funny and informative.  She also did a little stampin’ 

There was a lot more presentations and a lot more stamping during the day.  but right now I want to share my two general swaps with you.  I created a total of 250 swaps for the event both general and organized swaps.  My first swap was created using the Big Wishes stamp set and the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper.  I love the Big Wishes stamp set because of it’s large images that features large words in the images.  This set is actually part of a series of stamp sets.  

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For my next general swap I used the Frosted Floral Designer Series paper as the main focal point and the Stitched All Around Stamp Set for the large sentiment.  I really wanted the paper to stand out so I didn’t do to much on the card.  I did add another strip of dsp in the middle of the card.  

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Thanks fro dropping by I hope that you enjoyed my post today and the recap video.  Make sure you watch all the way through the video.   Happy Stampin’ 

Rick 

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