Happy Saturday Everyone!!

After a nasty bout with a sort of awful head cold, I am on the mend and feeling more like myself than I have in about a week. This is good as today is the start of OnStage!!

What is OnStage you may ask?

It is the equivalent of the convention that Stampin' UP! has for its demonstrators every six months. The purpose is to spotlight new products, new techniques, networking among the demonstrators, and for the April OnStage: release of the NEW ANNUAL CATALOG.

This is BIG.

This catalog will not be available to our customers till June 1. It won't even be available to other demonstrators (in an online version) till later this week. But we are not to share with our customers no matter what.

What we can (and will) do is get READY. We have access to the newest and coolest products that are being revealed and we will be spending the time well by creating some super cute new hand made cards and other adorable and customizable goodies.  Besides all that, they really treat the demonstrators well at the OnStage by showering them with gifts (Prize Patrol!) and allowing for general swaps and even EARLY access to certain products that other demonstrators who do not attend OnStage cannot get.

So as I check in to my very first OnStage (in about 3 hours) I will be so excited to see what the day has in store for me. It is sure to be a super amazing time and in addition to that I will be meeting up with about 17 of the team I am part of: The Pink Stampers. Our manager (up line) has gifted us with these really cute burlap-type (but trimmed in black and with Pink Stampers in bright pink!) tote bags. I have heard that Stampin' UP will also be giving us all tote bags so that is exciting. For me, I put together some small, colorful (cosmetic bag sized) zippered bags for my teammates that have some candy inside (decorated with cute little Stampin' Up! hand made Easter labels) and each bag has a set of notecards that I made for them as well. I am excited to meet these ladies and look forward to giving out my gifts!!
 The bag above is what I got for my teammates (and for my Up line Robyn!) and the little notecard is the prototype for the note cards I made for each bag. I made a set of four for each teammate with matching hand stamped envelopes. The notecards were each in shades of Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride, and Melon Mambo and had washi tape accents. I think they came out so cute! I packaged each set in a clear, sealing plastic envelope and included in the bigger bag a little custom Easter candy bag! I love these ladies and they have all uplifted me at some point in the last six months that I've known them.
 This is the super cute tote bag that our up line manager Robyn gave us all. What a surprise, though she has proven herself time and time again to be so generous and is an excellent role model to those of us who are new to the stamping world. She has helped me model my attitude and ability to help motivate my own recruits to be the best demonstrators that they want to be. Generosity is contagious and I have also started (in my own, smaller way) to show that same generosity of spirit to my recruits in hopes that they will benefit from it the way I have benefitted from Robyn's generous spirit!
 These are a few of the swaps I made for the general swaps at the OnStage. They are from the Pop of Paradise set and to be perfectly honest it was the VERY first time I broke open the set. I had the designer series paper pack, the stamp set, and I just sat down (very late) Thursday night and designed something that I felt I could make in time before we left the house on Friday. Silly me. Designing does take time and after I had what I thought would be a good design I was only awake enough to make this many. The majority of the cards were made early Friday morning before I packed.
This was my first design on Thursday but I quickly discovered that there was too much detail work involved for me to pump out 50 in a short time. I was working alone and had my daughter or daughter in law been available things would have been different. This is a super cute design (to me lol) showcasing the "You Are Sublime" set that I love so much. I used the watercolor pencils (my favorites) and some blender pen action as well as the Big Shot and Lots of Labels. The background was made with Playful Backgrounds photopolymer set, one of their stamps looked really cute here. After I made three of these cards I stopped...knowing that I'd never get 50 out in time. I brought these three anyway and will still give them away if asked during general swap.

There are different types of swaps, I guess. Being new to OnStage, I'm learning too. But "general swap" is for anyone and can be any type of card. Stampin' Up! also has a swap area and we are encouraged to give one of our swaps to their people for display...how nice of them!  Anyway the other types of swaps are arranged with individual groups before hand and may have a theme. There might be a "pop up card" swap where your card has to be a pop up card, or there may be a "Birthday Bash" swap where all the swaps must be birthday related. You get the idea. I did not participate in any of those and maybe I will during my next OnStage. This one is all about just getting the experience and getting my 'sea legs' so to speak. We shall see how ambitious I will be for the next OnStage in November.

Oh yes, I'm planning on it for sure and if I have anything to say about it I will be taking my down line with me!! I'd love to make a presence for our team there and in time would LOVE to have a whole section of Fancy Stampers.

Want to join my team?? There is still time, just go to my personal Stampin' Up! page and click on the link that says, "Join The Fun." For only $99 you can choose up to $125 worth of ANYTHING in the current Stampin' Up! catalog. You will also get an additional $50 in business supplies and free catalogs which is awesome. AND you will be gifted a Paper Pumpkin kit so you can try it out yourself. All that plus you will enjoy 20% off all future purchases as a demonstrator and NEVER have to be pressured to sell to anyone.

I know tons of demonstrators who have joined Stampin' Up! as "hobby demonstrators" which means they never sell to others and use their discount for themselves. Not to mention they still get all the perks of getting all the newest stuff from Stampin' Up early, free giveaways from ME, and free video tutorials of all my online classes. FREE. That is amazing, I think. So check it out or just ask me if you have any questions. You can text me if it is easier or email at thefancystamper@aol.com. Text is 951-973-3270.

On that note my cold medicine is starting to work and I can breathe again so I will head back to my hotel bed for a couple more hours of rest before the excitement of OnStage. I can't wait to tell you guys all about it. I know you will understand when I cannot talk about the new product releases but I PROMISE you, the wait will be worth it. Or you can join my team and we can talk about it sooner!! :D

Talk later!
Deb
xoxo

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