What a fantastic weekend! Stampin' Up's OnStage event was this weekend and I was privileged to attend it in Milwaukee with 27 team members and almost 700 other demonstrators from around the region. We had fantastic training, received all kinds of products, and were the first to see the brand new Spring Catalog (and even more importantly, the Sale A Bration brochure!!)
We started with an amazing, yummy dinner served on real china with waitstaff, fresh flowers, linens and candles... and scrumptious chocolate layer cake.
At our places there were two wonderful gifts: first our planners for the year, and secondly, a fantastic vinyl bag designed to hold embellishments in all the little zippered compartments. It's so adorable! If there's anything crafters like almost as much as craft supplies, it's organizational tools.
Milwaukee was just one of eight OnStage events in the United States, Australia and Canada this weekend, but ours was the biggest and in our humble opinion, the best. We had some special Wisconsin touches, like the gorgeous sunrise over Lake Michigan... We fed Brandi Barnard tasty Racine Kringle fresh from the bakery, and Scott Nielsen, Stampin' Up's CFO, wore his Green Bay Packers jersey the entire day. The hotel we stayed at was also famous as the spot that Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning for president in 1912. He went on to give his hour-long speech with the bullet still in his chest. Tough guy! Had to snap a pic for my history-lovin' hubby.
So anyway, our particular OnStage was extra special and the excitement level was through the roof!
The day was jam-packed with ideas galore... team presents, staff gifts, presenter goodies, sample swaps... so many fantastic swaps! Midwestern stampers rock! We also saw a LOT of top-secret stuff like, oh, EVERYTHING in the Spring Occasions Catalog. We even got to make four different projects.
These are some of the things I brought or was given during the day. That's my swap card down on the bottom right there.
I'm so glad so many of my team made the effort to come. We did NOT regret it! Just the chance to be together was priceless, let alone share meals, discuss the business topics, share ideas, catch up and STAMP together. We got recognized for accomplishments from the transition period between our two Career Plans, so that was fun as well, to walk the stage together with teammates.
And every last one of us won a door prize at some point in the day! New stamps for everyone.
What a fantastic weekend. I LOVE the new event format and I can't wait for the next one!
If you've been thinking about grabbing the Starter Kit and becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I can say with all my heart there is not a better group of ladies to align yourselves with than the inspiring, hilarious and creative Song of My Heart Demonstrators. We would dearly love to have you. Click here to pick out your Starter Kit and feel free to email me with any questions you might have, at Lyssa@songofmyheartstampers.com Then I'll be saving YOU a place at the NEXT OnStage in April!