Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local Gifts
I had the best time at Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local in Richmond, VA, last weekend. I know – I’ve said that before. Probably several (hundred) times. There was very little I would change. Ok – the gymnasts or cheerleaders or whoever was in the exhibit hall next door were a tad loud. Picture thousands of little girls, middle school girls, and high school girls, and their families (including bored little brothers) and you’ll understand. Our hotel was connected to the Convention Center, and many of them stayed there. Sadly, if someone in the hall is talking above a whisper, the sound is very loud in the rooms. So you can see how it was a little hard to sleep with exhuberant cheerleaders and their families chatting as they headed back to their rooms. Loudly (like calling down the hall to each other). At 1 a.m.
Still, I had decided a little sleep deprivation was not going to spoil my fun. At one point, I closed my eyes during a lull in the events, and then started laughing. My table mates probably thought I was delirious, but I was thinking of an episode of Last Man Standing. Vanessa (the mom/wife on the show) was very tired and closed her eyes during a meeting. She fell asleep and fell off her chair. Instead of admitting she had been sleeping, she faked a heart attack and was taken to the ER. I imagined myself doing the same thing, and Mike driving to Richmond – only to find out I was faking because I was embarrassed to admit I was asleep. I decided to get coffee instead.
Anyway – whether it was the company, the location, the group from Stampin’ Up! that was assigned to Richmond, or some other reason, it was one of the best events I’ve ever attended.
And speaking of the company. We all had little gifts and cards to give to the others in the group. Here are a few that I received.
Judy made this beautiful notebook and pen using the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the bright, happy colors – and the binding, elastic and pen are perfect with the DSP.
Holly made me this. Looks like a decorated picture frame, right? It is – kind of. Instead of a photo, it holds a magnet. Now I won’t be losing my framelits and thinlits! I can just attach them to the magnet, and they won’t be lost on my table. How many hours of searching is this going to save me? (Answer: Many!)
Christy made monogrammed frames for everyone using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. This was my favorite paper in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog. It’s so elegant, and, of course, coordinates with the Floral Phrases stamp set (also used in the frames). Sadly, the Floral Boutique DSP will be retiring with this catalog, but the good news is the pattern is being continued in all five new In Colors! I’ve seen it live (ok, yes, I have it already. One of the amazing perks of being a demonstrator!) and it’s beautiful. The Floral Phrases set is also continuing.
There were other goodies as well. Christy, Judy, and Carol shared swaps with us, and Sandy made beautiful decorated gift bags with Lindt chocolate bars (YUM!). I was going to post a picture, but, um, the candy bar has gone missing. (Hmmmm. Wonder where it could be? It was dark chocolate and orange. And, yes, I said, “was.”) I’ll find a replacement and post her gift. Holly also gave me a bag full of snacks and goodies to keep energy levels high. It was very helpful at keeping me awake so I didn’t have to fake an attack.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!