Sunday, December 15, 2019

OnStage (Part 1) - Country Club Suite Presentation

Well I had to rewrite this post several times as I made a start then found I didn't get back to finish it! November has been a rather busy and at times emotional month for me, that I can see I haven't blogged since October, and here it is nearly Christmas!

The main highlight of November for me was OnStage, not just getting together with my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends from around Australia, but being asked to present on stage! Yes, you read that correct I was asked to create with and share my projects of some new products on stage to over 700 demonstrators. Now that was both an exciting honour as well as a nervous endeavour.

When Clare Langsford our Demonstrator Development Manager asked me to be a presentor my initial reaction was to say 'no' as I felt it would just be too much a commitment with my current life circumstances, however, it was my children who strongly encouraged me to do this and were my biggest support base.

As soon as I said 'yes' and signed the confidentiality agreement, Clare emailed me through the pages of the new Mini Catalogue of the products that I would be creating with, and stated in that email that she wished she could be there to see my face when I opened the pages...I am glad she wasn't as my first response was 'now that is not a suite I would automatically order for myself', however, I knew it would be popular with other demonstrators as a golf theme has been asked for many times.

The new product suite that I would receive soon and which I was to create inspiring projects for was the Country Club Suite. So once the new products arrived I cleared my desk and started an inspiration board in Pinterest (only visible to me) and starting playing with the new stamps, dies, papers and coordinating products.

Our aim was to share projects that could be created with beginner, casual and avid stampers in mind so a few of my projects I used the same design and just showed how it could be stepped up to suite the various experience or supplies used by these types of stampers.

During our presentation we were asked to share some tips and techniques from three different projects and to also briefly share a few others on stage and then some additional ones could be displayed on our own product featured board.

The first one I shared was how a beginner stamper could simply add a little something extra to a design using just stamp, ink and paper by stamping on a separate panel of cardstock, cut slightly smaller than the card front and raising it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

My second project showed how you could colour the line art images on one of the sheets of DSP (you can get 12 panels to leave plain or colour simply by cutting them 3" x 4") and how you can colour the coordinating wooden Country Club Elements either with our Stampin' Write Markers or our Stampin' Blends, plus, they can be embossed or just used plain on your projects.

The third project that I shared was how you can use all products within the suite on one project, the stamp set, dies, embossing folder, wooden elements and twine. However, the main technique I shared from this project was how you can use the die cut golf ball with it's embossed features or you can add some extra WOW with some clear embossing or even a smudge of green ink for grass staining! Which was originally an oops! of mine when I realised I had some green ink on my Versamark ink pad with inking it up before heat embossing with clear embossing powder.

Some additional projects that I shared while on stage was my memory pages, both a traditional layout plus, a pocket pages layout and my wedding anniversary Card in a Box for some golfing friends.

Even though I initially thought it wasn't a product suite for me I had so much fun creating with it and found that it did relate to areas of my life, such as, mini golfing with my husband and our grandson plus, celebrating the anniversary of a couple who's wedding we attended that was on a golf course (them both being keen golfers!).

The Absolutely Argyle 3D Embossing Folder has a great print that can be used either side on any project whether it be golf related or not. The two cards below show it used either side as a feature panel and the DSP patterns make for some great fussy cutting of gawdy golf clothes!

I even managed to make a Christmas card using a panel of the designer series paper and a golf ball bauble and some of the wooden elements. Cute hey?

I must say I was super proud of myself getting through the real event as my rehearsal on the Friday with full content and being mic'd up, I was a blubbering mess when I was sharing my Stampin' Up! story (which has spanned 13 years!) which had mentions of my mum, who died seven years ago and when I lost my mojo, plus, four and half years ago when my husband was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Dementia at age 57. I actual got through the presentation with no tears, lots of emotion though, and I also realised once I got off stage that I hadn't required my reading glasses, which meant I didn't need to refer to my presentation dot points that I had prepared to keep me on point and on time! Clare get me through the rehearsal and also through the actual event and I am sincerely grateful to her for the confidence in my ability to create and present at this event and the support she provided leading up to Onstage. You are AWESOME Clare! xx

This was such a special honour for me to create and present amongst my fellow demonstrators, who are all very talented ladies/gents, and many of whom are also lifelong friends through being a part of the Stampin' Up! family. If you would like to be a part of this awesome group then consider joining my team the Tassie Inkydinks (and no you don't need to live in Tassie, but you must live in Australia) - click here to join today!

The products from the Country Club Suite are in the 2020 Mini Catalogue and will be available to order from 3 January 2020.

As this blog post is so long I will share the other exciting parts of OnStage in a second post, so don't forget to check that one out too!

If you would like a copy of the new 2020 Mini Catalogue and 2020 Sale-a-Bration Brochure, and don't have an active demonstrator, then feel free to contact me and I will make sure you get them!

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Shop Online With Mae button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email:, if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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