On Stage – Tampa

Last weekend I was able to attend the first On Stage Event that Stampin’ Up! held in Tampa, Florida.

On Friday I was able to participate in a shoe box swap with friends and I’ll be sharing some of these great cards with you in the upcoming weeks.

Sherrie's Shoebox Swap 2015 OnStage Tampa

I was so excited to see what the new format for our Demonstrator Events would be like. While the Main Stage was in Brussels, there were 6 different regional events being held at the same time here in the United States and that was in addition to those held in other countries. All total there were more Demonstrators gathered together at one time than in ever before – and the energy was high.

When we entered the ballroom we were greeted by tables filled with new goodies!

On Stage Tampa 2015 Tables

The tables were decorated with Blackberry Bliss table cloths and the theme of one of the new suites, Going Places from the 2016 Occasions Catalog was highlighted in all the goodies on the table.

Of course, no Stampin’ Up! event would be complete without a Prize Patrol!

On Stage Tampa 2015 Prize Patrol

After all who can resist a new stamp set!!! I can’t wait to try out this new set it’s definitely a must have so I was thrilled when I won it!!!

I enjoyed spending time with my fellow team mate JoAnn who joined me in Tampa

On Stage Tampa 2015 Team photo

And the SINKS team members, my extended family.

On Stage Tampa 2015 Group

It was a great day together and while I had  lot of fun sharing, laughing and stamping together,  getting the first peek at the upcoming Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure was the high light! (I can’t wait to share a sneak peek with you with my Prize Patrol set during the Coffee & Cards Buffet in December! Watch for more information coming your way soon!!!)

After the great day we had together we continued the fun with dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

On Stage Tampa 2015 Dinner

What fun, spending time with new and old friends and sharing our favorite moments of the day’s presentation and training.

Oops…. I almost forgot to share with you some of the fun pillow gifts I made for my roommate.

With all that sharing we do I love to jot notes down since I can never remember it all – so I made a notepad set with pen and binder clip for holding all those goodies together

On Stage Tampa 2015 notebook set

I used the Project Life Remember This stamp set (135786) since I love this sentiment and of course the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper (138187) and  Pacific Point 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (138427).

We receive a special event bag to hold all our goodies in so a name tag is always helpful to identify ours from the rest! After all 398 of the same bags in one place….well you get the idea.

On Stage Tampa 2015 bag name tags

And for my fellow Team members and travel companion I made this cute little domed box.

On Stage Tampa 2015 pillow gifts

It held some chocolate, pen, binder clip and of course flags so we could mark all those wonderful must have stamp sets!

The next day was an early morning wake up and off to the airport to head home –

On Stage Tampa 2015 Airport

Of course, I made sure I had my new catties on the plane with me – ready to settle in and dream! I think this is the best Occasions and Sale-a-bration yet!

On Stage Tampa 2015 Airport and catalog

Oh my gosh, can you believe all these goodies I brought home with me!!! Stampin’ Up! pampers us at these events. I LOVE being a Demonstrator – and I love the fact that I get to order and preview items before they go live!

OnStage Tampa 2015

If this sounds like something you would enjoy now is a wonderful time to become a demonstrator. You can click HERE to learn more about my Team the Blue Mountain Stampers and of course you’re welcome to contact me by phone (706) 754-7124 or email [email protected] – I’d love to share with l you more about the advantages of joining.

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Customer Appreciation Day

Yesterday I held my first annual Customer Appreciation Day – and I think everyone enjoyed the pampering and projects.

First the food…..

Larry helped me with the food. Here he is putting one of  the appetizers together. He’s a sweetheart – what can I say.

Customer Appreciation  (1)

He was on call for the weekend so he couldn’t join us, but I made a few extra so he could enjoy the goodies too! LOL

We played games, stamped, laughed, and enjoyed the time together! Here is a photo of my snack table all set up and ready.

Customer Appreciation  (2)

These strawberry brownie kabobs were a big hit (with my daughter Kaitlin)

Customer Appreciation Strawberry Brownie Kabobs

And here are the Cheesy Artichokes Crostinis….

Customer Appreciation  Cheesy Artichoke Crostini

They seemed to be a hit – so here is the recipe in case you’d like to make some for your own New Years Eve party.


1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. spicy brown mustard

1/8 tsp. pepper

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped fine

¼ c. Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 T. onion, chopped finely

1 jar (6 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained, chopped

1 can (8 oz.) Crescent Recipe Creations® seamless dough sheet

2 T. unseasoned dry bread crumbs

2 tsp. olive oil

16 ripe olive slices

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, mustard and pepper. Stir in bell pepper, cheese, onion and artichokes until well blended.

Remove dough from can. Do Not unroll. Using a serrated knife, cut dough into 16 slices. Place slices cut side down on cookie sheet; flatten slightly. Use thumb to make slight indention in center of each slice. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of mixture into indention of each dough slice.

In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs and olive oil. Sprinkle over filling; top with olive slice.

Bake for 11 – 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Customer Appreciation  Crab & Cream Cheese snacks

And of course the Crab & Cream Cheese Snacks – I’m going to have to make these again for my family this week. All of these goodies were so easy to make!

Now the projects….

I love how the way my All is Calm wreath turned out. I wanted a winter themed wreath to use through the end of January so I used the snowflakes from the Snowflake Card Thinlit Die (135855) and Silver Glimmer Paper (135314) for the decorations in the center of my rosettes .

All is Calm Winter Wreath Customer Appreciation day

How’d I do it? Well I’ve used the gorgeous All is Calm Designer Series Paper (135823) and the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die (125594) to create the 6″, 4″, and 2″, rosettes that make up this wreath. The die makes this quick and easy and the new Fast Fuse adhesive (129026) is great for putting them together.

And for the center, my thank you – I’ve used the Letterpress Winter stamp set (135143) that is part of the Year End Clearance going on right now. Stamped in Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon to coordinate with the wreath.

Everyone received this cute little goodie for attending – after all who can’t use a little chocolate, right?

Project Life Holiday Cheer Customer Appreication 3d

I really love the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set (135188). I originally purchased this for my memory keeping, but it is such a great size that I find I’m using it a ton in my stamping projects! The set it great for all kinds of projects!!

And since I’ve mentioned project life I wanted to share this fun and quick baby gift I made recently.

Project Life Customer Appreciation Day (1)

Yes, it’s a project life album for baby’s first year.  (We’ve got several family and friends who have welcomed bundles of joy into their lives the past week!).  I’ve used the Little Moments Project Life Card Collection (135299) and created pages for the first year.  I’ve also filled it with some photos to start off the new parents off on the right foot – All they have to do is slip in the photos and jot down their memories! Sooooo easy!!!

Project Life Customer Appreciation Day (3)

And for the new mom – I’ve made this great little Clear Mount Case (119105) that includes some Project Life Grid Cards (136528) and Journaling Pen (135304), along with some post it notes. When she is on the go, she can document those memories as she snaps photos on her phone.

Project Life Customer Appreciation Day (2)

Then all she has to do is  just slide them right into the book when she is ready – Quick and Easy! I’ve used the Project Life Remember This stamp set (135786) to decorate it and hidden some of the great little sayings under the cards.

If you’ve got photos in boxes or on your phone that you’d like to organize why not contact me and I can show you how – Get together with family and friends and you can host a party, earn free merchandise and have fun together! And Hostesses will receive one of these special cases! Contact me today to choose a date that works for you.

Well this post is rather long – so I’ll save the rest of our projects for tomorrow. Stop back by then to see what we stamped during the Customer Appreciation Day.

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Black & White World of Dreams

Well, I’m back after another whirl wind college campus tour today – this time Georgia State. Wow, what a difference between Georgia State and West Georgia. There is lots to think about. But mean while as promised here is the last Black & White convention swap that I’ll be sharing.

This card uses the NEW World of Dreams set found on page 127 in the 2014 Catalog. This one was one of my favorites as soon as I saw the catalog. Love the images and the sentiments and since it is a silhouette set it opens up all kinds of techniques that can be used for projects.

World of Dreams Convention swap 2014


I also love the fact that this card uses another of the patterns from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. Makes these black & white cards so easy. And isn’t the sentiment’s font great? This sentiment  comes from the Project Life Remember This set, which is full of great sentiments for all kinds of occasions.


Stamp Set: World of Dreams (134183/134186), Project Life Remember This (135786), Petite Petals (133152/133155)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Pad (132708)

Paper: Back to Black Designer Series Paper (133700), Basic Black (121045), and Whisper White Card Stock (100730), 2 way Glue Pen (100425)

Accessories: Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Petite Petals Punch (133322), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), and Dazzling Diamonds (133751)

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