Welcome to the Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop for April 2017. This month our theme is "Onstage April 2017". Onstage is an event held exclusively for Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators. As Demonstrators we get to be the first to see, touch, and play with the brand new products that will soon be available. This event was planned around the arrival of our brand new Annual Catalog and we are so excited about it. We want to show you some of the highlights of this event and hope that you can join us and other Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators in the future. Just another reason to join as a Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator, even if you aren't interested in selling. (The next OnStage will be held in November in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA!)
You may just be starting the hop here at my blog - GEORGIA GIGUERE or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects and celebrations. At the moment you are visiting Georgia Giguere's blog . . . stampingeorgia.
At the end of my OnStage photos, you'll find a product sneak peek in which I'm using one of my prizes from OnStage so be sure to follow all the way through my post!
First of all, this was one of the most exciting live events for me as I traveled all the way to Amsterdam to the live OnStage event! It's one I will cherish forever! You'll see by the photos that so many memories were made! (Like I always say, it's not just about the stamping!)
Here I am at the entrance to the Rai Event Center in Amsterdam. (I'm so grateful that nearly everyone I met spoke English!)
A special part of the first day of OnStage is the CenterStage leadership event. It's a time set apart to celebrate those demonstrators that have achieved the title of Silver Elite and above. We were treated to a lovely meal, several special gifts (which included a new stamp set and a pretty apron), and live entertainment all in a beautiful setting. How fitting that tulips were a part of our center piece! Of course, my favorite part of any Stampin' Up! event is seeing some of my favorite people and meeting new ones!
While there were plenty of reasons to celebrate, the highlight for me was receiving the NEW 2017-18 catalog . . . and getting to order early! You can see we had a little impromtu pre-order party at the hotel! There's no one like a fellow demonstrator to help you know what to buy!
By the way, on May 1st, new demonstrators will be able to choose new products from the 2017-18 catalog in their Starter Kit! Ask me how!
A wonderful perk of being a demonstrator is the opportunity to travel! When my friend, Janet Wakeland, said she needed a roommate in Amsterdam, it didn't take me long to look into making it happen! (Always a huge bonus . . . my trip is a business expense . . . can you say write off?)
I've already stated it, but it bears repeating . . . it's not just about the stamping! The biggest blessing and motivator for me to attend live Stampin' Up! events are the people that I'm privileged to meet and spend time with! I absolutely love hearing their unique stamping stories! It's the people that keep me coming back for more! Each one inspires me and encourages me to grow! I'm a better person because of them!
I have friends all around the globe because of Stampin' Up! I was so warmly welcomed and embraced by demonstrators from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, France, Cananda, and of course, fellow US demonstrators!
I have to share a little about this special lady from the Netherlands! Janneke and I became acquainted via the internet after my breast cancer diagnosis last March. She had just been diagnosed as well. It was so special to meet her in person and give her a hug and swap stories from this past year! She's just the sweetest person! Her Dutch team embraced me and invited me to sit with them during the leadership portion of CenterStage. (How fun that they invited me to join them in reciting the Stampin' Up! statement of the heart in Dutch . . . oh my, I was front and center . . . I simply smiled and held the microphone . . . in front of Carmen, another Dutch demonstrator!)
Any event worth attending has prizes! And of course, the prizes at OnStage were all NEW products from the upcoming catalog! In the photo above, I'm covering my prize as I received it before we could show any photos! The stamp set pictured, Bike Ride, was an all attendee give-away at the conclusion of the event! How fitting that the prize given in Amsterdam would be a bicycle stamp set! There were bicycles everywhere!
As promised, here is my sneak peek project! I absolutely love the new Bike Ride stamp set! You will, too! The possibilities are endless!
I paired the Lift Me Up Bundle (sentiment and clouds) with my new stamps! I think they work perfectly together! NEWS FLASH! Even though the Lift Me Up Bundle will be carrying over into the new catalog, you'll want to get it now as the bundle pricing will go away! Buy it now and SAVE 10%!
Check out the head light on my bicycle! It's one of the NEW Clear Faceted Gems! Doesn't it work as the perfect head light?
Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Georgia Giguere, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.
Thanks for stopping by! I love what I do, you can, too! Just ask me, I'd love to help you get started!
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