Tuesday, 8 November 2016

BC, Ottawa OnStage Event and 2017 Sneak Peeks!


Hello Friends! I'm back! What a whirlwind it's been! As some of you may know, I went home to Vancouver Island for a couple of weeks and got back this past Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday were spent unpacking, doing laundry and all that kind of fun stuff, whilst trying to get back into the Atlantic time zone (British Columbia is 4 hours behind us). Friday morning I was up at 3am and on the highway by 4am to catch my early flight for the OnStage event in Ottawa! I got back on Sunday and between the two trips I think I've FINALLY caught my breath!
Puntledge River, Courtenay, British Columbia

Our visit home to Comox to see family and friends was fabulous. Despite the non-stop rain (which broke records) we had such a great time just relaxing and enjoying my Grandma's baking, my Dad's delicious home cooked meals, seeing my friends and enjoying the sights of some of my favourite places. We also went to Vancouver, as well as Washington State (where my Mom lives) to visit more friends and family. It was SO NICE to see everyone and I hated to leave. Our two week visit was certainly jam packed, but it did me a world of good to be there.

 It was super cool to watch the salmon spawning in the Puntledge River - they were so close I could've scooped one up for the BBQ! Hahaha

My BFF surprised my honey and I with a two night stay at a gorgeous river side cottage! We loved watching the heron catch fish, not to mention all the deer everywhere.
On route to Campbell River - I love living on the East Coast, but I sure do miss the mountains out West!

Campbell River, BC

Now, let's chat a bit about Stampin' Up! OnStage! I've said it before and I know I'll say it again, but Stampin' Up! is such an AMAZING company and they once again outdid themselves. I was thrilled to be one of the 39 attendees at the Ottawa event, who earned the "Centre Stage" dinner and training, on Friday night. It was wonderful to see so many of my Stampin' Up! friends. I was also honoured to had been asked to do a presentation on the topic of  "Team Meetings" during Centre Stage, which I think went pretty well! Whew! It's always a bit nerve wracking to speak in front of so many of my peers and other successful demonstrators! We were also spoiled with a fabulous new bag, stamps (from the Occasions 2017 catalogue, not yet released) and other fun treats. The meal itself was delicious. A highlight for me from the evening was the great conversation with my friends/demos and sharing business ideas and just having lots of good laughs together.

My dear friend from Ontaria, Jamilla Ivits

Each place setting had a jar of caramels, featuring images from some of the new stamp sets! Sweet!

Fun centre pieces were on all the tables, tying into some of the new products!

Dinner was delicious! Cheese and fruit platter followed with roast chicken and veggies and a delicious vanilla and chocolate mousse cake for dessert!

I love these gals! Evelyn Wood and Cynthia Millan!

Scott Neilson, our CFO, joined us in Ottawa, along with Cori Hancock, from the home office.

I was pretty pleased with my achievements this year! BIG THANKS to all my customers and amazing "Serene Stampers" team!
Stampin' Up! puts so much detail into the gifts they give us!

I absolutely LOVE the bags we received at the Centre Stage event (for Silver Elites and above)!

The Saturday session began bright and early, with approx. 300 demonstrators. We also got to see the new 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues! Oh. My. Goodness. They are both FABULOUS!!!! We had product demonstrations, as well as swaps, business training and prize patrol! I came home with LOTS of great, new stamp sets from the 2017 Occasions catalogue! I also placed a BIG pre-order that will arrive on Thursday so be prepared for lots of sneak peeks on my blog on youtube channel. I can't wait to start playing with all my new goodies!!! Speaking of sneak peeks, here are some samples, featuring the new products coming out in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues:
Carousel Birthday  (Lift Me Up Bundle)
Falling for You
 
Sealed with Love Bundle
 
Dragonfly Dreams Bundle (demonstrated by Shelli Gardner).  This is my favourite bundle and I predict it will be the #1 best seller from the 2017 Occasions!

I have LOTS more photos of sneak peek samples, which I'll be sharing on my blog all week long.

 Don't forget about all the awesome specials 
going on with Stampin' Up! right now!

Have you ordered the new "Stiched Shapes" framelits yet? If not, you'll want to - they're perfect for your card making and crafting projects!  With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart.


Be sure to take this opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets!  Not only can you order this early-release set of 12 dies, but you can also save $$$ on the stamp sets that bring out the beauty of the Stitched Shapes Framelits – and they are all 25% off!  

 
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/serenestamper/promotions
Click on the above image to see the promotional flyer.


The 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date. 

I appreciate my customers SO MUCH and I am truly grateful that you have chosen me as YOUR Stampin' Up! demonstrator! This month I am offering 5 FREE cards, completed by me, along with lots of great PDF tutorials (via email), as my thank you gift for your orders! The cards will be completed by me, using new stamp sets from the 2017 Occasion and SAB catalogues, and mailed right to your door!



CATALOGUE DATES:

Occasions Catalogue product dates:
Demonstrators: December 1
Customers: January 4 – May 31, 2017

Holiday Catalogue ends January 3, 2017

Sale-a-Bration Catalogue dates:
Demonstrators: December 1
Customers: January 4 – March 31, 2017

How to get free catalogue from me:
•    Place an order through my online store
•   Click the 'Contact Me' link on my website
•   Join my "Serene Stampers" group!


REMINDERS:
* Want to get the Occasions catalog products in December? Purchase the starter kit and get them at a discount. Click HERE to learn more or contact me at serenestamper@gmail.com 


* Holiday Helper – 25 days of Free Christmas  - tutorials you'll love for the holiday season!



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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING! 

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