In April, Stampin Up’s OnStage Live event was held in NZ and smaller OnStage events were held in many other places around the world. Knowing that I would be on Secondment in the Netherlands I decided to join one of the smaller events nearby.
There were several that I could have gone to (with a little bit of travel). I decided to travel to Telford in the UK for the Event.
These Events give Stampin up Demonstrators an opportunity to get together, share ideas, cards (swaps) and to see and hear about new (and exciting) products that are coming soon. At this time of the year we also get to see, feel and smell the New Catalogue!!
On the Friday night after work – I hightailed it to Schiphol Airport and got on a flight to Birmingham. There I found a train to Telford where I was staying. So that was the first part of the adventure.
Prior to going to Europe, I had contacted a fellow Demonstrator in the UK, Joanne James, aka The Craft Owl, to see if she was attending OnStage. I explained that I was coming to the Event and perhaps could connect with her?
Joanne and her Team were very Welcoming. It was lovely getting to know them and spending the time with them. Joanne had even made me a Crafty Owl Badge to wear. Cute huh??
Here I am with the Crafty Owls Team!
Left to Right: Lorraine Streeter, Me, Helen Jennings, Maggie Brinklow and Joanne “Crafty Owl” James.
When I was planning my trip, I knew that I would get a copy of the New Catalogue. I knew that it would be a UK one and therefore be in £. But I thought that would be OK. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Stampin Up had a AU/NZ Catalogue there for me! Whoo hoo, awesome, Thanks SU!
I also met another Team of ladies, the Stamping Stars (headed by Stacey March), who looked after me when I first arrived. I also joined them for Dinner after the OnStage Event.
On the Sunday, bright and early, I made my way back to Birmingham and onto Schipol and then Rotterdam. It was a whirlwind weekend – but I loved every minute of it!