Hello and Goodbye

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For the first time, Stampin’ Up! is advising us what product in the seasonal catalogue will not be returning in a future catalogue – in other words, what will be retiring! In the past, it was a guessing game, figuring out what “might” come back in a future annual catalogue – well now, it’s not (although I’m doing the guessing game of “WHAT? Why wouldn’t they bring THAT back again?!” LOL). So we’re saying goodbye to some items: here’s the list, you can download it in pdf or sortable spreadsheet….and get shopping…

Retiring Holiday Product .pdf

Retiring Holiday Product spreadsheet

What were you most sad to see on the list? My big sad: Sleighride Edgelits.  I thought for sure they’d make a reappearance in the future!

One thing that is taking the edge off the sadness….saying hello to friends old and new! I spent the Friday evening and Saturday at a new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator event called On Stage and Centre Stage. These replace the convention, are semi-annual, and are going to be held all over – this one was in Brussels, Belgium – but there were multiple smaller events coordinated with the Brussels event all over North America & the Pacific! We saw some footage from Brussels, plus had live demonstrations and sessions. There is nothing like getting together with a bunch of Stampin’ Up! demos to be inspired and entertained. I can’t share any photos of the product or catalogues we saw there at this time (top secret!) but here’s a non-incriminating photo….(well, that’s a relative term I suppose)

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These are some of the “Eh” Team – my family of demonstrators, (Karen, Gail and Leanne; Mary was still en route) and myself with Dale Hampshire, the Stampin’ Up! Canada Manager. We learned a lot and laughed a lot this weekend, and it’s always great to meet up with friends.

Centre Stage is a leadership event, with a catered dinner and presentation on the Friday evening – I was too busy eating and talking to take a lot of photos at the time (I know you’re surprised….) but here’s a photo of the lovely flowers from our table. They must have made sure everyone knew the colour palette because my friends in other cities had similar (but not identical) arrangements!

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My friend’s photo – from Vancouver, Washington.

Anyway, I’m off to finish preparations for Stampers Club today! I will have orders going in, so if you’re interested in grabbing any of the retiring Holiday Catalogue product, or any items for your holiday crafting, you can contact me for assistance or have me include your order if you’re local to Burlington, or shop online at the YamStamps Online Stampin’ Up! Canada store. Happy Shopping!