Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On Stage - Sea of Textures Product Showcase

One of the great benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that I get to attend On Stage events. These are amazing events where new catalogue products are showcased, and I get to catch up with some of my amazing Demo friends. 

The most recent On Stage event was extra special for me as I was privileged to be asked by Stampin' Up! to showcase one of the new bundles in a presentation!  The bundle was the Sea of Textures bundle, one that was close to my heart as I grew up living on a yacht, so felt that the ocean themed bundle was perfect for me.

I have to be honest I was more than a little nervous, but the back stage crew, and the Stampin' Up! staff were amazing at getting me prepared.  I decided to treat the presentation a bit like a workshop with 600 of my closest friends!

I wasn't sure what I would do with the octopus when I first saw the stamp set, but once I realised that his little tentacle sticking up in the air could hold things he really started to grow on me!  Here i have him holding up a sign stamped using Lovely Inside and Out.  Who better to send you hugs than a guy with 8 arms?

Taking it one step further I think he really came to life in my hands when I gave him some cool glasses from Truly Tailored and a drink from Colourful Seasons. This is one of my favourite cards with him, and from the reaction of the other demos I know he was popular all round. 

While some of these sets are retiring there are heaps of options in the new catalogue for him to hold. Picture him with a Santa or party hat, holding a glass of wine or passing a gift!  I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

Another of my favourite cards using the Octopus is this Star Trek one, can you see what I used from the bundle?  The colours on the shirts are Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron and Balmy Blue (one of the new colours).

If you guessed this little cut out piece from the octopus framelit you would be right!  I happened to be watching Star Trek when I was playing with this and it didn't take long for me to realise how much like the communicator badge it looked!

Always looking for a different way to use our products I realised that the two sand dollar framelits made great holes for Swiss Cheese!  My little mouse was inspired by Melissa Davies and is made with a heart and circle punch. 

This little set of cards I made to showcase some of the great colour combos that suite the octopus. With our Stampin' Pads being a water based ink they are perfect to colour with Stampin' Blends. My tip for these is to stamp in a darker colour and use a lighter colour on the tentacles so the little details still show through. 
This is me with my display board after my presentation.  If you come back here and visit on 18 April I am participating in a blog hop of display and presenting demonstrators and will have even more of my creations for you to see.

Happy Stamping


  1. Oh, my goodness, you sold me on this set!!! How creative are you??? I love everything you did...great job.

    Do you chat through email? I would love to ask you a couple of questions about colors that you used for stamping. I wanted to go to this so badly, but Vegas sold out in a matter of minutes, and I missed the opportunity. So sad! But it sounds like you did a wonderuful job presenting. I'm going to try to find the video of you presenting...

    Mary Lynn Riggs

    1. Hi Mary, so sorry to hear you didn't make it to On Stage. I would be happy to answer your questions my email is


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