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Stampin’ Up’ Convention, Sydney 2010: Day one

Published by under cards | May 22 2010

Would you believe it if I say WOW what a day? Our first full day here at Convention was fantastic. We got to the Sydney Convention Centre at about 8am to register and then collected our Convention bags which were filled with goodies such as NEW stamp sets, rubons, a Stampin' Up! cap, pen, and other fun treats. I was shocked – to say the least – to learn that I am one of the top 25 Demonstrators in Australia! I knew our little team was getting lots of awards this year but that one was totally unexpected! The best news is that Maureen, my gorgeous downline, will also be recognised as a Demonstrator of the Year at our Awards night on Saturday. WooHoo Maureen!!

After registering, we swapped cards and chatted with other demonstrators and then went  shopping at Memento Mall. This is a room filled with gorgeous exclusive Stampin' Up! merchandise like drink bottles, pens, shirts, even beach towels! I have NO idea how all my stuff is going to fit in the suitcase, and I strongly suspect I'll be over the weight limit allowed on the plane. LOL. Nah, we'll manage.

The general session in the morning was interesting and entertaining, and we learned a lot about some exciting things that will be happening in the future.

Wonderful news:  until the end of July 2010 you can join Stampin' Up! for only $259 – which represents a 20% reduction in the Starter Kit price.

This is amazing value when you consider that the kit is valued at nearly $600. Not only that, you'll be invited to our bi-annual whole team stamping day on 3rd of July, which is kind of like our very own mini convention. It's the best fun, with fellow demonstrators coming from far and wide to stamp, eat and chat together.  

We had a yummy lunch and a little more Memento Mall shopping before spending a couple of hours stamping. Could it get any better than this?



Cards on display

Till tomorrow,

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Stampin’ Up! Convention, Sydney 2010: Arrival Day/Managers Reception

Published by under cards | May 21 2010

What a great day. We are now in Sydney for the start of our annual Stampin' Up! convention.

We have just returned from the Managers Reception and a party with the girls in our group. I just had to show you some photos from the night where we chatted with the wonderful people who make this company tick. We were treated to yummy desserts and a delicious hot chocolate that was served in a gorgeous Stampin' Up! mug. How excited were we to be given our very own mug to take home at the end of the function! And inside was the matching stamp called "Share A Cup" (how appropriate) from the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.

Sharing a Cup and a chat with Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!

Our beautiful take-home gift (on the other side is the Stampin' Up! logo)

We ended up having a pyjama party in one of the apartments and laughing and giggling until our cheeks hurt.

Early start tomorrow so that's it for me tonight.

Happy stamping,

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Butterfly Pansies (Seedpacket Card)

Published by under cards | May 20 2010

I recently came across a cute card that uses the popular butterfly pansies to look like a seedpacket mix. The talented creator is Judy Marshall, from Canada, who kindly sent me the file to make my own. Thanks Judy!

We made this card at Stamp Club on Friday (you can see the matching Technique Journal page by scrolling down this post).


As you read this I'll be heading off to Sydney for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention. Ve-e-e-e-r-y exciting!

I feel even more grateful to be going this year, after finding out this week that I've had atypical pneumonia which at least explains why I've had so much trouble breathing! I started feeling better almost straight away after treatment began on Monday so YAY I've been given the thumbs up from the Dr that I can go to Convention (as if I wouldn't! hehehe).

I'll be updating from Convention so keep checking here for all the news from Sydney.

Happy stamping,

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Big Shot Class: Come and Try!

Published by under cards | May 19 2010

There's still time to register for next Friday's Big Shot Class, but you'll need to be quick as spaces are strictly limited.

  • Come and try the Big Shot; see for yourself what all the buzz is about.
  • Not sure if you really want or need a Big Shot? This is your chance to find out.
  • New Big Shot owner? (Lucky you!) Leave the class with the knowledge of how to use your Big Shot and get the most out of it,
  • Leave the class with 4 completed projects – all materials included in the cost.
  • Check out the Big Shot projects on display.

Date: Friday 28th May, 2010

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue: My house in Creswick, 15 mins from Ballarat, 20 mins from Daylesford (details given on registration)

Materials & Tuition fee: $20 (everything included)

Contact me to reserve your spot. Phone (03) 5345 1592 or send me an email.


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Technique Journal

Published by under cards | May 19 2010

Hi there :) As promised I'm back to share some of the Technique Journal pages from Stamp Club.

What is a Technique Journal?

Each month at Stamp Club we create two projects, and one of those demonstrates a technique that we learn on the night.

We decided we need a place to store all our techniques so that even if the cards were given away the technique wouldn't be forgotten. The journal is Stampin' Up's On Board Art Journal (5"x5") which includes 20 sheets of Very Vanilla cardstock… absolutely perfect for stamping on!

We each decorated our own journal covers. This is mine…



And some of our recent pages…


For the "Rock & Roll" sample card click HERE


For the "Masking" sample card click HERE (you'll need to scroll down the post)

For the "Negative Punches" sample card click HERE (you'll need to scroll down the post)


Next month we're making a 3D birdhouse plus a card that demonstrates a different technique (we'll have to keep the theme a surprise for now ;)), so can't wait for that one. If you have any questions about Stamp Club, how it works or how you can be part of it just ask.

Happy stamping,

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More Asian Artistry

Published by under classes,stamp club | May 15 2010

Hello! Thanks for stopping by.

On my last post I showed you the lovely flower stamp from Asian Artistry which I'd been watercolouring with Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa and Kiwi Kiss inks. Well, after playing around with the design for a couple of days I came up with this one…


Asian Artistry

Just a simple one, but I think it works. I used the Colour Spritzer tool on the card base, with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip markers. The yummy eyelet is from the new Designer Hardware collection that you can find in the Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue – this one is from the Soho range which features exactly the colours of today's card! This eyelet was easily attached with the Cropadile, and instructions are on the pack explaining which settings to use so I didn't have to worry about mucking it up and wasting my precious hardware. LOL. 

To cover the back of the hardware and pretty-up the inside of the card, I lined it with some beautiful Designer Series Paper from the Urban Oasis collection.

Our two stamp clubs met yesterday and both groups were a pleasure to teach, as always. I love it when the girls bring in some of their cards or projects to share, and this week was no exception when Lisa brought in an amazing Kusudama flower ball (origami) that her daughter had made at school. Amazing!

The current rounds of Stamp Club are coming to an end and I'm now taking expressions of interest from new members. We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 1pm to 3pm (just in time for school pickup if you live in Ballarat, Creswick, Daylesford or surrounding areas). The evening group runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Well, actually a little later because we spend a lot of time chatting!

I'll be back soon to share with you some of the projects we make at stamp club, including pages from our Technique Journals. Oh and don't forget the fabulous BIG SHOT NIGHT CLASS will be on in about two weeks, on 28th May from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Cost is $20, with the cost refunded if you have purchased a Big Shot from me or purchase one on the night. I'll be showing you lots of things to do with the Big Shot, and just how versatile those dies are. Spaces are limited, so contact me for more details or to reserve your spot.

Happy stamping,


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