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Stampin’ Up’ Convention, Sydney 2010: Day one

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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

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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)

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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!

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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

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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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Asian Artistry Hostess Set

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The Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue has been out for a while now, but did you know that there are NEW hostess sets available in the Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue? A sweet Level 1 set called Picture This is now available and, my favourite, the gorgeous Level 2 set Asian Artistry.

There are two great things about these new stamp sets…

1. They are available in your choice of traditional wood mounted OR clear mounted for space saving benefits, and

2. They are FREE for qualifying orders or workshops. Now you can't beat that price!


Today I'm sharing a couple of projects featuring Asian Artistry. I love how this set lends itself to so many different techniques. There are line art images perfect for subtle backgrounds, plus feature images that look so beautiful with a touch of watercolouring. I have already used the sentiment on a couple of special cards that I made for friends over the past few weeks.

Asian Artistry stamp set (Level 2 hostess), Riding Hood Red textured cardstock, RHR ink, Soft Suede ink and cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Lots of Tags die, Scallop Circle die with Big Shot, Crystal Effects


Lately my reinkers have been getting a good workout  (ohhh the things you can do with reinkers!!!) and I just love how this set is perfect for the Polished Stone technique.

Asian Artistry stamp set (Level 2 hostess set), Sweet Little Sentiments stamp set (Level 1 hostess set), Really Rust cardstock, jet black Stazon ink, Versamark, various reinkers, Basic Black cardstock

I whipped up 13 of these cards in one evening using the Polished Stone technique. So fun! A few different reinkers were used but I have no idea which ones – yep, I was just experimenting LOL. I did it all on A4 glossy cardstock then sliced up the panels for these cards. They ended up being cards for our team swap. I hope the girls like them!

I couldn't put the set away without having a play with the gorgeous blossom stamp. I stamped it with Stazon on watercolour paper and had a little go at colouring with ink and blender pen.

This is what I'm up to so far…

A work in progress, but I'll come back tomorrow and show you what I did with it.


Alrighty, that's it for me now. Slightly off-topic, but I just wanted to say thanks for the lovely emails and comments regarding my health lately after that nasty bout of bronchitis/chest infection. I'm slowly improving but still struggling a little with the asthma and shortness of breath, but I have to say I'm enjoying stamping and creating more than ever. If anything, my recent illness has caused me to slow down a bit and I've spent a lot more time in the craft room. Oh my goodness, you should see the mess in there!! (In a good way, of course).  I have seriously made about 50 cards in the past two weeks, and feel so inspired, with lots more ideas just waiting to come out. So much to be grateful for!

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that your comments and emails (and soup – thanks Kat!) mean the world to me, thank you so much. I still get a big surprise when I meet someone who says they visit my blog, and recently noticed that I'm nearly at 20,000 blog visitors! Not a lot by some standards, but HUGE by mine! Big hugs and special thanks. xx

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