Sunday, June 27, 2010

Week 3 Specials - Bonus Prize Winner!

Week 3 of the June Specials I threw in an added bonus
As a bonus from me, each of these discounted stamp sets that you purchase gives you an entry into the draw to win a 'Picture This' Level 1 Hostess set. The more sets you order, the greater your chances of winning!

Congratulations to Suzanne Stewart
who is the lucky winner of a new 'Picture This' Stamp Set.

I will be in touch with you soon Suzanne to see if you would like your set
in Wood-mount or Clear mount.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

On your Birthday!

Yes, I am still here, and I do get to my craft room, just a little less often now I am working full time. I will try to get more of my projects on here, I promise... it has been very busy at work being the end of financial year. Thank you to all who are bearing with me and hanging on following my blog xo

Here are 2 cards I have made recently for 2 of my Stampin' Friends
featuring the newest Stamp Set to my Collection
'On Your Birthday!' (page 113 $58.95)...

Stamps: Baroque (Background Stamp), On Your Birthday
Ink: Baja Breeze
Card: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: 1" Choc Chip Ribbon
Tools: Paper Trimmer, Sponge Dauber, Adhesives including Dimensionals

Stamps: On Your Birthday
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Card: Close to Cocoa (retiring), Candy Lane DS Paper
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Stripe Ribbon, Crystal Brad
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Eyelet Border Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Sponge Dauber, Adhesives, Skewer to curl petals on flower.

We had our Paper Angels Meeting today and our challenge this month was to make a card using retired colours. I made this card again as my entry... and was lucky enough to win 2nd Prize!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Deal of the week - Week 4!

What a fun month it has been,
getting a new special every week.

This is our last deal for the month...
the perfect way to add the finishing touch...Accessories!

This week you can take
40-45% off the following embellishments:

109113 pg 149 Square Ice Rhinestone brads
was $19.95 Now $11.97

109113 pg 149 Circle Ice Rhinestone brads
was $19.95 Now $11.97

109112 pg 149 Square Fire Rhinestone brads
was $19.95 Now $11.97

111848 pg 150 Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
was $19.95 Now $10.97

109050 pg 151 Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
was $14.95 Now $8.97

There are no minimums and no limits,
so place your order today!
I must receive your order by 6pm Tuesday 29th June
to ensure I get it in before this special ends.

This is your last chance for a bargain this month! Don't miss out!!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Convention 2010 Awards & Recognition Banquet Night!

Like Hollywood Celebrities we entered the room on the Red Carpet with the Paparazzi snapping away and our fans awaiting our arrival and cheering us on! We were set from the start for a fabulous night!

The fans cheering us on being none other than the staff of Stampin' Up! of course! lol

The room was stunning, I loved the gorgeous candle centre pieces.

Glowing, Liz and Fiona who I shared a table with.

I also had the pleasure of sitting with Jeanette for the night.
We were well behaved of course... chuckle!

We had so many laughs, it was so much fun!

Ursula & Liz xo
Have a look at Ursula's amazing necklace, she is so talented, she made it herself.

Having a ball... Fiona & Trish!

After a very yummy ( and very classy) dinner, the awards and recognition began.

The stage was calling me... hee hee hee

This year each award recipient got to walk the stage and give a little bow or share their excitement with a little dance etc. Last year I didn't quite make it to the stage, so as you can imagine I got a bit excited the first time I got called up... here I am after receiving my award for sales over $20,000. Woo Hoo!

As well as receiving a pin & award recognition, we also received free stamps, this years stamps are not yet released ones... yep, we really got spoilt! lol. They were packed so nicely in gift bags. Here's Liz with one of her prize bags.

I was a very lucky girl this year receiving 2 awards. My second award being for recruiting. I have had 6 beautiful girls join my Inspiration Angels Group over the past year, and was recognised for this with a Recruiting Pin and yep, another stamp set. I didn't show off as much this time, but still had a grin from ear to ear as I took my second ever walk across the Stampin' Up! Stage.

Special Congratulations go to Paper Angels Bec & Liz for both achieving Top 25 Demonstrator Awards. Bec was awarded number 19 Top Demonstrator, and Liz came in at number 6! WOW!!!

Stampin' Up! gave us a fantastic presentation as they announced
Incentive Trip 2011 will be in FIJI!!!

The room was alive with excitement. A few people were invited to the stage, and really got into the spirit dancing Fiji Style!

Shelli's husband Sterling was one of the lucky ones invited on stage, and as you can see he loved every moment feeling the Fiji vibe and getting down with the groove!

Awards were then presented to those who have achieved Incentive Trip 2010 - Hamilton Island. Both Liz & Bec achieved Incentive this year, they both have worked so hard and deserve this amazing 5 star trip away! Well done Bec & Liz xo

All fun things come to an end, but not so quickly for the Paper Angels. We always some how make the fun last as long as possible. After the awards were over, we saw an opening to take to the stage and snap up a group photo or two!

You have may noticed a spunky looking fella amongst our fun Paper Angels Stage photos. That's Aaron Scott. Stampin' Up!s Regional Business Development Manager for Australia.

Looks like the Stampin' Up! staff thought they would have the same fun as the Paper Angels did on stage and snap up a group photo too!

Take Two, a little bit more sensible this time as we take the opportunity to have a Paper Angels Group Photo with SU CEO Shelli Gardner & SU Director Bonnie Thurber.

I was not leaving without a photo with Shelli of course! xo

Like I said, we never want such a fun night to end, so we stayed back until we were just about kicked out and chatted with Shelli & SU Vice President Pam Morgan. I just love that everyone always has the time for a chat.

Then that was that. Big hugs as we said bye til next time, and back to our rooms. No sleep for me though, all I could dream of was Stampin'! lol lol lol

Can't wait til next year.
Convention 2011 will be 3 days (we get an extra day, yey)
in Melbourne!

Who wants to join us in 2011?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deal of the week - week 3!

Stampin' Up! have an amazing deal for us this week.

You can take 40 - 50% off these 5 stamp sets!

114263 p34 A Happy Heart stamp set
was $41.95 Now $20.98

115792 p57 Greetings Eight stamp set
was $49.95 Now $24.98

116330 p 78 Bella's Bloom stamp set
was $24.95 Now $14.97

113009 p97 Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
was $53.95 Now $26.98
114283 p105 All Scallops stamp set
was $55.95 Now $27.98

What a perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new stamps!

As a bonus from me, each of these discounted stamp sets that you purchase gives you an entry into the draw to win a 'Picture This' Level 1 Hostess set. The more sets you order, the greater your chances of winning!

There are no minimums and no limits,
so place your order today!
I must receive your order by 6pm Tuesday 22nd June
to ensure I get it in before this special ends.

2 favourite swaps from Convention 2010

I've been busting to share with you these 2 swaps which stood out as a couple of my favourites from Convention in Sydney this year.

My all time favourite is this cute Punch Panda!

Colours: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Punches: 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, Word Window, Heart to Heart, 1/4" Circle, Crop-A-Dile.
Stamps: Something Sweet
Made by: Richelle Hopkinson

Isn't he soooo cute? I fell in love with him so much, that although I didn't have any swaps myself, when I swapped this one on Liz's behalf, I begged her cold I please keep him. (of course she said yes, thanks Liz xo).

I also liked the clever Pansies on this card made with the Butterfly Punch.

Sorry, I don't know who's swap this was, but thanks for the great idea to who it was from.

If you click on the photo it should pop up in full size and you can read the instructions included there sharing how to make Butterfly Pansies.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Important Colour Renovation Info!

Stampin' Up! have posted some Important Colour Information on the demo website:

With our recent Colour Renovation announcement, we have experienced an increase in demand for some of our retiring colours. We need to clarify that beginning now, all retiring colour products are available only while supplies last.
If you have some retiring colours that you wish to stock up on, I would do it sooner rather than later! This includes, ink pads, re-inkers, cardstock etc...
Here is a reminder of the colours we are bidding a fond farewell too...

Click to view.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Deal of the week - week 2!

Stampin' Up! have another great deal for us this week.

Until next Tuesday, 15th June, You can take 35 - 40% off Selected DSP!
Haiku - was $16.95, NOW only $10.17
Pink Flamingo - was $16.95, NOW only $10.17
Tea Party - was $16.95, NOW only $10.17
Raspberry Tart - was $16.95, NOW only $11.02
Sweet Slumber (Specialty) - was $22.95, NOW only $14.92

Wow, What fabulous savings!!!
There are no minimums and no limits,
so place your order today!
I must receive your order by 6pm Tuesday 15th June
to ensure I get it in before this special ends.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sydney Convention - Saturday!

Saturday started off with Make and Takes... YEY!
Who doesn't enjoy rubber and ink amongst this lot!? lol

We made some lovely projects this year that will make great workshop demos, and the best bit is they were with our NEW 'not yet released' Stamp Sets!

Bec & Melissa enjoying this years make and take projects.

Ellie & Fiona getting their dose of rubber & ink!

Saturday was a relaxing day as we had make & takes in the big hall in the morning session, and stayed in the big hall for Main Stage Workshop Elements for the afternoon. We made our cosy nesting spot for the day and settled right in!

Paper Angel Fiona

Paper Angel Sandra

Joining Stampin' Up! has meant that I have made many beautiful friendships through being part of the Paper Angels Group and through my workshops where I get the chance to meet new people each and every time and build wonderful relationships through our passion for Stampin'.

There is one very special friend that I have met, that I can say I would never had met if it wasn't for Stampin' Up!... and that is Jeanette. Jeanette is one of the amazing Demonstrator Support girls we have here in our Australian office. Of course I feel like now I know all the girls at Demonstrator Support like friends, they are all a wonderful bunch. Over the past 2 years, Jeanette has been a reassuring voice on the other end of the phone. Always there with answers to my queries, solutions to my problems, ready to listen to me when I have had a proud moment to share, without a doubt always having a chuckle with me as we get carried away in conversation about just about anything! We certainly have built a wonderful friendship, and being at Convention meant we could catch up in the flesh and enjoy more of the giggles etc together that we usually would only get to do over the phone.

Here's Jeanette and I posing for the first of what became a portfolio just about
of pics together over the weekend! xo

***SIRENS*** Did someone say "Prize Patrol" again?

Here's Kate smiling ear to ear as Cate from Demonstrator Support presents her with her Prize Patrol Stamp Set!

Now... never short of a laugh when amongst Stampers, this topped the lot for me. I loved it!!!

Pam Morgan, Vice President of Stampin' Up! took main stage to share with us 'The Big Shot!'. Her opening line was not what anyone could have ever expected, and had us rolling in stitches on the floor. Pam shared with us something along the lines of "Did you know that Stampin' is a great way to get fit?". As she did this, on came the music and she performed an aerobic workout using the Big Shot as weights!

What a cracker that was!!!!!
As the afternoon came to an end, it was a sad feeling knowing Convention was nearly over.

We headed back to our rooms with our Convention Bags, Make and Takes, New Stamp Sets, and many memories and stories of the wonderful experiences we'd had over the past couple of days, and got ourselves ready for our Fancy Dinner and Awards Night.

To be continued...