Matching butterfly box and card

Had a class yesterday with 3 people – nice and relaxed.  They are all new to cardmaking so tried to give them something nice and simple to make – a matching gift box and card.

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Not particularly good photos I’m afraid and I am still not sure about the colours – they’re so not me!  However I hope that Pam, Christine and Stephanie liked them.

Convention 2010 – Day 1, part 2

Convention Sydney May 2010 042-2Did I tell you that I not only spoke to THE Shelli Gardner, founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! but I also had my photo taken with her – check this out – that’s me on the left, Shelli then my upline, Karen on the right.  Sorry that the photo is a bit blurry but at least I’ve got one!!



Convention Sydney May 2010 027Then I also got to speak to and also another photo shoot with the absolutely adorable Bonnie Thurber (you can see her on YouTube).  Poor Bonnie had lost her voice and had to give her presentation by whispering into the microphone but despite that it was a big hit and she had everyone in fits of laughter.  Yuk I look ghastly in that photo!

The day went so fast and it’s still mainly a blur!

That night (Friday) we met up with other NZ demos and some of the SU people for dinner and drinks and were lucky to have timed it on the first night of the Jazz Festival which was kicked off with a big fireworks display. Convention Sydney May 2010 046 Convention Sydney May 2010 045

Haven’t taken photos of the swaps I received as yet but will do so – may take me a few days.  In the meantime watch out for my post detailing the events of Day 2.

Convention 2010 – Day 1, part 1

So much to share I don’t know where to start!  After 2 days here in Sydney exploring, eating, retail therapy, eating, meeting up with other demos, eating – you get the picture – eating was a big part of it – we finally came to the exciting part – first day of convention.  Arrived at the Sydney Convention centre along with approx 480 other demos at the (for me) ungodly hour of 7:00 am to register. Received our convention badges plus a large bag (you can see a couple in the pictures below) with 2 new stamp sets, a cap, IB&C and mini catalogues, orientation leaflets etc. etc.

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Then the mad rush into Memento Hall for some more retail therapy.  I was very good – only bought the card tree, a gorgeous cardigan, a few packs of pens, and a shopping bag.

After this it was swap time – here are the two swaps I made for convention:

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I have brought back with me some gorgeous projects which I still need to sort and photograph so that I can show them to you.  So keep checking back for this.

Convention Sydney May 2010 019Then it was time for Shelli Gardner (such a genuinely friendly lady) to conduct the opening session , followed by lunch served in these nifty individual containers.

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After lunch we broke up into our groups and attended classes – gee the SU staff are fantastic.  Think I spent the whole day in a dream, not believing that I was actually at a SU Convention!!

Convention Sydney May 2010 022  This is the team I belong to – the WOW Paperkrafters.  It’s slightly confusing because I am also with the Creative Inkers.  This is how it works – Karen (2nd on left) is my upline, and her upline is Jacque Pedersen whose team is the Creative Inkers – this means that by way of progression I belong to both teams. Anyway let me introduce them to you. From left to right: Donna, Karen, Debbie, Sally and little ole me (the granny of the group!)  Note our matching Creative Inkers shirts.

Well that fills you in on our first day though to be honest I can’t relay to you the buzz and excitement – you will all just have to become demonstrators and go to the next convention which is being held in Melbourne next May and experience that for yourselves!

Just a quick post

IMG_1187 This is just so you know I haven’t disappeared!  Thought I would show you a couple of cards I have done recently.  This is a reflection card.  We did one at Karen’s class a couple of weeks ago which I mucked up!!!  Decided I would have another attempt but as I didn’t have the same stamp set we used previously, brought out my well-loved Lovely as a Tree set.

Another card we did at Karen’s recently was the cracked glass technique card (below left).  Really liked it so decided to do another one (below right) this time using the current Autumn/Winter mini Level 2 Hostess set Asian Artistry.  Really pleased how this turned out too.

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Well, just one more sleep and I’m off to Sydney and the SU convention.  When I return I will show you the 2 cards I made as swaps and hopefully will have lots of photos to show you including all the swaps I return with.  So exciting!

I know I didn’t enlighten you as to how I fared at my oncology appointment last week. They are getting a more senior radiographer to look at my scan as they haven’t managed to find where the tumour is and are hoping she can find it.  They are also exploring a couple of different treatments and testing them with my tissue specimens to see how they react.  I go back in about 3 weeks time when they should have all their findings (hopefully!).  All very confusing - in the meantime I’m going to have fun in Sydney!  Hope you are all having a fun time too!

Sandy’s Bloomin’ with Beauty!

Our friend Sandra’s birthday card using the gorgeous Bloomin’ with Beauty stamp.  I always enjoy colouring this one up and of course, you have to apply some Sparkling Diamonds to make it really glitter.  I have also used the Top Note die with my Big Shot and used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.


Happy Birthday Sandy.

Funny how things work out …

I had a workshop organised at my house at 11am today for a couple of people. Here’s the timeline:

8 am – Only one attending now

8.30 am – Remaining prospect rings and cancels due to circumstances beyond her control.  Oh well, nice quiet day for me.

10:10 am – Phone rings – is it too late to accept invitation for workshop.  Goodness no, says I but it will be just you at the workshop.  No, says the caller, I would like to bring 2 friends.

Panic stations – rush around re-preparing and laying out.

11 am – My 3 guests arrive.  Thanks Alicia, Reannon and Laura for making this such an enjoyable workshop.  I loved your enthusiasm and originality.

No sales on the day, but do have one workshop booking so looking forward to that.

Now I just hope tomorrow is full of pleasant surprises for me too.  I have an oncology appointment at Greenlane Hospital.  On my last visit I was told my tumour marker levels had doubled so have since had to have another scan and will get the results tomorrow.  They were talking about more chemo, etc. but hopefully a miracle has happened and my levels have decreased instead of increased – will let you know.

Mother’s Day 2010

Went to Nicky & Paul’s for my Mother’s Day dinner which was cooked by Sam (16).  He is a real fan of Jamie Oliver and used his recipes for this dinner.  Just lookee at this gorgeous Guinness & Hotpot Pie that we had for our main course.

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That’s Sam’s back!  And that’s hubby getting tucked in – it was really tasty and one of the nicest meals I’ve had in a long time!  This was followed by a Fruit Crumble – IMG_1182also made by Sam.

Nicky & Tyler (10) made me cards and they picked me this lovely bunch of flowers from their garden.  In the blue envelope is  ….  Aussie dollars for me to spend in Sydney – yahoo!!


IMG_1184    IMG_1185 Close-ups of the 2 cards – Tyler’s says “Happy Birthday Nan” and inside are portraits of each person in our family!  Didn’t Nicky do well – says she’s not good at making cards – ha ha!!  She’s a natural and as you can see I have been converting her to SU products.

Hope you all had as a nice a Mother’s Day as me.

May Classes and Workshops

I will be holding during May one cardmaking introductory workshop, a cardmaking class and another scrapbooking class.  Please click on the link on the right to find out when these are being held.

Do hope you are able to attend as I have some fun projects planned for you.

I have just won an award!

My Stampin’ Up upline, Karen, a very lovely and extremely dedicated, talented and sharing person has awarded me The Sunshine Award. Thanks Karen and please do all go to her site which is crammed full of gorgeous projects and helpful information.

The "rules" for the award are:
1. Put the Sunshine Award on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the Award to other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.

I would like to nominate the following whose blogs always inspire me.  None of these ladies are from New Zealand and they probably have never heard of me – I am just a ‘lurker’ on their blogs!

Stamp-a-Memory (Scrapbooking with Stampin’Up!
Kerin Sylvester – Stamps, Paper, Glitter
Mary Fish – Stampin’ Pretty

Do click on their names to go to their blogs and say hi.

Thanks again Karen for the honour.

Thanks for popping in to catch up on what is happening in my life. I enjoy sharing my love of stamping and cardmaking and invite you to have a look at the projects I have made. You are welcome to take my ideas and use them in your own creations.
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