Birthday Cards

Noosa! Day Two

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08 19 09_0131_edited-1 Another most excellent day! 

I started off by hitting the gym and found suprisingly many of our fellow Stampin Up! guests in the gym already.  What a fit group! 

This morning we took a short Ferry ride (thank goodness short because I get motion sick like no other) to Ricky's Restaurant for some cooking lessons and a beautiful lunch.  My group got to make rolled scallops in some kind of smoked pork with a lovely salsa.  The chef showed us just what to do, and each group made a portion of the meal.  08 19 09_0123_edited-1 We also had truffles, Duck Ravioli, salad, olives, and a whole lot of other items that I either can't spell or identify.  But it was delicious!  And very cool – what a neat experience and a gorgeous restaurant.

08 19 09_0120_edited-1 After lunch Jared and I worked a bit more on those swaps and then hit the gym again.  Afterwards, we lounged about in the Stampin Up hospitality room and chatted away with fellow Australian demonstrators while Jared ate all the American candies the SU staff so kindly brought over.

At 5:30, Jared was in bed shivering and sweating, so it looks like he may be sick tomorrow for his birthday.  Fingers 08 20 09_0115 crossed he'll kick it by the morning.  Looks like my swaps helper is out of commission.  where's Madeleine when I need her?

I got another very special delivery today!  What a haul!  Six ink pads, a new punch and stamp set (to be released in the Summer Mini) and two markers!  We are so spoiled!

08 20 09_0112_edited-1 To top it off, Rachael made me a pamper pack because she wanted me to have a nice little beauty treatment even though I opted not to go to the spa.  How very very thoughtful of her.  That really touched my heart; thank you Rachael for being so sensitive and generous.

It's suddenly a very late night again; I'll sign off and finish off those swaps once and for all . . . especially since swaps are in a few short hours.  Nighty night!

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In Noosa! Day One

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I am here in Noosa Heads because of my loyal customers and my fantastic downline.  So, I'd like to hijack my blog and share with you this experiece each day.  I can't thank you all enough!

Okay, the day started out a bit rough.  Jared has flown SO much that he is rather casual about getting to the airport.  Then we missed the air bus and had to wait.  Then the bus broke down.  We arrived at 8:35 for our 9:20 flight to Brisbaine.  Yes, I was in tears and grinding my teeth to bits.  How blessed I am Sara was right there to give me a big hug when I got off the bus.  Which saved me from imploding.

Ahh, but after we were checked in and even had ten minutes to eat breakfast, the day got better.  Flight was great – watched a movie and worked on my swaps (no, not done yet!).  we took a bus up to Noosa Heads and after being greeted with juice in coconuts, we both fell onto the bed and slept. 

08 19 09_0109_edited-1 I got up and did a little cardio and chatted at the pool with some of the lovely Australian demonstrators, Nikki Tidbold, Claire Daly, Vanessa Webb, and Vicki Dean.  Then I took a good two hours to bathe and pamper myself up for dinner – our big welcome dinner to kick off the trip.

08 19 09_0107_edited-1 I was privileged to be seated next to Sterling and Shelli Gardner for dinner, along with Ngaire Anderson and Alisa Tilsner.  Alisa hates how she looks in pictures; isn't that beautiful girl silly?!  We had a lovely buffet meal with scrummy food.  I bypassed the dessert table, but the display was impressive.

08 19 09_0110_edited-1 The evening ended with the pleasure of finding a gift on our bed for tomorrow's activities – a fun apron, a personal card from Shelli to me, and a chef's hat.  (Recognize those buttons?)  Tomorrow we'll be taking off to a restaurant for a cooking contest and lunch.

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Okay, gang, it's nearly 1 am. I'll sign off and check back in tomorrow!  Lots of love,

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{Stamp Camp 2009!}

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 08 15 09_0076_edited-1 It was a full-on weekend and so much FUN!  A big thank you to all who attended; you were all fabulous to be with!  I had a great time getting to know all of you better.

We started off on Friday night with a Spring Mini Catalogue launch and made a couple of beautiful cards.  We all fell into bed!  Too bad some of us were awoken again either by snoring or by Sofie's crying!

Saturday was non-stop stamping and crafting from 9 am to 9pm.  But didn't the day go quickly?!  We made up an album, lots of cards, and a layout.  I was more stresed about the food than anything else, but everything went off well.  Everyone pitched in and helped out and all enjoyed the soup/stew I threw 08 15 09_0074_edited-1 together. (Whew!  I hardly consider myself a great cook).   I always worry there won't be enough food, but I think by Sunday afternoon, everyone could have rolled home.08 14 09_0083_edited-1

Sunday morning we did one more class and made two Christmas cards.  Throughout the weekend we had some quiz questions and games that Madeleine made up.  You were all good sports to put up with our 08 15 09_0078_edited-1 silliness!

Thank you all for coming along and making the weekend so successful!  Join us for our next one definately september 2010 and tentatively April 2010.

08 15 09_0075_edited-1 I can home exhausted, but also truly lifted up by your good spirits and hearts.  Lots of Love to all of you!

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{Elaine Franklin}

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C__Documents and Settings_Elaine and Harold_Application Data_FUJIFILM_FinePixViewerS_Temp_0528-090041_DSCF0100 Another clever use of the Pink Flamingo papers!  Not only clever, but beautiful!

Elaine's first card uses flower and circle punches to create a simple, yet effective design.  I beleive those scallops in the background are made with 3/4 inch circles – a great way to get different sized scallops.

Now, I know I have never thought to put a sentiment twice on a card – have you?  But it works! 

C__Documents and Settings_Elaine and Harold_Application Data_FUJIFILM_FinePixViewerS_Temp_0528-090041_DSCF0095 Elaine's second card is a real stunner; she's got a talent for detail work.  The image here is from the Spring Song stamp set, a big seller amongst my customers.  Elaine has coloured it in here and then sponged additional ink on to make a shaded background.  The bright Pink Flamingo paper behind looks fabulous!

Nice work Elaine; thanks for sharing!

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{Pam Cregeen}

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August's Challenge Team pack was a real challenge, in my opinion. This month I gave them the Pink Flamingo papers and some bits of ribbon to match.  Okay, I know Shelli Gardner loves these papers . . . but I'm not sure I know what to do with them!  Let's see what these talented ladies come up with during August.

Pam's gone and outdone herself and made up three cards with the little pack I sent up!

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Isn't that beautiful!  I love that Circle Circus set – I WILL get it out and use it one of these days!  Waht a clever and simple way to make a cool focal point.  And do you see the Pink Flamingo paper in the background?  Nice work, pam!

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And never would I have thought to pair this paper with Embrace Life, but it works!  I really like that Turquoise and Hunter combination, Pam.

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And I think this is my favourite of the three.  What a simple, clever design.  And a great way to use a really loud paper in a small dose . .

Beautiful work, Pam! 

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{Ness Rogers}

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Isn't this FUN?!

P1030408 I love to see what each member of the design team creates featuring the same supplies!

What fun, bright colours – so indicative of Ness herself.  She's taken the pretties kit flower, cut it in half, and it looks like it's been stamped with a bright yellow ink,  The rest of the project features lots of tearing and bling.

Love that build a brad, Ness – amazing colour combination!  Thanks, Ness!

Next month – a real challenge coming up! tune in next wednesday to see what these lovely ladies create.

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{Stamp Camp Retreat!}

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Stamp Camp 2009!

stampinup's lovely products

 You are invited to enjoy a weekend getaway of stamping!
 
*cardmaking, gifts, & scrapbooking

*Learn to use different accessories and techniques
*Samples from the NEW Spring Mini Catalogue
*Enjoy door prizes and fun challenges!
*Networking with other crafters and stampers 

 

 
DATE: August 14-16
TIME: 6pm Friday to 1pm Sunday
LOCATION: Henderson, Auckland
MORE: $195 includes accomodation and meals ($100 deposit to secure your space)

Email me to register

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  Download Stampcamp2009registration 

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 Programme available here.

RSVP TO:

 

Jacquelyn Pedersen

9 482 3365,
021 128 9923

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{Tilly McLeod}

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Oh, you will love this!

IMG_6827_edited-1 The featured products this month were again a Pretties Kit Daisy, buttons, and linen thread.  And look what Tilly had made!

The first card is a ladybug one, a personal favourite motif of mine.  She'd cut the daisy in half to make two flowers (clever!) and then used circle punches for much of the rest of the design.

The stamp set she's used is called Darling Dots, one that is yet to make an appearance in the New Zealand market.

IMG_6825_edited-1 Tilly's second card is just a work of art!  The background is sponged and the linen thread is knotted around the tree images.  The nappies are made from scraps of white paper and the pram is made from a simple circle punch with 1/4 sliced out.  The rest of the linen thread is used on on the button in the lower left hand corner.  Beautiful!!IMG_6826_edited-1

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