Thursday, May 28, 2015

Convention 2015 Wednesday to Friday

Wednesday's lunch was at a tepanyaki restaurant at Broadbeach. We had a relaxing afternoon did some shopping and...
That night we went to pick up our convention bags and start swapping our cards with other demos.
The swaps I made ( above) the swaps I brought home (below).
 How exciting is the first day?
We had a make and take session each of the three convention days. This was day 1.
A very simple little notecard but a great technique using sponge daubers and using Mint Macaron and Cucumber  crush inks.
And there is of course a brand new Ronald MacDonald house charity stamp set (which from the sale of each set) $3 is donated to support families of sick children in hospital.
The in-colours were up on the display board! Why are they all food related? 
Watermelon wonder with Mint macarons? 
Tip top taupe spread with delightful Dijon mustard anyone?
Washed down with a cucumber crush.
Every morning was another fun adventure. What will be revealed today?
New stamping kits to create with- this wish list is getting incredibly long.
There are many changes going on at Stampin' Up! 
Changes to the stamping rewards and hostess dollars - no MDS, no more Blendabilities.
But we've had a very strong first quarter of the year... Best sales figures ever in fact!
Here's Wanda winning the prize patrol !
And the Australian office manager Aaron, giving us a demo of how to indoor skydive. 
I forget what the point of this was but it was kind of funny at the time.
On Friday night we did have a category 1 cyclone but did that deter us from going out to the awards night party?
Not at all because we knew that this gorgeous lady Bonnie Thurber would be there ( now married for  two hundred and six days).
Wanda meeting Bonnie because we just love her to bits and all want to have a hug of her.
Here is us in front of the main stage.
And here is moi with the lovely Denielle.
Another make and take on day 3. Love the watercolour paper with watermelon watercolouring!
This is the coolest stamp set.
Random selfie photo time ... Far more difficult with a real camera than a phone I can tell you.
These were my room mate's swaps - lots of excellent card ideas.
And last pic for today me eating an icecream Sunday on Saturday!
Note the bag full of stampin up gifts to my left.😊

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Convention 2015 inspire.create.share.

Each year for the last six years I have made an annual trip to convention to be inspired, to create and share. This year, We did all of that and more!
A few of my Fellow stamping friends and I have just returned from the Gold Coast having survived a category 1 cyclone and the last Stampin Up ! Convention ever as we know it.
In the opening session we received the new 2015-16 stampin'Up! catalogue. 
700 very excited demonstrators took home a copy of the new catalogue to read in cafes, planes and trains.
We were inspired by 25 staff from the Riverton office US, plus Australian and NZ demonstrators.
We created some gorgeous cards during the make and take 
and learned how to share the fun!
This year CEO Shelli Gardener was on something or other in Hawaii with her husband Sterling.So here I am getting to know interim CEO Sarah Douglass. We had an in depth conversation about the weater and humidity in Australia and what it does to our hair. As you can see Sarah has a stylist and I have well rain frizzed kinky hair, but she complimented me all the same.
So photo above is the location shot of our apartment in relation to the Gold Coast convention centre.
It's the small block next to the pink building, one block back from the beach.
I stayed with three awesome room mates: Wanda, Linda and Courtenay.
Here's a better photo of me showing my new proper hair cut and colour. I had done before convention. I'm looking pretty happy here because its day one and I've had a good night of sleep before the excitement of the next three days begins.
I was going to post these photos in chronological order but instead you'll be enjoying them as they come.
Our view from the balcony overlooking the water. I was glad we were this far back as the waves got a little high and wild during Friday nights cyclone adventure. 
At each of the general session new stamps, new products and in-coming colours were revealed.
The flower above is made with new cotton paper which scrunched easily and beautifully to form a rose. That went straight on the wish list for me. Imagine every gift box getting one of these on top?
There were display boards filled with creative ideas using new stamps, new papers, interesting techniques and  those in-colours.
Lace dotted ribbon, patterned paper and flower embellishments - they're on the wish list too!

Stamping Joy's end of catalogue sale - Stampin up!

This is the last month of the 201415 catalogue and I am selling a whole list of stamps to make room for new ones. These stamps are in excellent condition (a few are brand new never used) you can put your name against any of the stamps I have here. But I can only sell and send them to you after 2nd June.
All stamps are clear mounted ( which means they will need an acrylic block) unless noted as wood.
A few of these are from the previous Saleabration, so if you wish you can buy these right a way.
Prices do not include postage. If you are local to me I will deliver, otherwise see postage below.
Chalk talk $30
Itty Bitty banners $15
Hello There $5
Label Love $20
Oh Goodie $4
Outlined Occasions $10
Timeless talk $20
Mosaic Madness $25
Four Frames $20
Tape it $30
Wildflower Meadow $20
Warmth and Wonder $25
Flamingo Lingo $20
Mixed bunch $30
Banner Blast ( wood mount) $20
Vintage verses $20
Interested in one or more of these stamp sets?
To purchase You can email me at or, comment below or, message me through Facebook. On receipt of your payment (I accept either bank deposit, paypal or cash) I will deliver or post your stamps. 
Postage for one clear stampset postage will be $2 or, I can calculate actual cost depending on Australia Post satchel size you choose, with tracking. These will be posted after 2 June.