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June 2012

Happy Bird-Day!

I had such fun doing a production line recently of really simple, but I think effective birthday cards, and you guessed it by the title of this post - they have (ultra cute) birds on them!

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This is a great way to use up scraps of strips of printed paper - we all have heaps of those leftovers, and its amazing how easy it is to just add a hint of colour or create a "feel" with even just a snippet of bright printed pattern.

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Other leftovers can be punched out with the Two Step Bird Punch to create a fun, textured bird. And can you spot was the other off-cut I used up on this project?  Yes, about 12cm of leftover ivory lace.

It was too short to tie an actual bow, so I tied a tiny piece of Bakers Twine around the middle of the folded lace - perfect bow!

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I had a bit of fun playing around with different backgrounds for these cards too. Did you notice on the first one, I scored groups of lines to add texture and break up the "white space" using my new Simply Scored? Loving that easy texture!

I left one card with a plain background, and I stamped the rest with the flourish stamp from Elements of Style stamp set.

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These have got me thinking how easy it would be to change them to Christmas cards, by just changing the greeting stamp or by adding a piece of Wild Wasabi or Always Artichoke Designer Series Paper.

Well, if it's your bird-day in the next few weeks, and I know the date, you better look out for one of these in your mail-box!

Catch you soon! Kathryn.

Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 Highlights

Whooo Hoooo!!! Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 sure was the best yet! We're still all abuzz with new ideas, new projects, new inspiration and a tonne of motivation to get us qualified for next years Incentive Trip (or Grand Vacation) which will take lucky qualifying demonstrators all the way to Utah!!

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You know what's in Utah, don't you??  The Stampin' Up! home office!!!

I am so excited about that, and so are the ladies on my team - we'll being doing a stack of events over the coming months to help us qualify - cos no-one wants to miss out on such an exciting opportunity!

We've also started saving up already for Convention 2013 which is going to be held in :

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I was delighted to have six of my downline team members attend convention with me this year! So nice, and so exciting to share such an awesome experience with those who hadn't attended before!

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Here we are at the Saturday Awards Night Dinner - we scrub up alright, don't we!

The awards night was special to me, as I got to do another "Stage Walk" or Recognition March as it is properly called. My lovely team member Elaine had her name up in lights to. It's really hard to get a good photo of us walking across, but this is the board announcing the achiement and those who reached this milestone.

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How awesome is that? Thank you very much to my very lovely customers and hostesses who helped me reach this sales goal for the 3rd time!

And congratulations to our wider team members, Genna Gifford, Sue Madex, Kylie Bertucci and Claire Daly who's names also appeared up there - more than once! How fabulous to be surrounded by such talented women, and inspired on by their example!

Another highlight for me, was attending Manager's Reception for the very first time! Those who have achieved the title of Manager (or above) were whisked away to a secret location - which turned out to be the Mural Hall at Parliament House, for a finger food supper, talk by Shelli Gardner and Q & A by some of our other staff, and we received a gorgeous hand-made gift and a stamp set! So exciting! And the best bit is - our photo is on Shelli's blog!  Yes it is! OOOOHHHH I am famous! (The photo is right down the bottom of her post, immediately above the paragraph which talks about Managers Reception).

You're probably wondering with all this activity if we actually had any time for stamping while we were away? LOL

We had a fabulous make & take session with lots of new products that are coming in the fabulous 2012-2013 Catalogue in September and an extra class on Friday night called "I am Creative", in which we worked on a gorgeous Christmas project, also using a new stamp set, DSP and dies which we are looking forward to being able to share with you!

Here's a display of gorgeous projects which some lovely staff member has made using some of the sneak peak items we tried during the make and take session. I wonder if you can pick them?

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Two of my other favourite displays included gorgeous paper shoes! I am dying to know how some clever person made those!

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How stunning are those - I want a pair of those green shoes to wear to work!!

Following Convention there are a stack of promotions happening over the next few weeks, including an exclusive stamp set you can earn free or purchase only in June - it's called "A Reason to Smile" and it's a lovely two-step set.

Then there's a fantastic hostess special, offering an extra $90.00 spending money to qualifying hostesses, from now through to mid-July. You don't want to miss this one!

Our new starter kit price of $169.00 fully customisable still applies, so if you have been considering joining the Stampin' Up! family so you can be part of the fun of convention or catalogue sneak peaks, be sure to ask me about it today. I will be updating my specials page today with all the details.

Well, that's a lot of news! Hope you've enjoyed the photos! Be back soon!


Convention Survival Kits

Well, we are having an absolute ball at SU! Convention 2012 and I wanted to share with you a nifty little gift I made for my room mates and team members.

It's a convention survival kit, and has all manner of terribly useful items in it, like a marble for when you think you're losing yours!

I made 12 of these, all different, but all variations of the same colours and using the gorgeous Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper Pack.

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If you're a regular on my blog you will have seen the original one I made using Mocha Morning DSP. I couldn't wait to make some more and fill them with goodies!

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Now, I guess you're wondering about the contents - what could anyone need by way of survival kit at the Stampin' Up! Annual convention?

Well, here's the list that went in my kits :

  • Marble: For when you think you’ve lost all yours
  • Tissue: For drying tears – yours or someone else’s. 
  • Toothpick: To pick out the good in others including yourself
  • Dazzling Diamonds: To add some sparkle to your life
  • Paper Clip: To hold everything together when it falls apart
  • Ribbon: to let you know our Friendship is a special gift, tied with Ribbons of love. 
  • Mint: You are "Worth A Mint' to so many 
  • Stars: To remind you to "Reach for the stars" 
  • Rubber-band: To give you the extra stretch and Flexibility to meet the demands of each day. 
  • Flowers: to let you know that if friends were flowers, I'd pick you. 
  • Coins: so you are never completely broke
  • Band-Aid: To heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's
  • Pencil: List your blessings every day
  • Button: in case you can’t think of anything nice to say
  • Smarties: in case it rains, you've got your own rainbow
  • Sponge: to soak up all the knowledge 
  • Puzzle Piece: the team isn’t complete without you!

I loved putting together the list, and then gathering all the goodies to fill twelve bags.

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Oh! and you'll also notice a set of earplugs in there, in case any of the roomies snore, or in case the neighbours are having a rock concert! We definitely need a good night's sleep to keep up with all the Convention activities!

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Now in case you're wondering (due to the terrible lighting) the colours are Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, River Rock, Very Vanilla & Basic Black and I have used three dies for this project - Fancy Favour Box for the gusset, Framelits Labels Collection for the front & back and Fun Flowers Die for the flowers.

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I've also used an In-Colour Printed Brad or an Antique Brad for the flower centres.

Well, I hope that's been a bit inspiring for you, and I hope you enjoyed reading the contents of the Survival Kits!

I'll be back soon to share some Convention Highlights! See you then!