Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hamilton Island Incentive Trip 2010

As many of you may already know, I earned Stampin' Up!'s annual Incentive Trip this year. The Incentive Trip is earned on a combination of sales and team building and there were 25 demonstrators on the trip this year.

I thought you might like to have a bit of a look at where we went and what we did.

Day 1

When we arrived we went to visit the "hospitality suite" which was on the top floor of the Reef View Hotel. The room was a gathering place to meet with the other demonstrators and Stampin Up staff. Each day we could spin the wheel and win a little prize. The room was also stocked with jars upon jars of American Candies for us to eat! (I brought a few home for my lovely team members to share at our meeting!)
Here's me with Kim Gavarra (another Brisbane demonstrator) and her husband Warren. You can see Warren filling up one of the bags that had out for us to put our "candy" in!

Here's me getting a sneak peak of the next Summer mini catalogue that will be available from December 1st. Sorry, I can't show you what's inside - top secret!! But trust me, there is heaps of great new stuff in there - my wishlist is HUGE!!!

We had a Welcome Dinner that night (and of course I forgot to take the camera along!) and when we got back to our room this gift was waiting. Its a wet seal bag containing underwater cameras, snacks and instructions for the next day's group adventure - a trip out to go snorkeling on the reef!

Day 2.

Here's Kim and me waiting at the Marina for our trip to the reef. Gotta love the big hat! LOL! I didn't end up wearing much out at the reef pontoon as it was a bit too windy. The windy weather made for rough seas and most of the boat was throwing up! I was nauseous but managed to keep it all down. :-) They sold a lot of Sea Sick tablets before the return journey!

Once out at the Reefworld Pontoon we snorkelled and sat up on the sundeck. Matt and I spent a bit of time chatting with Shelli and Sterling. (Shelli is the CEO and co-founder) and found them to be very lovely people - very friendly and down to earth. They weren't keen on the snorkelling but Matt and I gave it a go and I'd like to do it again sometime.

We went out for dinner at one of the local restaurants near the hotel with Liz, Martin, Kim and Warren.
After dinner Kim and I went up to Liz's room to help her stick her swaps together. Goodness knows how long she'd have had to stay up for if we didn't help! LOL! It took ages! Here's me and Kim being worked like slaves! LOL!
When we FINALLY got back to our rooms, here's what we found: A lovely tin with all the supplies we'd need for the next days make and takes. Can't show you inside as it contains a new stamp set from the upcoming Summer Mini!

Goodness me, this is taking me forever to post. I am going to publish this much, take a break for lunch and come back to finish the rest this afternoon. :-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scrunchy flower and funky bird

This is a card I have been demonstrating at my recent workshops. Its a really fun one because you use markers to ink the stamps and also the scrunchy flower is my new favourite embellishment!

Stamps: Cheep Talk
Inks: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and Peach Parfait Stamp'n'write Markers
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White, Dsp is from the Level 1 hostess gift paper stack.
Accessories: Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads (Circle Fire collection)
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch

This one is pretty much the same card, turned on its side, but with a knot in the ribbon instead of the flower.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cute Owl!

Here's a card featuring the very cute new 2-step Owl Punch.

Stamps: Woodgrain Background, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Soft Suede
Paper: Confetti White, Crumb Cake (formerly know as Kraft) Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon
Tools: 1 3/4 inch circle punch, 2-step Owl punch

Sunday, October 3, 2010

September Xmas stamp-a-stack cards

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack cards

In Septmeber I held a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class. A Stamp-a-Stack involves making multiples of a few nice and easy card designs. Its a great way to get started on your Christmas Card stash! I will be holding another one on the 26th October with 3 new designs.

Here are the 3 designs from September:

This one uses Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. The embossed carstock has been lightly sponged over with White Frost shimmer paint.

This one uses Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip and the Jolly Holiday Designer Paper. The Dasher reindeer stamp has been inked with markers. Then glitter was added with a 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds.

This Christmas tree is from the Season of Joy stamp set. I mixed a few drops of White Frost shimmer paint with a few drops of Old Olive ink and applied it to the stamp with a spnge dauber. The result is a pearlised Old Olive ink!