Sunday, August 30, 2009

Misting with Markers

For my class regulars who unfortunately missed this months
class I thought I would put up some of the cards I made using one of the techniques from the class. These are made using Stampin'up!'s lovely marker pens.

This technique is done by colouring directly onto the rubber of your stamp and then misting the stamp with water from a fine spray bottle and stamping the image on your card.

It takes a bit of practise to get the amount of spray onto the stamp right for the look you are after. Every image will come out differently even using the same stamp. A lot of spray will make the clours really run into each other, not enough and the image will be too dry.

We had a lot of fun trying out a new technique and seeing everyone's creations.

Stamp sets used were Soft Summer from the current Spring mini catalogue, Lovely as a Tree, Upsy Daisy and Inspired by Nature.
If ever you would like to order any of these stamp sets from me please send me an email or give me a call. You can find my details on my profile.
Later I will put up the final technique we did - stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Faux Dry Embossing

I have to thank Felicity Fernandez, (you can find her blog at for showing me this technique when we did the Craft & Quilt Show recently. It is such an easy and effective technique. It is one of the techniques I am teaching at my monthly technique classes this month.
Basically you need to stamp your solid stamp image on dark card in white craft ink. Then using a stamp-a-ma-jig position your image on the clear sheet and place this over your white stamped image. Move the clear sheet slightly downwards and to the right. Hold it there and place positioner in place. Ink up your stamp and stamp image. Keeping positioner in place reink your stamp and restamp the image. This makes the image really stand out on the page.
In these cards I've used Elegant Eggplant card and ink and the stamp is Upsy Daisy; Real Red and Inspired By Nature; Pacific Point and Petal Pazzaz.
If you would like to attend one of my classes please email me for dates and times. Cost is $15 to make 3 cards and 3 technique sheets.
I'm finding it hard to believe that only a week ago I was at the start of the Incentive Trip! It's back to earth with a thud!!!!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Incentive Trip

So there you have it all in a nutshell! If you ever get the opportunity to be close to acheiving the Incentive Trip my advice would be work you darnedest and go for it - it is all so worth the effort.

Our last morning saw us trying to fit everything into our bags and then be able to lift them!!!

One last buffet brekkie - they make the best pancakes there! Ate up as our flight was due to leave at lunchtime and just as well as the airline ran out of food to sell - some very hungry and unhappy holiday makers as a result!
Lots of goodbyes - I avoid these as I always end up crying but managed to hold it together for a farewell photo with Angie and Janiel. Their efforts were fantastic to make this a holiday to remember!!!! Thankyou Girls!!!!!
Arrived at Maroochydore Airport to find the Sydneysiders still waiting for their flight - delayed by 90 mins. We spent ages in queues to check in then had to go straight to security so as to get our flight so no time to buy any food - hence the problem on the plane. Fancy running out of food for a two and a half hour flight. At least nothing to go "green" with as we hit bad turbulence as we came back into Melbourne. I must say I was very thankful when we touched the ground!!!
Home to the housework and life in the suburbs again - but plenty of great memories and new friendships to cherish. Thankyou Stampin'Up! for a wonderful experience!

Day 4 Incentive Trip

Day 4

Our final full day in Noosa, so we had to pack a lot in, this will be along post so get ready!!!Some of the demos along with Shelli, Stirling, Aaron and American Dave decided they could manage a 6.30am departure and arranged a day trip to Fraser Island. Already having a car Nick and I were keen to go and check out the Eumundi Markets - anyone who had been to Noosa before had told me we had to go and see it.

So we rose early too and after another scrummy buffet brekkie (Curves workouts here I come!) we headed off to Eumundi.

We were amazed at the range and products for sale. Nick who can not stand trailing around markets - way down on his list of pleasurable pursuits! managed 3 hours there and enjoyed it to boot!!!! We bought quite a few momentoes to remind us of our wonderful holiday and I could have spent WAY,WAY more! The clothes were gorgeous, very suited to Queensland climes but would only get an occasional airing in Melbourne!!!!!!

As we had the car we had planned to go further into the hinterland but as we had a 4.30pm deadline to meet (our big farewell mystery dinner) decided an afternoon back in Noosa would be better and more relaxing.
So lunch on our room balcony finishing off our picnic lunch from yesterday - how's that for value! A few glasses of champers to top it off and it was very peaceful. Beautiful day 30degrees C! The weather was really turned on for us as Noosa is meant to be a lot cooler in August - so how lucky were we! Did cast a thought to anyone back in cooler climes and then sat back and enjoyed the sun a bit more!!!

A final spin in the car took us down to Noosa Woods and out to the river entrance and then we went up to the Noosa Lookout to get another perspective of the area. It was so good to have the freedom to get out and about. Neither of us are lay by the pool types and there was no way this body was going to be shown off in bathers - as I told the girls at our dinner that night I was sure the elastic would have perished on my bathers when I went to pack them as it is so long since they'd seen the light of day!!!

Bonus spin day on the wheel today saw me net a pair of snips, new brads from the current mini and a pack of freshcuts notes. the boys even got a spin but only received goodies if they landed on red - bad luck Nick!

Now our evening event had been kept a closely guarded secret by Angie and Janiel along with SU Incentive Trip tradition. So at 4.30pm we all met downstairs eager to find out what the evening held for us! Despite super sleuthing by several demos we all ended up getting it very wrong! The clue had been " a journey back in time" and make sure you had something warm to wear for later as it may get a bit chilly.

Well we boarded the biggest coach bus I have ever seen and set off north. That cut out a couple of options but made a few others more likely. At Coolaroy we rounded the corner and there was a gasp of surprise and cheers as we saw lined up by the side of the road these amazing vintage cars! They were for our trip back in time to our dinner destination - how cool!!!! Janiel had sourced cars from all up and down the coast just for us!

We squeezed ourselves in the back - well I had to as I was with the blokes and we headed off to "The Plantation". Our car was a 1957 British Bristol. The boys were in their element asking questions of our lovely chauffeur.

On arrival we drove up in convoy along the tealight lit driveway - another Janiel touch! We were greeted with drinks and had time to check out the lovely cars.

Sorry more flower shots but I adore flowers! As for photos of food on this trip - everyone was taking shots for their blogs! Speaking of food - check out the apples in the arrangements! Here we are by the main door of this beautiful home/guest house. It had 8 bedrooms all beautifully appointed, 3 lounge areas, pool and meeting areas.

We walked out the back and we were amazed at the setup for our evening dinner - just gorgeous. Along with this we also had an astonomer with his massive telescopes to show us the night sky!

Dinner was scrumptious and it was so nice to relax and chat and enjoy the lovely setting. Also on each of the setting for each demo was a cream shawl with a cute SU tag, just in case we got cold - how thoughtful!
We had a group shot done in front of the cars by a professional photographer hired by the venue for their publicity brochures - so hope we can get a copy.

Shelli made a farewell speech - sad to think a lovely time was coming to an end.......

All too soon, it was time to get back on the coach but not before we had the bus driver dim the coach headlights as we headed down the amazingly tealigt lit long driveway - it was beautiful in the dark. Once back at the hotel drinks in the bar followed as we were not keen for the evening to end. Drinks were accompanied by the Kiwis staying at the hotel doing the Hakka to celebrate NZ 's win in the rugby! Wish I had the photo Liz took of Nick and her hubby Marcus!!! We really enjoyed their company during the trip - got very deja-vu at one stage as we realised how many similarities there was in Nick, Liz and Marcus's pasts!
On arriving back in our rooms ANOTHER wonderful surprise gift! We had all wondered how we were going to get all our lovely boxes home - forgot to mention we all also received Forget-Me-Not keepers for our swaps, and here was the solution on our bed. Isn't it gorgeous! It even has the SU logo printed on it.

Along with the bag on the table was a final mini red hat box with cookies and milk for our bedtime snack!!!

Day 3 Continued

For the afternoon Nick and I had ordered a picnic hamper from the hotel restaurant and we drove off down along the Sunshine Coast to find a nice spot for for lunch. Beautiful sunny day but unfortunately, like back in Melbourne, it was too windy to sit on the beach. So we found a park by the beach in Coolum and set up there to indulge in our prawns, smoked salmon, meats and salads. I remembered too late to take a photo and I'm sure you don't want to see the aftermath pic!!!!

Feeling too stuffed to eat the cheeses, fruits, cookies and mudcake, we drove off down the coast with various stops along the way to check out the beaches and views. We drove the full length of the Sunshine Coast and had afternoon munchies by Shelley Beach at Caloundra.
It was a lovely outing and a great way to get an idea of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

On return I spent some time in the SU Hospitality area chatting with Shelli, Aaron and other demos. My spin on the wheel today yielded me a pack of Designer buttons! After indulging in some of the chocolates that Angie and Janiel had brought over from the States it was time to go and check out all my swaps from the morning.

Aren't they amazing? I was so secretly pleased my swap stood up to the standard of these lovely swaps!!!!!!!! My lucky downline will get a better look at them at our next get together - you really have to see them up close to appreciate the work put into them.

Holiday mode was kicking in and feeling very tired, having eaten way too much over the last couple of days and lazy we ordered room service for dinner! A knock on the door revealed another gift for me from Stampin'Up!

The wooden salad bowl will be so useful and the accessories match the apron from our cooking session. The hand cream smells divine - it's from Victoria's Secret! Another one of those dishy Ikea tea towels - we'd all said at m&t how much we liked them and here was another one!

The splash of green is washing up liquid!!!! It added a really bright note to the whole box and yes another cute tag! I am starting to wonder how I am going to get everything home and maybe I should have left a few pairs of shoes at home!!!!!!

Day 3 Incentive Trip

Day 3

After an early morning walk (to walk off the scrummy buffet breakfast!) and collecting our hire car Nick had a free morning while I indulged in swapping and stamping!

We commenced with doing our swaps and you should see all the lovely swaps I received! So many ideas! I'll post a pic later in my updates.
The photos show the swap session in full swing.
Then Shelli wanted a group demo shot as this was the only time we would be together as just the demonstrators. Poor Stirling, Angie, Karen and Janiel had a huge task of making sure everyone's camera had a shot taken on it!

Next is me with fellow Victorian demonstrators Kelli Bowen and Karen Woods. It was great spending some time with them and catching up on all their news. We have done a few shows together and they are lovely.
This is our make and take table group - Karen, Kelly, Robyn Lawton, Kim Gavarra and Liz Collett. It was so nice to meet and get to know them better. Now I know what Kim means about "farming" in her emails!!!

After we had finished our make and takes - sorry but they are a surprise for when the next Mini catalogue is due out we indulged in MORE icecream!
Shelli and Stirling very nicely consented to have their photo taken with me. One of the highlights of the trip was having chats with them and doing the activities together. Shelli did the make and take (something she can't do in the US IT's as she just gets mobbed) and she said it was so nice to join in with us. Stirling made use of his free time by relaxing and reading the paper as we all chatted and created non stop!!!!!

Incentive Trip Day 2 Continued

After such a wonderful lunch at Ricky's Restaurant Nick and I fought the urge to laze the afternoon away by the pool or doing a ferry trip around the river and instead burnt off the excess calories by having a long walk through the Noosa National Park along the coastal walk. The views and beaches were beautiful - here is only a small sample of some of the shots I took.

When we arrived back - rather footsore but feeling justified for having over eaten at lunch I had my daily spin on the Stampin'Up! wheel and received a roll of Baja Breeze ribbon. Thanks SU!

The evening was free for us to do as we pleased so we had a lovely stroll along Hastings Street checking out all the restaurants before settling on a salad at Zachary's Place. It was then an indulgence in icecream at Gelatissimo to finish off!

On return to our room there was another wonderful surprise from Stampin'Up! Don't you just love the cute tag?

What is in the red box??????

Well I can't show you everything as we are sworn to secrecy as it contained some lovely new items that will be in the next mini catalogue!

The terrific tea towel was from Ikea and wrapped inside - well this is all you will be able to see for now! There were stamp pads a Staz - on pad and 2 markers amongst other goodies!

They were all for us to keep and use the next day at our swap, and make and take session!

Thankyou, thankyou Stampin'Up!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Incentive Trip Day 2

Day 2
Today we all boarded a ferry to take us to Ricky's Restaurant, a very well known eating establishment in Noosa apparently. this is a view of the Sheraton Noosa from the ferry. Note another lovely day in paradise!

When we arrived we were each given a set of cutlery wrapped in Stampin'Up! In Colour ribbon and that was your team. Nick and I were in Pink Pirouette along with Shelli and Stirling Gardiner, Kerri and Geoff Hunter, Marelle and David Taylor.
Our chef for the day was Sam and his challenge was to show us how to make Creme Brulee tarts from scratch. Each team was making part of our lunch, so we all had to don plastic gloves and get right into it.

We had to make the custard, the pastry and roll it out and cut it and fit it into the tart moulds. Then with some tarts prepared earlier the sugar had to be sprinkled on top and "burnt" with a gas gun. Talk about boys with toys the fellas were right onto it and as you can see an interesting result!!!!! But boy they tasted superb!!! We ran out of gas so the remaining custard and tarts became lemon meringue tarts and they were scrumlicious!!!!!

After all our hard work we all sat down and enjoyed an absolute feast of food! We had 3 different appetisers, wild mushroom gnocchi and duck ravioli for mains followed by our tarts and chocolate truffles on the ferry back to the hotel.

Here I am at our table with Marelle, Robyn and Sharon. Note the flowers again!

More Incentive Trip

Day 1 Evening

Here are some photos from our Welcome Dinner. I am a sucker for lovely flowers so be prepared for some flower pics from our different dinners! As for the orchid in the water bottle I carefully carried it all the way home on the flight today, I wasn't going to leave it in the bin in the room!

Each demonstrator had a place name flower with their name on a lovely handmade Stampin'Up! tag. The sunflowers and daffodils were the table centrepieces. We had the most delicious buffet dinner. If you love lots of wonderful food then a Stampin'Up! Incentive Trip is the place for you!!! I won't have to eat for a week!

Here is my lovely husband Nick with me at the dinner. We had a really fun evening and then...... when we arrived back in our room this is what was waiting for me!

A special handmade card from Shelli Congratulating me on making my first Incentive Trip and hoping I have a lovely relaxing holiday - how sweet is that from the head of Stampin'Up!

The apron and chefs hat were decorated with Stampin'Up! ribbons and buttons. Under the chefs hat was a pretty red hat box - can see some decorating potential for this!! The apron and hat were for our planned activity for lunch the next day where we were going to Ricky's Restaurant to prepare our lunch with a team of chefs from the restaurant.

Stampin'Up! 2009 Incentive Trip to Noosa

Day 1

Hi everyone!

We finally arrived home this afternoon after a wonderful 5 days in Noosa enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Stampin'Up! We had surprise and gifts and a fantastic time! I'd never been to Noosa so it was a lovely place to get to know.

We stayed at the Sheraton Noosa and this photo is of our lovely room - how spacious is that! The bed was massive and soooooo comfortable!!!

The next pic is the view from our balcony across the waterway to the mansions on the waterways. The weather as you can see was beautiful.

We were greeted on arrival with lovely fruity drinks in coconut shells. Shelli and Stirling came and welcomed us. They were looking quite rested having arrived the day before.

We had the afternoon to settle in and explore Hastings Street - some beautiful shops along there. Some serious retail therapy could definitely take place there!
Now with Satmpin'Up! it is the little touches that really count. In the shot of the room you can see an orchid in a water bottle. Well it took most of us a few hours to detect that the bottles were for us from Stampin'Up! marking our Incentive Trip! How clever is that!
Each day we spin the wheel in the Hospitality Room and on Day one I received a pair of paper snips after landing on red (green was the objective!). I've been wanting another pair for my own use so was thrilled to receive them.
In the evening we had a Welcome Dinner where Shelli welcomed us and congratulated everyone and those of us who were on their first Incentive trip had to stand up and be welcomed. It was another nice touch to a great evening.


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