Gosh I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged. I was doing much better at this before I went to Noosa!
The trip was AMAZING, one of the most memorable 5 days of my life. It was so fantastic to meet all the other incentive trip achievers and their guests, meet one of my blog stalkers (Hi Helen, come on, post a comment!) and spend quality time with my hubby - and I came home feeling so pampered, relaxed and inspired! Can you imagine sitting in a glorious outdoor area at a table with talented ladies like Ngaire Anderson, Marelle Taylor and Jayne Mercer, and have Ngaire break out into song? A couple of us joined in, and then Ngaire made up her own lyrics to sing a song all about Stampin' Up!. Wow is she clever or what?! I've never experienced a make n take session quite like that, I loved it!! (Hmm those of you who have booked upcoming workshops with me - what are your singing voices like?!).
Stampin' Up! are so generous and showered us with gifts (I've shown them to some of my fellow demonstrators this weekend, and there were shrieks over the packaging everything was in, let alone the actual gifts!). Sitting next to Shelli Gardner on the final night at the farewell dinner I had this immense feeling of how lucky I was - as the group was small compared to the huge US/Canadian incentive trips we all got to have 1:1 time with Shelli. There are US demonstrators who would have their teeth pulled to sit next to Shelli at dinner as I did, I'm sure!
I was in awe of Janiel and Angie's organisational abilities and how they'd thought of everything, from getting us all from our home towns to the venue at the same time, down to the gorgeous tags all of our gifts were labelled with. They had one of their US designers beautifully hand-write our names onto handmade tags, and shipped those over to label our places at the dinner table with, can you believe that? Most companies would have had the hotel print them onto cards or something, that would have been easier, but not as pretty! I brought all of those little touches home with me where I could, as I will treasure them always, so will share them with you later. Oh, Janiel and Angie are the Special Events organisers for Stampin' Up! and they do an incredible job!
Anyway, one of the reasons I've been absent from blogging for over a week is that I got home on the Sunday night, unpacked and crawled into bed - and pretty much stayed there for two days. One of my problems is that I'm on the go all the time, so when I relax, my body thinks it's time to fall over and I invariably get sick. I'm not sure whether it was the flu or a bad head cold that I had, but I was achy and had that tell-tale Rudolph look with my nose. Pity I don't have shares in a tissue company, is all I can say!
I am in the process of downloading my photos from my camera at the moment so will try and share some of those in the coming week, along with other highlights of the trip. But in the meantime here's a card that I demonstrated at Laurinda's workshop a number of weeks ago, and I don't think I've shown it to you on here yet. I hope you can see that I've used a number of the fabulous new products in our Spring Mini - I got some acetate and stamped on it with the Good Friend stamp set, using Stazon white ink. I'm so happy that Stampin' Up! finally gave us that to use - love the effect of stamping on acetate! The key thing with doing this is that you have to be really steady and stamp straight down and lift straight up. If you wobble, you'll smudge it! But, if you're quick, you can take a tissue (rats, where are those shares!) and wipe off your smudged ink before it dries, and stamp it again.
I also used the new DSP we have - Walk in the Park, using two strips of it on top of the acetate. The butterfly was inked up in Pretty in Pink and then Riding Hood Red inks, while that gorgeous frame was stamped in Kiwi Kiss with the sentiment in Riding Hood Red. I cut both out by hand and adhered them on top of the acetate, curling the butterfly a little so that the wings stood up from the card, although you can't really see it here. And for an extra fun touch, do you see that brad? It's one of the new white ones from the Spring Mini - but to decorate it, I added a rub on flower from the Summer Love Rub-ons. How cute does that altered brad look now?!
The problem with acetate is that adhesive shows through it, so I used my snail adhesive only underneath the frame, butterfly and strips of DSP. That was another reason for the DSP, to give me somewhere to stick the acetate to the card base! Which is Baja Breeze cardstock by the way, and stamped in the same colour. One of my favourite in-colours this year!
I'll try and be back soon... I'm trying to finish 50 swaps for this coming Saturday, and it's a busy week at work this week, so bear with me! As always, if you need to order anything, or you just have a question, drop me a line (click here).