To the nation's capital...

In one more sleep (or possibly no more sleeps depending on how my excitement level affects the quality of tonight's slumber...), I, along with four members of my gorgeous stampin' team, are headed to beautiful Canberra for convention 2012.  I can hardly believe how quickly it has snuck up (nor can I believe how quickly the two month anniversary of my last post did the very same thing...), but here it is and although convention always sends me into a bit of an adrenalin fueled spin, this year I feel a little bit extra excitable...

There's always the overdue squeezes from some of my favourite interstate stampers (start flexing those arm muscles, Marelle, I'm seeking you out first!), then there are the exclusive sneak peeks of new and upcoming catalogue products, some of which we even have chances to win.  There are the wonderful Stampin' Up! staff, both from Sydney and from the home office all the way over in Utah, including Shelli herself - the whole reason I have this job that I adore so much.

There is always super fun announcements and exciting news to hear, and if the giveaways and freebies at past conventions are anything to go by, my luggage is once again going to be more of an issue coming home than going over.  Then of course there's Memento Mall - the place where all the cutest Stampin' Up! logo stuff ever invented bands together for a co-ordinated assault on any credit card within range...

One of the things I'm most excited about this year is the opportunity to present a "workshop wow" up on the stage during Thursday's afternoon session.  Six years ago, the very mention of doing such a thing would have had me quaking in my boots at the very though, but having had the opportunity to present at several regional events, plus the last time convention was in Canberra three years ago, I am much less nervous at the prospect now, plus I am beyond excited about what I am demonstrating!  I can't tell you what it is, but I  can show you as soon as I get home...

For now though, what I can show you is a card that I made for a wedding that we went to at the end of March....

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It was the first time the Summer Solstice stamp set had even seen a sniff of ink - a whole year after I received it as an award at convention last year!  It was so perfect for the occasion though, and was one of those cards that I sort of pictured in my head before committing it to card stock.  Thankfully it was also one of those cards that turned out just as I had pictured :-)

Here's a detailed shot of the floral embellishment...

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Seeing as I'm pretty much sorted for tomorrow morning's pre-sparrow-fart departure, I'm going to do my best to load up a few more posts tonight to pop up daily while I'm away.  You'll work out how that goes depending on whether anything appears here in the morning...  ;-)

As for live convention adventures, I'll be doing my best to keep you as up to date as I can from the ground at the National Convention Centre via my Facebook page, with a couple of important disclaimers...

1. Some things will be secret squirrel announcements that I won't be allowed to share 2. I won't be updating at the expense of good manners and social graces, so as much as I will have my phone and tablet handy, I won't be the one bent over them in the corner, especially as I don't want to miss it when they call me out as a Prize Patrol winner...

Stamps: Summer Solstice, Fine Flourish, Teeny Tiny Sentiments Paper: Naturals Ivory, Whisper White Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Versamark Accessories: White embossing powder, Basic Pearls, Stripes embossing folder, Victoria vintage trim, Stampin' dimensionals

Hibernation and some historical stampin'...

These past few days, I have watched more daytime TV than could usually be considered healthy, thanks to a dose of shingles that started out in my right eyebrow and has made its was onto my eyelid as well as spreading its painful feelers across my forehead, temple and cheek.

Not to mention that its allowing me to do a very passable impression of the Elephant Man thanks to the swelling around my eye.

Yep, I'm smokin' HOT right about now, let me tell you...

So I have been spending quite a bit of time inside, partly because I have been feeling so wretched and partly so as not to give nightmares to any small children that I might cross paths with on the street.

I thought it might be an ideal time to get on  here with some stamped creations that I made some time ago and have photographed, edited and all, just not managed to share.

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This card was one that I made for a very special wedding back in January - one of the five weddings we went to between September last year and February this year (never have I been so very aware of a "wedding season" in my life..)

The gal getting married was someone I have known since she was about four years old and her dad used to coach my brother's junior cricket team.  Her parents and mine are still the best of friends all these years later - wonderful people, all of them :-)

With so many weddings to go to, I found myself with a go-to card design that I made for a couple of them, but for this one, I wanted to do something a bit different and special.

I started out (as I very often do) at the Clean and Simple Stamping blog and used this sketch as my starting point...

FTL76 After changing the orientation, I set about deciding what to decorate my four squares with and hunted through  my stamp and embellishment collection for anything '"wedding-y".

Here's a closer look at the combination of elements I ended up with...

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It was one of those times that I was happy to have a variety of embellishments on hand, as it was the little touches that finished if off I think.  Things like the Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the champagne glasses and the tiny heart-shaped clear button with a punched out Cherry Cobbler heart stuck on the top.

If you'd like more details on any of the products or techniques I've employed on this card, please don't hestitate to get in touch.

And who knows, depending on what Brooke is up to these days on the Bold and the Beautiful, I may even be back later with more...  (Assuming that Brooke is still around that is - surely she's not finished marrying every bloke on the show yet...?)

"Congrats Nat & Dave - Wedding card Stamps: Cheers to You, Always, Simply Said, Occasional Greetings, Playful Pieces (L3 hostess), Basic Phrases Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, In-Color Patterns DSP (Blushing Bride) Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler Accessories: 1-1/4 and 1-3/8 Square Punches, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, Two Step Owl Punch (heart), Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Early Espresso Marker, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals

Happy December!

...and while we're at it, happy November and a bit of October too ;-)

I don't believe I've ever gone quite so long without updating my blog before, and whilst I have excuses reasons, I'm not going to bore you with the details, other than saying that along with the end of school/lead up to Christmas goings on that are standard at this time of year, we have been to three weddings in the past five weeks (with two more to come before mid February) and I have also been learning to drive my new and very exciting "World's Smallest and Smartest Kitchen" aka the Thermomix.

So between those things, plus life in general, blog time has very much taken a back seat, and while I've enjoyed having entire days without even switching the computer on, I feel bad to have slacked off so much.

Ok, so I went into the details after all... :-)

All this is not to say that I haven't been stamping.  There were three wedding cards at the very least, but I have also been busying myself with teacher gifts and Christmas craft, as well as a workshop here and there as well.

And planning.  I like the end of a year, as it means the start of a new one is not too far away and I love a new year for fresh beginnings and new adventures.  And I'm a tad bit excited about some fresh beginnings and new adventures of my own :-)

So anyway, I'll be back shortly (no, really, I will) to show and tell you about a great new promotion that's happening this month, plus the all new Summer Mini catalogue that starts TODAY!

I'm off shortly to wake up my small girl, collect my big girl from school, then get them both into their leotards for gymnastics this afternoon.

In the meantime, here's the card that I made for two of the three recent weddings...

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May I say that I am completely and totally in love with the Basic Pearls Jewels in this year's Idea Book & Catalogue.  Like totally.

At $9.50 for a sheet containing 150 of those babies in three different sizes, plus three strips of joined ones, they're an absolute steal!

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Right, off to bust out some cartwheels and round offs with the kiddos...

Back soon!

"Simple, elegant wedding card" Stamps: Tiny Tags Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch, Linen Thread