Monday, May 24, 2010

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb & Convention

I think I faced my biggest ever challenge while in Sydney. I was so nervous the day before and the day of our Bridge Climb. My heart was pounding leading up to the climb. I was not sure if I could go ahead with it or not. I was worried that I might have to have been brought back without the team. I have to admit that I felt faint a few times but managed to talk myself out of it. Probably about a quarter of the way up I started to feel better as we were no longer walking on mesh which can be seen through. My worry was how we were going to cross the bridge to the other side. I dont know how the workers managed to build this monster of a bridge in the early days with nothing to hold them up. Walking along the gerders with their tools etc.

When we reached the top it felt so surreal. I had to keep telling myself that we were actually on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Going down was a piece of cake. I thought this would have been the worst part but it was actually the easiest. Our tour guide and leader, John was marvellous. He was funny and full of interesting stories to tell of how the bridge was made and how the workers got on etc. I would recommend it to anyone. Before you chicken out I have to tell you that a lady at the age of 100 has even done the bridge climb.

Here are some of the swaps I received at Convention. The convention was fantastic. As usual Stampin' Up! did their very best to make sure we enjoyed every minute, and that we did. Next year we are actually having a three day convention which is exciting as it was sad to see the end of this one. Next years convention is to be held in Melbourne on May 12, 13 & 14th.

We were surprised when we entered the doors to dinner on Saturday night. Shelli, the Co-Founder of Stampin' Up! had organised that we enter like we would if arriving as a celebrity at the Grammy Awards. They had the red carpet, the papparazzi, lights, music etc. It was great! They even had the wall just like at the Grammy's only it had Stampin' Up! written all over it. Every table had a huge vase with pink tulips wrapped around the inside with a large lit candle in the centre. Here you can see just how beautiful it would have been with the black tablecloths. It just makes you wonder how they keep getting better each year. I wonder what is in store for us next year?

Well I had better get to bed as I have work tomorrow. I have been downloading photos all day today of our wonderful trip to disks for my fellow stampers that I had much pleasure in sharing our special few days with. Its bye for now and thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SU! Convention 2010 this week

Only two more days for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention. This year it will be held in Sydney. The time has come around so quickly. I cant believe we are almost into June. It has been a very busy year for me and the last few nights have been dedicated to getting my swaps ready for Convention. I have only done 30 swaps this year as opposed to 60 last year. I just have not had the time to do anymore. My flight is tomorrow so I will have to pack sometime so unfortunately I have to try to veer away from my craft room.

This is one of the cards I have made for the swap. I was eating my dinner and trying to think of a design. I had my paper sitting next to me at dinner and when a thought came to my mind I quickly jotted it down. Of course they always turn out a little different to what you have in mind but I am happy with my final choice. I just love this Vintage Vogue set from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue and of course the new colours I have chosen go well with the stamp set. I have chosen to use Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White.
Also from the mini is the Big Shot Die cut machine which I used to create my little leaves and that is exactly what the die is called (Little Leaves). I used the Eyelet Border Punch for around the outside of my circle which was cut out using the Circle Scissor Plus. I guess you could say that this card was almost all created using the new mini. If you have not already seen the new current mini it is a must as it full of so many beautiful items. I have used the Rich Razzleberry Refill ink to dye my Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon. Refills are available at present from the current mini. I used five drops of ink to three small sprays from my little spray bottle. I had about 10 pieces of ribbon per lot which did not leave any ink behind.
My other two swaps are masculine cards. One of them has already been featured on my blog using Circle Circus. It has been quite a hit so I thought I would do it one more time. I think we all have trouble with coming up with masculine card ideas.

Our May workshop was a lot of fun where we made a little gift box and two cards. One of the cards is shown in the Idea Book and Catalogue on page 72 using the Fresh Cuts stamp set and the Fresh-Cuts Notes. We used Old Olive and Chocolate Chip. I found the idea for the gift box online by the very talented Heather Summers, thank you Heather. This one can be made using the SU! Five in one Template. The original sizing was too big for what I wanted so I adjusted the sizing. The top of the box measures 7.5 x 7.5cm so it is a nice size for chocolates or other little trinklets you might like to give someone. Imagine it done up in Christmas colours and holly on the top. How gorgeous!
The other item we made was a little card that holds a teabag. I had one of these from the Swap at the Convention in Canberra last year. What a great idea and my ladies loved them. If you would like to join in on my workshops please dont hesitate to contact me. Remember if you have been eyeing off some of those goodies from the mini and there is too many decisions then you may like to hold your very own workshop and receive some of them as a gift for doing so. Its so easy to attain. I was amazed when I had my first workshop presented by Ngaire Anderson, my upline. I was so amazed at how quick and simple a card can be made up and how lovely they looked. I was impressed. So impressed that I decided to join Stampin' Up! From a very young age I wanted to open up a gift shop that sold cards. I have always loved the thought. Well now I have my own little shop right in my own home and I am loving it. It is great doing and sharing something you love to do. That is what Stampin' Up! is all about.
Anyway I must go and get some beauty sleep before my trip tomorrow. It will be a long day as we dont arrive until after 10pm and then we have to book into our room. On Thursday a group of us are climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I will admit I am quite nervous at this as I dont like heights but a challenge is good for you and that is why I am doing it. Hopefully I will be a proud one once I make it back to the bottom without chickening out. Wish me luck! I'll be back with some pics and to let you know how I went.
Thanks for popping by.