Wednesday 31 July 2013

Convention Gifts

I showed you the general swaps I took for the US Convention in my previous post. I also took another dozen special swaps for some very special ladies.

I packaged each of them in one of our new Tag a Bag Gift Bags. These were decorated with some of our new gorgeous Chevron Ribbon. I used the Chalk Talk stamp set and matching Framelits to decorate the bags. Very simple to do, but as I was doing these the day before I left, they had to be :o)

Each package held one of these sweet little boxes :o)

And inside each box ........... 

 ........... was a set of six mini tags. All joined together by the ribbon strap. 

This picture shows the front of the tags.

And ..... this is the reverse.

I used the beautiful Soho Subway DSP to decorate each one. They each have a space for a little photo and some journalling. All are decorated differently. 

They each took a long time to create, but I thoroughly enjoyed making them :o)

I will be running some classes to show how to make these in about a month's time. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch and I will give you more information. The instructions will also be available to purchase on my blog from that time too.

Note : You can see another version of this Tag Book Here.

Monday 29 July 2013

Lacy & Lovely - Convention General Swap

The 'Hello' version of this card is the card I used for my General Swaps at the US Convention. I only took a few, but I came home with some lovely swaps in return from my US sisters :o)

The birthday version I have used for all my July birthdays .... and there were lots of them! 

Stamp Sets: Lacey & Lovely, Bring On The Cake
Colours: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Papers: Gingham Garden DSP
Tools: Circles Collection Framelits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder

Friday 26 July 2013

Convention - USA!!!!

Julie, Ellie, Me, Michelle, Paula and Kerry

Convention USA was AMAZING! It was thoroughly exhausting, but such good fun .... in so many ways :o)

My travels did not start off very well! Our flight from Heathrow to Paris was delayed for quite some time due to mechanical problems. By the time it arrived in Paris, we had missed our connecting flight to Salt Lake City!

After queuing for HOURS at the Transfer desk to get booked on to the next flight - the next day - we were all pretty tired. 24 hours in Paris sounds so glamorous, BUT it really wasn't the case :o) We were shattered. Julie and Ellie came in from Manchester and their flight had problems too, so they also missed the SLC flight - but at least we were altogether. 

The airline booked us into a hotel for the night (minus our cases) and the next day we were back at the airport. This photo (pinched from Paula) was taken while we were waiting at the Gate to catch our next flight. We finally arrived at the hotel in SLC at about 3.30pm and it was a bit of a rush to get cleaned up ready for the Convention start at 5pm ....... we did it though!

Bekka, Ellie, Me and Julie

This photo was taken on the Friday night, while waiting for the Awards night to start.

I adore each of these ladies, they made my trip very special and it was so lovely to get to know them all a little better. Bekka and Julie are my Stampin' sisters ...... and the lovely Ellie was Julie's guest. Bekka was also my roomie during Convention and I loved sharing with this wonderful, beautiful and very special lady :o)

Me & Monica

Because I was so late arriving in SLC on the Thursday, I missed the Riverton Tours running that morning. Riverton is where Stampin' Up! has it's Head Office and Distribution Centre.

BUT ...... because Stampin' Up! is the best company in the whole world .... and only employs the most wonderful and incredible people - Paula Gorry, the UK Business Development Manager arranged for me to have a private tour straight after Convention finished on the Saturday evening!!!! How amazing is that???? 

The beautiful Amy drove myself and another very lovely and special lady - who also happens to be my upline - Monica, to Riverton and then gave us an amazing, extended tour! I loved sharing this with Monica and spending time with her :o)

We even got to pick part of an order!!!! Although ....... this is a rubbish photo Mon!!!!! :o)

One thing I wanted to do soooo much - as soon as I knew I was going on this trip, was to have my picture taken by the 'Rock'. And .... here I am :o) One very happy SU Demo! Thank you Paula xxxx

On the final morning of my trip, we went to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - again arranged by the lovely Paula. 

This was a very beautiful and uplifting experience that was truly moving and another fabulous highlight to my trip. I could have listened to them all day :o)

Finally, this is a pic of all the goodies I received at Convention and brought home with me :o) What a haul!!!!

Some of the items I have had to cover up because they are products that haven't been released in the UK yet and I can't show them to you until they are.

I received 'The Bag' - which is lovely. I'm not a back pack person, but this bag is full of pockets and hidden compartments and will be very useful. A silver pen and commemorative pin were also included, but I forgot to take these out for the pic! 

I had 6 stamp sets in total, 2 sets of Washi Tape (thank you Bekka!), a Journal, Stickers, DSP pack and a Rotary Stamp. Also a Simply Created kit and a Tag A Bag Accessory Kit. 

Everyone also received a Undefined refill kit (we don't know yet if this is coming to the UK) and a Paper Pumpkin kit (not available in the UK). We also received 6 Make and Take kits ....... although I haven't made them yet, so mine were Take and Makes :o)

Convention Europe is coming soon. It will be held in Manchester in November. Would you like to come too? Now is the perfect time to join Stampin' Up! We have just had a new Annual Catalogue released this month and we have our Pre-Order for the forthcoming Autumn/Winter Catalogue starting 1st August, with it's release on 29th August. It's a great time to start a new Business Venture. If you think you may be interested, click on the Join My Team Tab at the top of this blog and have a read. Then drop me an email or give me a ring to have a chat about it :o) There is now, no paper work to complete because everything can be done online. I would love to have you come with me :o)

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Best Of Flowers - July Project Class

This was my project class for July. We used the lovely Best Of Flowers stamp set that was released in June to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary.

This is a beautiful set that creates beautiful projects :o)

The project consists of a card box together with 3 co-ordinating cards.

The colour combination used is Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla and some touches of Pool Party.

The DSP is Comfort Cafe (now retired).

If you would like to purchase the instructions for this set, you will find the details below ......

Best Of Flowers - Class Instructions - £3.00

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Off ......... To Convention USA!

I leave tomorrow - in the very early hours - to start my journey to the North American Convention 2013. This is held in Salt Lake Ciry, Utah .............. and I cannot wait!

My lovely upline Monica has invited me as her guest to this amazing event. I will be joining over 6000 other Demonstrators. Most of these are US and Canada based, but this year because it is Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary, Incentive Trip achievers from all over the world will be there. I know it's going to be a fabulous trip!

I will be away until next Monday, so anyone purchasing Classes from me will not receive them until early next week.

Tuesday 2 July 2013

The New 2013 - 2014 Annual Catalogue Is Now Available!

The new Annual Catalogue is here!

You can download it to your computer by clicking the picture in my right hand sidebar.

If you would like your own copy, you can purchase it from me for £5.00 which includes postage (UK only) - again you will find this in my right hand sidebar - click on the 'Buy Now'.

There are lots of new products to see as well as changes in our Colour Collections.

You won't find any specific Christmas stamp sets in the catalogue this time ..... these will be in our Autumn/Winter catalogue due for release later this year. There is a carryover list of Christmas Items though - you will also find this in my sidebar :o)

Grab Your Greeting Promotion!

Throughout July Stampin' Up! are offering 25% off the price of three of their greeting stamp sets!

Page 39 - Sassy Salutations 

Wood Mount - £15.71 or Clear Mount - £12.71

Page 41 - Sweet Essentials

Wood Mount - £13.46 or Clear Mount - £10.46

Page 73 - Petite Pairs

Wood Mount - £19.46 or Clear Mount - £15.71

If you would like to order any of these sets, please contact me.

Monday 1 July 2013

Best Of 25 Years ........ BUTTERFLIES

Stampin' Up! have released the second in their Best Of series today - Best of Butterflies!

To celebrate their 25th Year Anniversary, they are bringing back some of their most popular images. These will be available in a special set which will be released at the start of each month from June until October.

June's release was Best Of Flowers - you can find the details in my right hand sidebar.

The cost of each set is £13.95 and will be available in CLEAR MOUNT only.

Each set will contain several classic images together with a never seen before additional image! The set will come to you packaged in a DVD case - exactly the same as our other clear mount stamp sets.

Once released, these sets will be available to buy at any time until 31st March 2014.

The Best Of .... Butterflies set contains five beautiful Butterfly images. All are perfect for so many occasions. The completely new image is the one outlined in red and this will match our Elegant Butterfly Punch.

You can download the flyer by clicking on the picture in my right hand sidebar.

This set is available to purchase from today. If you would like to order one, please contact me.