Convention 2015 – Day One Wrap

Today was the first official day of convention.

Here’s the day in pictures:

inspire . create . share
inspire . create . share
card swaps
card swaps
doors are open ...
doors are open …
first peak
first peak
the stage - so pretty!
the stage – so pretty!
I'm at convention!
I’m at convention!
and I have a new catalogue!
and I have a new catalogue!
first prize patrol winner - it's Nanna Papercraft!
first prize patrol winner – it’s Nanna Papercraft!
the first make & take
the first make & take
having a play with the new paper piercing set
having a play with the new paper piercing set

This is one of the cards from my sample board featuring the new in colours which were revealed today:

– Cucumber Crush

– Delighful Dijon

– Mint Macaron

– Watermelon Wonder

– Tip Top Taupe

Plus the new Triple Banner punch and Boho Chic embossing folder!!!  I can’t wait more the new catalogue to start.  Better tell Mr Papercraft to stop feeding the kids … Kelly x

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My SU! Secret: What I Did Today…

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As you know, I’ve been keeping a secret …

It all starts here …

A couple of months ago, Stampin’ Up! home office in the US contacted me to ask if I would be a presenter in a demonstration booth at convention. I was skeptical when I first got the email – what would home office know about ME, a little known demo on the west coast? Well, apparently they do know about me and my love of punch art. And they wanted me to share the passion with my fellow demos at this years convention.

So, the last couple of months have been filled with new products, sneak peaks and late night brainstorms to come up with an hour of demonstrating and a board filled with samples.

What an amazing experience! Without this opportunity, convention would never have been possible for me.

Here’s some photos:

Getting miked up
Getting miked up
In action
In action
In action
In action
My set up
I My set up

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My 3D items
My 3D items

Over the next little while, I’ll share my samples with you. But I’ll start today with the two cards I demo’ed.

The first card focused on the “Tree Builder” punch and “Sprinkles of Life stamp set” which will appear in the new catalogue (starts 2nd June). I used the tree shape to create a template for sponging clouds & grass and then added a stamped & punched tree on top plus a beautiful sentiment.  The DSP is from a new paper stack called “Cherry on Top” and the embossing folder is “Happy Heart” which is carrying over from the Occasions catalogue.

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The second demo I did used the “Triple Banner” punch and “Build a Birthday stamp set” which are also coming up in then new catalogue.  It features a layered banner plus some current (annual catalogue & Occasions catalogue) offerings.

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Tonight, as you can imagine, I’m exhausted by what has turned out to be an amazing part of my papercraft journey. I’m feeling very blessed. Kelly x

 

Convention 2015 – Day Zero Wrap

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We’re here!

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My mum and I are in the amazingly priviledged position of being able to attend the last Stampin’ Up! convention in this format.  Which, is also my first SU! event!

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Today was all about getting here, getting sorted and getting set up.  We’re staying across the road fom the convention centre in a lovely hotel called the Meriton.  There’s LOTS of SU! friends staying here too.

Convention Centre - the view from our balcony
Convention Centre – the view from our balcony
The tram this zips rom Broadbeach up past Surfers Paradise
The tram that zips from Broadbeach up past Surfers Paradise

After we had a sticky-beak at Surfers (so very commercial!), we headed back oth hotel for a much needed rest.  Midnight flights do not equal a full night’s sleep.

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Then it was on to the convention centre to pick up our convention bags.  They are so cute!

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All up, a big day!  Time to head out for some dinner then back for a quiet night in and and good nights sleep!

I can’t wait for tomorrow, it’s going to be very exciting in so many ways!!!  Kelly x

Hello Stampin’ Up! Convention!!!

Hello!!!  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been madly making preparations to fly East for the annual Stampin’ Up! convention. Mr Papercraft and the little misses are staying at home and Nanna Papercraft and I are off to play!!!

This year we are being hosted by the sunny Gold Coast and as Stampin’ Up! are changing their event structure, it is the last one in this format [I’ve heard whispers that this means some events might be hosted in Perth in the future – YAY!].

So, while many of you were sleeping last night, I was trying to catch a few winks on the red eye and I’m excited to now be on the Gold Coast!!!  I’m looking forward to sharing as much convention fun as I can with you both here and on my Facebook page.  Make sure you subscribe to one or both to get updates.

This is the name badge I made so that my fellow demonstrators from the ESAD (Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators) Facebook page can find me and say hi.  The tag theme was ‘using the owl punch’.  So, I’ve used the owl to make a mini version of Peppa Pig punch art.

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Peppa Pig Punch Art using the owl punch:

  • Head: owl with the ears and feet cut off
  • Ears: middle circles
  • Snout: 3/4″ circle & middle circles
  • Eyes: middle circles & circles from the cupcake builder
  • Cheek: largest circle
  • Mouth: largest circle double cut
  • Body: owl with the feet cut off
  • Arms & legs: owl cut into strips with feet still attached
  • Shoes: middle circle, snipped into a quarter circle

The convention is going to be a fun game of putting faces to the names of online friends.  What an opportunity to spend 3 days with like-minded people!  Kelly x

PS, I have a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the past couple of months – any guesses???

Product List

Glue Dots

$8.95

The New Catalogue is coming! Be one of the first to get a copy in the mail!

The new Stampin’ Up! catalogue starts on 2nd June 2015!!!  Woo hoo!!!

Would you like to be one of the first in Australia to get your hands on a copy?  I can pre-order you one now to be delivered to your letterbox for the amazing price of $7.95 including postage.  Delivery is estimated for the middle of May.  Interested???  Email me to get added to the mailing list!  Kelly x

Pink & Gold – Turning 18 in Style

This is another custom card requested for a special birthday girl with a name that is both unique in Australia and not spelled traditionally.

As you can see I’m loving adding custom features to my cards that have been cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Stampin’ Up! and an e-cutter is a perfect partnership.  Especially for that personal touch.

I love the way this card turned out.  Perfect colour palette (guided by the colours of the Gold Soiree DSP).

Happy birthday Finnuala.  Kelly x

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What’s going…

Brushed Gold A4 Card Stock

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Card Stock A4 Crisp Cantaloupe

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All products on the retirement list are available while stocks last.

What’s staying…

Big Shot

$149.95

Glue Dots

$8.95

 

The hostess code for April is QRYKATGK.  Shop online using this code and I will send you a free gift!

Fonts used: AR Julian & Pacifico

Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2015

In Australia, today is Anzac today which marks the landing of the first troops at Gallipoli in 1915 and is an annual commemeration of all the Australians who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations (you can read more here).  This year is particularly special because it is the centenerary or 100th anniversary of the landing.

This is the card our family will be leaving at the dawn service today using the lovely JAI 260 sketch:

We will remember them
We will remember them

 

If you’d like to make your own poppy at home, cut 3 fun flowers from Real Red and curl the edges using a bone folder.  Add two Basic Black petite petals to the middle, the top one snipped with scissors to create a feathered effect.  Adhere each layer using glue dots.

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Lest We Forget.  Kelly x

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Product List

Labels Collection Framelits Die

Labels Collection Framelits Die *on retirement list
$22.98
Bone Folder

$11.95
Glue Dots

$8.95

Turning 70 is a Memorable Moment!

I think birthdays should be celebrated.  Adding another candle is far better than the alternative (in my opinion!).  And the older you get, the better it gets (again, in my opinion!).

So, being able to celebrate amazing milestones like turning 70 is definitely a “memorable moment”.

This is a custom card I was asked to make for someone’s Irish relative.  As you can imagine, it’s difficult to get card in an Australian news agency with “Eilish” (and “70”) on it!  I love making cards that fit into the ‘not a hallmark’ category.  It makes it truly special for the recipient.

Again, as always at this time of the year, this card has a few retiring favourites.  But also, lots of products that will live to grace the pages of the new catalogue!

Happy 70th Eilish. Kelly x

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What’s going…

All products on the retirement list are available while stocks last.

What’s staying…

Big Shot

$149.95
Heat Tool

$49.95

 

The hostess code for April is QRYKATGK.  Shop online using this code and I will send you a free gift!

Font used: AR Bonnie

The Outgoing & the Incoming

I trust you’ve all had a chance to look at the retirement list for 2015.  If you haven’t, you can find the links to the lists here.  Some things are already sold out, so don’t delay – order your retiring favourites now!

It’s a wonderful time of change, a great opportunity to pick up some bargains (some products are an amazing 50% off) and the anticipation of what is to come.

This is a baby card I made for baby Aiden who joined the world this month.  Outgoing products to celebrate the incoming cherub!

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MDS and all digital downloads are available (at 30% off) until 2nd June 2015.  After this time, it won’t be possible to purchase the software or digital content, but everything you have previously purchased and downloaded will still work.   The exception to this is the Stampin’ Up! Project Life content which will continue to be available after 2nd June through ProjectLife.com.

Keep checking back for retirement list inspiration & updates.  And soon, new product sneak peaks!!!  It’s a big couple of months of outgoings & incomings and I’m excited to be sharing it with you.  Kelly x

What’s Going…

*** Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper features in the 2015 Occasions catalogue and has been added to this week’s Weekly Deals.  It is not officially on the retirement list but is likely to be unavailable after 2nd June 2015.

All products on the retirement list are available while stocks last.

What’s staying…

 

 

The hostess code for April is QRYKATGK.  Shop online using this code and I will send you a free gift!

Weekly Deals – 22nd – 28th April 2015

Wow, there was heavy traffic yesterday as lots of you had a look at the retirement lists.

Can you handle more great deals?  Here’s this week’s Weekly Deals, available until Tuesday 28th April 2015.

 

The hostess code for April is QRYKATGK.  Shop online using this code and I will send you a free gift!