Melbourne Convention Workshop WOW #2

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So I have made another one. I think this one is one of my favourites out of my presentation. It’s a little different but very striking, not my usual style, but hey, we have to try new things, and sometimes they work out well {we won’t mention the mishap to my butterfly onstage…okay?!}

This time round I embossed in black on Baja Breeze, bleached the image out, then dried it thoroughly with the heat tool because I used the markers to colour the image in. You don’t want to bleach out the tip of the markers so make you sure you dry it well! I used Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and So Saffron.

It doesn’t matter what step you do first. You can do your bleaching and colouring or the butterfly cut. Whatever you feel comfortable with,

On the Beautiful Butterflies die you will notice the two half butterflies on the die. These are what you will use to cut your butterfly. Cut the big one first like normal, then place the butterfly back on the die over the top of the small butterfly. Placement can be a little tricky, you have to make sure the butterflies wingtips will not be cut by surrounding dies as they are rather close

but once you find that “sweet” spot on the die use tape to mark the position for the large folded butterfly…..like this -

It will be much easier for future use or if cutting multiple butterflies.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little presentation and I taught you something “new” at convention, also the people who couldn’t attend and are reading my blog now. I must say though the people who didn’t attend didn’t laugh at me!!! LOL! I had a blast though, and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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Melbourne Convention Workshop WOW!

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I know that I have been promising that I would have the projects I made for my Workshop WOW uploaded and explained, but……you won’t believe this……I have to make the projects again! LOL! Unfortunately before leaving for Melbourne I forgot to take photos of all my samples. All my samples, by now, would be back at home office in NSW. So I cannot take photos of them now, LOL! So I hope to get one created each day until they are all made and I will post them here and on stampin’ connection for all to see. I do apologise. I am just lucky I have friends who have taken photos of my work up on the board at convention so I can recreate them perfectly!

Okay, for my presentation I was undecided on what technique or tip I wanted to show. I had two options that were sticking out for me. The Beautiful Butterflies die and the technique, Bleaching. In the end I decided to combine both and the two B’s were born! LOL!

My first project highlighted a simple bleaching technique, and here it is-

I stamped the image from Elements of Style {LOVE} in Versa Mark on Pretty in Pink CS. I then heat embossed clear embossing powder. Using my aqua painter filled with bleach I “coloured” the image in.

To give you a good idea what your CS will look like punch a little piece of CS out of every colour and bleach half of it so you can see what the end result will be. They don’t all go white like Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, just to name a few. Some go yellow or in Soft Suede’s case a soft mustard. Then punch a whole through them all and place on a metal ring for future reference. This is the one I made

I keep it in the colour families for quick reference, the only colour it doesn’t seem to affect is Basic Black. Whisper White seems to lose it shiny appearance, but doing something on white would seem rather pointless! LOL!

Anyway I best be off and make those other projects.

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Melbourne Convention 2011!!

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WOW! …….that is the first word that comes to mind about this years convention for the South Pacific region of Stampin’ Up! Melbourne was the venue and the weather was……well not the best, but hey, that’s not why we were there, LOL! This particular year though, was a little bit extra special to me. You may be all aware of a previous post of mine where I announced that I would not be attending this years convention. The year started off for the Brown family badly, illness, problem neighbours who threatened our lives, floods (which of course affected thousands), more medical problems and many other things that crop up when you have 4 children. We did decide however, to donate the furniture in our storage shed to the flood victims of Grantham to make there lives just a little bit easier. These goods were going to be my ticket to convention but it just didn’t matter anymore……It was just our little way to help. But, to my surprise a very good old school friend who is also a fellow demo asked around a few other demos and started to organise for me to attend. This was totally unexpected, and I am totally blown away by how generous these girls are. These girls know who they are and I have thanked them already at convention……but I want them to know if there is anything I can do for them just let me know!

Now back to convention……..this is where I must warn you that this post is quite long, so please go grab a cuppa, sit back and have a bo-peep at my convention pics and read my chit-chat.

First my swaps- This year I ran out of time to do decent swaps, by that I mean more involved, LOL!

So there is a bit of everything there….mostly out of the Autumn/Winter Mini…LOL! I would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that I swapped with. I received some awesome ideas and hope to use them all soon. I love swapping because when I am struggling with ideas or I need to freshen up some projects, swaps are great inspiration.  You receive a huge compliment of different stamping styles, tips, tricks and ideas when swapping. So it’s probably my fave part of convention. LOL!

Next is some pics, when I say ‘some’ I really mean HEAPS!!, of the people I caught up with. Some pics unfortunately didn’t turn out to well and I could not fix them, so please don’t take offense if you don’t see a photo that was taken of us. Maybe next year we will get a better one! LOL! Canberra HERE I COME!!

Every year SU have a new motto…..Share what you Love was this years. This tag was huge and on the main stage with enormous blocks of wood resembling stamp blocks. Simply awesome!

The gorgeous Shelli herself. Simply beautiful and of course gracious! Love her! Not liking the bit of me though LOL! But I will say I did work hard that morning behind the counter helping to check in demonstrators and hand out reward pins. I worked up quite a sweat! LOL!

The beautiful Shannon West! Super clever to boot. I always learn something new from Shannon and her work is just divine!

So now for those who don’t know…..the reason this event was extra special for me was that I was asked to present a Workshop WOW! I know Super Exciting right?!! Regionals was so much fun when I presented there, so when SU asked me to do one for convention I said YES, of course!! It did take me a while to figure out what I was going to present and WOW everyone with. In the end it was a cross between the Beautiful Butterflies die and the Bleaching technique. I will show those goodies at a later date.

Shelli on stage. I had to add this shot……I adore the clothes Shelli wears and this outfit was no exception. Aren’t those shoes gorgeous?! lol!

The rest of the photos were from the awards night. You can tell by my face that I had an absolute ball and enjoyed every moment.

Here we have Louise, Lee, Sarah-Jane and Sarah. A lovely group of ladies who I totally adore and of course make me laugh.

The ladies of Teal!!! LOL Genevra, Tracey, Wendy and Carol. How stunning they looked. It also seemed to be a very popular colour next to black.

This one is a little blurry….. but these are my roomies. Genevra, Wendy and Deb. A very lovely bunch of ladies! See you next year girls!

The lovely Tracey! Hubby is a little jealous of this one!!!! ROFLOL…..sorry personal joke. Love ya Trace!

This is the lady, and of course her husband that was behind the organisation in getting me to convention, God Bless Them! Probably the most lovely people you will ever meet. Thank you both! Michelle and Terry Cox.

These ladies were a blast, lots and lots of giggles I assure you. Nicola and Charmaine.

My upline Madonna. There is a reason why I am looking like this…..but that reason is below the shot, LOL! Too bad I had that zoom lens on huh?!

A lovely pair of New Zealand belles! So very talented too! I love their work. Delys and Paula.

Another lovely lady who creates beautiful work and inspires me all the time, Kim

The lovely, adorable and very clever Sophie Zadeh. Sophie is part of Australia’s home office and is our Training Facilitator.

The lovely Bonnie Thurber. This lady is a gas. So very very funny and extremely talented. Bonnie is from the American office.

I had a hard time tracking down this lovely lady on awards night…..LOL! I know the pic is a little blurry, but I had to put it in. The ultra lovely Shannon West. Shannon helped me get organised for my presentation, showed us all how super talented she is with her beautiful work and was always very helpful.

Okay, my last photo is a little strange. Aaron and Emma riding camels??? I must say it was super funny! LOL! They were advertising the 2012 Incentive Trip……. Cable Beach at Broome! Wouldn’t it be lovely to achieve something like this?! Hhmmmm….you never know, I might just give this a go! LOL!

Any names in this blog post that is not highlighted, I do apologise, I don’t have a link to a blog. If you are one of those people and you have a blog please let me know, I will link it!

Oh and I won a prize patrol this year!!! That was super exciting! My first ever win! LOL! There was also lots of sneak peeks of what’s to come in the new IB&C. It’s all hush hush though. You just have to wait until I can show you later. LOL Such a tease huh?! But I do have some information that I will put up on my blog tomorrow. You are all gonna LOVE IT!! So make sure you come back tomorrow to find out!

Well if you made it all this way, you are quite possibly hankering for another coffee! LOL! Thanks for following me in my endeavours and listening to my rambling. I promise to be shorter next time!

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Awards Night Sydney Convention 2010!

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I had such a fabulous time at convention…..I have yet to come down to earth! LOL! I have for you today the most fabulous pics from the night {well the ones I think are the best anyway….I took over 100}. Check them all out

The story behind the dancers is that is our destination for the next incentive trip. We are going to fabulous FIJI!!  All expenses paid. I am sooooo going! Would you like to go to?? Well now is the best time to join with our fabulous starter kit promotion. Usually $324 it is now a low price of $259 You will receive over $560 worth of product and this will give you a great start to your business. Email me today to find out more.

This is a pic of the kit plus the optional add-on

Being a part of the SU experience has also given me the opportunity to make some fabulous friends and it has also paid for my rubber addiction and then some. I have been able to go to convention at Canberra and Sydney and have the time of my life and meet even more fabulous people. To think I only joined to purchase all the gorgeous SU goodies at a discounted rate. It has taken me places I never thought I would go and I have enjoyed every step of the way.

 I so wanted to add another 20 photos of the fab time I had in Sydney…LOL! They were all fabulous and everyone had such an awesome time. I am looking forward to next year as there is going to be three days of this fabulous event. The destination….Melbourne!!! I am so excited! 351 days and counting!! hehe! I will let you know when I start counting the hours, minutes and seconds….LOL! 

Thank you to everyone that I had the chance to meet in person…..finally! There is nothing like meeting face to face. Love you all!

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P.S I will show you the rest of my swaps to you all in a post tomorrow!

I have I got some NEWS for you!!!!

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What a day it has been, and what a blast I have had!!! There is some fabulous news coming our way but first I want to share some photos I have taken from todays events,

The lovely Shelli Gardner!

The hilarious Bonnie Thurber!

The effervescent Meges!

The perky Shell!

My glamorous Mum!

My two roomies (in the middle) Wendy and Deb!

I also have some exciting news.

If you were thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator to receive all the fabulous benefits then NOW is the time!! From today til 31 July you can join SU for just $259……that’s 20% off the regular price!!! How fabulous is that! I am soooo excited! Contact me today if you have any questions!

Okay I thought I would show you one of my other swaps….

I have received some fabulous swaps in return so hang onto your pants and for the next few weeks I will show them all to you!

Okay…..after last nights little dilemma! I am a little tired so I am going to get myself some dinner and get to bed! Okay I will tell you what happened! Last night we were evacuated from our hotel twice…..yes that’s right TWICE for fire alarms! We are on the penthouse level so we had lots of stairs to go down! LOL! The first time was a little funny but the second was just NOT ON!!! One went off at 1.20am and the other 3.20am. The first time I didn’t know what it was and was telling my Mum to turn her blasted phone off! but then someone was yelling that it was the fire alarm. OMG!!!  Why on earth are we on the top level? As it turned out they were both false alarms. We were not happy girls. We had convention, we didn’t want to be sleeping at the tables during someones speech! Sooooo anyway that’s why I am going to bed early!

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I’m Back!

I got home late last night from convention in Canberra. Oh and what fun I had. I have so much to share but I won’t be able to do that all today. First I thought I would share all the lovely photos I got with some of the most BEAUTIFUL people I have ever met. Oh and some views! ENJOY!

The gorgeous view from our room!

The gorgeous view from our room!

And another!

And another!

Madonna Dunn, Megan Hayes and the infamous Sock Monkey!

Madonna Dunn, Megan Hayes and the infamous Sock Monkey!

Myself, Wendy Todd and Deb Darby. My ultra fab roomies!

Myself, Wendy Todd and Deb Darby. My ultra fab roomies!

Again the same plus the ever gorgeous Nicole Derendorf

Again the same plus the ever gorgeous Nicole Derendorf

The ever so lovely and beautiful Sarah Klass!

The ever so lovely and beautiful Sarah Klass!

The gorgeous Alisa Tilsner who is one of my uplines!

The gorgeous Alisa Tilsner who is one of my uplines!

The very clever Carol Dunstan

The very clever Carol Dunstan

Two of my fave 'blogarians' (is that a word?) Kristy Young and Kellie Winnell

Two of my fave 'blogarians' (is that a word?) Kristy Young and Kellie Winnell

One sweet and kind hearted person, Makeesha Byl!

One sweet and kind hearted person, Makeesha Byl!

There is not enough beautiful adjectives in the world for this person! The gorgeous Shalli Gardner!

There is not enough beautiful adjectives in the world for this person! The gorgeous Shelli Gardner!

Dressed in our 'Glad Rags' LOL

Dressed in our 'Glad Rags' LOL

Our sensational dinner setting!

Our sensational dinner setting!

I also managed to swap all my swaps. So I have 90 examples of the most beautiful work I have ever seen. I will post some of those over the next few weeks. For nearly everyone I have mentioned in the above photos are in my blogroll on the right hand side of my page. So go and check them all out. You will not be disappointed.

I will be back later on with the update on the Blog Candy and the winner! HOW EXCITING!!!

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