Monday, August 17, 2009

Noosa Heads Incentive trip

This year the Stampin' Up! incentive trip was in Noosa Heads. Demonstrators earn the incentive trip through a combination of sales and recruiting throughout the SU! year. The trip was an all expenses paid, five day trip for two people.

My guest for the trip was Danielle. She is a fellow demonstrator and one of my best friends.We spent the five days enjoying a number of things that Noosa has to offer. While on the trip SU! had one group activity planned for us every day and we were surprised by the generous gifts that were left in our room every night.

This is Danielle (middle) with Angie and Janelle (SU! staff from the USA home office).

Day One: The first group activity was dinner. This dinner gave everyone the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. The highlight was the dessert bar. It had yummy pastries, custard tarts, chocolates, smarties and jelly beans. We were all very impressed with this.

Day Two: The group activity was a cooking class at the prestigious Ricky's Resteraunt. We had the entire resteraunt to ourselves and participated in a gourmet cooking class. After helping with the preparation and some of the cooking we were all able to enjoy the meal together.

Karen, me and Kelly

Day Three: Being an SU! event there was of course stamping and swapping with other demonstrators. I will upload the samples over the next few weeks.

During the make and takes I was able to try out some of the new products from the next mini catalogue which will be out in November. Sorry, I cannot tell you any thing more about these products as SU! has asked that we keep them under wraps until November. I think you will love them!

Back: Pam, Angela, Teresa and Emma
Front: Me and Alisa

Me and Shelli Gardner (Co-founder and CEO of SU!)
Day Four: This was a free day. Danielle and I boarded the bus to the Eumundi Market. This is a huge market with about 500 stalls selling everything from jewelery, craft items, clothing, bags, skin care products - the list is endless. We only got to see a small part of the market as we ran out of time. After we returned from the market we had the job of trying to pack everything into cases for out return home.
As this was the final evening of the trip the group activity was a surprise farewll dinner. After meeting in the lobby we were bused to an unknown lacation. Upon arrival we saw a line of Vintage and Classic cars waiting for us. There were Hupps, Cheverolet and Mercedes. We had a short ride to our final location - "The Plantation" bed and breakfast. This was where we spent the evening. We were treated to a three couse meal and were able to star gaze at out leisure as the local astronomy club had set up there telescopes on the lawn. After dinner we returned to the Sheraton to finish packing.

Classic and Vintage cars
(I wanted to show you more pics from the dinner but just waiting for them to be emailed.)

Day five: We had a quiet morning finishing off packing and getting ready to return home. Out return flight was pretty much on timetime but we were quite shocked by just how cold itwas in Melbourne when we walked out of the terminal. I think i might have to move to QLD - Victoria is simply too cold!!

And yes - it did close!

During the course of the trip SU! gave me some very generous gifts. Some of the gifts I received from SU! were: An apron and Chef's hat, make and take supplies including 6 ink pads, a new stamp set and accessories from the next mini catalogue, stampin' write markers, the scallop edge punch. I was given a lovly wood bowl with cooking utensils, pot mits and a few other bits and pieces and finally on the last night I received an overnight bag with the SU! logo on it. During the course of the trip the Hospitality Desk was open. This was staffed by SU! ladies from the home office in Utah. We were able to drop by and have a chat and spin the wheel for more great prizes including paper snip scissors, embellishments, fresh cut notes and Designer Series paper.

Here are the gifts that I received.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Welcome to my blog. I have wanted to do this for some time but are only now getting around to it. I am hoping that this blog will be a great forum for sharing ideas and techniques with not just my current customers but everyone who has a passion for stamping and papercraft.

So to begin with I would like to share with you a few of the projects that I am currently demonstrating in workshops this month.

I used the Forest Friends stamp set and Think Happy Thoughts stamp set. The tree was coloured using Chocolate Chip and Old olive Stampin' write markers.

This French Fries box is very to make. all you need to do is photo copy the pattern onto your cardstock, cut out and decorate before putting the box together. I decorated this box with the Watercolour Vine Stampin' Around wheel and Stampin' Pastels.

I used the Loads of Love stamp set on this card. Cling wrap was used to give the ground a bit of colour and texture, rock and roll technique on the trees and watercolour crayons on the ute.

You've Got Style

This card was made in project club last month. The stamp set used is You've Got Style.  I don't always go for stamp sets like this o...