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Tales from Convention

May 22, 2011

You’ll notice a few photos on this post….grab a cuppa,  pull up a chair and enjoy!

This was the name tag I’d made for myself – in those gorgeous cherry cobbler, black and vanilla colours. Yum!  I’d used Balsa as my base through my big shot with the gorgouse butterfly dies.  To make sure I got both sides of the butterfly, I turned the balsa over and ran it through again.  It made for a really sturdy tag.  …..And one that I suddenly thought I might have to declare through customs when I saw the question about wood items on the declaration form!! Luckily, I was fine 🙂

To finish off, I spritzed some gold Smooch over.  Note too the backwards “y” design element thrown in… 😳

Sharlene had made some little treats for us which we found on our pillows at the end of Wednesday night.  Thoughtfully filled with chocolates, nuts and gum.  I love the way the butterfly has been masked and sponged before having the piece adhere – creating a lovely shadow effect.

Stampin Up demos are always good recyclers, and Sharlene has proven this again by using watercolour pencil tins as the case.  And taken the colour scheme from that colour.  Gorgeous!

Thursday morning was registration day.  For this convention we were all issued with these very spacious and cheerful coloured bags.  Inside were two new stamps sets (yay!) plus paper-marker-stamp sheets for us to mark up.  Including the newest 5 in-colours that we were sneak-peeked 😉  I think the date that we can share these lovely new colours is around 1 June so be sure to check back on that date!

With all those bright bags around town, it made it easy to spot the Convention goers on the trams, in the cafes, at the casino (usually the foodcourt!) or in DFO.  It made it a very friendly town to be in as you knew you were safe to smile, chat and greet the orange bag girls 🙂  With so many bags that were exactly the same, to make sure you identified your own one easily we were encouraged to bring tags.  My one was designed similarly to my name tag but unfortunately didn’t travel too well.  Sharlene came to the rescue as she gave all her team (including the lovely Laura Burns who was rooming with most of us) these great tags.

Momento Mall always has great things to bring home…. I totally love this tote bag!  Expect to see it accompany me to all my workshops 😉  Also during Momento Mall shopping, there were all sorts of goodies that came home with me to put into Hostess gifts or spot prizes.  Yes, some of you will have the chance to get a little bit of convention too!

This was our view from our apartment on the 29th floor.  Amazing by night and just as awesome in the day.

Shelli was an amazing speaker as were ALL of the presenters.  Emma was hilarious as she kept her cool with her iron and some errant interfacing during her cushion demontration and Bonnie Thurber has a presentation style that leaves you in stitches as you laugh til you cry!

As well as the SU presenters and general sessions, local demos gave us WOW presentations.  Sharlene was brilliant presenting resist emboss techniques.

We learnt so many techniques and learnt so much from the speakers – but also had fun with Prize Patrol, swaps and lots of catching up.  Before we knew it, it was almost over with the dinner and awards night.

Next year is Canberra – and I think you might just find me heading over there.  Convention is a seriously fun time!

  1. May 22, 2011 10:05 pm

    Mmmm … liking those bags … especially the tote.

  2. May 23, 2011 8:54 am

    I’m looking to forward to Wednesday night. Make sure those bags come over for a visit with you.

  3. Donna permalink
    May 23, 2011 4:12 pm

    The tote is seriously cool and the orange bag is very … orange but I’d have to see it in real life before I make any real opinions of it 🙂

    The butterfly makes a great name tag – lucky the customs man wasn’t worried about it 🙂

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