Convention, Personal Ramblings, Stampin' Up!



By now you have probably heard of the Onstage Event last weekend and some of the things that went on.  I have finally had a chance to upload my photos and go through some.  I mean some!  How can one person take so many photos on one day!!! 😉 Anyway, I will show you some in this post and share some of the other projects later.

It is always exciting getting together at these events. Knowing that Demonstrators were meeting together in various places around the world at the same time was pretty exciting too.  I went to Sydney for our local event.

Here is some of our Inky Fingers team.

Inky Fingers Team

Busily creating one of the Make and Takes for the day.  I will share them at a later date.  I actually finished them all this time.  Usually they go home unfinished – and for the most part they stay unfinished!


And of course it’s exciting winning prize patrol AND getting the new catalogue! 🙂


This year Stampin’ Up! celebrates 10 years in the South Pacific market. So we had cupcakes to celebrate.


Having the events world-wide meant some of the presentations were telecast from the Onstage Live event in Salt Lake City.  Here is Shelli and Sara in their opening speech.


Come back again soon and I will show you some projects. 🙂

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I have finally had a chance to go through my swaps and take photos.  I thought you might like to see them. There are some great ideas. I have grouped them to help you see them.  If you would like a closer view of one or to know about it more then let me know.

Butterflies are always popular!


Flowers of all types!


I took photos of these next 2 separately to show you as I liked these ideas.

On the left is a collage card.  I have been wanting to try one of these.  One on the right is a triple layer stamped card using ovals.  It looks great!  (I will give this one a go too).


A variety of cards here.


Some ideas for the men!


These are gift card holders, tea bag holder and little tags.  Check out the black dress.


I had to take a close-up of the dress.  It is using the Bow punch.  How clever!


Some little treat holders. Very cute!


Tags and bookmarks


There you go.  Thanks to those people who swapped with me. There are some great ideas for you to try.  What is your favourite??  What will you try first?? I think I will need to grab my bow punch and try the dress out.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Join me again soon,


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I have just returned home from the Gold Coast following the South Pacific Convention.  Oh! such fun!!! It’s always nice to spend time with friends and finally meeting up with your online friends. This is THE BEST!!!! If you have been to a Stampin’ Up! Convention you would know what I mean. If you haven’t you would have still experienced this if you have been to a stamp camp or even having a crafty time together with friends.  It’s the sharing of ideas, the friendship, the care of each other, the laughs, the fun …….

Anyway, I have taken LOTS of photos of cards and Projects but it will take some time to go through AND to photograph my swaps so bear with me there.  I will get to them this week and then I might just share some with you.  🙂

Now we did perhaps get our hands on the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue???

OK, maybe a little excited!! Sharing the catalogue with one of my team, Sarah.


There are lots of GREAT new products and once again Stampin’ Up! have done an excellent job on their co-ordination! You are going to want to see it. Now you will be able to view it online on June 2nd BUT if you are someone who likes to take their catalogue to bed and do some quiet reading, and you like to mark those post it notes right through them, Yes You!!! then you are going to want your own copy aren’t you!!

So if you don’t have your own Demonstrator AND you live in Australia then drop me a comment and I will get one in the post to you in the next couple of weeks.  Stock up on your post-it notes 😉 I am ordering the catalogues THIS WEEK!!

Now before I go I will give you a little sneak of the upcoming Incolors – because I am so kind 🙂 🙂

colour boxes

This was one of the displays at Convention.  They are such lovely colours.  From top left we have Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush.  On the bottom from the left is Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe. I am sure you will see more of these over the next few weeks.  I don’t know what my favourite is yet.  Maybe Mint Macaron or Watermelon Wonder.  What do you think???

OK, stay tuned for more 🙂


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As you read this I will be on my way to the Gold Coast, Queensland for the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention.  So exciting!!

The best part of this is meeting up with online demonstrator friends and swapping cards with them. Oh yes! There are great demonstrations of projects and sneak peeks too 🙂

So I thought I would show you my swaps I have done.  This year I made less than I usually do. Time was a little against me.

Here are my cards.


I have used the set ‘Guy Greetings’.  The card on the right I have CASED from Lisa Young ( HERE.  This card then inspired my card on the left.

The base card for both is Night of Navy.  I used Very Vanilla mat.  I cut an oval shape on scrap card to form a mask and placed this over the Hardwood background stamp.  I inked up the Hardwood stamp by patting the Crumb Cake ink over the mask and stamp. I removed the mask and stamped the Hardwood stamp onto the Vanilla cardstock. The anchor and tool images are both stamped in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White card.

For the card on the right I added ‘Epic Day’ Washi Tape and this greeting was stamped in Basic Gray.


For the card on the left, the greeting is stamped in Night of Navy.  I added some loops of linen thread on the back of the card.  To create these loops,  I loosely wrapped the linen thread twice around 2 fingers and cut the linen thread at this point. I added Glue dots to attach the loops under the top left of the image which had been matted onto Night of Navy card.  Then I made one loop and attached it under the bottom right.  Glue dots are the best  way to attach the loops.


I hope you like them.  I can’t wait to receive the swap cards in return.  I will share them with you when I get back.

I will try and post again later in the week but most of the updates will be on my Facebook business page.  You can ‘Like’ me if you haven’t already.  Just click on the link in the right column.

Thanks for stopping by today 🙂

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I have finally managed to go through my photos and thought I would show you some highlights from the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention in Melbourne last week.  Anyone who has gone to a Stampin’ Up! Convention knows what a blast it is.  How much inspiration can be found at one venue.  Seriously, you wouldn’t really need to look much further on the internet for inspiration after attending one of these.  Your mind is full of ideas.  I will show you some of the going’s on.

This room is so gorgeous.  This is at the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne for our Leadership Dinner.  It was very ‘Art Deco’ style and the Murals around the room were amazing and all painted by the same artist depicting women throughout the ages.


Here is just one of the murals.  This is depicting Women in Sport.


This was a very special gift to us all.  It was the most gorgeous lace shawl and the new Lace Background stamp (you can see it gold embossed on the tag).


Myself, Vanessa Webb and Leonie Newman from Inky Fingers Team at the dinner.


The Welcome Sign marking the entrance. Gotta have a photo of the sign!!


I finally got to do a Stage Walk.  This year 2!  This was for the Recruiting Award (with Leonie Newman) and the other was for my 5 year recognition.


Shelli Gardner (Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!) opens the Stampin’ Up! Convention.


Bonnie and Brian (what a team!).  These 2 wonderful people are from the Stampin’ Up! Home office in Utah and sharing some great products from the Upcoming new Catalogue.


Showing off the Blendabilities.  Aren’t these cards just stunning. This presentation was by Pam Morgan from Home Office.



Just had to show you the view from our room.  Mmmmm! Oh Well! we weren’t there that much anyway.


Hope you weren’t bored with all these.  There was so much more to Convention.  I have come away with so many tips and ideas.  I can’t wait to try them.

I have taken photos of all my swaps and will share them in the next day or two.

Happy creating,

Jenny x



I have just returned from the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Melbourne.  What an awesome time!  It will take me a few days to get my photos sorted and take photos of my swaps so just be patient.  That will happen soon!  But let me tell you just a few things that I loved about Convention.

– Meeting up with friends that you have met from past Stampin’ Up! Events.  It is like a big Family reunion.

– Making new friends that you have seen through blogs and Facebook groups. It’s so exciting to be able to share our love (enthusiasm, passion, craziness) with people from all around Australia and New Zealand (plus friends I have made from other countries).

– Inspiration from other Demonstrators and Stampin’ Up! staff.  There are so many clever people out there.  My head is buzzing with ideas.

– Being spoilt by Stampin’ Up! at the Leadership Dinner at the Myer Mural Hall.  What an awesome place.

– Who can forget the antics on stage by out fantastic US staff. (Did you know Bonnie is engaged? She didn’t want to let us miss out on that news and how that ring sparkled.  We do love Bonnie and I am so happy for her).

– What a night at our Awards night and After Party!  Bjorn Again and who can forget those dance moves on the dance floor.  We are the Dancing Queens!

OK, I will reveal more later but for now I have a special offer.  Since I was a Convention Attendee I can offer my customers a Special ‘Tag A Bag’ Bundle.  The little treat bags make great packaging for small gifts and you can jazz them up with the gorgeous Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Vellum.  Here are the details.


This is only available from 24th-28th May so be quick!!!!


tag a bag bundle

Email or phone me your order but don’t delay on this.

I will be back soon with more Convention highlights.

3D projects, cards, Convention, My DIgital Studio, swaps


I thought I would just stop by with a quick one today to show you all my swaps I received in return at the Stampin’ Up! Convention recently.  I tried to group them together to make it easier and I am not going to say too much about them.  There are some fantastic swaps and certainly ideas to keep me going for a while I think.





3D Including notebooks, bookmarks and giftcards.


MASCULINE (some great ideas here)




MDS (A new category this year with My Digital Studio recently launched here)




Thanks to everyone that I swapped with this year.  They are awesome and I love looking at them all.

I think you have seen enough of Convention now haven’t you?? Back to other creating.


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It has been a busy time since I have got back from Brisbane.  All the excitement of the new Catalogue coming out and the Retirement List has just been announced. So much to take in!! Today though I can finally show you some of the projects we saw presented on Stage.  There were so many amazing projects that I really can’t show you them all but I thought I would point a few out to you.

Firstly,  we can’t go past Shelli, CEO and Cofounder of Stampin’ Up!.  Being the 25th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! there were a few memories being shared.  It is amazing from those humble beginnings of Stampin’ Up! this home-based business has spread throughout the world.


Who would have thought this guy would turn up to a Stamping event??? I will tell you about him a bit later.


Bonnie Thurber, Demonstrator Training Director in the US.  She is so entertaining and always has some very clever projects.


This is one of the projects she shared using a new product from the upcoming catalogue.


Here is a close-up of the cute little note cards she made to go in the box.  So simple but sometimes you don’t need to do too much.


Check this display out.  Sophie Zadeh, Training Facilitator in Aust/NZ shared these creations with us. She mixed white paint with various colours of reinkers to colour these bottles.  Just add a little reinker to the paint a little at a time until you get the colour you want.  You can add a little water to make it a runnier consistency.  Pour in to your fancy glass bottles and mix and swirl around.  Don’t shake it too much. Then leave it to dry for a while.  See the green bubbly bottle.  That happened from real flowers being left in the glass overnight.  The moisture in the flowers reacted and created bubbles.  I think it looks really cool!  See there are no mistakes in creating!


I have to show you this project.  Ngaire, a Demonstrator from WA shared some ideas using the Dress Ups Die.  I thought this was really clever.  You have to be able to eat 16 Ferrero Rocher chocolates though before you can make this project.  The papers are folded. Some are in 1/2 some in 1/4’s.  Then they are layered up to create the skirt.  How do people think up these clever ideas!


Have you seen the new Incolors yet?  I am sure if you have been trawling the internet you have seen them.  I really like these colours this year and can’t wait to get hold of them.  (Mine are on there way!!!!)  I really love how they are displayed on this.  This was another project by Sophie.  She used the new Incolor Boutique Details buttons.


Back to the guy with the big red shoes.  Ronald McDonald himself turned up to announce that Stampin’ Up! South Pacific has joined with Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This means that $3 from an exclusive stamp set will be donated to assist the running of Ronald McDonald Houses.  These are located near major hospitals to provide accommodation for children and their families who are undergoing treatment at the hospital.  Also, Demonstrators living close-by will be able to volunteer to help in these homes as well.  We can also be involved in other fundraising events for them too. This is awesome! You will hear about this some more over the coming months I am sure.

I think this might give you an insight in to some of the adventures of Convention.  It really is a fantastic time and I think this year was even more special celebrating the 25th Anniversary.

I still have swaps to show you.  I have pulled them out once since I got back but sometime this week I will get them out to take some photos so stop by soon.




I am back from Brisbane from what I think would have to be THE BEST Convention EVER!!!!  It was an awesome time and I have so many new ideas to try.  Yes, we did get lots of free goodies which I think I might have mentioned once or twice recently but it was so great just being there and meeting up with friends and making new friends.

Sorry I was not able to show you any photos in last post but I had limited internet access.  I am just going through some photos and I will be showing you some of the highlights over the next week.

Before Convention officially started the Leadership event was held.  This was for Managers and above.  I was so excited to be there this year.  We had a few sessions during the day with some business tips and goal setting which was really helpful.  Then in the night we had a dinner which was very yummy!!!!!

Here is our group all dressed up with somewhere to go!


Vanessa Webb on the Left (our fearless ‘Inky Fingers’ Team Leader’), Leonie N., Me and Wendy W.  (Thanks Ness for the photo).

During the night our names were flashed up on the screen.  That was very exciting! They scrolled through the names several times so we sat poised through several rotations to catch a photo of our name!!!


I forgot to take a photo of the main meal but it was a very yummy chicken dish with asparagus and sweet corn puree.  Now I didn’t forget to take a photo of  the Dessert though!

This was a “warm chocolate fondant, Buderim Candied Ginger Icecream with Banana Sauce”  Now I am not a fan of ginger but it was not an overpowering flavour.  It was all just so YUMMY!!!!


Here is a view from outside the window at the “Big Wheel”.  It was a huge Ferris Wheel by the river and it looked pretty stunning lit up at night with the Brisbane skyline in the background.


That is a start for you.  I will be back soon with some more highlights.


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SU! CONVENTION NEWS – finally!!!

Here I am finally to update you with some news from the recent National Convention in Canberra a couple of weeks ago.  I know it has taken a while but it has been busy around here.  BUT before this news gets TOO old I will share a few things with you.  Convention was an awesome time and I have come away with so many great ideas.  Just need to find the time to do them!!

You need to go shopping at Memento Mall at Convention.  It’s a great place for exclusive products.  The best part is the presentation.  Check these out!

You don’t just pile them all on a table!!

Here is the centre flower display on this table.

What about these fabric flowers???

It’s a bit hard to tell from that photo but here is a close-up.

This is Centre Stage where the presentations were held.  Don’t you love that Giant Vintage Brad at the top???

The Product Resource Centre was a great place for inspiration.  So many clever people had their work displayed there.  Check out Ruth’s fantastic creations with the fabric.  (Stop by her blog here for some more of her amazing work!)

Have you seen the new In-Colors??

Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse.  What do you think of them???

At the Friday night class we had a Candy Bar Buffet.  Sorry not the best photo.  It was a bit dark and the Candy Buffet was a bit demolished by the time I got to it!

The last night was a Dinner and Presentation.  The dinner was yummy but check out dessert. Doesn’t it look yummy?? (It was!!)

Here is our group at the dinner. (I just realised how colour co-ordinated we are!)

Tracey, Lynne, Me, Leonie, Jenny S., Wendy.

So, there is a quick recap of Convention.  I will show you swaps next post.  I will be away for the weekend so I will see you early next week.

Have a good weekend. 🙂