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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Countdown to Christmas #2 Class

No, you haven't come to the wrong blog! I've changed my blog background to get into the spirit of Christmas - so it's still l'il ole me! I'm feeling a little sorry for myself as Mum flew back to Australia via Singapore late Sunday just past, so I needed something festive to cheer me up! Two posts today, so scroll down when you've finished reading this one.
These were the tags I designed for the second of the Countdown to Christmas series of classes.  I used the Delightful Decorations set, Welcome Christmas, Beautiful Season (new), and Pines and Pointsettias (new) and Serene Snowflakes stamp sets for variety.  The tags were cut from the ornament punch, and two tags bigz die.
 Here are the details of the inside of the larger tags.  We also made a folder to put the tags in, but unfortunately I haven't got a photo of it.
I also taught them how to make these embellishments to put on christmas gifts.  It's a great way of using up scraps of Designer Papers.  The papers used here are from the Holly Berry specialty papers.

Everything Eleanor, Petite Pairs

This is one of my favourite stamp sets - Everything Eleanor.  I taught the embossed crayon technique for my monthly clubs this month.  The above was the one that the Technique club ladies made.

....and this is the one that the card club ladies made.   Can you spot the difference?  The first one was a standard card size 5 3/4" x 4" and they'd stamped the flourish on first before dry embossing.  The second is slightly different in size and construction and has no flourish.

When you open it there is a little pop-up bit as you pull the card in opposite directions.  This type of card is called a "wiper card".

Sunday, 27 November 2011


Us die hards who wanted to make the most of our last day - our flight was 2120 at night, so we bought an all day ticket for the larger Disneyland park.  Poor Elizabeth had caught a cold, and feeling a little delicate.  We had an early breakfast, bid farewell to Hayley who had an early train to catch, and took advantage of entering the park a good two hours before it opened to the general public (one of the perks of staying in the Disney hotels).

Our first glimpse of the iconic fairy castle!  We'd been well and truly sprinkled with Disney's magic pixie dust!

Michelle was in her element having got her wish to go on the teacup rides!  Only one brave enough to go on it straight after breakfast!

We opted for the gentler Dumbo ride!


It's a Small World - an even more gentle boat ride!  El lost her bottle of water and we played spot the bottle in the Small World lake!
Our two intrepid Fast Track pros and experienced Disney fanatics!  

I'm afraid I plain forgot to take pictures in the end until we stopped for lunch and were treated to a "concert" from Mickey and the Genie of the Lamp.  We'd stopped for lunch and from where we sat, we could see the stage, so I took these with the telephoto lens.

We left the park at 4.00 pm to walk back to the hotel, collect our bags and catch the coach to Orly Ouest for our homeward bound journey.  Visiting the park was my guilty pleasure - and I'm hopeful that now I've had a taster, hubby will join me for another visit next year.

Next year's Convention is in Mainz, Germany - anyone care to join me?    Ask me how!  Email me at elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Saturday, 26 November 2011

CONVENTION 2011 - DAY 2, (Paris Disneyland Day 3)

Another full day program.  Business talk followed by more demos on upcoming products by Shelli herself. 

I had a panicky moment, forgot my camera - in fact I thought I'd lost it!  I had to excuse myself and hurry back to Sequoia Lodge where we were staying to look for it.  I couldn't remember whether I'd left it in the bar the night before as I had no recollection of having taken it with me back to my room. It wasn't so much the monetary value of the camera, although that did matter too, but the fact that had I lost my camera I would have lost all those precious photos I'd captured from the start of the Convention trip!   I was mindful of not waking my roomie up from her slumber as I was late getting back and had fumbled around in the dark so I must have just bunged it in my suitcase without thinking.

Darn! I missed part of the lectures and also a part of Shelli's demo and her exciting announcements.  I caught up though, thanks to fellow team mates.   You'll be blown away as soon as us Demos can share the info with you - hold on to your hats!  This is REALLY MEGA!  You'll want to book your own workshop come the new year - you really won't want to miss out on what's coming next!!!!

We then had some break out classes - one of which was brilliantly presented by the lovely Hayley on the extreme left and you'll recognise another fellow team mate by now, the lovely Elizabeth on the extreme right!

Here are the rest of the presenters who Paula, our Country Manager, gathered on stage to take their bow.  Their business tips and experiences they shared were brilliant!

After lunch and some free time to do the Make & Takes, we had more business talk and demonstrations with Shannon West from the Home Office, and Charlotte Harding based in Frankfurt.  They both demonstrated some fantastic projects and the one shown in this picture is an apron that Shannon had made using the Timeless Portrait fabric.  Shannon presented one she had made in the Spice fabric for Charlotte as a surprise, and Charlotte was quite overcome with emotion!

Here's Charlotte in her party frock looking rather fetching on Awards night! 

The following pictures are just some of the amazing creations dotted around on the display boards and Memento Mall.

After Convention wrapped up, we were free to do as we pleased.  Some demonstrators left straight after the Convention, some, like our group, stayed overnight and went out for a meal in Planet Hollywood that evening, which  was such a giggle.  We had an Italian waiter who rather fancied himself as God's gift to women, rather like Vincent Simone of Strictly Come Dancing fame as he flirted outrageously with us womenfolk - one of whom could easily have been his grandma (namely me!), and some bought a ticket for the park to watch the electric light parade.

Whatever the chosen pastime, it was nice to be able to reflect on the last two full on days and chill with fellow demonstrators of like mind.

Friday, 25 November 2011


So sorry that there's been a slight delay in getting the next instalment on the blog!  Still have Mum staying and we're away visiting family.  We're trying to make the most of Mum's few remaining days here.  Only 2 more sleeps before she leaves on Sunday.

The picture above is of the main stage and the theme of Convention was "GROW" as you can see.
I took so many photos, I just had to make some of them into little collages. Look at these wonderful creations continuing the garden and "grow" theme. They were just stunning in real life and all made out of Stampin' Up! products - I was just blown away by the creativity.
The displays in Memento Mall were equally stunning as I feasted my eyes on the vignettes everywhere.. .. and yes, if you look closely enough, there is even an umbrella with the Stampin' Up! logo on it amongst other things! Look at that huge Spice Cake fabric flower in the bottom left picture. It is HUGE! Hmmmm.... can that be a clue for things to come you wonder?

After breakfast, we went to register for the event and this was the bag each attendee received.  It is just perfect as it will hold catalogues and has dedicated pockets for all the business supplies a SU Demonstrator needs to take to his/her workshop.

Inside Time Square where the main event was held, Amanda's Inspiring Inkin' team took up several tables as it was clear we couldn't all sit at the same table.  I was relieved to be able to sit at hers  especially since my usual Convention buddy couldn't attend this year.  I really missed not having her there this year to share in the event.

Straight after Shelli Gardner opened the Convention, the lovely Elizabeth - a fellow Inspiring Inkee' stepped on to the main stage to give us the first demo!  Check out her blog here to see what she demoed.   She sailed through the demo without any sign of nerves just like an old pro!

Here's the lovely Hayley - she's had an amazing year and ranked #8 overall - she's so modest - I made her pose for this photo to show off all her pins!  Dosen't she look lovely?

Pre-dinner drinks at the Sequioa Lodge just before walking to the New York for the Awards Dinner.

Some kind soul took this photo for us so we could all be in the picture all glammed up for the Awards Dinner.  Thank you, whoever you are!  She had everyone's cameras and looked like a professional photographer with a bank of cameras round her neck and wrist, busy clicking away!

We're just about to tuck into our Starter course here. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the room "dressed" for dinner or even pick up the menu as a souvenir of this special occasion!
Amanda was one proud "mama" when so many of her team walked the walk across that stage and were congratulated by Shelli for their achievements.  Unfortunately being so far away from the stage, I couldn't get very good pictures - the telephoto lens made them go a bit blurry and it didn't help because of the low light conditions.   Kerry, a vision in pink, with Jane and Hayley waiting for their turn.

I love this pic of these two - just beaming with pride! "Lush" as Hayley would say!  I'm afraid I didn't manage to get a pic of Rhoda or Caroline - congrats go to them too!

I had to take a picture of the screen rather than the people on the stage in the end, and on stage with Shelli and our Country Manager, Paula (on the end) are left to right standing next to Shelli - Jenny, Michelle in the middle and Amanda (our Stampin' Up! mummy) who ranked #2 overall for the second year running, and in case you don't know already, Michelle ranked #1 for the second year running too!

Congratulations to everyone who won an award or received recognition - all  so richly deserved!
I'm afraid because the venue was dimly lit, my pictures suffered and was terribly out of focus, but it's the only one I've got of Rhoda and Elizabeth with Shelli.

Even yours truly managed to have her photo taken with the famous Shelli!   What a terrific memory to have - I am so chuffed and it was certainly a night to remember!

....and here I am again not quite believing I'm actually sandwiched between Shelli and her gorgeous daughter!

Some exciting news was announced during the day, but I can't share right now - I just know you'll all love it!   Will fill you in on Day 2 when I get Mum safely aboard her flight and get back to a normal routine!
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