Monday, 8 November 2010

Inspiration from convention

Good morning! Yes - even Monday mornings are good when you're a Stampin' Up demonstrator!

If you are a regular reader of this blog you'll know that I've been away at the Stampin' Up European convention. This event brings demonstrators from the UK, France and Germany together and was held at the beautiful Addington Palace in Surrey.

My goodness did I learn a lot there! I can't wait to show you some of the tricks and techniques I've learned - so now is a great time to get your stamping parties booked!

When demonstrators get together, we like to swap the things we've been making - a wonderful idea as we then have a huge library of styles and ideas to inspire us and our customers. Here are some of the things I made.

This is a tag made from Notably Ornate with a touch of Vintage Vogue, and personalised using my Schoolbook Serif and Just Perfect alphabet sets. I used More Mustard to stamp that fabulous frame and I love the contrast with the Rich Razzleberry of the flowers and the touches of Old Olive. You can't see very well in the photo but I decorated the centres of the flowers with basic rhinestones for a touch of sparkle.

And here's my swap:

There's more than a touch of the US about this card isn't there? I must have been thinking of my American crafting friends when I came up with this design and wishing they could join us at Addington Palace! I used Seeing Stars and Solid Stripes for this card along with the incredibly useful Thank You Kindly sentiment set of four.

I have had the most wonderful few days, sharing what I love doing with so many other ladies who are as passionate about crafting as I am. It was lovely to meet up with friends from around the UK and Europe and I've made new friends too. When I joined Stampin' Up as a demonstrator earlier in the year I had no idea that it would become such a special and fulfilling part of my life - I really cannot recommend it highly enough.

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I'm closing this post with a picture of me (on the right) with my very special upline and friend Michelle Last who walked away from convention with the top prize - UK demonstrator of the year. I am so thrilled for her and she truly deserves her title - she is the loveliest person and it's a pleasure to work with her.

Thank you for dropping in today.
I'll be back tomorrow for a little Christmas gift inspiration.
Hope to see you then.


  1. Hi Vicky - great to have you back. Glad you had such a good time, the Palace looks wonderful.

  2. Hi Vicky, lovely to meet you at convention, I read your blog all the time but becuase I read it through Google reader I have never seen a photo of you! Just realised now that I was talking to you at convention!!!!! Jules x

  3. What a lovely post and anyone signing with you would be in great hands. Thank you for being such a great friend and also a fantastic downline, that photo cracks me up and I will treasure the memory of that weekend (especially the journey home) forever xx

  4. Pleased to see you back and so glad you had a good time. Now we all want to know what happened on the journey home...
    Lynne xxx.
    P.S. Great projects btw.

  5. Wow, what a beautiful place to be having the convention in! I'm in love with your tag and that sure is a sweet photo of you and your friend Michelle!

  6. Hi Vicky, I love your cards. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time :o)
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. Was lovely to meet you and have a natter. Bring on Disneyland! :-)

  8. Hi Vicky! So glad you had a wonderful time...and congratulations to Michelle !! Wow How wonderful for you both!! ( and yes we DO want to know what happened on the way home Lol!!)

  9. Vicky it was so lovely to meet you at last, your wonderful talent is so inspiring to me, keep up the good work, big hugs Monica xxx

  10. I'm jealous just of the place you got to visit let alone going to the convention. What fun you must have had. I love the name tag. The card is very U.S. - so fun and festive too.

  11. Well, now I'm all caught up on your blog and must get to my holiday preparations. (Thanksgiving in the US is just five days away... yikes!) Congrats to your upline on her achievement and recognition... how proud all of you must be of her! And, what a wonderful location for your convention. There are not many places in the US that could compare to a setting like that. Glad you were thinking of all of us when you made your swap card, though. :) And the tag with your name... GORGEOUS! The colors are beautiful and the layering spectacular! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


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