A couple of weekends ago in chilly Canberra, a group of about 450 mad-for-Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gathered together for the annual Stampin’ Up! convention. Convention is 3 days of Stampin’ Up! heaven and combines demonstrations, workshops, make & takes (stamping), meeting other demos (some who you’ve ‘met’ during the year online), swapping cards and ideas, awards, scoring free Stampin’ Up! product and much more!
Sadly, I wasn’t able to be there this year. My youngest cherub is still feeding but a little too old to be satisfied by watching me stamp from his pram. Thus, I participated in my first Unconvention. It was run online by a team of demonstrators who also couldn’t make it to the real deal. They made the weekend so much fun. They ran crafting challenges and together we waited on the secrets filtering through from Canberra.
My first little snippit of excitement is the following card. You may notice that it has some designer series paper that you haven’t seen before. Yes, it’s brand new and coming in the new annual catalogue. If you look closely, you’ll also notice 4 brand new colours; Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit & Midnight Muse. They, along with Gumball Green make up the 2012-2014 In Colors and they are just a little bit divine!
I entered this card into an unconvention challenge which was to use a brand new product or one that we hadn’t used for a long time. It was also dual purpose in that we created it again at the first ever Paper Caper team meeting last Tuesday night! Yes, we do have fun doing what we love at team meetings!
The second card I made was actually a challenge winner! My first ever win… very exciting. It may be a little familiar as it’s a little similar to the card from my last blog post. This challenge was a sketch challenge and I thought a little clothesline of baby dresses would suit the sketch perfectly. Without further ado…
Notice in both cards the little banners? Another little sneak peek of an upcoming stamp set!
So to finish (this lengthy blog post), I want to spill a little about the upcoming Annual Catalogue…
- It will launch on 1 September
- it will be 38 pages longer than our last catalogue – wooooop!
- it will be closer than ever to the US catalogue in terms of product offering
- it will only be valid for 10 months, because..