Global Design Project - CASEing the Designer

As I write this it's 8.54pm on Friday night, the 2nd November and I am completely packed ready to leave in the morning and head to the airport bound for the Stampin' Up! Onstage 30th Anniversary celebrations in Orlando Florida. I am so excited!

Because this post is scheduled to go live on the 12th November, if all goes well I should be currently with my best-friend Mehgan in Phoenix and sharing all my Onstage news and playing and snuggling with her baby boy.

Now, let's get started into the CASE the Designer project. This week over at the Global Design Project we are CASEing ME....which is exciting! As you may know I haven't played along to the GDP in quite a while and Brian King insisted that I should get my act together and at least play along to my own challenge. Yes, I hate it when he's right!
These are my Onstage Swap Cards which were created for an organised swap event with the Inking Royalty Team of Brian King's. It is a card front, however the square on the front is actually a little card of it's own. I am LOVING the Buffalo Check background stamp from the Holiday Catalogue and I had to make sure they were all cut to size perfectly of course! The sentiment and flowers are from Floral Frames on page 135 of the Annual Catalogue.


I had fun creating these, but I can't take all the credit because my dear friend Lisa Eaton helped me with all the cutting out and assembly - thanks Lisa. These literally would not have been finished without her help!

Now I am off to bed to try and get a good nights sleep before my flight. Or as this goes live I'm exhausted from screaming at Onstage and about to enjoy a week with Mehgan. 

I would love you to head over the Global Design Project and if you're feeling all inspired from Stampin' Up! Onstage, I'd love you to play along! 

Thanks for stopping by,
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Stamping By The Sea Retreat 2018

Hello! Back in August (which I know seems an eternity ago!) I hosted my second Stamping By The Sea Retreat, in beautiful seaside Kiama on the NSW South Coast. The theme this year was blue and white nautical and everyone who attended loved being part of the weekend which was jam-packed full of crafting and laughs - thank goodness because I made a promise and felt the pressure to deliver! lol

I could write forever about how much fun the weekend was and it's taken me about 4 hours to go through the hundreds of photos I had on my camera and collate them all, so I'll just share the photos and you can see all the fun that was had! 

Thank you to our Guest Demonstrators who contributed to the learning and fun of the weekend:
Clare Langsford - Australian BDM from Stampin' Up! Head Office and cardmaker.
Brian King - US Demonstrator and wonderful friend.
Teneale Williams - Phenomenal crafter and alocohol marker extraordinaire and my fabulous Upline.
Narelle Macey - Aussie Demonstrator, team member and lovely friend. 

A HUGE thank you to my Mum/Phyl, Lisa Eaton, my Hubby/Daniel and my family for all the help and hardwork with the retreat.

Lastly (but certainly not least) my dear friend and partner in crime for the retreat, Tracey Tullier, who worked tirelessly nourishing our crafty bodies and making the most delicious food. (For some reason I missed a photo with Tracey...next year she will not escape me!) 

Next year is going to be even better - you won't want to miss it!

Today I'm jetting off to the US, bound for the Stampin' Up! Onstage 30th Anniversary in Orlando Florida with my lovely friend Kym Byrne from Brisbane. I am sooooo excited. I will share all the news when I return. (I thought I'd better share all the fun from the retreat and empty out my camera so I can fill it with more exciting Stampin' Up! adventures!). Happy crafting friends and thank you for following my blog.

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Be Inspired Design Team Hop


Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my lovely friend Carolynn Sander from the Canada. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'Kids Theme Card or Project'. As you know I love to watercolour and when I saw these happy little critters from the Postcard Pals stamp set in the Annual Catalogue on page 49 they were on my wishlist!


I made this card for my US best-friend Mehgan who had a baby boy last August and little Reid celebrated his 1st birthday this year, so this is his very first birthday card from Aunty Lou....he won't know it's late right?! ;) 

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT.....I head to the US on Saturday to see so many of my amazing friends at the Stampin' Up! 30th Anniversary event in Florida and afterwards I head to Phoenix to see Mehgan and George and I will FINALLY get my first cuddles with Reid - I am so flippin' excited I can hardly contain myself!! 

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my lovely friend Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands. I just adore this girl and I know you will love her project today:

 
Thanks for hopping by!
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Be Inspired Design Team Hop


Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my amazing friend Brian King from the US. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'Sympathy/Get Well' - and if you know me at all you will know I very rarely share sympathy or get well cards. I do make them, they generally just don't make my blog. I think this is because I like to keep the cards a little more personal. With today's card I am sharing, I went with the sentiment 'just a note' as I didn't feel 'get well' felt right.....you know when it's hard to find the right words...'just a note' is perfect for so many reasons. I made this for a beautiful friend going through treatment and I just want her to know that I am thinking of her. 


Have you seen the new Holiday Catalogue yet? It's amazing and I have been a little busy the past month to even have a play with anything. Thankfully I managed to get to my craft stash and have a play this week! The gingham background stamp (omg...swooning) is the new Buffalo Check on page 38. I missed it at first glance of the catalogue and was so excited when my friend Lisa pointed it out to me! The sprig of flowers and the sentiment are from the lovely Wishing You Well stamp set on page 35 and I turned the sprig of flowers into what looks a little like wheat because this friend once said to me "don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant" and it's sound advice that has stayed with me for a long time.
Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my lovely friend Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands. I just adore this girl and I know you will love her project today:

 

Thanks for hopping by!
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Be Inspired Design Team Hop


Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop. You may have just arrived here from my wonderful, talented friend Brian King from the US. If you are starting here please make sure you hit the next button at the bottom of this post and hop all the way around. 

The theme for this hop is 'Anything but a Card'. 

I am sharing a small project today from my Stamping By The Sea Retreat I had a couple of weeks ago. Everyone had the opportunity to make this project as a make and take gift and from all the feedback they thought it was a really fun project! (I promise I am going to share more with you very soon about the retreat - when I can get all the pictures to load from my camera - there's a LOT!)


Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my lovely friend Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands. I just adore this girl and I know you will love her project today:

 

Thanks for hopping by!
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