Grab your cuppa and have a read :-)
Grab your cuppa and have a read :-)
Yes I'm back from our Annual Stampin Up - Australia/New Zealand conference held in Canberra ACT and it was awesome which I shall share over a few further posts. But first I shall back track to the lead- up to convention.
Convention is not just about a whole lot of Demo's and some guests getting together to get the latest goss and news from the Business leaders but its also about building friendships, networking, nurturing your team, learning and exchanging skills and being injected with encouragement that spurs you on to want to do better.
There certaintly isn't any pressure, no 'high pressure sales' speels, but more of a 'show and tell' and an exchange of information- that lets you decide how you want to conduct your connection in Stampin Up- doing it "You Way".
One of the things that I discovered last year prior to going to my first convention is the tradition of "Swaps". This is never a "have to thing" but personally up to the individual. Its also up to each person on the quanity and design of that swap. Some are very simple and some are quiet involved accordingly to whatever that demo/guest wishes to do. This is great because you get a variety of ideas and different ways of using a simular product or idea. The only 'rule' is that the swaps be made from current catalogue supplies (because hey if you like it you want to repeat it yourself hey???...) plus these are ideas that can further your workshop displays etc.
And if there is any other rule or request- it is in the value of friendship that you swap with whoever asks and that we do our very best efforts when putting that swap together. So they are a lot of fun and quiet a bit of buzz in the air when the swapping process is taking place. My only sad part is that sometimes it seems to happen so quickly that you cannot always remember 'faces' to 'names', sometimes on reflection later you realize that amongst the swaps, the creator has been someone's work you have been paying close attention to or others that have encouraged your creative journey !!! :-)
Some on Stampin Connection and perhaps my blog here may remember when I introduced the idea of a "dress" using the Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set.(I'm sure someone else in the world thought of it too) It was something I noticed as a possibility as soon as i spotted its respective parts in the mini catalogue and couldnt wait to see it could be done. I have since seen some fine examples of it and an extentsion of ideas beyond my original upload.
So Ruthy decides to do 54 swaps- why 54 you say??? 13 for my JAI team of lovely girls, 1 to keep and the other 40 to swap at convention. My favourite of course was the teal selection with Pool Party ribbon but my supplies didn;t extend to doing them all the same. the best way to tackle such a large amount of one design is the 'Assembly-Line' Method and yes I wont lie that while this might be a more efficient method of doing one action over and over again, by the time the whole project amount is complete I am eternally grateful (and partly think I'm crazyyyyyyy) and I am my own worse critic of my work, so I hope everyone else can look beyond what I cannot. Here is a photographic process of how it took place-
Lots of Stamping .....(54 plus a few extras)
Lots of fussy cutting......... (and I ask myself - why am I doing this .......???? Ah yes - I love a challenge- and challenged I am, to thinking I'm crazy!!!)
54 plus a few later........ that's 54 bodices and another 54 skirts- 108 pieces of fussy cutting......
Even the cat is getting dozzy........
and repeat each step 54 times to all other
parts of this design.... why is it that when you do one as the original concept, it never seems so involved LOL!......
stamped 'hello' x 54 ready to be punched with the jewellery tag punch
The final Recipe, one of these on the back of each swap aka 'card front'.
The final finish designs
a 'Red' example
Red and Teal - go well together
Pink/Red - below (ok I'll say it not my fav- bit disappointed that the red skirt frill while from the same paper collection did not go as well with the dark centre of the floral flowers as I had hoped and it screamed at me but it was all finished and yes I'm being picky- hopefully others will take the idea first before the colour coordination)
My personal favourite- Teal/Pool Party collection and yep they went first, but all my swaps were gone very quickly, I hope everyone was happy with them,
All packaged in plastic press-seal bags and ready to swap
The awesome result is you have at least met 54 more like-minded creative people you might of otherwise never spoken to and you have 54 more creative ideas to help you along for the rest of the year!!!
And remember not all of us are crazy, some do lovely elegant simpler designs and they are as equally appreciated!!! So I hope you are encouraged to join in the next swap opportunity that comes your way :-)
Have a great weekend,
Enjoy - Ruthy