Monday, 27 August 2012

Sneek Peek

Well, there are only a few days left now till the new 2012/2013 Annual Catalogue and Annual Catalogue is up and running :)  So remember if you still want to order a couple of things from the Retired Lists please email your orders to me here by Thursday night to get in before 31 August 2012.

I have now had a bit of a play with some new products and here is a Make & Take I put together for my WGs & Friends.  I have used some of the new Christmas DSP, there is just so many to choose from this year. Also a couple of the new In-Colors and the stamp set "Scentsational Season"  The Christmas Tree from this set is stamped 3 times and glued together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue then attached to the Whisper White cardstock.  It lies flat to be posted and when received at the other end can be popped up for that 3-D effect.  I am loving all the Christmas products in the new Holiday Catalogue.   If you don't have your new catalogues yet and you live in Australia just let me know via email and I can pop them into the mail for you.

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals and Daffodil Delight
Inks:  Gumball Green, Dafodil Delight
Stamp Sets:  Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs
Accessories:  Be of Good Cheer DSP, Holiday Collection Framelits and Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon

Happy creating

Monday, 20 August 2012

Back to Stamping!

Here is a card I made yesterday for a neighbour.  I hadn't played with my Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch Stamp set for a while so here is what I ended up with.  The embossing folder is a Cuttlebug one but all other items used are Stampin' Up! products.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Poppy Parade.
Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch and Petite Pairs
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Basic Grey and Blushing Bride
Punches:  Blossom Punch, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle and Large Oval Punch
Accessories: Attic Boutique DSP, Designer Buttons - Brights, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

It is so nice getting back into my  craft room this week after being away for the last 3 weeks.  I have worked on my Father's Day cards and birthday cards for the month of August. :):)  Happy now.

Hopefully I will have a card to show you next time using some of the new 2012/2013 Catalogue goodies that I hope arrive in the mail this week...

Until then happy stamping and TFL

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Back Home again

Hi there Stamper followers,

Well I have not been in touch since Day 3 as I had no WiFi connection or mobile phone network connection for some days after Longreach :( and was unable to keep you all up to date.  I also now find out that the photos I tried to upload into my blog did not work and you have not been able to view our trip along the way.  I will try and now include a couple of the highlights of the trip for you all to see.
After Longreach we travelled to Mt Isa which is a mining town in the north west of Queensland and the last city before we crossed into the Northern Territory border.  We arrived quite late in the afternoon and after settling in to the hotel we ventured out to find "downtown" Mt Isa as my US brother and nephew call it.  The hotel I booked confirmed that they had a restaurant and it would be open for dinner on the evening that we arrived but were advised on check-in that there was no chef on that night and the restaurant would be closed..... disappointed!!!  They also advised there would be no hot breakfasts available the next morning....doubly disappointed as I had been looking forward to a hot brekky in Mt Isa.

So off we went to walk the main streets of Mt Isa. There are not too many so we quickly found a Coffee Club open and had a quick bite here before returning back to the hotel. Mt Isa is the "Rodeo Capital of Australia" and a couple of the main streets have these plaques shown below commemorating well known Rodeo riders.
The middle photo is James with the Longreach "Ringer" statue outside the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the last picture is the ceiling of the Stockman's Hall of Fame which is very impressive I thought.
I can very strongly recommend that everyone who visits Longreach should not only look through the Stockman's Hall of Fame but also see the show they have running there as well.  Luke does the show on his own and will have you in fits of laughter for the first 30 minutes and then in awe for the last 30 to 45 minutes of the show.  I won't give anything away here as you simply must see for yourself and is worth every cent of the $42.00 per adult.
I will have more photos tomorrow and a bit more of the next couple of days of the trip as well. I will also be back with more stamping updates too in the next few days.  I am really suffering withdrawal symptoms now as I haven't been able to do any stamping for the last 2 weeks!!!!!!! 
I think I will head into my stamping room right now
Happy stamping everyone

Friday, 3 August 2012

Road Trip Brisbane to Darwin Day 3

Day 3 and we don't have to travel anywhere today yay!  We can walk to both the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum.   The Stockman's Hall of Fame was full of very interesting memorabilia.  Below James and Noel are standing beside a wagon that travelled around the outback selling everything you would need.  We saw the Show also that ran for over an hour and it not only kept us laughing the whole time but also showed how they used the cattle dogs to round up the cattle and also a working camel and how to hook up a bullock dray.  Luke was the story teller and what a fabulous job he did.  He told a great outback yarn and told his audience a poem of the outback the whole time he hooked up his 8 bullock dray........absolutely fabulous.  I can recommend that whenever you come to Longreach you cannot miss the live show at the Hall of Fame.

After the Hall of Fame we walked across the highway to the Qantas Museum.  We missed the last tour of the airplanes so just had a walk around the outside to see the 747 that was the last plane delivered to Longreach for the museum.

We spent the afternoon sitting beside the Thompson River - the largest inland Australian river that does not flow into the ocean.   Instead it flows into Lake Eyre.  Noel had a good old fashioned steak and pepper pie which we bought at the local bakery and he introduced the local Aussie delicacy to James who was a bit unsure at first......then ate half of Noel's pie in the end.  He was converted :)

The day ended with a BBQ beside the pool at the hotel - The Albert Park Motor Inn -  and a glass of red wine.  We finished the bottle of red sitting out the front of the room watching the sun set and he birds come home to roost in the trees surrounding the hotel.

Tomorrow we will be on the road again making our way to Mt Isa.
Talk to you all again tomorrow night from Mt Isa - our last stop in Queensland.

Happy stamping and won't be long now till our new catalogue.....can't wait

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Darwin Road Trip - Day 2

Hi again,

Day 2 - Biloela to Longreach was a great trip, roads were very good.  It was a full 9 hour day of driving.  I did the am leg and Noel did the pm leg.  We stopped for lunch at Emerald at a new shopping centre and had Subway then after a quick 30 minute stop back in the car to continue on.
Noticed a lot of road kill kangaroos on the stretch of highway from Barcaldine to Longreach but thankfully we haven't hit anything with our bull bar other than a couple of butterflies........sorry butterfly lovers....couldn't be avoided :(

Stopped in Barcaldine to see the "Tree of knowledge" pictured below.
Arrived in Longreach at 5:00pm and settled in to the hotel.

Tomorrow off to the Stockman's Hall of Fame and the Qantas Museum.  Off to bed now for an early night after all that driving and a well earned sleep in tomorrow.

Until tomorrow happy stamping everyone

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Road Trip Brisbane to Darwin - Day 1

Hi there Stampers,

Something a little different from the usual stamping creativeness for the next 12 days. My brother Noel and nephew James visiting from Minneapolis, Minnesota and we are driving from Brisbane to Darwin starting today.  All packed and heading off at 7:30 am.

Great trip from Brisbane today.  Stopped for lunch at Gayndah at a typical Queensland country pub to show James.  They loved their Aussie burgers.   Noel took this photo when we arrived in Biloela and the sun was right behind the sign.  Still you should get an idea of the countryside.  Hopefully our pickies will get better as we go along.   I am still trying to work my iPad as well :).  Off to dinner at the local pub now so watch for my next blog after Day 2 from Longreach.

Remember to check your Retirement Stampin' Up! List and I can still send in your order so you don't miss out.  Just email me your order.

Until tomorrow,
Happy stamping from Biloela