Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Off to Convention!

Woo Hoo! One more sleep! Tomorrow morning I am off to Sydney for the annual Stampin' Up! Convention. Here are my swaps. I had aimed for 100 and have ended up with 74 because it turns out I can't count and two of the sets that I was sure I had 20 of ended up being 16 and 19. Anyway I am looking forward to seeing what I get back in return.

I have also made gift bags for the girls in my team that are going (and 2 GFS wannabes *g*). They are on a Twilight theme. Last year for the convention awards dinner we had Terry's Twilight chocolates which I have been searching high and low trying to find with plans of incorporating them into some classes but they seem to be a catering only product but I found some in Costco! A huge box of 250 to be precise. Put up high on a shelf out of Buffy's way. So I have made up little acetate boxes using the Big Shot pillow box die which I've stamped the swirl out of Vintage Vogue on with black Stazon, filled with the chocolates and then tied with Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon. There is also a Twilight journal (again from Costco) for writing down notes during the sessions, a black velvet pencil from Smiggle, an Edward or Jacob reusable sticker and a pack of apple puree. This of course is to represent the apple of the Twilight theme but not being able to transport fresh fruit interstate I thought these would do lol! Just hope they don't explode during the flight and end up all over my dress for the awards dinner!

Well seems that for once I am going to be able to get a reasonably early (for me) night which is good as we sure don't get much rest while we are there. The sessions are very full on with early starts both days. This year we don't know in advance which stamp sets we will be getting or what will be available to buy in Memento Mall - I am wishing for the Razzle Dazzle print hoodie!

I am so excited! I love convention. This will be my 4th and it seems like yesterday I was getting ready to go to the first one. That one will always be my favourite I think as there were only about 200 of us and we just about all knew each other either in person or from online forums.

Well I will see you when I get back on Sunday afternoon!

x Gail

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