Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bleached Out Image Christmas Card

This is my Christmas card for my family and relatives this year. I'm really rather pleased with it!
I've used Holiday Lineup and after clear embossing the stamped image I have painted bleach in the areas I wanted to white out. It is a great technique to use for the snowmen as they can often be a challenge to colour in. I added some Dazzling Diamonds to give a touch of bling.
The ribbon is from the recent Spring mini catalogue and the background is done using the So Swirly jumbo wheel. I did do others using the Soft Holly wheel which looked very effective too.
Card colours are Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Circle of Friendship card

Here is another birthday card I made for my good friend and stamping buddy Heather. Her birthday was Friday - Happy Birthday Heather! I couldn't post it earlier otherwise she would have seen it!
I got the inspiration from Lorraine Castellon-Rowe's blog. The things you find when you are searching for something totally unrelated!!!! Thank you Lorraine. I was looking for Circle Scissor ideas at the time - and I did use the circle scissors for this card!
I got the colour combination from the new Kaleidoscope DSP colours in the new Summer Mini catalogue which I love!
The flowers are punched out using the 5 petal punch and stamped with the dot stamp from Bird on a Branch, then sponged in the matching card colour ink. The other flowers are punched using Boho Blossoms punch and Trio Flower punch. They have all been fixed together using circle Rhinestone brads from the Fire and Ice selections.
Must say I was very pleased with the result and am thinking of trying one using butterflies for my daughter's upcoming birthday.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dahlia Fold Card

It is one of my good friend's birthday today and here is the card I made for her. It uses the Dahlia Fold technique. I demonstrated this in my last Technique class for the year. I made other cards but one of my good customers -Hi Sarah!, made one using this colour combination and we all loved it! So I just had to try it out too. You can see a great tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers website.
The DSP used is Candy Lane. The choc chip jumbo brad looks fabulous and the stamp set used is Petal Pizzazz. The words are from Basic Phrases and punched out with the word window punch.
PS Happy Birthday Miriam!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spring Mini Catalogue Items Continuing

Stampin'Up! has announced that the Jumbo Neutral brads, the Scallop Oval Punch, StazOn white ink pad and refill, PLUS the StazOn cleaner will continue to be available as they will feature in the next Idea & Catalogue book next year.

How good is that!

Circle Scissor Project

Here is a cute little gift pouch created using a 6 inch circle cut using the new Circle Scissors from the Summer Mini Catalogue. The idea came from a tutorial by Angie Kennedy Juda who is a demonstrator in the US and has the most amazing projects on her blog and video page. I know there is a way to create links but here is her address - http://www.chinscratch.typepad.com/

I've used Chocolate Chip card and the band is Tempting Turquoise - one of my favourite colour combinations. The stamp set is For Everything from the Summer Mini as well. I love the little bird in this set, it is so easy to colour and blend colours to shade him in.
These little pouches are perfect to fit in 3 LoveNote cards and Envelopes or a square flat chocolate like these Ghiaradelli ones. ( Thankyou Gail Kirby for getting these for me!) If you make one of these don't put your band around the middle until you have your goodies inserted and then you can size the band to the correct dimensions. We did these at my Mystery Hostess Workshop and everyone was very pleased with them. They will make cute teacher gifts or little thankyou gifts.

I decorated the Love Notes using the For Everything set. The photo is not all that clear - sorry. I also added a stamped image to the envelope. This is such a cute set!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Summer Mini Catalogue

It's always so much fun when a new Mini comes out - new stamps to get the creative ideas flowing, new tools to play with, new embellishments to have fun with..............
Here is a cute quick and easy card I made using Animal Stories one of the gorgeous new stamp sets in the new Summer Mini Catalogue. The ribbon is also new - Polka-dot Real Red Grosgrain. It is terrific as you can use both sides, this side as shown or plain with the stitched edge on the other side.
I did make a boo-boo with this card. Can you pick it?
The punch is wrong! Unfortunately the scallop oval punch is no longer available. It was in the Spring Mini catalogue which finished yesterday! Sorry!
I must say this card and the others I created using other stamps from this set were a hit at my Mystery Hostess Workshop last night. Make sure you check out the new Mini catalogue at my webpage www.createwithjanine.stampinup.net

Monday, November 30, 2009

2010 Summer Mini is here!

Is this not a gorgeous card?????? This card is done using new stamps and double sided papers from the new Summer Mini catalogue which starts tomorrow - Dec 1st. All the lovely goodies in it will be available until March 31st.

I love the Kaleidoscope papers that you can see here and I adore the Butterfly Prints stamp set! You can do so many lovely things with these butterflies! And to make the set even more versatile there is a matching Butterfly punch!!!! So here I have stamped the butterfly image and cut it out then punched a butterfly image from Pixie Pink card to place behind the cut out image. The cutout was glued only at the middle so as the wings can be bent up to give a 3D look to the card. The body is a thin strip of Summer Sun card wrapped around the butterfly and glued underneath. The saying included in the set is also very sweet.

Coloured card used here were Pixie Pink, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White. The ink is Pixie Pink. The extra stamping on the pink band is done with Boho Backgrounds from the main catalogue.

I loved this design and the paper so much I made a number of them using a variety of the papers as backgrounds. I'm sure you will love this set and papers as much as I do!

To see them visit my webpage www.createwithjanine.stampinup.net tomorrow to view the Summer Mini Catalogue.

Check out the Circle Scissors on the back inside page - such a terrific tool for cutting perfect circles!

Last Farewell to Spring Mini Catalogue

The 2009 Spring Mini Catalogue finishes today - so here is one last look at a project I did in Technique class this week. I stamped this candle using Tree Trimmings from the mini catalogue. This was a really popular set from the mini catalogue.
I love this technique since Simone Bartrum my very talented downline demonstrated this technique at the recent Stampin'Up! Melbourne Regionals. I have a link at the side to her website - do visit, you will be impressed!
Anyway this was so easy to do! I stamped the hanger in Choc Chip and the bauble in Ruby Red onto white tissue paper. Then held it in place with baking paper while I gently heated the image on the candle with my heat tool. Once you see the wax melt and your image "change", stop heating, allow to cool slightly and then remove the wax paper. It really is one of those WOW moments!!!
Hope you like it! Be back soon with some sneak peeks of the new Summer Mini Catalogue that starts tomorrow!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Easy Christmas Card

If you are starting to run out of time to get your Christmas cards done and want a quick easy idea - here is a great one.

The stamp set is Holiday Lineup. The images were stamped in Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Rose Red and More Mustard. They were punched out using the 1 1/4 inch square punch and mounted on Basic black card strip which has had the edges punched using the spiral punch. The background is from Snow Swirled and the message is from Many Merry Messages.

You could add a bit of glitter or Crystal Effects to Rudolph's nose if you like.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Brayer Background Card

I know I should be putting up Christmas cards but I was really pleased with this effort at doing brayered backgrounds. The card itself is not great - just couldn't come up with a way of mounting it that I was totally happy with. Any suggestions?????

The stamp set used was Bird On a Branch. Colours are Night of Navy, Basic Grey and Pretty in Pink.

Must try it again and try and do the image better justice in the way I mount it up.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas gift tags

My how a week goes by so quickly!

I've been busy doing workshops and haven't done many new projects lately - so I thought I would show you what we are doing in my Stampin'Up! workshops this month.

I love these Christmas gift tags made using the set Winter Post. I got the idea from a tag I saw on Stampin'Addicts and I have used similar colours but a different stamp set. I've deleted the email and so I am sorry I can't give credit to the lovely person who created the layout/colour way. Thankyou for your idea.

Colours are Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Close to Cocoa for card and Real Red and Close to Cocoa for ink. Extras are Designer label punch, double slot punch and Whisper White grosgrain ribbon.

I didn't have a To/From stamp believe it or not so bought this set to get one and then loved how the images stamped up to create these tags. My customers have loved making them too!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Choo Choo Card

Here is a card I did awhile ago when my computer was playing up. I just found the picture for it so I'm putting it up as a reminder that the Spring Mini Catalogue finishes at the end of this month. So if you are after this cute set - Choo Choo and the matching wheel you will need to get your order to me!

To create the card I stamped Choo Choo using markers to ink the stamps, onto Stampin'Up! paper vellum. The greeting is also from the mini catalogue and is one of the new single stamps Stampin'Up! are producing. The vellum was overlayed onto WhisperWhite card on which I had wheeled the Right on Track wheel and the Funky Forest wheel. I sponged some Bashful Blue ink on for the sky. It is all finished off with Chocloate Chip taffeta ribbon.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas Extravaganza Special from Stampin'Up!

If you would like to know how to receive a free scallop square punch then visit my Demonstrator web page www.createwithjanine.stampinup.net and find out how!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Paper Piecing Card

Hi There!
Here is a card we did on the weekend at my classes when we did Paper Piecing. I've often looked at this stamp and wondered how I'd colour it in to my satisfaction - but with this technique it makes coming up with a finished product you are pleased with soooo easy!
The stamp set is Voila from Stampin'Up! To create a card using this technique stamp the image onto card and use this as your template to stick your cutout stamped pieces onto. Stamp your image on patterned paper of your choice - I used Walk in the Park Designer series paper here -(It's from the current Spring Mini catalogue which only has another month to run). Cut out and glue to your stamped image. The chef's pants were colured using Going Grey ink and the blender pen. The same ink was used to stamp the sentiment and I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. The edges were sponged using Baja Breeze ink. Vintage black brads added the final touch before mounting onto Baja Breeze card and a trim of scalloped edge black card was added top and bottom. The Basic Grey folded card was stamped with the background stamp Sanded.
A great card for the men in your life - and aren't masculine cards so difficult to create sometimes!
Remember if there are any of the products used here that you would like to purchase you can do so by placing an order through me as a current Stampin'Up! demonstrator. Please email or give me a call. My details are in my profile on this page.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Stampin'Up Demonstrator Web Site

Stampin'Up! has created a new web page facility for it's demonstrators in Australia and NZ to have their own web page. I've created my page - http://www.createwithjanine.stampinup.net/ and there is a link to it on the sidebar any time you would like to go and visit.

I will update it with projects - the Christmas bagalope is on there, plus it shows my calendar of events.

Please stop by and take a peek. If you would like a workshop or class you can contact me through the site or if you would like to become part of my great team of demonstrators you can sign up directly online - how good is that!

You are also able to view all the current Stampin'Up! catalogues there and it will be constantly updated by Stampin'Up! with all their latest special offers.
Of course I can't just have a post with out a card so here is another of my brayered background cards. I LOVE this technique! This time I used Inspired By Nature and the inks are So Saffron. More Mustard and Really Rust. Love the effect masking creates to make the sun image.
Hope you enjoy!

Bleached Out Image Card

Isn't this so cute! It's such a simple little gift card using Spring Song stampset and a technique called Bleached Out Image. It's another of the techniques at this months classes.

It is very easy to do and creates some lovely images. What you need to do is stamp your image on coloured card in Versamark and clear emboss it. Then with a paintbrush dipped in household bleach paint the areas you want to highlight. It's amazing to watch the colour bleach outof the card.

Different coloured card will give quite different results. Check out the Seaworthy version below! As you can see the effect is quite different. I made quite a few different versions using this set. The surfer stamp in this set comes up really well using this technique.

Melbourne Stampin'Up! Regionals

Better late than never! We recently had our annual Regional presentation day from Stampin'Up! here in Melbourne. It was such a fun day and we received a lovely new stamp set and wheel from the new Summer Mini catalogue to be released on December 1st ( you will love the new items in this mini!). Here is a pic of my wonderful team members - The INKsationals who were able to attend the day. 18 out of 34 was terrific turnout.

A couple of weeks before I received a phone call from Hollie at Demonstrator Support in Sydney asking me if I would do a business presentation at Regionals. I was absolutley stunned but very excited to be asked! My talk was on "How do I make workshop booking statements during my workshops". I think it went quite well once I got over my nerves!!!!

One of downline was also asked to do a presentation - Simone Bartrum. I was ever so proud of her! She did a fantastic Wow presentation showing how to stamp on candles. It was soooo good. I'm now going to do it as a technique at next months Technique Classes. I've loaded a photo of her lovely projects here.

Regionals were also a chance to catch up with other demonstrators and here I am with my wonderful (former) upline Naomi Swan. Naomi has recently resigned from Stampin'Up! to take over Paperific Paper Expos. I know she is going to do a fabulous job running these shows. The next one is on in Melbourne in November. Do come along and say hello - it is a terrific show for all things paper and rubber!

The last shot is of the 6 demonstrators who presented at Regionals. Simone is on my right and next to me are Cheryl O'Bree, Sue Maddex, Angela Dickins and Cameron Bath. They are all lovely demos and did wonderful presentations.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Brayered background card

Hi ! Just a quick post - I was so pleased with this card that I created last night when preparing for Technique class this week that I just had to share!

It certainly is not up to Michelle Zindorf's standards and she does the most amazing creations but for my first attempt I was rather chuffed with my efforts!

Colours used were Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise and Brilliant Blue. I love this combination of colours and took inspiration from a piece of pottery I saw years ago and have always loved. The stamp set used is Upsy Daisy - love this set! It is so versatile!

If you are one of my class regulars you will get the opportunity to create this at this months class!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reverse Spotlighting Card

Lucky last technique from last months tech classes! This one is Reverse Spotlighting. There is a great tutorial using this stamp set and this technique at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ .

The stamp set used here is A Beautiful Thing. Card and ink colours are Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow and Pumpkin Pie.
The other example is a Christmas version using Snow Swirled and Spotlight On Christmas. Colours are Ballet Blue, Night of Navy and Silver.
Great fun technique to do when you want to try something different!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Faux Silk Technique

I'm off to Stampin'Up! Regionals tomorrow so thought I'd better do a post now. Regionals are great fun and we will be receiving a surprise new stamp set from the Summer Mini catalogue to be released in December. All very exciting!!!!

These cards are from another of my technique classes. It is Faux Silk and again it is very easy to do!

First off stamp your image in Staz On ink onto tissue paper. I used the type you buy to wrap your pressies. Colour in the images using a blender pen and inks or markers. Or the other option as in the butterfly card is to stamp solid images over the tissue paper. Next is the fun bit! Scrunch up your tissue paper into a soft ball then smooth it out but not completely! Apply Glue Stick all over a piece of Whisper White card cut to the size you require for your finished project and place your stamped piece of tissue over this and firm down. Smooth out most of the wrinkles but not all as that is part of the effect. Trim off the excess tissue paper and finish off your card.

The one with the bamboo leaves is one I CASED from Splitcoast Stampers tutorial for this technique. Just made a few teeny changes. Stamp set is Embrace Life, word is from Lovely Labels set.

The Pretty in Pink card also uses Embrace Life - such a gorgeous stamp set!!! Words are from Dreams Du Jour. And the butterfly card uses Great Friend from the Spring Mini catalogue stamped in Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss.

Thanks for looking! Must go and pack my swaps for tomorrow!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fresh Cuts Cards

I have been meaning to make cards using the Fresh Cuts notecards and stamp set for months now. They have been sitting on my shelf saying "Please use me!" I just have not had the time! Well I finally made time and I LOVED creating with them. I can see a few potential Christmas gifts happening here. They are so easy to use and create beautiful cards with.

For both cards I placed Designer Series Paper behind the cutout and then added embellishments to the centre of the flower. The Kiwi Kiss card has a Flower Fusion felt flower and Kiwi Kiss corduroy button and to finish it off the Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon is gorgeous.
The Tangerine Tango cards again has Flower Fusion flowers and a clear diamond brad, along with Only Olive grosgrain ribbon.
Words are from the Fresh Cuts stamp set.

These were so quick and easy to create! Another perfect example of how everything Stampin'Up! produces work so well in harmony with each other! Another reason I LOVE Stampin'Up! products.

A tip for you - to get your ribbon sitting flat on your card, first cut a length of ribbon to the width of your card and attach underneath the page using double sided tape like Sticky Strip. Then tie your "knot" separately around the ribbon on your card. It not only gives you a neat looking ribbon feature but saves ribbon!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Glitter Window Cards

Here are some of the sample cards I did to show my technique class last month.

The glitter window is so easy to do and with December just around the corner it would make a great technique to use on your Christmas cards. For these cards I used Cheep Talk and Window Dressing stamp sets.

To create the window, stamp your image on your card, then punch or cut out the shape/window. Turn over the card and apply sticky tape across the cut out area. Turn it back over and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the sticky area and tap off excess. Your glitter window is created! Stamp the images you want to view through your window on card bigger than your window and attach underneath the window. Finish your card!

The Cheep Talk card uses a colour combo as set out by Stampin'Up!'s Colour Coach wheel. I often turn to this when I am looking for colour mixes. This one is Always Artichoke, Real Red and Ballet Blue. the other card uses one of my favourite combinations - Tempting Turquoise Creamy Cocoa and Choc Chip.

Remember you can order your Stampin'Up! products through me. Just email me to place your order!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bagalope for Christmas

Isn't this the most gorgeous bagalope! My lovely and very clever downline Simone Bartrum showed our team of demonstrators at our last team get together how to make this flower/poinsettia embellishment
as a gift tag. I've made heaps since and decided to try them as a topper for a bagalope and was very pleased with the result!

Of course bagalopes are the most convenient little gift bags to make - all out of an envelope! This one has been roller wheeled with the Soft Holly wheel in Garden Green ink.

To make one you cut 1cm off the short end of your envelope and then you score the other 3 sides at 2cm. Fold over all the score lines in both directions and then slip your hand inside the envelope and ease it out into a bag shape - you'll have 2 little "ears" at the base, fold these down and glue/stick in place. Ease in the sides to make a pouch and you have the basic bagalope!

For the top you can make a topper of coloured card as I have done here. Fro a C6 envelope the top is 7.5 x 8cm, scored at 4cm. You can also use a punched out shape such as the scallop circle, fold it in half and place over the top and fix with a split pin/brad.

The flower is made using the 5 petal punch from Stampin'Up! You need to punch out 4 flowers. Two stay intact the other 2 are cut into individual petals. I sponged Garden Green ink onto the Real Red petal cutouts. Position a brad to hold the 2 intact flowers together - here I used the new brads in the Spring Mini catalogue in Very Vanilla. I'd made so many I'd run out of Choc Chip ones!!!!!!! Then glue the individual petals around underneath the flower shape so as they peek out around the edges. The leaves are done by folding a strip of Garden Green card in half and running through a crimper on an angle. The shape is then punched out using an oval punch placed partially at an angle over the folded section of the strip. Adhere to the back of your flower.

I hope this makes sense - any queries send me an email!

Happy creating! Janine

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Reverse Negative Cards

Finally! Here are the cards we did in my Technique class back in August. It has been a long time since I was able to get on here!

The technique is known as Reverse Negative.

Basically you stamp up your image twice - once onto white card with Versamark ink and emboss it black, and the other onto black card with Versamark and emboss it white. Cut down the middle of your image and match to an opposing piece and you are done!

It works well with symetrical as well as asymetrical images. The sets I've used here are Gallery from the current Spring Mini catalogue, Circle Circus and Baroque Motifs. The small flowers added to this last one are done using the Trio Flower punch with the Cropodile used to create the centre pieces.

The words are from On Your Birthday. The stamps in this set are so versatile!
Hope you enjoy these and if you have any questions please email me.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I'm Back!

Well it's been a long month without computer access, but things are on the improve now! I'll get some programmes uploaded onto my new computer and I will be back in business. Thanks for bearing with me during the break in posts.
Will hopefully have some pics up later today.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Computer problems

Sorry for the delay in posting but my computer has thrown in the spanner and until it is fixed I can't access the internet to post any photos - sorry.
Hope to be back online soon!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Misting with Markers

For my class regulars who unfortunately missed this months
class I thought I would put up some of the cards I made using one of the techniques from the class. These are made using Stampin'up!'s lovely marker pens.

This technique is done by colouring directly onto the rubber of your stamp and then misting the stamp with water from a fine spray bottle and stamping the image on your card.

It takes a bit of practise to get the amount of spray onto the stamp right for the look you are after. Every image will come out differently even using the same stamp. A lot of spray will make the clours really run into each other, not enough and the image will be too dry.

We had a lot of fun trying out a new technique and seeing everyone's creations.

Stamp sets used were Soft Summer from the current Spring mini catalogue, Lovely as a Tree, Upsy Daisy and Inspired by Nature.
If ever you would like to order any of these stamp sets from me please send me an email or give me a call. You can find my details on my profile.
Later I will put up the final technique we did - stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Faux Dry Embossing

I have to thank Felicity Fernandez, (you can find her blog at stampwithflick.blogspot.com) for showing me this technique when we did the Craft & Quilt Show recently. It is such an easy and effective technique. It is one of the techniques I am teaching at my monthly technique classes this month.
Basically you need to stamp your solid stamp image on dark card in white craft ink. Then using a stamp-a-ma-jig position your image on the clear sheet and place this over your white stamped image. Move the clear sheet slightly downwards and to the right. Hold it there and place positioner in place. Ink up your stamp and stamp image. Keeping positioner in place reink your stamp and restamp the image. This makes the image really stand out on the page.
In these cards I've used Elegant Eggplant card and ink and the stamp is Upsy Daisy; Real Red and Inspired By Nature; Pacific Point and Petal Pazzaz.
If you would like to attend one of my classes please email me for dates and times. Cost is $15 to make 3 cards and 3 technique sheets.
I'm finding it hard to believe that only a week ago I was at the start of the Incentive Trip! It's back to earth with a thud!!!!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Incentive Trip

So there you have it all in a nutshell! If you ever get the opportunity to be close to acheiving the Incentive Trip my advice would be work you darnedest and go for it - it is all so worth the effort.

Our last morning saw us trying to fit everything into our bags and then be able to lift them!!!

One last buffet brekkie - they make the best pancakes there! Ate up as our flight was due to leave at lunchtime and just as well as the airline ran out of food to sell - some very hungry and unhappy holiday makers as a result!
Lots of goodbyes - I avoid these as I always end up crying but managed to hold it together for a farewell photo with Angie and Janiel. Their efforts were fantastic to make this a holiday to remember!!!! Thankyou Girls!!!!!
Arrived at Maroochydore Airport to find the Sydneysiders still waiting for their flight - delayed by 90 mins. We spent ages in queues to check in then had to go straight to security so as to get our flight so no time to buy any food - hence the problem on the plane. Fancy running out of food for a two and a half hour flight. At least nothing to go "green" with as we hit bad turbulence as we came back into Melbourne. I must say I was very thankful when we touched the ground!!!
Home to the housework and life in the suburbs again - but plenty of great memories and new friendships to cherish. Thankyou Stampin'Up! for a wonderful experience!

Day 4 Incentive Trip

Day 4

Our final full day in Noosa, so we had to pack a lot in, this will be along post so get ready!!!Some of the demos along with Shelli, Stirling, Aaron and American Dave decided they could manage a 6.30am departure and arranged a day trip to Fraser Island. Already having a car Nick and I were keen to go and check out the Eumundi Markets - anyone who had been to Noosa before had told me we had to go and see it.

So we rose early too and after another scrummy buffet brekkie (Curves workouts here I come!) we headed off to Eumundi.

We were amazed at the range and products for sale. Nick who can not stand trailing around markets - way down on his list of pleasurable pursuits! managed 3 hours there and enjoyed it to boot!!!! We bought quite a few momentoes to remind us of our wonderful holiday and I could have spent WAY,WAY more! The clothes were gorgeous, very suited to Queensland climes but would only get an occasional airing in Melbourne!!!!!!

As we had the car we had planned to go further into the hinterland but as we had a 4.30pm deadline to meet (our big farewell mystery dinner) decided an afternoon back in Noosa would be better and more relaxing.
So lunch on our room balcony finishing off our picnic lunch from yesterday - how's that for value! A few glasses of champers to top it off and it was very peaceful. Beautiful day 30degrees C! The weather was really turned on for us as Noosa is meant to be a lot cooler in August - so how lucky were we! Did cast a thought to anyone back in cooler climes and then sat back and enjoyed the sun a bit more!!!

A final spin in the car took us down to Noosa Woods and out to the river entrance and then we went up to the Noosa Lookout to get another perspective of the area. It was so good to have the freedom to get out and about. Neither of us are lay by the pool types and there was no way this body was going to be shown off in bathers - as I told the girls at our dinner that night I was sure the elastic would have perished on my bathers when I went to pack them as it is so long since they'd seen the light of day!!!

Bonus spin day on the wheel today saw me net a pair of snips, new brads from the current mini and a pack of freshcuts notes. the boys even got a spin but only received goodies if they landed on red - bad luck Nick!

Now our evening event had been kept a closely guarded secret by Angie and Janiel along with SU Incentive Trip tradition. So at 4.30pm we all met downstairs eager to find out what the evening held for us! Despite super sleuthing by several demos we all ended up getting it very wrong! The clue had been " a journey back in time" and make sure you had something warm to wear for later as it may get a bit chilly.

Well we boarded the biggest coach bus I have ever seen and set off north. That cut out a couple of options but made a few others more likely. At Coolaroy we rounded the corner and there was a gasp of surprise and cheers as we saw lined up by the side of the road these amazing vintage cars! They were for our trip back in time to our dinner destination - how cool!!!! Janiel had sourced cars from all up and down the coast just for us!

We squeezed ourselves in the back - well I had to as I was with the blokes and we headed off to "The Plantation". Our car was a 1957 British Bristol. The boys were in their element asking questions of our lovely chauffeur.

On arrival we drove up in convoy along the tealight lit driveway - another Janiel touch! We were greeted with drinks and had time to check out the lovely cars.

Sorry more flower shots but I adore flowers! As for photos of food on this trip - everyone was taking shots for their blogs! Speaking of food - check out the apples in the arrangements! Here we are by the main door of this beautiful home/guest house. It had 8 bedrooms all beautifully appointed, 3 lounge areas, pool and meeting areas.

We walked out the back and we were amazed at the setup for our evening dinner - just gorgeous. Along with this we also had an astonomer with his massive telescopes to show us the night sky!

Dinner was scrumptious and it was so nice to relax and chat and enjoy the lovely setting. Also on each of the setting for each demo was a cream shawl with a cute SU tag, just in case we got cold - how thoughtful!
We had a group shot done in front of the cars by a professional photographer hired by the venue for their publicity brochures - so hope we can get a copy.

Shelli made a farewell speech - sad to think a lovely time was coming to an end.......

All too soon, it was time to get back on the coach but not before we had the bus driver dim the coach headlights as we headed down the amazingly tealigt lit long driveway - it was beautiful in the dark. Once back at the hotel drinks in the bar followed as we were not keen for the evening to end. Drinks were accompanied by the Kiwis staying at the hotel doing the Hakka to celebrate NZ 's win in the rugby! Wish I had the photo Liz took of Nick and her hubby Marcus!!! We really enjoyed their company during the trip - got very deja-vu at one stage as we realised how many similarities there was in Nick, Liz and Marcus's pasts!
On arriving back in our rooms ANOTHER wonderful surprise gift! We had all wondered how we were going to get all our lovely boxes home - forgot to mention we all also received Forget-Me-Not keepers for our swaps, and here was the solution on our bed. Isn't it gorgeous! It even has the SU logo printed on it.

Along with the bag on the table was a final mini red hat box with cookies and milk for our bedtime snack!!!


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