Thursday, 28 October 2010

Get your hands on some beautiful free Christmas Ribbon

We are fast heading towards the busy Christmas season, so SU have released some great Christmas bundles and with each one you receive a roll of Christmas ribbon at no extra cost. There are four different styles of Ribbons to choose from... so I am sure there will be something for everyone! My personal favourite ribbon ever - the Real Red Polka Dot grosgrain - is back, so I am mega excited about that! And I am always amazed at how much ribbon is actually on a roll. But the special only goes until the end of November, so please contact me at if you wish to place an order. I can have your order shipped to anywhere in Australia for a small postage charge. To read more about the bundles and the ribbon, just click here.

Here is a card that I made with the Delightful Decorations set, matching Ornament punch, and the Jolly Holiday paper. (Note that the Delightful Decorations stamp set, and Ornament punch are one of the available bundles - and then your ribbon is free!) Get in now with still plenty of time to make your Christmas cards.

Hope you enjoy the card... I've been making these at my October workshops and everyone loves them!

Linda H xx

Monday, 25 October 2010

Finally... Hamilton Island photos for your viewing pleasure...

Well here I am back at Maccas again... still no luck on the internet front at home. But I have brought my camera memory card and thought I would do a quick report and upload some photos for you to look at.

Just a reminder that I am unable to receive your emails unless I log in here, so best to call me directly if you need me on my mobile. I still have ribbons to give out from the recent ribbons swap... contact me if you are in a hurry for them. Otherwise I hope to have them out to everyone soon.

So I wanted to share with you some photos from the recent Stampin'Up incentive trip that I earned to Hamilton Island. It makes it all so very worthwhile - lucky for me I love my job anyway - but it's amazing to be rewarded like this. Thank you so much Stampin'Up - I would do this job even if not for all the perks, but I do love them so!

So here is a brief rundown on our trip....

Day 1... arrive at airport bright and early for a 10am flight. (My guest this year was my dear friend Cheryl Andrews.. not only is she a great friend, but she was also my first ever recruit, and has a very successful SU business of her own.) We arrived to a balmy overcast day in Hamilton Island around lunch time. Afternoon at leisure and then we enjoyed a beautiful welcome dinner for everyone (I always end up taking photos of the food... wonder if that signifies anything? Cheryl threw hers on the floor - not on purpose... but it was funny!) Our pillow gift was a waterproof bag, with underwater cameras and snacks... okay we think we can work out where our mystery trip will take us...

View from the marina

Guests on our balcony

Welcome dinner dessert

Day 2... yummy breakfast and then met in the foyer to be taken to the marina to board our boat. I am soooo glad I elected to take seasickness tabs before we left. The 2m swell and 2 hour boat ride didn't suit everyone's stomach :-( We were all very glad to get to the outer reef pontoon. I chose to have a 1 hour massage which was heaven. Some went snorkelling, some just sat around and enjoyed the sun and good conversation. The trip back was better by far! :-)

That night I was lucky enough to have Simon, Ness and Cheryl to help me finish off my swaps! Yay for teamwork....

Busy sticking my swaps together... thanks guys!

Our Day 2 pillow gift full of new products from the next Mini!

Day 3... breakfast at Sails restaurant by the water. We had our Make and Take session and swapping between demonstrators. So many beautiful cards and ideas, and then we sat down to make ourselves 3 fantastic projects featuring items from the new Mini catalogue due out in December! In the afternoon we went shopping and just took it easy... and what a great place to do that. Apart from the day out on the reef I had a nanna nap every day! Hooray for that! After moving, it was very much needed! Dinner at a fantastic Italian restaurant with a great group of girls and hubbies.

View from our Breakfast table

View from the Hotel... doesn't that water look gorgeous!

Cheryl and Myself at dinner

Dessert! (Again)

Another Pillow gift (which matches our luggage tags!)

Day 4

Up bright and early to have a yummy breakfast at the wildlife park and then off for another boat trip (arent we brave?) to the gorgeous Whitehaven Beach. The boat trip was completely different this time - much more fun! Some went snorkelling at Chalkies Beach, and some just enjoyed the sun, but we all had such an awesome time. Marelle unceremoniously dragged me into the water, but I forgave her really fast 'cause the water was lovely.

We got back at lunchtime and as we headed back towards the hotel we heard someone call out to us.. it was Shelli and Sterling who invited myself and Cheryl to join them for pizza by the water. It's not an opportunity to miss when you can sit down and get to know your company boss one-on-one. I got to spend a lot more time with them this year, which was really lovely.

Another Nanna Nap in the afternoon (of course) and then we all had to meet in the Hotel foyer at 4.15pm to be taken to our mystery destination. It turned out to be a Golf-buggy scavenger hunt - with clues that took us all over the island (golf buggies are the main mode of transport on Hamilton Island). The final clue was back at the hotel... we were given a bag of alphabet stamps and we had to make the name of our evening destination out of the letters. I have to say that it wasnt hard (there's not all that many places to go!)... off we went by Golf buggy to the Yacht Club. What a beautiful location!

After a fantastic 3 course meal we ended up back at the hotel for cocktails and conversation. What a great way to end the day.

View of our hotel from the boat, heading out to Whitehaven Beach

Me on gorgeous Chalkies Beach - how white is that sand?

Beach Art ;-)

Cheryl soaking up some sun on Whitehaven

My feet in the softest whitest sand ever

Marelle and Dave

Claire and Miriam striking a pose

Myself and Shelli at the Yacht Club

I loved the table decorations

What a great group we had at our table! Cheryl, myself, Emma, Sean, Simone and Jason. I love getting to know both the staff and other demonstrators... its definitely the highlight of each trip for me.

Dessert! (Of course!)

Final night pillow gift... I love my new bag!

Day 5

I did today what I do every trip... I got up nice and early and went for a walk and took lots of photos. It was a wonderful trip all round.. and so wonderful to relax after the turmoil of the past few weeks. But as I mentioned the best bit of all is spending time with people that I love and that mean so much to me. Here's to a wonderful Incentive trip... and now I am inspired to get myself moving to make next year's trip to Fiji... lots to do!!!

To finish I wanted to share a few photos from that last morning walk. Enjoy!

Linda xx

Friday, 22 October 2010

Here I am at Maccas........

How frustrating is it to have no Internet??? I am not sure how long it will be before I can get online at home. In the meantime I am trying to catch up here and there by making coffee stops to MacDonalds and using their free WiFi.

So I have way more things to tell you than I can in the five minutes or so I have available here, but thought I would let you all know that I will be back on deck as soon as I can with news of the ultra-fabulous Hamilton Island Incentive Trip last week, and other stuff I have been up to. Our house move went well... I am up to my ears in unpacking of boxes, but we are settling in and as soon as I can get back online properly I will post upcoming classes for November and get it all happening again.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy the card, and I look forward to sharing lots more photos with you very soon!

Linda xx

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Happy Birthday Em

Just a quick card today.... we are in the middle of moving house this week so it's bedlam around here. I will be without internet from Friday this week until the middle of next week (and then will be at the Incentive Trip in Hamilton Island with SU until the 17th) so I wont be around here much!

But this week my daughter turned 8 and this is the card I made her. This is one of my favourite sets from our new catalogue, and it's called "On a Pedastal"... isnt it cute? Emma loved it too, so that's all that really matters.