I've been home for a few days now from the Stampin' Up! South Pacific convention held in Canberra this year. It was an amazing and inspiring event as always but it has to be my favourite one yet (and I've been to four now) yet I still learn lots of new things each and every time. I came home with lots of BRAND NEW spanking stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue to be released September 1st. This is one of the many perks of attending convention along with the giveaways, announcements and meeting lots of friends both old and new. Unfortunately, such perks need to be kept secret for a little while longer still, but here is some news I can share.
Our Catalogue schedule is changing, our annual catalogue (new name, it was previously known as Idea Book and Catalogue) has a new release date, beginning July 1st, 2013. The means our 2012/2013 annual catalogue will be released in September but only run for 10 months. Our mini catalogues will be renamed also, to "seasonal catalogues" with them increasing in size and pages numbers. Seasonal catalogues will last for 5 months and the first one (Holiday Seasonal Catalogue) begins September 1st and runs through to the end of January with the Autumn one beginning in February through to June. How is that for some news? Onto the happy snaps!
We got an amazing and functional bag (chock full of pockets and storage space) when we checked in at Convention which is the by far the best bag we have received yet. Isn't it cute?
This is a quick snapshot I took during shopping at Memento Mall buying exclusive Stampin' Up! goodies (some lucky hostesses might receive some of my purchases in their own home soon enough). Contact me if you want to be one of those lovely ladies!
The almost annual shot of myself and Shelli Gardner, co founder of Stampin' Up! (I missed taking a photo last year)
There was a competition in April featuring the stunning Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the winner and runners up were crowned in Miss Universe style event.
We closed the convention with a formal dinner and awards night. This is my main course at dinner, a lovely persian feta stuffed chicken supreme wrapped in pancetta served with yellow lentil ragout and a coriander rice cake. Very yummy...
My roomies and I (also my car pool buddies) frocked up for the awards dinner (L-R: Me, Teena Pillar, Jodie Griffith with Genna Gifford sitting)
Next years convention will be held in Brisbane, May 23-25. Who wants to join me?
Also announced at the awards dinner along with stage walkers for sales, recruits and leadership was the location of the 2013 Grand Vacation (previously known as incentive trip) an all expenses paid trip to St Regis Deer Valley, Park City, UTAH! Ohhh I so want to be there. Who's going to help me? :D I'm looking to expand my team and increase my number of workshops.
I didn't take this photo, I borrowed it from Shelli Gardner's blog but the photo is of the amazing staff from Australia, New Zealand and America that worked so hard and made convention special.
and finally, full on proof I was really in Canberra (we didn't do any sight seeing while there (our schedule was pretty jam packed))