Pistachio and Gold Party Theme

I was honoured to be asked to present in one of the Demonstrator Booths during the North American Convention in Salt Lake City.  The theme I was asked to work to was Party & Event Planning – couldn’t really get much better for me, right??

The brief asked us to create 15 projects for display and demonstrate some of them in a 15 minute time slot (which we then had to repeat over and over for 3 hours!) I decided to divide my projects into 3 distinct themes: a super feminine event (birthday/Mothers Day/bridal shower…), a masculine theme (birthday, retirement event…) and a bright, fun kids party.

Today I am sharing the feminine event projects.  I quickly decided on a Pistachio Pudding & Gold theme after some inspiration from Pinterest, and then after playing with the new Gift Bow Bigz Die (coming out in the Holiday Catalogue on 1 September) I fell in love with that and had to incorporate that too:

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This little favour box was the first project I completed and then based all of the other items from this.  The box itself is one of the Decorative Window Gift Boxes (another sneak peek from the Holiday Catalogue), it actually has a cute window in the lid but I covered it up this time.Pistachio Box I added a little extra detail by splattering the box with gold embossing.  I also just LOVE the Stretch Ruffled Ribbon for layering like this – because it is stretchy it clings to your project really nicely!Pistachio Box CloseNext up is the invitation to the party:

Pistahchio Invite ClosedFirst you remove the gift bow belly band
Pistachio Invite Half Then open the invitation out:Pistachio Invite openNext is a decorative banner to hang above a sweets table or the like:

Pistachio Banner 3 Pistachio Banner 2A cute little place setting (wrapped inside the doily is a chocolate treat):

Pistachio Place SettingAnd lastly, a little individual dessert jar:

Pistachio JarMaterials
Stamps: Lovely Romance, Make A Wish
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Venetian Romance DSP, Brushed Gold, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Versamark
Other: Big Shot, Gift Bow Bigz L Die, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Simply Pressed Clay, Blossom & Blooms Simply Pressed Moulds, Pistachio Pudding Stretch Ruffle Ribbon

Utah Report Part 1 – North American Convention

Well I am back from Utah and truly it was the trip of a lifetime!  As you already know I wasn’t able to blog from the trip – this was mainly due to lack of time and putting sleep ahead of blogging.  The schedule for the trip was crazy busy with late nights and early starts!  BUT so you don’t miss out I am going to blog about it all of this week, starting with the North American Convention part of the trip.  This post is long as I am going to cover all 4 days in one post!

My trip really started when I arrived in Auckland and met up with a few other Kiwis heading to Salt Lake City – having friends to chat with sure does make all the waiting at airports a whole lot more fun!

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Thankfully I didn’t suffer too much jetlag so was out and about bright and early the morning after I arrived.  I explored the local area a little and then met up with several fellow Kiwis (and a token Aussie) to hit the shops for the day!

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Right next to my hotel in SLC was City Creek – a fabulous shopping centre spread across two blocks.  It is fully landscaped with a creek running through the middle of it, and also has several different water features including this fabulous fountain!

After several hours of shopping it was time to re-fuel at the legendary Cheesecake Factory – I had the most delicious BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwhich!

IMG_1317The following day was day 1 of Convention!  Starting with T-Shirt and name-tag pick up – which was eye-opening in itself!!  The Convention centre is MASSIVE and it was crowded with excited demonstrators!  I was lucky enough to bump in to several South Pacific demos who all looked equally as stunned as I did! Lookie – I even made it into the Convention booklet!

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The afternoon was spent setting up my Demonstrator Booth ready for my presentation at the Opening Social event that evening.  And then it was time for the opening session!  Honestly, I just cannot put into words just how HUGE the main stage auditorium was!! 6000 people seated in one room – the photo below shows only about 1/6th of the room!  Even sitting in the room you really couldn’t comprehend how large it was until the video screens showed images panning across the whole room!  It was CRAZY big, CRAZY loud and a whole lot of fun!

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Next up was the opening social which meant showtime for me!  I demonstrated my 10-15 minute presentation 16 times over a 3 hour period with hundreds gathered around me constantly!  It was SO MUCH FUN and I was so honoured to be asked to present!  By the time I had finished packing up at the end of the evening it was well past 11pm and I was completely buzzing – it took a long time to get to sleep!

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I will be sharing all of the projects I created for my booth next week – I had so much fun creating them and think they are some of the best work I have done, so I am looking forward to showing them to you all.

Friday morning started bright and early with another general session of great stamping presentations, prize patrols, all attendee give-aways and so much more!  The rest of the day was the Stampin’ Up! Expo with lots of different classes, make ‘n’ takes, presentations, product booths, display boards etc – you could choose what you wanted to do and when.  In all honesty I found the whole day completely overwhelming – it was visual overload with so many people and wonderful ideas everywhere you looked!  Here are just 2 of the thousands of projects on display – and yes they are made completely of paper!

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One of the things that was wonderful was the Recognition Room – a room for only those that had earned awards in the last year – there were comfy couches, cute decor, free drinks and chocolates, and much needed respite from the crowds!  I met some wonderful people in here – the American and Canadian demonstrators were so welcoming and friendly!

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I also got to meet and swap with some of my stamping idols, Mary Fish and Becky Roberts, to name just 2:

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Then it was time for a quick refuel at a great Italian restaurant before heading back for the awards night and 25th Anniversary Party.

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The party was AWESOME!!! Aerial performers hanging from the rafters, roaming performers, games, sweet treats, birthday cake, party favours and most importantly a GREAT 80’s covers band called the Spasmatics!  I danced until the very end and then ended up being kicked out of the convention centre along with a rowdy group of Aussies – we were having too much fun dancing to leave!

Saturday was another early start with another General Session, followed by some wonderful stamping and business classes, and then ending with the final General Session.  I learned so much over the 3 days and it was wonderful to experience this milestone event.  I really can’t capture in words & photos just how big, busy and great it was, but check out the highlights video here for a better understanding (can you spot me??)

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 1 of the Grand Vacation in Park City!

Convention Sharing

While I’m in Utah this week enjoying Stampin’ Up!’s North American Convention I thought I would share all of the make n takes from our recent South Pacific Convention!

Starting off with some Gorgeous Grunge:

Hello Lovely Card Full Hello Lovely Card

I can’t begin to tell you how much I LOVE the new Gorgeous Grunge stamp set – perfect for backgrounds, main images, masculine cards, vintage cards……SO versatile!

I really like how this card has so many little touches to it – stamping, washi tape, punched shapes, Core-dinations cardstock, button, glimmer paper – and it all ties in together to look great!

Materials
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Hello Lovely
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana Core-dinations, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
Other: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, White Bakers Twine, Very Vintage Buttons, Epic Day Washi Tape

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