Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Stampin' Up a Storm

Quick! Get out your diary and write in under Saturday 26th September that you are joining us at Burleigh Town Tavern for Stampin' Up! a Storm. Petronela Hardy and myself have put our heads (and the rest of our bodies) together to bring you a day of stamping, fun, prizes and lots more to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Assoc of Qld. Stampin' Up! have donated some wonderful goodies which we will be raffling on the day to raise even more money.

Motor neurone disease is a progressive neurological disease. MND affects approximately 1300 people in Australia and thousands more - their carers, families and friends - live daily with its impact. On average every day in Australia at least one person dies from MND and another is diagnosed.

Motor neurone disease often begins with weakness of the muscles of the hands or feet. It eventually leads to generalised paralysis. People with motor neurone disease need help with daily activities and have a life expectancy of three to five years after their diagnosis.

At present there is no cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

For more details or if you would like to join us for a fantastic day email me now.

For the all inclusive price of $85 you will receive:
* fantastic projects - all materials supplied
* morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
* FREE stamp set "Great Friend" from the current Spring Mini Catalogue
* prizes and surprises

Numbers are limited so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, payment is required with your booking.

Please come and join us - you will have a ball.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Kokoda Challenge 2009

Blake again took part in the Kokoda Challenge this year. After being part of the winning St Andrews school team for the last 2 years, it was a greater challenge this year having to compete as an adult. Blake joined the ANZ bank team this year and the guys, Simon, Warren and Geoff finished in an amazing time of 17hours and 7 minutes. This made them 1st Business Team finished and 3rd team overall, an amazing achievement. The team looking fresh and eager at the start. It is always very cold in Mudgeeraba at 7am when they start but it warmed up quite a bit during the day and many of the competitors had problems with cramps because it was so warm.

Is was freezing again when they finished just after midnight but not as cold as it has been on previous years. They were back on the Sunday afternoon for the presentation and there were many teams still coming through the finish.

The event was designed to reflect the key elements of the Spirit of Kokoda - ENDURANCE, SACRIFICE, COURAGE and MATESHIP - with 96km representing the actual distance of the Kokoda Track and the 39 hours they are given to complete the course symbolising the 39th Militia who were the first of our Australian troops to arrive at Kokoda on 15th July 1942.

The four person teams are required to advance through 14 checkpoints to the finish line. At designated checkpoints teams are able to take a break and regroup with the help of their support crew. All four team members much finish the challenge to be eligible for the awards.

Congratulations to Mr Ryan Martin and the St Andrews Lutheran College school team who took out the Stan Bissett Cup for the first school team home for the 3rd year running.

So what else have I been up to?

Looking back through the pictures on my camera - heaps!
In May this year I went the the Stampin' Up! Convention in Canberra and had a ball. Big thanks to Leigh (my roommate), Jean and Karen for putting up with me. Also like to say Hi to my upline Venessa who surprised me by being there as I didn't think she could make it, all the other lovely Brissie demos I caught up with and all the new friends I made. From left to right in the picture are Leigh, Jean, me (the midget) and Karen.

I made nearly 100 swaps to take to convention with me and they were all swapped out on the Friday. I received some fabulous swaps back, the standards were so high and the ideas amazing. These were some of the cards I made.

I also managed to catch up with my lovely friend Elaine Hannam from Tasmania. Elaine and I met a few years ago on a Yahoo online group when we involved in much more arty work than we do now..........lol. We then met in person at Melbourne Paper Arts and catch up every year when Elaine comes up to the Gold Coast for a holiday. Elaine is here this weekend so there will lots of catching up going on.

Back with those pictures..................

Only 4½ months later (can you believe how bad that is).................. Oh dear.

Here are the pictures of the Stepper boxes open. I am demonstrating this at the Stamping INKstinct club day this Saturday for the girls that didn't get to make them at stamp camp.

The girls that did make them have probably forgotten all about them by now - it has been so long.