Earls Court, London. 1996.
Photographed with a Canon 100D using Fuji Velvia Slide Film. Exposure approximately 30 seconds.
I'd just arrived in London. It was my first trip to the UK. We arrived with no accommodation plans and found a room at the top of some shops in Earls Court for a couple of nights. Our budget was slim, so it was certainly nothing to rave about - but we remember it as the 'blue room' as the walls were painted a very bright shade of blue. I shot this out the window while we watched the cars and people on the street. It had been raining which made the road and water reflect the lights even more.
In 1998, this photograph won an award in Photography International magazine.
How about you? Have you ever stayed in Earls Court? Have you been to London? Would love to hear your stories!
Recently I went over to the UK to demo and teach at the UK's largest craft trade show, the Craft, Hobby & Stitch Show, commonly called 'Stitches'. This trip was a quick one for me, I had a lot going on back in Australia so I had to scoot over to the UK and back pretty quickly (well, as quick as you can when you're travelling half way across the globe!) I did manage one day in London before the show to get over the jetlag. Enough time to visit the British Musuem and see A Chorus Line at the Palladium Theatre.
It was my first visit to the British Museum. What an amazing place! You would need weeks to see everything that is on display. It is so vast and the exhibits are so detailed and hands on. They have staff talking about different displays throughout the exhibits and you can touch and feel some of the items. I really enjoyed the coin and money section, reading about the history of how coins and banknotes began in this world! My other favourite was the Egyptian section with the mummies. They have xrays of the remains inside and go into a lot of detail of how it was all done. Really, I could have spent days here.
Soon enough I was in Birmingham for the Stitches show and was happy to see our Personal Impressions family again. PI are the UK distributors for Darkroom Door. It's always fun to be with them during the show working on their booth. I demonstrated our new Darkroom Door stamps and taught classes to the store owners. Lindsay Mason and Dyan Reaveley were also demonstrating on the booth. Jayne from PI jumped in for a photo too - it's always great to catch up with these lovely ladies!!
Lindsay and Dy released new stamp designs and products at the show too - Lindsay has released new stamps in her Doo Lally Pip range and Dy has released new stamps, stencils and sprays in her Dylusions line with Ranger. Lindsay and I combined some of our stamps to create a cute tag - the suitcase is from the Darkroom Door 'Nomad' stamp set, and Lindsay's cute character is from the Doo Lally Pip 'Piffy on a Rockcake' stamp set! Don't you love the name!!! Here's some photos of the tag and our displays on the booth:
Lindsay filmed a quick video of our demo table and the Personal Impressions booth one morning before the show opened for the day... check it out here!
During the show I also got to meet up with a few more friends... Leandra and Jo Firth-Young from PaperArtsy (awesome new stamps and their displays are always amazing!!); Hels Sheridan (DarkroomDoor Creative Team member who LOVES Cheery Ripes so I brought over a few for her to enjoy!!) and Paula Pascual who had a fantastic display at the show with her new Sizzix dies!
As always, it was a great few days and it all went by way too quickly. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Personal Impressions booth to watch our demo's or to see the new stamps - I hope it inspired you!
What can I say? Put simply - the 2012 Australia / South Pacific Stamping Cruise on board the Rhapsody of the Seas was LOADS of fun! Our stamping group was amazing, they came from all over Australia and New Zealand and together we spent 13 days at sea exploring the islands of Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu! I had an absolute ball teaching all the workshops. As you can imagine, the classroom was buzzing with excitement as new projects were being completed, new techniques being learned and new friendships being made.
The photo above is our stamping group. A big thanks to Lorelle (pictured in the front row on the right), owner of Crafting Cruises, for all her hard work and effort in co-ordinating the group.
Here is just a sneak at some of the projects that I taught on the cruise. I will share the projects in full when I return from Europe in a couple of weeks. But for now, I just wanted to give you a glimpse of the fun stuff we got up to :)
First up was a 2012 Stamping Cruise Journal:
We also created framed shadow box with loads of texture:
Another great class was a Seaside Printers Tray:
There's just a few of the classes I taught... the stampers also created a lot of cards and a 2012 calendar in another 3 workshops. I'll share those photos in upcoming blog posts.
I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to the generous companies who helped make this cruise such an amazing adventure! These wonderful companies either sponsored workshops, donated prizes or sent in products that could be used to make cards for charities. I am forever grateful for your generous support:
While on board the ship, our stampers created a total of 212 cards which will be donated to Aussie Troops so they can write home to their families and Ronald McDonald house. Thank you to all of the stampers who contributed their time and creativity while out at sea! It was a fantastic effort which I am sure will be appreciated by many!!!
One of the best rewards of an adventure like this is not only the chance to explore new places, but the friendships that are created along the way. Thank you so much to all of you for sharing this journey with me!
After 13 days at sea, we sailed back into a misty Sydney at dawn on Sunday aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas. It was a beautiful sight seeing the lights of Sydney CBD on the horizon, but it also meant the end to our amazing adventure! The 2012 Stamping Cruise was a great success - all 50 ladies (plus husbands and families) had a wonderful time and I'm looking forward to sharing the stories and photos with you soon.
For now... it's time to eat a little birthday cake :)
Hope you're all having a great week!
Well folks, today is the day we set sail for the 2012 Australian / South Pacific Stamping Cruise! To say we're excited is an understatement!! The past few weeks have been crazy here in the studio and warehouse, packing boxes, ticking things off our packing list, making sure we have everything we need for the workshops. (I always feel like we'll forget something, even though I've gone over things a thousand times!) But now... we're ready to set sail!
The ship will leave Sydney Harbour today and we'll sail for two days before arriving to our first stop at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Throughout the cruise I'll be teaching 6 workshops. I know many of you are wondering what I'll be teaching... so I'll share the projects once we return. Our group consists of 50 ladies, plus partners, friends and children. The stampers will also have 24 hour access to the stamping room, so I'm sure there's going to be some fun nights ahead!
I'm really looking forward to spending the next 12 days out at sea... stamping, snorkelling and swimming! Let the journey begin...
(Image: Cruise ship in port at Sydney Harbour)
It's only 124 days until we set sail on the first Australian South Pacific Stamping cruise!
Many of you have been emailing with questions, so I thought I'd answer them here too in case it may help others that are booked on the cruise and those who are thinking of coming on the cruise. Here goes...
Is the cruise booked out?
No. It was booked out, but unfortunately a few people had to pull out when we had to change the dates. At the moment there are only 6 spots left in the classes. (That's stamping spots. There's plenty of room for partners and family, so you're welcome to bring along the tribe!)
What will I need to bring?
Your camera, a sense of fun, a big smile and a few stamping supplies. I'll confirm with the attendees what they will need to bring in the next few weeks. I'll be bringing along many tools and supplies to use in the classes, however there will be a few basic craft supplies that you will need to bring along. You will have the use of a 24 hour stamp room, so if you plan on doing any stamping in your own time, bring along any supplies that you think you will need.
Will supplies be for sale during the cruise?
Yes, we will have a shop that will have supplies for sale at set times during the cruise.
What will I be teaching?
Ahhh, the classes are under wraps :) Rest assured, as it's a 'stamping' cruise, each class has lots of stamping, inking, layering, collaging etc. We'll be creating many different projects with lots of different products and even using some special limited edition stamps... (whoops, did I just say that?)
Will there be a goodie bag?
Yes, everyone receives a special tote bag full of goodies, plus there's lots of prizes and giveaways from generous companies who want everyone to have the best time ever!
Help - I've never stamped before! Will I be able to do the classes?
Of course! I love new stampers :) I'm more than happy to show you the ropes and soon enough you will be well addicted to the world of stamping! Welcome aboard I say!!
I hope that has answered a few questions so far. If you are interested in the cruise, we do only have a few seats left in the classes, so please act quick if you'd like to come along! Information on pricing and the booking form can be downloaded here.
Let the countdown begin!
Sprookjeskamer (Fairytale Shop) in Amsterdam. I found this store while wandering around the city taking pictures. It was snowing lightly and the streets were fairly quiet as many shops were still closed. The burst of red colour really captured my attention, plus the fact it all looked so fun with the red polka dots! I could have bought the whole store for my daughter! The inside was beautifully decorated, a real fairytale paradise with each corner full of trinkets, cute stationery, toys, clothes and the like. A great find!
What a whirlwind week it has been around here! Last weekend I taught workshops at the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo in Brisbane. It's always a great show, lots of people, lots of goodies at all the cool booths to drool over and buy, and certainly lots of people to catch up with and meet!
All tutors at this show are given an area to display their artwork. Here's my space:
I brought a bunch of cards to display in my area, mainly because that was easy to pack in the suitcase and it's what I've been concentrating on lately. I also had some wooden words that I had published in Scrapbook Creations magazine a few months ago. These were covered in Viva Decor products (Croco and Precious Metal Colour). So much fun to play with!
I taught three workshops a day over the three days, so I didn't have a lot of time to shop or see all the booths during the show, nor did I have any time to take any photos during the workshops! But we all had a lot of fun with our hands all covered in ink by the end!
I was staying in a hotel across the bridge from the convention centre, so I enjoyed walking past the ferris wheel on Brisbane River each night. The colours were so vivid against the black sky.
Left image: f4, 1/10th second
Right image: f22, 4 seconds
Thank you to all of those who attended my workshops! I hope you all had as much fun as I did :)