Team Events, Travel

Trip to Onstage Telford

In April, Stampin Up’s OnStage Live event was held in NZ and smaller OnStage events were held in many other places around the world.   Knowing that I would be on Secondment in the Netherlands I decided to join one of the smaller events nearby.

There were several that I could have gone to (with a little bit of travel). I decided to travel to Telford in the UK for the Event.

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These Events give Stampin up Demonstrators an opportunity to get together, share ideas, cards (swaps) and to see and hear about new (and exciting) products that are coming soon.   At this time of the year we also get to see, feel and smell the New Catalogue!!

On the Friday night after work – I hightailed it to Schiphol Airport and got on a flight to Birmingham. There I found a train to Telford where I was staying. So that was the first part of the adventure.

Prior to going to Europe, I had contacted a fellow Demonstrator in the UK, Joanne James, aka The Craft Owl, to see if she was attending OnStage. I explained that I was coming to the Event and perhaps could connect with her?

Joanne and her Team were very Welcoming. It was lovely getting to know them and spending the time with them.   Joanne had even made me a Crafty Owl Badge to wear.   Cute huh??

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Here I am with the Crafty Owls Team!

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Left to Right:  Lorraine Streeter, Me, Helen Jennings, Maggie Brinklow and Joanne “Crafty Owl” James.

When I was planning my trip, I knew that I would get a copy of the New Catalogue. I knew that it would be a UK one and therefore be in £. But I thought that would be OK.   However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Stampin Up had a AU/NZ Catalogue there for me!   Whoo hoo, awesome, Thanks SU!

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I also met another Team of ladies, the Stamping Stars (headed by Stacey March), who looked after me when I first arrived. I also joined them for Dinner after the OnStage Event.

On the Sunday, bright and early, I made my way back to Birmingham and onto Schipol and then Rotterdam.   It was a whirlwind weekend – but I loved every minute of it!

Just Add Ink, Travel

Just Add Ink #453…”Choose Two”

The new Just Add Ink Challenge this week is Easter themed and perfect for some long weekend crafting.   Jan has provided us with a “Choose Two” Challenge.  You can choose out of Bunnies, Flowers or Crosses.

Although I am not participating in this Challenge – because I am away from my craft room, you can check out all the Design Team projects at Just Add Ink.    And you can play along with the Challenge too – enjoy!

So what have I been up to this week???  I’ve had a super week – work, sight-seeing and some Crafting…….

Amersfoort
One day during the week I worked in a place called Amersfoort.  Amersfoort is a city in the province of Utrecht about an hour or so by train from Rotterdam.  I finished work a little earlier than expected so I decided to check out the sites.

And WOW – what a beautiful place……..The city grew around what is now known as the central square, the Hof and parts of city/area date back to 1000 BC.  The city had a defensive brick wall that needed enlarging, so a new wall was built (around 1380-1450).  The second wall, included a combined land and water gate called the Koppelpoort (pic below)
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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwentoren (Tower of Our Lady) is one of the tallest medieval church towers in the Netherlands at 98 metres (322 ft). When it was built, it was the middle point of The Netherlands. The nickname of the tower is Lange Jan (‘Long John’).IMG_4917[2]The construction of the tower and church was started in 1444. But the church was destroyed by an explosion in 1787.   The tower survived the explosion which is strange because when you walk up to it, it’s a huge tower standing all by itself.

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Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk  is about 15 km east of Rotterdam.  I got there via Water Bus – which was fun.  Kinderdijk was built around 1740 and is a systems of 19 windmills that were built to drain water from the land.  This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands.
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And here is this funniest thing I saw all week……while I was on the Water bus, I saw this man who took his Cat to Kinderdijk in a bag around his neck!   Once we got off the boat, I caught up with him to see if I could take a pic.  His cat seemed quite happy.
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I also got to do a bit of Crafting too……. Here I am with Lotte Noordzij-Walther.
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Lotte gave me this sweet Easter Card that she had made me.  When I opened it, the Bunny spun around in the centre of the Oval.
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