Monday, 10 November 2014

Stampin Up European Convention - Day 3

It was still dark in Brussels as we made our way to the Convention Centre. It was a bit of a struggle getting up early as we'd been up so late the night before, but I enjoyed how quiet and peaceful Brussels is at that time.

We had another busy day with workshops and demonstrations including some cute holiday projects and make and takes

 There were more Prize Patrols and we were all lucky enough to receive a Project Life by Stampin Up Card Collection

 The last session of the day was taken by Shelli, who shared some gift wrapping ideas with us.

After the closing ceremony we all headed off across Brussels for dinner at a restaurant that had been recommended to us, although we did have to stop and consult the map once or twice!

After dinner we set out to do what women do best- shop!
Everywhere there were amazing window displays and tempting treats

In this shop there were numerous varieties of chocolate available- all sold by the slab

This sweet shop had lollipops in every colour of the rainbow, I just had to buy some to take home for my girls

These meringues were bigger than my hand, there were crowds of people outside the shop taking pictures

The Grand Place is the main square in Brusssels and was full of people, even quite late in the evening. It looked absolutely stunning lit up.

And of course no visit to Brussels would be complete without a visit to the famous Manneken Pis,
a bronze statue of a boy peeing into a fountain.

I'll be back tomorrow with details of our last day in Brussels


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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Stampin Up European Convention - Day 2 part 2

After our busy day, we stopped off for dinner on the way back to the hotel which was washed down by a lovely glass of Kir.

Then it was off to the hotel to get our glad rags on and head back to the convention centre for the Awards ceremony. As our high heels were totally unsuitable for the cobblestones of Brussels we decided to call a taxi,the driver of which proceeded to take us on a hair raising drive around Brussels - dodging in and out of traffic and talking on his phone the whole way! We glad to arrive at the centre in one piece!

After the Award ceremony we just had time for a quick group photo before moving downstairs where we were treated to an amazing after show party. 

There were tables laden with mouth watering desserts of all shapes and sizes, a chef preparing freshly made crepes with all manner of toppings and table after table of delicious Belgian chocolates.


We spent the night dancing to music from the live band who played until late

Before heading off to the Hard Rock Cafe for a few drinks

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Quarterly Team Training

Last weekend I got together with several other demonstrators for our Quarterly meeting. The girls were excited to hear all the gossip from Convention and have a look at all my swaps.
We always start off with a cuppa while we catch up and exchange swaps and I shared some special treats that I'd brought back from Brussels for the girls, yummy Stroopwafels and some Belgian chocolates.

For our first project we made some Christmas stars from the Simply Pressed Clay. 

 It was like being a child again, playing with rolling pins and cookie cutters, and soon there were stars and glitter everywhere!

After a break for lunch we moved on to making a cute box of tags, perfect for Christmas. There are 12 tags in the box, with four different designs.

Our last project was a little gift bag containing everything you need to make a yummy drink of hot chocolate, these would make lovely gifts for friends and neighbours.

I love our monthly meetings, it's great spending time with such a fun, inspiring group of girls and I always look forward to our next get together.

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