Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Australia Day Awards

Recently I was lucky enough to accompany one of our Paper Angels, Ursula, to the Logan City Australia Day Awards, where she had been nominated for an award. Just to name a few of the many community contributions Ursula made this year, she organized a highly successful 'Arty Farty Morning Tea Party' to raise money for Cancer Research, worked tirelessly to support the Paper Angels Charity Endeavours and also volunteered her beautiful voice in a Queensland Choir that recently toured Singapore.

What makes this all the more remarkable is that all of this is achieved under challenging circumstances. Ursula's husband Aaron has severe aplastic anaemia. Whilst Ursula did not win her section, it was wonderful to see all the good works that she does recognized formally. As well as receiving her achievement certificate, she was acknowledged on stage and we both thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous evening which included entertainment from Greg Doolan (Wickity Wack) and a sit down meal which was top notch. The entire evening was highly impressive and I am just so grateful that Ursula shared it with me.

I guess what stuck in my mind was that the nominations and awards were being given to real people making real community contributions. They even had a good neighbour award, which was awarded to someone who helped to mediate (I'm assuming successfully!) a conflict between neighbours in the community. So much better than the often ridiculous national awards given to sports and entertainment stars, who lets face it are amply rewarded financially for their work and are hardly in need of an accolade.

Well done Ursula - If I'd been judging you would have won!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Meetings are Back

Last week the Paper Angels enjoyed their first meeting of the year at my place. It had seemed like ages since we had got together since before Christmas, so we really enjoyed catching up and to be honest having a night away from the kids - well, except for me - that is a whole different story - let's just say my children did not stay in bed! We all made 2 BTP projects - little boxes, which were really cute and we are sure our friends, family and customers will love them. We learnt about using our classic inks to emboss on vellum and discussed a few things like our yearly calendar, which we have drafted up. Thank you to Ursula who kindly helped me cut the make & takes for the meeting.

Brisbane Papercrafts Festival

THIS Friday, Saturday and Sunday (5,6,7 February) you will find the Paper Angels at the Brisbane Papercrafts Festival at the RNA Showgrounds. We would love to see you there and invite you to make our FREE make & take - a gorgeous card featuring the new Butterfly Prints Stamp Set from the Summer Mini Catalogue. We also have a $300 basket of Stampin' Up! Goodies to give away for our door prize and entry into that is FREE to people who come to the Papercrafts Festival. We have put lots of effort into our display and look forward also to sharing our SHOW SPECIALS, which are bundles of product designed to work together to complete a project. We look forward to seeing you there.