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I live in Wattle Grove NSW and I'm married to a great guy. We have 3 fur-babies, Abbey the Dachshund x, Benny the Maltese x, and Chocco the cat. I am addicted to card making, scrap booking, and OTP's... basically anything papercrafty! I'm also a mixed media wannabe. I've been card making for the last 20+yrs and never thought it would last this long! I'm also a Stampin' Up! demo. We move all over the Country and have lived in 6 states in last 13yrs!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Stampin' Up! Melbourne Regionals 2011

Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been a while since my last post. We are currently relocating from Point Lonsdale VIC to Wattle Grove NSW (Sydney), so my life has been about packing, packing and more packing! It all happens on 1 Dec 2011 and we should be settled in Sydney around 10 Dec 2011.

I just got back from Melbourne Stampin' Up! Regionals and boy was I inspired! I learnt so much and was inspired in so many ways. I got to meet a few of my "scrapping idols" and was a little star struck. First is the lovely Claire Daly whom I've been following since around 2006, next is Simone Bartrum whom I've been following since around 2008, and last, but certainly not least, is Sue Madex whom I've been following since around 2008 too! Their work is amazing and I think all three ladies are fab! I even got a hug off Claire and Simone and got to swap with Simone -- my very own creation by THE Simone Bartrum!!! Sooooo happy!!!

The presentations were fantastic and there were lots of ideas I picked up and can't wait to try! We had 3 make and takes which I will post at a later date. We also got a lot of freebies! We got a free stamp set just for attending, a free Vanilla Smooch Spritz because we reached capacity in numbers, and free Champagne Glass Glitter just because they love giving away freebies!!

Sophie (the training coordinator for Stampin' Up in Sydney) is fantastic!!! I'm not exaggerating! She presented on the big shot, fabric, how to be a great 1950's housewife (hilarious!), and a simple ribbon rose - NO SEWING! She even made her skirt out of the Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Designer Fabric. Here she is in her full circle skirt:

And here's my favourite project she made using Fabric and the Favour Box die:

There were 5 WOW's by fellow demo's Kathryn Ruddick, Janine Rawlins, Tracey Penn, Miriam Spiess and Brenda Fry.

I was very happy to learn a couple months ago, my dear friend Miriam Spiess would be doing a Workshop WOW at Regionals this year. Miriam made a gorgeous shadowbox for a friend of ours after the passing of her father and, via the wonderful world of Pintrest, it landed on Sophie's desk! She's been busy creating flowers, cards, LO's, arrangements and OTP's to present. Her signature flower is gorgeous, which I named MIRIANTHIUM! Click here to pop on over to her blog and see her stunning creations!! She's even made orchids, gerberas, leaves and ribbon flowers! Here's a sneak peak:

...and here's Miriam with her 'Ode to Cherry Cobbler' (I pinched this from Claire's blog):
Oh Cherry Cobbler
How I love thee
If Stampin' Up! ever retire you
They shall retire me

Another WOW which I loved, was all about the Petal Cone Big Shot die. Kathryn Ruddick blew me away with her gorgeous boxes! She sure can embellish!! Click here to pop on over to her blog to see these gorgeous treat boxes!! Here's a sneak peak:

I will post my swaps in a seperate post, so keep an eye out for that. Until next time...

Happy stampin'!

Nae xx

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