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Off to Brisvegas for Convention!

Too exciting. I fly out in the morning for the 2008 Stampin' Up! Convention in Brisbane. Really looking forward to networking with other demonstrators, learning new things, getting inspiring ideas so I can come back and inspire you all! I am staying at some apartments close to the convention centre with lots of other girls in my larger team so that will be fun too.

I will have lots and lots of new samples for you next week featuring new products from the catalogue. In the meantime, here is a quick card I whipped up last weekend. I am really loving the wide ribbon and so pleased there are lots more colours in the new catalogue! I'm loving all the circles as well!

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This is the Paisley and Petals Designer Series Paper. have you heard the buzz about how absolutely yummy the all new 20 ranges of paper are in the new catalogue? All with cardstock, ribbon, ink markers, brads and stamps to match. Too easy. I have used Certainly Celery cardstock and ribbon here, and Old Olive ink on the greeting which is from Circle of Friendship.

Oh and happy birthday to me - it's my birthday today! Off to have a lovely dinner with my husband and boys tonight, so I will be back when I get back from Brisbane!

Hope you have a happy weekend as well,

Claire xx


Something a little bit different ...

I did this scrapbook page a while ago, just hadn't got to scanning it until last night. Lately Sam has been saying 'Me loves you too Mummy' when I tell him I love him, and I wanted to capture that in a page. I actually took this photo on the timer when Sam and I were home together on Valentines day - it turned out pretty good for a quick snap!

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These papers and embellishments are Making Memories 5th Avenue, and the sparkly letters are Doodlebug I think. I miss my scrapbooking lately. I go through these stages when I think I will never scrap as to used to again, and then I saw these Making Memories products and was so inspired. I am also very inspired by some of the new Stampin' Up! paper ranges and I can't wait to bring you some scrapbook pages using those.

I also made this card yesterday using the Stampin' Up! Stipple Rose stamp. I have watercoloured it using the crayons on watercolour paper (the Stampin' Up! Watercolour paper is amazing - gives such a great intense effect with watercolouring and allows for great blending).

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The colours here are Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Elegant Eggplant, Really Rust and Naturals Ivory. I have also used the Linen Background stamp.

Hope you have a great weekend planned. I will be making swaps for the convention in Brisbane next week. Only 6 sleeps, can't wait :)

Claire


My Love of Nature ...

I am sure it comes to no surprise to anyone who follows my blog, that I love anything to do with nature. Nature is pretty amazing and I particularly love photographing flowers and capturing their amazing perfection. My love of nature probably comes from my upbringing. I was born and bred in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia, and lived on farms until I left high school. I have fond memories of tractor rides, cubbies in the bush and raising many a pet lamb and calf. My parents were also avid gardeners and wherever we went Mum always managed to establish something amazing in the garden. I have always had a love of gardening as well, although I do find that I have much less time for it now that children and stamping have come along. It still lingers though and one day I can see it will blossom again!

So of course my favourite stamp sets with Stampin' Up! are the nature ones. I always thought this Blossoms Abound set was a grapevine, but when I looked closely I could see it was in fact Lilac (or someone also suggested Wisteria, but I thought the leaf was a different shape).

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This is the first time I think I have used the Almost Amethyst cardstock. I think I really like the colour and how it blends with the Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive. I have used the faux tiling technique for the main panel and have also used a single stamp from Carte Postale (around the very edges) and Touch of Nature (the quote).

Hope everyone is Melbourne has recovered from yesterdays winds - I heard on the news they could have been classified as low grade hurricane winds and it certainly felt like that here. We lost our market umbrella and I was nervously watching a few other things in the backyard. My husband took 4 hours to get home last night (on what is normally a 45 minute journey) because of the disruptions the weather caused to the trains.

Happy Thursday,

Claire xx