Monday, October 19, 2009


Yesterday I attended my first Stampin' Up! event, being Melbourne Regionals (a full-day training session, with stamping and socialising time mixed in) at Crown Promenade Hotel.  What a fun day, with hundreds of like-minded women (and two men)!  It was a very long day, as I was up at 5.45am - a bit like a child on Christmas Eve, over-excited about the day ahead!  The function itself ran from 8.00am (registration) until 3.30pm, and I enjoyed coffee afterwards with a couple of my special stamping friends.  It was so nice to spend a day with 'the girls', but all too soon it was over.  The absolute highlight of the day (oh, apart from the friendships, that is!) was having Bonnie Thurber, from Stampin' Up! in the US, take part.  She is such a warm, friendly, funny woman - a total delight.  What a shame we can't keep her!

At Regionals, a number of demonstrators swapped cards/ card fronts, to share ideas on how to use Stampin' Up! products.  I've come home with some amazing creations, that have inspired me to do some 'different' things.  Here is my card, that my swaps were based on:

Organic outlines xmas card Stamps: Organic Outlines, En Francais, Occasional Greetings

Card: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

Ink: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Old Olive

DSP: Ski Slope

Other: Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, sponge dauber, Real Red & Always Artichoke brads, dimensionals

Once I arrived home from Regionals, I was looking forward to an easy dinner and relaxing at home.  However, my accident-prone husband (who is on Warfarin and has an unstable blood clot in his leg), had a fall and rolled his ankle - it was swollen and we suspected fractured, so off to hospital we went!  Thankfully it turned out to be a sprain; it is now bandaged and we are back home.  A more eventful end to the day than I needed!

Hope you like the card - I'm rather fond of it myself!


  1. Lovely festive card :) Hope you've managed to get some rest today, and thanks for the bonus package I got to play with yesterday (waving to Ethan). Very good thing that Andrew didn't break his ankle, although I expect the Warfarin would facilitate some spectacular bruising. Perhaps you could check his ankle each day for unusual colour combinations ... yes, everything comes back to cardmaking, doesn't it?! Love you, sis xxx

  2. Love the card Christine and it was so nice to finally meet in person at Regionals. Hope hubby is on the mend. Cheers, Sue

  3. Stunning Card Christine - love it!

  4. Hey Christine,
    Your card would have to have been one of the standouts at the regionals. Just amazing! The photo doesn't even do it justice and it looks incredible in that. lol.
    Thanks for joining my blog - posted heaps this weekend! I'm not usually so creative in one hit, but I ran with it and took the opportunity while I could.
    Thanks again.

  5. Hi Christine,
    I'm so glad you left your lovely comment on my blog, because it meant that I followed your link and found this STUNNING card! This is gorgeous! I'll definitely be using this for inspiration!