I was really privileged to attend Stampin’ Up! Reginal Seminar in Sydney in Sept of this year. I was invited by lovely neighbour, friend and fellow Demonstrator Annette to join her as a guest as I was not yet signed up.

If you ever get the chance to attend a seminar I urge you to do so – there are so many fantastic ideas shared and as a bonus you score some free goodies. You get a full day of spending time with other crafty friends and learn new techniques from some very talented designers and demonstrators. It’s also an opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people who work at Stampin’ Up! head office – I like being able to put a name to a face 🙂

This year the  stamp set that was handed out at Reginal Seminar is called Under the Big Top.
I love the characters in the stamp set – the strong man with his twirled moustache, the tutu sweet dancing bear and the seal carefully balancing a tiered birthday cake.
I also love the variety of words that are in the set from Well Done to Thinking of you and Happy Birthday.
Some are “punny” and made me smile – Under the leaping Lion it says “You’re the best! (and I’m not lion)” but DD2 said there was no way that she wanted that on a card 🙂 but you could just ink the parts you wanted or use the images without the wording.

It’s loads of fun and has a coordinating product suite. That’s right – not just matching colours or paper but a WHOLE SUITE!
This includes Quick Accents which are pretty sticky tapes, tags and accents which make card making even quicker or make scrapbooking even easier.
The Designer Series paper in the suite called Big Top Birthday is bright and bold and just brings a smile to my face every time I see it. I am about to buy a second set as I have used most of my first block already 😉
The coordinating colours are Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, Peach Parfait, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White.
The are also punches, dies, buttons and embossing folders which compliment the suite.

So my challenge this week is to show you a couple of ideas on what you can do with the suite and show that using Stampin’ Up products can take you so much further than card making and scrapping.

XXX Fox