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Have you ever had one of those days that you wish would never end?  Well, today was that kind of day for me. It’s so hard to find the words to express how I’m feeling right now….I’m on such a stampin’ HIGH!  We learned, we laughed, we shared, and of course, we did plenty of stamping. Where was that you ask?  The Stampin’ Up! Regional Convention in Hamilton, ON. Every year, in addition to their main convention and Leadership convention, Stampin’ Up! puts on Regional Conventions throughout the US and Canada.  It’s a one day event where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gather to learn new techniques & business building ideas, to swap, to strengthen existing friendships and to develop new friendships. It’s worth being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator just to be able to attend this event!

 This year, 21 of our team members went – which we were really excited about.  The girls you see here in the picture consist of my uplines, downline and sidelines.  Unfortunately 2 of the team who were there missed the picture 🙁  

Team picture 2007

This was the third regional I’ve attended, and I definately think it was the best!  They shared so many amazing techniques and ways of using products that I had never thought of before. You can see us here getting ready to stamp (these are a few of the girls that are in my downline):

Getting Ready to Stamp

Each regional every attendee receives a free stamp set.  This year, we were given the So Much stamp set. When I first saw this stamp set in the Fall/Winter Collection 2007 I didn’t particularly care for it.  After doing the Make and Takes today, I’ve changed my mind!  I now think that it’s quite cute! For our make and takes we got to make 6 projects using a variety of different tools & techniques.  I’ve posted the pictures below although I’m not going to go into details about the supplies because frankly, I’m just too tired right now (it’s 11:18 pm and I’ve been up since 5:50 am after sleeping only 5 hours). Anyways, here they are:
 
12″ x 12″ Scrapbook page (I didn’t do the greatest job stamping the letters):

Hamilton M&T 1

A 6″ x 6″ scrapbook page.  The blank tag is where you can hand journal in the date.

Hamilton M&T 2

The next project is a simple, yet quite striking card:

Hamilton M&T 3

The fourth project was a really cool 4″ x 4″ pocket-type card. I’ve shown both the outside and the inside of the card. 

Hamilton M & T 5

Hamilton M&T 5 open

You can kind of see the pocket in this picture.  I do want to mention that the original card did not have the stamped soft sky piece inside.  One of my downline, Karen Harman, came up with this, and I so loved how it looked that I decided that I absolutely had to CASE it!

The last project that we did was really neat as well, as it folded in a way that I had never seen before.  It doesn’t have your typical card base. Although the Purely Pomegranate piece looks like it’s uneven in the picture, what you are seeing is the card slightly open.

Hamilton M&T 6

Hamilton M&T6a

This picture shows what the card looks like open.  See what I mean about a unique fold? All in all, I absolutely loved the projects! 

I took a ton of pictures of swap cards, the display boards as well as the projects they demonstrated on stage, so over the next week or so, I’m going to work on uploading them to my gallery.  I’ll be sure to post when I do so that you can check them out!

After the Regionals were over we all went out to dinner then to a separate little dessert shop.  I had the most decadent Rollo cheescake ever! The nicest surprise?  My upline’s upline (the team head honcho) treated us all to  dessert and coffee!  Wasn’t that sweet of her?

Anyways, that’s my regionals report.  I hope you enjoyed looking at the projects.  All products and artwork is copyright Stampin’ Up!

P.S.  Don’t forget – you only have until the end of September to buy the Stampin’ Up! demostrator starter kit and get 12 free classic ink pads.  I can guarantee that you’ll love being a part of our fun, crazy team, and of course, you’ll have to come on out with us to the next regionals (and all the other awesome events we take part in throughout the year)! If that sounds appealing to you, I’d be happy to email you out more info.  But hurry, because the application has to be mailed out by mid week at the latest, or you’ll miss the special!