Saturday was awesome. I don't often get out to crafting events without it being work related, but the Auckland Heartfelt Stampin' Event was one thing I went to with no strings attached, no teaching to do, I was there to soak up the inspiration and learn new things.
And learn I did. The 'Product Playground' was an awesome idea - a whole room dedicated to learning technique and how to use the various types of products, this area was full of enthusiastic demonstrators with lots to show me. Lucy and I spent far too much time at the first table learning something called the 'Rock n Roll' technique which is clearly an old technique to many stampers but there were many "Ooooohhh"s and "Ahhhhhhh"s coming from us. Seriously. It doesn't take much to thrill me on a day out not working.
One of my fav demonstations for the day was Delys Cram and her rock salt technique. Delys demonstrated how to create this card using rock salt and brayering. It's amazing what you can do with something like Rock Salt and a whole lot of blue ink.
Just along from the product playground was the Gathering Place where make n takes were set up - we were all given packets of pretty fun crafty stuff to create four different projects. We didn't have to bring anything, it was all provided, and Lucy & I were lucky enough to have one of the nicest Stampin' Up teachers ever to sit down beside us, thank you Louise Hopman, the thought of not having to think too much was just fabulous.
What an awesome time sitting, chatting, creating and trying to talk anyone that walked past into accepting our pears from our lunch in swapsies for their chocolate brownie. No one agreed. What's up with that?
The other fun part of this event was a big presentation room with chats and demonstations on various things from Handmade gifts, to Heartfelt cards, packaging, wrapping ideas and my favourite 'Decorations' by Sophie Zadeh. Sophie made amazing decorations which were quite reminiscent of this name badge, which I didn't make, so I suspect the fabulous Sophie may have had a hand in it.
And to celebrate? I have TWO sets of stamps to give away, one each to TWO lucky people..,. these are the sets we used for the Make n Take projects at the event. We got to take them home too. Score! All you have to do to be in the draw is to click "Like" on the little itty bitty facebook icon at the end of this post, and then leave a comment here on the blog post to say you've done so.
(And for those of you waiting on the winners from the catalog post, they are here, email me if you are one of the winners!)
Easy as that. Good luck, I'm off to play with rock salt and ink.