A Flurry of Florals | Botanical Blooms

Back in November, Stampin' Up! held the first of their new style of events and we were lucky enough to have one of the local events here in little old Perth! It coincided - as all future OnStage events will - with the unveiling of a new catalogue (the current Occasions Catalogue in that instance) and a whole variety of amazing new things to see and play with.

The Botanical Blooms bundle of products caught my eye from the very beginning and I knew it was going to be added to my crafting arsenal as soon as I could order it. Which incidentally, was immediately - a fabulous perk of attending the event - a PRE pre-order, if you like #yay 

I'm a sucker for a good flower set, and although I already had a goodly number of "good flower sets", none of them were quite like this, with those clever flower dies and the way the stamps can be used to pretty up the designs on the Designer Series Paper... *sigh*

As tends to be the way with stamp sets that co-ordinate with DSP, I tend to stick fairly closely to the colour scheme of the paper when using the stamps, even when I'm not actually using the paper on the same card. It seems to be the "easy" way, rather than coming up with my own selection of colours - why fix what isn't broken, right?!

This time around though, I went out on a subtle coloured limb and bypassed the rich, earthy colours suggested by the co-ordinating Botanical Gardens DSP, in favour of a pretty, softer selection...

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Petite Pairs Paper: Whisper White, Shine On Specialty DSP, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black Archival Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Petite Pairs Paper: Whisper White, Shine On Specialty DSP, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black Archival Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

The next OnStage event is coming up next month and my lovely mum and I are heading over to Sydney for the weekend to take part! If anyone had told me years ago that I would even consider taking a five hour flight across the country for a one-day craft event, I would have thought them slightly mad, but such was the brilliance of the previous event, I consider it almost mandatory!

Registration has closed for the upcoming event now, but the new event schedule means they come around every six months. The very next event after this one is happening in November, with the two-day OnStage Live event coming to Brisbane! These events are exclusive to Stampin' Up! demonstrators and are an amazing spectacle of new products, inspirational presentations, celebratory recognitions, warm friendships and all-around crafty goodness.

If you have ever considered the demonstrator opportunity, even momentarily, then I would suggest you consider it quite seriously, if only for the chance to spend some time in the presence of some incredibly talented and dedicated Stampin' Up! staff members, plus several hundred of your closest, craft lovin' sisters.

For more information on this and the many other benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, check out the Join my Team page of my blog. The Sale-a-bration sign up special of $295 worth of product for the kit cost of $169 is only until the end of this month...

That's right, only two months left to Sale-a-brate...!

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It's really simple, but time is now limited! Simply place an order and for every $90 in your total (before shipping), you can choose a FREE product from HERE or HERE.

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