Back from Canberra Convention 2009 – Miriam Thomas

Back from Canberra Convention 2009

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Hi there everyone.  Well I’m back from Canberra Convention 2009 and have lots to share with you.  You might want to duck away and make yourself a cuppa so that you can sit back and relax before I launch into my update.

I arrived in Canberra to a very warm welcome from members of my team hanging out in the room finishing off their swaps and chatting.  A team member even went to the special trouble of preparing my bed so it was fit for a queen! (Thanks ever so much Kate!)  

First morning was an early start for me- especially with the two hour time difference.  I have been sick with a horrible head cold (that is unfortunately still lingering) but I wasn’t about to let that get in the way of having a good time!

Here we are arriving in the first day……(That’s me on the far right)

When we walked in through the entrance the place was buzzing with about 500 Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from all over Australia (and even a few from New Zealand) Upon check-in we received our lovely Convention Bag with goodies.  All attendees received two Stamp sets CIRCLE CIRCUS and TRENDY TREES as our complimentary sets.  We also had other goodies such as a pen, notebook, lip gloss and our name badges.  It was so lovely to be spoilt with gifts from Stampin’ Up!

After check-in we had an opportunity to swap cards and creations with other demonstrators.  I chose to make a 6×6 scrapbook page instead of a card.  The RASBERRY TART DESIGNER SERIES PAPER was the insiration for my layout as I thought it worked well with the colours in Erin’s fair dress-up outfit.  I made 42 mini layouts in total and my swaps disappeared in only a few minutes (and to think I was worried about coming home with my own layouts instead of swapping them for othe cards)  This what I made….



Although I kept to the same design- I varied the pieces of patterned paper and cardstock colours based on what I had on hand….. Please see the project recipe below for the items I used.

YES- they took longer to make than it took to swap (but in return I received a lot of wonderful ideas!)


Patterned Paper

Rasberry Tart

(Real Red, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss)

p. 133

Ink Colours

Regal Rose,

Rose Red,

Kiwi Kiss


Stamp Sets

Petal Pizzazz,

Life Definitions

Frames with a Flourish

p. 98

p. 123



2.5cm Double-stitched Grosgrain Ribbon-Rose Red

p. 150


Paper Trimmer

Paper Snips

Mat Pack


White uni-ball signo gel pen

Eyelet Border Punch

p. 155









Stampin’ Dimensionals

Glue Dots

p. 154

After swapping we got an opportunity to head into Memento Mall to purchase Stampin’ Up! logo items for ourselves.  I couldn’t resist the Bella Apron.  Here is the result of my little spending spree. 

We then entered the Royal Theatre for a general session where we heard from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up Co-founder and CEO), Aaron Scott (Australia Regional Business Development Manager) as well as other staff from the US.   We also got an opportunity to watch Australian Demonstrators as they demonstrated projects just as they would in a workshop.

Check out the main stage/ presentation area. It  was great to be able to see projects being created on the two big screens.   I’m sure you would agree that no small detail was overlooked.

After lunch we then broke up into smaller groups to participate in our “Make and Takes” and other classes.  I must confess that I didn’t finish my “make and takes” as I was keen to participate in the optional class where we received great tips and advice for supporting our downline. 

The evening allowed an opportunity for more socialising and catching up with members of the team. 

Day 2 saw the day start with more classes.  One of my favourite parts was watching Demonstrators WOW us with fun techniques.  I can’t wait to share these ideas with you at upcoming workshops.  Have you booked a date with me yet?!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Shelli Gardner demonstrate on stage.  It gave me an opportunity to understand why Stampin’ Up! is such a successful company that provides incredible support for its demonstrators.  Clearly Shelli is such a beautiful person who is incredibly passionate about Stampin’ Up!  This was one of the cards she made using some items from her signature collection.

I also made sure I got a few snapshots of the some of the display boards around the Convention Centre.

After a busy day we returned to the Convention Centre for the Awards and Recognition Banquet where we were spoilt with a lovely 3 course dinner


The room looked lovely with a special lighting display, tables decorated with flowers, seat covers and even a string quartet!

After the meal- the awards began.  Here is Shelli preparing to congratulate the demonstrators receiving awards.

It was wonderful to be able to applaud people in the team.  The most exciting part was bearing witness to my upline Claire Daly being recognised with several awards.  She received a sales award and was also ranked FIRST PLACE in RECRUITING due to her efforts in getting recruits off to a great start.  The highlight was her receiving an award for being the THIRD PLACE DEMONSTRATOR OF THE YEAR! What an amazing accomplishment.    I feel so inspired to share what I do with other people.   As I am only new as a demonstrator by comparison with those who received awards- I could help but feel inspired by those who received awards.  I can’t wait for next year’s Convention.  I see big things happening between now and then.

If you would like more information about hosting a workshop or becoming a demonstrator (whether that be to conduct workshops or just order products for yourself at a discount) then please get in touch with me. (08) 90917655  Mobile 0419 947 047

As I mentioned in my previous entry- YOU can join Stampin’ Up! for only $150!!!! This offer is available until the end of May only-  so if you think it is something that may suit you then please let me know as soon as possible so we can the process underway!   Not only will you get the opportunity to order products for yourself at a discount, you could build a business if this suits you.   You will have access to the demonstrator ONLY forums where you can ask questions, be supported and be inspired creatively.

One of the things I learnt over the weekend was how being a part of Stampin’ Up is largely about forming and building relationships with other people.  It was great to be able to spend some time with other demonstrators.  If you would like to be part of the team then please let me know!

4 thoughts on “Back from Canberra Convention 2009”

  1. Sue Madex says:

    It was lovely to meet up in person Miriam and your swap was just GORGEOUS! Must have taken ages and I think it is my favourite. Looking forward to next year’s convention and to giving you a cheer as you head across the stage. Hope your cold is better, Take care, Sue

  2. Claire Daly says:

    Great run down of Convention Miriam! Yes very big things ahead between now and then for you. Thanks for flying all that way to join us. It was awesome to spend that time with you and your wicked sense of humour and I’m so glad you are in my team!

  3. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  4. Dani says:

    Hi Miriam – I’m taking a good friend to convention with me as a guest, and she wanted to know what it was like – I wanted to know what it was like too as it’s my first time as well! Thanks for your description of last year – I can’t wait! If you’re going this year, I hope we can say hi 🙂

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