greetings from oz…

g’day from brisbane australia bloggers!  it’s been an absolutely amazingly crazy busy week here in a land down under and i’m happy to finally have a chance to sit down to share some of the journey with you.  we left arizona last monday, and with so much kitting and prepping for the upcoming cha show just weeks after we return, we had a little help stay at the studio while we are gone.  thanks to mario III and sara the kitting duo (we got the exciting news that they just got engaged – congrats to them!), and of course joe who found his spot where he likes best…

well after a 35+ hour travel day, cancelled flights, and mario working his magic to book new ones at the airport we arrived in brisbane and immediately headed to the hotel to get set up for the all-day retailer workshop which was starting the next morning.  this trip to oz is hosted by our australia distributor “stamp-it” who have been simply wonderful.  we kicked off our next morning with an all-day workshop with 50 retailers for a workshop i called technique overload.  the next day i taught 2 back to back workshops for some very creative students called artful flight.  so all in all i had taught 150 students in just 2 days after touching down in australia.  thanks again to all of my wonderful students in brisbane!

this weekend we headed to the stamp & scrapbook expo in brisbane where i demoed the entire weekend for stamp-it.  it was great to catch up with a few aussie friends at the show too (rachel from darkroom door, mel from kaiser, and the infamous julie van-oosten from collections) such talented people!   thanks to all of the creative attendees of the show who were such fun to share techniques with…

the food is also quite the adventure here and since vegemite and toast is a “brekky” staple here in oz, i had to give it a try – not bad really.  then each night we headed into the city center for dinner, laughs, and a whole new adventure. whether it was trying some new local brew or reading some of the more interesting menu items, the food here in australia is really good.  of course you know mario, where there’s a city, there must be a starbucks or two and we managed to find them each morning…

so all in all bloggers it’s been a great trip so far and our next stop is sydney tomorrow for another run of workshops and demos.  here’s to the continued journey ahead…t!m

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  5. JAN says:

    Hey Tim and Mario, was gr8 to meet you and watch you do a demo at the Brissy expo….absolutely love your new colours…..awesome 🙂

  6. amelia says:

    hi T!M was great to meet u at the expo!! had a great time watching your demos cant wait to buy all the new goodies..
    was an awsome experience to meet u and mario!
    how did u like the vegimite? i love it !! haha

  7. Jessica says:

    What would you do without Mario ( II or III)? And congrats to Mario and Sara! Wish them all the best!

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  9. Krys Coffman says:

    Hey down under visitors. Sounds like you all have been super busy w/traveling, teaching classes & showing off new products. I can’t wait to try the new trio distress pad. It reminds my of the Caribbean, those colors. Love them. Have a great time & safe travels.
    Love ALL that you do! You rock!! : )

  10. Kathryn says:

    G’day, howya goin;? Thanks for the overload today at the Coogee workshop. I know I had a FAB-U-LOUS day!!! After my 3 hour drive home I was into the craft room to retry the techniques 🙂 🙂

  11. kari bachinski says:

    I just tried that vegemite at girl scout camp. They had an outback adventure. It was too salty for my taste. Wondered if that’s a snack or breakfast food…

  12. Trish Munro says:

    Dear Tim,
    I thoroughly enjoyed watching you demonstrate your products in Brisbane at the Stamp It stand and I really appreciate you taking the time to pose for a photograph with me, a wonderful keepsake for me to cherish the moment. It was a pleasure to see your passion for your craft and please know that you inspired me.Thank you!
    Trish Munro

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  14. Sharon Milford says:

    Thank you Tim and Mario for an amazing class in Brisbane it was awesome!!! Well worth the flight over from New Zealand!!! Take care for the rest of your trip and have fun doing it.

  15. Beverley Teske says:

    thanks so much for coming to Oz, I had a great time watching and meeting you in Brisbane. Hope you come back again soon.

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  17. Christy B says:

    Looks like a wonderful and artful adventure! Oz is on my “someday” wishlist.

  18. Lisa says:

    Hurry up and get here June 21

  19. AsilisA MaM says:

    sounds intriguingly: new lands, new meals, new customs…

  20. So glad I went to the Brisbane Craft Show and see you doing your demos. The guys from StampIt were very helpful in helping my locate some harder to get Ranger products. And are you serious about the vegemite tasting okay?

  21. Helena says:

    looks like a lot of fun and adventure, WoW you really love your job!
    and you know something I for one am glad you do, because if you did not we could not benefit, Thanks Tim

  22. marcia greer says:

    seriously, dude! best photo op EVAH. best colors EVAH

  23. Kym says:

    Hi there Tim, i had the absolute pleasure of doing your class last Friday afternoon. I would just like to thank you for taking the time to come to Australia and teach us some of your magic….I, for one, am truly grateful…You are simply amazing!!!….Hi and a big thank you to Mario too… 🙂

  24. Jodi says:

    Glad you came to see us in Brisbane Tim & Mario. I loved watching Tim’s demo at the Brissie Papercraft expo. Had to resist the urge to mug the older lady for the finished tag that Tim gave her – so jealous! Looking forward to seeing what new products you & Ranger will be releasing at CHA in a few weeks – will be listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable religiously to get all the good goss!

  25. Jackie Tuttle says:

    Your life is such a grand adventure-doing something you love with people you love and getting to travel to all the far reaches of the world. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
    Jackie in Alaska

  26. Leigh says:

    It was a fantastic experience to actually watch you demonstrate your techniques in person, Tim. Many thanks to Mario for taking such a wonderful photograph for me. Absolutely brilliant show. Enjoy the rest of your Aussie tour.

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  28. WOW! What a trip it seems ou having. But I sincerely hope you have not eaten kangarou. I don’t know why I am saying that, forgive me. I know eating habits is contextual and cultural. I am not a veggie just not a kangarou eater. HIHI

  29. Well first those distress pads look good enough to eat…can not wait to get some!

    But your photos are also wonderful, just love the angles and the light. I am so excited, also excited that I am finally getting your blog again!

    Yah for my favorite guy

  30. pam allen says:

    What a fun time in the land “down under”! Thanks for sharing your wonderful life. Congrats to Mario III & Sara!!!!!

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Gosh you have been working hard Tim! Hope you’re enjoying your stay!! I can’t wait to meet you in Melbourne! Going to be a great arvo 🙂

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