Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Safe Arrival in Salt Lake City and a Swap Card

Good Morning, Salt Lake City!  We arrived safely and settled into our hotel rooms yesterday afternoon. We were delighted to see some fellow demonstrators that we only get to see at Stampin' Up! events and who will be rooming with us during convention.

 #InspireCreateShare2014 doesn't actually get started until tonight with Registration and Bag Pick Up (#lovethoseSUbags) and a special Paper Pumpkin Party.  During the day today we will be shopping and sight-seeing and enjoying some R&R which there will be absolutely no time for once convention gets started!

I thought I'd share with you one of my swap cards.  Swapping is a long-standing tradition with papercrafters and a part of the culture at Stampin' Up! conventions.  It works like a cookie exchange at Christmas.  You make gobs of cards of one or two different designs and then you trade them with others at convention and go home with a whole slew of different designs and ideas.  It helps you with class and technique ideas and it is a great way to meet other demos!  I'm not a huge fan.  I like the sharing part and meeting other demos, but I hate making 15 -20 copies of the same card.  I'd rather make 15 - 20 different cards than mass produce one design assembly line fashion, but once it's done, it's fun to take part in the excitement of it.

Some demos make 150 or more to swap, but I keep mine to a manageable 40 or so.  I often use the multiples of cards I created for class samples as swap cards as well.\

  • This was a fun and relatively easy card to do for one of my swap designs.  It features a monochromatic colour palette of Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party.
  • The stamp set I used is one I just took delivery of, Hello Darling.  I love that solid flower stamp on the background flag.  With all the different images, you can create some great collage backgrounds.  You can even design your own DSP with it.  It also coordinates well with the Lovely Lace embossing folder, although I didn't use that for this card.
  • The Banners Collection framelits were an important tool to use for this design.  There is quite a large difference between the sizes so that one size doesn't necessarily make a good matte for the next smallest size.  To create the mattes, I cut the Whisper White cardstock narrower and shorter than the banner die I wanted to use to cut the matte.  I centered the Whisper White on either the Coastal Cabana or Island Indigo cardstock that would become the backing and then centered the Banner framelit over the two of them.  When they were run through the Big Shot, the Whisper White was slightly smaller, but had the same shaped 'V' notch as the backing and I just centered it on the coloured cardstock.
  • The little bow is made from Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.  It is lovely stuff, so soft and the colour is really saturated.
I made 12 of these for swapping and it didn't take me too long.  It's a fairly quick and easy design that you could try with your Hello Darling stamp set!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today!

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