Phew! I’ve had a great day, despite the poor weather, at the Stampin’ Up! Sydney Regional training in Darling Harbour today. One of the many fun things we do at training are “swaps”. This means we make a stack of cards and we “swap” them with each other. When you look at someone else’s swap you suddenly find out new ways to use stamps or a particular stamp set you had never thought of before. It’s great fun!
This was my swap …
On the back of each swap we put our “recipe” for creating the swap card. My recipe looked like this:
This weekend I have a stamp-a-stack (aka SAS) for my cousin. It will be a great day, particularly as her daughter and my daughter are only 2 weeks apart in age and will have a ball playing while we have fun making cards! What is a stamp-a-stack? It’s where you make a stack of 10 cards, usually of 2 different designs. This is one of the cards I have chosen for the day.
We will be making 5 of these cards which my cousin’s guests will be able to tailor using the greeting stamps from Warmest Regards (retiring at the end of this month). The card, except for a few minor details, is a complete case from Splitcoaststampers. You can check out the original card here. Thanks so much Michele Boyer (Paper Cuts) for a great card! The original card had the advantage of using the Stampin’ Up! In Colour, Purely Pomegranate, which will be available in Australia from 1 April 2008! I can’t wait … that’s next Tuesday!!
This is the other card we will make. I apologise for the poor quality … of card (!) … my original card took a little battering at the last card class I ran and is a little worse for wear with extra ink spots on it. Such is life! I’ll post a nicer card up next week 🙂 This is an excellent card for a stamp-a-stack! With the Birthday Best (in the old and new catalogue for only $25.95!), guests can change from flowers to balloons to cupcakes and have a variety of cards to take home, should they choose to dip into their “creative well”. It’s one of the best value stamp sets in the catalogue and one of my favourites! For the greeting on this card I’ve used the stamp set, God’s Blessings, but if you don’t have that stamp set then the Birthday Best greeting is just fine too 🙂 I’ve also used Simply Said flowers at the top of the card, but they aren’t coming up well in the photo. My apologies.
If you like the idea of organising a few friends around for a SAS, then drop me a line and we can book a date today (in Sydney, NSW, please). The cost for a SAS is $20.00 plus $3.00 for envelopes (envelopes are optional).
I recently did an Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. This is the card I have submitted. The only condition for the swap was that we use the embossing technique.
So how did I do it? I have embossed the prams from Simple Somethings with gold embossing powder and heated with my heat tool. I have also embossed in gold the edge of my Very Vanilla cardstock square. For the rest of the card I have used my Floral background stamp to stamp the Bashful Blue card strip. The ‘little one’ is from Nice & Narrow. The stripy paper is Four Seasons Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I have also used Old Olive and Pale Plum cardstock. The prams are coloured using my blender pens and SU chalks with the colours Bashful Blue, Old Olive and Pale Plum. And there are dimensionals everywhere! Finally, I have bordered the different cardstock with Chocolate Chip and three SU gold brads finish off my very first ATC. It is only tiny … 3.5 x 2.5 inches!
This is the first one I had a go at, but I wasn’t as happy with it as the top ATC card 😦
What do you think? Leave a comment! If I made this card again, I would not stamp ‘little one’ inside the pram …
I’m looking forward to seeing what I will get back. I’ll soon have 8 different ATC all using embossing to show off at my workshops and inspire me to create a full sized card!!
Last night I did my first ever Cyberstamp with The INKlings group that I am a part of. There were 10 of us online last night, that was great! Our talented uplines set us 4 challenges to complete so the pressure was on the the creative juices forced to flow!
These were my efforts:
To complete a gift tag of any kind in 10 minutes … phew!
Apologies for the poor lighting for the photo. How simple was this card? Just Whisper White and Lovely Lilac cardstock, Birthday Best stamp set and Basic Black ink with a colour in with the Lovely Lilac marker pen was almost all that was needed. To finish the card off I used my trusty 2-way glue pen with Dazzling Diamonds glitter … bling!
This was a sketch challenge. Of course, my first! What a great idea though … we all followed the sketch and were to use patterned paper on the card and choose our colour scheme from the patterned paper. I used Loves Me DSP from the Summer Mini Catalogue … I’ve been meaning to do a baby card for so long!
Now this was really a challenge … a colour challenge. We had to create a card from the the colours: Vintage Violet, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip and Cool Carribean. I didn’t have any Cool Carribean and substituted it with Bashful Blue. Would you have picked this colour scheme?
Our last challenge was reverse masking … and now I have finished it!