Monday, July 15, 2013

Convention Swaps - Pretty Pansies

It's Convention week!  I'm so excited because this is more than just a great Stampin' Up! event for me.  It's an annual trip I get to take with my mom and sister, who are both demonstrators, where we get to tap into every part of our creativity and we come back so energized though exhausted!

This year is the 25th Anniversary for Stampin' Up!  While the beauty of convention is that it's usually like clockwork for us (we know when to get up, where we sit, where we go on which days, etc.), this year they have changed the format up and so it's all going to be an adventure.  I have my water, apples, and energy bars - so I'm up for the challenge.

The challenge I haven't been so prepared for was getting my convention swaps done.  I thought I had great ideas and that I was done early and then I realized I only made like 50 general swap cards.  I mean, with SIX THOUSAND stampers in one space, I really only want to meet a fraction of them and get their great ideas????  So I'm back at the drawing board making more cute swaps while my husband plays single dad for the night.

I will be posting my projects this week that I'm swapping at convention.  These cards are ones that I did at my camp this weekend and will be doing again on August 3rd if anyone is interested in attending or getting a kit.

This card is for a swap group I'm in.   I love the new 2013-2015 In Colors.  All you have to do is look through a Pottery Barn catalog for color ideas for them which is how I landed on this combo.

  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding Core'dinations, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Stamps: Dictionary, Really Good Greetings, Mosaic Madness
  • Accessories: 3/4 Circle Punch, Pansy Punch, Hexagon Punch, Sponge, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Sanding Block, Adhesive
Craftastic Notes:
  • The Pistachio Pudding flower is out of our Core'dinations paper.  You can crinkle it, sand it, and more to show the core on the inside.
  • The stems are one of the strips from the Mosaic Madness stamp set.  I thought it added a little funky look to it.
  • The Dictionary background stamp is a lot of fun to use. I have mine in clear mount but didn't mount it on a block.  Just cover it with ink and then lay your cardstock on it.  Tap with your fingers to get that sporatic wording all over the card.
  • Use the hexagon punch to punch out the ends of the banner.  Mine was done with scissors since I hadn't heard that great tip yet.  If you use the hexagon, it works best on paper that is 1 1/4" wide or less.
Have a craftastic day,

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