Over the weekend I attended the biannual Stampin’ Up! conference. Earlier this year I attended another one which was held in Perth, but this one entailed a trip to the beautiful city of Melbourne.
This was a very quick trip for me, flying over on a Friday and getting the red eye home on the Saturday night. Combine this with the fact that Perth is 3hrs behind Melbourne in terms of time, and this was a hectic weekend. But oh so much fun!!
Part of the fun is meeting other likeminded crafty people and seeing lots of new products. Combine this with the fact that I belong to a team of people who mostly live in central and eastern Australia – so I got to meet them for the first time in person – so much fun!
One of the things we do at these events is swap ideas with other demonstrators. In total I participated in 3 swaps – a card swap with other team members, a 3D item swap with other team members, and a general card swap. A general card swap is where you literally walk up to people and say “hey, would you like to swap with me?”.
In total I took 55 cards to swap in the ‘general swaps’. I made the same card design in each of the 2018-2020 In-Colours, 11 of each colour. I actually made 12 of each colour but I really liked how they turned out so I kept one of each.
The layout for the cards was pretty simple and combined layering white card stock with each of the InColour card stocks, and also adding a piece of InColour DSP.
The stamping is done in gray granite with the InColour used for the feature ‘houses’, both the image and sentiment are from the Waterfront stampset – oh how I love this set! So versatile.
I stamped on a whisper white stitched squae and layered this on a scalloped square from the layering square framelit dies. I finished it off with a basic bow in the whisper white bakers twine.
When it comes to putting together a large amount of cards, for me a construction line works best. I first cut all the cardstock, and die cut all my pieces. I them stamped in sets of 12, making sure I only had one ink pad open at at one time. When making lots of cards like these your mind can wander, and having only one ink pad open till help avoid mistakes!
Lastly I cut all the bakers twine, and then set about constructing them. Instead of doing them all in one hit, I mostly did one colour at a time so as not to get too bored.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of other demos and seeing what creative things they had come up with. I returned home to Perth with a much heavier suitecase, jam packed with swaps and lots of freebies! I will be sharing more of that I received over the coming week.