Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Great Swaps At Stampin' Up! Regionals

Anniversary Wedding Card with Stampin'Up! Always Elegant stamp set

Monday, I said I'd share some swaps I received while at the Stampin' Up! Spring Regional event in Orlando last month.

First I have to show you MY swap! It's a pretty simple card, but I love the gold on gold embossing and wanted to keep it simple. This will make an elegant anniversary or wedding card and you can customize the card to the wedding colors if you know them. That strip of patterned paper? It's from the (sneak peek) Spring is Blossoming promotion going on now. It's called Paisley Petals (Designer Series Paper) and it. is. gorgeous. This pattern is one of the few muted ones in the bunch.

Gold embossing on Stampin' Up! Brushed Gold card stock

The inspiration for this card came from Marika Lemay, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Canada. Her version was brown and gold and equally stunning. I love that demonstrators from all over the US and Canada can share creative ideas (and business tips too!) on our "demo community" website. It's a fabulous resource and a great perk of being a demonstrator.

Gold on gold embossing with Stampin' Up! Brushed Gold card stock
Gold on gold embossing
This really looks stunning in person and it's easy to do. Simply ink your stamp with VersaMark or you can use Encore!™ Metallic Gold ink (Stampin' Up! retired this last year, but if you have it, use it). Stamp on our Metallic Gold card stock; cover with gold embossing powder and set it with the heat tool. Be sure to use your Embossing Buddy on the card stock first - it eliminates static and you won't have stray embossed specks on your card.

More please
Enough of my card ... Here are several of the cards I got from our team swap. I don't want to get any names/cards mixed up, so I'll just name basic stamp sets instead. That's really the important part anyway, right?

Mothers Day card Build a Blossom with Baroque Motifs background

Build a Blossom with All Holidays and Baroque Motifs

Stampin' Up! Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper On Your Birthday

On Your Birthday

Greeting Card Awash With Flowers by Stampin' Up!

Awash with Flowers

Stampin' Up! Bring on the Cake with Build a Blossom

Build a Blossom with Bring on the Cake

Stampin' Up! Nature Walk stamp set with Framed Tulips Embossing Folder

Nature Walk

Easel card for Every Moment stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Every Moment

Aviary stamp set by Stampin' Up! with red Glimmer Paper

Build a Blossom and Blossom Petals Punch by Stampin' Up!

Build a Blossom

Aren't these great cards? I hope you are as inspired as I was. Comments are welcome!!

p.s. The countdown is on . . . only three more days to shop from the Occasions Mini Catalog and take advantage of the Spring is Blossoming (sneak peek) promotion - both will expire April 30.


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Stamps: Always Elegant (W-116976, C-120477)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Always Artichoke (105219)
Paper: Always Artichoke (1051190, Very Vanilla (101650), Brushed Gold (102935), Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (122367)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Powder Pals trays (102197), Embossing Buddy (103083), Gold Emboss Powder (109129), Scallop Trim Border punch (118402), Scallop Oval XL punch (119856), 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval punch (119855), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117291)

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