Swaps that didn’t get swapped

Well today I was supposed to be in Sydney at Onstage, a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator event. The first in person event in 3 years due to Covid! I was so looking forward to catching up with fellow demos and see new products and presentations. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out and I wasn’t able to make it. After our family had avoided Covid since it started, hubby tested positive on Wednesday. I was due to fly out on Friday morning and although I was still negative, I couldn’t risk it as I could very well test positive while at the event and have passed it on too many people by then. So, I pulled the pin and didn’t go.

One of the things we do at these events is swap cards with others so that we can get different ideas. I wasn’t going to make any as I didn’t think I had the time, however on Monday I decided to push myself to get some made.

When making a number of the same card, I like to try to keep things simple so I decided to use the blending brushes with some Bermuda Bay & Coastal Cabana inks. I blended the inks all over an A4 sheet of Basic White cardstock, and then stamped the Botanical Layers stamp set images all over the sheet in Versamark ink before heat embossing the images with White Embossing Powder. I meant to take a photo before I started cutting it up but forgot. I managed to get 8 strips out of this one sheet which means 8 cards.

I used a Bermuda Bay card base then added a strip of Coastal Cabana cardstock with the layer of the inked & embossed on top. The sentiment comes from the Framed Occasions stamp set and again was heat embossed before cutting it out with one of the hexagons dies from the Beautiful Shapes Dies. A few Rhinestones were added, and the card was complete. They came together quite quickly once I’d created the original A4 sheet.

It’s a shame I wasn’t able to give these to the other demonstrators at the event, however I’m sure they will still be used.

Until next time, happy stamping

Michelle

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