Friday, 4 March 2011

My swap card for SU training day

Tomorrow I’m off to Leeds for a Stampin’ Up!® Regional Training event, with five of my team members. I’m really looking forward to it; not only will it be a great opportunity to catch up with some of my team, but SU events are always fun, even when there’s work/training involved!

There are about 70 demonstrators going, I believe, so it will be nice to bump into some familiar faces from previous events, too. One way to get to know other demonstrators is to join in swaps. For the uninitiated, this means we make a batch of cards using SU supplies, then swap them with other demonstrators. This way, we get our hands on lots of different samples to show at our workshops – often using techniques we haven’t tried, or stamp sets we don’t have.

I’m not a big fan of making swaps – I get bored quickly – but I do love to see all the fabulous creations that other people make, and often get ideas from them. When I’m telling stampers about the great opportunity that joining Stampin’ Up!® represents, one of the most common replies is “but I couldn’t think of the ideas”. Well, here’s a little secret for you: you don’t have to! Stampin’ Up! is all about sharing and, with all the resources on offer, you really don’t ever need to think of an original idea of your own if you don’t want to!

Now my swap card is not particularly original, especially as it was made from leftover Make & Take packs from my Sale-A-Bration workshops, which was this card. For swaps, only card fronts are required, so I dismantled the kits and put the remaining notecards away for another day, and simply cut some Whisper White cardstock to notecard size, which is 5in x 3.5in. There weren’t enough bits leftover to make 25 swap cards but it definitely gave me a head start.

I couldn’t swap using a Sale-A-Bration stamp set, as those sets are no longer available, so I used Just Believe instead, which is one of my favourite new sets. The decorated label stamp looks lovely as a border – and because of the size of the layers I could stamp it all with no fuss then cover the rectangle with the Rich Razzleberry layer.

This particular stamp is just leaves, so I added a flower of my own using the Boho Blossoms punch. I really hope the other demonstrators like it! And, if they don’t, I’m sure they’ll be too polite to say!

Stamps: Just Believe
Cardstock: Note Cards (if making to send rather than a swap), Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Silver Brads, Old Olive Taffeta ribbon

All products by Stampin' Up!®


  1. LOVE the photo of all of them spread out! Have a great time and your swap will be a hit, I'm sure, it's a perfect card!

  2. waouh !! elles sont très belles
    quel travail

  3. what a lovely card for swapping hope you have a good time luv Sue x

  4. If the other demos don't like your work, then they are nuts, and you should simply send these cards to your friends on the western side of the Atlantic. :D


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