My OnStage Swap Cards

I can’t believe I’m heading to OnStage in only three more sleeps!! I’m super excited about meeting other demonstrators from all over Western North America, learning new business strategies from Stampin’ Up! HQ, and of course…. getting my hands on the new catalogue!!

Another aspect I enjoy participating in is swaps. While many demonstrator events, including OnStage, have ‘organized swaps’ – meaning, participants agree to make cards (or other projects) with a certain theme, and make one for every person participating – I didn’t find any organized swaps that suited me, so I am participating only in ‘floor swaps’. Floor swaps are more impromptu, meaning you make as many cards as you feel like making, and then when you meet other demonstrators at the event, you ask if they are interested in swapping. The hope is, if you make fifty of the same card, you’ll come home with fifty DIFFERENT cards!

I decided to make two different swap cards, because I wanted to be able to offer potential swappers a choice when they swap with me. For the first card, I knew I wanted to use This Little Piggy and a wobble spring effect like I learned (and blogged about) at the Vancouver Island Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators February meeting. Here’s a reminder of the card I made there:

And here’s the card I designed for my OnStage swaps:

In addition to This Little Piggy, I also used Amazing Life for the sentiment (I believe in you) and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder for the background layer. To make the spring, I used 30 gauge floral wire, along with wire cutters, a screwdriver (to wrap the wire around), a 1″-circle punch, a pinhole punch, and Tear and Tape adhesive.

You can watch my live video here if you want to see exactly how to create the wobble spring.

I was really pleased with this project, but I also wanted to do something more elegant in case not everyone wanted a cutesy piggy card. One of my teammates recently gave me the “Statement of the Heart” stamp, which was part of an exclusive demonstrator offer last summer, and I thought that would be a great stamp to set off another technique I wanted to try: block stamping.

In block stamping, you use the acrylic blocks directly on the inkpad and cardstock to create a block of colour. You can create a lot of really cool effects! I think the delicate lines of the stamped flowers add a really interesting complement to the blocky shapes. What do you think?

So those are my two swaps on offer for OnStage Vancouver this weekend! Check back next week and I’ll have lots to share with you about what I saw and learned while I was there!

If either of these projects have inspired you, remember you can shop 24/7 at my online store. And if you’d like to come along with me to the next OnStage event,  join my team!

Happy Stampin’!

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