Thursday, August 7, 2008

Convention Swap Shares...

One of the fun extra curricular activities we participate in at convention, is swapping!  Why swap?  There are a variety of reasons... it's a really fun way to meet other talented paper craft artists, it's a great way to obtain ideas and stimuli for upcoming workshops and events, and it's a great way to expand our own creativity thru the eyes of others... to name just a few reasons!

I know many of my customers and readers are dying to see some of the swaps I received at convention... if you're coming to the open house on Saturday, you will have an opportunity to thumb through them yourselves... but here are a few I'd like to share today!

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From Barbara Kaufmann of San Clemente, California.  This card uses the 'Always' stamp set.. isn't it fabulous?  Barbara used Kraft Card stock as the base of the card and Very Vanilla for the main images.  She stamped the images with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink,  added some distressing and chocolate chip tafetta ribbon to make a very sweet and lovely card.  It's a great use of tone on tone, random stamping (background), and punches to accentuate the main image.  It's a perfect card for workshops, and beginners.  Thanks,  Barbara!



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Who can resist this adorable Sock Monkey???  The Bella Rose Designer Series Papers and Pixie Pink card stock lend a sweet and special touch to this lovelly card by Joann Wiemers, a phenomenal demonstrator  from Madison, Alabama.  I love how she stamped the sock monkey onto designer papers  and cut them out to make these adorable flowered pajamas, sock monkey paws, and face!  The coluzzle was used to create a window 'header' above the main image.  Her pennant is markered by hand, a very welcoming message to this first time convention attendee.. Love your card, Joann... that's why you're one of the top demonstrators, thanks for swappin;!

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This card is by Dixie Finn... I'm not sure where she is from, but I do know she has been a demonstrator for about 4 years (same as me).  I'm sharing her card because of it's excellent use of designer series papers.  The design is monochromatic, and very neatly done using the 'One of a Kind' and 'A Beautiful Thing' stamp sets with just a hint of black classic ink stamped on the inside of the three main flower images, and as the card greeting.  Dixie successfully managed to balance a variety of prints into a classic cute card.  Thanks, Dixie!

So.. do you want to see more 20th Anniversary Convention Swaps?  Keep checking back!

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