Dragonfly Dreams Swap Card

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This past weekend I was able to take part in an event for Canadian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. The Canadian Business Conference was organized by Stampin’ Up! Canada staff and a group of high level demonstrators. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from the speakers (mostly other demonstrators), be inspired both creatively and business-wise, and meet up with new and old friends from across the country, in an intimate and supportive setting. It was fantastic and a good “shot in the arm” for me, both personally and professionally.

I participated in two organized swaps, featuring a designated stamp set. One was for the Occasions Catalogue set, Dragonfly Dreams. This was my contribution above. Slightly hard to see, but there’s shimmer on the wings thanks to the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush – one of my favourite tools these days! I brayered on colour from the Bermuda Bay Ombre Ink Pad in the background. For the dragonfly, I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then inked the solid wing image with my own “ink pad” made from a baby wipe with drops of reinkers before stamping in place. The coordinating framelit means no fussy cutting – yay! After I completed eleven of these cards, I realized that I missed something…..I was supposed to have some sort of embellishment on the card….so I added some rhinestones to the upper left and lower right corners of the Bermuda Bay strip. Note to self: check the swap card requirements BEFORE designing your card in future. (you can see the adjusted final swap card in the collage below). Collage features scenes from the weekend: tablemates, friends, swap cards and a fog enshrouded CN Tower!

I actually didn’t take as many photos as I thought I would – I was too busy being inspired by all the great information and great people in the room! We had assigned seating at round tables, which was a great way to mix and mingle, and on the final night, we were able to go up the CN Tower for dinner if we wanted. Even though it was foggy (boo) it was okay because I think we spent more time laughing and talking than looking out the windows! I am looking forward to the next time I will see many of these great ladies – at Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage event in April. I am grateful to all the organizers of the event, and (I know it sounds twee but it’s true) grateful that I have my Stampin’ Up! business because it’s brought so much to my life. [OK. Enough of that! Back to being my usual sarcastic self haha].

A reminder that the end of the month is drawing near (how does that happen so quickly??!!) as is the next Monthly Card Class. February’s class will be Wednesday, February 1 – either at 1pm or 7pm. Registration deadline is January 30, $20 class fee includes all supplies and envelopes to make 4 different cards, one of which will be suitable to use for Valentine’s Day or some other “love”ly occasion that you might have coming up. Please contact me to register. Remember that if you can’t make it to class at that time, get a group of friends together and we can have a private class! Hope to see you soon.