As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’m often asked “Do you design all the cards yourself?” The answer = no! One of the ways I get ideas and inspiration is to participate in swaps. These are usually demonstrator organized, and whoever signs up for the swap is given some guidelines – e.g. create a full sized card, use x number of layers and x number of embellishments. Each person creates a specified number of their designs, and then sends them to the organizer, who swaps out the cards so that everyone gets one of each card in return. Lots of ideas and inspiration to be had – like this fun summer card!

This card, created by Selina Merali, features the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Sunny Days, which is available in wood mount or clear mount red rubber stamps. I love the summery feel of this one! It also features some of the new In Colours – Blueberry Bushel (quickly becoming my fave new colour) for the cardbase, and a strip of the Pineapple Punch Designer Series Paper from the In Colo(u)r 2018-2020 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack.

I know that there have definitely been some sunny days already! I spent the past week in Rhode Island with the Burlington Teen Tour Band. They had two parades – Bristol, Rhode Island and Warwick, Massachussets on July 4th, after completing a Canada Day performance in Burlington on July 1st. We had some VERY sunny days in Rhode Island, with lots of humidity as well, though I understand that conditions were much the same in Burlington. The band did very well, completing the parades in those challenging weather conditions and enjoying some free time in the area, including a morning of whale watching off the coast of Boston.

This tour was the last one that my son and I will share, as he has now retired from the band and is preparing to go to university in the fall. I’ve watched as many of the teens who joined the band at the same time as my son graduate and leave band this year as well. It’s been a privilege to watch these young people along this part of their journey. as they grow and mature into young adults with fantastic futures ahead of them.

Now that I’m catching up after my time off (and unkinking my neck from falling asleep while on the bus haha), I’m also getting ready for the July Monthly Card Class, happening THIS Wednesday, July 11th at 1pm or 7pm. Postponed due to the holidays and my “vacation” time with the band, it’s happening the second Wednesday of the month this time around. Please contact me to register for the class – $20 includes all supplies required to complete four different projects using a variety of stamps, tools and techniques. Monthly Card Class and Stampers Club continue year round – so schedule some “me” time and join us! If you aren’t local to Burlington, or can’t make class on the scheduled dates, you can always get a group of friends together and schedule a private class, or join one of my online classes! The Scrapbook in a Box is the latest online class, and you can even order the class by mail, which includes the raw basic materials for the project! Check out the YamStamps More Online Class page for more information. Hope to see you in class soon!

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