Monday, July 16, 2012

Shoebox Swaps at our demonstrator meeting


Last week we had our demonstrator meeting, and each of us was asked to make a shoebox swap card.  A shoebox swap is where I make a sample card, and put together kits for everyone to make the card that I designed.  I bring all the supplies needed, including paper cut, embossing done, etc. along with instructions on making the card.  Everyone goes around the room to each station and makes the cards for themselves.  Usually we make cards for each person at the meeting ourselves and swap the finished cards.
I was so excited about the card I made for the swap.  It is really fast and simple, but looks terrific, and I used a little technique that I have been using for the Serene Silhouette flowers, where I stamp the whole stamp with the base color, then wipe the ink off the flower heads, and stamp them with a different color.  I wanted to show off that technique I had been using so much lately.  I used the paper from the Comfort Cafe DSP along with Cajun Craze cardstock.  The stamping was done with Soft Suede and Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla.  No need for extra embellishments, as the stamping and the layering elements are totally super. 

I was so excited to swap my card, but I was also blown away by the shoebox swaps that everyone else brought.  We had nine different cards to make at our meeting, and I was surprised by all the different techniques that we had to try.  I was so impressed with all our cards, but I was anxious to see what the other group of demos had done on Monday night at their meeting.  I waited all week for Kay to post them online so I could check them out, and she managed to get them up before she left for Convention in Salt Lake City this week.  If you want to see some other fabulous swap cards you can check them out here.
I hope you enjoyed the cards I share, and come back for more.  Have a fabulous week!

Mary Alice

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