I hope you've had a great weekend.
I went to Natalie's training, together with Amanda who's in my team.
had a really super day with some business traing, a quiz, a raffle, a
make'n'take, and of course, swaps!
We also had a business presentation from Paula Gorry,
who's the UK Business Manager.
The only slight disappointment during the
whole day was that there were less swaps than expected, and you know
how I love swapping!
Nevertheless, there was still a great selection of
swaps that I have pleasure to share with you today.
very unusual for me to have an absolute favourite but on this occasion I do!
favourite was from Emma Goddard, and it's my favourite because I'm amazed at how she created
her book marker - it really is clever!
absolutely brilliant idea.
At first glance I thought she had fussy cut the holly
and adhered both of them onto the Whisper White book marker, but this isn't the case.
have a chance to chat with Emma but what I imagined she did was to draw
lines on the Whisper White Cardstock (CS) where she wanted the straight
cuts to be, and then stamped and fussy cut the holly that protruded outside those lines.
had finished fussy cutting, I imagine she used her trimmer to cut on the
straight lines she had drawn, avoiding the fussy cut areas.
Emma Goddard - products used (I think!):
Good Tidings Stamp Set - holly
Merry Little Labels Stamp Set - sentiment
Old Olive & Garden Green Ink - holly
Real Red & Cherry Cobbler Ink - holly berries
Gold Embossing Powder - Sentiment
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Sarah Lower: I don't have this stamp set and wasn't planning on buying it, but I love Sarah's very striking card.
The stamp set is called Half Full and was inspired by million dollar sales achiever Linda Bauwin.
The year on the bottle of wine - 1975 - is the year Linda married her husband. Very sadly, he has passed away.
Although this stamp set is in the Christmas catalogue, it'll be so easy to use all year round.
Sarah Wickins used the Feeling of Christmas Stamp Set to create her wreath.
When I first had a play with this stamp set, I was so surprised at how well the background stamp worked to colour in the wreath.
Jackie Hall used the Vintage Leaves and Window Shopping Stamp sets for card, and just two colours of ink, Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke.
I will have to check with Jackie how she coloured the leaves.
The technique she's used for stamping in the sections is called retiform, which is a technique I haven't tried yet, but must!
I'm not into leaves and don't have this stamp set, but I think this is a great card!
Susanna Tolkien - this is a great idea!
snowflake has been dry embossed with the Winter Wonder Embossing
Then she cut out the snowflake and mounted it onto some
Pear Pizzazz CS that has been dry embossed using the Softly Falling
The sentiment is
from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set and has been stamped in Real Red Ink.
Kim Fee - has used the smooshing technique on some of our Glossy CS.
The leaves have been die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies using Silver Foil.
I don't know where the sentiment comes from.
Linda Kasparian - has cased a card from the Christmas catalogue.
She has used Old Olive cardstock, and stamped the tree tone on tone.
The stamp set is called Add a Little Glitz, and the trim is Real Red Tinsel Trim.
The Silver Glimmer stars have been die cut with the star die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.
Gill Moore - has made a full card although we are only requested to make a card front, and what a card it is!
It's only as I'm sitting here writing my blog that I've seen that Gill has put something on all the three layers that have been decorated on the right hand side.
She has used dies and stamps from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, and co-ordinating Snowflakes Sentiments Stamp Set.
The top page is Pool Party CS and the second page, which is Whisper White CS has been dry embossed using the Holly Embossing Folder.
The next Pool Party page has been stamped with a sentiment and embellished like the front page.
The final Whisper White CS page, which is part of the card base, has two silver stripes which I imagine are from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.
Inside the card, Gill has added a layer of Pool Party CS and stamped another sentiment, tone on tone.
Gill has obviously put a lot of thought and work in this card - it's really beautiful!
Rebecca Willmore - like me is a cat lover!
As always she has come up with a really cute idea.
She has used the cat punch to create two Basic Black CS cats, and made them face back to back with their tails entwined!
I don't have the co-ordinating stamp set but I imagine Rebecca has stamped the cat faces using our Craft Whisper White Ink.
She has added a bow tie and a necklace using Gold Glitter and tied a Linen Thread bow around their tails.
She has finished off the ends of the bows by adding two tiny pink hearts.
To make the cats stand up, Rebecca has punched two tags using the Circle Tag Punch - such a good idea!
Unknown - this is a sachet of Belgian Choc drinking chocolate.
It has been decorated with the Merry Cafe Stamp set, which co-ordinates with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.
The coffee cup has been die cut using the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP).
The sentiment has been made up of three different stamps which allows endless possibilities of what a sentiment can read!
Last but by no means least, I received this unusual shaped box which had several chocolates inside - always very welcome.
I think I know who this swap was from but I don't know the lady's name apart from Emma's Goddard's Mum!
What talent there is in that family!
I don't know what this box is called but I'm sure it'll be on YouTube somewhere!
I hope you've enjoyed sharing my swaps! As always, loads of great ideas!
Until tomorrow, happy crafting.