Pinkies Team Swaps

Monday 18 April 2016

Stampin' Up! held their UK event called Onstage Local in Telford at the weekend, over 380 demos attended and it was truly an amazing day! We got to see the new catalogue and get an idea of what products were retiring. To see the retirement list, scroll down to the end of this post.

If you are a new follower or a new crafter, let me tell you all about what swaps are. Swaps are hand crafted card fronts or 3D items that you make multiples of to swap with others. The objective for this event was to use current product and showcase these in a design that others can use as inspiration or as samples to show to customers or take to events. At the same time you get to meet and mingle with lots of demos. Its such fun but its not compulsory! You get exactly what you put in, so if you make 100 swaps, you will come home with 100 swaps.

On the Friday before Onstage I attended an event in a hotel that was arranged by my upline Michelle Last. It was a lovely afternoon crafting, playing games and catching up with old friends and making new ones. For this event I made 25 of these swaps, one for all 24 demos attending and 1 for me to keep. 

Most of the products I have used in this project are now retiring and I will be very sad to see the Timeless Elegance DSP go.... BUT I knew that would happen as all DSP retires every year. I know I have used it in my of my projects lately, one reason was to use up what I had left but the other reason was simply because I love it so much. 

I'm actually quite excited to use the new DSP coming out and come up with some new designs! I am sure you will like to see something new from me too!

I really hope everyone liked my swaps. When I got home after a long drive on Saturday evening, I spent an hour looking through the swaps I received. My husband was after the chocolate that was contained in some of them but I am leaving them where they are at the moment as I am thinking of doing my first Youtube video to show all the swaps I received over the two events. Would you like to see them? Scroll down and leave a comment if you would like to see the swaps I received.

In this photo I've tried to capture the glitter effect of the butterfly and sentiment but as usual its so hard to capture in a photograph. You can just about see the glitter on the butterfly in this photo. To achieve this look I have used the Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear on the Sahara Sand cardstock after I die cut the butterfly. For the sentiment I used my brayer to stain the wooden sentiment with Basic Black Archival Ink, allowed it to dry and then added glitter, again using the Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear. The whole effect is very sparkly. I also added glitter to the edges of the cardstock, for this I used the Wink of Stella Glitter pen in gold around the edge of the Basic Black cardstock

The retiring products from the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue and Spring Summer Catalogue are now live and showing in my online shop! 

Every year products are retired in order to make way for brand new shiny products. I will be selling my retired products in June so if you are interested in seeing what I've got, please leave a comment or subscribe to my blog. 

Now, if I could give you once piece of advice, it would be to have a look through the retiring items straight away and place an order for anything that you have had on your wishlist. Its important you do this as soon as you can as they can sell out very quickly and they are not manufacturing anymore of these items.

Last year I was going to order some transfer (adhesive) sheets and I waited a day and they were gone. Needless to say I have used the sheets I had left over very sparingly and when I run out I will be very sad as they are fab to use with intricate die cuts.

To go to my online shop and view the products click here, or click on one of the buttons below.

If you have any questions about the retiring list or how I made these swaps, leave me a comment or contact me directly using the social media icons.

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