On Stage Swap 3 – Jar of Love

Stampin Up! On StageI was swapping at On Stage today!  I was blown away by the creativity in one ballroom. I’m amazed the walls didn’t bulge out with the energy in the room.

I swapped everything I made in the first hour of the event.  The cards I received were amazing and I will be sharing some of them here in the future.


In the meantime, here is the third swap I made.

I used the Wood Textures DSP along with the Jar of Love stamp set and dies.Jar of Love Swap

The jar is stamped on Vellum and the water was created with the Dark Pool Party Blend.

The base leaves were stamped directly on the DSP in Tranquil Tide.

I used Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum, Powder Pink, and Berry Burst to create the rest of the bouquet.

The ribbon was stamped in Fresh Fig and die cut.

If you swapped for this card, I hope you like it!

On Stage Swap 2 – Eastern Palace

If you’re ever in Winslow, Arizona, be sure to visit the La Posada.  It’s a Fred Harvey hotel. These hotels served the train travelers and are just amazing in their architecture, although many have been lost to time.  This particular hotel was designed by Mary Colter.  It is filled with art, and rugs, and unusual furniture pieces.  It feeds creativity.  And speaking of feeds – the Turquoise Room. I’ve eaten at restaurants of famous chefs, but the best meals I have had are here.  A ‘western palace’ of sorts.

Which leads me to my next swap using the Easter Palace DSP. I couldn’t do a swap from the annual catalog without including this bundle.  The papers are a beautiful combination of analogous colors, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig accented with Gold.  I chose to use a different metallic accent for this card front – copper.Eastern Palace Stampin Up! On Stage swap

The base is thick Very Vanilla with a layer of Fresh Fig cardstock.  The second layer is from the paper pack.  I used a small accent stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp with Versamark and copper embossing powder to embellish each of the open medallions on the paper.  Stamping, coloring, or embossing our DSP is a way to make our cards even more unique.

For the medallion under the sentiment, I die cut a circle from a sheet of Tranquil Tide  DSP.  Over that, I layered a medallion cut from another paper in the pack, this one a stripped Fresh Fig pattern.  I used two of the dies together to get this ‘lacey’ look.

The sentiment, stamped in Tranquil Tide on Very Vanilla,  is from the bundled stamp set. I punched that out with a circle punch and mounted it to a slightly larger circle of copper foil paper.  The final touch was a bow of copper ribbon. I love how subtle the copper was with the Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide.

This card had a little more stamping, most of it adding the copper accent to the DSP, but the main focus was #cutthepaper.

On Stage Swap 1 – Birthday Delivery

I’m terrible about making the same card over and over again.  For the April 2018 On Stage in Las Vegas, I made six different cards, eight of each.  The next few posts will be all about these card fronts that I made to share with my fellow Stampin Up! demonstrators.  Later, I’ll be posting some of the items I received in exchange.

On Stage was so much fun in November.  As I write this, I’m halfway to Las Vegas and can’t wait to get there and see all the new products that Stampin Up! has created for us to play with for 2018-2019!

But back to the card.  This one is perfect for a child’s birthday.


Birthday Delivery On Stage Stampin Up! swapI used Rich Razzleberry as my base to complement the Daffodil Delight color of the geometric paper from the Birthday Delivery DSP pack.  I used a different piece from the same pack to provide the stripes at the bottom.  The bear, with the baby and the balloons, was fussy cut from another piece of the DSP.  This bundle has the dies to cut the little hat and the gift from another piece of the DSP.  The sentiment is also from the bundle and I stamped that in Rich Razzleberry to tie it to the card base.

Finally, a length of the Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon hid the seam between the two pieces of DSP.  And, of course, a bit of bling with the rhinestone.

There was very little stamping in this card, but the overall theme for my swaps was #cutthepaper!

Hope you are inspired to cut into your favorite DSP and make something fun!