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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Stampin Up! European Convention 2014 Part 1... Swaps!


Well I am back and all rested from the excitement that was the Stampin Up! European convention! This was both my first Stamping Up! convention and first visit to Brussels. I had an amazing experience and can't wait to visit again for convention next year! Over the next few days I'm going to share some of my favourite snippets from the weekend! 

Im going to start with my favourite thing about convention…Swaps! Stamping Up! demonstrators swap whenever they meet and European convention is no different. The excitement at the start of the first day with everyone arriving and meeting each other is incredible and is made even better by the lovely demonstrators sharing their creations with each other. As a new demonstrator I felt so welcome and it amazed me that language wasn't a barrier to the demos greeting each other. We have French, German, Austrian and Dutch demos and they were all excitedly swapping with each other and with me! :)

First I would like to share my swap and how I made it. You might recognise this as I took inspiration from my tag using the Sketched Birthday stamps a few weeks ago. Today I will show you how I made the tag in a little more detail. Its really simple!

First I used the scalloped tag topper punch to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock which I had cut to 5cm wide. Then I stamped a sentiment from the endless wishes stamp set and at the same time stamped a snowflake on another piece of Whisper White in Costal Cabana ink. (This stamp set is one of my favourite from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue- keep an eye out for many more makes using this stamp set!) 

I punched the snowflake using the 11/4" circle punch and used stamping dimensionals to adhere it to a 13/4" scalloped circle I had punched in Coastal Cabana cardstock. I then stuck this on the top half of the tag.

Finally I made the adorable bow using the envelope punch board in the Coastal Cabana DSP which comes in the In-Colour 12"x12"DSP stack.

How to make the bow:

These instructions may sound a little confusing, so I hope that the additional pictures will help explain in greater detail how to make these sweet bows. If you need any help please get in touch and I will happily help you out!

So first you need two pieces of DSP which are 1inch wide. I chose my dimensions as 6 inch and 3inch, because it meant I could use a whole piece of DSP for my shares and so it would fit nicely on my tag, however if you want the flat back piece of your bow to show more then I would recommend increasing your second piece of paper to 4 inch.

First taking the 6 inch piece you cut a notch on both sides in the middle of the strip. Lining the edge of the paper up to the 3 inch mark and pressing down on the punch board button. Once you have done this on both sides you should end up with a grooved strip like this:

Next you need to do the same with the ends of the strip, this time only half of the notch will be cut on each end. The best way is to line up the edge of the strip with the point of the triangle in the centre of the punch. Once you have done both sides you'll have something that looks like this:

The ends are then simply lined up and glued to the centre with glue dots! Then you move on to the back of the bow. This is made by noting the centre of the strip as in the first strip so for my 3 inch strips I made notches at 11/2 inch on both sides. Then I placed the strip in to the punch widthways and notched the ends, this gives the tailed ends to the back of the bow. Simple!

I glued these two pieces together again using glue dots and ended up with the bow below!

On my swaps i cut a strip of Whisper White card 1/4 inch wide to wrap around the centre of the bow to add extra contrast.

I took me a long time to make all my swaps but it was totally worth it!

Of course the best thing about swaps is swapping! I got a lot of wonderful swaps from some very talented ladies and even a few gentlemen! look at all the amazing things i received…I am brimming with inspiration from these wonderful demos.

I hope you enjoyed part 1 of my convention story. Come back tomorrow for part 2!

Amy x


Thanks for reading my blog, I hope it has inspired you to try something new!

If I can help you in any way please get in touch!


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