I hosted my team's Annual Awards Night last night. I loved celebrating their accomplishments. But, most of all, I loved the look of surprise on so many of their faces when they realized just how amazing of a year they had. In addition to awards, there was tons of convention chatter, excitement over a new Holiday Catalog, we learned a fun new technique, and of course there was SWAPPING! As usual, I wanted to share with you the swaps!
First up is the winning swap created by Patty Jo Higgins. I think what stikes me most about hers is the Island Indigo/Hello Honey color combo. She also inked up her Chevron Embossing folder to make the bottom half of the card.
We actually initially had a 3-way tie for first place in the swap contest, but due to the fact that I had a limited number of prizes, we had to do a second round of voting!!! This next card was one of the runners up created by Jennifer Cornish. She incorporated a trick that Shelli taught at convention - how to use the end of the banner punch to take the "chunks" out of the feathers. Those are actually heat embossed feathers. Pretty impressive!
The next runner up was this next card created by Darlene Kurman. No, that's not Designer Series Paper in the background. She stamped that! All of the stamps are from the Mosaic Madness stamp set. Crazy, eh?
This next card was created by Jill Gallagher. This one blows me away. It's a single sheet of cardstock and a bow. That's it. But, the technique she used makes it look so much more involved. She masked the background to create the wooden piece. She then stamped and colored the flowers with Blendabilities. They totally look like they were cut out and glued on top! Nope. It's all one piece of paper.
Next up is a card created by Hallie Justice. Hallie taught us the technique she used to create the background tonight. It's so simple, it's crazy! It's called "Smack Down". She literally inked up her stamp and stamped it. She then repeatedly tapped the same stamp over and over and over again on and around it. No special tools required. She had several other examples as well that were all gorgeous! Give it a try!
Next up is Jane's card. Her's totally showcases the Big Shot (which will be part of a promotion starting on Friday). It's a cute and simple baby card!
One of my newest demonstrators, Charlotte Nelson, made us all pillow boxes using the Back to Black Designer Series paper. I love how she made the flower rosettes and didn't just adhere them to the pillow boxes. She added another layer cut with the Apothecary Accents framelits. What a great favor. And, of course they weren't empty. She filled them with nail files!
Last but certainly not least is Deanna Fioresi's sneak peek swap. Deanna attended convention with me and had the opportunity to pick up some of the Holiday Catalog products early. I love the stamp set she used. I can't wait to make some holiday cards with it. But, how about that luscious Cherry Cobbler ribbon? Yup! That'll be in the Holiday Catalog, too!
Curious what I swapped? I actually posted it on my blog a few days ago. Click here to check it out.