Pearls and Lace
Convention Wrap

Convention Swaps

Hi there

I'm currently attending the annual Stampin' Up! Convention, which is being held in Melbourne this year - woohoo!  I'm staying with some friends in an apartment in the city so we don't have to go home and attend to the normal household chores, interrupting the fun and frivolity.

I have been working for a while on my Convention swaps. This is one of the fun parts of Convention to exchange card samples and be inspired by the ideas of others.  I have two designs based on the same stamp set 'Nature Walk', reminiscent of a framed botanical plate. This is a lovely set from the current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue and is a good replacement for my previously favourite and now retired nature set - 'Touch of Nature'. The two designs add a bit of interest into the production line process that is necessary when making a substantial number of the same design.  I managed to produce 20 of each, which is more than enough! 

This is the first of the designs (unfortunately, the lighting on this photo isn't the best), using most of the images from the set. I've used a variety of options including markers direct to the rubber (flower), stamped and coloured with markers (bee), stamped and coloured with watercolour crayons (eggs) and stamped and washed with aqua painter (butterfly). The background is textured Very Vanilla, which I don't usually stamp on, but gives it more of a botanical plate feel. I've spritzed liberally with soft suede to give it the 'aged' look.


Project Details
Stamps Nature Walk, You're a Gem
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Always  Artichoke
Ink Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler
Tools Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Small Oval punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke), Spritzer, Aqua painter, Watercolour Crayons, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

The lighting is better in this photo, showing the lovely tulip frame in Rich Razzleberry.  I love this rich colour.  The oval has been popped up on the En Francais background and the rest is as you see it.


Project Details
Stamps Nature Walk, En Francais
Card stock & Papers Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Always  Artichoke
Ink Versamark, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories 1/8” Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools Originals Ovals Die, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers (Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke), Spritzer, Aqua painter

I look forward to giving you some more details from Convention next week.

Happy stamping.