Saturday, July 18, 2015

Convention Swaps

Hi and welcome!
  I am off to Salt Lake City on Wednesday for the Stampin' Up! Convention.  It's been 2 years since I've gone and this time, two of my down line and another friend are all going together.  A real girl trip! 
 One of the best parts of Convention is that  you get to swap cards and other projects with complete strangers; people you've never met before, and of course, some friends you have made at previous conventions.  Being in the Stampin' Up! world is just about the best thing since peanut butter. There is nothing better than meeting new people who share your love of paper crafting.  Seeing what others make for their swaps, gives you a whole new world to explore.  We include "recipes" of the project, so that we can re-create it later.  This is called CASE - Copy And Share Everything...and it's perfectly normal to copy someone else's design, and/or add your own spin to it.  The greatest form of flattery is knowing that someone has used your design at one of their stamp camps or workshops.
 So today, I'm showing you my swap.  I decided to make book marks instead.  I know, a lot of people now read books on their Kindles and I-Pads, but me?  I'm still old fashioned.  I love the feel of a book in my hand, being able to turn the pages and wait for the adventure on the next page. I have such a huge book collection, I could live to be 100 and never finish reading them all.  Guess that's where my love of paper came in...good thing, since I love being a SU demo!

 Anyway, back to the book marks.  I used several colors of card stock. Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo. The Very Vanilla one on the right was my first sample. All of these colors are found in the NEW Bohemian Designer Series Paper, which is what the little butterflies are made from.  The Flowering Flourishes stamp set, stamped with the coordinating ink of the card stock, a few pearls and done!  I made 100 of these, hope it's enough.  I also used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch to cut out the book marks.  Because I wanted these to be sturdy, I cut two for each and used the "green glue" (Tombow) to adhere them together before I punched them out. 
 Thanks for stopping by today.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to send you a catalog.  Have a great day!


  1. Hello Bobbi, how fun you are going to the Convention, I'm sure you'll have a blast. This tags you made are lovely, I'm sure most of your friends still like to curl up, all nice and cozy, to read a REAL book. I'm with you, I'm old fashioned and proud of it, there is nothing like the feel of the pages in your hands, the smell of the paper and the fact that we can put a beautiful book mark, like these, when we close our books.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks Maria! They were fun to make and I'm happy to report, all of them are gone. It was nice that those that I swapped with were happy to get one.

  2. Hi Bobbi!
    I answered you on my blog and popped in here to see what you're up to! So glad that you had a wonderful time at convention. I was having some serious withdrawal in not getting to see stamping friends. Yes, they are the best, like you!

    I love your swaps! The colors are so rich and I love the tone on tone effect of your beautiful bookmarks.
    I read on my Kindle mostly, because it's great for travel. But I do know just what you mean about holding the book and turning those pages.

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! Now that Convention is over, and I have given them all out, I now have a lot of cards and other projects to take photos of. Maybe for CAS-ing later :-)