work_of_art_unite_swapLast weekend I was able to attend a local event organized by a local demonstrator and sponsored by Stampin' Up!. I never in a million years would have believed that there would be a Stampin' Up! event in little ol' Burlington, VT! The company paid for the venue and provided stamping goodies for each attendee and extra goodies for the organizer and helpers. It was so fantastic to get to meet a bunch of other demonstrators mainly from VT, but a few from NY and NH. 

With virtually every Stampin' Up! event there is "swapping". You make a bunch of a card front and you trade them with other demonstrators. I love swapping because you get a bunch of different ideas and samples that you can share and use for inspiration. I made 20 of this card as my swap for the event. When I was creating them I was not ready to move into fall mode, so they have a nice bright look. This card made heavy use of one of my favorite tools – the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig – to get those chevrons lined up and spaced properly. I know that some people hate the SAMJ, but I use it all the time.

I designed this card based on the sketch to the right. I have found a few sketch sites that feature a "clean" look and I'm enjoying trying them out occasionally. The look is not something that I naturally create on my own, but I have found that I'm drawn to samples that use this style. What do you think?

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