As this post hits the internet, I’m busy enjoying a day of stamping fun at a Stampin’ Up! event called “OnStage”. I attended the very first one of these specific events a year and a half ago in Baltimore – this time I’ve traveled to Savannah Georgia. I’m hanging out with a group of friends that I made at the Baltimore event, and I’m sure that we are having a blast. This is the group that are the lucky recipients of the cute boxes that I mentioned the other day. We are all participating in a gift swap – I wonder what I’ll get in exchange. They are a very fun bunch of gals – I’m sure that I will come home with some great stories!

I designed this card for an organized swap scheduled for lunch time at the OnStage event. I also made a few extra to swap with the group that I’m hanging out with. Prior to the event, Stampin’ Up! shared a small list of stamp sets that are carrying forward into the new big catalog (this is getting unveiled at OnStage). This card features the Banners for You stamp set, which is one of the sets on the “safe” list. As demonstrators, we would prefer to swap with sets that we know will be around for a while. I totally took a gamble with the diagonal stripe stamp, tho. I have my fingers crossed that it makes it past the retirement chopping block, too. Also, since I wanted my card to have a long shelf-life for my swapping partners I had to think long and hard about using DSP on my design. Then I had the brilliant idea to use some of the Brights DSP stack (hopefully that won’t retire). I am quite confident that the regular DSP will all retire, but I hold out hope for the color family stacks and the In-Color 2016-2018 Envelope Papers.

I used the sketch shown here as inspiration for my design. I’ve recently started to pay attention to the sketches from this site, and I have to say that I think they are pretty great. I haven’t ever used the products featured on their site (since I’m totally a Stampin’ Up! gal), but I really like several of their sketches. So, don’t be surprised if you see more of them show up here in my blog as creation inspiration.

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