Gotta love those bright colors Isn't this a happy card?

I have to start this post with an apology.  I haven’t shared anything here for almost two weeks; I’m really sorry about that, but there really is a good reason.  I have qualified for the first time to attend Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership conference.  I have heard wonderful things about the conference, and I am so excited that I was able to juggle things to attend.  I also signed up to attend the Regional conference that follows immediately after Leadership. One really fun thing about attending a Stampin’ Up! event is that many demonstrators make card front samples to swap with each other.  It is a great way to get lots of ideas, and of course you get to meet lots of wonderful people when you swap. I can’t say why it is, but stamping folks are the sweetest, funnest people! Over the last 1 ½ weeks I have been busy as a beaver preparing approximately 130 swap cards for trading at the two conferences. This meant that every waking moment that I wasn’t working or at a volunteer meeting for something-or-other, I was cutting, stamping or assembling my swaps. Consequently, something had to give, and that was posting to my blog. I’ll share my swap samples over the next few days so you can see what I’ve been busy creating. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful creations that I get in return!

I created 68 of these card fronts for an organized swap that I signed up for. I NEVER anticipated that the number of participants would get so high, but I just couldn’t back out after I had signed up. And I was kinda crazy to pick the design this design for such mass production. But, the ladies that I’m swapping with always create the most amazing designs and I felt like my card had to be special. This card actually includes two stamping techniques and I’m definitely a technique gal! Funny thing about this card – it started out a bit different.  I had it oriented vertically, there were no pennants across the top, and I had a matted strip up the side of the orange striped paper. I worked all evening at a weekly scrapbook/crafty get-together coming up with that sample. My darling friend Heather was there that night, and she thought that I needed to come up with some way to replicate the pennant image from the stamp onto the card as well. I worked the following day to create this design, showed it to her and she loved it! I’m definitely happier with this design, and I’m so glad that I listened to her advice.

 Here are the materials you need to create this card:

  • Stamps: Packed for Birthday
  • Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
  • Ink: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise
  • Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
  • Accessories: Pennant punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Brights DSP, White Bakers twine, bubble wrap

This card also features the spotlight technique.  This is a great way to add some color to a stamped image without taking the time to color in the whole thing. Here is how you do this technique:

  1. Stamp a line-art image on a light colored cardstock
  2. Punch out a shape from that image
  3. Mat your main image so you'll have paper behind the hole you just created
  4. Color the stamped image from your punched out spot
  5. Punch a mat from a coordinating cardstock (here I used Turquoise)
  6. Attach your colored image to the mat
  7. Adhere that matted, colored image over the original lining up the stamped images