Saturday, 25 May 2013

Swap Inspiration

Recently a large group of Demo's met up at Telford for a day of training. As always on these occasions we take along cards that we have designed and made in multiples (I took 80 this time) and we swap them with other demo's. It is a great source of inspiration and a fab way to catch up with old friends and make some new. 
I always manage to find great inspiration in the swaps as well as being able to use them to showcase a wide selection of stamps and products in the catalogue. It is also a good way to demonstrate different styles as we all have our own. Another reason to love the Stampin' UP! way. 
We create what we love and share with others so they may create too.

One of the swaps I received on the day was from the lovely Lynne Fahey of Spiralz and Curlz. I met Lynne at a retreat weekend last year and we soon became friends when we realised not only did we share a love of Stampin' UP! but we also had the same OCD's and love of life. 
Lynne creates the most beautiful cards and demonstrated a FABULOUS technique at Telford. 

Here is Lynne's swap on the day. Isn't it just gorgeous?   

A close up of the stamped detail and some glitter.

I loved this card and when designing for my recent Fancy Fold Class I took inspiration from Lynne's design for this card.
A Four Fold Card which uses the lovely Swallowtail stamp on the front.

Which opens out to reveal more stamping and the centre panel which in this instance I used the design from Lynne's card. I loved the idea of stamping over the Newsprint DSP to give a nice depth to the image without adding bulk to the card.. This means my card stayed post friendy. 

Here is the card fully opened out. 

I'm pleased to say when I sent a version of  this card to Lynne as a Thank You for the inspiration and for being such a good friend she loved it. 

There is no better feeling than making someone smile and what a lovely way to do that. 

If you would like to make some one smile or indeed join in with the swapping then please get in touch and ask about classes or joining the Stampin' UP! family.  


  1. Emily, I absolutely LOVE your card.... and I was chuffed to bits to receive some old fashioned "snail mail" this week!
    I love that you CASE'd my swap from Telford, and as a demonstrator, there is no bigger compliment.
    Thank you for your kind words, and for being a wonderful friend.
    Have a great day my OCD twin!
    Love Lynne

  2. Emily - just seen this card and I love it, a real work of art!