The weekend started on Thursday night really with a family meal to celebrate my birthday before Charlie headed out to Normandy at midnight on a school trip. At 49 I'm a proud member of the junior Banovallum Brass Band playing alongside my children and other juniors much, much,......much younger than me, but I love it and my enthusiastic attempts to play my cornet. Well for my birthday my family bought me my very own cornet and now I just hope that I can improve to justify their purchase!!!
Friday, late morning saw me head out with friends for the Tantalizing Stampers on Tour as we journed to Telford and stayed in a beautiful B&B that provided afternoon tea in the stunning garden before we got ready to go the The Woodfield Inn at Coalport with 22 crazy stampin' ladies! We had a ball and I had lots of lovely gifts and cards for my birthday.
Saturday was the usual early start for Stampin' Up! events and we were wow'd by lots of fab presentations highlighting new products from the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 catalogue and techniques that I will share with you over the coming months at classes.
Back home for the remainder of the weekend with my wonderful family, now waiting patiently for the arrival of a tired, but hopefully french improved small boy!!
My card is an example of my swaps that I made for the regional event. Regular readers will know that it is a pastime/tradition for Stampin' Up! demonstrators to share ideas and inspiration in the form of swaps at events. I used my now favourite stamp set By The Tide which includes all the stamps you see on this card and more. The colour combo is simple and elegant in crumb cake, very vanilla, pink pirouette and early espresso and as you know I like a little bling so there is a little glitter on the pretty seashell. I used strands off of a piece of burlap to add a little fishing net to the banners along with a simple staple!
I stamped the seashell onto the pink pirouette layer and punched it out with the decorative label punch before cutting it out with that old, but faithful tool a pair of scissors! I also punched out the small pink banner using the mini banner punch prior to using this as a matting layer and hence saved card stock without affecting the design as the punch outs were covered by the vanilla top layer.
Have a great week.