Thankful Thoughts for On Stage Swaps
On Stage was so much fun, I’m still not over the excitement. I am super excited about the new catalog! You are just going to love it :> Promise!!!! I am greatly missing all my friends. So, I thought I would share just a few more pictures with you from that day. How wonderful are all those smiles. Just love these ladies so much. Kim, Imogene, Pam, and Katie.
I got to sit with most of these ladies during the day. Also, included in our table was Bobby and Shawn. (I missed getting a table shot, so you will just have to imagine they are in this group. We chatted about what we liked, what excited us the most, lost samp blocks, found stamp blocks, all in all fun!!! I really enjoyed seeing what excited each person the most from the upcoming Occasions Catalog. Everyone was different, which I loved seeing. The day was also filled with lots of swag.
This is Katie with her New Stamp Set
And Bobby with her amazing smile.
One of the things I loved most about On Stage was everyone’s smiles. We all mingled around and swapped cards with each other. This was lots of fun for Kim. I let her swap my cards. I know, Right???? Everyone was swapping early in the morning and I just was not awake enough to engage with people yet. Thought, throughout the day people were stopping buy tables swapping cards. How fun!!!! For my swap cards I did a little retro technique with a modern twist. I will fully confess that this technique was not my idea. My friend, Lydia at Understan Blue did this very technique several weeks ago. When I saw the video, I just know I had to try it!
I just love how the colors mix using shaving cream, a credit card, ink, and a stencil. I was so excited about getting to play with shaving cream that I stole Mike’s Barbasol. And about 1/2 way through the day I was really wishing it was unscented. Waite and buy some unscented shaving cream! Trust me…. When I do a technique like this I make loads and loads of paper. It just is not worth getting everything out just for one card. And besides you will be having so much fun that stopping will be the real issue. I followed Lydia’s instructions as well as I could. It is best to just try it out and see. Then go from their. After the shaving cream got really mixed up. I would switch over and make some marbled cards using the shaving cream technique we all know and love. I really like how the shimmery white paper reacts with the ink. It just adds a little something something.
The colors were really interesting to watch as they would go from really bright and bold to soft and muted. Both were beautiful. I used Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, and Cajun Craze. I tried to keep the Dapper Denim and Cajun Craze from mixing too much. Once the shaving cream turned a brown color I quit using it. And started over. When making a bold paper it is best to keep the rest of the card clean and simple. I really wanted the stenciling to shine. So I finished the card off with the Layering Ovals, some card layers, and a simple scripted thank you.
I love how the colors soften as you work with the shaving cream. That minty color is amazing!!!!!
This card I scraped off the shaving cream immediately after stenciling . You can see how it makes the background look atmospheric.
The marbled paper was so hard to cut. But, after coming up with a design that would alow the paper to shine, I was able to cut the paper. Yea Me!!!! Letting go of pretty paper can be one of the hardest things to do.
We all love color inspiration and finding new combinations of colors. Hear is a pinable that you can share on Pintrest! This color combination would make wonderful fall cards using a die as a stencil. (something like the leaflets….hint hint)
This is Lydia’s video so you can see just how amazing and quick this technique is!
Thanks for stopping buy today. I sure hope you will give the Shaving Cream technique a second chance. It is quite fun and wonderful. I love how it looks with stencils. I hope each of you have a blesses Sunday!