I run a quarterly shoebox swap training event for my team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and other demonstrators are welcome and join us for these events.
A shoebox swap?
It's lots of fun and very inspirational as everyone who attends designs and makes a card with a given recipe and sometimes a theme. The materials, tools and embellishments are put into a box roughly inline with a shoebox and we all come together to pass our boxes around a table and everyone makes one of each card around the table.
We all have lost mojo days and we are always looking for other ideas and designs so this is an excellent way to see other styles and techniques. Recently my lovely friend Michelle Bryant came along to one such event and she showed us a fab technique with masking tape and ink. Her gorgeous card is below, but for my recent workshops I made a simpler version as the make and take for the parties. It highlights that you can upscale and downscale designs and make them for girls or boys dependent upon the colour scheme and embellishments you use. My version is with soft sky, so saffron and primrose petals. Michelle used early espresso, crumb cake and soft sky.
We both used sentiments from the Wetlands stamp set which is one of those all round stamp sets ideal for male and female cards.
If you'd like to have a go at this technique along with a few friends please contact me and we can fix a date for your party where even beginners can make a card to take away with them and possibly find a new hobby. Alternatively think about sharing techniques with your friends as a demonstrator and coming to our team shoe box swap.
www.zoetant.stampinup.net gives you more details about joining and my contact info.