Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Convention Swap Cards #1

One of the highlights of the Close To My Heart Convention is swapping cards with other consultants. During the first couple of days, whenever consultants gather, you'll hear gals saying, "You swapping? You swapping?" Small clusters of strangely dressed women (CTMH T-shirts, Minnie Mouse ears, badges, buttons, ribbons) gather and pass cards back and forth, simultaneously filling and emptying their designated zip lock bags. There is much cooing and oohing and aahing.

Here are a couple of the cards I made and swapped this year.

Both of these cards are made with the Chalk It Up Paper Pack (still available in the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations.) Isn't it great? I love the color combination and it just pops when you pair it with black.

In addition to the Chalk It Up paper (X7184B), the apple card uses a small piece of Smoothie Bakers Twine (retired) and the apple is cut with the Cricut from the Artbooking cartridge.

The second card is embellished with Chalk It Up Assortment (Z3009). The stamp set is from Joyful Birthday (B1419).

PS: I updated yesterday's post with the name of the book that inspired me to make the mini albums for my roomie gifts.

Roomie Gifts - Mini Albums

I just returned from the Close To My Heart annual convention a couple of days ago. It was four days of inspiration, awesome artwork, tremendous cuteness and extended laughter. One of my favorite events was the Consultants' Creativity Showcase, where we could show off some of our recent ideas and share ideas. I'll be posting information about my display soon, but today I want to share some pictures of the roomie gifts I made. These are all based on a pattern I found in an Annie's Attic book. I'll publish the title tomorrow. 

Update: I found the directions for these mini albums in a great book from Annie's Paper Crafts. It's called Interactive Mini Scrapbooks by Kathy Orta Files.  I bought it at the Stamp Art Shoppe in Roseville, California ( but you may also be able to find it online. I made a few changes to the design, but it works great "as-is".