I get a lot of inspiration online, Pinterest, blogs, etc. The first swap's inspiration ws a classic, clean look with a little splatter. The second swap, I saw the watercolor color combination and knew I wanted to try it. The third was the background I saw on another card and went from there. Most times when I come up with projects it's because I see something I like and want to recreate it. I don't let that fact that I don't have all the supplies stop me, I just change it to make it my own. Don't get me wrong, there are times when I will CASE exactly as I see it. The one thing about making swaps for Stampin' Up! events is that forces me to try to think creatively and come up with a design that is mostly mine.
As promised, here are the swaps I made for swapping at this year's OnStaage Live event in SLC....
Shhhhh I have a little secret, don't tell anyone, these stamps are carrying over. I probably broke a rule by telling you, but since I very rarely do that I may be forgiven this time. The color combination I seem to be drawn to this month is Pink Pirouette & Rich Razzeberry.
I love the watercolor and the window look on this card. A little tip, when you have several spritzers and Aqua Painters filled with liquid, make sure you label what is in it. When I first started working on these cards I wasn't getting the look I wanted and then i started opening them to see what was inside. Evidently some had rubbing alcohol in them and that was making the colored ink dry faster, making it harder to get a true watercolor effect. I don't know if the wood grain embossing folder or the framelits I used will be carrying over or not but i took a chance because this card was rattleing around in my brain and was begging to be made.
I'm not very good at collages, or at least I don't think I am. I wayyyy over think the randomness and want there to be order to the randdomness. For those that know me will be surprised that I like some kind of order. Just a little bit, not too much. This color combination is Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze and a little Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. Not a color combination I normally would have reached for but I did reach for my old Color Coach Cards and this is what I settled on.
My last swap is a 3-d that I seem to go back to over and over again. They are so easy and the wow factor is through the room. These are leftover from the Dallas OnStage Local event I went too. Vickie did these for me while I worked on my other swaps.