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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Demo Playdate!

This past weekend, I attended a Demonstrator Playdate.  This was an small event put on by my upline, Jennifer Tinline, for demonstrators directly under her.  An 11 hour day of stamping, chatting and fun.  We arrived at 9 am and set up the room in a more "stamping friendly" arrangement.  Those of us that didn't know one another, remedied that and then we got to work.

Of course, there is always good food to snack on at these events.  The morning offered chocolate croissants, fruit and cranberry/orange scones.  Lunch was delicious platters of sandwiches, wraps, veggies, chips and of course all the left-overs from the morning.  Dinner was pizza, wings and salad and any leftovers from the morning and afternoon.  We also had beverages throughout the day, so everything a busy stamper could want and need in order to be productive!

I set out for the day with three tasks that HAD TO be completed.  I did bring a fourth one though, just in case I needed it.  I'm happy to report I was successful.  I got everything I set out to do done.  I didn't get to my fourth project; but, that's okay since I don't need it until November!

One of the tasks for the day was coming up with a swap idea to do at the playdate.  You might wonder what a swap is or how it works.  It's really simple actually.  Demonstrators commit to participating in the swap and once the numbers are finalized, each participant sets out to make a card for each of them.  The same card design is given to each participant as a way to inspire ideas among one another.  As a demonstrator and stamping enthusiast, I'm always looking for new design ideas, and swaps are a fun way to get them.  For the day's event, we had 6 sign up for the swap.

Here are the swaps I received from other demonstrators:

Design by Rosalina using a variety of
Dies for the Big Shot
Touch of Kindness from the Summer Mini
by Kathy
Jennifer Tinline's Fabulous Florets, Petite Pairs

Designed by Shirley, using Snow Much Fun

Christmas card using Bells & Boughs by Wendy



Aren't they beautiful?  The card I made for the swap is a slight variation of the following.  The difference on the swapped cards is the flower.  Instead of using the scallop circle punch from the photo, I made 3D paper flowers, similar to those in the second photo.
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs, Colours: Crumb Cake,
Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Melon Mambo
Technique: Heat Emboss, Paper Tearing

We even surprised Jennifer with a birthday cupcake!

Overall we had a great day!  I can't wait to do it again.

If you'd like more information on becoming a demonstrator so you too can join our playdate, please email me, stampnsteph@gmail.com or call!


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