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Grateful: My Founder’s Circle Swap Card

I love to spend my crafting time creating new and fun cards – I don’t love to sit and make lots and lots of the same card.  When I do, though, I love to share those cards with you.  I’ve been away at Stampin’ Up!’s Founders Circle – a retreat for Stampin’ Up!’s Top 100 U.S. Demonstrators – this past week.  What a treat!  I’ll share more about the retreat early this week.


Part of the Founders Circle experience is a card swap with 100+ other demonstrators, so I showed up in St. George, Utah with 110 swaps.  What started out as a super-simple concept for my swap became more and more time consuming as the card progressed.  I stuck with it and am really happy with the finished product.  Here’s my card:

Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Seasonal Frames Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Gorgeous, Textured Background.  I was playing around with some rarely-used stamps in the Fungeon (that’s the affectionate name I’ve given my craft space) when I decided to use this watercolor wash from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.  It wasn’t working for me on Whisper White because the intentional graininess of the image looked unintentional.  Nothing worse!  When I stamped the image on Watercolor Paper, though, the intentional texture was magical to me.  I love the look of this stamp in the background.  Flipped upside down alternately, you’d never know this was the same image stamped four times.Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Seasonal Frames Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Grateful for Time.  I love this word “grateful” from the Seasonal Frame Thinlits Dies.  Some papers are grainier than others – look at Crumb Cake, and you’ll see that there’s a lot of flecks in the paper.  Those papers are more difficult to crop with Thinlits – you can achieve a clean look by carefully picking away at all the “fuzzies” that are left on the edges.  My “test run” for this card was Early Espresso, which cut out cleanly and perfectly.  Yippee!  I switched over to Chocolate Chip for the final design – and things changed.  Apparently Chocolate Chip is a grainier paper that Early Espresso because those cuts were not as clean.  I kept moving, though.  I am glad that I started working on my swap so far ahead of schedule because I had LOTS of time to pick through them all to clean them up.  🙂
  • Color Combination.  I think it’s the combination of colors in the background that make this simple card so special.  I used Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin pie to represent the colors of Fall – they are just lovely together!  If you, too, feel inspired by this combination of colors, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie

Stamp Sets:  Perpetual Birthday Calendar  Papers:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor Paper  Inks:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie  Accessories:  Seasonal Frame Thinlits Die, Stampin’ Dimensionals

And what fun would it be if I didn’t share the “infinity shot” with these swap cards?

Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Seasonal Frames Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

More about my Founders Circle Experience.  I always enjoy sharing my experiences at Stampin’ Up! events with you.  I’ll be sharing pictures later in the week – please come back.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!


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