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Candy Swaps from Fort Worth Regional

Stampin’ Up! has many training events for demonstrators throughout the year. In July, I attended the annual convention in Salt Lake City which was three days of non-stop fun. Over the weekend, I attended a one-day regional training event in Fort Worth. Stampin’ Up provided lunch, a free stamp set, prizes, six make and take projects, display boards, and a day of presentations designed to help teach demonstrators new stamping techniques. It was a blast!

I’ve even been afforded to opportunity to give a brand-new, never-seen-before stamp set dedicated to CHOCOLATE to anyone who joins Stampin’ Up! with me in the next two weeks. If you’ve ever wanted to become a demonstrator yourself, don’t hesitate! Now is the time to do it – you get the fabulous starter kit full of stampin’ supplies, a FREE craft tote bag, and now a FREE chocolate-themed stamp set! To sign up, you can contact me for more details at jillinks@gmail.com or visit my demonstrator web site at http://jillinks.stampinup.net, click on the “start your own business” button and enter the passcode “jillinks”.

One of the non-scheduled highlights at stamping events is swapping. You make a bunch of cards or 3D items and then trade them to other demonstrators during breaks in the presentations. This way you come home with lots of new techniques and samples. I made three different types of swaps for regionals and I’ll show you two of them tonight. I’ll post my card tomorrow – I’m working on my first tutorial so you’ll be able to easily make it yourself!

The first swap was one I’ve already posted on the blog, the candy pencil. This time I made them with rolls of Necco Wafers instead of rolls of Rolos.

To make these, cut your yellow card stock (I used Daffodil Delight and So Saffron) to 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″. Score the card stock every 1/2″ along the shorter side. Then tear the bottom of the 4-1/2″ side either using the Tearing Edge tool or ripping it freehand. This will give the illusion of a sharpened pencil.

Using a pink cardstock of your choice (I used Pretty in Pink), cut a 1″ circle for the top of your eraser and affix it to your candy roll using glue dots. Using the same color, cut a piece of cardstock 3-1/2″ x 1/2″ and use SNAIL to adhere it to the top of the candy roll, just below your circle. I secured the ends together with a tiny piece of Sticky Strip. Next wrap your yellow cardstock around the candy roll and use a strip of Sticky Strip lengthwise to adhere the cardstock together. Make sure the torn edge of your cardstock is just below the bottom of the candy roll. It’s okay if the yellow cardstock doesn’t touch the pink – we’ll fix that in the next step. Next, cut a piece of alumimum foil to 3-1/2″ x 1/2″ and use SNAIL to attach that to your candy pencil, overlapping the edges of the pink and yellow cardstock. To finish the candy pencil, use glue dots to attach a candy kiss to the bottom of the pencil.

I finished my candy pencil with a little gift tag made from the Tart and Tangy stamp set. I inked the apple with my Real Red and Garden Green Stampin’ Write markers, and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock. I used my small tag punch to punch out the apple, and then mounted it on a tag punched from Real Red cardstock and the large tag punch. I tied the tags to the pencil using some Daffodil Delight 1/8″ ribbon.

The other 3D project I made for my swap trades used the new Candy Wrapper die from the Holiday Mini. I took advantage of the perfect 6×6″ size of the In-Color hostess pack (it just fits on the die!) and used my Color Coach to pick out coordinating tag colors for each box. I stamped tags using the “Batty for You” stamp set and used a variety of punches to cut them out. I love the versatility of this set- I was able to use the 1″ circle, 1-1/4″ circle, 1-3/8″ circle, 1-3/4″ scallop circle, curly label, designer label, and round tab punches to give different looks to each box.

Each box contained chocolate, of course.

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