Grand Vacation 2014 is a cruise on Allure of the Seas around the West Caribbean and that is where I am at the moment! Of course it would not be a Stampin' Up! event without a swap event and here is my Grand Vacation Swap for 2014:
Starting at the bottom and working my way up is the best way to avoid confusion as there are a heap of steps in this little baby! It's a square 6" x 6" card. The base card is Old Olive. I have mounted a piece of Baked Brown Sugar card on this and then a piece of Etcetera DSP (the broad, aged Old Olive diagonal print). Then on top of that I have mounted a square of Very Vanilla and this is my "bare canvas". I stitched a right angle in both of the bare corners of the card using a cotton to match Old Olive as closely as I could.
The sentiment, "enjoy" is from the Simply Celebrate stamp set, stamped in Staz On Jet Black Ink on the Canvas Creations Sheet, cut out with the shape that you see from Chalk Talk Framelit Dies and daubed around the edges in Crumb Cake. I adhered this with Tombow Glue.
I wanted additional leaves to make the central flower pop and have used Simply Pressed Clay for this aspect. I stamped the clay with the leaf from Peaceful Petals and then fussy cut them, shaped them and allowed them to dry for 24 hours. I then painted them with Crystal Effects and Old Olive Re-inker (about 8 drops). These are nestled under the flower and adhered with Crystal Effects.
The smaller Calypso Coral flowers are made with the Petite Petals Punch. I have then rounded the cardstock using the Simply Scored Stylus and Piercing Mat so that they literally fold up into a flower bud. I daubed the backs of the flowers with Whisper White Craft ink and darkened the insides slightly with Calypso Coral ink on an Aqua Painter. The centres of these flowers are Champagne Glimmer Paper punched out with the foot from the Build a Owl Punch and glued in with Tombow Glue. I gave the tiny flowers (which are punched using the flower from the Itty Bitty Punch set in Pool Party cardstock) the same treatment as the orange ones with the stylus [but not so heavy handed] and added the the Basic Pearl Jewels to the centres.
When this post goes to air the swaps will have been dropped at the hospitality desk on the Allure of the Seas so that the awesome Stampin' Up! staff can make up separate swap packs for attendees and place them on display for everyone to see. I can't wait to get my stash and will share some on my return.