In my wisdom I signed up for the Card Swap and 3D Swap for Grand Vacation and then wondered where I was going to magic the designs for them from lol. . .
Traditionally I have received the most amazing 3D swaps from my European friends on Grand Vacation ~ the Germans in particular really rock this style so I was a tad anxious about what I was going to pull together. I was sitting on our back deck with a lovely glass of white wine while the kids played in the pool, despite being the start of winter here is was quite mild. . . and I looked at the coaster under my glass and had "a moment".
Here is my 3D swap:
The Blended Bloom was stamped in StazOn Black ink. I coloured the petals with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Ink and an aqua painter. The centre was coloured with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Ink and I added little elements with a white Gel Pen. I then coated the entire flower with Crystal Effects so that I could daub and stamp over and around it but have the ink resist.
I wanted to add a sense of luxury and of course no project is complete without bling. . . so this involved the Sahara Sand Lace Trim and the bracket made from punching the edge of Champagne Glimmer Paper using the Decorative Label Punch. The Basic Pearls are scattered on the project for added interest.
The Central flower was made by stamping Simply Pressed Clay with the blossom image from Beautiful Bunch., I then fussy cut the stamped impression and shaped it slightly, let it dry then painted it with inks and an aqua painter. I used Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Twist and Rose Red Classic Stampin' Inks. I then coated the entire flower with Crystal Effects and placed the Basic Pearls in the centre.
Petite Petals flowers were stamped in StazOn Black and coloured using an aqua painter and Rose Red Classic Stampin' Ink. Then I punched them out with the matching punch and shaped them to add dimension. The Basic Pearls in the centres make the project seem richer. . . I also punched out the smaller flowers using the punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and Rose Red card stock (and basic pearls).
For texture and added interest I cut some Burlap Ribbon in halves and glued it on using tombow and then accented it with gold Metallic Bakers Twine and more gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim.
Of course I needed to add words and what better sentiment than inspire, create, share? The letters were all cut out using the Little Letters Thinlet Dies and Pacific Point card stock. I daubed the edges with Early Espresso. As a final step I daubered the edges of all the coasters with Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Ink. I punched holes with a crop-o-dile and used brass split rings and iridescent blue florist wire for the hanging wire.
I hope that the people I swapped with liked the non-traditional take on the swap theme and hang it somewhere to remind them of the awesome time they had on Hawaiian Grand Vacation 2015.