Saturday, 27 April 2013

Quarterly Training Swap - Dapper Dad Black Tie… in Soft Sky! New colour alert….

2013_04_Jems Training_Swap Card by Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SU UK demonstrator  (6)

Just popping onto share the swap card I made for last weeks Julies Jems’ quarterly training.  As always I had a great & inspiring day crafting, catching up with friends / fellow team members and learnt & shared lots of new things too….. I can highly recommend these sessions! We were challenged to make our swap samples  with the theme of Males….. I came to realise I must be quite strange though…. as I actually enjoy doing cards for Males… I seemed to be almost alone in that area! But although this theme moved many out of their comfort zone….. I came away with 30 fantastic samples with the Male in mind! Thank you ladies….. such talent!

I was inspired by this card by Debby Hughes… I saw this ages ago but it never left my head.. so it had to be!

2013_04_Jems Training_Swap Card by Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SU UK demonstrator  (3)

For my actual swap on the day… the bow tie colour just had to be Soft Sky… a new colour coming to us from 1st July with the launch of the new 2013-14 catalogue in Europe. More on that another day!!! Soft Sky has been around the SU world before… but not in Europe… so this was a chance to use a “naughty pad” I had in my stash and so allow all of my fellow team demos a sneak peek of a new colour….. Needless to say you will probably see a lot of this colour from me after 1st July …. LOVE it!!

A really simple … but I think very effective card for males….. and for all occasions…..  There should be a wedding ( morning suit) version pictured too using Basic Grey…but an open ink pad landed on it before I could take a picture…. so I will try to remake and share another day…..

Not sure if the details will show… but both shirt sides are scored 3 times on the Simply Scored Board.

The gemstones have been coloured black with a permanent marker ( aka Sharpie in my world!!)

And the tie has been stamped twice… with one cut up into 3 parts, shaped using a bone folder and layered on top of the other…. adds real definition …..2013_04_Jems Training_Swap Card by Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SU UK demonstrator  (2)

And here are all 30 … ready to party!!! Or should I say…swap!

2013_04_Jems Training_Swap Card by Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SU UK demonstrator  (1)

SU! Supplies

Stamps - Dapper Dad ; Perfect Punches ( Alternatives - Cheers from Happy Hour; Birthday Wishes from Bring on the Cake)

Punches – Wide Oval

Embellishments –  Jewels Basic Rhinestones

Inks – Soft Sky; Staz On Black ( Alternative Ties – Real Red; Staz On Black)


  1. Wow look at all those beauties laid out in a row! Great touch with the embossed lines too :) Thanks for the shout out.

  2. Hi Amanda, thanks for this great swap, in a class of your own with your swaps, I can pick them out by just looking at them as you definately have your own style! I was not able to go to Telford on the day but you were on the top of my list of who to swap with though I dont know if you went.? Lol!


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