OnStage 2017 – Affirmation Swaps!

Hello!  As this post goes live, I’ll be starting my day at the Perth OnStage event.

The excitement will be buzzing around the room as approx 175 Stampin’ Up! demos share their love of paper, stamps and ink with each other!

Part of this wonderful day is swapping creativity with each other.  It’s optional to join in with swaps but fun to do so!

“Swaps” can be cards or 3D items.  The only requirement is that they use current Stampin’ Up! products.

I’ve been a touch cheeky on the ‘current’ and included the retired Bermuda Bay glimmer paper from Sale-A-Bration… but it went with my colour theme!

And since we only find out today what’s retiring from the Annual & Occasions catalogue, there’s a chance there’ll be a few more retiring products on my design list.

But that’s ok – because what I wanted to share with my fellow demos was not how to use the products I’ve chosen, but the idea.

These super cute little affirmation bottles came about after a late night Facebook conversation with one of my Stampin’ Up! team.

Kristen is a doTERRA rep who joined Stampin’ Up! to purchase materials for thank you cards, packaging and to celebrate her team.  While chatting about the products we have in the range, the concept of affirmations came up – and from there, affirmations in a bottle!

The wonderful part of this idea is there are so many stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! range that have positive & uplifting sayings in them that could be used as affirmations.

Or, you can do as I have and use word & phrase builder sets to create your own affirmations.

The ‘you are’, ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’ stamps are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set which is currently in the Annual Catalogue.

The ‘awesome’ and ‘great’ stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set – also in the Annual Catty.

The affirmations are stamped on plain copy paper – this was the easiest to roll up tight to fit in the bottle.  Our beautiful cardstock is too thick!


Of course, the little bottles are so cute when decorated with our pretty Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

I chose butterflies, glimmer, sequins & ribbons.

I used all the current sequin colours – gold, silver, Blushing Bride & Bermuda Bay, together with 1/8″ gold & silver ribbon and the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon.

And used 4 coordinating glimmer colours – gold, Bermuda Bay (SAB offering), Silver & Blushing Bride.

Each embellishment segment is hot glued together and then hot glued to the glass bottle.


Here’s a close up of each colour combination…

Gold  & Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride & Gold

Silver & Bermuda Bay

Bermuda Bay & Silver

I packaged the swaps into the 2″ x 8″ cello bags (trimmed down before packing) and topped with a Decorative Label topper.

I made quite a few affirmations because I really wanted to spread the love!  I hope the other demos enjoy reading their message.

I know I’m going to get some amazing swaps back – I’ll share some with you this month.


I’m sure the mini bottles are available from a range of places.  I got mine on eBay – 5mL size.

Please use this idea for your own direct sales business as team gifts, or for your customers – or make some up to give to your friends, or as Random Acts of Kindness.

It’s a beautiful way to brighten someone’s day!


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OnStage 2016 Swaps – CASEing the Catty

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you my other swap from OnStage 2016 – another shrink plastic project. It’s such a lovely product to make our Stampin’ Up! supplies shine in different ways.

Did you see my I ❤️ SU! keychain on yesterday’s post? Check here for all the technical shrink info.

For this card, I used black shrink plastic & the reindeer die from the Santa’s Sleigh set to make …

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Because it was a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team, I wanted to choose something from the Holiday Catalogue to inspire me.

After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the layout on the left from one of the host set sample photos.

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I made it as a peekaboo card with the DSP adhered to the inside layer of the card and the embellishments (Washi, burlap & reindeer feature) to the top layer.

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

In keeping with my love this Christmas of non-traditional colour combinations, the black shrink plastic was perfect for my neutral theme – craft, black & copper.

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was really hard to get a good photo of just how cute the teeny tiny reindeer was, but I tried!!!

This is my reindeer embellishment before I added him to the card…

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And on the card…

OnStage 2016 Swap - Shrink Reindeer. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

On this photo, you can see what a cool 3D event the reindeer adds!

You could make any solid shape with a large starting size into a shrink embellishment. There were some reindeer fails too when the legs started sticking during the curl process – a shape without appendages would be easier!!!

I’d love to see your shrink projects!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com