My team day swaps!

So I mentioned yesterday that one of the things we do at our team days is swaps, which are a GREAT way to get new ideas, bulk up your stock of display cards as a demonstrator and share the kinds of things you like to make yourself. My most recent team day swap has a fun story attached to it as it turns out :)  Well I think it's a great story....keep reading to see if you agree!

The theme for our team day swap (the day itself was the 31st of January) was Valentine's Day, or just plain love/friendship for those not inclined to celebrate the day itself.  The inspiration for my own swap card came from my stamping and blogging idol Kristina, who does wonderfully simple but beautiful work and when I grow up, I want to be JUST like her!  You can see the card in question on her blog here.

And this is my almost exact copy, save for the colours and one small element...!


(I must insert an apology here for the picture quality, or lack thereof.  I only took one picture and after I had swapped all my swaps - not having kept one for myself - I realised how terribly blurry it was - sorry!!)

Aaaaaanyway, the story that I mentioned earlier....  I got to team day, busted out my swaps and when I got to swapping with Tracey, she burst into giggles!  Not sure immediately how to take this (I thought my swap was passable at least..!) I was very relieved (followed quickly by OVERJOYED!!) when she explained why.....

You see the cards that Kristina had made were put in her Etsy shop for sale.  Well Tracey saw that particular blog post of Kristina's as well, headed over to the shop and bought a set of cards, with the intention of giving one to me!  How cool is that!  Even cooler, she actually DID, and lookie here....


This living, breathing, real, live Kristina Werner original is IN MY HOUSE!  And I've touched it with my own hands....  SNIFFED it even!  How sweet is Trace?!  Thank you my friend :)

"Kristina Inspired Swap Card" Stamps: Forever in My Heart (retiring soon!!) Paper: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava (retiring soon!!), Ginger Blossom DSP (in Summer mini and only available for another few days!!) Inks: Groovy Guava (you know what I'm going to say here!), Ruby Red Accessories: Crystal Effects, Scallop Border Punch, Crafter's Tool Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals