You probably hear me talk about making swaps. In case you don’t know what a swap is – it is the sharing of ideas with other demonstrators. So I come up with one card idea – make a bunch and then swap my idea with other demos so that when we are done everyone has a bunch of different ideas. At Stampin’ Up! Events we always swap, but sometimes we do swaps through the mail too. I am part of a swap group called the GoDivas and for each catalog we do a mail in swap.
I created this card using the Perfect Pennants Bundle from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. I made 28 cards and put them in the mail. Then decided to use the same card for a Shoebox swap with my team at Leadership. For a Shoebox swap you bring all the parts of the card and the supplies to finish and put them in a box. When you meet each person starts with a box, makes that card, and then passes the box on to the next person. Our group this time was 8 people for the Shoebox swap. I don’t normally use the same idea for two different things but no one in the two groups overlapped so it worked out just fine.
Now I thought I would share with you the process I go through when I’m creating swaps. And I happened to have taken some pictures along the way.
- Design the card you want to swap.
- Figure out how many you need to make and start cutting out the parts.For this card I had lots of parts – Very Vanilla for the card base – I only did a card front so each piece is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. Very Vanilla Circles cut with the Circle Framelits. Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper – I used 3 different prints and cut the strips for each one. Plus a piece of Retro Fresh Designer Series paper cut with the smallest of the Banner Framelits Dies. I stamped hearts in So Saffron and Coastal Cabana on Very Vanilla card stock AND cut them all out – this heart didn’t have a coordinating punch or die. Gold Baker’s Twine bows – cut the twine and then tied the bows.
- I finished all my stamping first. Stamping on the circle – “You & Me” in Baked Brown Sugar. Then adding the Retro Fresh Washi Tape underneath. Then stamping “forever” in Tangerine Tango. And yes I did use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure they were all straight.
- And Gold Baker’s Twine to each of the hearts – I wanted them to look like balloons. So I cut the twine, punched a tiny hole, strung the twine through – yes I used a threader (i.e. a dental flosser), tied a knot. Lots of hearts – 2 per card.
- Now that all the parts are ready it was time to put things on the front of the card – I added two of the Retro Fresh Paper Strips first. Then added the Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I trimmed the third strip at an angle on the end and added it over the circle. Next add the two heart balloons with dimensionals.
- Finally add the finishing touches – attach the small banner over the balloon strings with Stampin’ Dimensionals and finish with the Gold Baker’s Twine bow attached with a mini glue dot. ALL DONE!
This card had a lot of parts but I do like the way it turned out. I used the Perfect Pennants Bundle which includes the Perfect Pennants stamp set and the Banner Framelits dies – giving you a 15% discount when you get them as a bundle. I do love that Stampin’ Up! has added the bundle offerings to the catalog.
I’ve got to get back to the laundry and paperwork….have a great weekend!