Hello Stampin’ Friends,
Do I have a treat for you!!! To stay sane (sorta), I had a card swap with my club members and seven people participated.
For me or for you, Sal? I am going a bit stir crazy and not because I am bored. I listed all the projects I have started and all the cleaning and organizing I would like to get done and I could be quarantined for a long long time and not get them all done; but I am just not motivated. Sigh…….
There is lightening and rain out there, Sal. How about let’s show our friends the cards we’ve made and received.
March’s Paper Pumpkin was one of the best ever! It made three card styles x four each. I thought the boot one was kind of odd until I realized that it would perfectly represent the coffee club I have with my neighborhood ladies. I put the initials of each of the neighbors on the top of the boots and left one blank for our dear friend who moved away. I cut away the boot around the leggings and used a greeting from Fable Friends. The kit even had little raindrop embellishments (on the umbrella).
I changed the greeting on the second Paper Pumpkin card and once again used the ‘Fable Friends’ stamp set for the “Happy Spring”. The flower bling is from Frosted Flower Embellishments (#148782) and I covered the heart with Glittery Crystal Effects from the Holiday catalog- you do have some left don’t you? It dries to a beautiful glossy finish.
The third card I pretty much made per instructions:
Okay, not quite, I added rain drops which the instructions didn’t call for. Satisfied, Sal? The flowers have the little rain drop embellishments but they didn’t show up in the picture.
The lined envelopes are like icing on a cake!
Using the stamps in the Paper Pumpkin kit I created my swap card:
No, Sal, those are from the Sale A Bration set ‘The Gangs All Meer’. The “Miss You” greeting is from the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamp set in the annual catalog. The tape measure is narrow silver ribbon from my stash. The boots were stamped on gingham paper and fussy cut. I loved the basket of flowers in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set. It was a two time stamping set so I stamped the entire basket in Soft Suede and then stamped Crushed Curry to color the flowers. What fun!! I colored the leaves with Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends and the background with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. If I made it again I would stamp the basket directly on the blue and then mask it to stamp the clouds and ground around it. That would have saved some coloring and fussy cutting.
Base: Balmy Blue, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Border Layer: Soft Suede, 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2- one for the inside)
Top: Balmy Blue, 5 1/4 X 4 stamped with clouds, a ground stamp and raindrops
Inside: Whisper White 5 1/4 X 4, sponged just a tad with the sponge roller, then stamped greeting and meerkat in soft suede
Greeting: Whisper White 2 X 1 1/2 cut with the rectangle stitiched framelit to 1 1/4 X 1 5/8, sponged with Balmy Blue and decorated with raindrops from leftover pieces of the Paper Pumpkin. Pop this up with dimensionals.
Boots: 2 X 2 1/2 gingham paper in desired colors (note: the Designer Series Paper shown at the top of Page 168 has gingham in all the different color families.)
Meerkats and flower basket: Whisper White 2 X 4, stamped in soft suede and colored with Stampin’ Blends.
Ribbon: 3 3/4″, marked every 1 1/2 cm with a black journaler so it looked like a ruler. I attached each end under the meerkat arms with a glue dot.
I still smile every time I look at those little meerkats!!
I received another card from Jo that keeps me smiling:
The stamp is from the retired ‘Postcard Pals’ stamp set, isn’t it just the cutest?!
Of course not! Let’s look at swaps.
Some swappers made differing cards so there will be two cards with the same name on some. Thank you, Heather, for putting the names on the card pictures and sending them to the group. We had fun talking about them during a Zoom meeting.
We could all use this one in a frame on our walls:
Aren’t all those beautiful cards wonderfully inspiring?! Such talented, creative crafters. Thank you, friends.
We are having another card swap in May if you would like to join. Cards are due in the mail by May 7th and we will Zoom on May 12th and the 16th. Names and addresses are due to me by this Friday, April 24, and then I will send the list to all the participants Saturday morning bright and early.
SWAP GUIDELINES – deadline to participate is Friday, April 24
- Swap is full cards 5 ½ X 4 ¼
- Include your name and email on a sticky note but don’t stamp your name on the back
- On the same or another note list the main products you used – does NOT have to be Stampin’ Up! (SU)
- Cards should have three layers or two layers and an embellishment
- If your card base is Whisper White or Very Vanilla be sure and use thick Whisper White or Thick Very Vanilla or add an extra layer on the inside for stability
- Mail cards directly to the swappers by Thursday, May 7
- We will have a Zoom meeting Tuesday, May 12, at 9:30
Tomorrow, April 22, the retiring products list will be posted on the website at 1:00
Have your wish lists close at hand because the products won’t last long – especially the retiring In Color products.
I will post the original list but it is a moving target as products sell out.
The hostess code through the 25th is: RH4REUGF
Text me if you have questions: 303-814-0838
SAL, Safe And isoLated
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