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.

  1. Design the card you want to swap.
  2. Figure out how many you need to make and start cutting out the parts.swap-partsFor 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.
  3. I finished all my stamping first.  Stamping on the circle – “You & Me” in Baked Brown Sugar.  swap-circlesThen adding the Retro Fresh Washi Tape underneath.  Then stamping “forever” in Tangerine Tango.  swap-stamped-circlesAnd yes I did use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure they were all straight.
  4. 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.swap-hearts
  5. 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.  swap-final-touches
  6. 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!godiva-occasions-swap

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!