I took part in a virtual retreat this weekend. With the dreaded virus, the usual in person event had to be cancelled, but instead of missing a year, we chose to take it online instead! I made more projects than I have in months, and had great fun!
One of the best parts of in person Stampin’ Up! events is project swaps, and so we did the same… just sent them in the post instead!
I chose to take part in the Designer Series Paper swap this time, and so had to make cards with paper as the main focus.
This card was really simple to put together, but looks really complicated. I cut the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper to 14.8 x 13.5 cm, so it was the same height as my card base, but a little wider. Then scored the paper on the right hand side at 3cm, and folded it back and put a spot of adhesive where I was going to add my sentiment label.
The card is finished with a die cut leaf from the Forever Flourishing dies, a label from the Painted Labels dies, and sentiment from the Forever Fern stamp set.
One of my favourite things about being a part of Stampin’ Up! is being a part of a fabulous group of like minded people. As a team we have so much fun together, not just when we get together at team and Stampin’ Up! events, but all year around on our Facebook groups. As a team we organise regular events including our recent Blog Hops (for the launch of the Spring Summer Catalogue, and the start of Sale-a-bration!) but also a fun card swap!
Card swaps are usually a BIG part of in person events, but because we only get together a few times a year, we often arrange extra ones to share our creativity and spark someone else’s imagination. Recently, we did a swap based on the new catalogue, I hope to share the cards I received with you soon, but today I thought I’d share the card I sent out
I made 6 of these cards, and they came together surprisingly quickly! Partly due to the fact that I can be pretty organised when it comes to mass producing cards, but also because this stamp and die set has a couple of clever features! The trio of flowers are stamped with one stamp, and die cut with one die, so they are super quick. Also the pretty label, takes two steps, the die collection has a die which cuts the stitched marks, but its actually cut out with a punch! Awesome!
My favourite part of this suite though is the fun stitched details. A few of the dies have stitched marks on, and you guys know how much I love a stitched die! But also the stamps and Designer Series Papers also feature pretty stitched details, and actually look like you’ve hand stitched your projects… just with a stamp!
One thing though, this is a stamp set that requires a gentle application of ink, as if you over ink you’re at risk of loosing that pretty stitched details. I would suggest stamping onto some grid paper to get your hand in before you stamp onto your projects with this one!
Want to join in with our next team card swap? All you need to do is join our fabulous team! Sale-a-bration is a great time to grab a Starter Kit and join Stampin’ Up! with a kit that costs you just £99 but allows you to choose £170 worth of Stampin’ Up! goodies, or you could choose a kit that costs £125 and gives you a fabulous Craft tote bag too! You can find out more about joining during Sale-a-bration HERE, or you can join right NOW!
StampinByHannah Team Swap Cards (and a bonus video!)
Yesterday I shared the card I made for a recent Team Swap. Well today, I have the cards I received to share!
Swaps are just one fabulous part of being a part of Stampin’ Up! the team I am a part of just LOVE to swap. Swapping is traditionally part of in-person events, but as we are spread across the country, getting us all together is a challenge (and one we tend to reserve for Stampin’ Up! organised events!)… so, we do postal swaps instead. The idea is the same though, we make a batch of projects (usually cards because they are easy to post!), stick them in the mail, and get a bunch of inspiration back! I has such an exciting week last week as they all started to arrive!
We didn’t have a set theme for our swap (other than it had to use products from the Spring Summer catalogue!) but there is definitely a trend here…
This pretty card was made by Debbie Toner… this paper hasn’t found its way to my craft room yet, but it might have to now!
The second card was made by Vicky Thompson… I haven’t got this paper either! Think I’m going to have to put another order in soon!
The next card was created by Laurie Jennings… I love that she’s added some sparkle with some Wink of Stella, and don’t get me started in that embossing folder! How did I miss that?!
The final card is this lovely creation by Anna Sposato. Anna is one of my Inspire.Create.Challenge buddies and its lovely to have an Anna original in my craft room! She’s also used the Petal Palette suite, and Brusho! Love it!
I cannot wait for our next swapping opportunity, which will be at Stampin’ Up! OnStage in April! eeek… I’m excited already!