I signed up for 4 swap groups this round, which was a lot of work while also finishing up coursework and taking final exams! This swap uses Love for You bundle in the Mini Catalog, which I came up with this design, wanting to include the Pool Party ribbon and a design of Designer Series Paper, of which I used the Sale-a-Bration Dainty Flowers DSP.
I used my Cut & Emboss machine a lot when making my swaps, which was rather difficult when working at my desk in my dorm, thankfully I also have the Mini Cut & Emboss machine which was much easier to maneuver in the small space. It also made it easier to keep my dies in place which I did with a bit of scotch tape to keep my margins even (remember, stamp then cut!). I was also able to use some of the extra Mossy Meadow layers from the Thanks a Bunch card to add some unique layering.
With Sale-a-Bration going on right now, it’s the perfect time to score a Mini Cut & Emboss machine (in one of our future In Colors) for effectively $30 (down from $63) when joining my team of Stampologists! See below for more information about the special for joining Stampin’ Up!
The DSP squares are 4″ by 4″ which allows for 9 squares to be cut from one sheet of 12″ by 12″ DSP. Another trick is to tie the bow while it is still attached to the spool so you don’t accidentally cut it too short or have too much extra ribbon in the bow.
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I signed up for 4 swap groups this round, which was a lot of work while also finishing up coursework and taking final exams! This swap uses the Sale-a-Bration exclusive Thanks a Bunch set featuring carrots, which I came up with this design, hoping that it would be unique and a more modern take on cards going around for this catalog.
The most important tool I used in making this card is the Stamparatus, which helped me space out the carrots on the paper to give me 1) even margins, and 2) reproducibility! What I ended up doing was stamping the top row first for all of my cards, moving the plate down one notch for each carrot, then turning the paper 180°, repositioning the carrot, and stamping in the blank space, leaving one carrot spot blank to stamp it in Blackberry Bliss for our one-of-a-kind purple carrot.
I wanted to add some sparkle and ended up putting three rhinestones in descending sizes on the bottom left corner (which is inconveniently covered by my watermark), but I also played around with bedazzling the purple carrot with rhinestones and using Wink of Stella glitter brush.
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*After each order placed with the monthly code, you are eligible to earn one stamp per $50 in an order (before shipping/tax… the same number of $50 SAB items you would earn) *Orders $150 and more earn their own Host(ess) Rewards! Don’t use the monthly host code in this case! *Collect 10 stamps and redeem for EGoodies! *EGoodies is equivalent to a shopping spree up to $50, subject to availability *Track your stamps on the form located on EvanStamps.com. When you’ve reached 10 stamps, complete the rest and redeem!
Paper Only Share – $50 ($58 mailed USPS Priority) [$40/$48 for Stampologists Team Members] Ribbon Only Share – $20 ($28 mailed USPS Priority) [$15/$23 for Stampologists Team Members] Paper & Embellishment Share – $65 ($73 mailed USPS Priority) [$55/$63 for Stampologists Team Members] ** Preorder Paper & Embellishment Share in the EARLY period and earn TWO EGoodies Stamps!
EARLY Preorder Period – 1 December 2022 – 4 January 2023 EARLY Payment Due – Upon Order EARLY Products Ordered/Prepared 5 January – 15 January 2023 EARLY Ready for Pickup/to be Mailed (Approx. or before) – 16 January 2023
REGULAR Preorder Period – 5 January 2023 – 31 January 2023 REGULAR Payment Due – Upon Order REGULAR Products Ordered/Prepared – 1 February – 15 February 2023 REGULAR Ready for Pickup/to be Mailed (Approx. or before) – 16 February 2023
Paper Only Share includes 6×6 sheets of all 12×12 Designer Series Paper, 12×12 Specialty Designer Series Paper, 6×6 Designer Series Paper, and 6×6 Specialty Designer Series Paper, and 6×6 Shimmer Paper. 14 different individually packaged and labeled packs, equivalent to 1/4 of the complete paper package (does not include host-only paper).
Ribbon Only Share includes the equivalent of 1/5 of the complete spool of ribbon, 6 products (9 designs/colors total), 1 or 2 yards depending on the product.
Paper & Ribbon Share Includes
6×6 sheets of all 12×12 Designer Series Paper, 12×12 Specialty Designer Series Paper, 6×6 Designer Series Paper, and 6×6 Specialty Designer Series Paper, and 6×6 Shimmer Paper. 14 different individually packaged and labeled packs, equivalent to 1/4 of the complete paper package
the equivalent of 1/5 of the complete spool of ribbon, 6 products (9 designs/colors total), 1 or 2 yards depending on the product
Free Gift: Mystery Embellishment from the new catalog ($7-$9.50 value)
* Subject to product availability. If I am not able to complete the paper share, I will do my best to refund you the full amount you paid. Payment is due upon preorder and is not refundable after the preorder period has ended.
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I tend to select paper as my Sale-a-Bration product-with-purchase, so I have a ton of the foil 6×6 DSP and the Rings of Love DSP. I’m having a hard time figuring out what to do with the Foil DSP, so Rings of Love it is.
DSP is really useful when you want to make simpler cards, as you can use it for a complex background without a ton of labor. In this case, I cut the 12×12 DSP into 6 pieces (4″x6″) and trimmed the pieces down to 4″x5 1/4″ to become my first layer.
This project used Night of Navy cardstock as the base, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron Inks, and Watercolor Shapes and Amazing Phrasing Photopolymer Stamp Sets. I wanted a fun embellishment but wasn’t feeling a Mint Macaron heart, so I opted to add some Iridescent Pearl Embellishments.
I had a friend ask me to help turn a set of store-bought notecards into a set of thank you cards for medical school interview thank-you cards. The notecards were white with gold borders and an otherwise blank front with plain white envelopes.
I decided to keep with the gold theme and heat emboss the elements – something a little more fancy when sending as a thank you for a very large and selective program. I used a retired stamp (that came out when Stampin’ Up! introduced Blendabilities… long time ago and since discontinued) but I still like the stamp and can use it with our current Stampin’ Blends.
Having a whole assembly line when heat embossing makes the process go a lot faster. I stamped the image in Versamark and immediately applied the gold powder. The un-embossed card was carefully set aside until I could clean up the powder and have enough room to heat-emboss all of the cards in a line.
In the bottom right corner, I stamped and heat embossed a “thank you” greeting from the Good Feelings set. I decided to keep the envelope plain (partially because I didn’t bring other products to make it different as well as the card itself already being very gold.
Always remember that you can use notecards and such that you already have to make something new! It’s not necessary to always reinvent the wheel, especially when giving a card to someone who isn’t going to recognize or appreciate the difference between upcycled and completely handmade.
I recently graduated with a B.A. in French and Economics, and I'm working on a Master of Public Health in Policy. I started my Stampin' Up! journey at 2 years old by throwing Diamond Dust down our carpeted stairs, and I've been crafting ever since!