Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators love to swap. You design a project, then create a bunch of them, take them to an event and exchange with others. These days, a lot of swaps are held online as well, so you don’t have to wait for a Stampin’ Up! event to swap.
I don’t usually participate in “live” swaps. I love getting the samples and ideas, but it’s so hectic for me. I do like team swaps, though. One of my team members started a swap this spring, and we had other team members and customers join us. It’s so fun getting a card in the mail. There’s nothing like a handmade snail-mail card, right?
Since I don’t have a direct upline, my friend Holly Obier adopted me into her group. They also had a swap last month, and all the cards were over the top. I have loved every one I’ve received. Holly’s was a fun fold that I had to CASE (copy and share everything).
Isn’t that fun? (Between Holly and Susan, I’m going to get talked into Lilypad Lake. I thought it was too much like another set I had, but they’ve done such cute things. And my will power is basically non-existent sometimes.)
To make this card, you simply cut a card base diagonally, then score so you have a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. You get two cards from one 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. I trim just a sliver from the diagonal edge or each piece so it closes a little neater. The triangular flaps open up and out. So fun! Here’s my case.
I used the Varied Vases Stamp Set and Vase Builder Punch – bundled, of course, because when I save 10%, that’s that much more I have to put toward more product. Just an FYI – if there’s a bundle you love, go ahead and buy it early. When the retiring lists come out, or when it gets close to the end of a catalog sales period, the bundles sell out. Even if the set and coordinating dies or punches carries over, the bundle price does not. So don’t miss that chance to save. Of course, Varied Vases is a brand new set in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, so you have through May 2019 to enjoy the discount. But it’s perfect for summer, so why wait?
My card base is Whisper White, and the Scattered Sequins embossed layers are Daffodil Delight. The scalloped oval is the new Mango Melody (gorgeous!). I stamped the center vase and the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then filled in with Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody. In person, the Mango Melody flowers on the right look like they are varied in color, but, honestly, I only stamped them one time in the same ink.
My little tulips are stamped in Gorgeous Grape on Highland Heather Cardstock. These are two beautiful new “purples.” The larger vase is Gorgeous Grape on Highland Heather, and the smaller is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Granny Apple Green. Can you tell I’m loving all our new colors?
To add a little variety, I colored the middle vase with a little Pool Party Classic Ink. And the sentiment is Granny Apple Green again. If you like Lemon Lime Twist, you’re going to really love Granny Apple Green.
Be sure when you add your top layer that you only adhere to one side (mine is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the right of the oval); otherwise, your card won’t open. (Yes, I have made that mistake with gatefold cards before.)
Here’s the inside of the card. You can see how the two flaps open. And, again, those flowers at the bottom corner are all colored with Mango Melody, but some look a little more yellow. It’s probably because I didn’t ink my stamp well. But I like the look.
Thanks, Holly, for the inspiration! And thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!