Fun-n-crafty April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap for new Catalog

April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap-jen

Seven very talented Stampin Up Demonstrators gathered together on April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap in hand. Each of us brought a box with a sample and kits for everyone there to make a card. There was a lot of oohing and aahing as we went around the table with everyone explaining how to make their card.

Jennifer’s April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap

Our fearless leader, Jennifer started off by sharing a card design using the new Wood Words stamp set.  First we stamped with Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, and Night of Navy ink. After stamping the images the two smaller stamped pieces of Whisper white were die cut with the Stitched Shapes dies in 2 different sizes of circles. Next I layered the large whisper white and the large Night of Navy onto the card front. After layering the two strips of cardstock together, glue the large die cut circle down.  Next glue the strips down. Then wrap some copper thread around your fingers and attach it to the strips. Finally add the last circle with dimensionals and finish with an enamel shape.

Monica’s April 22-2017 Shoebox Swapapril 22-2017 Shoebox Swap- Monica

Monica chose Pop of Pink Stamp set to feature. Step one is die cutting the two ovals. Step two is embossing the smaller oval with the Seaside Embossing Folder. Next step 3 is stamping an overall pattern of pineapples in your color of choice. She used Tempting Turquoise, so I did too. At this point we stamped our Flamingos and sentiment banners.  The flamingo and banner elements were fussy cut. Monica pre-stamped and fussy cut enough flamingos & banners that no one needed to stamp or fussy cut these unless they wanted to. Awesome, girl! As a final step, glue each of the pieces  one on top of another with glue of choice.

Christine’s April 22-2017 Shoebox SwapChristine's April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap

Christine’s card featured the Eastern Palace Suite. First you start with a card base in Tranquil Tide cardstock. Next you take a piece of Eastern palace Designer paper and die cut a medallion near the bottom right. The medallion only cuts out partially- allowing the paper to stay intact but lift in spots. Now comes the tricky part.  Cut a diagonal across the designer paper.

But it is important that before  you glue it down –you cut a piece of Fresh fig cardstock the width of the designer paper  and tall enough to cover the medallion you die cut. Before you glue down the Patterned paper glue the Fresh fig cardstock under the holes. I solved this by turning my designer paper upside down on my card front and holding it in place temporally with post it notes so my outer margins were even. Next I put a little adhesive on the designer paper  and glued my fresh fig card stock into place.  Now turn the DSP and cardstock over and glue into place.

Next Stamp the sentiment and circular border on a piece of Whisper white. Now punch out the sentiment with a 2″ circle punch or die. Next use dimensionals to attach the circle in the center of the medallion.  Finally add a Rhinestone for some bling.

Tanya’s April 22-2017 Shoebox SwapApril 22-2017 Shoebox Swap - Tanya

Tanya’s card featured a technique. Even though she used a current stamp and die set the focus was on the origami like folds. I die cut the flowers using the Flourish thinlits- one in Rich Razzleberry and one in sweet sugarplum. Next I die cut the border from Sweet Sugarplum using the same die set. Inside the center of the folded designer paper is a piece of whisper white cut to 2″ square. First I glued the Rich Razzleberry die cut into the center using the fine tip glue pen. Then I glued the sweet sugarplum die on top turning it 90 degrees. Set aside.

Now for the technique. Next fold the 4′ square in quarters. This gives you a guide. Now fold each point in to the center. Burnish well. Next fold the points back to first fold line and burnish well. Because your designer paper has two sides and both show, if you don’t like the pattern that is dominant- turn it over and repeat.

Before you emboss the large piece of Whisper White make sure you stamp the Sentiment. Now you are ready to assemble the card. First glue the Embossed piece to your card base of Rich Razzleberry. Next use the fine tip glue pen to adhere the border die cut just above the sentiment . Then use a strong adhesive to glue your folded designer paper in place. Next glue you small white cardstock element into the center of the folded paper. In order for you to get it center you will want to open up the points. Finally add a White perfect accent to the center of the medallion.

Nicole’s April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap

Nicole featured the Colorful Season’s Suite. Since she kept this card in a monochromatic theme it went together fast. In order to make the detail in the maple leaf show, we stamped the solid leaf after stampin off first. This allowed us  to use the same ink color – crushed curry for both the case and the detail. By stamping off first the solid leaf is a second generation inking and when you ink the veins direction from the ink pad they look like a slightly different color. After stamping the maple leaf, random stamp the small flowers slightly off to the right in the center.

From Whisper White die cut a branch and a filigree leaf. At the same time die cut your stamped leaf. Fold over a piece of the Mini Chevron Ribbon and tie a bow around it with linen thread. Last glue all the pieces in place. Only the stamped leaf is raised up with a dimensional. Finally use a glue dot for the ribbon and fine tip glue pen for the other die cuts.

Heather’s April 22-2017 Shoebox SwapHeather's April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap

So far all the cards have been bold statements. Heather used the Touches of texture and the soft colors of Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky to give a soft delicate look. The panels were random stamped tone on tone. As a finishing touch she added Very Vanilla Lace. In keeping with the delicate feel, this card is mounted on a White notecard. This makes the card dainty in size as well as feel.

My April 22-2017 Shoebox SwapKathy's April 22-2017 Shoebox Swap


Like Nicole, I featured the Colorful Seasons Suite. But I chose to emphasize the Lemon Lime Twist color way. For my base I cut a cardbase from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Next I cut a piece of Fresh florals Designer paper as a background and glued it in place. Then I stamped my elements. For the chair, stamped the Hardwood background on a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock with Sahara Sand ink.

Next I die cut the chair with the grain going up and down. For the sentiment I stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink on a scrap of Sahara Sand cardstock. . After punching out the sentiment out using the new Pretty Label Punch, I sponged the edges with the same ink.  Due to the delicate look of the small flowers, I stamped them on vellum and fussy cut them out. I used Berry Burst ink for the flowers. Die cut the branch out of Soft Suede cardstock.

Once the parts are stamped and assembled the final assembly is easy. Use glue dots rolled up to adhere the chair. Next use a liquid glue like the fine tip glue pen to adhere the branch and flowers. Because of the look I wanted – I glued down the flowers as I was glueing the branch – putting some on top and some below the actual branch. Finally attach the sentiment with Stampin dimensionals.

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