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A Bundle of Swaps

By Nola J. Burkhard, Artistic Guide

Today Stampers I have some SWAPs to share with you that I made and took with me to the Stampin' Up!'s Leadership event that I went to in January. I made well over a 100 swaps--in fact I think it was more like maybe even 150, but as you can see from my photos I made them from several sets and papers.  I never seem to be able to make them all the same.   For one reason I don't have enough of just one thing in house to make that many from, and another--I just can't focus on making that many over and over, and over again.  Everything in all my swaps came from Stampin' Up! and is in one of the 3 current catalogs.

The first one I have to share with you is one that I made over 75 of!  They had to all be just about exactly the same, as it was for an organized swap for SUDSOL-Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line.  They were a lot of work as I could only get about 2 birds at a time cut with a new Elegant Bird die that Sizzix recently came out with.  I actually used my Big Shot for all my projects.  In this one it was not only for the bird, but the largest flower and then the two smallest ones.  The other 2 flowers were used by punching the paper out with two different punches made by EK success.  I stamped the bird's body with So Saffron using a wonderful swirl stamp that is in the Creative Elements set, and then colored in a spot for it's eye, followed by stamping "friends" in Rich Razzelberry, "hello" in Pear Pizzazz (yes, this is how they spell it!) and  "4 You" in Baja Breeze. The pattern paper is from Pocketful of Posies, right now its one of my favorite collections of pattern paper.

Now if these next two look familar to you that's because I also used these for my entry to the Stamper's Quest Monthly Challenge for Regal Rose.  If you notice from the 2nd one, all the cardstock is a Regal color--in fact Stampin' Up! even calls it "Regal Rose !"

Again, I used the same swirl stamp from Creative Elements, but just stamped it in to an "L" shape with Rose Red so that some of it would still show out from underneath my pattern paper layer.  Then I pierced the spots that had dots in them with my paper piercer.  To get more indepth instructions on how I made these, look back in the history for it.  I made about 25 of these.  They were just general swaps that I traded with people there at Leadership.

Now in case you are fairly new to the word "SWAP," I first learned of it through my years of being a Girl Scout Leader.  We made lots of them to "share with a pal."  It can be anything you decided to make that share with someone and usually they have one to "share" with you.

Now on my next two I'm sure you will notice that there is really no stamping involved! It's just pattern paper (from Twitterpad) and glitter paper, and then some ribbon and a staple.  I only made about 7 of these as they were made from the scraps of my monthly club "I Love 2 Stamp," from January's meeting.

I got the idea for these Valentine tags from something similar from that was in Paper Crafts magazine.   I thought how cute that is--to make the "V" out of ribbon with a staple holding it together!  Most of the gals in the club used the actual letters made from the die cuts but I liked the stencil effect and so pulled out some those from the scrap pile left to use for my letters.

This next one was from another organzied swap, this time I hosted it. There were only a few of us in it--from "Late Night Stampers", a Yahoo group of great gals that I belong to.  Some of my roomates were from this group.  There were about 25 of us there from LNS and we were all very happy to see each other again.  Again you might wonder if you've seen this project here on Stamper's Quest before--that's because I used the sketch from the January Trail Map for my card layout.  The stamped image of the girl and boy on the bike is from Take it To Heart and the heart shape is actually made from a Framelit Heart shape that comes with a set of them by Sizzix.  I also stamped smaller hearts from that same set over and over again on my vertical piece Regal Rose piece of cardstock. The "with all my heart" comes from a stamp set by that same name.  I love that phrase--and think that set is one that I will always hang on to.

This year at Leadership they hosted a challenge for us that attended, to make a full card using a set from the Occasions Mini.  They had us put all our cards on a clothespin line for judging.  I went with Bordering on Romance, but only stamped the background of my Blushing Bride paper with it.  Again, these were made from the left overs from that same club meeting with my girls in January.  I ran two pieces of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with two of the heart framelits at the same time (yes, you can run some of them through together) and then ran the smaller one through again using a embossing folder.  Then I sniped off some of the edge of the hearts and laid them so that they overlapped a bit.  Even though it did not win for the Bordering On Romance set, I still love how they turned out.  Because I was using scraps I only made about a dozen of these.

My last 2 swaps to share with you today are also made from the leftovers of the third project for that night's club group; can you tell I like to use up the scraps? Yup, I do! After I punched out the label framelits I rolled them with the I (Love) Love wheel in Cherry Clobber. Then I took a sponge and dabbed it into the Cherry Clobber ink pad and then swiped it a few times over the framelit so that the paper actually was a bit darker.  You can see from my second photo that the heart framelit is not as dark as the first one.  The flowers on top of each other were made from a 3 in 1 punch that also just recenly came out by EK Success.

The pattern paper I used for these two comes from a wonderful speciality collection called Mocha Morning. There are 2 sheets in the package that actually have fuzzy stuff glued onto the paper.  Both Butterflies were made with the Big Shot by Sizzix. The smaller one is from an embossing die called Beautiful Wings and the big one comes from a die cut that is Beautiful Butterflies.  To finish this last one off I edged the big butterfly with Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler.  I wish I had done that on the first one too--oh well, I still think it looks nice.

Well stampers, it's been fun showing you the swaps I made for Leaderhip.  I came home with over 150 DIFFERENT swaps to show and share with my gals that I stamp with.  I hope you enjoyed it too.  My last photo to share with you was one taken of me in the lobby of one of the hotels near the Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio Texas.

Stamp, Create, Play . . . Everyday!
Hugs, Nola


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