Team Swap

My team, Southern Stars, met on Saturday afternoon and I wanted to show you the cards created for our traditional swap.  The theme was birthday cards so really any card would do.  The first two are from the suite, BY THE BAY, on page 22 in the Mini Catalog.  I am so proud of being a part of the development of this stamp set and love seeing the variety of beautiful cards produced!  So exciting!

Marti Jones
Swap card: Marti Jones
Linda Manning
Swap card by Linda Manning


Ann Butler
Swap card by Ann Butler ~ Beautifully Happy (SAB)

Geri Foster
Swap card by Geri Foster ~ Favored Flowers (SAB)
Marion Swaim
Card by Marion Swaim ~ Queen Bee (Mini Catty)
SME card
My swap card ~ Best Day (Mini Catalog)

Card Swaps: Not just for demonstrators!

I love swapping cards with demonstrator friends and with my team members.  But, I do think that everyone who creates cards would enjoy swapping.  I found this article recently and wanted to share it with you ~ great ideas about sharing what we create!


If you are a demonstrator (or would like to be one!) you know that we demonstrators do a lot of card swaps. But even if you are NOT a demonstrator, you should still consider swapping cards with friends, family and demonstrators. ANYONE can organize a swap. If you have several friends or relatives who are stampers, think how much fun it would be to do a swap with them.

Here are a few ideas, hints, and possibilities:

Your favorite stamp set would make beautiful swaps.

A swap of cards with different techniques or a swap where everyone uses the same technique and interprets it “their way.”

A themed swap based on a holiday. This could be done for ANY holiday.

A Birthday Card swap—who doesn’t need birthday cards!

The same goes for sympathy cards.

Gift card holders swap.

Small treat boxes swap, either all the same size/holiday/birthday or different sizes. HINT: include a list of items that would fit in your box.

A “Just for Fun” swap where anything goes!

Organizing a swap:

· Contact your friends and ask them to participate.

· Decide on your theme or technique

· Set the parameters of the swap: card size, number of layers, using embellishments, etc.

· Current Stampin’ Up! items or any stamps?

· What tools to use.

· Packaging the cards: Do you want them to use clear envelopes to protect the cards? Do you want to have them package their swaps in a gallon zipper bag with their information adhered to the bag (name, address, phone #, email)?

· Should they include the “recipe” for how to make the card or other item?

· Should they include an envelope for each card, and should it be decorated to match the card?

· Should they send a prepaid envelope for you to send the sorted swaps back to them, OR should they send $$ to you for envelopes and postage to get their swaps back to them.

· Deadline to have the swaps from all participants. How strict will you be about this?

· After you have all the swaps, sort them into a stack for each participant using their zipper bag. Lay the bags on a table or counter and put 1 of each card on it.

· After sorting, place each participants’ cards in their zipper bag

· Package for mailing.

I hope you decide to host or participate in a swap. They are fun—especially when you receive your package and take time to ooh and aah over all the beautiful swaps you received.

I am anxiously awaiting a Mini Catalog swap and a Sale-a-bration swap ~ hoping to find both in my mail box today.  It is such a treat to see how your friends use the products in the new catalog!  I hope that you enjoyed this article and that you will be that person who organizes a swap this month!  Susan Elise


Day of Service


Join Stampin’ Up! in Supporting Five.12:

You’re  invited to join us in supporting Five.12. Five.12 provides bags of food to students in need through a program called “Weekend Backpacks.” We are currently planning to pack more than 2,500 backpacks, but we think we can do even more. If you’d like to make an impact with the Stampin’ Up! community, you can donate a backpack by going to  and clicking the “Donate” button at the top of the page. For every $5 USD donated, Stampin’ Up! employees will pack another backpack for a student in need. Donations will be accepted towards this project through 6 September 2022.


Stampin' Up! is promoting a year long campaign ~ #ShareYourMoment ~ to share what's best about crafting ~ friends crafting together.  This video includes 3 generations ~ Shelli, Sara and Sydney (Sara's daughter)................



Shoe Box Swap

Last Saturday several of my team members got together for a shoe box swap in the Cat/Art Studio.  Shoe box swap?  Yes, each of us created a card and then added all the supplies used into our 'shoe box' so each of us could make the same card.  I think you'll enjoy the cards below and my fellow stampers ~ nice job ladies!!!


Karen Benton ~ she used blending brushes & masking on the card above.


Marie Shaughnessy used the HELLO LADYBUG BUNDLE to create her card.


Cindy Black used the GARDEN GREENHOUSE BUNDLE for her card. She used vellum to create the glass in her greenhouse.

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Join us in Making A Difference for Ukraine! I’m excited to get together with some friends here at Stampin’ Up! for a live cardmaking fundraiser on Facebook. All donations will go to Lifting Hands International to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. We’ll be sharing 6 different cards and a special sneak peek of a new DSP from the 2022 Annual Catalog.  From Sara Douglas, Stampin' Up! CEO

Last Saturday in Park City

Snowshoeing Adventure in Park City with guides from All Seasons Adventures.  I always wanted to go snowshoeing and it really was an adventure!  We walked about 2 miles into the forest ~ up & down hills ~ and 2 miles back out.  It was not snowing but it was a beautiful snowy day, 12 degrees, 7,000 feet up.  

The forest was quiet except for the noisy little snowshoes!
Snowshoes have changed a little. I expected 'tennis racket ' snowshoes!
I dressed in layers and felt nice and cozy in my winter gear.
I made it! So proud!
Natalie White, my snowshoeing companion, and Stampin' Up! staff. A lovely lady!!!

Mystery at the Misty Moonlight

This email arrived on Friday and I am still smiling (actually, laughing).  I had to share...

You are cordially invited to the Mystery at the Misty Moonlight!

Anyone who's anyone from the Westside Brights and Eastside Regals criminal

downlines will be there ~ so watch your back at all times.

The 'Backstory' starts "It's the height of prohibition in 1920s Riverton and stamping has been outlawed.  With creativity made illegal, crafters are forced to slip into the dark corners of society.  Although tension runs high between the stampers, they rely on one another to follow one simple, unwritten rule ~ don't see, don't tell.  They find artistic relief in secret underground stamp clubs that have been popping up around the city, a place where stampers abandon inhibition at the door.  They're free to stamp while jazz music lulls them into a sense of temporary tranquility.

It goes on from there ~ a very clever description of an event that I am looking forward to next month.  My niece, Katherine is Ms. Merlot (Former Top Demonstrator, Beginner Pilot/Eastside Regals) and I am Ms. Spruce (Stamp Boss/Eastside Regals)!!!

STARS (team) meeting today

Team meeting this afternoon and it is so much fun to get together (because we have been doing ZOOM forever)!  One of our activities today was a swap using any of the sets in the Mini Catalog.  Here are some of the cards ~

Amazing Silhouettes stamp set/Marion Swaim
Oceanfront stamp set/Karen Benton
Seas The Day Bundle/Karen Benton! She did two swaps!
In The Moment stamp set/Sarah Williams
Eden's Garden Bundle/Cindy Black

More about our meeting tomorrow................