Shoe Box Swap

Shoebox swap

Today is team meeting day ~ all Southern STARS are invited to the Cat/Art Studio for a SHOE BOX SWAP!  A what?  See my shoe box, above, it is all ready for the swap.  The sample card is in the center and everything needed to make the card is located inside the shoe box.  The stamp set ~ HORSE & SLEIGH (162119), the ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH 6" x 6" designer series paper (162118), the ADHESIVE-BACKED SNOWFLAKE ASSORTMENT (162129) and, or course, the cardstock, ink and blends to color with.  Everyone who comes brings their own shoe box full of supplies ~ what fun!

The Zoo Continued....

The theme of this sheet of designer series paper is 'Outdoors' and the animals are bird watching, photographing nature, butterfly collecting and even a pig hiking with a back pack!

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The theme on the card below, and on the DSP, is dancing with all the animals thoroughly enjoying themselves.  This card is much prettier in person.  I used the new Holographic Trio 12" x 12" specialty paper (page 127 AC) for the background and the camera on my phone doesn't do it justice ~ it really is pretty.  In the picture, not so much!  Sorry  about  that.Ballerinas with holographic paper

The stage for the band is easy to create because the curtains and the scallop heading are part of the dies in the set.  The turtle also has a die but the other animals are fussy cut from the designer series paper.  There is one other page that I 'missed' making a card for ~ animals celebrating a birthday.  If you want more information or would like to order this fun paper ~


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Zoo Class ~ 2 cards, 3 more tomorrow....

Yesterday's fun event included making five cards using the ZOO CREW COLLECTION.  The bundle includes the stamp set, Zany Zoo, and the dies to match.  In the card below the cute alligator has a die to match ~ but, don't tell Tammy ~ she fussy cut him!!!!


The 12" x 12" designer series paper has six different cute animal designs and you get two of each in the package (which is on sale this month for $10.62 instead of the usual $12.50 (order number 161304).  Each of the six pieces of paper in this suite has a different theme that picture these active animals.  The alligator is part of the 'transportation' theme and the llama, below, joins others in the 'at home' theme.

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Original design by Margaret Van Vliet.

What a fun stampin' party!

Below you will see the three cards from yesterday's stampin' party/open house in the Cat/Art Studio.  Everyone made all three.  The first one is using a stamp set, INKED & TILED, on page 95 AC.  We used three of the new IN COLORS ~ Moody Mauve, Boho Blue and Wild Wheat.  I still need two more stampers to join my IN COLOR CLUB ~ let me know if you are interested in the best way to get all of these color products in an easy peasy way!



WM2The second card is from the BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL SUITE on page 14 AC.  Here is the PROJECT SHEET if you would like to make this celebration card.

Download Open House Balloon Bundle

WM1The third card uses my stamp set, SEASIDE BAY, on page 101 in the catalog.  I am so proud to have my name on the stamp set and in the catalog.  I celebrate each time I use it.  It is so nice of Stampin' Up! to recognize the million dollar achievers in this way! 

Stampin' Up! = a great craft company!!!

Download Open House By The Bay

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.