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How Much Can You Pack Into a Shoebox?

Hello!  I'm so glad you could stop by to visit. 

My Stampin' Up! mentor and upline, Catherine Harwood, has a meeting every month with her downline to share new ideas and information from Stampin' Up!  We do the "business stuff" first, and then dive into the stamping projects.  This month, Catherine changed things up a little and focused the entire meeting on stamping.  However, instead of designing all the projects herself, Catherine challenged us to design a card project that could be completed in 15 minutes or less using items that fit into a shoebox--a Shoebox Swap.  (The exception was the Big Shot; if you used an item that required the Big Shot, that was OK.)  When we arrived at Catherine's home, she had tables set up with a place for each of us to set up our projects.  Then we spent the rest of the meeting moving from one project to another completing all the projects with the exception of our own.  Here are all the projects I made:


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There are some VERY TALENTED designers in Catherine's downline.  The great thing about doing a Shoebox Swap is that you have the opportunity to use tools and stamp sets that you may not own.  Here is the project that I designed for everyone to make.


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This project uses two stamp sets from the Summer Mini Catalog and a NEW PUNCH that will be available on July 1st when the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog launches.  All of the colors of cardstock in this project (with the exception of Whisper White) are either new core colors or an In Color that will become available on July 1st.  The colors used for this project are Early Espresso for the card base (Neutrals), Baja Breeze for the scallop edge border (a returning In Color that will be a part of the Subtles), Cajun Craze for the new 2 3/8" scallop circle punch (Regals), Tangerine Tango (a returning In Color that will be a part of the Brights), and Pear Pizzazz for the mat behind the sentiment (a new In Color).  The sentiment, from the Favorite Thoughts stamp set, and the scallop design image, from the Punched Posies stamp set, were stamped with Cajun Craze ink.  The row of dots (also from the Punched Posies stamp set) on the Baja Breeze scallop edge border was stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The scallop circles were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and the scallop edge border was sponged with Baja Breeze ink.


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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with Whisper White cardstock.  The row of dots was stamped just above the lower edge of the Whisper White cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  The scallop design image was stamped three times in the upper left corner of the Whisper White cardstock.


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The row of dots was stamped vertically near the left edge of the small open-end envelope front using Early Espresso ink.  The scallop design image was stamped three times just to the right of the row of dots using Cajun Craze ink.


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One of the neat things about making 3" x 6" cards is that you use a 6" x 6" piece of cardstock to make the card.  This means that, more often than not, whatever you design for the card front would translate into a great lower border design for a scrapbook page.  How cool is that?!!?


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I also used this card design for Father's Day cards.  Instead of using an "estrogen loaded statement" (as my husband would say), I used the "Happy Father's Day" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock using Cajun Craze ink and punched out the sentiment with the Word Window punch.  I mounted this onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

A pretty simple, but very versatile design!  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  My next post will feature another swap and this one CASEs one of the cards I made during the Shoebox Swap!  (CASE = Copy And Share Everything)


Stamps:  Favorite Thoughts, Punched Posies, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Embellishments:  5/16" Neutrals (Chocolate Chip) brad; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Scallop Circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Scallop Edge border punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch; Other:  Small Open-End Envelope


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Sharon Field

What a great shoebox swap, lots of variety!!

Diane Simpers

Love your card! I'm so sorry I had to miss that event. Thanks for sharing a photo of all the cards! It will provide lots of inspiration!

Cindy E.

Mickey, those are awesome! The Tortoise and the Hare is brilliant!!!

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