As you read this, I'm at the 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. As I write this, I'm still back in Hawaii getting ready to leave, so I'm not yet sure how hot it is (I expect HOT!). But I am sure that I'm having a great time meeting lots of people and seeing lots of new Stampin' Up! goodies in the sales area called, "Memento Mall."
One of my first-day activities is a swap with one of my online groups of Stampin' Up! friends. Not all the people in the group are Stampin' Up! demonstrators, but those who are here at convention are. This is a small swap so I'm sure to have plenty of time to visit with each of them and get to know them a little better.
This is the card I made for this swap – and I only had to make 15 of them. This is such a nice and simple design that I wish I'd thought of it for some of my swaps with larger groups.
The Designer Series Paper Set that I used for this is one from the brand new Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog called, Cheerful Treat. This particular set of papers is available only as a Hostess Gift. But it's wonderfully priced at $8 for a set of 12 double-sided sheets that are 12" square. Even if you only have a $150 party or order, you get $25 in hostess dollars to spend, so you'll still have $17 left for other purchases!
The colors that I pulled from this set to use as my solid colors are Lucky Limeade and Concord Crush. The Melon Mambo print at the bottom of the card is the other side of the multi-colored print that is at the top of the card. This is what made this card so easy to put together multiple times. What I did was cut one 12" square sheet of the Cheerful Treat paper in three 4" strips Then I cut each strip into six 2" pieces. So from each strip I got three sets of both pieces of the paper I needed for this card. Here's another benefit of doing it this way: I stamped the bottom strip before I adhered either piece to the Concord Crush card base. If, by chance, I stamped the greeting badly (crooked or smeared, for example) I could just flip that over and use it for the top piece and stamp again on the back of the piece that was originally going to be the top piece. No one will ever see those badly-stamped areas that are glued onto the card. Read "smiley face" here!
The middle piece of Lucky Limeade card stock overlaps both the bottom and the top pieces of paper by 1/2". I tied the ribbons – a 20" piece of Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon and a 6" piece of Concord Crush Stitched-Poly Ribbon – onto the Lucky Limeade card stock and then adhered the whole group onto the card front. The final piece of card stock is 2-1/4" high by 4" wide; but I started with a piece that was 2-3/8" high and then punched it with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, which removes about 1/8" from the punched side.
Here's the sketch for this card. I'm showing it with the middle section moved off to the side so you can see the overlapped areas. I considered whether I might just cut the top and bottom pieces 1-1/2" high and the middle piece 2-1/4" and just have the edges meet. But I don't really like to do this unless I'm covering the edges that meet with a piece of ribbon. So that's another way you could use this same basic layout, by moving the two pieces of ribbon to cover the edges and not bothering with the scalloped edge. See?! Another design in the making! I so love doing this kind of "work." I hope you do, too, and will be having as much fun with your crafting this week as I'm having at the Stampin' Up! convention!