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The Swap That Wasn’t

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So.  I had a swap idea that didn’t make the convention. I’m sure it felt super lonely. I just ran out of time. And since one of my swaps got cancelled, I just didn’t need it.

But it was a good little swap….

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This is it!  Pretty simple. But nice…

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The thing I like about the floral framelits… well…. framelits… is that you can cut holes where you want. So infused it to cut the center out. And I used the daydream medallion sets in the cut out. 

The swirls on the outside come from the Creative Elements stamp set and the sentiment is from A Round Array.  Butterflies come from Papillon Potpourri… which btw is on sale this month…. stamp set and matching punch is 15% off!

Here is a look at the inside…

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And one final view of the front.  

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So sad for the not-a-swap. But I still like it. This means it will be a card that gets sent to someone special. Which is a more noble calling….

Wow for a little one.

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The second swap I was part of for convention was a wow card swap.  And the rule for this is that the card was supposed to wow.  So. That’s a tall order. And…. I had signed up for a children’s card swap that got cancelled…. but I had already cut the paper for the card…  so, I decided to have a wow children’s card.  Smaht, yeah me…. (that is Hawaii speak for “brilliant idea… you go girl”).

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So, this card uses zoo babies stamp set. I had to buy this one cause I was so sad when they retired fox and friends. But… SU! always comes through and replaced it with this cute set. But, looking at the picture… you must be saying… that’s not wow worthy.  Just wait…

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Before we get to the wow, I want to show you some of the details on the front. I was also sad when the tiny key tag punch retired. But never fear… the little bitty labels punch worked perfectly. And I love those safety pins. They are perfect on baby cards.  That is the crumb cake taffeta.  The colors are so saffron, costal cabana (love it) and baked brown sugar.  I embossed the bottom panel with the polka dots. What did we do with ourselves before embossing??

Okay. Now for the wow. And this wow is so easy that anyone can do.

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It’s an easel card!  All you gotta do is make sure something on the inside is bumped up so it can hold the paper back.

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Here’s a view from the side. You cut your card base like normal (5.5x 8.5).  Fold in half.  Then on the front of the card score again at the half way. ( score at 2 1/8).  You will then create the front of the card on another panel and then adhere it to the BOTTOM portion of that scored front.  And it’s that easy.

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You can see how the top of the giraffe is what holds the card hope.   I love the giraffe and rhino.  It was a little mental cutting them out but it goes fast. Do it while watching TV and it breezes by. I did it while watching Isaac dig in the sand.

What is nice about the easel card is that it can be a nice little decoration for the recipient.

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And. I love the toucan. 

Since they are so easy… everyone can make a wow card!

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My “top-notch swap.

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I just realized I haven’t shared MY convention swaps….  so here goes.

So. This year my travel plans were extremely tight before convention. I returned from Kansas just 24 hours before leaving again for Salt Lake. Knowing this, I decided to just sign up for a couple of organized swaps just so I could sign up for things I was interested in. This swap was called “Top-Notch and what I liked about this one is that we had to specify the stamp set we were gonna use. That way we we got 20 cards using 20 different sets!  I signed up to use the Happy Flowers hostess set. Cause it is happy, happy! 

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I am in love with the new in colors. They are so…. I don’t even know how to describe it. Anyway. I made this with Crisp Cantaloupe embossed with the polka dot embossing folder. I added the pool party trim embossed with chevron. The strip of paper is crumb cake. And whisper white for the scallop trim. I love the crisp whiteness with the crisp cantelouoness.  I cut out the stamped image with the floral framelits die. Then added the flower in the center. For this, I punched the 1 1/4″ scallop 3 times. Put a mini brad through all 3 and misted with water. Scrunch, smooch, sploosh, crinkle…crinkle and you have a nice flower.

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Then of course rhinestones. Can’t do without rhinestones.

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So… that’s it! My top notch convention swap. And I gotta say. I thoroughly enjoyed the seal too. Well planned and ran. And got lots of great samples.