Hope your week is off to a good start!  Today’s post completes my convention swaps and then we’ll move on to more exciting projects later this week.

Swap #4 is a Gift Card for an organized swap.  When I was planning what type of gift card holder to make, I knew that I wanted to make a gift card holder that would fit into an envelope.  After researching, a gift card using the Envelope Punch Board was decided upon.  The instructions can be found at Jackie Topa’s Addicted to Stamping.  Since one of my favorite papers in the Stampin’ Up! catalog is the English Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), I knew that I wanted to use it on my gift card.  The bee from the Garden in Bloom stamp set seemed the perfect touch to add to the sentiment from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  It was a fun gift card to make and there’s plenty of room inside the gift card to add a personal note.

Convention 2015 Gift Card Swap using Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board & English Garden Designer Series Paper

The last card (Swap #5) was prepared for a Fresh Market themed swap.  This card was my favorite of the swaps that I made.  When I saw the pear paper from the Farmers Market DSP, I knew that I had to find a way to incorporate it into the themed card.  I wanted to keep the overall card design simple and feature the paper.  On the banner, the single pear was “fussy” cut from the DSP and then to give it a bit more oomph, Crystal Effects was thinly spread across the cut pear.  Though the picture does not display the effect, it was stunning! and yes, cutting around the leaf on the stem was a pain!!!  The Endless Thanks stamp set was used to create the sentiment and the background on the banner was stamped using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Linen Thread tied around the banner added the finishing touch.

Convention Swap 2015 using Farmers Market Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

Now for the sneak peek promised last week!  My convention pre-order was contained several stamp sets and other goodies but I’m sharing the beautiful Designer Series Papers.  Though each has themed papers, the reverse print offers great versatility.  If you like the vintage look…you’re in for a treat with the Christmas paper.  You’ll want to mark your calendars for September 1st…that’s when you can place your order from the Holiday Catalog!!!

Stampin’ Up! “Into the Woods” Designer Series Paper

Stampin’ Up! “Happy Haunting” Designer Series Paper

Stampin’ Up! “Home for Christmas” Designer Series Paper
Be sure to check back later this week.  Projects from the “Christmas in July” class will be posted.
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