Sweet Strawberry Swaps

Wednesday 22 September 2021 United Kingdom

I always enjoy designing and making swaps and the best thing about these swaps, is that we got to swap in person. Check this out!!

My upline, the Pinkies team leader Michelle Last arranged our first team get together since the Coronavirus pandemic started. It was so lovely to see everyone on Sunday however, it was bittersweet as there were lots of the team missing. Still, it was a great first step into crafting as a group again and there were many precautions in place to keep each other safe.

Michelle Last and Jenny McCormac designed some lovely make and takes for us to create although most of us spent the day chatting and catching up so the day went by so quickly. I didn't complete a single project!! But I did get everything die cut and stamped so I'll assemble the projects this weekend. 

I'll share pictures on my Instagram story so if you don't follow me already, please click here so you don't miss seeing the finished make and take projects. I'll also share the swaps I received.

The swap group was a small group of 8 people. Smaller groups allows you to make something more complex then a one layer card, for example. I generally make a fancy fold card but have made many 3D items in the past. Check out the swaps I've shared on my blog here.

My method for creating swaps is always the same. First I design the project (this can take a while) and once I am happy I go into batch making mode. I'll calculate how many I need of each item and create the required number of each element until all the pieces are ready. I'll then assemble the cards.

The colours I chose for the strawberries, flowers and leaves are So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade. I used my Stampin' Blends to colour the images, which I stamped in Memento.

The Pattern Party DSP was the perfect background for showcasing the stamped images from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. The monochrome patterns work so well behind the vibrant colours and just makes them pop!

Here is the inside of the card. I wanted to make sure there was a reveal inside the card so I kept things simple with stampin directly onto the Basic White cardstock for the sentiment, flowers and leaves. The Strawberry was the only element I fussy cut.

Oh that reminds me. Please DON'T do what I did.........

Yes, you guessed it. Silly me didn't order the Strawberry Builder punch. Crafting fail!

I decided to buy another stamp set instead of the coordinating punch. 

Whilst there was a good reason behind my choice, I didn't have a crystal ball to know I'd be making multiple swaps with this set and would absolutely need the punch. 

Lesson learned.

But still, this punch would have saved me SO much time!!

I cut ALL of the strawberries, flowers and leavers by hand (known as fussy cutting). I had completely underestimated the enormity of this task and it took SO much longer than expected. 

This was my first time creating a card with this fold. I am afraid haven't done a video tutorial but in case this is helpful, here are the measurements for the cardstock and layers. 

Basic Black cardbase:
  • 22.2cm x 10.5cm, score at 14.8cm
Basic Black flap:
  • 22.6cm x 7.5cm, score at 11.3cm
Basic White panel:
  • 10.7cm x 6.5cm
DSP panels:
  • Inside - 14.2cm x 10cm
  • Front left and inside left - 10cm x 6.9cm (quantity 2)
  • Front & inside flap - 10.7cm x 6.5cm (quantity 2)

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