Saturday 2 March 2019

Look back at the first swaps I ever made

Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, I really hope you like my project. I was looking for ideas for my swaps for On Stage and found the blog post for the first swaps I ever made.  It was quite funny to read my blog because it was so different to how I wrote them now. I am going to copy and paste some of the detail here but will make the measurements clearer!

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Measurements and Materials

  • This swap was made using the Envelope Punch Board plus Card Stock (some are retired now) DSP that has now retired. 
  • I was so excited to be going on my first Stampin Up retreat with Sam from Pootles and the rest of the team.  I was even more excited to be taking part in swaps!
  • I bought a bag of mini Smarties.  
  • From a sheet of A4 or standard cardstock I cut 4 squares
    • 4 1/8" x 4 1/8"
  • Using the envelop punch board I scored and punched at 2" and 3" and then repeated the punch and score on other sides using the scored lines as a guide to where to punch and score. 
  • Then I created flaps by cutting down the side of the 2 small squares on the smallest pointed sides and notched them.  
  • I then cut approximately 1/2" off the 2 larger pointed ends and applied Tombow to these 2 sections to glue together and form the belly of the box.  
  • The 2 smaller pointed ends were rounded off using the corner rounder on the board and the flaps were folded in and the ends tucked in to form the box.
  • The Belly band was cut from 12x12 DSP - 2"x5" - so you get 14 out of a sheet.
  • I then decorated using the balloon punch and a balloon stamp from Happy Birthday Gorgeous but you can decorate how you wish.  
  • I stuck this to the from of the box with a dimensional and added a bow made from bakers twine 
  • I took whisper white twine and coloured it using ink that matched the cardstock I used.
  • I used Eastern palace DSP
  • Dapper Denim - Tranquil Tide - Very Vanilla - Lemon Lime Twist cardstock
  • Matching ink

Video Tutorial

I do hope you enjoyed this little look back with me. I will be back tomorrow with another project share, until then ...

Happy Crafting!

Gez xxx

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Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper

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  1. I remember those. I was lucky enough to get one!

    1. It was the first time we met I believe ... so glad that happened :-)