Swapping is just another name for, sigh, having time to stamp a handmade card! Right now, I am at the fabulous, wonderful, supremely generous retreat hosted, by Stampin' Up! for it's top 125 demonstrators in the USA and Canada. This is my 8th consecutive year earning this grand gift and it is truly a highlight of my year.

When we gather, we swap. We were advised to make 120 cards to swap Thursday evening. This is my card. Most everything was chosen from the current Holiday catalog (link to it on the right column of this blog). I love clean and simple cards. I designed this with that in mind as well as considering ease in replicating if you want to make lots of holiday cards.

The finished product:


The end result consists of many single parts and lots of repetition. For instance, on the black tails of the bow, I had to cut a piece of card stock that would fit the size of the die. I then die cut each pair then I ran them through an embossing folder to make the raised dots. That is about 360 items to cut just for that one element. It does go quickly so do not fear.



Here is lots and lots of them.


How to transport and not crush? A basic box that will go right into my luggage.


The "recipe":

Stamp Set: Tags 4 You

Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

DSP: Season of Style DSP Stack

Ribbon: Silver 1/8”

Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Punch: Label Bracket

Die: Gift Bow Bigz L

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders:
Stylish Stripes, Perfect Polka Dots

Miscellaneous:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals


  • White
    layer = 4 ¾” x 3 ½”
  • DSP
    layer = 4 ½” x 3 ¼” (1/2 of each stack sheet)
  • Cherry base = 4 1/8 x 11” (note that the Stylish
    Stripes TIEF does not emboss up to 4 ¼” so trim card base narrower than usual)

To order any of these products, go to my online store by clicking on the white ordering button on the right column.