Tucson Swap…

It’s always nerve wracking to me when I go to a SU! event and there is a swap involved.  I languish over ideas (the hardest part to me), order supplies and then meticulously go about creating what I hope will be a “WOW” swap.

Having said all that, the best part is you come home with so many new ideas from others’ swaps, and that makes it well worth all the worry and effort you put into yours.  I wanted to show you the stages of putting together my Tucson swap…first you come up with an idea, then you start an assembly line like this…


and then this…


Oops! that doesn’t look like much.  So then you stamp…


Then watercolor…


Add some layering and ribbon…


And finally you have your swap…


Whew!  I’m not sure about the “WOW” factor, but hopefully they will stand up favorably with the others.  Would you like to try this card?  Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake cardstock.  Watercolor paper.
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizazz
  • Stamp:  Blessed Easter and Perfect Pennants (sentiment)
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Scallop Trim Border, 5/8″ White Organza Ribbon, Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Pearls and Script EF


  • This swap is just a card front which is normal for a swap, but if you’re making a card, cut your cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″.  The Coastal Cabanna layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and the Rich Razzleberry layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″ and emboss with Script embossing folder.  Attach layers to card.  The tag is 2″ x 4 1/2″ punched with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  The watercolor paper is 1 1/2″ x 3 3/8″.  I spritzed the watercolor paper to dampen and used an Aqua Painter with water and a few drops of Coastal Cabana to swish across the paper.  Let dry and stamp with StazOn Black.  Blender pen the image with ink pads and Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizazz.  You need to use Tomboy Glue to adhere the watercolor paper to the tag after you have punched and fastened the scallop border because watercolor paper is stubborn!  The tag is put on the card front with dimensionals.

Hope you feel inspired to create a card similar to this one.  I would be flattered.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”If you can’t make it better…laugh at it.”—Erma Bombeck

Be inky…Be Happy




    • Thank you Wendie. This was a great weekend and I enjoyed meeting and talking with you. Let me know if you change your mind about convention…B

    • The trip home was looonnnggg! But the weekend experience was so worth it. Keep me posted about your C14 plans…B