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Convention 2013 card candy swaps in return

card candy pack

Yesterday I shared the card candy that I made for our swap at Convention 2013 (pictured above so you can see the full set in one post) and I’m back today to share the gorgeous card candy packs that I received in return. One of our swap group was poorly and is arranging to post the missing set to us.

Here then, are the rest.

From Claire, using Label Something:

Label something

From Suse, using Christmas Collectibles:

christmas collectibles

From Jacqui, using Hearts a Flutter:

Hearts a flutter

From Jan, using Warmth & Wonder:

warmth and wonder

From Joanne, using Chalk Talk:

chalk talk

From Nicola, using Fitting Occasion:

fitting occasion

From Michelle, using By the Tide:

by the tide

From Dawn, using Best of Christmas:

best of christmas

Aren’t they beautiful!

And they make great gifts for crafty friends – not these sets of course, these are mine! – but if you sit with your punches in front of the tv, you can easily put together a few of these.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx


Convention Card Candy swaps 2013

card candy close up

This was my fourth Stampin’ Up! convention this year and it was the fourth time I’ve organised a card candy swap. I just love ’em Laughing

Not sure what card candy is? It’s a set of card toppers, packaged together professionally in a cellophane bag with a bag topper over it. Each person in the swap group selects a stamp set to work with and I chose Mosaic Madness.

The colours were a mix of Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Gold, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla. A mixture of punches and dies were used to create the candy backings and ribbons, pearls, twine and brads added for a little extra embellishment.

Here are all the individual candies waiting to be bagged up.

card candy pieces

Then each set were attached to a sheet of acetate, placed in a cello bag and a bag topper, folded and secured over the top.

card candy pack

They’re all ready to be peeled from the acetate, which will leave the dimensionals on the back sticky, to add straight onto a project.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share the card candy swaps that I got in return.

Sara xx


Hostess card candy and bookmark

card candy close up

Hope that you’re enjoying this gorgeous sunshine Cool Isn’t it glorious!

A quick share today. These little packets of card candy were another gift for my hostesses at the recent Hostess Appreciation events.

card candy

They include a few of our lovely new goodies including the Label Love (W130619 or C130622) and Mosaic Madness (W130246 or C130249) stamp sets and the matching Artisan Label (130920) and Mosaic (131267) punches. Both of these are available as stamp and punch bundles, saving you 15% (Label Love Bundle W132723 and C132722, Mosaic Madness Bundle W132734 or C132733). There’s also a Simply Pressed Clay Blossom (Clay 130685, Buttons & Blossoms Mold 131272) and one of our Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327) on the little rosette.

Everyone also made one of these calendar bookmarks stamped with Happy Hour (W132013 or C126642) cocktail glasses in all the new In Colors, so that they have a handy reference.


Would you like to get an invite to my next Hostess Appreciation event? Simply email and book an in-person workshop with me or join my Stampers 6 club for a “virtual” workshop.

Sara xx

Card Candy swaps – part 2

Here’s the rest of the batch of card candy swaps that I got at the 2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention in Mainz. This was a specially organised swap with a group of 10 fellow demos from the In Love With Stamping forum (with around 800 people milling around at Convention, it can’t be left to chance Wink).

From Jayne, using Betsy’s Blossoms:

From Elaine, using Tea Shoppe:

And the last few, as well as being ILWS forum members, are also part of our Paper Dolls team (made the swapping a little easier as we were all together anyway Laughing).

From Hazel, using Just Believe:

From Jan, using Scentsational Season:

From Joanne, using Blast Off:

Aren’t they all so sweet! And that little astronaut at the top of the Blast Off package spins around – so cute!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card candy swaps as much as I have.

Sara xx

Card Candy swaps – part 1

It’s been one of those days today – I’ve got a rotten head cold – sore throat, headache, sniffles, the works … and Bess (the dog) has been constantly sick all day because she ate something buried in the leaves in the garden this morning. Thank goodness for crafting for keeping me sane!

Yesterday I shared the card candy that I made (full recipe is here) and I’m back today with the first batch of candy that I received in return Laughing

Not sure what card candy is? It’s a set of card toppers, packaged together professionally in a cellophane bag with a bag topper over it. We each select a stamp set to work with and keep to a set of rules (e.g. you can add a sentiment set but no other stamps, include 6 toppers in the package, use any current punches or dies, have a minimum of 2 layers and include some embellishments such as ribbon, brads etc). Some of the rules get bent just a little Wink but as long as it’s not a lot and the quality is top notch then no-one seems to mind.

I was blown away by the swaps I got!

From Elaina, using Kindness Matters:

From Sandra, using Papillon Potpourri:

From Carolyn, using Make a Mitten:

From Alison, using the Baby Tees jumbo wheel:

Aren’t they just gorgeous! I’ll be back with the second part of the swap tomorrow so please stop by again.

Sara xx

2012 Convention Card Candy Swap

Each year that I’ve been to Convention (this was my 3rd), I’ve organised a card candy swap. I just love how professional these little bags of embellishments look!

This was my contribution:


Bundle: Ornament Keepsakes (W129949 or C129950)
Stamps: Curly Cute (W117014)
Card: Very Vanilla (106550)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (126966), Crumb Cake (126975), Early Espresso (126974)
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992), Very Vanilla 1/8” Taffeta (119960)
Other: 1” Circle Punch (119868), 3/4” Circle Punch (119873), Shaker Frames (124155), Champagne Glass Glitter (120997), Basic Rhinestones (119246), Metallic Brads (119741)

The little baubles were stamped with the rock ‘n’ roll technique and then “strung” on a piece of ribbon. The large double bowl ornament is a shaker with glitter in it.  A hidden massage can be written on the swing out section of the round Early Espresso ornament. The other three pieces are simply matted and layered.

If you’re thinking about purchasing the Ornament Keepsakes bundle to make something similar, then remember that if you also buy the Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP, you’ll get the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack FREE!

I’ll be back soon to show you the card candy that I received in return.

Sara xx

Quick and easy mini thank you boxes

easy gift box close up

Today I have another example of how I’ve actually used some of the card candy that I prepared here.

The candy makes a very quick topper to complete an equally quick box:

easy gift box

Stamp set: Easy Events (W116958 or C123225)
Cardstock: Old Olive (106576)/Peach Parfait (121692), Pumpkin Pie (108601), Whisper White (106549)
Ink: Stazon Black (101406), SU Markers (119806)
DSP: Brights Patterns Stack (117155)
Punches: Extra-Large Oval (119859)
Sizzlits Die: Lots of Tags (114508)
Bigz L Die: Candy Wrapper (120890)
Other: Basic Pearls (119247)
Tools: Big Shot (113439)

The Candy Wrapper was die cut from Old Olive card and strips of Pumpkin Pie DSP were added around the top and bottom of the main body before constructing the box.

The topper was made by stamping the flowers and sentiment onto Whisper White card with Black Stazon ink. After colouring the flowers in, the teeny Basic Pearls were added to the flower centres then the image was popped up on dimensionals on a shaped tag die cut from Pumpkin Pie card and popped up on further dimensionals onto the candy wrapper box.

The box was stuffed with a fun size Mars Bar and as I needed a little batch of these thank you treats I decided to switch out the Old Olive card for Peach Parfait card – all other elements stayed the same. (I go through masses of Old Olive card at this time of year so figured I’d better hang on to it Wink). Here’s the little batch that I made:

east gift batch

Back soon.

Sara xx

Card candy swaps – group 3 pix

Here are pix of the card candy swaps that I got from Group 3. We didn’t quite manage to fill a group of 10 but with Carolyn Exwood and I providing extra swaps from our previous groups, we did manage to get a group of 8 going (thanks Carolyn). And I was extra glad that I didn’t have to miss out on this great bunch of candy!

From Theresa M, using Forever Young:

card candy 1

From Jayne Owen, using Everything Eleanor:

card candy 2

From Joanne Friend, using Triple Treat Flower:

card candy 3

From Sandra Roberts, using Delightful Dozen:

card candy 4

From Hayley G, using Array of Sunshine:

card candy 5

From Emily, using Simply Soft:

card candy 6

I’m already looking forward to next year’s card candy swap ladies. Thanks to everyone who swapped with me.

Sara xx

Card candy swaps – group 2 pix

Another pic rich day as I share the fantastic swaps I got back from the second card candy swap group. If you missed yesterday’s post, I shared the card candy that I made using the Polar Party set and these are the candies I got in return.

From Jan Jones, using Forever Young:

card candy 1

From Jeannie Kupsh, using Tags Til Christmas:

card candy 2

From Hazel Ford, using Faith in Nature:

card candy 3

From Emily, using Tagtastic:

card candy 4

From Hayley, using I {heart} Hearts:

card candy 5

From Sarah Poulton, using Button Buddies:

card candy 6

From Carolyn Exwood, using Winter Post:

card candy 7

From Abi Bundy, using Every Little Bit:

card candy 8

From Monica Gale, using the owl punch:

card candy 9

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Polar Party Card Candy

polar party card candy close up

Here’s the other set of card candy that I made for swapping at convention. I’m a sucker for cutesy images and as soon as I saw the Polar Party set in the new catty I knew that I would want to make a set of card candy with it.

This is such a fun set for colouring in, using whichever medium you prefer. I used a mix of markers and inkpad with blender pen for these candies. The new Mini Brads are the perfect size to be the bobbles on the hats! Though you can’t see it too well in these pix, any “snow” has a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds over it.

I made 18 sets of this pack as I was also swapping with a third group that hadn’t quite filled up to the 10 that we were hoping for.

polar party card candy

Stamp set: Polar Party (W122675 or C122677), Petite Pairs (W122495 or C122497)
Cardstock: Island Indigo (124390), Pool Party (124391), Regal Rose (108612), Whisper White (106549)
Ink: Black Stazon (101406), Island Indigo (122937), Pool Party (122938), Regal Rose (105211), SU Markers (119806)
Punches: Scallop Oval (119856), Large Oval (119855), Extra-Large Oval (119859), Scallop Trim Border (118402), 1-3/4″ Circle (119850), Scallop Square (119884), Word Window (119857), Doily Triple Layer (122465), 1″ Circle (119868), Boho Blossoms (119858), 3/4″ Circle (1198730)
Ruffled Ribbon: Pool Party (122975)
Sizzlits Die: Lots of Tags (114508)
Other: Dazzling Diamonds (102023), Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144), Mini Brads (122941), Basic Rhinestones (119246), 6″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags (102210)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Crop-a-dile (108362), Blender Pens (102845)

Again, I won’t cover how I made every single piece of candy, but if there are any that you’re not sure of, then please leave me a comment and I’ll respond with an explanation.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you the swaps I got from Group 2 in return for this set.

Sara xx