Saturday, January 29, 2011

Card Swaps

I am back to participating in card swaps. I've done 4 so far. This first card was for a "Techniques" swap. I chose dry embossing and used my Cuttlebug. The card base and the one layer is the same color. The Cuttlebug folder I used is called "Birds & Swirl". It is hard to see...I used my Scor Pal and put a line just under the ribbon and 2 lines at the very bottom of the layer. I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch and punched the butterflies out of a scrap piece of DP and mounted them with foam tape. The ribbon is from Michael's and the sentiment is from SU. The next 2 cards are for a "Four Seasons" swap. I chose Summer and Spring. This first card is my summer card. Its done in greens. The ribbon is from May Arts and I used a buckle slider on it. I'm not real pleased with the colors I chose to color the girls. The stamp set is a retired SU set.
This is my Spring card. The card base is pink with a piece of DP. The tulip is from a SU retired set. I put a strip of green cardstock under the DP and then used a Martha Stewart border punch for both the green and DP. The ribbon is SU, the sentiment is AMuse and the crystal stickers are from Hero Arts. It seems lately I'm using a lot of pinks with various shades of green.
These next cards are ones I've received from swaps I've participated in. The first three cards are from a "Happy Birthday" swap.
I love the way the cupcakes were done.
The yellow layer was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The daisy really finishes off the card nicely. Love it!
I participated in a Memory Box card swap that was due in November. The hostess lives in Alaska and I guess the weather really dictated as to how soon she was able to swap these cards out. I just received these a few days ago. There are 6 cards that I received from this swap. Memory Box did a whole series of penguin images. Here's some of them:

Very soft looking card.

Memory Box has done several collage images. This is one of them. Very beautiful card and an excellent job in coloring.
This last swap was called "Flowers for You". On this card the larger white layer has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. Simple card yet very nice.
I absolutely love this card. I put a comment on the thread asking the swapper if the center medallion was done with a Nestability die cut. It looks like a paper doily. Then on the bottom there are two strips that look like they are also Nestability die cuts. Looks like fine lace borders. At the top of the card there's a row of tiny punched out flowers with a pearl sticker in the middle of each one. The prima flowers in the center of the medallion are held together with a brad then a pearl sticker placed on top of the brad. I need to remember the look.
The last one is really nice too. I love the daisy.
I'm waiting to receive cards from the Technique swap and the Four Seasons swap. I've got 4 swaps to work on between now and the end of April. I am also hosting another card kit swap on SplitcoastStampers and that is due in my hands the end of March. I really enjoy swapping and have "met" some neat ladies. A lot of the ladies on SCS are Christians too and that makes it nice. I really enjoy doing these swaps...they are alot of fun!
Right now I am working on a card order for a friend of Denise's. The friend is in Korea right now with her family; her husband is stationed there for a couple of years. She wanted birthday cards - 4 kids, 4 guys and 4 gals. I've got 2 more gal cards to make and then I'm done. I hope to get these in the mail by Monday.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

December 2010 Shoebox Card Swap

Well, better late than never...I am finally posting the cards from our stamp group's December Shoebox Card Swap. It was a Valentine's theme. I will label the ones that I remember... This is a magnet post-it note holder that was made by Candice.
Bonnie's card.
Bonnie's second card. There are 3 hearts that are held together with a brad.

I love this card...the elephant is paper pieced.

I think this was made by Linda.
This might have been made by Karen. She likes to use the googly eyes. :)

This one is so adorable!
This is a gift card holder. Rhonda made it...she said these were left overs from another project she did. The green portion slides out from the red part. Very cute.
There is a peppermint paddy sandwiched between 2 scalloped circles. A neat idea for favors.

We did a cookie exchange too and Karen made up these pocket cards to hold the recipes for her cookies and frosted oranges. So cute!
Our next swap is February 5th with an Easter, Spring and St. Patrick's Day theme.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New SCS Card Swaps - 2011

I completed 2 new SCS card swaps is due on the 11th and the other on the 15th.

The first one is a Happy Birthday swap. I used the same layout that I used for Denise's birthday card with different colors. I really like how this turned out...the black flourish is from some that Denise made for me with her Cricut. The prima flower is from a pack of flowers I got in a goodie bag from our December Shoebox swap. This card is for a Flowers for a Friend SCS swap. The main stamp image is from a retired Stampin' Up set. I used the sentiment stamp from this set and stamped just the "Friends" from the stamp. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and the crystal stickers are from Michael's. I really like this card too. Its so "girly"!
I purchased the designer scrapbook paper from the Green Tangerines Scrapbook store in Rocklin. I love that store! The selection of paper is fantastic!!
Now that the holidays are over I will be gearing up to participate in more SCS swaps. Last year I participated in 19 SCS swaps from May to November and 6 Shoebox card swaps for a total of 25 swaps. I haven't counted how many cards I made for all those swaps...I'll just say "lots"!!