Distressed Christmas

It’s swap time again!  I love to swap cards with my friends, because I get so many great ideas.  And the way we swap is really fun.  With most swaps I’ve participated in, everyone sends all their cards to one person who sorts and divides them.  Then she sends one of each card to all the participants.  It’s nice, because you get a whole pack of cards at once.   But my group of swap friends has decided to mail each swap directly to each person in the group.  So every day for a couple of weeks, I’ll get one or more cards in the mail from my friends.  It’s wonderful – and I feel like I’m getting to visit with them.

I like to take the swaps I get and recreate them with the products I have so I can use them for workshops.  This is one I got from my friend Heather Wilbur yesterday.

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Isn’t that gorgeous?  I love the distressed look of this card.  I don’t have the skinny taffeta ribbon, so this is my copy of Heather’s card.

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Stamp set:  Pines & Poinsettias*; Ink:  Early Espresso classic; Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler stampin’ write markers; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler card stock; Other:  Big Shot, Petals a-Plenty embossing folder, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, cutter kit, sponge, 2-3/8″  scallop circle punch, 1-3/4″ circle punch, crimper, stampin’ dimensionals  (*available in the Holiday Mini Catalog; all other products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)

I distressed all my layers – even the ribbon.  I love the seam binding ribbon, because you can ruffle it, fray it, or leave it plain.  I frayed mine, and sponged a little Early Espresso ink on it.  I think what I like best about distressing is if you mess up, it’s ok!  Just add a little more ink and another tear and it looks like you meant for it to be like that.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you the card from Karen Thuen in Ontario.  It’s gorgeous, and she used a yummy color combination!  I spent most of today cutting paper and ribbon for the card buffet on Saturday.  The card selection is totally different from what I had imagined, but I think we’ll have some great choices.  Tomorrow I’ll be typing up supply lists and packing.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?

Don’t forget to check in on our Blog Hop Saturday morning.  It’s scheduled to go live at 11 a.m. Eastern.  We’ll be hopping through lots of holidays.  I know we’re covering Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and I’ve heard rumors about Chinese New Year and Hanukkah.  I can’t wait to see what everyone has created for this one.  They’re such an incredible group of women and amazing artists.  I’m very humbled to be part of their group.

Thanks for stopping by!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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