I have a group of stamping friends, and every now and then, we participate in a card swap. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get ideas. With most swaps, you send all your cards to one person, she divides them up and sends you one of each back in a big bundle. We decided to send them individually to everyone participating. It’s so much more fun when they arrive a couple a day for a week or so.
We’re finishing up a swap this week, and I’ve been so busy, I didn’t get a chance to even start my cards until tonight. Fortunately, the idea I had worked fairly well, so they went really fast! This is not the swap card. I thought about making this one, but decided I didn’t want to cut all those little flowers (I love my friends, and they are probably the only people I’d cut a bunch of flowers for, but time is short!), so the swap is a little different from this one. The idea was to use up some of my Concord Crush card stock, but, well – I ended up using just a little piece of it. I’m thinking I’ll be using a lot of Concord Crush in Easter cards! I love the color – I’ve just been focusing more on colors in the designer paper I have. It seems Blush Blossom, Riding Hood Red/Poppy Parade/Cherry Cobbler and the softer greens are big in my paper stash.
So enough chatter. Here’s my first/discarded swap idea.
Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs; Ink: Jet Black Stazon; Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Basic Black classic; Daffodil Delight stampin’ write marker; Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Melon Mambo card stock; Cheerful Treat designer series paper; Other: Aqua Painter, sponge, small oval punch, basic jewels – pearls, smooch paint – top coat, Big Shot, Framelits – labels, Adorning Accents edgelits, dotted scallop ribbon – Melon Mambo, stampin’ dimensionals
Obviously, I’m loving the framelits and edgelits from the Occasions mini catalog. It’s so easy to dress up a card or project with them. I was able to cut all three frames at the same time with the Big Shot. I die cut the card stock and paper scallop edges at once, too. I used a little Dotto to hold the designer paper to the card and then the frame to the paper before running it through the Big Shot. Then I pulled it apart and repositioned the paper slightly higher than the card stock edge. By cutting them together, though, the scallops line up perfectly.
Today is “fun errand” day. After my much-needed haircut, I’m going to pick up some soup. A friend of mine made soup for a fundraiser and had some left over. Yum!! Then I’m dropping off my old glasses at the optometrist’s to have new lenses put in. After that, the fun’s over…I have to pay bills and work on taxes. Ah, well…I’ll enjoy the morning!
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