Friday, March 27, 2009

Swaps from Jeanne

Hey, there! Sorry I didn't end up posting anything yesterday - it was a busy day and I just didn't get a chance to sit and get it done. Today I am sharing Jeanne Lobsinger's swaps with you. She's out in Texas and was one of my roomies at convention last year!

Pretty cute, huh?! Thanks, Jeanne!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Amy's Swaps

Although she has them posted on her blog, here, I went ahead and took some pictures, too, to share with you!

I thought they all turned out so nice and I thought it was interesting that she also used a sage shadow/chocolate chip combo - great minds think alike!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Since it's been a while since I posted, I thought I'd be nice and do two posts in one day!! My friends and I just did another swap together and I've been dying to share mine with you but didn't want to ruin the surprise in case one of them happened to look at my blog! SO, now that everyone's received them, I am finally posting them! The theme for this swap was Spring/Floral/Easter. So, it was pretty broad which gave us a little more flexibility to do what we wanted rather than being tied to one stamp set.

The first one I made using the Always set (LOVE this set - especially the bird!). I originally made this for a workshop I did for my now down-line, Robyn. She's really into vintage/shabby chic so I really wanted to come up with a project I thought she'd love. I got my inspiration from this card on splitcoast. Sage Shadow isn't one I use very much but I'm pretty pleased with the way this card came out!

The next one I made was for another workshop I did for Kelly. She's a young, hip mom to a one year old and I wanted to come up with a project using another one of my favorite stamp sets - 5th Avenue Floral. I used the spritzer tool and everyone really loved that - it is a pretty cool little tool!!

For the next project, I knew I wanted to use Bella's Bloom but it's such a small set, I wasn't sure how to incorporate it on a full-size card. So, once again, I got my inspiration from splitcoast and this card. I couldn't find any patterned paper I really wanted to use with it so I finally decided to use the texturez plates for the big shot to create a pattern. Here's what I came up with.

Here's a close-up of the background I made using the texturez plate.

For my final project I just happened to get a box with new stampin' supplies the day I wanted to sit and finish my projects so I HAD to use a great new set from the mini that starts April 1st called Great Friend - LOVE the butterfly. I guess there's something about an image with flowers and all drawn into it for me! For this card I actually got my inspiration from page 92 of the current Idea Book and Catalog - it uses a butterfly similar to the one from Great Friend.

Here's a close-up of the butterfly - I layered two of them. One I stamped in Baja Breeze and the other in Pretty in Pink. On the top one, I used Crystal Effects to add a little shimmer (not sure if you can see it in this shot or not)!

Well, I took pictures of the swaps I received and plan to share them through-out this week so keep coming back to see the great swaps!

Card from My Upline

I received a card from my up-line, Beverly, on Saturday and I thought I would share it - it's really cute! She sent it because I had two recruits for the month of February - very exciting for me!

Thank you, Beverly, for the cute card!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Always Birthday Card and Giftcard Holder

A couple of months ago my good friend and downline had her birthday. I got her a Starbucks gift card and decided I wanted to make a matching card and giftcard holder. I took pictures of them before I sent them but didn't want to post the pictures until she got them! Well, as I mentioned that was a couple of months ago and I never did post them so I wanted to do so now. Here is the card:

And here's the giftcard holder:

The inspiration for the colors was the Always paper and it was fall so the colors seemed appropriate.