Wednesday, May 30, 2007

My Swap Entry

This is the card I did for the Spring Bloggers Swap Group 3. I decided to use the set I got a the Regional Seminar in Atlanta. This set will be available in the upcoming catalog. This layout is what I call my 11Valerie11 layout. I stared with my Sarah Designer Series Paper. I knew I wanted to use it so I drew my colors from it. I stamped my stems first. I double stamped the one on the left to get a taller stem. I had to tape off one of the leaves while I inked up the stem the second time. After inking, I removed the tape and stamped. Then I stamped the blooms. Once on the white panel and once on white scraps. After coloring everything in I cut out the blooms on the scrap and mounted them on top of the other blooms using brads. I then embossed the sentiment (which is hard to see in the photo) using blue embossing powder. I finished the card off with some ribbon and paper piercing along the top of the card.

Stamps: Double-Line Doodles Inks: Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Versamark Paper: Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Whisper White, Sarah Designer Series Papers Accessories: Saffron Brads, Regal Embossing Stack (blue), paper piercer, Apricot grosgrain & blender pens

Two More

This colorful beauty was created by Donna Baker. This card is a slider card. When you pull the ribbon tab down the butterfly panel slides down and reveals a hidden message. Also, it is hard to see in the photo, but there is Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the butterfly wings.

This card is the swap I received from Mimi. She creates some beautiful art. Be sure to stop by her blog, Stamps-a-latte Stamp Cafe. while there be sure to scroll down to see a sneak peek of the new In Colors to be released by Stampin'Up! in July. I love all the layers in her card. Thanks Mimi!

Monday, May 28, 2007

More Spring Swaps

This swap card came from Anna. I love this set. Anna masked off the frog and then stamped the mushroom to make the frog "sit" on the mushroom. It is hard to see but she put Crystal Effects on each heart in the background.

This card is the second card I received from Fairle. I love the dimension of this card. She cut out and adhered each flower petal individually. WOW!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Group 3 Blogger Swap

I was so excited when my harassment of Kirsten persuaded her to join the Blogger Only Springtime Swap. I began admiring her work several months ago and now she is practically famous! You must visit her blog, Confessions of a Naptime Stamper. Her work is incredible and she is a very nice person too. OK, enough gushing over Kirsten...on to her card.

This card was for the second group I was in. It was as Stampin' Up! only swap but we were not limited to the Spring Mini. Kirsten used a set from the Spring Mini anyways. I just love what she came up with. This girl is into details! I love the little sentiment "must stamp" that she put on. The date stamp in the corner was marked for the day that the swap was due. How clever!

Kirsten also let me lift all the photos of Group 3's swaps from her blog. Thanks girlie!

Stamps - Office Accoutrement, Rough Edges Alpha
Paper - Celery, Teal , Saffron , Whisper White , Notations PP
Ink - Sahara Sand, Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Celery, Teal, White Craft, Chocolate Marker
Accessories - Celery Grosgrain, Round Tab Punch, 1/8 and 1/16 Hand Punch, Saffron Brads, Dimensionals

Friday, May 25, 2007

Springtime Swaps

Isn't this card just perfect for spring? I love the colors and the sparkly flowers. They just scream spring to me. this card was created by Fairle Beaman Carroll. Be sure you drop by her blog, Stamping 101. Scroll down when you get there and check out her cute Spring Bouquet.

Stamp Set: Polka Dots & Paisleys
Card stock: Lavender Lace, Basic Black, Glossy
Inks: YoYo Yellow, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lace
Accessories: Flower Punch, Glitter, Ribbon

This little cutie was created by Leslie Brown. I love her use of our new punches. She definitely has an eye for detail. You can find more of Leslie's work on her blog, Continuing to Create.

Stamps: Paisley and Polka Dots, Amazing to Zany
Card stock: Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose
Inks: Cool Caribbean, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Paper Piercing tools, Spiral round and Tab punches, ribbons, Designer papers

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Another Group One Swap

Here is the swap card I received from Amber Porter. I absolutely love the clean look of her card. When I first saw some of the colors in this Designer Series Paper, I was unsure about this particular one. But Amber really pulled it off. I also love the touches of black that she added. Be sure to visit her blog, Ramblings of a Sassy Stamper.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Spring Blogger Swap

I recently participated in a Blogger Swap that featured Spring Mini sets. I immediately fell in love with this little invitation! This clever card was created by Chris Smith. You need to visit her blog! She has some gorgeous creations. I especially love the way she used the twill tape to make the strap! How cute!!! You can see more details over on her blog, from my inkpad to yours.

Stamps: Crab & Company, All Year Cheer II, Flannel Plaid
Paper: Ivory Naturals, Ruby Red
Inks: Buckaroo Blue, Black Stazon, Ruby Red, True Thyme, Night of Navy marker
Accessories: Twill tape, Ruby Red brads, 1/16" punch, Aqua Painter

Chris also graciously allowed me to lift all the photos from the swap from her blog. I was afraid I would never get all the pictures taken because of my move. THANKS CHRIS!

This second card was done by Michelle Laycock. I love the way she used the window punch and the Hodgepodge Hardware. Be sure to stop by her blog, Ink Artist. She has pages of inspiring artwork, she's been blogging for FOUR years!

Stamp Sets: Polka Dots & Paisley, Everyday Flexible Phrases, and Expressive Flexible Phrases
Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Certainly Celery
Ink: Regal Rose, Night of Navy, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Word Window punch, Certainly Celery brad, Navy and Celery organdy ribbon, Celery grosgrain ribbon, Hardware, Dazzling Diamonds glitter