Monday, August 16, 2010

Christmas, Thanksgiving and Punches!

More swap cards.  The first one is a paper pieced card featuring the SU! XL bird punch.  The petals are actually wing pieces for the bird.  The branches are from the same punch and the center flowers are from a fiskars set.  I sponged the center of the flowers- or the points of the wings, depending on your perspective - to highlight them and add depth before assembling the flowers.

The next two are from a Bundle of Cards swap.  I did a Christmas card for the first group and a Thanksgiving card for the second.  The image of the Christmas card is from Lovely as a Tree from SU!  To me it is the "go to" set that can be used for any and all occasions.  I wanted to catch the feel of a winter's night with the moon bleaching out all the color down to shadows and the glitter of the light off the snow. 

The final card is also from the bundle swap, for Thanksgiving.  The Autumn set was the first set from SU! I ever got...and I still love it.  It makes me think of a pile of fall leaves that you just HAVE to jump in.  :)

Monday, August 2, 2010


I am participating in lots of swaps on Split Coast Stampers.  It's fun to create using a theme or common element and see the variety of things that other people can do.  I am working to get all of the swaps that I have committed to finished as soon as I can so I can concentrate on the projects that I need to do for a gathering that Ina and I are going to in October in Rochester NY. 

The first set of cards are for a My Favorite Things swap.  We had to use images and/or products from MFT.  The Christmas card used a Who's That Girl image from the "Santa Baby" set and two Pure Innocence images.  I am going to have to get some more of the PIs...they are totally adorable!

The next set of cards are for a monochrome swap.  The challenge was to create a card or cards using one color.  I found that the blue one was easy, I based it on a card that I made at Margaret's open house a couple of weeks ago.  I discovered that working with green and yellow is a bit more of a challenge, but I think I did alright.  :)  I don't normally work with yellow, so I considered it an additional challenge to my creativity.

The final image is for a ribbon flower swap.  The cards had to have some sort of ribbon flower on them somewhere.  I was quite pleased with my results. I love the Petals A Plenty folder and was so thrilled when I won it as a door prize at the Buffalo gathering I went to with Ina in the spring.

Let me know what you all think!