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Card Swap Group No. 3

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I'm really, really sorry, I can't apologise enough for the poor quality of this photo.  Unfortunately I didn't realise how bad it was until well after I'd sent the card, but here goes:
Don't worry, you don't need glasses, it really is the poor quality of the picture.  Let me quickly give you the details and then we can move on! 
I set the challenge for the card swap group to make a card in our recipient's favourite colour.  Most people said, 'purple,' or 'orange and red,' but I had to make a card in pink pirouette for Ann Wall.  Hmm, what to do?  I knew I wanted to use my honeycomb ef, especially as I found some pink pirouette core'dinations cardstock left over from a workshop Ann did last year.  At first it seemed obvious to team it with pool party and lucky limeade again, but I decided to go for something different.  I looked at the Beau Chateau dsp and saw the colours were soft suede, pink pirouette and marina mist.
I've used a s…

Butterflies Forever

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I seem to be making sets of cards lately.  You know me, once I get an idea in my head I love to play around with it.  Have a look at these:
I was, of course, inspired by a card on Pinterest, this time by Erin Gonzales.  You can see her card here.  I really liked her card, but I wanted make one without the whole of the white panel being embossed so I could put a sentiment on it that could be read easily.  I loved the combination of backing paper, the little banner at the top, and of course, the butterflies.  The yellow panel at the back is Summer Starfruit, the pink is Primrose Petals and the blue is Island Indigo.  I used some of the images in Summer Silhouettes to stamp in white on the background panel. Note: It is entirely because of this card that I have bought the dsp for the In-Colours shown here.  So much for using up all my dsp!
The next step was to find some stripy dsp, as I really liked this look in Erin's card.  I only have one set, and that's the subtles, so I had …

Card For David

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Hello, I hope you're having a good weekend.  I've just got back from the cinema where we went to see Iron Man 3.  It turned out to be really good.
I've been busy crafting, too.  Here's the card I made for my son's birthday last Tuesday:
I've had this idea in my head for quite a while.  My son is at college studying music and I knew I wanted to put some sort of music on his card.  I bought some Tim Holtz washi tape in case I got desperate but I also ordered the music notes wheel from SU.  I've wanted this for absolute ages and I'm nervous that it might be retired so I thought I'd better buy it while I have the chance. It hadn't arrived by the time I had to make the card, so I started fiddling about with ideas with stamps and cardstock, when, 'plop', a parcel fell through the letter box.  I legged it to the door and lo and behold, my latest order had arrived.  I got out some black ink, inked up the wheel, and away I went (thanks Ann!). Th…

Card For Zoe

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At last I'm able to start showing you the cards I've made recently, as there have been a cluster of birthdays this past week but I've had to hold back on what I've made.
So here is the first one:

This is for one of the members of the card swap group, Zoe Tant.  You can see her inspiring blog here.  I saw a card on Pinterest that inspired my creation, but I can't find the original artist, so if anyone knows, please let me know so I can credit them. I have a feeling the base card in the original is early espresso, but I thought it might look nice using basic gray.  The next layer is some of the beautiful blushing bride paper from the Twitterpated dsp.  (Can't wait for this colour to come back, can you?) I've stamped the delicate branch from the Simply Soft set in basic gray.  I'm amazed at how many times I still reach for this stamp set. I stamped the delicate image in basic gray in different directions on the white cardstock pieces (6cm x 4cm) and after…

Card For Lorayne

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Do you ever go on a bit of a journey with your cardmaking, where one thing leads naturally to another?  I know once I get an idea in my head (and it works!) I like to see where else I can go with it. 
Let me explain.

This card came to me in my sleep. My starting point was the dsp from Twitterpated, in the Island Indigo colour, so I sat for a while trying to decide what colours would go well with it, and it had to be this set again, ie Pool Party, Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry.  I started by stamping the little flower arrangement in the top right corner, loving the fact that the leaves are in Island Indigo and not a green (because you get blue leaves, right?!)  Then I ran the card through the Bigshot with the honeycomb ef.  I was fascinated by the effect, and after that the rest of the card was a doddle.  The flower has been cut with my Sizzix flower die set, which comes with co-ordinating stamps and it rather cool!  I knew I wanted to go horizontally with something too, and m…

Apothecary Butterfly

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Hello peeps, it's all go here, as usual! I didn't realise how many days had gone by since I last posted.
I realised I'd completely forgotten to show you this little creation:
I made it for Victoria Jefferies' birthday back in early April. She's one of the members of the card swap group I'm running, and a very talented crafter.
 I don't think I've ever sat down at my desk and whipped something up so quickly (because I am an incompetant oaf who should have taken more notice of the date in the first place!)
I literally finished making it and put it straight in the post so it's quite nice to revisit it again.
Here are the deets:
The card base is Baja (boo hoo!) Breeze, 5x7"
Layer 1 is Basic Black cardstock.
Layer 2 is just plain white cardstock, run through a 5x7 ef and trimmed to size.
Layer 3 is So Saffron cut with the 3rd largest labels framelit
Layer 4 A stamp from the Apothecary Art stamp set (luvs youuuuu!) which isn't coloured in at all.

Card Swap Group No. 2

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Hello, sorry I am a bit late with this post, peeps, but April turned out to be a very hectic month, with cardmaking and everything else.
Quite early in April I received this fab card from Margaret King, as part of our card swaps:


Sorry the photo doesn't do it justice really, you can get a better look at it and see all the details (and the fun Margaret had making it!) here.  She is a very talented crafter and her blog is well worth a perusal.  I love her style, she is the queen of the neutral card!
This is a lovely combination of Early Espresso and Pool Party, which I'm definitely going to have to play with very soon.  Thankyou Margaret, it's such a lovely card.  

It was also Margaret's birthday in April, so the whole group made her a card.  This is what I came up with:
Remember, I'm making this for someone who loves her neutrals, so it was with a sweating brow I pulled this stamp out for the first time.  The stamp is from the Postage Due set and I'm in love wi…