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Friday, April 11, 2008

Cape Cod Swaps

This is the weekend that some of my stampin' gal pals are gathering at Cape Cod for a fun weekend, filled with stamping, laughing, and friendship. Sadly, I can't be there, but will be in spirit. One of the highlights of the weekend (there are sure to be many), is the swapping. Last year, I went away with these same ladies, had the most amazing time, and received loads of awesome swaps. So, although I couldn't be there, I was invited to send some swaps and to participate. I only made 2 cards for swapping, and these are what I sent.

This first card features Basic Gray and Purely Pomegranate's such a rich combo, with some Whisper White thown in for good measure! First photo is the outside of the card...the way you would receive it when it arrives. The second is with the inside card removed. This is actually a take off on a card received at the very same weekend gathering last year (Hi, Kim!), and I just loved it! And best part, is that it is so easy!!

Stamps: Priceless, Curvy Verses
Inks: Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate
CS: Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Misc: 1 3/8" Round Punch, Scallop Punch, 1/2" Round Punch*, Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, White Taffetta Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Silver Mini Brad, Paper Piercer
NOTE: Since the inside card is a single layer, the brad "legs" show when inserted. So, I punched out a small circle of Whisper White CS, using the 1/2" Round punch and adhered over top. This neatened it up and made it easier to slip the insert in and out of the "envelope" outside.

So, then I needed a 2nd card for the swap, and designed this pink one. Loved the way it turned out, only to discover that it was actually very, very similar to this card that I posted months ago! DUH!! It's really NOT the same, it's more dressed up, but is still the same layout....I really didn't mean to "copy" myself, but that's exactly what I happened!! Oh, well....hopefully, they'll like it anyway!

This time, the background was stamped using the Twill Bkgrd stamp in White Craft ink; then a portion of Happiness was used, but stamped in only one color ink; then cut out. Not sure if you can see that some of the images and stripes were highlighted with Dazzling Diamonds. The round greeting has a hole punched in the center (the Cropadile is perfect for punching through those 3 layers!) and the ribbon was inserted through and tied. Oh, and I also drew those tiny, skinny black lines inbetween the sections of the Happiness image.....with the help of a ruler, of course!

Stamps: Twill, Happiness, Thinking of You
Inks: White Craft, Basic Black, Pink Passion
CS: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Misc: Scallop Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Round Punches, Corner Rounder (for the scallop edge), C ropadile, Black Gingham Ribbon, Quickie Glue Pen*, Dazzling Diamonds, Micro Pen in Black*
*Non SU; all other supplies are from the SU catalog.

1 comment:

Stefanie said...

Great card Barb! I missed driving up with you this year. I wish I could have stayed at the cape all weekend... Maybe next year!


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