Here's the card I made for the New Catalog Preview Swap.
I used the Sweet Stems stamp set and stamped the flower image onto watercolor paper with Basic Brown ink. (I took my color combination from the tiny strip of Hawaii Papaya paper on the right hand side, which retired the week after I sent off my swaps! Sorry, girls!) I water-colored the flowers using my Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss ink pads and aqua pens. I used my Chocolate Chip marker to color the center of the flowers and then I covered them in Crystal Effects to give them some dimension and shine. I stamped the sentiment in versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. A touch of the super yummy kiwi-kiss satin ribbon and some paper piercing around the stamped image finished off the card.
Here's my second swap - for the Sale-a-Bration swap.
There are fun papers and ribbons available for Sale-a-Bration this year, but I went with an alternate color scheme. More Valentine's theme. I stamped the heart from the Polka Dot Punches stamp set in White Stazon on a transparency sheet. The transparency sheet was cut to 4.25"x4.25". The Riding Hood Red card stock was 4.25"x5.5" and then I scored it at 1.25" and scalloped the edge. I put a scalloped piece of Pink Pirouette card stock under it and attached the transparency inside the flap with sticky strip and tied a strip of Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon around it to help hide the adhesive.
For the sentiment, I layered several pieces of card stock to help ensure all of the adhesive was covered, and to provide a spot to write inside the card where it wouldn't show through the front. On the inside of the card I put a piece of Pink Pirouette. On the back of the transparency sheet I attached a piece of Riding Hood Red. Then on the front of the card I attached a piece of Shimmery White with the sentiment from All Holidays stamped in Riding Hood red. All of these pieces were punched with the ticket corner punch. When the card is closed these pieces all layer perfectly.
The last little touch is another heart stamped in Riding Hood Red on Shimmery White card stock. I forgot to add the new Full Heart punch to my first order from the new catalog, so I cut the hearts out by hand, which didn't turn out to be that difficult (but you can bet that punch is on my NEXT order!) Then I layered the heart onto a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock and attached it to the front of the card with glue dots. Although this probably isn't in the list of my favorite cards ever, I thought it turned out nice and was a nice contrast to all of the Sale-a-Bration cards made with the SAB papers and ribbons.
I demonstrated a BUNCH of Sale-a-Bration ideas at a recent demonstrator meeting for our group her in Boise. ALL of those are in the color scheme from the SAB papers and ribbons. I'll try to get those photographed and share them with you soon. It was a great meeting and we got to see lots of fun ideas.
My camera is on the fritz right now, so it may be a while before I can post pictures of anything. For some reason it won't recognize the memory card, and since my particular camera doesn't have internal memory, there's no way to get pictures without it. Mike and I spent a good deal of time this weekend researching cameras. I'm completely overwhelmed by the choices. Seriously. How can there be so many different cameras!!! If any of you have a camera you LOVE, feel free to share which one it is and what you love about it (and what you don't! - that's always good info too.) I'm not ready for an SLR, so we're looking for more of a point-and-shoot type. Although some manual control is probably a good thing. Anyway, I'm open to suggestions. I'll be sure to tell you what we decide, and hopefully we can get it taken care of SOON!!! Just so you know what I'm dealing with here, Joe Biden was in Boise last week as part of the World Winter Games for the Special Olympics. The news showed his plane getting ready to take off and I ran outside and got some awesome pictures of Air Force 2 flying over our house as he left. I ran inside to show everyone the pictures and there weren't any. None. The camera didn't record anything at all. Grrrrrrrrr.
The kids are off school today for President's Day, and although it's only 42 degrees out right now, the sun is shining. If the sun stays out and it doesn't get too windy (yesterday it was about the same temp. but felt like it was about 20 because of the wind) I think we'll head to the zoo this afternoon. Our zoo got a whole new African exhibit with lions and giraffes over the summer and we haven't been there to see them yet. I will take my camera, but I make no promises on pictures.