Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My First Swap Card

From Adriel:

Hey there! Last month I joined my first swap! For those of you who are wondering what a swap is, it is exactly that! A swap! As far as details go, it is basically you making a certain number of the same thing and then swapping with that same number of people to get that same number of different things back. The swap I joined on SCS was an all occassion SU! card swap, 5+1. This means I made a total of 6 of the same card. The +1 is for the person who hosted this swap. I send her all the cards I made, she disperses all the other swaps she receives to those who participated and keeps one for herself from each participant. So after I send my cards to her and she receives them, she will send me back 5 different cards. I won't receive one of mine back. Pretty fun! I hope I explained that so that it was understandable. Anyway, this "swap" idea is good for anything. People on SCS swap all kinds of things. Card fronts, card candy, ribbon, paper, embellishments, boxes, scrapbook pages, etc. All kinds of things! So, I had never done a swap before and thought, "Why not?!" So I joined and below is my card, which I made 6 of. The due date for these is not until the end of October, but I really should send these soon. I just haven't made it to the post office. Too many other things to do (like making more cards and creative projects)! Without further ado, here is the card I made...

The colors I used for this card were: Sahara Sand CS, Pink Piroutte, So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, & Very Vanilla. I got this color combination idea from the Stampin' Up! catalog from the DS paper, Parisian Summer. I don't have the paper, but LOVE the colors.

I used the Sprinkles set with versamark and clear embossing powder for the background on the Pink Piroutte. Used the new scallop edge punch A LOT on this card, as you can see. The sentiment is from the All Holidays set and stamped in Bravo Burgundy ink. Attached the a Very Vanilla square and attached to card with dimensionals. I used the Boho Blossoms punch for the flowers and added pearl stickers (purchased at Michael's) to the middle of each of the flowers. That just added such a touch of elegance! Love those pearls! Finally, the satin cream ribbon is also from Michael's (a spool of it was $1!), and I made a bow with it. The only thing I don't like about that ribbon is it frays so easily, as you can see in the pic. I'll trim that before I send these off. If you have a tip to keep the satin ribbon from fraying, please share!

Anyway, that's the card! Let me know what you think! Being my first swap, I'm hoping it is up to par with what others do for this swap. Thanks for looking!


Becky Carafa said...

Wow, I'm sure the recipients will be very happy to get this!
I use fray-check or something similar to keep my ribbon ends from fraying, hope that helps.

Crafty Girl Designs said...

This is so pretty! I hope the swap went well!