Tuesday, September 15, 2009

holy swaps, batman!

I am the world's greatest procrastinator. And because of that, I ended up creating 34 cards last week, in two evenings. 18 were for my upline's September meeting, and most of the others were for monochromatic bigshotish swap on SCS (I had taken 2 spots - blue & purple).

I did the xmas cards first (as they were due a mere 4 days later, and had to make their way to ON... oops?) This was my creation at first... J. didn't like that it was all monochromatic (kraft CS & taffeta ribbon, beautiful Christmas Cocoa DSP from the Holiday Mini, soft suede ink), and thought I should add some color. "How about yellow?" Uhh ya. Because nothing says Christmas like yellow :P I went with Real Red instead, and ran the panel through my Big Shot with the new Petals a Plenty embossing folder (LOVE! - also from the Holiday Mini). While I like how this turned out too, and it's probably better for the upline swap, I really liked my simple card too.

The next day I worked on the SCS swaps (which are due today, and got in the mail almost an entire week before the deadline. GO ME!). For the blue cards, I kinda cased Chat's Cute & Curly Flowers card... Just kept the colors to white & brocade blue. I ran the white through the big shot with a texturz impression plate, used my Movers & Shapers to cut the bigger blue scrolly bit, and then SU punches for the flowers & smaller white scrolly bit (cute & curly, boho flowers). A bit o' glittery glue in the middle of the flowers, and some retired brocade blue DSP, and voila. There turned out to be 2 versions, as I was getting tired of punching flowers. As I was trying to get the smaller flowers, enough of the larger ones for 3 cards were produced, so 3 cards had bigger flowers (1 for the hostess, and I kept 2) and the others to go for the other swappers.


And then... I decided to get a bit dirty. Well, not dirty, but inky. I used the fabulous Meg Loven's reverse texturz tutorial and pretty much completely cased her sample. I just switched up Eggplant for Razzleberry, because I heart the razzleberry so. And this is what I came up with.. Needless to say my hands & desk were covered with razzleberry. Ah well. Part of the fun in crafting is getting down & dirty.

Next up for swaps... Pink Xmas cards (due Nov, so I've still got some time ;)), more upline holiday cards (due mid-Oct), and some adult (not X-rated, just not-for-children - just wanted to clarify. Talk about knowing your readers, eh?) birthday cards due EOM. Guess I should get going on those ones... I think I'll change up this card of mine a bit... maybe using the oval template that I'm getting from Patty Bennett? oooh. eh. Could be too 'leafy'... we'll see.

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