I know, this is just insane, throwing up two blog posts within one week, after months of inactivity. Well, I am just a wild and crazy gal.
Tonight I thought I'd share two designs I made for recent swaps in which I participated. First off is the card I made for the super fun Shoebox Swap that Ink About It hosted back in mid-October. The swap had a holiday theme and it was before Halloween, so of course I had to come up with a fun Halloween design!
All of the images are from Memory Box, as is the orange cardstock. Black cardstock is from Stampin' Up!' white cardstock is from Papertrey Ink. I broke out a couple of my trusty Marvy scalloped circle punches. Ink is Memento Tuxedo Black. Black glitter is by Martha Stewart (applied, of course, with a Quickie Glue Pen). The green bling are by A Muse Studio. The spectacularly awesome spider web washi tape... I'm not sure where it is from as it was a gift from the wonderful Amy C. And finally, the black twine is, quite randomly, from the checkout line of TJ Maxx/Homegoods. I saw it, I grabbed it, and I ended up using a *ton* of it for this swap -- what a find! Oh, and for that awesome background stamp with all of the vintage Halloween words -- I totally used a stamp-a-ma-jig to get it "just so." Many of the ladies at the swap chose to "freeball" it (a word I made up when explaining the card... out of thin air... made me cackle) and forego the oft-dreaded SAMJ. To each her own, right? :-)
And here's a design I made for a small swap I hosted myself a few weeks ago:
When I saw the current holiday mini catalog from Stampin' Up! -- I had a little heart attack. Very rarely have I seen so many awesome things in one place... all awesome things I felt compelled to add, immediately, to my already rather robust craft stash! Featured in the catalog is the "Make A Mitten" set, as well as the corresponding mitten punch, which punches a full mitten as well as the cute little topper. I mean, come on!! How adorable is this?
I used papers and inks by A Muse Studio (in Cherry and Fern), and that cute baker's twine is also by them. The circle and scalloped circle were cut out using some Nestibilities dies. And those mittens -- well, they were made using this amazing, to-die-for punch. Warning: the punch actually only punches one mitten in one direction, so if you want a matching set of mittens... well, there are some shenanigans involved, not too horribly difficult but a little fussy. I won't get into it here but -- if you ever wanted to recreate this card yourself, I am confident that you'd only scratch your head for a short while before you figured out the cheeseball cop-out method I used to get these mittens to my liking. Oh, and you can't see it in the photo, but I did use a Quickie Glue Pen to add some teensy dots of glitter to each of the mitten toppers.
And that's it for now. As always, I intend to post more regularly, but intentions are only as good as... yadda yadda. Life is busy and life is good. See you soon enough.