Thursday, February 2, 2012

A few of my Leadership Swap favorites

I have 80 cards that I got in my organized Leadership swaps, and then about 80 more cards from the general floor swaps. What is the difference in these types of swaps? Well an organized swap is one you sign up for in advance with a swap hostess. You are committed to make "X" number of card fronts or full cards for this swap for each group you have joined. For example, in Lyssa's Convention Quality Swap, I joined 3 groups. So I had to do 20 cards for each group and each group was a different stamp set. On the other hand a general floor swap is what it sounds like -- a free for all. You walk around asking people if they are swapping and you swap cards as you wish. You get better quality in organized swaps as a rule, but there are a few exceptions!

Today I am starting a series of 3 or 4 days of some of my favorite Leadership swaps to share with you. After that I plan on showing you the 6 x 6 double page scrapbook swap.

The photo shows 2 cards. The one on the left was made by my roommate, Deb Mueller of New Hampshire. Isn't it lovely? She used Pear Pizzazz as the cardbase and cut the top edge of the card with the Adorning Accents Edgelits. The ribbon is Blushing Bride pleated ribbon. The stamp set is Bordering on Romance. Note she used the long row of flower stamps from this set to do the bottom inside of the card, as well as added tiny pearls. For the design itself, she cut out 2 Label Framelits - one in Daffodil Delight and the other in Whisper White with the image stamped on it. She watercolored her design and added 3 pearls to the hearts of the flowers. This was placed on dimensionals and then attached to her card.

The card on the right was made by Patti Gress. I am so sorry that my photo does not do this card justice - it is simply stunning in its simplicity. Patti used a neutral (and I am not sure it is Crumb Cake or Sahara Sand) as her base and as the punch accent made with the Pinking Hearts border. She ran some Blushing Bride pleated ribbon over the punched out area. Her mat and her strips are made out of Pretty in Pink cardstock. Her strips are embossed with Vintage Wallpaper and then cut and notched at the bottoms (remember a square punch is an easy way to do this banner design). Her heart is stamped on Pretty in Pink cardstock and then shimmers with Dazzling Diamonds. The heart stamp is from the stamp set, P.S. I Love You. Then her image is punched out with a Heart punch and adhered to a Silver Glimmer heart. They are mounted with dimensionals onto the card.

That is all I have time for today. I need to scoot, take a shower, dress and get onto to work. It is already 6:40 and I have to be in my classroom in 1 hour. Thankfully I only live 10 minutes away and traffic is going the other direction! LOL... Have a wonderful Thursday!