Our theme for the swaps was the upcoming Holiday Mini catalog so you are getting a great sneak peek at some of the new stamps. The first card on the left is absolutely gorgeous! I love it's simplicity of design that has some wonderful texture to make it a total wow card. The creator didn't put her name on the back though so I don't know who made it. It uses a set called Bells and Boughs stamped on the Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper. Using a base of Cherry Cobbler paper embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder makes this card have a very rich look. Cherry Cobbler is definitely my favorite red ever!
Second is another beautiful card made by J. Jones. She used Real Red for the base and Crumb Cake layered on top of it for a nice neutral touch. Her main image is from a set called Tags Till Christmas, a wonderful set of 9 stamps which all match punches to make creating quick cards a snap. I love being able to just punch the image out and attach it! She also made a nice background paper using the Baroque Motifs stamp set. One of my favorites from the regular catalog.
Third is a card using the Delightful Decorations stamp set was shared by Sue Erickson. The Riding Hood Red background cardstock is embossed with the texture plates and the ornaments are "hung" with a piece of Linen Thread. Another quick and beautiful card.
In the next picture are 3 more great Christmas cards. The first one uses a stamp set from the regular Idea Book and Catalog, one of my favorites, Season of Joy. The artist didn't put her info on the back so I don't know who created this pretty card. What a great color combination Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive make for a Christmas card!
The second card made by Earlene uses the wonderful Cherry Cobbler for a background and the Snow Swirled stamp set for it's main image. A little ink stippled around the main tree image gives this card a nice finish along with some Dazzling Diamonds. Dazzling Diamonds is such a fine, sparkly glitter that it should be an accent on nearly all Christmas cards!
The third card is a beauty from Julie Salva, my upline. The Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler are a great combination for Christmas cards. She also used the new 1/2" Seam Binding to accent her card and the Christmas set we got at Convention, Peaceful Season. This is a free set, you can get it for being a hostess between Sept 1 and Jan 3.
I have some more swap cards to share but I reckon 6 is enough for now. Instead of showing what is coming up in the new mini catalog I should be letting you know that there are only
4 days left to order from the Summer Mini Catalog. I guess that and the fact that leaves are falling off the trees in my yard mean that Summer 2010 is nearly over. I feel the need to go jump in the river one last time!
Do you need anything from the Summer Mini before it's gone? I just realized today that I need the Sentimental Journey stamp set. I'm going on a cruise! The set has a ship in it but I didn't know I would be going on the cruise when the catalog came out so, even though I considered buying the set since I really like it, I hadn't ordered it. Now I HAVE to order it! I also need another pack of the Island Oasis DSP to make my cruise album with. As excited as I am to create this album, I know when I am putting pictures in it the cruise will be over so it will be bittersweet.