Well, today was a bit of a "swap" fail for me. I'm in several monthly swaps and one of them is due in the mail Saturday and today is Thursday - yup....panicking ever so slightly. I've been in a creative funk this week and more in an administrative mood so I've been working on my "Crafting Retreats with Rose & Liane" admin stuff for our upcoming March Retreat (yes, you should come) and updating email contacts, and creating mailouts for upcoming retreats, yada yada.....
However, today I seemed to be a little more in the paper crafting mood. I managed to make a couple of cards, both of which I won't be using as my swap card but at least I made something today!
I received the "Oh So Succulents" stamp set for free last year when I attended Stampin' Up!'s On-Stage Event for Demonstrators and then ordered the Succulent Framelits later. Today I decided to use the Succulent Framelits for the "first" time. I'd almost forgotten I had them. You avid stampers know exactly what I'm talking about. ;-)
Anyway...I'm fairly happy with it. This is all in an attempt to create a swap card for this month that I'm "good with". I figured this would not mail well so I turned my attention to the stamp set "Touches of Texture" and CASED a card from Pinterest with some minor tweaks. In the end I thought it was too close to the original so I scrapped this one as a swap as well. (we like to make things more original in our swap group) Plus, having to make 11 cards using the thin Black Thread I think would drive me nutters today....I just don't do well with those fine threads.
Recipe: Oh So Succulent Stamp Set, Succulent Framelits, Succulent Garden Designer Paper, Tip Top Taupe Cardstock, Old Olive Cardstock, Elegant Eggplant Ink, Stitched Framelits
Recipe: Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and Ink, Gift Of Love "Hostess" stamp set, Watermelon Wonder Ribbon, Watercolor Paper, Crushed Curry Cardstock and Ink, Black Thread
I used the "Rock n Roll" technique on watercolor paper to get the look on the flower in this card. Simply ink up the solid stamp from the "Touches of Texture" stamp set in Crushed Curry and then "roll" the edges of the stamp in Watermelon Wonder ink. Spritz your watercolor cardstock generously (this takes practice to get the exact amount of water that gives you the look you want) and stamp onto watercolor cardstock. Let dry and stamp the flower outline in basic black right over top. Cool huh?
I think they both turned out well, and it certainly has returned my mojo for creating cards this week but I've yet to come up with this month's swap card so back at it I go.... wish me luck!