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Friday, October 5, 2012

Tacoma Regional Swaps - Christmas Theme

As promised yesterday the following are Christmas cards I received as swaps during the Tacoma Regional My Way Meeting.  What a great collection, I'm sure you'll enjoy them! 

Several of these swap cards have no identifying information on them, so I'm not aware who created them.  They are "unnamed" cards and if anyone knows who the originator is let me know so I can pass a long some credit. 

This very simple card is made with the Scentsational Seasons stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue.  This is one of those "unnamed" swap cards, so I can't pass along any credit.  What do I like about it:  The color combo.  The base is Bashful Blue and the layers are in  Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green.  The two inks used are Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green as well.

This next beautiful card was created by a demo  who goes by txtornado on her yahoo email account.  She used Greetings of the Season for the sentiment on this card and it's stamped in Early Espresso Ink, on Crumb Cake cardstock.  A very simple Whisper White lace border was punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, however only half of the strip has been added to this card.  The beautiful big snowflake was die cut from Shimmer White cardstock using the Bigz Die - Snow Flurry.  The center medallion which is stamped again in Early Espresso is from the Mixed Medley stamp set in the Holiday Mini hostess section.
The next two fabulous cards were created by Maureen Pollock a very talented stamper from Surrey, BC. Maureen is a member of the Colourful Impressions group and is well know for her talents as well as her boisterous laugh. It was so good running into you Maureen and I loved both your cards! 

If you love the Ornament Keepsakes Christmas stamp then this card is definitely for you. The ornament has been die cut using the Holiday Ornament Framelit Dies, which match this stamp set.  You can save 15% if you buy this as a bundle.  Check it out here, or you can get a free Festive Paper Piercing set if you purchase this stamp set bundle and the Candlelight Christmas Speciality designer series paper.  Check out this link for the current promomotion. 
The ornament Maureen chose is stamped in Pacific Point Ink which looks very bold striking against the Whisper White background, which has been embossed with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. The ornament has been adhered with dimensionals to the center of the frame.  Although you can't see it in this picture, Dazzling Details was added to the raised impression on the Holiday Frame to give it an irridescent glimmer.  The last two touches are a Basic Pearl in the center of the ornament and a small strip of 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon.  Beautiful card Maureen. 
Maureen's second card is just as captivating as her first one. She's combined a number of different elements.  Maureen began by stamping the oval image from the Joyous Celebrations stamp set on Very Vanilla cardstock in Real Red ink.  Then she stamped a small ornament image from the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp set in the center of the oval with Lucky Limeade ink.    The ornament was embellished with a small Rhinestone Basic Jewel and a bow made from Lucky Limemade Baker's Twine.  
For her next part of her design she die cut a piece of Real Red cardstock with one of the 6 layering dies from the Labels Collection Framelits and embossed this piece with the oval shape from the Designer Frames Folders textured embossing folders.  The ornament image was adhered to the center of this oval making a very lovely element to layer over the card base. 
The base of Maureen's card is Lucky Limeade cardstock that has been topped with a 4" x 31/4" piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock that was embossed with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  A piece of Real Red cardstock was punched out with the Scallop Trim Border punch and sandwiched between the very vanilla layer and a 4" x 2" piece of Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP. 

Look at the work in this beautiful "unnamed" card.  It was made with Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler cardstocks.  The top layer of Soft Suede was embossed with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder.  The raised oval was glammed up with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  The Ornament from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder before it was cut out using the Holiday Ornament Framelits.  The finishing touch is a beautiful Crumb Cake Seam Binding  Ribbon.

Another beautiful "unnamed card" was made with Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and River Rock cardstocks.  Layers were embossed with the new Fancy Fan Fold Embossing Folder.  The large snowflake from the Snow Flurry Bigz Die was cut in Silver Glimmer Paper, and then layered up with the ice skates image from the Winter Memories stamp set.  The ice skates and flower image were coloured with markers and adhered with dimensionals to the snowflake.  The sentiment "Warm Winter Wishes" is from the Winter Memories stamp set too. 

Diana Scott-Pasco of Washington State made this lovely winter card using the Triple Stamping Technique.  What a beautiful job she did on this card.  The card base and layers are in Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstocks.  She stamped the beautiful snowflakes from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set in Pacific Point Ink.  The center of the snowflakes were glammed up with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  The layered snowflakes are from a retired snowflake die. 

I absolutely loved this Masculine Card by Candee Smith.  Candee combined two of my favourite stamp sets The Open Sea and Word Play to create this delightful card.  She has used the new InColours Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple for her colourful stamping.  The card base is Basic Gray layered with Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock.  A small piece of Neutrals DSP was used on the side.  This is a great card that could be used for a graduation, new job or male birthday. 

This stunning card was created by Jillibling.  The card base is Lucky Limeade covered with a layer of Island Indigo thats been randomly stamped in Whisper White with images from the Clockworks stamp set. The Very Vanilla layer is stamped with the wonderful Postage Due stamp set in Midnight Muse ink and has been torn across the bottom.  The beautiful postage images are stamped in Lucky Limeade, Perfect Plum and Cherry Cobbler inks.  Simply a great card!
This card by Cathy Parise of Washington State, is one of those truly great CAS (clean and simple) designs you want to have on hand.  The cardstocks are Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White.  She's  used Clear Embossing Powder to heat set the flower image which has been coloured with Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade and Versamark inksThe images are from the Love and Sympathy stamp set.

This delightful card was created by Trina Gentry of Benton City, WA.  The card front is comprised of 3 layers of Whisper White Card stock.  Strips of Polka Dot DSP in Primrose Pink, Gumball Green, and Midnght Muse measuring 1 1/2" x 3" have been added to the last layer.  The flower stem image was stamped in Midnight Muse on Whisper White cardstock then layered with Scallop Oval, Large Oval and Bohp Blossoms punches.  A beautiul 5/8" Organza Bow adds some more dimension to this card.  The sentiment and floral stem are from a retired stamp sets.   
That's it for my Tacoma Regional Swaps.  Hope you enjoyed them and they've inspired you to get creative!    Please note that all the links for the stamp sets were for clear mounts.  If you're interested in ordering any of the products used to make these cards please click here to go to my On-Line Store.  Happy Stamping! 



Dale Morin said...

great swaps!!! Thanks for sharing them.

Terry said...

I can't believe I didn't see you at regional! I looked for you. Of course it wasn't easy to spot someone among the 700 people who were there. We were a few rows in from the back on the left side of the stage. Sorry I missed you (again!).



Brenda Rigby Riehle said...

Beautiful cards! I especially like the one with the skates, but they all look fabulous! Thanks for sharing them.

laurie said...

Lots of great cards! love the snowflakes!