Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Challenges are good! And so is card swapping!

One of the stamping hobby things I really enjoy are the swapping cards or images with other stampers. It not only challenges me to create using a specific set of criteria or materials, it also blesses me with ideas! I love sharing creativity! The first card is an SBS9 Sketch challenge with my SBS9 sisters. Suzann gave us a sketch; click here to see it on her blog.

Here is my entry into the challenge:
I used a base card from a set of blank cards by Carlson. My aunt gave them to me as part of a great Christmas gift. I wanted some brighter colors for this card. I also used some scrap purple and yellow. I used Papertrey Ink's stamp set Green Thumb for the flowers. I also used Versamark ink and some SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the background flowers, also from the set. It doesn't show up real well in the picture but it is **SUPER SPARKLY**! A few coordinating prima flowers with OTC brads and some old ribbon I've had forever and VOILA! A challenge sketch card :)

The next card was for a Cornish Heritage Farms Forum swap. I made it about a month ago, but the swap hadn't been received by the other stampers, so I wanted to wait to post it! We had to use only CHF stamped images. I used Cute curls and Scripty words from their Kim Hughes collection. What do you think? I love Kim's sentiment because the words "Love ya" are the tag line for most of my conversations with my students as well as my closest friends and family.

These last cards are prototypes for a 3x3 swap I am doing with some of the stampers in my church. What began as a creative women's night out has turned into a stamping circle of great proportions! (And don't believe it when someone from church says I created the monster...unleashed it, maybe, but 'created' it is a little strong! ;) So we are having a swap and beginning small....literally!! LOL! These were my first attempts at using acetate (overhead transparencies) to create a card. My final design is a secret until after the swap! But I liked these a lot! I had a hard time getting a good photo that showed the card well....I ended up making a little stand for the card with a scrap piece of acetate. It was an interesting experiment!

What's up for your weekend?? Hope it involves something or someone you love! Glad you stopped in! Be sure to leave a comment! Then I feel like we've chatted! Be well and blessed and stay warm and cozy!!
Love ya!


  1. These are all beautiful cards, Kim! I especially like the acetate one! Great job!

  2. Excellent cards Kim. Like Manna I especially like the acetate card, its very effective.


  3. Kim Marie,

    These cards are all just wonderful! You have some mighty powerful creative juices!! I'm inspired.

    Thanks for doing such an awesome job with my sketch. I love the sentiment on that card.

  4. Great card. Love your interpretation of the sketch. The acetate card is very creative - well done.

  5. Great cards Kim Marie...I am loving this black and red one. Just want to say a big thank you for my card that arrived today ..and the little piece of your Christmas tree that came with it!!! hope yours arrives soon. Sue :o0

  6. Such great cards all of them. x

  7. Wow- your creative juices are really flowing there sis! Way to go...I have yet to try the acetate cards....I will certainly like making cards with it than overheads for the kids! I am ALWAYS mangling the acetate in school so I am a "lil skeered" to use it on a card....and I love what you did with Suzann's sketch...

  8. Excellent cards, I klove the clear one, its beautiful

  9. This is Beautiful Kim Marie. I have seen a few of these around, however yours is fab!!!

  10. Wow! You have been busy - and they are all beautiful! Love the swap card, I need to get going on mine, I am sooo far behind!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex


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