I recently participated in a swap featuring card fronts made using products from the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog (thank you, Kim, for being our hostess). Two of the swaps in particular were awesome IMHO, and I wanted to share them with you. The first is by Rhonda Griffin. She used the new and cute Eat Chocolate set to create her swap. I love how real the mini candy bar really looks! I don't have this set, and hadn't planned to get it, but thanks to Rhonda, I'm having second thoughts. :) Here's Rhonda's swap:
The second came from Debra Burgin, who's work I've been admiring for quite a while now. I loved the non-traditional colors on her card, and hey, she used my favorite of the new SU! colors, Marina Mist!! Bonus points for Debra! :) She stamped the Be My Valentine stamp in Marina Mist onto Bashful Blue card stock, then spritzed it with Log Cabin spritz and the effect is so cool!! I'm going to CASE her card for my stamp camp on January 21 with just a couple of modifications - I don't have the Artistic Etchings set she used for the sentiment, so I'm planning to use the banner from the stamp, done in Soft Suede, instead. I also don't have the Wonderfully Worn background stamp that Debra used on the River Rock card stock, so I'll use the spritzer tool with a River Rock marker for that layer. I want to add a little more texture, so I'm planning to use textured Soft Suede for the card base. I didn't have the Tasteful Trim die or the Music Notes wheel, but I will when my order arrives on Friday (yup, I expedited so I'd have them to play with over the long weekend). Here's Debra's swap:
I hope you enjoyed seeing their swaps, and be sure to visit their blogs if you haven't been there before. Both ladies are quite accomplished stampers!