Friendly SWAPs

Hello friends!  The weather has been really nice over my way so I’ve been taking advantage of it by enjoying the outdoors before it starts changing into more chilly temperatures.  All of the prize winners have contacted me and the packages have all been sent out.  I have received notice that the U.S. winners have gotten their packages and hopefully the overseas will be arriving soon.  My thoughts are also with those that were affected from Storm Ian and hope for healing and recovery as soon as possible.

Although it’s been a while since I last posted, I have been working on some things for SWAPs and a few other cards that I had created as well to share with you.

  • please click on the photos below to see them close-up

Within a FB Group that I’m in, we could choose to join an ATC SWAP with the theme of “Friendship” and these are the cards that I had created.  I swapped with two others and then kept one set of three for myself.  I was excited because this is the first ATCs I’ve sent overseas and really enjoyed making the collection.  I thought the butterfly theme with similar colors would work keeping the “Friendship” in mind… 

And then below are the set of ATCs I’ve received from my SWAP partners in return.  The first lady sent her ATCs from Australia and the other lady was from the UK I believe.  Love them and was excited to receive them to add to my book.

I was also involved in another “Stamped Sampler SWAP” making those squares like I had done with my Summer one if you remember that with my friends Patti, Shirley and Donna.  This time our squares were the theme of Autumn/Fall using the Stampin’ Up! colors Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow.  It’s so fun to see them come in and then put it all together in the frame!  Here’s how mine finished out:

For my Sampler frame, I used some different colored woodgrain pattern paper to attach the squares to and this frame is a bit different than my Summer Sampler (Check it out in THIS POST if you want to see that one.)  It can stand on a table surface or you can hang it up.  I also decided to add a burlap bow at the top of the frame using a hot glue gun.

This is the Sampler Square that I had made using the adorable fox from the Taylored Expressions Woodland Squad Die & Clear Stamp Combo set.  The background was stamped with the TE Four Seasons Stamp & Stencil Combo set using ONLY the background stamp in one color.  I then using some gold acrylic paint to splatter over it.  I also added a twine bow to the fox.  I believe we’re going to be doing another one for Winter too…stay tuned!

My friend Patti had also sent me an extra card kit from one of her classes along with her SWAP square, which I thought was so nice…so I had some fun putting it together as I don’t have this set which I believe is a Stampin’ Up! one.

The card kit had all of the pieces in it along with the stamped birds cut out, the stamped branches and sentiments (even on the included envelope) along with cut glitter clouds and flowers!  There was a sheet with photo and instructions so I just followed along except I die cut some leaves for the branches from a piece of scrap green paper I had.  Now I have a cute little birthday card ready to send out, so thank you for the fun Patti!😉

And speaking of birds and Stampin’ Up!, I had to make a sympathy card for someone that lost their pet bird.  I was looking through my stash and found an older Stampin’ Up! set with a bird silhouette which I thought would be good for a sympathy card like this.  I was inspired to pull out more of my older Stampin’ Up! stash to use so I used some old punches, ribbon and paper for my card as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  If you have any questions about my post, please let me know.  Have a great day and see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes (Bird sympathy card)
  2. The Corrosive – Anything Goes (Butterfly ATCs)
  3. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal (Fox Square and/or Bird sympathy card)
  4. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Embossing wet/dry (Bird sympathy card)
  5. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes (Butterfly ATCs)
  6. Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Goes EXCEPT birthday (Bird sympathy card)
  7. Ally’s Angels – Anything Goes (Butterfly ATCs)

19 thoughts on “Friendly SWAPs

  1. As always Vicki,your post is inspirational,so many gorgeous makes,love the butterfly theme and colours on your ATC’S ,you received some great ones too. Your autumnal sampler is simply stunning a beautiful mix of images and diecuts.Finally Two beautiful cards.

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  2. WOW you have been busy love all the fabulous ATCs and your beautiful butterflies. The square sampler is absolutely gorgeous I love all the beautiful Autumn squares/images and colours-brilliant.Cute little card kit and pretty bird sympathy card too—love them all!
    Carol x

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  3. I love your swap ATC’s Vicki!!! The butterflies are beautiful, and each is same, but different! Great theme! And girl, your shadowbox turned out beautifully! SO SO happy that you are swapping with us! Be thinking about ‘winter’ squares, as that will be our next theme. We should get info on that soon. Thanks for sharing all these goodies! Hmmm….I wonder where your leaves went from the bird card? Someone in class must have needed extra’s! Anyway, great job!!! Hugs…

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  4. Beautiful friendship ATC’s swaps Vicki, I love the butterflies and colours and I love your frame of Autumn gorgeous-ness with those cute, sweet characters and flowers and leaves etc, and then we have the little birds who are just adorable, I love birds and nests and thing, and your sympathy card is so lovely for your friend’s loss of her bird.. Glad to report that my e mails are all back, must have been an update glitch so that’s good..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  5. WOW, you have been a busy girl. The ATC are lovely as well as the butterflies. I love the squares, and you did a beautiful job with putting it all together. Awesome projects and beautifully done.

    hugs
    Sue

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  6. It’s so good to see another post from you including all these wonderful cards and projects! I just love the September frame and how wonderful for others to share their work on that along with your cute little fox! I love all those butterfly cards – especially how you split the large butterfly and made 2 cards with it. What a great idea and they all look great in those beautiful shades of blue. I absolutely love the sympathy card using the older products too, how personal and beautiful with the little bird on the branch with the soft colors and great embossing! Everything looks amazing and beautiful and I’m glad you’re enjoying some wonderful fall weather too! Have a great week ahead!

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  7. The ATC’s are so fun and cute looking – and pretty too! I’ve never even attempted one of them but may have to try someday. Love yours. Also love that shadow box frame project! Outstanding!!
    Lynn

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  8. I love that gorgeous split butterfly card set you made for the swap. Looks like you received some great ATC swaps in return too. Fabulous job on the little squares for your fall themed card too. And that is one cute little birthday card all ready to send out too. Great use of that older SU set. I think I have that set in my collection and it has been a while since I used it. It does make for a wonderful bird sympathy card.

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  9. Fabulous ATC’s, your butterfly one’s are fabulous and I like the ones you got also. Your Fall Sampler came out great, I like the burlap bow on the top! I’m looking forward to our next sampler swap!

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  10. The ATC’s are all wonderful- love the one’s you rec’d back as well! Fun to swap with friends across the pond : ) How fabulous is the shadowbox- love the images and your theme as well. And, your beautiful sympathy card is a wonderful finale. Beautiful cards!

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  11. What pretty ATC swap cards – love the butterflies. But then I am a butterfly kind of girl. LOL The bird sympathy card is perfect – and yes a bird is a perfect pet – my friend has a bird Tiny and he is just the cutest. Then on to the sampler – isn’t it fun – love how everyone places their swap squares differently – and I loved your foxy. One more to go and that will be winter. We have so enjoyed having you play with us in this swap.

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  12. Hello lovely! So nice to see your gorgeous card pop up in our challenge. LOVE all your creations in this post, but your sweet sympathy card is perfect for our challenge at Sweet Stampin’. Thanks for joining in our ‘Anything But A Birthday Card’ challenge, so glad you joined in the fun with us. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin’ DT

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