Guest Artist Showcase

Recently I participated in my first ever card swap. The swap was hosted by Michelle Schumann, Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator. Thank you so much for your organizational skills in hosting Michelle.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I came home to my special delivery. It is always such a thrill to receive mail, that doesn’t contain an invoice. 🙂 So impressed by the craftsmanship of the individual artists,  I wanted to share their fine work with you. If you have an opportunity, visit their respective blogs for additional inspiration.  All I can say is wow, and thank you for the wonderful cards!

Happy Crafting!

~Elaine

JenniferThis card was created by Jennifer Ward. It is so very delicate with the butterfly and ribbon detail. You can follow Jennifer’s work on her blog: www.stampin4ward.blogspot.com

 

 

 

KateThis card was created by Kate Amberg. The sky detail is simply divine. You can view more of Kate’s work on her blog at www.scorpionranch.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

Micki

This card was created by Micki Daniel. The pearl centered flowers and ribbon provide a very feminine detailing. You can view more of Micki’s work at www.AvenueofArt.com

Generic – All Occasion Card

I recently signed up for a card swap hosted by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator Michelle Schumann. The goal of the swap was to create a card with no interior sentiment that could be used for any occasion. A card that would not be holiday or celebration specific.

Here is the card that I created along with a list of the supplies and dimensions:

Go CONFIDENTLY Card Exterior

Go CONFIDENTLY Card Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card Base: 8.5 x 5.5 – River Rock
Card Matte: 5.25 x 4.0 – Cherry Cobbler
Feature Card Matte: 5.0 x 3.75 – Whisper White
Interior Card Matte: 5.25 x 4.0 – Whisper White
Stamp Set: Stampin’ Up! Live Your Dream (Set of Eight) Wood Mount
Images Used: Sentiment, Large Double Flower, Butterfly, Small Flowers (3), Small Flower Cluster
Ink Pads Used: River Rock, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Miscellaneous: Ribbon Bow, Black Crystal, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Basic White Envelope

 

I know like many of you, I often suffer from writer’s block but I love the sentiment of this card so much, and have found it very useful for a multitude of occasions. Below are examples of ways in which I have used this sentiment:

Outside Sentiment: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Wedding: As the two of you begin your married life together, may you attain every dream the two of you share.
Retirement: May you realize a whole new set of dreams as you embark on this new stage in your life.
Graduation: As you graduate, seize every opportunity in front of you, and enjoy every moment in the pursuit of your dreams.
New Home: Congratulations on your new piece of the American Dream!
Thank You/Friendship: Thank you for always supporting me in the pursuit of my dreams, no matter where that pursuit has taken me. Your friendship is a true blessing.
Mother’s Day/Father’s Day: Thank you for always being there for me, and encouraging me to follow my heart and my dreams. No one in the world could possibly be blessed with a better mother/father.
New Job: May your new job help you realize all of your dreams. Congratulations!
Transition/Set-Back/Job Loss/Encouragement: As you transition through this challenging time, never lose sight of your dreams. For in those dreams you will recognize your true self. Know that I/we are always here for you.

I’d be interested to know what interesting ways you find to use this sentiment & for what occasions.

~Elaine