Friday, April 9, 2010

Swap Contribution

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of being part of many wonderful swaps with very talented stampers over on Splitcoaststampers. The most recent swap I took part in was a Spring card swap with the theme being for friendship and sympathy cards. I chose to do one that I felt could be used for a number of occasions, primarily for a friend. I didn't put a sentiment inside; I just left it blank so it could either be used just to write in, or a sentiment could be added later.

I used a product which is pretty new to me: Flower Soft. It was so easy to use, and I had such fun with it! After stamping the flower image, I just put 2-Way glue directly where I wanted to make my flowers, then I liberally sprinkled on the Flower Soft. I lightly patted it down- just a bit, and then shook off the excess. Simple as can be! And don't you just love the results? This has to be one of the most fun and prettiest new embellishments I have used in quite some time. I have since purchased Flower Soft in several more colors and can hardly wait to play with it some more.

The other embellishments I used were the beautiful satin SU! ribbon in Pretty In Pink (love this ribbon!) and cute little flat backed pink beads my sweet friend Renee sent me. I absolutely adore these little babies and find I am using them very often! I have had no luck finding the colored ones in stores, but have found clear ones. I am in the process of trying different methods of coloring them and hope to post about that in the near future.

I also did some embossing with my Big Shot: I used the Sizzix Elegant Designs embossing plate for the background panel, and I used the Spellbinders Bordabilities Fluer De Lis die on a strip of Mellow Moss along the side peaking out under the ribbon.
Overall, I was really happy with how this card came out. It was one of the few times what I had created in my mind actually ended up being produced. So many times I set out with a certain picture in my head, but the end result is far from what I had originally imagined, lol!
So... what do you think?


Pam W. said...

The second I saw this one, I KNEW it was your card. It is so very pretty in person. Great job and thanks for participating. I loved all the cards.

sharonw05 said...

Beautiful card! You hit this one out of the ballpark, girlie!

Jenn said...

This is a beautiful card Sarah! Wow, just stunning! Great job!

Tracey Cuccia said...

Sarah -- this is absolutely beautiful!! Pretty sad that I didn't participate in that swap :( sniff sniff WOW!