Monday, July 5, 2010

Drum roll please.....

I did it! I finally finished all 80 of my swap cards. I am now thinking I don't have enough, but I am out of the photo corners and, more importantly, time. I was told that the cards "should" have layers, an embellishment, use new(er) products, should not contain anything already retired, and shows at least one technique. Then there was straight cuts, straight stamping, neither of which I do well. And so, I present to you my very first CTMH Convention 2010 Swap Card:

Recipe: CTMH - Passages B&T; Desert Sand & Barn Red CS; Cocoa, Barn Red, & Versamark Inks; Antique Copper Brads & Mini Medley corners; Live Inspired (I think) stamp set; Originals template, adapted; Clear Detail Embossing Powder; EK Success border punch. I used heat embossing and the "ghosting" technique from the Wishes book as my technique(s.) This sample used UTEE, the detail worked much better!

So...what do you think? Bad photo, I know, but do you think it will get a decent review from the swap snobs? Mind you, this is also my first "real" swap. Tell me...I can take it!!

Thanks to the stifling heat I will be heading to Lancaster, PA for a little supply shopping at some of my favorite Amish & Mennonite stores there, then head down to DC. Keeps me out of the sun, frees up some time on the way back for stops elsewhere.

I'll report back the week after Convention. Hope to learn new things to share!

As always, thanks for stopping by!


  1. wow, 80 go girl...fabulous work...have a fantastic week!

    enjoy *~*

  2. I'd be *happy* to receive your swap card!

  3. 80 cards that alone deserves a standing ovation and the card looks great, love the embellie, it makes a great "Man" card which are so difficult to make.

  4. Fabulous! What a great design.

  5. I think your card looks GREAT! Have fun at convention :)

  6. Great card Denise, any of those swappers would be lucky to trade with you :) I really like the ghosting technique too, gonna have to give that a try .

  7. Oh goodness that is a lot of cards to make...with a lot of techniques/elements. I hope you enjoyed the process and your haul is as good as the work you put in. I used the same stamp just yesterday. Love it.

  8. Denise, My husband loved your swap, and is sending it to his nephew for High school graduation with $$ of course!
    Jane Hartman
    Prospect, KY

  9. JANE!!!! I've been stalking you on the BB to find your last name, but was unsuccessful! Thank you to your husband for the compliment! And thank you to you & Susan for helping make me feel like I belonged all during Convention!
    ~ Denise


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