Heading home

I’m heading back home from Convention today, and it’s time I shared my swaps.  I made two different cards for a WOW swap and this is the first of the two:

Christmas Pennant Tree Swap 2011

  • Pennant Parade and Snow Swirled stamp set
  • Whisper White, Pear Pizazz and Cherry Cobbler card stock
  • Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Classic ink pads
  • Petite Pennants Builder punch; Medium Jewelry tag punch
  • Early Espresso Baker’s twine; Cherry Cobbler seam binding
  • Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions folder
  • Rhinestone jewels

I was initially afraid this card didn’t qualify as a WOW swap, but two things changed my mind.  The first was the reaction I got from a group of demos (OK, they’re my friends and of course they’re biased) and the second was how many steps it took to make 65 of these!  I love detail, and I’m not willing to compromise once I’ve found a design I love, so I stamped and punched, and assembled and tied little knots, and ran cardstock through the Big Shot, and layered and embellished until I was cross-eyed.  I confess that I don’t enjoy production in quantity, but once a year for convention I make an exception because of the wonderful swaps I bring home in exchange.

My card as I swapped it used the Sassy Sparkles wheel.  I know it seems a little early to think of Christmas (and it gives me a little feeling of panic to realize we’re halfway through JULY) but crafters think ahead.  With the amount of work this card took, I have a funny feeling it won’t make it into the final voting round for my family card this year!  Back to the drawing board…and the year is still young.


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