A couple of months ago our crafty group decided to do a swap where we sent each other a lucky dip selection of items to craft with. (Yes it has taken me this long to get round to blogging about it – sorry all!) The criteria was:
3 sheets of paper, A4 or similar
5 embellishments e.g. buttons, flowers, chipboard, etc.
a length of twine or ribbon
a sentiment or journaling of some type
a surprise item
a template (optional)
My swap partner was Amy Surey who sent me the most gorgeous set of colour coordinated items to craft with. She picked out for me some beautiful glittered papers, pretty flowers, button, washi tape, twine and wooden sentiment.
For my first card I decided to incorporate all of the elements and put together this card which I was really pleased with. I really loved the big flowers and wooden sentiment as they give the card such a luxury feel.
For this one I used all three papers again, layering them up in a banner style and adding the adhesive resin flowers and a twine bow. I decided to make this a baby card for something a little bit different and quite stylish so I used a Stampin’ Up stamp for the sentiment.
I still had a lot of bits and pieces left over and they had been sat on my desk for a few days so I incorporated them into some more cards.
For this one I just used a small square of the paper for the background and made my yummy PinkFresh Bookworm stamps the feature of the card.
I continued the theme again on this card, using a kraft card blank with a stitched border and Lawn Fawn die cut sentiment. And once I’d got my pretty Lawn Fawn dies out I had to keep going…
Again I went for kraft card because the colour went so well with the papers, and this time combined it with the Lawn Fawn tree border die and happy birthday sentiment again, and added some twinkling silver gems like stars in the sky. And yes, there were STILL some scraps of paper left so here’s one more…
For this card I used my PinkFresh background doodle border stamp and mason jar die cut from Hobbycraft and just added the single strip of paper across the front with a punched star and a stamped sentiment from my Stampin’ Up silhouettes set.
Phew! And yes, there are even still some scraps of paper left and lots of washi tape! Just goes to show you how much can be made from one small kit (plus a few extras) and how much inspiration you can get just by working with a limited range of colours and elements. Does make me worry about the size of my craft stash though. I will never make enough cards in my lifetime to get through all the stuff I have…. but let’s not think about that!
Make sure to pop over to Amy’s blog to see what she made with the kit I sent her, and do also check out all the other lovely ladies who took part in the swap:
Happy crafting! x