I have three swaps to show you today from the Valentine's Blogger Swap. These would have been up last night, except that my DSL connection kept getting bumped off every time I visited a few different websites. Bummer because they were stamping related and now I won't be able to visit them until I can trust that I won't have to reboot my computer every time I go to them.
The first card is from Alora Sweetser. This card really was the first one that I pulled out of the bag when my swaps arrived and I just GASPED! I loved the colors she used!
This card has such a mellow and pleasing combination of colors Alora's watercoloring expertise really shines through on this card. You can't really tell from the picture, but she used Stampin' Up's Shimmery White cardstock for the watercoloring. It has such a pretty glint to it. Absolutely gorgeous.
I love Alora's style. She has such a definite style.....you can tell by looking at the cards on her blog that she has a clean, graphic look to her cards. Everything is perfectly dimensioned and placed in just the right spot. She has such a wonderful eye for color and placement. Just looking at Alora's cards gets the creative juices flowing for me.
You can check out Alora's creations at her blog: Inking Things
Thank you, Alora, for a beautiful masterpiece!
Stamps: Love Matters, Canvas, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Shimmery White
Inks: Black Stazon, Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Rich Regal Brads, Sweet Shoppe Ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit (Mat Pack), Aquapainters, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Stampa-ma-jig
This next card is from Amanda Sewell. This card packs a lot of sweet punch! What struck me about Amanda's card are the bold colors and patterns. I really like the stark contrast between the black and the soft pink. And those lips! How adorable!
Amanda's card features "Faux stitching," which I think is the best invention since Q-tips!
Amanda's blog, Inspirations, has a unique blend of whimsical designs, family stories and even recipes on her blog. If you're looking for some fun ideas to add a little whimsy to your cards, go through Amanda's blogs and past entries to see some really cute cards and projects. You're sure to be inspired.
Thanks, Amanda, for a super creation!
Stamps: Small Sayings (SU!), Lips by Stampabilities
Ink: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Basic Black
Paper: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Basic Black, Diecuts With a View - Valentines Words 12x12.
Accessories: Black grosgrain, Black gelly-roll pen, paper piercing tool, ruler.
The last card for today is from Lynn Mercurio.
Lynn's card is bursting with technique, texture and fun! She used the Alcohol Polished Stone technique which creates a very soft and rich texture. This is one of those cards that is so rich and yummy and it makes me want to eat bubblegum and ribbon candy. :) All that pink makes me want to see if this card is actually scratch & sniff. :)
Lynn's blog, Stamperosity, has a lot of wonderful designs and ideas for your cards, gift ideas and color combinations. Through looking over Lynn's blog, she has the best use of pink that I've ever seen. No matter what shade of pink, Lynn can pull it off!
Thank you, Lynn, for a simply DELICIOUS card!
Stamps: Noteworthy, Double Line Doodles, Floral
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Glossy White cardstock, Loves Me Designer Series paper
Ink: Craft Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Real Red re-inker, Pink Passion re-inker, Regal Rose re-inker
Accessories: rubbing alcohol, Winter White embossing powder, Blue Stickles, Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Flirty Velvet Turquoise ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals