As they say at awards ceremonies, "the results are in. The envelope, please!" Well these beautiful note cards made in a vintage style were in the envelope I received over the weekend. More than 35 members took part in the swap on Lenna Andrews' Creative Swaps blog.
Each of us made 3 notecards with envelopes, using our own images, or ones Lenna supplied, along with trims and embellishments. We had the option of making a second set of notecards to trade, and that's what I did. I showed some of the ones I sent here, and two others are at the end of this post. Once she received all of our cards, Lenna then made the trades and shipped us each a package containing cards made by other swappers.
The first card above is one made by Leslie Sowden. I just love the prize pig image she used! She chose this image because she has a favorite and cherished photo of her mother when in her twenties, also holding a pig. Karen Owen's Garden of Delight card is at left, complete with a purple flower and punched filigree edge. This was the first swap both Karen and I participated in. We agreed it would not be the last!
Susan Stewart, another Floridian, made this Ship at Sea card, above. She lightened the edges of the dark cardstock and added Angelina fiber behind the image. So pretty.
The image of the woman with the roses on a balcony is one supplied to us by Lenna. I just love this romantic image and used it in several of my cards. Happily I got one back from Sue Emmerson in Australia. She threaded ribbon through eyelets and added the prettiest charm. And the envelope echoes the roses.
Buttons, beads, metallic thread, fiber leaves and a doily all work beautifully together in this notecard by Sharon Walworth, left, from Rhode Island. The schoolgirl image is just the right touch. And there is lots of movement and shine on this card made by Becky Sunderman from Arkansas. The red fibers and red glitzy floral background pick up the bits of red in the image- the sandals, flowers, trim on the dress. Just lovely.
I was taken by the hat in this free image from Clearly Vintage, so it appeared in several of my cards that were sent for the swap. This swap was so interesting, and it's exciting to see and receive the array of designs others have made to interpret the theme. I hope to take part in the next swap which Lenna tells us will be little books. Looking forward to seeing how this is set up.