back again with the rest of the cards for my book/card swap....
the next ones to show were made by freda from sew what's new blog
freda took part in a swap i did long ago and since then has been a big source of inspiration for me... her crazy-quilting is beyond compare, as well as just about everything she puts her hands to
her cards are the picture of elegance and timeless beauty!
next up are a selection of cards sent by mags from the french bear
some day her and i are going to meet up at "out of hand" in calgary and get into all sorts of trouble....
mags was the only one to send in recycled cards and i am so glad she did-
the idea for the christmas card books came to me when i couldn't bring myself to throw away cards i had received from friends
i decided i would save enough to bind into a book.... i think this would be a fabulous way to preserve those memories and so mags' contribution is at the root of what this is all about
the little tree cards you see below are from wendy at the crafter's apprentice
this gal will try just about anything creative and i have loved following her adventures and mis-adventures - she is a true enthusiast and a delight - and when i get to england in the fall, i'll be bringing her some fabric and a walking foot if she hasn't already got one - i do love aiding and abetting!
(when i first started following wendy she was aghast at how many works-in-progress i had; we had a good laugh not long ago about how many she has accumulated since then!)
wendy's cards are the brightest, sparkliest, most shimmery ever and just pure fun
the next ones to show are by karen at todolwen blog
karen put an unbelievable amount of time, effort and thought into her cards and they are the epitome of glittery, snowy magic
and there is a marvelous surprise inside of each!
karen also sent along some beautiful paper snowflake doilies that I will use to enhance some of the papers that will go into your books - stay tuned for sneak peeks....
the next cards are made by susan from suztats blog
susan paints and tats and is also an amazing crazy quilter and she gave me my challenge for these books... her cards are cabinet style, rather than folded so i am thinking up ideas for how to bind them in - not a problem at all, but another way to add another dimension and interest to the binding process - i did do something similar when i made a book that incorporated plaster pages so this isn't new to me, but i want to try out some new techniques....
these last cards are from shane at roses, lace and brocante blog
each of shane's cards features a different image, all delightful
bits of lace, a hit of colour here and there and you have something magical
shane's cards really aren't the last... i realized as i loaded these i hadn't taken pictures of diane's from diane hobbit
(i will only say i was hopelessly distracted when i was taking all the pictures but will get it together tomorrow in the daylight)
after all the picture taking i did the swapping of the cards and what fun that was - i wish you could have seen it.... here's how it went....
as each person's cards arrived they were assigned a number
on swap day all the cards were laid out, on top of the envelope they were sent in, in the order they were received
from each set i chose my card - some were addressed to me, making it easy to know which was mine... when there wasn't one specifically designated for me i had to choose
(not as easy or as fun as it might seem!)
for the number of cards a person sent for swapping, i put their # that many times in a hat
(marj's were the first received; five were for swapping so i wrote #1 on five slips of paper and put them into the hat... susan sent 4 for swapping so four #12s.... sherry sent 5 so five #3s.... and so on)
as marj was #1, the first slip out was for her... it was #11 so she got the first card off karen's pile
and so on.... if i drew a person's own number i set it to the side and drew again, if i drew a number for a card they already had, i set it aside and drew again, drawing until i came to one they didn't yet have and so on, around and around until the last card was assigned
yes i got mixed up
yes i called in the auditor general
yes i did a confirmation check when there were ten slips left and everything being drawn was "7"
(seems i wrote the 7s twice!)
yes it took a while
and yes, it was most definitely fun!!