All I can say is "Whew!" Whatever has been going around has been a doozy here!! (So thankful my other job has benefits!)
We plan the Latte Joy Stampers downline meetings for once a quarter (our next meeting is in April - 90 days - and it seems to go so fast!). My card for my shoebox swap tonight was ready to go well in advance - thank goodness too!
Charlene, Nina, Sandie, and I met this evening for fun and crafting. We did miss Jeannette and Gabby. But family ALWAYS comes first! Hopefully we will catch up with them in April!
I'll be posting the cards we made - but it won't be until later this weekend. In the meantime, here's the card I made for the Shoebox Swap. It uses one of my FAVORITE new stamp sets - Secret Garden AND the Secret Garden Framelits, along with the Perfectly Penned stamp set!
|Secret Garden meets Perfectly Penned|
I LOVE the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, and we tied a little bow using the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (**HINT - put just a smidge of the SNAIL to hold the flowers/button together and then mark the right place with the paper-piercing tool. Made the tapestry needle MUCH easier to use and we didn't have to worry about the button moving! Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!) And those new Large Rhinestones REALLY set the smaller flower, don't you think?
Did you recognize some of the other colors, too? Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, the old-standby Very Vanilla, and my all-time FAVORITE Designer Series Paper - Be of Good Cheer. It is a WONDERFUL Christmas paper, but it doesn't look at all Christmas-y to me on this card.
It was amazing to me how we each used the exact same pieces and parts, and yet our cards each looked just a bit different. Some used a different saying, others doubled the baker's twine so that it was a shorter, fuller bow instead of one with the long tails. Some used Stampin' Dimensionals to give that added 3-D look! They all just looked so nice and were really quite easy to make!
OH - I almost forgot! Charlene and Nina both promoted to Senior Associate too! It is always so great to see your friends, especially when they are your downline, do so well. CONGRATULATIONS CHARLENE AND NINA!
Hope you enjoy the card and please check back. I'll be posting more (now that I'm up and moving around again!).