Spring One-for-One Swap: Day One

I’ve hosted several One-for-One swaps over the past two years.  The response has always been really great, but they seem to be getting bigger and better with time.  My mailbox has been filled to the brim with beautiful, Spring-themed cards for the past several months.  It’s a joy for me to break into these cards and then mail them back out to you

In a series of several posts over the next couple of weeks, I will share these cards with everyone.  Please look them over, admire their beauty and then let the creators know how beautiful their cards are (I already know you’ll be kind with your comments, but I am going to request it, anyway).  If you participated in the swap and don’t see the card you received here, please wait to comment on the card when it debuts here.  That way, your card creator will be sure to see your comments.

The collection of cards I’ll be sharing might not all have current Stampin’ Up! products (although that was requested), but every card gives good ideas for color combinations, layouts, techniques.  Without any further ado, here is the first batch of your beautiful cards:by Eileen Curry, stampwithbrian.com by Georgina Haynes, stampwithbrian.com by Kathy Sevier, stampwithbrian.com by Stephanie Sherry, stampwithbrian.com by Stephanie Sherry, stampwithbrian.com by Melanie Coverston, stampwithbrian.com by Sharon Porter, stampwithbrian.com by Nancy Farrell, stampwithbrian.com by Kay Powell, stampwithbrian.com by Kay Powell, stampwithbrian.com by Julie Draper, stampwithbrian.com by Helen Rivera, stampwithbrian.com by Helen Rivera, stampwithbrian.com by Candace Ramey, stampwithbrian.com by Mary Rodgers, stampwithbrian.com

Now, please let these artists know how much you appreciate their cards.  Which ones stand out to you?  Did you receive one of these?  If so, please click on “comments” below and share your thoughts here.

More of these gorgeous cards to come as the week unfolds.

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Did you miss the first post of the Spring One-for-One shares?  See it here.


  1. What a great way to start the day ! Each one of these cards is a card I would love to receive ! Nancy`s blue and white card is so pretty . I love that oval shape ! Mary`s banner is a wowie ! And how about that cute cup of coffee on Sharon`s . Love these swaps ! Great fun !

  2. WOW!! I’ve been waiting for you to post the cards, how wonderful they all are!!! I love this swaps Brian, it’s so fabulous to make and receive this beauties, also it’s great to see everybody’s layouts, color combinations and great talent. The cards I received are not in this bunch so I’ll wait till you post them. This first batch is awesome, love the one by Stephanie Sherry, I just bought the Petite Petals bundle and her card is one I would love to CASE.
    Thank you ladies for sharing your creativity so beautifully.

    • I am with you Maria, I love the simplicity of the petite petals card and the use of the paper pumpkin “hey there friend”.

  3. Gorgeousness!! I especially love the coffee card by Sharon Porter. What fun!!

  4. Love all the cards. Mary Rogers used one of my favorite stamp sets and with great colors too. I want to use my paper like Kay Powell, what a great idea. Eileen, your starfish looks so happy. Way to go everyone. A great group of cards.

  5. Wow! All are amazing but I really love the bright colors on Julie Draper’s card and love the way the ribbon is on the side. Great job everyone!

  6. Wow, what a great batch of cards. There’s a lot of inspiration in this group, I can’t even pick a favorite they are all so beautiful. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting the swap Brian.

  7. I received Candace’s fun butterfly card…..love the layout and color combo. All of these cards are so fun, but I especially love Nancy’s oval card with all it’s textures and Stephanie’s use of 2 of my favorite sets….Petite Petals and Gorgeous Grunge. Thank you to all for sharing your great ideas.
    Also, thank you for your kind comments on my submission.

  8. I especially liked Mary’s card with Simply Sketched (I am so sad that is a hostess set and will not be returning), and Candace’s card with the vanilla embossing folder background and the beautiful blue butterfly punch additions. I LOVE clean and simple, especially since I am always looking for cards with only a few layers that are easier to mail, but still beautiful. Thanks Brian for organizing this awesome share for all of us to view!

  9. Awesome cards! Great start to my morning….

  10. They are all beautiful! A special hello to Nancy who made the oval card. I know Nancy, not in person, but through the blogging world. Pretty card, Nancy! : )

  11. What a BEAUTIFUL array of swap cards!!!
    So many great ideas to try! Thank you all!

  12. These are beautiful cards! It is so fun to see the creativity of others. Thanks for sharing. I loved participating!

  13. Eileen ~ I am the lucky recipient of your starfish card. Thank you so much! It is delicate, simple and very lovely. Receiving it was a breath of fresh air on a cold, rainy Minnesota day. I don’t have those stamps yet but am now thinking I will order them. And…… I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that Brian chose to send your card to me since we share the same last name. How much fun is that? 🙂

  14. Such creativity in the first batch of cards. So much color and texture. They all are winners. I adore Eileen’s starfish card. Cute and simple. Petite petals is a set I go to a lot, so Stephaine’s card is adorable too. Aren’t swaps so much fun! They allow all of us to admire cards from around the world that we wouldn’t normally be able to see. It’s all possible because of Brian putting in a lot of hard work. Thank you Brian for another successful swap.

  15. These are all so beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!

  16. Shout out to Stephanie Sherry,I loved receiving the petite petals card! hey there friend,that made my day.All these cards are treasures! It’s so comforting to know and share with this group of crafters. BK thank you for all the effort and time it took to make this happen.The world is a better place, because of you. Let yourself enjoy this trip,and have a blast!

  17. Well first I have to thank Brian for putting this all together. I’m sure it is fun, but also a lot of work, THANK YOU BRIAN. Next I want to thank Kay Powell. I was the recipient of her “Because I Care” card and it is just gorgeous. It is a true inspiration for me. (I’m only doing this about a year.) I love all the cards posted today and want to thank you for your kind comments. I can’t wait for the next batch. Thanks everyone, keep up the inspirations! 🙂

  18. Love seeing all these beautiful cards and collecting great ideas! Great work by all.

  19. Oh Brian – what amazing talent ALL of your followers have and I know we are all inspired by you! What a fabulous collection. Enjoy your cruise and bring back photos to share.

  20. What a beautiful collection of cards. I’m getting lots of inspiration.

  21. Brian, Thanks for hosting this swap! This is my first time participating and I loved it! Second, thanks to Sharon Porter for your adorable card! I am the lucky recipient and I can’t wait to show it off to my stamping group this weekend!

    It’s so much fun to see all the creations! Nice job, everyone!

  22. Love Kay Powell’s 2 cards. Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers and the blue theme and stamp set on the Thanks card is gorgeous. Is that a new stamp?

    • I agree. They are both gorgeous. I’m not familiar with either of the sentiment stamps. I don’t know if they are Stampin’ Up! images, but I don’t think they are in the current catalogs.

  23. I received the beautiful card from Mary Rodgers! I am inspired by the colors and the embellishment! Since I am fairly new to Stampin up! I am dizzy with all the beautiful cards and can’t wait to get started on some recreations! So much talent out there!

  24. Wow! Eileen Curry’s By The Tide leadoff card is the way to start this great collection! Nancy Farrell, your side open, oval cut then embossed card is lovely! Stephanie Sherry- your Petite Petals card is super spring-y, happy and clean and simple. Love it!
    Nancy Farrell, were you hoping that SU would bring back Orchid Opulence, too? (LOL, I sure was. Love that old DSP and I still have some!) You did such a nice job of adding color to the hydrangea. Brian, I believe that set is about 4 years old, and maybe it was a hostess set, but I can’t remember the name. I have it and still use it!
    Thank you ALL for these lovely ideas!

  25. Wow! These are all fantastic cards. I see several that I want to CASE. And if definitely makes me want to participate if you do another of these swaps, Brian.

  26. Beautiful works of art. I really want to participate…..time just gets in my way. I know, no excuse. LOL

  27. Wow, what a talented group! I love to see other peoples ideas and techniques. Thank you so much for showing and sharing these fantastic cards, it is too hard to choose. 🙂

  28. Thanks for all the great card designs and color combinations! Between family and friends, I have 10 birthday cards to create for the month of May so I really appreciate all the inspiration you have provided!

  29. stephanie sherry

    Georginia thanks so much for the card you made that I was lucky to receive. Love the glitter butterfly and the colors. Very calming colors and loved the stamp set. Thanks again.

    Kathy, I received your cheery birthday card in the swap. Love the colors and the stamp set. I wish I could align my stamps together like you did! Thanks again.

    ALl the cards are lovely and hope to swap again!

  30. thank you for sharing a lot of talent, in these beautiful cards; isn’t it nice to receive a
    wonderful card, for no special reason? TFS!!

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