DAY FOUR: 2016 One-for-One Swaps – The Royals

DAY FOUR - MY TEAMI have really enjoyed sharing the cards from my Spring One-for-Once Swap – and there are many more to come.  Today’s special, though, because I’m sharing cards from members of my InKing Royalty team who participated in the swap. I love my group – they are mostly hobbyists who joined to earn a discount on the products they love.  They stick around because they love our amazing online community and have made some amazing friends.  Yesterday, I shared Andrea Merlin’s amazing card, and today I get to share the other amazing projects from several other team members.

If you have missed any of the previous posts of these swaps, be sure to check them out here:

I love these swaps because they showcase beautiful projects from cardmakers at ALL SKILL LEVELS – some are brand new to the craft, and others have been creating for years.  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, the creator of that card will be sure to see your comments.

The collection of cards might not all have current Stampin’ Up! products, but every card gives good ideas for color combinations, layouts, techniques.  They are sure to inspire you.  Without any further ado, here is the next batch of your beautiful cards:

Bonnie Bake, Lincoln NE, Stampin' Up!, card swap

I love the simplicity of Bonnie’s layout – this can be used for so many quick-and-simple cards.  The layering of this flower perfectly pulls in the colors from the Designer Series Paper.

Jayne Linfante, Brielle NJ, Stampin' Up!, card swap

You already know how much I adore the layers Jayne has used on her card – this was a sturdy work of art.  I love that she “pinned” the corners down with candy dots and snipped the World Traveler Embossing Folder to fit the front of her card.  Gorgeous card!

Carole Gaines, Hephzibah GA, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Carole’s card showcases the rich, deep colors from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack so well.  I love how she’s folded back the panels on this paper to reveal the Delight Dijon piece underneath.  Beautiful layering.

Mary Fish, Tucson AZ, Stampin' Up!, card swap

This is such a signature “Mary Fish card” from my up-upline, Mary.  I adore this combination of colors and how she clear-embossed this flower from What I Love, a stamp set from Sale-a-Bration.  It gives her card a beautiful texture.  I also love the linen thread accent – I’ve never been able to pull that off.  🙂  Mary shares daily inspiration on her Stampin’ Pretty blog.

Lynn Kolcun, Pickerington OH, Stampin' Up!, card swap

The panels on Lynn’s card layer perfectly together, pulling in the colors from the balloon.  Not only did she sponge around the balloon with Crushed Curry (such a nice accent!), but she sponged these clouds into place with a scallop punch and Soft Sky.  You can see more of Lynn’s amazing work at Avery’s Owlery.

Pam Morris, Johns Creek GA, Stampin' Up!, card swapPam is my awesome upline – you’ve often heard me refer to my cards as “a Pam card.”  This is a perfect example of a Pam card – lots of white space, not a lot of layering and a beautifully stamped image.  Pam lightly sponged a rectangle of color into the center of this card before stamping the flowers from Wild About Flowers.  I love how the pops of pink are balanced on the card.  Pam’s Blog is Tap Tap Stamp.

Tamara Burton, Stockbridge GA, Stampin' Up!, card swapTamara’s card is a beautiful showcase of texture and color.  I adore the ribbon of embossed flowers down the center of her card that splits the beautiful patterns of Birthday Blooms Designer Series Paper on her card.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this sweet “hello”?

Sonny Peterson, Matthews NC, Stampin' Up!, card swap

I adore the layout of Sonny’s card and how she built a beautiful frame with these Deco Labels Framelits – they frame this flower perfectly.  I also like that she created a beautiful texture behind the flower with the thatched background from You’ve Got This – and I love that she refrained from coloring the flower.  Just gorgeous, Sonny!

Lisa Poe, Van Wert OH, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Lisa’s card features the Flowering Fields stamp set and Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper from this year’s Sale-a-Bration event.   She’s created a fun layout to showcase her flower and paper – and these colors are perfect for one another.  I adore the consistent layering on Lisa’s card (the borders around the base of the card match the borders around her flower.  So sweet!

Kelly DeTommaso, Harleysville PA, Stampin' Up!, card swap

Kelly’s card is vintage at its finest.  Not only are these dusty colors perfectly beautiful together, but she’s created a lovely texture in the background of her card with Timeless Texture.  I love the colors of this hummingbird from Picture Perfect and the stained “celebrate” that graces the front of her card.  Kelly shares her projects at Kelly’s Creative Corner.

How amazing are these projects?!?  Aren’t they a talented bunch?  Please leave a comment below to let these artists know how much you love their heartfelt creations.  Again – 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, the creator of that card will be sure to see your comments.

If you have missed any of the previous posts of these swaps, be sure to check them out here:

Thanks for stopping by today!



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  1. Oh WOW!! What a treat!!! I recognize here the names of dear friends and card swapping buddies. Mary Fish has been and still is my fabulous SU demonstrator for over 9 years, I know Kelly DeTomasso from the Retro Rubber challenge blog and, last but definitely not least, Sonny Peterson and Lisa Poe are my awesome card swapping buddies, we exchange cards often and keep in touch via emails, I love all of this awesome ladies, they make me so happy to call them friends.
    Thank you for this special treat Brian, all of this cards are beautiful.

  2. Rosemarie Cowit

    I love these cards! I particularly was drawn to Jayne’s card and wondered how she colored the “water” blue and left the continents white while using the embossing folder?

  3. What a wonderful display of “pretty” ! I am so inspired to try some of these layouts. Now I have to get that EF that Jayne used before it is gone . Kelly gives me another great idea to try with that Hummingbird .
    Lisa is my “Swap Bud” monthly and as always makes a beauty .Love how Sonny inlaid that frame ….oh never mind that`s me !! Giggle !!

  4. All very creative ! I especially liked Kelly’s hummingbird, I love the many layers that come together so well. Thanks Brian for sharing !

  5. Loved receiving your card, Lisa Poe! I’m a sucker for flower stamps and DSP. Love how you left the stamped flower uncolored in contrast to the beautiful coordinating flowers in the DSP.

  6. What a great batch of swap cards. I’m pinning each and every one as they all have something I want to try. Haynes embossing folder look. Sonny’s frames. Pam’s soft rectangle background just to name a few.

    Brian thank you again for hosting this years fabulous spring swap.

  7. Brian, you did it again. Another group of wonderful cards. You must have had so much fun opening everyone’s swap card when they arrived at your home. Like you have said, so much talent. Thanks again for organizing this fun, fun event, and sharing so many creative ideas.

  8. Thanks, Brian, for sharing these beautiful creations with us. I have really enjoyed seeing all the cards and being inspired by each and every one. your effort is appreciated in bringing this to us.

  9. Another collection of wonderful cards today. How lucky to have so many talented people in your Royalty group. I’m especially intrigued with Pam Morris’ card. The watercolor panel is so clever and beautiful. I must attempt this idea soon. Thanks Brian for hosting this exchange!

  10. Fabulous group of cards . . . gets the creative juices going. Thanks for the shout out and showing my card!

  11. What great ideas all are lovely, favorite is Jayne, I must try this!
    Thanks Brian

  12. More beautiful cards. Great job everyone. I especially want to try Jayne and Carole’s since I have those unused supplies. 🙂 All the others…..I love your layout and want to try them all. Thanks go to Brian for hosting. What fun it must have been to go to the mail box that week or so.

    • Thanks, Leah. This was an easy technique, but I think it gives great results. Good Luck–I would love to see your interpretation.

  13. Absolutely unbelievable the talent every one of these cards showcases. Just beautiful.

  14. These cards are so much fun to look at! It is such a great swap that you do Brian. Thank you for organizing, photographing, blogging…etc. it’s a huge undertaking that you do for us!

  15. Brooks Beasley

    I was the lucky recipient of Lynn’s card!! I love the color combination she used–very fun and vibrant! I love how she made her own dsp by sponging the clouds! Just fabulous! Thanks Lynn

  16. Flo Pangelinan

    I received Pam Morris’ card in the swap. I love the colors chosen, the crisp image of the flowers and leaves, and its beautiful simplicity. TYVM for the share.

  17. I received the card from Bonnie–the first one in today’s line-up of gorgeous cards. I love getting happy mail and I was super happy when I opened the envelope! Thank you, Bonnie! This is a lovely card!

  18. Another fabulous gallery! Love the sweet simplicity of Pam’s card and Jayne’s soaring card is amazing!

  19. Each card is unique and wonderful in it’s own way. I love to study each and every one of them. So glad you liked my card Sally.

  20. I was the lucky recipient of Kelly DeTommaso’s card. It is simply gorgeous. I love the fussy cut hummingbird and the color combination is fabulous!

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