DAY ONE: 2017 Holiday One-for-One Card Swap

Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin' Up!Today’s the day!  Over the past month, I’ve been running to my mail box to collect the GORGEOUS cards for my 2017 Holiday One-for-One Card Swap.  Today I have the pleasure of sharing some of them with you.  Yay!  In a series of several posts over the next several weeks, I will share these cards with everyone.  There’s so much wonderful inspiration to share!

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 about that card when it shows up on my blog – that way, the creator of that card will be sure to see your comments.

The collection of cards I’m sharing today might not all have current Stampin’ Up! products, but every card gives great ideas for color combinations, layouts, techniques – every project is sure to inspire you.  Without any further ado, here is the first batch of your beautiful cards:

by Alene Humphrey, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Janie Crane, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Kari Ekblad, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Lesa Marian, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Lisa Poe, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Susan Harrington, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Sue Johnson, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swapby Marsha Lotze, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Sandra Rice, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Monica Vanbuskirk, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap by Liz Stillman, Stampin' Up!, Holiday One-for-One Swap

What do you think?  Aren’t those awesome?!  Please leave a comment below to let these artists know how much you love their heartfelt creations.

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  1. WOW!! I’ve been waiting for today for a while Brian, this Holiday card swaps are amazing and so inspirational. All of this cards are so beautiful, colorful and wonderful.
    I don’t see my card here yet but let me tell all of this ladies how amazing their cards are.
    I see my dear friend and card swapping buddy Lisa Poe’s card here and it’s gorgeous.
    Thank you Brian for hosting this swaps, I’ve participated in all of them since you started them, we are so grateful for all the work you put into this event.
    Big Hugs,

  2. Maria says it all. The colors are beautiful and inspiring!
    So many good ideas for this newbie! Thank you,Brian, for all your hard work putting this swap together!

  3. What a wonderful array of colors and designs on this batch of cards. Kudos to all! And thanks to you, Brian, for being our inspiration and for hosting the swap. You’re certainly OUR King!

  4. Hi Brian,
    Great cards. I received Monica’s card. I like the lay out and the colors .
    It is a very nice card. Thanks Monica.

  5. I love them all ladies! Great cards! I especially like the one by Liz Stillman. Wow! Would love to know how you did this one.

    • Hi Diane, The image is stamped on Avery Multi-use labels #6737 Make sure you use a tissue to blot any extra ink after it dries on the labels. Then adhere the whole sheet to your cardstock. This is the faux tile method. Enjoy!

  6. BEAUTIFUL CARDS one and all♥️

  7. I love these beautiful cards from these creative ladies. Thanks, Brian, for sharing them with us. Have a great day!

  8. Oh my …..I am in awe at all of these beauties !!
    Agreeing with my friends Maria and Suzie …..Plus my friend Lisa Poe has a STUNNER on parade !! Love those colors ,Lisa !!
    This is always so much fun …..thank you KING BRIAN !!

  9. A festival of fall paper crafting fashion. Thanks for sharing these card ideas from talented artists!

  10. These are awesome. Thanks Brian for sharing with us! Was so busy. Missed the deadline..

  11. I received Sue’s card and think it is beautiful. I was so happy to receive it!

    Tfs my friend
    Hugs and lots hugs to you all ♥️

  13. What a glorious array of fall creativity! So many spectacular artists! Thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us.

  14. They are all beautiful! Great job

  15. What an amazingly talented group of card makers. These creations are fabulous and I cannot choose a favorite. Every one of them should be framed and placed where they can be viewed. Just love it. Thanks for sharing Brian and for doing the swaps and thanks to all your talented card makers for sharing their talents.

  16. What a gorgeous collection of cards! Great job to all the artists! I love the huge variety in autumn colors and there are so many card layouts and techniques for inspiration. Thank you so much, Brian, for running this wonderful event each year!

  17. How wonderful! Each one beautiful in its own way. I so wish I could have joined in this year but health issues have prevented my doing so. I am so enjoying seeing everyone’s creativity. Thanks so much for sharing all of these, Brian. I cannot wait to see the rest.

  18. OMG Is this the PRO website? This parade of cards is the best I have seen! You did yourselves proud ladies, and thanks to Brian we can all share. What a delight!

  19. A gorgeous parade of awesome talent, Brian. I love them all; each one brings something different. Isn’t that the BEST thing about our craft? There’s no right or wrong; and mistakes are easily made perfect with just a quick add on of something. Thanks for hosting this Brian. I received my swap yesterday and can’t wait to tell you how wonderful and gorgeous it is.

  20. Chris R. from Iowa

    What a fun and gorgeous line up of beauties! I will be CASEing for sure. I finally broke down and bought the set and have not played with it yet. I have not received a swap card yet but I am sure I will love it! Thanks Brian for hosting this swap. Have a great time at On Stage!

  21. I was the lucky recipient of Janie Crane’s card. Since she used one of my favorite sets, I’ll certainly be casing her idea. Thanks, Janie! And all of the other cards are noteworthy, too. Great ideas. Thanks so much.

    • Hello ! Hubby brought in the mail and there was my lovely card from Alene Humphrey. It is beautiful ! Can’t wait to make one in Christmas colors…maybe Garden Green and Real Red on Whisper White with Pool Party layers and plaid bow using Christmas Around the World DSP when it gets here ( it is on the way to me ) ! Thanks

    • So glad you enjoyed it Alene…I love your card too !

  22. Beautiful job! ALL of these cards are lovely!

  23. Oh what fun to receive my swap card from Liz Stillman. I love the background you used on this card. Painted Harvest is one of my favorite sets in the holiday catalog. Then what a surprise when I opened up your card. Love the details on the inside. So glad I got your beautiful card!
    Sue Ekblad

  24. Oh my goodness all of the cards are just beautiful I got my swap today and I just love it. Thanks so much for doing this I love to see all of the creations of these talented people.

  25. It would be hard to choose a favorite in this collection of beautiful autumn-themed cards! The color choices, the design elements, and the skills of each card maker are inspiring and I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas into my holiday cards. I received the card designed by Sandra Rice and am fascinated by the raised letters, the multiple layers she used, and the scattering of fall leaves across the front of the card — it is stunning! I would love to know, Sandra, how you created the mixture of colors and the watercolor effect on each leaf — you definitely captured the beauty of autumn! Thanks, Brian, for hosting the card swap and for sharing the talent and creativity of these individuals with all of us!

    • Hi Paulette…thank you very much for your kind words regarding my card. I had so much fun creating it. I challenged myself to use techniques I had not tried before. The coloring of the leaves on my card was accomplished by applying drops of ink from reinkers on a baby wipe and then using the inked wipe as your stamp pad… You can find the technique on YouTube or Pinterest by searching Reinkers and baby wipe technique…have fun, it is addicting! BTW, I received YOUR stunning card and will comment when Brian post it. It is absolutely gorgeous and so, so much detail and time put into it! Thank you for sharing it!

      • Hi, Sandra! Thanks so much for the info on the technique you used to create the fall leaves; I’m looking forward to trying it on a future project! I’m delighted to know that you received my card & I am so glad that you liked it 🙂

  26. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards.

  27. Wow, gorgeous autumn cards!!! Thank you for organizing this swap, Brian. Just before Onstage, how did you manage?!? So much inspiration here!

  28. I received Susan Harrington’s beautiful card! The inside is as spectacular as the outside. And the Wink of Stella provided a wonderful finishing touch. Thank you Susan! Thank you Brian!

  29. MARSHA!!! SQUEE! I love your card so much! I showed it to my team this weekend on my Facebook live and now I think they only want to see your cards on Sundays, not mine! It’s beautiful – thank you so much for sharing your art with me. xx

    • Lydia, Thanks so much for the compliments on my card. I had it in my head and finally put it together on the last day of Brian’s swap!!! I had made a similar card at the Stamp Camp I attend every month. I was so surprised to see it on the first day since I almost didn’t get it mailed. I really appreciated your comments. Hugs and I also enjoy your Blog.

  30. Those ARE awesome! Very inspiring ideas to save and try.

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