DAY ONE: 2021 Holiday One-for-One Card Swap

Today’s the day! Over the past several weeks, I’ve been running to my mail box to collect the GORGEOUS cards you’ve sent for my 2021 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 couple of weeks, I will share each of these beautiful cards with everyone. There’s so much wonderful inspiration to share!

15 Holiday Swap Cards, Stampin Up!, hosted by Brian King

I love these swaps because they showcase beautiful projects from card makers 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 Brenda Sprenger, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Vickie Sanders, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Janice Toutant, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Angie Lisk, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Melinda Anderson, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Laura Hughes, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Kathy Kinsey, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Shirley Hotop, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Traci Davis, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Deb Kifer, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Debby Landau, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Kim Mettelmann, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Geri Grinstead, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Barbara Lockard, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up! by Mio Sakanishi, 2021 Holiday One-for-One Swap, Stampin Up!

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. If you like these projects and want to see all of the other cards in this Holiday One-for-One Cards Swap, I’ll be posting more in the coming days. ♥

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  1. Looking at swaps is always inspirational. Love them all. But Shirley Hotop, particularly love what you did with the offset circles!!!

  2. Never tire of these card exchanges. It is so inspiring to see the range of designs from so many talented people. Thank you for organizing this swap; what a great source of ideas for us all!

  3. Beautiful cards! Im always amazed at how different each card is in a swap and the creativity of the participants. Great job everyone. I look forward to seeing the rest!

  4. Beautiful cards. I really liked the half circle one with the deer…. has my mind a thinking! The paper choice makes the card in my book. But I could do that with all of the cards! Well done!

  5. Oh my. All of theses cards are just beautiful. What a great crop of inspiration. Thanks as always Brian, for doing this again this year.

  6. WOW Brian……EVERY SINGLE card is FABULOUS.

  7. Oh what fun! Thank you so much for doing this Brian. I love all of these creations and I was to thank Barbara Lockard for her special card that I received. All the beautiful images can been seen in real life when you look out our windows here in southwest New Mexico. Merry Christmas!

  8. Oh wow ! So much fun it had to be going to collect your mail knowing there were Xmas cards awaiting to be swapped !!
    Each one displayed today is a visual treat !!!

  9. Hello Brian: First of all, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for hosting this fun event, I’ve been participating since the first one and every year has been so exciting waiting for you to post the first batch of beautiful cards we all sent to you.
    I’m so very happy to say that, Saturday I received my gorgeous card created by Angie Lisk, I love it, love it!!! The soft colors on the DSP and wreaths plus the twine bow and sentiment, give up a warm and peaceful feeling that is absolutely delightful.
    Thank you so much, Angie, yours is the first card I received this month and it’s proudly displayed on the mantel above the fireplace.
    I want to add that, the rest of the cards on this are simply beautiful and so inspirational, thank you all for sharing and participating.
    Please, stay healthy and safe.

    • Maria, I appreciate your kind words about my card. It is always so much fun creating a card for Brian’s one-for-one swap and then anticipating what card will arrive. There’s so much inspiration so far in Day One and Day Two cards, I can’t wait to see the rest! Brian, I am so thankful for you and the time you take hosting the swap. Best wishes everyone!
      -Angie Lisk

  10. Well Brian – I’m sorry to say that I CANNOT pick a favorite. Every one of these cards shows so much talent, each in it’s own way. I love seeing what stampers from all over the country are doing and you make that possible with your exchange. Thank you Brian and thank you to each participant. Please know that your talents are very much appreciated and enjoyed!

  11. What a wonderful parade of beautiful, creative, and inspiring cards today. Thanks to all the cardmakers for their participation and to Brian for hosting this swap. I can’t wait to see what others have made in the days to come. Enjoy your day!

  12. How much fun is this!?? Lovely cards and a great host for making this post. If I didn’t before, congrats on your sales standing for 2021!

  13. Day One – they are all fabulous!

  14. Wonderful cards again this year! Sorry I could not get my act together to participate, my loss. Thanks for hosting the swap Brian and displaying the wonderful creations. So much inspiration.

  15. Yay!! The parade has begun! I love seeing everyone’s cards and they’re all so lovely! What a creative bunch, thanks to all and to you, Brian. 😃

  16. The picture doesn’t do it justice. The gold sparkly poinsettias float on a white background. The pink Happy (which also sparkles) so beautifully contracts with the gold. It almost looks like a hard candy in the center. Needless to say, I really enjoyed receiving Kim Mettelmann’s card. It is stunning.
    Thank you, Brian for putting this together for us! I look forward to seeing all the submissions. Happy Holidays!

  17. Thank you for hosting this annual swap! Lots of work for you, taking nice photos of each card and mailing them out. So much inspiration! Terrific first batch of cards, can’t wait to see the rest!

  18. A very nice parade of beauties! I love your annual swap! It’s so nice to see them all and to receive as well. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

  19. These are all amazing

  20. I was the lucky recipient of Vickie’s card. It arrived in the mail TODAY! Isn’t her card beautiful? All of the details fit together perfectly. Thanks for organizing this swap, Brian. It is always so much fun to participate!

  21. Just wanted to let Brenda Sprenger know that I received her beautiful card today and I absolutely love it!!!All the cards are gorgeous, can’t pick a fave!!!
    Love you Brian!!!

  22. Lovely cards!!!

  23. I received Debby Landau’s card. How elegant it is! The color choice is beautiful. Thank you so much.

    • Thanks Kathy–I don’t make lots of cards, but I always enjoy swaps with Brian’s followers.


      Would love to know the DSP you used for the card you made with the oars. My son rowed crew through high school and the colors you used are his school’s colors. I would love to CASE your card for him! Many thanks!
      Patrice Scanlon

      • Sorry for the delay. I just received your email today, June 29. The DSP that was used was from Stampin Up’s True Gentleman paper pack. I believe it has been retired but you could probably find something similar.

  24. I got Laura Hughes’s beautiful navy card! It made my day to rip open that envelope!

  25. What a great way to start the week! I was blessed to receive Mio Sakanishi’s beautiful card! This was my first opportunity to experience the “Give It a Whirl” set of dies — what fun to dial through all the cute dogs & cats on her card! The special details that she added to the front of her card — from the gold cord to the cherry cobbler ribbon to the embossed sentiment to the stitched stars scattered across the card — all combined to create an amazing Christmas card that anyone would be glad to receive 🙂 Thanks so much, Mio, for all the time, talent & effort that went into creating this card! Thanks, Brian, for hosting this event — it’s inspiring to see the beautiful cards & the variety of layouts, DSP, and embellishments used by all who participated — thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  26. All the cards are beautiful but I really love the slit circle card. I copied it to make next year. My husband picked it up and said can you make me a bunch of these to send to my frinds. I just finished prepping 23 of them. Thanks so much for the idea.

  27. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Dear Brian,
    I LOVE your card swaps! All these great cards/ideas! Thank you to all who participate and you, dear Brian, for hosting ♥️🎄♥️

  28. Lots of great inspiration!

  29. I love the simplicity of these cards and how they speak volumes!

  30. Thank you Brian for hosing this event. It is fun to see all the inspiration. I received Deb’s card. Deb, it is so cute. It looks like real decorated cookies on there. I’d just like to grab one and eat it.

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