Hello stampers! We all love happy mail, and participating in a mailed in swap is like happy mail on steroids. You get this huge envelope with 20 cards made by your talented fellow demonstrators. Wow! We all need more joy in our lives, and it never ceases to amaze me how much joy a handmade card can give, especially one that has been mailed. I challenge you to try it. Make a card and pop it in the mail and see what happens.

The swap that I participated in was just for Canadian demonstrators since postage to the States can be too costly. I hope you enjoy all the talent even though the pictures are never as good as the real thing.

 

The card above by Zahra Premji uses the stamp set Snowflake Sentiments and the matching framelits on page 35 of the holiday mini. I love her colour wash technique in the background.

 

 

The card above was made by Jenn Tinline. I love how she used non-traditional paper for the background, it comes from Delightful Daisy designer series paper. The stamp set that Jenn used is called Hearts Come Home from page 39 of the Holiday Catalog.

 

 

The card above was made by Selina Merali. I love the patterned paper, it reminds me of a vintage Canadian flannel shirt. The black shimmer ribbon looks fantastic on this card and I had totally overlooked it in the annual catalog. I found it on page 199, but you can just click here to read all about it. Selina used the stamp set Watercolour Christmas.

 

 

Lynsay Mahon made the card above using the stamp set Hug in a Mug.  It combines very well with the Coffee Cafe suite. I really love how Lynsay used the brown and pink together. See those cute snowflake stars along the left side? She didn’t painstakingly stamp all of those, it’s washi tape!! You can find it on page 195 in the Basics Pack 1 (not an enticing name but very versatile indeed).

 

 

This card by Lesley Poper is right up my alley! I do love my glass of wine every day with supper and I also love all the little details that make this card really shine. Lesley used sequins from the mini sequin trim, she used fine tip glue to make the grapes glisten and she clear embossed the wine bottle to give it shine. The wine glasses are stamped multiple times to make a great background paper and then she embossed it with the Hexagon 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. What a mouthful, but it sure is a great embossing folder. The stamp set used is called  Half Full.

 

 

This beautiful card by Ange Mckay is very rich looking with all the combinations of gold, silver, copper and champagne. The Season’s Greetings is copper embossed, the year of cheer embellishment is silver and the snowflake and the “dotty” border are champagne foil. The background is from the stunning year of cheer specialty designer series paper. You can find all this on page 37 of the holiday catalog, or click here.

 

 

This was my card! I also used the Year of Cheer Specialty designer series paper and the foil snowflakes and mini sequin trim. The sentiment is from Half Full. I love snow and winter and of course Christmas. The new Winter Wonder embossing folder is also quite lovely. I liked putting it off to the side so that you could still see it and not have it hidden behind the foil snowflake. I also like that the specialty paper which is more money than the regular can be stretched when you use it in narrow strips like this (1/2″ and 3/4″)

 

 

One more card with the Year of Cheer specialty paper. This beauty was made by Christine Dionne. She went with non-traditional Christmas colours, bermuda bay and pool party. Season Like Christmas is a great two-step stamp set. It has a watercolour look to it and also has a great way that you can get two colours in your tree, a brown tree trunk with coloured branches. I love that.

 

That’s all for now, but I will be sharing more cards later this week, so stay tuned. I have only shared 8 cards out of the 20 that I received, but now it’s time to play a game with my daughter Rachel. This is her last year at home and I want to cherish my time with her.

 

 

 

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