Saturday, January 5, 2008

Swaps Wanted!

I was only up til 1am today stamping. Why is it that although there may be time during the day to stamp, I get my best work done in the middle of the night? I think it must be because that it the only time the house is quiet and I am 'alone' as it were. We had one kid farmed out and two extras here so it took quite a while for it to be 'quiet.'
I signed up for several swaps at leadership next week. I like the organized swaps better because I like to spend time visiting with my stampin pals and not worrying about swapping in the general mass hysteria of swapping, if possible. This card is one I am doing for a shoebox swap. It needs to be doable in a short amount of time since we are doing a truckload of swaps. I was inspired by a way cuter card on another blog...can't remember where I saw it, but anyway! I changed it quite a bit and dolled it down to make it demonstrat-able. I used Chocolate chip and brocade blue cardstock for the base and stars. The new big star punch is awesome! I stamped the paisley, horse, and 'wanted' all with the chocolate chip, distressed the edges with my cutter kit, and then went crazy with my sponge and chocolate ink. The horse is stamped onto vanilla cardstock. I wadded up the cardstock and then sponged over it to pick up the creases I had made to give it that old west feel. I put a jumbo eyelet through both stars and then did a cool ribbon trick to tie it all together. I cut my ribbon about 10 inches long. I made a big loop and tied a knot to close it. I slit the loop so the tail on the right side would be shorter. I took the two new tails I had made and fed them through the front of the eyelet. I pulled them through and wrapped them around the front of the card. I used my snail to stick the ribbon to the front of the card and tucked the ends around to the back and stuck them down too. I think doing it this way uses a tiny bit less ribbon than wrapping the ribbon all the way around the card and coming out through the eyelet and tying the knot. I only need about 40 of these so....saving ribbon could be a good thing!
I got a special order for some clipboards so I will share them later on today or tomorrow.
Have a great weekend and...stay warm!

1 comment:

Becky - Stampin in the Tulip City said...

Love this card. Your colors are great and I love how you put the star punches on the ribbon. Great! I would love to add you to my blogroll...just let me know! Thanks.