I joined a Project Life Swap group on Facebook a few months back and have really been inspired. Basically every month, the admins post swap themes (8-10 usually). You sign up for how many you want and commit to making usually 10 cards utilizing the theme. Before the due date, you send your cards to the swap host. She collects everyone’s cards, sorts them, and sends you back a packet of cards.
This month, I joined eleven swaps. I'll be showing four of the swaps today:
Embossed Stamp -- I started with a large background polka dot stamp in Baked Brown Sugar. I then added stamped and heat embossed the coffee cup and coffee bean using Early Espresso powder. I liked that it didn't come out at as a completely clean image. The smudges add character. I stamped the "Coffee Run!" in Midnight Muse. Finally I added a gold sequin and gold flitter tape to jazz up the card a bit.
Birds -- For the bird theme, I knew I wanted to use my birdcage stamps, but had to play with them for awhile for inspiration. I settled on stamping lighting in Crumb Cake onto the pink gingham paper. That allowed me to layer on the quote (Primrose Petal) and bird (Early Espresso). As a finishing touch, I added some baker's twine in pink. I really love this card!
Stripes -- The stripe theme shouted washi tape to me. So I grabbed some fun different patterns and different colors and started layering. This set took forever to finish, but I like the fun stripes. I completed the card with a "This Week" stamp and some enamel dots.
Washi, stamp, and sequins -- My final swap of the month challenged me to use washi tape, a stamp, and sequins. That's a lot of stuff for one card, but i think I nailed it. I started with some cute lightly patterned blue paper, but realized that I didn't have enough to make the set. I search through the stack and found this striped paper that had a similar blue color. I stamped the Birthday Cake in Midnight Muse and made a sentiment banner in Blackberry Bliss using the A Word for You Stamp Set (retired). For the washi tape element, I layered a few different tapes underneath the sentiment for a cute peek-a-boo effect. Finally I adhered a few large fold sequins to complete the look. Really loving this set!