November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving for those readers giving thanks today.

The first book I purchased with cardmaking in mind was the Stampin' Up Idea Book and that started my stamp addiction, my husband laughs at my coloured tabs on every other page. When I first started making cards I started to notice more and more magazines and books for cardmaking. I don't know if they have always been around and I just did not notice them or if cardmaking has become more popular. Either way I was looking for inspiration and guidance anywhere I could find it. I started with the library and signed out every book on card making I could find and from there it has only escalated.

When I discovered Cardmaker magazine it was love at first read and it was my very first card magazine subscription, I can't wait for every new release to arrive. That eventually led me to the cardswaps that are hosted on their website. I wanted to see what other cardmakers where making the only flaw with that grand idea was that I needed to send out cards too and I had a few concerns with that. The first concern being that I am still a little shy when it comes to my cards, I know I have things to learn and it would be people outside of family and friends who would be receiving the cards and I was concerned that when people received my cards they would be disappointed. The second was that I had a deadline that I needed to work within, doing Birthday and Christmas was one thing but to make and send a certain number in a preset time frame was totally different.

To date I have done 3 card swaps and I am working on a Christmas Card exchange. Much to my surprise and delight there are a lot of card makers out there at my level and are pretty much in the same arena as I am. From my 3 cards swaps I received some beautiful cards with some amazing techniques. I can't wait to see the cards I will receive for the Christmas exchange. Being as I can't really show my Christmas cards (would not want to ruin the surprise) I think for the next couple of posts I will see if any of my pictures from my swaps are post worthy.

Whew that was a little long winded. My first card swap was for flowers of the month, I picked November. I have to say, I never thought it would be difficult to find stamps of Chrysanthemums. I was wrong and I feel fortunate I found a large stamp that had a 4 different flowers on it.

This stamp is made by Magenta

I apologize for picture quality of the card is not very good.


Cardstock: Black, gray (unknown company) Designer paper by DCWV The glitter Stack Ink and Embossing powder: Versamark, Stampendous Stamp-in Stuff Black Ribbon: Offray Nice and Narrow Accessories: Offay My Moments Petite Gems

Once the Christmas rush is done, I think I might consider another swap. Have a great day.


  1. You WAY undersell yourself Nina. Your cards are lovely. I know I am bias, but I honestly think your cards are lovely.

    I hang each of your cards on my dresser mirror - I'm going to have to buy a bigger dresser if this keeps up.

    I'm so glad you started your blog, I'm sure I'm going to learn new things from you.

    Have a happy day!


  2. wow nina ..awesome card girl. That card swapping sounds like fun. Any way we can make it a fun distance thing...would be fun to try. Can't wait to see more....and to learn more

  3. Another great card ... so elegant! Love black, gray and white with the touch of glitter. The gems just add the right embellishment.