I belong to a small group of (mostly) Wisconsin stampers from the immediate area. I don't always participate in swaps but decided to jump back in as this such a nice group of gals. I finished cards for two swaps, making one for the swap and another for future use. I have the stamps, ink, paper, etc., out, so making two of something is a big time saver. The theme of the first set is "Collage Stamps." I used a couple of my favorites, some Basic Gray cardstock, and my new toy, Cuttle Bug. I stamped the images twice and cut elements out to layer. The flower is made from scraps using a CB set of flower dies. The card fronts and layers were also embossed with the CB.
I also joined the Birthday Card swap - you can never have too many extra BD cards around. Since I had the CB out, I embossed the Happy Birthday background and colored it with Brilliance Galaxy Gold. I layered silk flowers, attaching with brads, and added soft gold CS for a background. And, since I had Oriental stamps and paper out, I created the cat card using printed CS, a bamboo stamp on the green card itself, and a stamped cat image. Another silk flower and a piece of gold peel-off/sticker finished the look. One will go in the mail on Monday and the other saved to use later.