Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Feel free to save and enjoy these images. I couldn't resist the squirrel for Marie, and the sister card for Susie! (Susie is not swapping this month. She is currently in Jupiter, Florida watching the Cardinals at Spring Training and soaking up sun(the lucky dog. She is also busy planning a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law, which is so sweet!)
Friday, March 7, 2014
What's not to love about this one? There are so many little variations that come to mind-I'm thinking a real vintage brooch or earring, a tiny pearl necklace, tiny real buttons, a lace or embroidered collar cut from a piece of vinage linen...other color combos (hmmm... how about peach?) I found this card on Pinterest and after following the link a few steps I found the card on this blog post from 2008. Great card Sara, wherever you are! I hope you are well and still creating!
Oh, and by the way. I changed the music. The sad mother songs were too much for me. I instead changed to the music my parents loved, and I grew up listening to.... I can still hear my dad whistling "Elmer's Tune"... Much happier!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I made this tag to be part of the "Peach Giveaway" on March 15th. (reminder!)
Details: I glued a piece of vintage ledger paper to a large office tag. I dug into that never-ending supply of prima paper flowers that I told you about and found a few peachy ones to stack together. I glued some milinery leaves and the flowers to the tag, topped with a button. I used a small, pretty floral tag that sweet Elizabeth sent me as a hostess gift, to which I glued some tiny paper scrabble letters to spell "MOM" and tied it into the bow for the top. From coordinating papers, I punched 2 tiny tags with my Martha Stewart tag punch and added a rhinestone to each as embellishment. I fastened these little tags as well as a little gold "cherish" tag to the bow with a tiny brass safety pin . Then I glued a few matching buttons from my button jars to the bottom.
Tomorrow I've got some peachy destash ideas for you!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Such a lively group of swappers- just look at those faces! Marie, Mrs A.,Bev, Sarah, Joyce, May, Francie, Jan, Marti, Lisa, Elizabeth, Jayne, Debbie, Sherry, Lorraine, Deb, and Wendy. I've listed everyone's blog link in the right column>>> for visiting and getting to know each other. We have several new swappers this month, and several of our regulars had to take the month off for various reasons (cruises, vacations, etc. the poor dears!) so we have 17 participating this month.
The inspiration fun starts tomorrow, and don't forget there will be a PEACH GIVEAWAY here on the blog on March 15th. Let the fun begin...
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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sign ups will end when we reach 25 participants or early tomorrow (Monday) morning, whichever comes first!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The theme for the APRIL Swap is "Mother's Day". We will be swapping these 3 things:
1. a handmade card
2. a handmade tag
3. just a WEE BIT of PEACH craft destash
There will be daily posts filled with lots of Mother's Day and peach inspiration! And of course, there will be a PEACH GIVEAWAY on MARCH 15th. Don't miss the fun- sign up now! Here's how:
STEP ONE: See the list of Swap Rules in the right column >>> and be sure you can follow through with all of them before you sign up.
STEP TWO: How to sign up for the APRIL Swap:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
1. your name
2. email address for your partner to contact you
3. link to your blog
4. if you are willing to mail to an international partner THIS month
If you have never swapped with A Swap For All Seasons before, please list any recent swaps you have participated in and how you found A Swap For All Seasons.
I will send out a confirmation email letting you know if you have been added to the swap. When the sign ups are closed, you will get an email with a list of participants and who you will be swapping with.
As long as you are still seeing this post, you can still sign up! I will close the sign ups on the morning of March 3rd or if we reach 25 swappers. COMMENTS ON THIS POST ARE NOT CONSIDERED A SIGN UP FOR THE SWAP- please send an email!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Here is the Mr Linky for March. Please share pictures of what you receive. You can post the pictures on your blog or on our flickr group page. Then add the link to the Mr. Linky below. I can't wait to see!
Oh, and don't forget to sign up for the April Mother's Day Swap tomorrow!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This is the last Springtime tag book post. First you see a fun, colorful tag featuring real eye candy! Candy dots are so nostalgic to me, so this tag makes me smile!
The second photo is my stack of spring tags for the tag book. As you can see, we had to make a lot of tags! 25 I believe. So mine were as simple as I could make them. They are not my best work as I knew I didn't have time to pour my heart into that many at one time! I just used a small tablet of colorful card stock and a handful of Red Lead images that I color copied. I added a sprinkling of glitter, some paper flowers (the little ones in the glass bottles. I've had them for years and can never seem to get to the bottom of those bottles. I think they multiply when I'm not looking.)
The third photo is the finished tag book. So our own Debbie, put all 25 or so of these tag books together and mailed them out to everyone. Wow, what an undertaking! It reminds me a bit of the crazy Advent calendar matchbox swap I hosted a few years ago. The girls who helped me sort and put that one together are still talking about that chaotic afternoon. I had no idea how difficult it would be to execute. Swaps of that size are fun, but can be quite overwhelming! Perhaps that's why I'm enjoying the simplicity of this swap so much.
Thus endeth the spring tag book posts. I hope you found the tags inspiring!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I have two more tags from the Springtime tag book to share. Birds are the perfect symbols of spring and the theme of many a tag! The lovely blue/teal tag was made by Chris, one of the owners of Red Lead. The 2nd one was made by Sally, a very talented artist and a fellow Red Lead "Swap Sister". I do not believe Sally has a web site or blog to visit. (If anyone knows otherwise, please leave a comment.) Such pretty birds...I can almost hear them singing.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I found this great card on Pinterest. The artist can be found here. Hilary has a whole collection of these delightful springy cards as well as some great spring baskets that she created. Pay her a visit!
I really like the happy, colorful, contemporary feel of this card. Most of what I make is vintage inspired, so I thought this would be something a little different, fresh and new to admire today. I just love it.
Monday, February 24, 2014
This is the final week of the March Swap. It went quickly! I'm still enjoying it too much to see it end! Anyway, I wanted to show you some spring packaging inspiration, and there is none prettier than this. I found it on Pinterest, but you must really see it here. Everything on this blog is wonderful...amazing inspiration and eye candy.
Keep your packaging simple. This year's swaps should easily mail in a bubble envelope. Some pretty packaging on the inside is always a nice touch!
For the new swappers and as a refresher for all, the mailing date is March 1st. This means "mail it by". If it is ready to go sooner, by all means, send it! Please email the person you are mailing to and let her know what day it was mailed, so she'll know when to expect it. When you receive your package, please email the sender to let her know you received it. I will also be posting our Mr. Linky for you to post pictures of what you received. And just as a reminder, these 3 things (both emails and posting) are swap guidelines. I can't wait to see what this crazy talented group made this month!
The sign ups for the April Swap will begin on March 1st! I'm already busy putting it together and it is going to be great!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Once again, I used some favorite papers (the floral with the aqua specifically)and printed out a few vintage images. And then the usual recipe: a sparkling of glitter (which you can't see), sticker letters, clover punches, buttons & ribbons. The vintage leprechan planter is one of my favorite estate sale finds. I'd love to plant a real shamrock plant in there, but the planter is old and fragile and I don't want it to crack. But he sure makes my part -Irish green eyes smile!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
You are welcome to incorporate St Patrick's Day into your spring cards and tags this month if you wish. Not everyone celebrates this holiday, but almost everyone knows someone who does. My father was mostly Irish. He had pretty auburn hair (that never grayed) and green eyes. My mom would make the traditional corned beef with cabbage & boiled potatoes dinner for him on St Patrick's Day. I used to have a pin with a pair of holographic lips that said "Kiss me, I'm Irish" that I wore on St Patricks Day. I still have it. But that was about the extent of our celebrations. There are 2 great St Patrick's Day Parades in St Louis each year that I have attended a time or two with my kids, and lots of pub celebrations (which I've skipped!). But for some families I know, St Patrick's Day is a huge deal that they wait for all year. Are any of you Irish and/or do you celebrate St Patrick's Day?
Anyway, this is a St Patrick's Day tag that I made for a swap. I found this precious little lassie on an "Irish" google search and fell in love with her.
I also made a St Patty garland that is very similar to my Valentine garland. Tune in tomorrow... in the meantime, enjoy the music. Danny Boy is for my dad...
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The latest trend in yellow... I love it! In 1970's home decor, it was known as "harvest gold". (think shag carpets, crochet afghans and refridgerators!) Now it's back- and it's everywhere! I find myself both wearing it and creating with it. I had my mom's "harvest gold" Danish style cane chairs reupholstered many years back- now I wish I hadn't!
Monday, February 17, 2014
I made this card for yesterday's giveaway, and it is on it's way to Deb in Minnesota this morning! Something tells me they could use a bit of sunny yellow up there!
I used one of my favorite papers and chose some matching buttons from my jars. The bunny charm is from Red Lead. They have the best selection of charms around. I've challenged myself to make my cards and tags using only items from my stash this year and I am having such fun!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The winner of the YELLOW GIVEAWAY PACKAGE is (drumroll please)..... Deb! I'll get your package on its way and congratulations!
Now for Vintage Image Saturday on Sunday...it's lambie week! This is for you, Linda!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Leave a comment on this post to enter the Giveaway. If you are not a ASFAS swapper, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win to get your mailing address.
As long as your comment is dated 2/15, it will count. One entry per person.
The winner will be chosen by a random number generator, and the corresponding comment will win!
This Yellow Giveaway Package includes: a Spring card and tag made by me, yellow paint chips, the coveted Yellow Crayola set, flower embellishments, pom poms, an entire pack of Bunny Love spring papers, a fabric quarter, shasta daisy seeds, and a lovely embellished birdie complete with crown. All of this will come lovingly packaged in a handmade fabric drawstring bag.
Friday, February 14, 2014
This adorable Valentine fairy is from an old Red Lead collage sheet. I just love her spring coloring.
Don't forget to visit the blog tomorrow for the YELLOW GIVEAWAY! IT'S OPEN TO ALL WHO LEAVE A COMMENT ON TOMORROW'S POST!
Enjoy being with the ones you love today! Happy Heart Day!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Sweet Elizabeth made me feel quite special this week! She sent me this delightful hostess gift. A very sweetly packaged spring hanky and handmade tag! Such a wonderful bit of Spring on a cold winter day! Thank you so much!
And speaking of sweet things, this tag was Bev's addition to the red lead springtime tag book. I love the stamp and the happy spring colors.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A few years ago, Debbie helped Red Lead organize and execute a Spring Tag Book. It was quite an undertaking. Several of our March swappers were a part of that tag book, and I will be sharing some of the wonderful tags with you. I'm going to start with Debbie's tag, which is of course, fabulous!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
To me, daffodils are THE flower of spring. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been excited to see the first daffodils of the season. They say to me, "Hey, it's really Spring!"
I found this card on Pinterest. It was from the Fiskars website, and was designed by Lisa Storms. I love the simplicity and sweetness of this card. And especially, the daffodils! The tutorial for how to make them are on the Fiskars link in this post.