Well, I only have a few (less than 10) punches, and this was new territory for me, so of course I just had to sign up (ha ha). Paola gave us loads of inspiration, including galleries, web sites and blogs to visit for ideas. Then it became "what to choose?" for me.
Here is the card that I CASED for my swap. I found Susan Rowe's SU Website during my search and thought her clever use of SU's Ornament Punch made a great flower. Please check out her blog because she has some really great things there!
So here is what I came up with. The base is Wasau's Stardust, it has little flecks of color in it that I just love. The orange panel was embossed with a swirly design from a Fiskars EP.
The Top Note panel is also the Wasau Stardust CS, stamped with a leafy vine wheel from SU (not sure of the name).
The flower petals are punched using the Christmas Ornament punch, edges have been lightly dragged across the ink pad to give a hint of color. The paper has a bit of a design in darker orange, although it doesn't seem to show up much here in the blog editor.
A scallop circle in green, smaller circle and then part of SU's punch that has 3 blossoms (sorry I can't seem to find the name of it) completes the inner portion of the flower.
The little gem in the center is actually more iridescent than purple, as it shows here. I think it was reflecting something else around it.
After these pictures were taken I also added an orange panel on the inside to give it more substance. The Wasau CS was only 80# so it was a little thin for my taste.
Well I must say that this swap made me wade into new waters, so thank you Paola!! I sure hope that my cards are up to everyone's standards, because I've seen what some of the others have made in their weekly challenge game and it is IMPRESSIVE!!
Off to play, I need to create a special card for our son's 25th birthday this week. He's our youngest and I have to say: "How did he get this old????" LOL Thanks for stopping by and thanks also for all the love you leave here for me! It's truly a bright spot for me!