First up is a 4" square card made by Gina Connor from Northern Ireland. Gina blogs at www.emeraldkreations.co.uk. You should head on over there and see what Gina's been cooking up! You won't be disappointed! Here's her card.
Gina started with an 4" by 8" piece of Shimmery White Card Stock, scored at 4". She added a 3-3/4" square Pear Pizzazz Card Stock mat. She added a circle of Shimmery White Card Stock that she cut with one of the Stitched Shapes Dies. Next, she cut elements from the Botanical Tags Dies. The birds and branches are also cut from Shimmery White Card Stock. She colored these with Light & Dark Crumb Cake and Old Olive Stampin' Blends--what an absolutely clever idea! She cut some Pear Pizzazz Card stock leaves with another of the dies in the set. She adhered everything to the card with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
For her finishing touches, Gina added some Basic Pearl Jewels and a Linen Thread Bow. Isn't this the sweetest card? You can read all about it on Gina's blog post.
I also received this lovely bookmark made with the Botanical Tags Dies. The artist, Ruth Windeler, from Cambridgeshire, England, just started blogging and she'd be ever so happy to have you visit and leave her a comment. She blogs at http://littlepinkdaisy.co.uk/.
Next, Ruth stamped a sentiment from the "Vibrant Vases" stamp set in Blushing Bride Ink onto a 1/2" by 2" Whisper White strip, which she adhered to the book mark.
For her finishing touches, Ruth added a Basic Pearl Jewel and tied on some Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" Variegated Ribbon (retiring). You can't see it in the picture, but Ruth also added some Wink of Stella to the centers of the flowers--making them shimmer and shine!
Both these projects feature the Botanical Tags Dies in ways I never would have thought of--and that's why I love to swap!!