Flourishing Phrases color swap

A nice thing about being on Facebook (or a part of any online community, really) is the opportunity to partake in things that you might not get to in real life.  Take swapping cards, for instance.  Unless you have a great cardmaking community in your area, you probably aren’t familiar with card swapping.  I know plenty of people in my hometown, but not a one of them makes cards (not yet, anyway!).  So it was nice to be added to a group on Facebook for this purpose, and even better when it compromises people that are part of the same “team” that I belong to, in terms of my upline and such.

So each month the organizer picks a theme for our swaps.  It could be a holiday theme, type of card, or a color challenge.  I like doing swaps because it gives me fresh ideas that I can CASE (copy and share everything) or tweak to suit my needs!

August’s challenge was a color challenge, with Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight.  Such a pretty combo!  I wanted to play with the Flourishing Phrases bundle, and this color combo screamed Flourish Thinlits!! Here’s what I came up with:

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases bundle.  Flourish Thinlits dies

I used Pear Pizzazz for the large flourish image, Watermelon Wonder for the flowers, Daffodil Delight for the circle-y looking diecut, and Flirty Flamingo for the card layer and sentiment. Adding some pearl embellishments gives it a little touch of class!

So I sent 18 of these out, and received 18 cards back.  One lesson-if you send pearls in the mail, either get them hand stamped (extra postage) or put a piece of cardstock on the front to protect it.  Some of mine ended up pretty mangled in the mail.  Whoops.

This was a pretty easy card to do, and the Flourishing Phrases bundle leads the way as my favorite from the Annual Catalog!

To get your own Flourishing Phrases bundle, check out my shop here!  Don’t forget to check out the Specials and Holiday Catalog!


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