Here are four more examples of the cards I received via the card swap. As you can see, every single card I received was absolutely gorgeous and I could not pick a favorite. So, in no particular order, look at these cards!
I have no idea who made these elegantly understated cards, but I wish you could see them in real life. I don't know if you can tell, but the card on the left has a torn paper strip on top of striped paper. The card maker used chalk (I think) to highlight the edges and it is just so beautiful. The card on the left is accented by a big button above these words "other things may change us...but we start and end with family". Isn't that an amazing saying? I just love it (and believe it.) The words both are done with rub-on letters.
If anyone knows who made these cards, please let me know. I would love to say thank-you...they are absolutely lovely.
Retro Cutie Pie
This little red combo is retro perfection. It was the work of Shean at Diary of an Unconscious Mind. It is an awesome combination of retro stickers, printed ribbon, and textured stickers, all accented by metallic gel pens all on a deep red background. The sentiment inside reads: "This Valentine is twined around with hopes that gladness will be found within the happy heart of you on this day and all days, too." Honestly, it is just a sweet confection and I know just who I'll be sending it to.
You don't think the fact that Shean's last name is Valentine has anything to do with her affinity to Valentine's Day, do you?
Look at these pretty little notecards. Don't they put you in the mood for spring? I honestly think I'll be saving these for springtime notes, rather than Valentine's. Again, unfortunately, I have no idea who made them, but they are gorgeous. What looks like line drawn flowers is actually a cool stamp. On the blue background, they remain uncolored, but on the little cards they've been filled in with water colors. They're both accented with ribbon and the purple card has little black brads on blue ribbon while the blue card has the addition of a gingham ribbon on top of the blue ribbon.
Since these notecards are blank on the inside, I'll have no problem using them however I choose. Again, if anyone knows who made these, please let me know, because I want to thank their creator.
Finally, look at this card that we've dubbed "Spring Fling". Doesn't it just put you in the middle of a meadow in your mind? This card was made by Chermonblie at He calls her "Lemon Pie". She obviously had a ball making this card...it is just so joyful. You can't read it in the photo, but above the "grass" the saying is: "If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk in my garden forever. - Claudia Ghandi". Isn't that just so cool?
So, do you see why I said this card swap was an awesome thing? I think you should head on over to any of these blogs and check them out. While you're at it, check out Little Birdie Secrets to see all the neat ideas those little birdies have!