Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Swap For All Seasons...December...from Lorraine,and a surprise package from my friend Mary, of Primitive Seasons

So much beauty has arrived on my doorstep this past week!
The theme for A Swap for All Seasons this month, as I mentioned in my last post was Happy Holidays and the color for the month was green. One card, one tag and some green destash!
My "green" package came this week from Lorraine of Over the Rainebeau (so clever).
I didn't know Lorraine before this swap but now I'm stalking following her blog.
You really need to hop over (click on her blog name) and see her beautiful work...her free images...and her Etsy Shoppe. 
So...the card that Lorraine made...
(click to enlarge pictures)
Beautiful image, ribbon, snowflakes and twine.

The Tag...

The layers are all fantastic and the glittery snowflake at the bottom is perfect!

Th Goodies..



Sparkly embellishments, die cuts and images galore. So much fun stuff to play with!
I use the wire bird cage in the dining room to display all of the handmade cards I receive.


Thank you Lorraine, I am so glad you were my "donor". Your talent dazzles me!
Our next swap is "Thinking of You" and the color for the month is blue.

Now, you can see a third card on the bird cage. That was part of the surprise package I received this week from my blogging friend, Mary, of Primitive Seasons....another extremely talented paper artist! Mary is the type of artist who sees a new crafting tool and likes it...buys it...and uses it right away to create beautiful things, unlike me, who buys something and then lets it sit for a long time to allow it to get used to being in my craft room before I take the steps to learn what to do with it! I've been following Mary's blog for several years and she always wows me with her stuff. In the last month or so, Mary showed some slippers she made using beautiful Graphic 45 scrapbook papers and embellishments. I wrote to tell her (probably with drool on the computer screen) how much I admired the slippers.
This week, a box came from Mary and inside...

Are these not stunning?! Look at the detail...

Look at the lace and trim, pearls and satin ribbon, rosette and leaves...and you did notice the paper used as the innersole...fairies?

AND, as if the slippers were not enough of a Random Act of Kindness...
A heart, with a handmade rose, gorgeous layered butterfly and a stamped quote from a Beatles song titled The End. Mary didn't even know I was a Beatles fan.


Enclosed with all of this wonderfulness was this card...(with a gracious hand-written message)

The detail on this card is hard to convey in a photograph. The layering, embossing, glittery embellishing, all of it gorgeous. Almost every element on this card is raised with spacers making it very dimensional!

This is the most glamorous owl I have ever seen!!

How lucky am I? Two delightful packages, tied up with string, holding what has become some of my favorite things!

Thank you Mary...I am so happy with your generosity and talent!

And now, back to decorating....

xoxo
Joyce

13 comments:

Primitive Seasons said...

Aww shucks............

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Nice card, tag and goodies from the swap!
Are those shoes made with paper?! COOL! Haven't seen that before. Such talent!
Warmly,
deb

joy said...

Lovely post - thanks for sharing all of your goodies. I love the December card and tag that you received in the swap! And, those slippers are amazing.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. Have a great Sunday!

Mimi Sue said...

You got some great swap stuff! Mimi

JansArtyJunk said...

What fabulous goodies you have received in the post....the card and tag are gorgeous and those slippers are so sweet...Jan x

Jo said...

Those slippers are amazing. Such wonderful things you received this week! Love your new blog header, also. Super cute.

May said...

O my word such wonderful treasures you got in the mail...The slippers are amazing...Beautiful post... Hugs May x x

Nathaly said...

Très jolie tout ca :0). I Like

Sandy C said...

Those slippers are definitley charming!

Createology said...

Your treasures from friends are lovely. This is such a magical time of year. December Delights...
Thank you for visiting too.

vivian said...

Hi joyce! on my goodness, I am so far behind in keeping up with all my bloggy buds! boy you got some sweet little treasures there! I Love those beautiful slippers. how stinking cute they are. So many talented people out in the world arent there?
have a great weekend!
I was going to try to go shopping, but under the snowy conditions here, I think I shall stay home, wrap, create and bake!!
have a great day!
xoxo
vivian

Jennifer Royer-Rösl said...

Dear Joyce,

so many beautiful things you show us and one is more beautiful than the other! I especially like the nostalgic motifs and the stamp with the beautiful snowy landscape. Your decoration looks really great and the little owl is so cute!

Thank you very much for your very nice comment and wish you also a wonderful Christmas!

Kind regards,
Jenny

Lisa said...

What gorgeous goodies you've received!! They are so thoughtful and awesome!! I absolutely love the wire cage you display your cards on...its fabulous!! I hope you and your family have a very happy holiday season!! Merry Christmas, Joyce!! Hugs :)

Lisa
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