Holiday Card Swap Wrap-up

Holiday Card Swap Wrap-upYou may remember a few months back when I called for swappers to join our first annual holiday card swap.  Well I’m happy to say that the swap was a success.  Only one swapper ran into some issues and was unable to get her cards out the door on time.  All the other swappers were timely, enthusiastic, and offered beautiful cards, heartfelt notes and even some fun surprises.

In total we had 12 swappers which was perfect for splitting up into two swapping groups.  Everyone mailed out 5 cards and received 5 in return.  I wasn’t able to get photos of all the cards sent, but the cards I was able to document are shown below.  I’ve include the swappers name and location and if they have a blog, the link is provided in the caption.  I didn’t include the cards I sent, but if you’d like to see them check out the original card swap post here.  Let’s jump in, shall we?

Embossed-Holidays1I love the embossing and the tone on tone that Kim uses here! The notches for the twine are genius, and a technique I’ve already stolen.

The-Spirit-of-Christmas1If you can believe it, Jean had an unexpected trip out of town and wasn’t going to be back in time to mail her cards.  So she called a friend and asked to use her craft room to make more cards.  She was able to mail them all on time and wow, are they stunning!


As you can see Cissy was very generous to her swap partners.  A card, a small gift card with a handwritten note and a goody bag.  My favorite “Hey Girl” quote to date.  Thank you Cissy!

Recycled-Joy1 Megan was a late entry, but I’m so glad she found us.  I love her recycled card with the handwritten sentiment and the great use of glitter.


Fran is one classy swapper!  The silver background is letter pressed and the card stock is so thick and creamy.  Simply a stunning card, and she even included an envelope for re-sending.


Jules is very talented as you can see.  Her intricate stitching and quilting are no easy feats.  This card is truly a work of art!

Stockings1Susanne from Germany loved the idea of the swap but wasn’t able to participate because of the cost of international mailing.  She did ask if I wanted to swap cards with her and trade a recipe.  I love her stitched stocking card, and I’m sure I’ll love the cookies, once I get the chance to make them.

Holiday-Fonts1Sloane was not in my swapping group, so I didn’t get to see this beautiful card in person, but I love the graphic nature of the card and of course the bling!

Christ-Card1Cindy was also in the other group so again, I couldn’t hold this one in my hand, but the tree stamp is stunning and that silver embossing just looks amazing.

Okay, so this last card isn’t from a swapper at all.  My good friend Dianne didn’t participate this year, but she did send me this beautiful card and I’m hoping to guilt her into joining us next year.  What do you say Dianne?

Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  You all made amazing cards and were so lovely to chat with.  I am planning to do this again next year, so if you would like to be notified when the swap begins in November 2013, please leave your e-mail in the comments and I will add you to the list.


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15 Responses to Holiday Card Swap Wrap-up

  1. Liza says:

    What a wonderful idea! And to have pulled it off with such an international crowd making such beautiful cards is fantastic. Jules’ card is pretty incredible.

    • carsonriutta says:

      Thanks Liza, I was so happy with all the enthusiastic participants, when I first posted I wasn’t sure I could get it off the ground but then this amazing group of card makers signed-up. This card making community is pretty great!

  2. cindyg says:

    Carson — Thanks so much for organizing this. It was so fun. The cards from the other gals in my group were awesome and I’ll be “lifting” their ideas for cards of my own. I definitely want to participate next year! Cindy, Iowa

    • carsonriutta says:

      Cindy, I’m so glad you had a positive experience. Thank you so much for being such and active participant. I loved your card and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.

  3. dianne faw says:

    Wow, Carson – What a surprise to find my card in your post. I just may have to participate next year. We shall see. I would be more tempted by a Valentine card swap though ’cause I don’t send many Christmas cards (that was one of the few).

    REALLY beautiful cards for your first (annual) swap. I’m especially knocked out by Jules patchwork card and the simplicity but utter perfection of Kim’s card. Lovely collection.

    • carsonriutta says:

      Dianne, so glad you saw your card in the mix. Jean also wanted to do a Valentine swap, but I’m afraid it’s just too close to the last one for me. I’ll try and get it together next year to do both. Thanks for the beautiful card, I love the folding tree idea and execution!

  4. Cissy P. says:

    Hi Carson!
    Firstly, thanks again for hosting this swap. Secondly, I think it was a smashing success! I can’t wait to do it again next Christmas. I really love getting to see the other group’s cards. Everyone did such beautiful work.
    Thanks for posting!
    Hugs and sunshine,

    • carsonriutta says:


      So glad you enjoyed the swap! It was so wonderful having you on board and I can’t wait to swap with you again next year. Hopefully we’ll be in touch throughout the year as well.

      Take care!

  5. Jules Hollis says:

    Thanks so much for organizing this, Carson. I had a lot of fun putting the cards together. I really loved receiving the beautiful cards too. I couldn’t bear to give them away, so they are all going to be stored in my December Daily album. I would love to play along again anytime you host a swap.

    • carsonriutta says:

      I would love to have you swap with us again, your cards were beautiful and inspiring. I love that you’re keeping the cards in your December Daily. I too, kept all my cards but wasn’t sure what to do with them, genius!

  6. Hi Carson, Happy New Year. I’m finally catching up on a few blog posts, that I’ve had sitting in my inbox. I’m so pleased the swap was a great success and I love the selection of cards, all so different. I’m looking forward to seeing what more you have to offer this year. Hopefully I’ll have got used to the new name, as I still think of you as Bluebutton press, but I do love your new one and logo! Linda x

    • carsonriutta says:

      Linda, So sorry for the late response, 2013 has been a year of illness so far, but I think we’re emerging from the haze. I too am having trouble getting used to the new name, but hopefully it will become commonplace for both of us very soon. I’m glad you like the change. I’m excited to catch up with all your blog posts as well,and looking forward to more craft challenges this year. Thanks for commenting!

  7. Michelle says:

    Fun idea, love seeing all of the different cards! The “hey girl” quote made me laugh!! And reminds me that I have a “hey girl” stamp that I haven’t used yet ;)

    • carsonriutta says:

      I’m not even that big a RG fan, but those crafty “Hey Girl” quotes just kill me. Can’t wait to see what you do with your stamp.

  8. Kim Dewar says:

    Hi Carson,

    Sorry for the late response to this post, I’ve been a little distracted lately with a new baby :) and all the extra memory keeping that requires.

    Back up to speed now though and I wanted to thank you for organizing this swap. This was so much fun to give and receive.

    Please include me in next years swap, I loved receiving and displaying the handmade cards. And I must admit I kept all those I received and included them in my Project Life album.

    I already have an idea of what I would like to do for this year. Do you think it’s too early to start assembling them? LOL!

    Take Care and a big THANK YOU to you and all the ladies in my swap :)


    P.S. love the new Logo!!

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