I love shoebox swaps! If you've never been to one you should definitely go sometime! They are so much fun and you meet such nice people! Fortunately we have several per year in our area hosted by several wonderful ladies! Besides the nice people and great food, there is so much inspiration to be had with all the different cards! I always come away with some great ideas for color combos, layouts, and new stamps to be purchased!
I recently attended a swap in Laurel, MD hosted by ScrapKathy on Splitcoast Stampers. This was Kathy's first time hosting a swap and she did a fantastic job! You would have thought it was her 100th, not her first! Every single card was wonderful, I couldn't have picked a favorite if I tried! This is the card I made for the swap, which was a Fall/Winter theme.
Here's the ingredients, all are Stampin' Up! : Stamp: Home for Christmas; Cardstock: Handsome Hunter, Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red DSP; Ink: Choc. Chip, Handsome Hunter; Accessories: Small Oval and Oval Scallop Punches, SU Markers, Brads, Handsome Hunter Ribbon, Dimensionals