stamping with friends on Saturday.... the best fun ever. I went over to Sandie's house from 10.00am till 4.00 pm. A total of 7 of us there... stamping, eating, gossiping and generally having a good time. Now I have to tell you we had a great age range.... with our youngest crafter being Andie ~ aged 10 and our oldest, Betty, being in her early 70's... how's that! Andie is already a talented card maker... and Betty was churning them out yesterday.... she came well prepared with lots of part cards done and finished off at least 6 before I left. I managed 3 completed cards and 5 bits done for more cards. Lots of sharing ideas, stamps and dies... I won't bore you them all today but will share two cards ~ both inspired by a magazine article in Australian Simply Cards that used Kaisercraft Bonjour paper pack. I used their examples as the start point for my cards... but edited and changed as I went along.
I followed the same papers ~ which are more teal than the photo shows. I also used die cuts from the paper pack for the side and along the middle and used a silhouette~ but that's where the similarities ended... My silhouette was cut with a die from Marianne's ( courtesy of Lei) and put onto an oval. The butterfly was made up of a punched Martha Stewart one, an embossed brown one from Joy's dies and then one cut out of the PP. I used some of the PP scraps and brown card scraps to make up the flower, cut from a Spellbinders die. The lovely little sentiment is one from a New Zealand stamp maker called Hasting Rubber stamps and was borrowed from Betty... but I think I will buy it as it is so nice and tiny - about 1 1/4" long so perfect for adding to small ovals and tags.
This one doesn't look anything like the magazine sample... I used only the colours and the idea of flowers on one side. I cut out a piece of pink card and embossed with Swiss dots. Had a laugh with this as Sandie had given me the pink card as she had a pink splotch on it from a stamp pad so I said I'd use the other side... but of course when I embossed it, the pink splotch was on the RIGHT side not the wrong side... so the piece of PP was a bit wider than I had expected it to be... then I realised that the pink panel and the PP over top where about half and inch too short on the card base, hence the punch scallops along the left hand side... A total comedy of errors... but a good save!. I stamped the Hero Arts Etched flowers with Cup'o'Joe ( my new favourite brown ink!) and used distress inks and an aqua brush to colour. I then trimmed around it and put it on dimensionals. A small sentiment in the right corner and all done.
And here's a quick peek at the rest of the day's output... all waiting to be added to a card and embellished
Thanks for bearing with me on this long post... I do appreciate your visits and your wonderful comments. Have a great weekend... I'm off to make up some of those bits and pieces into cards.