Crafty Wednesday

Yay! I finally got it on the right day! lol

Before we get started, I want to tell you about last weekend. I took part in the Spring Creative Gathering put on by the owner of The Scrapbook Cottage in Steinbach. To check out some of the pictures of our event that Sharon posted on the The Scrapbook Cottage Facebook page, click here. Around 3:30 Friday afternoon, I headed out to the community centre in Friedensfeld, a small Manitoba town just outside of Steinbach where the gathering was held. It’s about an hour-long drive from my place.

Once there, I dragged in a large suitcase on wheels, a rolling backpack and 2 carry-alls into the hall, found my spot and began to set up for crafting. Moments later, my two sisters-in-law came in, so I helped them bring in all their craft supplies. After chatting for a few minutes as they set up, Sharon announced the first sketch challenge and the evening began. We stopped to eat around 6:00. Sharon has some amazing volunteers who cook for us and the chicken-baked potato-salad dinner-with brownie for dessert was terrific! We stayed until midnight. Then, trusting our craft supplies would be safely locked away in the hall for the night, we headed to my sister-in-law’s place (about 10 minutes away) and slept a few hours before heading back to the hall around 8:30 next morning.

Saturday was a full day of crafting with small meal breaks. I even took part in a card-making class. We made the most beautiful fold-out card, which I will show you another day as I haven’t taken pictures of it, yet. I might even do a pictorial tutorial at a later date because I have a special friend that I want to make one for, so I will take pictures of each step to show you how it’s done.

Photo: What I see Sat am BEFORE the ladies all arrive:)

Here’s what the hall looked like before participants arrived. We sat at the far corner near the stage (where the white circle thingy is). This gives you an idea of the size of the event. If you want to see more pics of the event, click on the picture to get to the FB page.

Throughout the two days, at various times, Sharon announces some special deals, things like pads of paper, sets of fancy brads, ribbon and other embellishment sheets, that we can get for about 1/3 or 1/2 of the actual retail price. Then there’s a mad dash to get the colour/style of whatever is on special before anyone else! She also has a table set up with discounted items, some up to 50% off! She provides tables filled with all kinds of stuff from her store, too, in case we run out of adhesives, need a particular embellishment for a project or want to pick up an idea magazine. It is a humongous amount of work for her to set everything up for these events, not to mention the tear-down afterwards, but she has some fantastic ladies working/volunteering for her! This year, for all her hard work – and because we are scrapbookers – it was decided to create scrapbook pages of the event. Someone snuck around taking pictures of the gathering, downloaded them, printed them off and had everyone sign the pages so we could present them in an album for her at the end of the event. Sharon was touched to the point of tears by the thoughtful gift.

All-in-all, there must have been about 100 participants and a dozen workers/volunteers to make the event memorable for us all. I managed to make 10 cards and 4 scrapbook pages during the weekend, too. That may not seem like a lot to get done, but when you consider it takes about 1-1/2 to 2 hours per card/page, that’s not too bad. I sometimes think what takes the longest is deciding what the colour scheme will be and then taking stock of what supplies I have to use in the way of stamps and embellishments. Even with a sketch challenge, where you have a better idea of layout, I still have to decide on colours and everything else before I can really start cutting things out and attaching them to the card.

Okay, enough about the weekend! I think today I will go down my birthday list, beginning with this fun card I designed for a young lady we played Yahtzee with, a couple of months ago, who had a really good game. Unfortunately, I didn’t have her score sheet to copy because she took it with her for bragging rights!

Jan29

So, I simply photocopied a blank score sheet onto white card stock and used my die stamp from my Recollections set of gambling-themed stamps. I angled the score sheet onto the base of navy card-stock and trimmed the corners to fit. Then I cut out the dice to create the Yahtzee of fives, attaching them with pop-up squares so they’d stand out. I stamped the “On your birthday” in blue ink, trimmed it and used a ticket-corner punch on the corners. I also used pop-up squares to attach it to the card.

Feb11-3

In an effort to hurry spring along, this second card is bright and cheery. I started with a base of orange card stock, trimming the corners with a corner punch. I found complimentary swirly-patterned paper for the second layer. I trimmed the corners and sponged all the edges with orange ink. I picked up this ‘Black-eyed Susan’ stamp from a bargain bin, but think it’s quite pretty. I used the Versa Mark sticky pad to stamp the design onto white card stock, then sprinkled on the black heat-emboss powder. After heating the image to set the powder, I added colour with my shiny paints. I did the same thing with the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment and carefully cut out around the letters. I cut around the flower image with my paper trimmer, punched the corners and sponged the edges with orange ink. To make the bow, I simply tied a shorter piece of ribbon around the first and trimmed the ends. I attached it with Sookwang double-sided tape.

Feb21

On this next card, I started with plain white card stock and sponged around the edges with turquoise ink. The next layer is a pretty patterned paper that I also sponged around its edges. I attached the pink ribbon to the patterned paper with 1/8″ Sookwang tape, wrapping the ends around the edge and securing them on the back. I attached the whole sheet with wider Sookwang tape to hold it in place. I used the ‘Butterflies’ die-cutting plate on my Cuttlebug to make the butterflies.

When I first bought the die, I had fun cutting out a lot of butterflies on plain paper, then tried patterned paper, but I hadn’t really done anything with them until now. I decided to emboss the plain-coloured ones using the ‘Victoria’ embossing plate for the Cuttlebug and adding a smaller patterned butterfly on top. I attached them to the card with pop-up squares. I stamped the small ‘happy birthday’ with Versa Mark and heat-embossed with black.

Next week, I’ll feature cards that use up scraps you might have lying around your craft room. See you next time! 🙂

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