Friday, August 9, 2013

Technique Nights

I have a very awesome group of ladies who are regular and loyal attendees at my monthly Technique Nights! They are terrific crafters, lots of fun, very forgiving when I goof and they love my cats!!  How much better could it get??  But this week, they needed extra patience because I made them work really hard! They had to fussy cut several flowers, they had to make 3 rolled blossoms, they had to stamp with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and they had to use a glue gun to assemble a paper rose!  Any one of those might make an ordinary person complain, but not my Stamp Club members!!  Like troopers, they set straight to work, and bless their hearts, they were done (mostly) before ten pm.  Love them all!

Mind you, they couldn't complain too much because these were the cards they chose to make.  The theme, Making Creative Flowers,  was at their request and they even picked out 2 of the 3 cards!!

I think most of them went home happy, except for the one or two that were battling headaches.  Hopefully, they're feeling better today!

I finally got around to making a card to enter in the MOJO Monday Challenge #305 this week.  Here's the sketch:

I decided to do a Christmas card, since I have a Christmas Stampers Dozen coming up this month.  Here's what I came up with:

  • I used my top stamp set from the new Holiday Mini:  Joyful Christmas.  I stamped the image in VersaMark ink and embossed it with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder on watercolour paper, then watercoloured it using Aqua Painters and Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke ink.  
  • I added some of the new Gold Stampin' Glitter to the center, which was watercoloured in Crushed Curry.
  • Unfortunately, there are no matching framelits for this set, so they had to be fussy cut.
  • The card base is Early Espresso cardstock and the other panels are made from the beautiful Season of Style DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper and Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock, embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and sanded using the Stampin' Sanding Block.

  • The sentiment is from the same stamp set, Joyful Christmas, and it is embossed in gold as well.   I like how well it shows up on the Early Espresso cardstock.
  • I used the new Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon because of the colour and how well it suits the Season of Style DSP.
This is too involved for a Christmas Stamper's Dozen however, but it could be simplified by leaving off the Core'dinations layer (which I'm not that keen on anyway) and embossing the flower on Cherry Cobbler cardstock without having to watercolour it.

Hope you enjoyed today's design and we just want to let you know that you're welcome to join my crafters at our monthly Technique Nights, or any of the other classes I am offering this month and in the months to come.  Check them out here.  Out-of-town readers, please leave a comment and let me know what kind of programs you would like me to develop for you!  Thanks for dropping by, everyone!

Stamps:  Joyful Christmas (w131802; c131805)
Paper:  Season of Style DSP (Design Series Paper)  (132340); Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885); Core'dinations Cardstock in Early Espresso ( Neutrals Collection) (129956); Watercolour Paper (122959); Early Espresso (119686) and Cherry Cobbler (119685) cardstock
Ink:  VersaMark Ink pad (102283); Classic Ink Pads (for watercolouring) in Cherry Cobbler (126966), Always Artichoke (126972) and Crushed Curry (131173)
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (132135); Gold Stampin' Glitter (132205)
Tools:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Aqua Painter (103954); Stampin' Sanding Block (129367), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381); Big Shot (113439)
Aqua Painters

1" Cherry Cobbler Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

Gold and Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder

Joyful Christmas Stamp Set

VersaMark Ink Pad
Heat Tool

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