Sunday, April 19, 2015

So, I Went To A Crop

A friend held a fundraiser all-day crop yesterday, and a bunch of us attended. Even as I packed the car I still wasn't even sure what I'd be working on all day, but I had a skeleton plan. I brought my Brothers labeler, some card stock variety packs, a box of tiny stamps that needed to be re-packaged and filed, ink and swatches to maybe stamp ... stuff that needed to be organized.

I also had my trusty collection of mini Distress inks, some water color paper, and the contents of my craft desk top, including trimmer, tools, etc. Oh, and black inks and acrylic blocks. And my MISTI, of course.

So, 10 hours to play, and not a lot of planning. Funny, but a lot of us did the same thing ... some people brought their Copics to update their color charts. But crafters being crafters, we also all brought enough "other things" that between the 10 of us, we managed to have enough stuff to actually make things, which is always nice when you have 10 hours to fill. I kinda love that about us.

After I'd labeled all my card stock and tiny stamp sets, I stared at my Tim Holtz Bird Crazy birds set that I'd brought for someone else to play with, and then realized I'd only brought water color paper, no plain white card stock. #FAIL  Hahahaha, but it all worked out, because I used my MISTI with the water color paper to stamp the birds, water color them, then stamp them again after coloring. I love how that crisps up the image.

Here's one of the bird cards I made:


These guys are so fun to play with, but they do seem to need just the right sentiment to go with those expressions. I had to dig through my mini sets and borrowed sets for sentiments at the crop. Next time I might bring a box of irreverent sentiments. They may need to be a traveling staple.

Here are two more bird cards I made:




Fortunately, while I forgot white card stock, other people forgot enough other things that the barter system was well in place, and I received white card stock in exchange for inks and other supplies.

The fun thing about borrowing from others is you tend to use things you wouldn't normally use, like flowers. Yes, I made a flower card. Soooo not me, but I played with Copics and coloring and I like how it turned out.


and some detail with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents in the flower centers (because I could):



Naturally, we had other things to focus on during the crop. It was to benefit a local High School band, and there were a ton of very generous sponsors. Lots of gift baskets for raffle, mostly of the crafty type. We bought up raffle tickets for the cause, then stuffed our favorite bags with our winning tickets. We kept close watch on each other, and re-stuffed the bags when someone else was spied stealing our personal thunder.

And food. It's all about the food, right? Our lovely hostess provided a home-made lasagna dinner, compliments of her mom, for a small donation to the band. It was soooooo good.

Then, the raffles. We hooted, we hollered, and some of us even won! Oh, and those baskets with 46567645 tickets in them? One of our friends won THREE of those baskets, and she only had one ticket in each basket. We cried FOUL!  And she wasn't even there, which made it even more stunning for us. We contemplated booby-trapping her winnings, but in the end we just issued a plea for sharing of duplicates if she has any. We're nice like that.

In the end, it was a very good day. I love spending time with my fellow crafty peeps. We get each other. It's very reassuring, and always good for the soul.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: various colored card stock from my stash, various sentiments, and the following:




Friday, April 17, 2015

Belated Birthday

In my continuing quest to actually send cards this year, I happened to glance at my social calendar and I noticed I missed one. I should just make all belated birthday cards and accept my fate, but nooooooo, I guess I'll just keep making them as those missed days whoosh by.

Here's my card, then I'll explain:



I knew I wanted to use this cute Paper Smooches critter set, and I also knew I didn't want to color it, so I pulled out some pretty Basic Grey papers and did a lot of fussy cutting.

This is my second attempt. I killed the first one with my various methods of failing to color in the eyes and teef, so the second time I got smarter and just fussy-cut the eyes and teef out of white. Soooo much easier!

I colored the balloon with clear Wink of Stella, as I'd intended to cover it with the three words of the sentiment:



but in the end, I liked the words better off to the side, so the balloon is just ... sparkly. Not a bad thing!

About the sentiment: I've discovered that if you own enough sets from the same company *ahem* you can probably piece together just about any sentiment you need. In this case, I used the happy and birthday from Party Posse, and the belated word is from the Birthday Sampler set. Perfect.

So, I'll get this out in the mail this weekend, and it will only be a week late. Hey, I tried. :)

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Stuff I used: Basic Grey True Love 6x6 paper pack, Viva Decor Pearl Pen - Salmon (on the noses), and the following:



This Card Brought To You By The Kindness of Strangers

Okay, not really strangers, but a fellow crafter who was over-generous. You know, the kind that is sending you a box of goodies and asks you if you need any silver doilies, and you say No. They respond with, Okay, I'll include some then.

Yeah, so a friend ended up with extra silver doilies, and a few came home with me. How fortunate that the current Jingle Belles challenge is to Upcycle/Recycle, because one of those doilies got used!

Here's my card, then I'll explain:


That doily is a mere shadow of its former self. It was so huge it needed a major trim, but I think it still works here.

I followed the current Sweet Sunday Sketch:


and I used my Basic Grey Nordic Holiday paper because it worked with the silver. As a bonus, I also tied on some silver & white twine I received wrapped around a package, so TWO upcycles. Whoot.

The sentiment is one from a set by my pal Heather. LOVE her handwriting! I stamped it with Hero Arts Silver ink and clear-embossed it.

This card came together pretty quickly, so I may just have to go back in to the craft room and see if I can make any more cards. Strike while the iron is hot, so they say.

I'm headed to an all-day crop tomorrow to support a local High School band, and I have no clue what to bring. So far I'm bringing things for other people, and my labeler and inks so I can do some organization. I hope to actually bring something to stamp. Otherwise I'll be labeling everything in sight! Oh, I might come away with some goodies, too, so there's that. Gotta love raffles and door prizes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:  silver doily and twine, Basic Grey Nordic Holiday 6x6 paper pad, vat of clear embossing powder, and the following: