Sunday, September 23, 2012

September Craft Group

I realise I havent posted anything for a little while, naughty of me ! Its so easy to get caught up in day-to-day life. I find suddenly though that I have a little time because..... drum roll ..... my youngest started kindie ! YAY. I am so happy for him and for me.

I am excited to start my monthly craft groups again, our first get together was last week and was really great. I enjoy it as much as everyone who comes - 100% job satisfaction :)

We did two projects this month :

The first using the new Etruscan Elegance Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel in the holiday mini catalogue. Its such a stunning image, particularly on a monochromatic card like this. I used midnight muse and white, and a sentiment from the My Friend stamp set - which co-ordinates beautifully.
 A touch of bling to this one too, just a little gem to sparkle and reinforce the friend sentiment :-)

Tips to rolling straight : I turn the cardstock so I am rolling forward/up. I stand over the image and roll forward/upwards keeping track of the right side of the cardstock to stay straight.

Tips for a complete image on your cardstock : Start off the cardtock and aim to finish a few inches above. Apply equal pressure all the way. Oh and best do some practicing on scrap paper first - its all about confidence :)

SU recipe :
Stamps : Etruscan Elegance wheel, My Friend stampset
Cardstock : Whisper white, Midnight Muse
Accessories : Midnight Muse 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, rhinestone basic jewel
Technique : Wheel and stamping

The second project, another blue card (very unusual for me), is using the new Blooming with Kindness stamp set. A flower image with a number of great sentiments. I love the swirly writing - its very sophisticated. The whole flower image was stamped in pool party ink, then we used the island indigo marker to color in a few petals of the flower. So simple and so effective. This technique is much better now that SU have changed the stamp pads. The new pads are much wetter and inkier.

Credit for this card goes to Darlene Donahue, we made this card at the downline meeting and I thought it would be a great one for my group, it was perfect for both the seasoned and new crafters.
SU recipe :
Stamps : Blooming with Kindness
Cardstock : Very vanilla, pool party, island indigo, comfort cafe dsp.
Accessories : Stampin dimensionals