Sunday, May 27, 2007

Stampin' with Catherine and Diana

Tonight my friends, Catherine and Diana came over to stamp with me. We had a nice night, other than the fact that both my girls woke up and took a while to get back to sleep. I think that sometimes they can sense that it's 'Mommy's night!' Oh well, I think I'm mostly to blame. Since we moved into our new house, the largest table to work at while friends are here is right outside my youngest daughter's room, in the dining area. We're in a bungalow, so all the bedrooms are on the main level. This isn't the nicest set up when I have all the girls over to stamp with me, as I normally close the kids doors so we don't wake them up. Well, that was fine and dandy all Winter and Spring while the temperature was ok, but today it was +34 C here and I wasn't even thinking when I closed their doors. They both woke up hot as can be. No wonder! I had the fans going in the dining room, but not in their rooms. Anyway, I feel really bad...what was I thinking! Bad Mummy! :( But, their rooms are cooled down nicely now and they're sleeping soundly again.

I got 2 cards done tonight. This is the first one that I made. I CASE'd this design from Amy Rysavy over at Prairie Paper & Ink. Amy's cards are always an inspiration, she does such beautiful work, you have to check out her blog, if you haven't already! I absolutely love the SU big Blossom stamp. For this one I stamped the back of the Basic Grey designer paper, (isn't it pretty?) and then cut it out. My card base is Eggplant Bazzill card stock, I then layered white and celery Bazzill card stock. I cut the purple corner freehanded and stamped the centre for the flower using my SU Rivetting set. I added a pewter brad embellie to the centre of the flower...yup you guessed it, from the Dollarama. Have I mentioned how much I love that store! lol :) Finished it off with some sage green grosgrain ribbon and some purple brads from Michaels.For the second card that I made, this was more of a fun style. Unfortunately, I CASE'd this one as well, but for some reason when I saved it, I forgot to rename it to add the creators name and this person is like me and doesn't use a watermark to protect her work. So, I'm sorry, I can't give you credit for your fun card, but if this looks familiar, let me know who you are and I'll gladly give you credit! :) Again, I used the SU Big Blossom, I love the versatility of this stamp, you can do so many different things with this flower. It's one of my favourite stamps, for sure!
For this one, I used Cranberry Bazzill card stock, then layered light blue and speckled mustard card stock. I added a little red grosgrain ribbon to the corner...where I flubbed on my attempt at adding eyelets, so I had to cover it up! Oops! I freehand doodled the border, and the sentiment '..thanks' was from a dollar store. I used SU Real Red for the Big Blossom and freehand cut the flower centre out of the speckled mustard card stock, as well. Now, that I look back at the card I was CASEing, I see that she roughed up the edges instead of tearing them...I knew I wasn't happy with this torn look, I'm more for crisp edges, but next time I would definitely just distress the edges of the card stock instead of tearing them.

Well, it's already after 1 am, so much for going to bed sort of early tonight. Oh, the morning is gonna come soon, gonna be a full coffee day, I think! I have to leave the house early for our road trip to my Uncle's birthday party, then we're staying the night at my Mum's, so my Mum and I can have a crafty night after the kiddies go to sleep. :) I'll post something again on Tuesday of what I make down there.

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Jamie White said...

Love the cards, as usual! :) Sorry- I really wanted to be there last night! Tony and I ended up cancelling the babysitter last night and didn't go to a movie ater all- we were too hot and tired after the yard sale in the morning, and all that sun and heat! Whoo...I think I like winter better! :) I'm probably the only one who feels that way! Anyway, let me know when you have your next stamping night!

Tracy.H said...

These look great, Julie. I especially like the first one. Very pretty.

Sounds like a hot weekend! Lucky you ;0)

Diana Graff said...

I had so much fun and it was great to finally get out of the house after a whole week of confinement! and I always love to see what you will come up with next! ;) I am telling you you would make a great graphic designer! and the best part is, if you find the time, you could work from home.!