Monday, 22 June 2009

Crafter's House Party ...

No more slideshows, either here or on the Ramblings but this is instalment number 6 ..... the project one!

As mentioned previously, there was nothing formal planned, just a list of what people were prepared to show/demo/instruct on and a list of tools to play with and materials for use. Everybody contributed something with most people bringing a selection of stamps. There were Cuttlebugs, folders, nesties, dies and a Slice to try. Demos/projects on the list included ....

Beaded Flower
Giant Chrysanth
Slider card
Prisma colouring
Basic Backgounds and word circles in Word
Basic FPC pointers
Medallion using corner punch.
Trifold card
Dreamweaver stencil & glitter
and ...... surprises with a possible visit to local craft shops?

I think most were covered even if we didn't all get to do what was listed due to lack of time and other 'stuff'!
I was going to demo the giant chrysanth - didn't happen!
The quilling - going to be demo'd by Jak's Mum - didn't happen although she was quietly quilling at the end of the table and her samples were something else! Beautiful work so, perhaps next time ... if there is one - *LOL*
Dreamweaver stencils and glitter - didn't happen (unless I missed it).
Basic FPC pointers - didn't happen!
Basic backgrounds and word circles in Word - didn't happen!
Visit to local craft shops - didn't happen!
Not sure if the Trifold card happened but I've got measurements and a pattern for a card that could be the trifold ..... *der* senior moment methinks!
I missed the slider card because I was having an Indian Head massage but I've got a template and a piccie of Kim's nearly finished one to go by so, I can play with that later.

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There was one FPC item and it was a 'surprise' one - *hehe* Papercraft Inspirations had a flower made from scalloped circles in the newest mag so we made that - very quick and quite effective although nothing like the geranium they said it was. More of a carnation and ... it could be improved on.

Another 'surprise' on the flower front! We tried a bit of flower pounding - not at all successfully. The pounding, in the Cuttlebug, was fine but the flowers chosen just didn't work. The flowers we tried? Pot chrysanthemums! Yep, just can't get away from 'em but they were far too juicy! Expected the flowers themselves to disintegrate - just didn't expect the watercolour paper to as well *LOLOL* Every attempt ended up in bin and no photographs were taken. Perhaps we should have done to show the disasters as well *hehe*!

There were plenty of images being stamped covering all spectrums of the latest stamps to the oldies but goodies. There were Gorjuss Girls, Magnolia, Olifant, Sugar Nellie, Whipper Snapper, SU sets ... to name a few. There were a variety of colouring mediums to try - Prismas, Copics, paints, watercolour pencils and we took full advantage of some of the experience available.

We made a beaded flower under the expert tuition of Debs, before she was taken ill and rushed to hospital and we made medallions using Corner Adorners - demo'd by Pippa (mine not yet photographed). We - OK, I - made a mess with the Rollagraph, SU wheels and the embossing powder (piccie on Jak's blog). Technically the mess was the embossing powder 'cos I spilt it. Yep, there has to be one and it was me! Loved the end result though and a couple of the wheels are currently on order .... I have the handles as I have several of the Rollagraph wheels anyway.

For me, the piéce-de-résistance was Olly Owl! Toni had made owls out of SU punches and bought with her, what I thought were her examples - a 'standalone' owl and one on a post-it note cover, all made by her fair hand. The surprise came when she gave them both to me! She'd bought them with her as little gifts. How kind was that? Anyway, she also bought the punches with her so punch we did! I didn't put an owl together there but I've made one since I've been home .... and called him Ozzie!

I managed to get a quick lesson in PSP on how to make a watermark for my piccies - which I've promptly forgotten *Doh* and some people trialled the Slice but I didn't get to see it working, although I heard it, 'cos I was busy on the only card I made all weekend ..... to be continued!



Sylvia R said...

Glad you all had a fabulous time Pam.

Love the owl....

Sylvia xxx

My'scardcorner said...

Sounds like it was good fun and that owl is so cute:0)

Greta said...

Great pics Pam & I lurve that owl. Must make one up I have all the bits in a bag lol x

Sonia said...

Love the Owl!.. Look so fabulous!