Girl’s Crafting Weekend.

Last fall, my BFF Pearl and I took part in a crafting retreat with SGD and it was awesome. We stayed at a luxury resort on the shores of Lake Huron, were feed fabulous food, and were allowed to craft all weekend. The downside was that we had to haul all our supplies (and you always forget something), and the long drive (3-4 hours each way).

In the spirit of that weekend, we decided to have our own mini craft/girls weekend. We stayed at my place, ordered in, rented movies, and made cards-over 80 between the two of us. We experimented with encaustics, tried some new stamping techniques, and played with the Cricut machine.

Last week I downloaded the MFT Get Sketchy PDF’s from 2010-2014. For our first card, Pearl selected the die cut and the sketch and we created a card. It was challenging, and while we both used the same materials, but the results were different. The die is called Love Birds from Cottage Kutz and I used various dies from MFT’s Blueprints. Here is my version.

My Sweet Friend

My Sweet Friend

For our next project, we were inspired by the Cricut cartridge – Life’s a Party and a card made by Amy @ http://my3escrapbooking.blogspot.ca/search/label/Birthday. While I have made this vulture numerous times, it was the feathered collar that Amy thought that put the card over the top.

Birthday Vulture

I have been wanting to make a tone on tone card for some time, so I found some  kraft card stock with text /or musical notes. I stamped my Hero Arts - Large Blossom using cup o’ joe for a tone on tone effect. I added the Serene Bird from Memory Box to some of the cards. The sentiments are from various PI stamps.

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When I was selecting my cardstock, one selection choice  had some beautiful embossed roses. It was far too pretty to just cut up, so we each had a piece and opted to make a special card featuring the card stock imagery. (I am sorry, but I did not keep the paper pad info). At this time I did not add a sentiment, but will when I have a special card to send.

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Pearl loved my  encaustic cards, so we both tried our hands at creating some special note cards. All these cards can be adapted to any occasion. I created some marine backgrounds, some landscapes, and some abstracts. Here are some of my wax paintings.

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We had so much fun, we are doing it again next month. I can’t wait!

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