Thursday, March 15, 2012

Play Day - Feb 2012

How exciting!!!! Pea, Maggi, and I planned a play day in February. We hadn't gotten together to play in years. We were all looking forward to it. We decided to have a marathon card making day. The plan was for each of us to design 3 different cards and then bring enough supplies for all of us to create 5 of each design. Were we crazy!!! That would mean that each of us would be creating 45 cards.... in one day!!! Can we do it?? And remember, we needed to take a break for lunch too!
Silly me... Pea took pictures during the day as we worked and from where I was sitting my camera was within my reach! How come I never thought of picking it up and snapping a few pictures? Well, here we go....

My 1st card design is definitely a birthday card. The blue piece of card stock was embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder. We had the choice of using the 'numbers' or the 'happy birthday' embossing folder. The five candles image was stamped onto a piece of blue card stock and then cut with a spellbinders label die. We sponged the edges of that piece with faded jeans and colored the flames with a gel pen before attaching to a brown piece of card stock that had been die cut from another spellbinders label die. We punched holes on both sides of the piece and then threaded ribbon through. There were various choices of ribbon available. The ribbon was secured behind the blue layer before attaching that layer to the brown card. We stamped 'wish big' onto a piece of blue card stock and then cut with a spellbinders inverted scallop circle die. We sponged the faded jeans ink around the circle and colored the star with gel pen before attaching with dimensional foam squares.

My 2nd card design has a few layers. A tan card stock was layered onto the green card. I cut some decorative scrapbook paper and then punched each corner with a decorative punch. Brass brads were inserted into the corners of the decorative card stock after the edges were sponged with vintage photo distress ink and before attaching to the tan layer. We stamped the lighthouse and then cut using a spellbinders oval die. The edges were sponged with vintage photo ink before attaching to a green oval that was cut with a spellbinders deckle edge oval die.

My 3rd card design. I really like the clock theme; it seems to be good for so many card giving occasions. The rust layer was embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder and was swiped with an ink pad... although you can hardly tell. I used a spellbinders decorative tag die with the tan card stock and then stamped the words on a piece of rust which was then cut to fit in the center of the tag. The flying clocks were stamped with black ink on tan card stock and cut out. We used a clear stardust glitter pen on the wings of the clock although I don't think the shimmer is showing up in this photo. Then they were attached to the card front using dimensional foam squares.

Working hard to get as many cards finished as humanly possible!

Here is Maggi's 1st card style. Instead of creating 3 card designs and bringing supplies to make 5 of each, Maggi created 5 card designs and enough supplies to make 3 of each. No matter, I was happy to have all the various styles of cards.
The background of this card was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and then inked. The 'celebrate' was cut from a tag/label die and attached to the card with dimensional foam squares. Before attaching the tag the the card we folder a flower embellishment and tucked it under the corner.

Another great card from Maggi. This is her 2nd card style. We received 3 different colors of card stock pieces for the strip attached to the top of the card. And, we had a choice of several cuttlebug embossing borders to use on that strip. The solid piece of card stock behind the 'birthday' label is color coordinated with the strip across the top of the card.

Here is Maggi's third card. We each had the same pieces in our card kits except for the decorative strip that we attached to the right side of the card. There were several colors and patterns available for us to choose from.

This is definitely Maggi's style. In her 4th card we stamped the flower and greeting on white card stock and then layered those pieces onto either a peachy or blue piece of card stock. We cut out a third piece of colored card stock and then attached all three pieces to the white card. Maggi had purchased some bird embellishments for us to use on the lower right of the card. We also stamped a bird image, cut it out, and attached to the inside of the card.

Maggi's 5th card will make a great birthday card for kids. The brightly colored decorative card stock and ribbon along with the cupcake sticker make it perfect for kids. These are the cards I made following Maggi's sample.

And the card making marathon continues!!

And now for Pea's contribution.
For each of her 3 cards she handed each of us a large envelope with a multitude of card stock, decorative papers, and in this 1st envelope, some ribbon and white shrink plastic pieces.
Each envelope contained more materials than we needed to make the 5 cards.

These are the cards Pea created for us to use as guidelines as we created our own variations. I loved Pea's black and white theme, but I started combining red with the white and black and then wandered into yellow, black, and white.

Here are my creations of the shrink plastic cards. I love these!!! And I love the look of white shrink plastic much more than the clear shrink plastic that I had been using in the past. I have more shrink plastic pieces and papers to use and plan to do so in the future. Most images that were stamped on the papers were done using Pea's stamps.

Here are the contents of the 2nd envelope that Pea gave me. My mind went blank!!

Here are examples of Pea's cards. The idea was to tear paper, punch out paper, or cut paper to create abstract designs on the white cards. I love the look of these cards and this is so different from 'my style', but I really want to make these. I haven't yet sat down to make any!!! But, I will.

This is what I found in my 3rd envelope from Pea. There is such a great assortment of card stock and decorative papers here... and a ton more than I will need to make 5 cards. Where do I start??

These are the cards that Pea created that we used as guidelines to create our own batch of cards. I didn't get any cards done on that day, but did work on some in the weeks after. Following are pics of my creations following this style. I still have materials left to make more cards in the future.

These whimsical cards were created based on some of Pea's samples and using materials she supplied. Even the stamped images were created with Pea's stamps. Some of these design ideas were quite different from my usual so it was great to expand my horizons.

I created these 3 cards following some of the samples Pea had provided. It was fun to combine the various decorative papers having the same color scheme. I also used one of Pea's stamps for the central image.

Here are 3 more cards I created using the materials supplied by Pea. The stamped image is also from one of Pea's stamps; I really like that stamp and maybe someday will have to get one for myself. These are great cards for men.

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