Monday, June 3, 2013

Into the Woods

On a nice Sunday afternoon, the lovely and crazy (wow, those two words in the same sentence) hostesses of Aptos provided us with a roof to stamp and awesome munchies for our bellies (that cream cheese and habanero spread was to die for!). It was also nice to meet new faces. It is one of the reasons why I love these workshops. I am a shy girl but these get-togethers bring out my extro side. Hmmnnnn… Anyway, hats off to the ladies for taking this wild ride with me with the cards. They tend to be labor-intensive but hopefully very rewarding in the end.

I took our workshop into the woods. Well, the cards, anyway. We started off with one of the new hostess sets, Simply Sketch (Item #129669) from the new catalog. It was screaming watercolor! So I whipped out my aqua pen and went to town with it, embossed the background in tree bark and finished it off with lace and pearls. What?!? Yes, sounds very unlikely but it came out shabby chic-ish. The second card is a masculine card, as a preparation to the impending Father's Day that is right around the corner. The Lovely As A Tree (Item #128655) stamp set always comes to mind for this occasion. This stamp set has been around for a looong time so one would think that every imaginable layout and technique had already been used on it. First, I sulked that SU had done away with the stampin spots. This is what I would have used to multi color the oak tree stamp. Thanks to the lovely inspiration that is SU and the Internet (Pinterest, anyone?) I found out that I can use the SU markers to multi color (that is apply multiple colors on one surface) and that watercolor is a good technique on this card. So again with the aqua painter and the watercolor paper, the card was an instant eye candy. I'm no Cezanne, but this technique made me feel like one. Ok, maybe just a little.

Our next hostess club meet is towards the end of July. Can't wait to come up with another set of lovely cards. I truly appreciate your love for the craft as it is from this I draw inspiration to come up with ideas. I hope to see each of your lovely mugs then. Feel free to bring a friend or two to bask in the madness.

In the zone

Their own version of Cezanne!

The bird cards!

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