I have been away from my sandbox for about a month and being able to play in it again in the past week was refreshingly therapeutical! While life's routines and circumstances are constant variables in our playbook, there is no reason why indulging in our hobbies and other activities we love to do shouldn't be a part of that as well. I know you know all this already; it is more of me talking out loud and giving myself my own advice.
I have my Tramps to thank for pushing me to go out there and keep playing. This weekend was our last workshop for the year. I have to tell you that I truly enjoyed myself to be in the company of fun loving women. Our gracious hostess with the mostest kept our bellies filled with the unlimited supply of feel-me-good scrumptious food (thanks, Janine!). Oh and let's not forget those margaritas who have done a fine job of making me tipsy (among others) almost instantaneously!
For this workshop, Janine made a special request to create holiday tags. When I first heard of the request, I had a smile on my face. While I have never made a tag in my SU! life, I had a few ideas floating in my head and also looked to my Stampin' Pretty Pals galleries for inspiration.
We made our holiday card first. I have always loved snow scene cards, perhaps because we hardly see them in our neck of the woods. There are so many wonderful tutorials online but the one I recently discovered is this snow scene technique by Heather. I went for the festive colors of Christmas - Old Olive and Real Red using the Warmth & Wonder hostess set from the 2013-2014 Holiday Catalog and embellishing it with the Cherry Cobbler baker's twine. Janine had a great idea to spruce up this card by adding a snow star in silver gel pen and putting a rhinestone in the center. What an awesome, creative finishing touch! I just love it!
Next on the list is the much awaited tags. I created three for our class. There was a lot of Big Shot cranking going on and my sore arms are testament to that (even with my dear friend, Ulrika's help). They were a hit and SU! is busy filling those Chalk Talk framelit orders.
What a way to end our workshop year. This is the good stuff, the reason why I came back and decided to do workshops - meeting wonderful people along the way. Honestly, while my creativity comes from within me, it is fueled by those who believe I can do it. Thank you for that!
What's next for me? Well, I am getting ready for the Holiday Boutique Fair at my daughter's school for next weekend. I have over 200 cards and tags to showcase. I will post my creations this week until the end of the year. So watch out for those.
For now, I shall leave you momentarily but promise to be back with awesome goodness!