Good Morning Ladies,
Oh YAY it's Friday!!!! This week has been a long one, I think that for me it's because I haven't seen my lovely craft companions, seeing them on a Tuesday and Wednesday really breaks the week up for me, so I think that I really notice it when it don't see them.
I was sad to read about IconUK, the reason they have gone out of business is even more frustrating, I do remember that one of the companies got told off at Ally Pally for pricing their dies etc too low, I think that another stall holder had complained as they were cheaper than he had his dies priced. You would think that it would be up to the retailer to sell them for what they see fit. I hope poor Ben at Set Craft doesn't go the same way as I think that they were a close match to Icon prices.
Your Next Challenge
Ladies I think that what we could all do with some cheering up after all this 'Doom & Gloom' Weather and all the other nonsense in the news!
So I would like you to all make a card or some cards that feature Cheerful Spring Colours, all bright and cheerful, you can use anything colourful from Paint Splodges to rainbows to a beautiful display of flowers, the choice is yours, I want the blog to be 'buzzing with brightness next Sunday.
My first card for this challenge, is a first time try for me, I was absolutely mesmerized by the lady on the Card-1-O stamp, she was making the most beautiful cards with these same stamps, she showed me how she did it and I was HOOKED, I wanted all of the sets but that would have meant walking home so I just picked out a couple.
It is my first proper go at making a full card with the Card-I-O stamps and it was fairly straightforward, you simply get the outer shape with the Branch die, building up the wreath by stamping at the top of you card, then you stamp at the bottom and then the sides, I found it easier to turn my card around as I went, the other tip she gave me was to stamp the branch stamp a few times without re-inking the stamp, this gives a more filled in wreath, I was quite pleased with if for a first go, it's by no means perfect but it's not that bad either. You can use whatever colours you like, I used different makes of ink pad too, the hardest thing for me was it not being Symmetrical, I am a bit of 'symmetry sally' and doing anything 'Random' is a real struggle for me, so I almost had to close my eyes and go for it. I am going to use green for the branch and pretty yellow and orange for the flowers on my next one.
Your card doesn't need to feature flowers, it can be anything as long as it is Bright, cheerful and Spring like!
I can't wait to see your cards....
Another craft meet up tomorrow as we are off on our Annual trip to Farnborough, we will let you know if it was a success or a shambles!
Have a lovely weekend ladies,
Love and hugs to all of you,