Well we had a proper, dreary Winter day here yesterday, sleet/rain/snow, we needed the lights on from late morning onwards, I don't like those days as I always end up with a fuzzy head, probably from having artificial lighting all day. It's harder to craft to as matching paper and colours is harder.
To be honest I didn't get much crafting done, Mr Brown (UPS) came with me new SU goodies in the morning so I spent a good while looking through that and then Sue came and we were in the craft room but were too busy chatting to get any crafting done. (not that I am complaining).
We spent a good while discussing the Sheena Douglass situation, I know she has done wrong, but I really like her and can't imagine how she must be feeling at the moment, for those of you that don't have Facebook etc Sheena sells her stamps with the Banner 'Hand Drawn Stamps' on giving you the impression that they are all her own designs etc, however some people have bought to Crafters Companions attention that some of her work is a blatant copy of other people's work or family photos. I have quite a few Sheena stamps and love watching her demonstrate, so I was really shocked to read all about this. Crafters Companion have created a team to 'deal' with this issue, they are contacted the original owners of some of the art work to see if they can work out a licence to continue to use their artwork, if not I guess they may have to refund people that buy the stamps to make cards for charity or to sell. Sheena put out a statement saying that at times she felt under pressure to meet deadlines and so she turned to online images to work from. It makes sad reading and some people have been quite nasty, what she has done is wrong, particularly if she has gone onto TV and taken full credit for the art work. I hope it all gets resolved quickly, I guess she may struggle to continue to design stamps etc but she is very good at demonstrating techniques. I think she has parted from Crafters Companion though which is understandable as this has left them in a really awkward position as the company that makes and markets her stamps.
Todays 'simple' cards have been designed by Danielle, I thought it might give some of you some inspiration, Danielle has done a whole week of Blogs with a similar theme, making her own gift tags, gift bags and wrapping paper, I will leave a link to her blog below her card descriptions if you want to go over and give her some support....
Danielle's 1st card:
I have gone with three colours, Early espresso, Blushing bride and powder pink.
The stamp set I used is Very vintage.
Card base measures 5.1/2" x 8" score at 4"
Whisper white layer 4.1/2" x 3"
So quick and easy to make you could batch make these in no time at all.
Just swap out the sentiment to suit the occasion.
I have stamped all over my whisper white layer creating my own beautiful background using blushing bride and powder pink.
Then used the flower image as my statement piece to make this stand out from the background I used early espresso ink.
This card is aimed at beginner crafters or crafters just starting out who have minimal supplies.
You can make two card bases from one sheet of A4 card.
Base measures 5.1/2" x 8" scored at 4" whisper white layer measures 4.1/2" x 3"
I used colourful seasons stamp set to make these to very simple cards.
I stamped my base card all over to create a lovely background. Love tone on tone stamping.
Again these cards are great for batch making just by swapping out sentiment to one that suits the occasion your making the card for.
Thank you so much Danielle for giving us all a little bit of Inspiration, your cards are stunning. xxx
Here is the link to the first card on Danni's blog, the posts following this are all along the same lines, so fantastic Christmas wrapping ideas.
Lilian please accept my belated congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary, I hope you enjoyed your Fish and Chips, finding good fish and chips is a rare thing these days xxx
Pat, I was so sorry to read about the news from the hospital, I hope that you get some more answers soon, I know how Pete worries, which will be making life hard for both of you. Sending you huge hugs my lovely. xxx
I hope that you all manage to stay warm, it was due to get down to -7 last night so I think there will be lots of car scraping this morning.
Love and hugs to all of you,