Category Archives: Crafting

Craftapalooza 2011

Carmen came out a couple weeks ago for a weekend of crafting, which we dubbed Craftapalooza 2011. It’s become a bit of an annual event, although last year Carol was able to participate with us. Over the course of three days we cranked out a total of 108 cards – 54 each. At the end of the weekend I liked every single card we made – something that doesn’t normally happen after our weekend of crafting. Normally there is one or two cards that just didn’t turn out as planned, but that was not the case this weekend.

We found a ton of ideas online and took turns picking out stamp sets.

I borrowed this Build A Blossom set from my mom and it definitely made the prettiest cards. It was time consuming, but the set I liked using the most.

We also made good use of my Cuttlebug.

We made good use of the embossing powder, and managed to keep things sort of clean.

We also busted out the Diamond Glaze and the Stickeez.

We would have made good use of punches, if we’d had this one.

We both knew we wanted to use this paper somewhere on a card.

We also got to try out my Aqua Painter and Watercolour Wonder crayons.

We’re ready for next Valentine’s Day!

We made good use of the bugs set.

This one had a fun tri-fold.

These were the very first cards of the weekend.

We made these at 1 am on Saturday night and I thought it was the worst card ever – it seemed so time consuming. Next morning I thought it was amazing.

It was a fun weekend with Carmen, and made me wish we could spend even more time together. Lots of good food, lots of good cards and lots of good laughs.

One Sheet Wonder Round 2

This is my second set of one sheet wonder cards, though I gave this set to my mom. It was supposed to be a Mother’s Day gift, but I won’t be home for Mother’s Day so I just decided to give it to her now.

Mom is always looking for birthday cards, or baby cards, or anniversary cards, etc. so unlike the set I made for myself that were mostly blank, I made more of hers have specific things on them, like birthdays.

I loved how easy it was to whip up 16 cards, but the individual cutting of each piece of paper was a pain in the butt!

One Sheet Wonder Cards

Last summer I spent an evening making cards with a couple of my aunts. Two out of three of them were part of a card club that was doing a one sheet wonder Christmas in July card class, and the other aunt and I were invited to join in for an evening of cards. I had never heard of a one sheet wonder card until that night when I found out that a one sheet wonder is a collection of cards made out of one very well used piece of patterned paper, cut to specific dimensions to get the largest amount of cards.

Carol and I decided to make cards one night and got the idea that we should try this. We searched for one sheet wonder templates and found one that we liked, which ended up making 16 cards each. The measuring and cutting is an intense process however, so since we were going to the trouble we decided to do up two sets of one sheet wonder cards.

I wanted some cards that would work as just regular note cards, without a birthday or anniversary message inside so I could pick any to send out. The one sheet wonder template only tells you how to cut the pieces for each card, but after that it’s up to you to decide how to embellish it or lay it out on the card, and it was a lot of fun to play around with the other pieces.

This is the set I kept for myself and the other set I gave away to my mom. I’ll share that set another day! I’m hoping to use this set of cards to send out more random happy mail and cross another project off of my list.