Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Post Retreat

I got back Sunday afternoon from a 4 day scrapbook retreat. I had a blast. As usual, I took too much stuff. I have been trying to plan for these better by deciding on what projects I'm going to work on ahead of time but that just didn't happen.

I met some new people, got better acquainted with some others, learned some new things, ate wonderfully home-cooked food, enjoyed some amazing sunsets, laughed so hard I couldn't breathe and did some crafting. All in all it was a pretty productive weekend.

One of my dear scrapbook friends and fellow horse lover had a birthday the first day of the retreat. I made her this card.
I've used this image before on another card I made not too long ago. It's a Mo Manning image. I just love it! I colored it with my copic markers, used some MME patterned paper and some ribbon from my stash.

I did get some page layouts done. I also made some Christmas cards.
I stamped with the star with Versa Mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I stamp the word "joy" with Versa Mark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The ribbon is from my stash. I'm still playing with this one. I'm thinking about using a white background and embossing the star with red then the word "joy" with gold.

I also made a tag. I had hoped to make more but I lost my momentum.
The entire scene is an embossing folder. I colored the image using a blender pen and my TH Distress inks. I then used liquid pearl for the white on the penguin and the Santa hat. I used stickles on the snowflakes, the ornaments on the tree and the snow on the ground. I used my blending tool to add a little color on the rest of the tag.

Monday night I made a birthday card for my granddaughter Remi. Her birthday is Thursday and I needed to get it in the mail Tuesday so she would get it in time.




I used Seems A Little Sketchy: Sketch 26 for this card. The papers are Authentique "Lively". The image is a rubber stamp I purchased at my LSS Cat's Creations. I don't know what company. I colored with my copic markers and fussy cut her out. I used a Spellbinders die behind her. The ribbon is from my stash.

After reading my friend Sandy's blog I decided to do a card for Clear It Out Challenge. The challenge is to use red from your stash and anything goes. Since I need to make Christmas cards, I pulled some scraps from my Christmas box.
This is more of a burgundy than a bright red. The ribbon is also burgundy. I circle cut the "Happy Holidays". The paper is We R Memory Keepers. These papers were left over from making my mother a little Christmas book of last year. I think it turned out kinda cute.

It's WOW Wednesday at Cat's Creations blog. Blog candy is the prize to a random commenter to mine or any other blogs linked up to Cat's so check them all out. If you have a blog, be sure to link up. We would love to see your creations!

Have a good one!





17 comments:

  1. Oh, so sweet with fantastic colors :) Thank you for joining us at Clear It Out Challenges!

    I invite you to share with me at the ANYTHING GOES challenge here:
    http://pinandtack.blogspot.com/2012/11/spark-your-creativity-now-challenge-3.html

    Lots of joy,
    Corrinne

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    1. Thank you Corrinne! I'll come check it out.

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  2. Way to go Valerie! You've covered so much with this post. Which is awesome! I love all your creations. The horse card is fabulous, your Christmas card and tag too! I love the card you made for your grandaughter's birthday and with the Seems a Little Sketchy sketch! So thank you for sharing it with us over there AND your red card for the Clear it Out Challenge. Thank you for creating it and joining us there too! I'm happy that I inspired you to do a challenge! :) Oh yes, fabulous post for Wow! Wednesday!!
    ~sandy
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

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  3. Awww...thanks Sandy! You comments are so dear to me and always encouraging!

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  4. Great cards..you are one talented gal :)

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  5. Love your cards. I think my very favorite one is the star one--that is AMAZING!!!! Your tag is so cute--I haven't seen that embossing folder. The card you made for Nanci--LOVE it! Cute card for Remi--love the stack of cupcakes.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! I really like this stamp set from Stampin' Up. The embossing folder is from Sizzix. It's a bit different but fun! I appreciate your comment!

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  6. Dang GIRL... I'm feeling a bit inadequate with my post now. Those cards are fabulous and rock the house!! My all time favorite is the Joy Christmas card! Beautiful!

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    1. You feel inadequate?! That's how I feel every time I see one of your layouts! Thanks for such a great comment though! I'm pumped!

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  7. Sounds like it was a fun & productive retreat!

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  8. Your retreat sounds delightful and so productive! Great projects. I really like your tag.

    Thanks for joining us at Seems a Little Sketchy.

    Mari

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  9. Well, WOW for you and WOW Wednesday! You sure got a lot done at the retreat. I giggled at your comment about laughing until you couldn't breathe at the retreat. As you know, I laughed so hard I peed my pants!!! LOL

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    1. thanks Allison! I didn't think I got all that much done. Guess it's all perception huh?!

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  10. All your cards are gorgeous!!! Great take on the SALS sketch! Thanks for joining us!! HUgsxx

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